Mead Moon June

Join us for the WOTA monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 20 from 6-8 pm in room 301 of Musser Public Library. Bring a pen, bring a friend, bring a short piece to share!

If you’re looking for inspiration, write something incorporating these words: COMMON, CELOSIA, TWISTED, GLASSES, ORCHARD, COMPONENT, CARTON, KNIGHT, SUPPOSE

Happening in June:

The best dang regional conference in the Midwest: the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference will take place on the campus of Augustana College in Rock Island from June 22-24. Check out the amazing faculty and free public events, including an author fair, at the MWC website


The National Federation of State Poetry Societies is meeting in Iowa this year! Register for the event in Des Moines running June 21 – June 26 via this link.

Creativity Camp for Adults

The Society of Great River Poets is hosting their much-beloved Creativity Camp for adults at Langwood Education center in Grandview, Iowa, from June 9 – June 11. Registration fee is $20 for Friday, $35 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $70 for all three days. Please make check payable to SGRP. Mail to Rod Reeves, 1605 South Street, Burlington, IA 52601. Email for more information or to register. This year’s schedule:

Friday June 9 — Lodge opens 4 PM.

7:00 Writing Games Pat Bieber

Saturday June 10

9:00 Prompted Poetry, Maggie Ripperger

10:45 From E to Zoom Stephen Brayton

12:15 Lunch

1:30 JournalingJerry Narland

3:15 Make it Your Own, Pat Bieber

5:00 Supper, create cover for instant anthology

Sunday June 11

9:00 The Benefits of Rejection Dennis Maulsby

10:45 Writing the 100 Word Story Misty Urban

12:15 Lunch

1:30 Fun with Short Forms Part V Pat Bieber

Local Author Celebration

WOTA would like to thank Musser Public Library and the Friends of Musser Public Library for organizing the Local Author Celebration on May 20! Members, friends, and fans of WOTA were in attendance to talk about and read for their books.

Call for Submissions: Memories

Writers on the Avenue is seeking contributions to an anthology on the topic of memories. Happy, haunting, complicated, or sad, pulled from the distant past or as recent as yesterday, show us in prose, poetry, or visual art the power memory has for you. Whether memory of a person, place, event, or epoch, make us feel the deep pull, the trickster caprices, the calm or the worry or the comfort that recollection can bring.

Prose: fiction or nonfiction of 3000 words or less
Poetry: up to 5 poems, formatted for a 6×9 page
Visual art: black and white, at least 300 dpi

Direct submissions or attachments in docx, rtf, or jpg/png form to by January 31, 2023. Please include a 50-100 word biography.

Anticipated publication is fall 2023. Membership in WOTA is not a requirement for inclusion.

Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Ready to submit?

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!