October mischief

Get ready for some treats (no tricks) from Writers on the Avenue this October! Our monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10 (that’s right, 10/10) starting at 6:00 pm in the Student Center of Muscatine Community College. Join us to swap work, ask advice, give pointers, share inspiration, and just generally enjoy the creative spirit and bonhomie that always accompanies these meetings.

On Saturday, October 14, there’s scads of fun in store: Musser Public Library will be celebrating Indie Author Day, and that evening, the Second Saturday series will conclude with two of our favorite authors sharing their books and their writing advice at the WOTA table: historical novelist, poet, and writing coach Jodie Toohey (otherwise known as the Wordsy Woman), and fiction writer Tom McKay. Stop by to get your books signed!

And just take a look at the word challenge for this month: We decided to challenge ourselves with the biggest, Scrabble-winning-worthiest, gum-cracking words we could find. Just see how your imagination stretches with these beauties. Bring your work to the meeting, or post it here as a comment – we’d love to see what you come up with!

October’s tongue-twisters: hirsute, defenestrate, prevaricate, supercilious, anarchy, odiferous, contempt, geotherman, discombulated.

Enjoy, and happy writing!

September events

Fall is upon us already, and that means two things.

One, we’ll have new authors at our WOTA table at the Second Saturday event in downtown Muscatine from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on September 9. Stop by to visit with the authors and get a signed, personalized copy of their books!

Two, our monthly WOTA meeting will be held Tuesday, September 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Student Center at Muscatine Community College. Bring a pen, bring a friend, and bring something to share! If you don’t have something else you’re working on, the words for this month’s word challenge are listed below. Write a poem, a story, an essay, a meditation—whatever moves you.

September words: compassion, composure, whimsical, tassel, canopy, coalesce, barn door, creamy, adapt, colorful, feckless, esoteric, zucchini

August events

Join us Tuesday, August 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Student Center at Muscatine Community College for our regularly monthly meeting! Writers of all ages, styles, genres, and levels of experience are welcome to drop in and join the fun.

If you’re interested in the monthly word challenges, here’s the list of words to work into a story, essay, poem, song, or other short piece of your choosing: independence, loving, pressing, frugivorous (we had to look this one up), heavenly, distance, horrendous, strength, eraser, driving, ennui.

Then on Saturday, August 12 stroll down Muscatine’s Second Street to see what’s going on during the Second Saturday event from 5 – 8 p.m. We’ll have a table at the corner of Iowa Ave. and 2d St. showcasing some talented local authors. Stop by to buy books, get them signed, or just say hello. Hope to see you there!

July Monthly Meeting

Writers! Join us on Tuesday, July 11 between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the Student Center at Muscatine Community College for our regular monthly meeting. We’re always happy to see new faces, old faces, and returning faces, and we’ll do our best to answer questions, give pointers, and provide a supportive, reflective, productive audience for your writing.

If you’d like to participate in the word challenge, write a story, essay, poem, or something else using these randomly generated words: indigo, intern, robust, anonymity, mushroom, popinjay, befuddle, lake, kayak, rip-off, cultivate, catnip, and chimera.

And don’t forget to stop by the WOTA table at Muscatine’s Second Saturday event on July 8 between 5 and 8 to say hello and check out the wonderful area authors who will have their books available for sale and signing. See you there!

WOTA table at Second Saturday

We’re excited that Writers on the Avenue will have a table at this year’s Second Saturday season in downtown Muscatine! The first event kicks off June 10, and will continue on July 8, August 12, September 9, and October 14. Each event begins at 5 and lasts till 8 p.m.

Second Street gets blocked off so that pedestrians can wander beautiful historic downtown Muscatine, peek into shops and restaurants, browse the vendor tables that line the sidewalks, and listen to music that fills the air while eating good food and watching the Mississippi River roll on by. There’s something for everyone, and it’s a diorama of all the wonderful things that Muscatine has to offer.

Our table will feature local authors selling and signing their books, and members will be there peddling WOTA anthologies and swag. This is just one part of our not-so-secret mission to support local authors and advance the literary arts in and around Muscatine. See you there!

Thinking about June already

Hello, writers!

The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 13 from 6 – 8 pm in the Student Center at Muscatine Community College. Join us! We’ll talk about Second Saturday events, have updates on the progress of the inspirational anthology, and, of course, have lots of time to share our work and spark some conversations.

If you’re looking for a challenge this month, write a poem, story, essay, song, or whatever kind of literary piece you wish using these words:

special, forever, spiral, flag, artichoke, elaborate, mimic, bookend, archaic, rustle, investigate, obsession, brilliance

Good luck, and have fun!

May flowers bring May monthly meeting

Hello, writers!

WOTA’s monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Student Center at Muscatine Community College. Hope you can join us!

If you’re searching for inspiration, the words for the monthly challenge are:

smiles, esoteric, anthology, crewel, cantankerous, lamp, whimsical, glimpse, think, mystified, dewy, and jubilee.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Monthly meeting April 11

Hello, writers! The April showers are here in Muscatine and our monthly WOTA meeting is coming up on Tuesday, April 11. Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Center at Muscatine Community College. Bring your pen and bring a friend.

The words for the April challenge are:


Happy National Poetry Month! Don’t forget that the Muscatine County Arts Council is hosting another round of the Wandering Words sidewalk poetry contest. See your poem cast in stone! Details here.

Scholarships available for Creativity Camp!

Writers on the Avenue is sponsoring three scholarships for interested members to attend the Society of Great River Poets’ annual Creativity Camp at Langwood Education Center near Grandview, Iowa, on May 19 – 21, 2017. This is a weekend of workshops, community, and interaction with nature designed to restore and rev up your creative energy, no matter what kind of creative you are.

Planned workshops include Creating with Dream, Archetype, and Myth; Canvas Pad Creations; Writing the Book Review; Basic Book Binding; The Handwritten Letter: A Lost Art; The Not-Necessarily Serious Sestina; and more. Each workshop lasts 60 – 90 minutes.

When not in workshops, participants are free to walk the trails, canoe the pond, or enjoy the campfire. Meals are pot-luck style. Participants can commute, take their own tent or camper, or sleep in the bunkhouse.

Scholarships will cover registration and tuition for two full days of workshops. To apply, submit your name, contact information, and a short, informal essay of 250 words (one page) or less answering these two questions:

  1. What do you do for fun or enrichment, or would do if you could?
  2. Why do you want to attend the Creativity Camp, and how do you think it will help you attain or improve #1?

Please submit your application using the contact form below. Active (dues-paying) WOTA members will have priority consideration. Creativity Camp attendees must be at least 18 years of age. For more information about the Creativity Camp or to register immediately, visit the Society of Great River Poets webpage. Let your creativity flow!