August Word Challenge

Join Writers on the Avenue for our August monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 21 in the first-floor conference room of Musser Public Library, 408 E. 2d St., Muscatine. The business meeting starts at 5:30, and your input is appreciated; the writing portion, including exercises, sharing work, and the critique group, commence at 6:00 p.m.

If you’re looking for a writing prompt, the July group generated this list of words: peace, ferris wheel, penmanship, overboard, score, vacation, exhilarating, release, wing, county fair, spendthrift, exit, and jehosaphat (if you don’t have use for mild expletives, you can overlook this last).  Can you tell it’s fair season? Remember to bring copies to share. Also, feel free to post your work here to share — we always love seeing what people come up with!

Come out to Muscatine’s Second Saturday in August and stop by WOTA’s table on 2d street to browse books, chat with local authors, and find out more about what we do. Hope your month is full of inspiration!

July meeting & more

Please join us for our monthly WOTA meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at the Musser Public Library’s new digs at 408 E 2d St. in Muscatine, right across from beautiful Trinity Episcopal church. We’ll meet in the board room on the ground floor and I imagine we’ll all have great fun in the swivel chairs. The business meeting begins at 5:30 to plan upcoming events and such; the writing fun starts at 6:00. Bring a friend, bring a pen, bring a short work to share.

If you’re searching for inspiration, we generated the following words for the challenge. Work them into a poem, story, memoir, screenplay, microfiction, collage, song, or whatever form you wish: ICE CREAM, FOLLOW, PENALTY, CORPULENT, APPLE, TOMATO, FLOOR, ELECTRIFYING, ANTICIPATION, HUMIDITY. Don’t ask me why there’s a food theme to this one. Just go with it.

As our writing exercise for the June meeting, we experimented with ways to make our writing more descriptive. The tips that Misty shared and the exercise she suggested are available at her blog, The Writing Well, for those interested.

Keep writing!

Upcoming in April

First and foremost: The deadline for our spring poetry contest in March 30, so send your entries if you haven’t already and you reside in the included counties. We can’t wait to read your work!

Our March meeting witnessed some old favorites and some new thrills as we continue to tweak our new meeting format. We tried our hand at writing haiku (and didn’t do too badly!) and the critique group had an earnest and successful beginning. This summer we hope to bring local authors and good lit to the Muscatine Second Saturday events, and scholarships are available for the Creativity Camp in June—contact us for more details.

Last but not least, if you’re up for the challenge, incorporate these words into a piece and post here or on our Facebook page: pear, redundant, agnostic, befuddled, intent, enlightened, elevation, procrastination, cement, admiration, and relief. Lots of feelings in those words. Have fun, and keep writing!

March Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, March 20 at the Student Center at Muscatine Community College for the next Writers on the Avenue meeting! The business meeting will begin at 5:30 to discuss the poetry contest and upcoming anthology. The writing fun will begin at 6:00. Bring a pen, bring a friend, bring something to share.

We will do a writing exercise, share our short works, and hold a critique session at the end. As always, there will be lots of camaraderie and inspiration as we try to bring out the best in one another. New members are always welcome!

If you’re up for a challenge this month, incorporate these words into a story, essay, song, poem, or whatever else suits your fancy. The words are: sestina, gerbil, lordosis, sabertooth, open, hilarious, queen, power, fidelity, and apricot. Feel free to post your response as a comment here, or share to the Facebook group. Write away!

December Word Challenge

The next WOTA meeting is Tuesday, December 13 starting at 6:00 pm in the Student Center at Muscatine Community College. Hope you can join us! We’ll have copies of the holiday anthology to distribute; come grab a few copies to gift to friends and family and sell to the other people in your life.

As always, bring work to share. If you’re looking for inspiration, the word list we generated at the November meeting includes:

Lace, lice, corn, acorn, lopsided, goosebumps, advantage effort, afford, gratitude, memory, evolve.

I love those word lists mostly as a snapshot of whatever is going on in peoples’ minds at the moment. Hope you can join us! Bring a pen and bring a friend!

July Word Challenge

At our June meeting, we brainstormed this list of words for next month’s word challenge:

Fireworks
Useful
Pudding
Tatter
Help
Fact
Jazz
Barn
Magnificence
Rumbled

Intertwine these into a song, poem, essay, story, or mixed media work of your choice, and bring copies to our next meeting on Tuesday, June 12, from 6 – 8 in the Student Center at Muscatine Community College. Come back to this page to hear what people have done with previous prompts!