September is for writing

For those of us with household members in school, September might also be back to our own projects month! With the kids usefully occupied, let’s hope we can all squeeze in some time for our writing. In addition there are lots of events in and around the region to help you build your writing community and learn from other writers. And don’t forget the monthly WOTA meeting Tuesday, September 20 from 6-8 pm in room 301 of Musser Public Library. We’re cooking up some new projects & hope you can join in!

Winners of the 2021 and 2022 Great River Writer’s Retreat will read from their works in the community room of the Rock Island Public Library on Thursday, Sept 1 at 5:30 pm

Poets: Call for Submissions

The German American Heritage Center and Museum is opening a new exhibition with a night of resistance poetry on October 2nd. If you’d like to submit, send something to the GAHCM by September 10th. Poets must be between 13 and 20 years old, and the poem must be 5 minutes or less in length. To submit, email¬†poetry@gahc.org.¬†

Banned Books Week is Sept. 18-24

The Midwest Writing Center and the Rock Island Public Library are hosting their annual Banned Books Reading at the library on Sept. 21 at 6 pm. Come hear local librarians, artists, and other readers share excerpts from banned and controversial books to celebrate Banned Books Week. Join the fight against censorship by buying banned books, reading banned books, and sharing banned books. Human knowledge ought to be a gift available to all.

Write More Light

The Midwest Writing Center’s “Write More Light” video series will return August 30th! Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 pm, join the MWC’s Facebook or YouTube channels to enjoy writing talk, advice, practice, and inspiration from a special guest.

Hope your September is a harvest of fruitful words!

Hello, June.

WOTA will meet on Tuesday, June 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in room 301 of Musser Public Library. Bring a pen, bring a friend, bring a short work to share!

If you’re looking for a challenge, write something using:

CORNPONE, EFFICACIOUS, PEACEFUL, SEXY, SPRING, THRUM, WINE, WONDERFUL

Hey, I don’t pick the words, I just write them down.

Upcoming workshops that may be of interest:

The Society of Great River Poet’s Creativity Camp runs from June 17 – June 19 at Langwood Educations Center. For details on sessions, camping arrangements, and more, click here.

May your summer be full of inspiration and plenty of time to create!

May news

WOTA will meet on Tuesday, May 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in room 301 of Musser Public Library. Bring a pen, bring a friend, bring a short work to share!

If you’re looking for inspiration, the words for the May writing challenge are:

loquacious, wanderlust, suspicious, audit, train, emissary, savant, observant, perfunctory, soap

Feel free to share your piece here as a comment to this post! Just remember that, because we welcome writers of all ages and genres, we’ve agreed that our shared work will be suitable for general audiences.

Some other area events to keep an eye on:

Registrations are open for the Society of Great River Poet’s Creativity Camp. For details on sessions, camping arrangements, and more, click here.

Missed the May newsletter? You can find a copy here.

May the creative force be with you, today and always!

November Writing Challenge

Looking for a little autumnal inspiration to fill that blank page? Try writing something with these words:

  • calm
  • creation
  • parallel
  • nation
  • robin
  • yeast
  • basking
  • invisible
  • expanding
  • stump
  • bizarre

Want a different prompt? Write an essay, story, scene, poem, or hybrid piece about making your favorite food.

Bring copies to the WOTA meeting on November 17, post to the Facebook page, or add in a comment here!

October writing challenge

October writing challenge

The first part of this challenge is to capture 13 words. Some ideas:

  1. Collect 13 words from storefronts or billboards you pass in your car or ads that pop up on your computer screen
  2. Pull a book off your shelf that you haven’t touched in years and randomly pick out 13 words from page numbers that include the numbers 1 and 3
  3. Give yourself 13 hours and pick a word once an hour that gives you a little tingle or chill
  4. Consult your favorite little ghoul(s) and have them suggest words

When you have your 13 words, write a spooky story, horrific poem, eerie essay, or other piece of your choosing. Bring a copy to pass around at the meeting and scare our socks off!

September Writing Challenge: Myths & Legends

Write a piece (100-1000 words) on a myth or legend from your life. It can be something you grew up with, something you discovered later in life, something you’ve always been guided or intrigued or haunted by, something entirely invented from your own pure brain, or something you share with others in a culture, a region, the world. Any and all myths are fair game, but we want to hear about the ones that obsess you. Bring a copy to the September meeting and/or post as comment here to share with others!

July writing challenge

Write something of any style, any genre with these words:

twist
murmur
danger
listen
shimmer
quiver
earth
life
vast
ocean
rare
soul

Post to the comments below, share in the Facebook group, or bring copies to share at the July 20 meeting in the third-floor meeting room at Musser Public Library, 6-8 pm. Happy writing!

The Teeter-Totter Writing Challenge

Has the soggy spring bogged down your muse? Are you looking for a prompt to get your writing for the day? Has it been a while since you challenged yourself to write something new and you’re just looking for a place to start?

WOTA is happy to bring you June’s writing challenge–to compose a short piece of any length, style, genre, or subject matter using the following words:

yellow
broken
corpulent
variegated
infinite
liquid
teeter-totter

Bring your piece to the June meeting (details coming soon), post on our Facebook page, or share your work here and inspire others!

Nine adjectives and a coffee cup: a writing challenge

In our giddiness at being able to meet again in person, if distanced and masked, participants at the April WOTA meeting reinstated the writing challenge. Ready?

The challenge: use these 10 words to write a short piece in any style of your choosing–flash fiction, micro essay, poem, song, screenplay, hybrid, what have you. Post your piece below or in the Facebook group, and bring copies to the May meeting to share!

The 9 adjectives are: PRISTINE, FROLICSOME, TALL, CORUSCATED, WHITE, HARMONIOUS, REBELLIOUS, INTERESTING, and CONFUSING.

The noun is: COFFEE CUP.

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