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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December Writers' Jam

Come join us at 7:00 p.m. on December 18 for our last Writers' Jam session of 2014. We will be judging the young writers' contest, and if there is time left over, we will dive into writing questions, tips, advice--anything you all want to bring. We will be in the Excel building at Rippavilla. See you there.

Our first session of 2015 falls on New Year's Day, so we will not meet for critique in January. Our first session of 2015 will be Writers' Jam on January 15. I'll get a 2015 calendar out in the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20 Writers' Jam Canceled

Writers' Jam on November 20 has been CANCELED due to the Excel building being unavailable now through Dec. 6 for a 150-year historic battle of Franklin event.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

First Writers' Jam Session

Please join us Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the Excel building at Rippavilla Plantation for our first Writers' Jam session.

This will be a membership-directed session. Here are examples of how you can be prepared to contribute: bring your writing-related Q&As (we all learn from the questions of others); bring writing-related articles, book excerpts, book examples of techniques, etc. to read to the group; bring your own WIP, and let the group help you strengthen your writing. Anything is open (no critique readings--save those for critique sessions) as long as it deals with writing.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Landmark Booksellers Poetry Open-mic Night

LWC will not be having a poetry nite in July, but I want to encourage all of our poets and wordsmiths to attend Poetry Open-mic Night at Landmark Booksellers in downtown Franklin on Tuesday, July 29, at 7:00 p.m.

You can take your poetry notebook and read a few of your own, or you can just listen as others read, and be inspired. This is a great opportunity to "test drive" some of the poems you've been working on and polishing with the help of Ramon Presson's educational LWC poetry nites.

I have been to one of Landmark's poetry nights, and I know you will enjoy it.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mary Ann Weakley Book Debut


Mary Ann Weakley

for the debut of her memoir

Monastery to Matrimony 
A Woman's Journey

Thursday, July 24, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Spring Hill Public Library
144 Kedron Parkway
Spring Hill, TN

Mary Ann was the publisher and editor of our LWC newsletter, Collective Connection; a member of our advisory committee; and the coordinator of our events. She was an active member of LWC for seven years (since the group's beginning) before her move to Florida last year. Mary Ann was also a member of the Council for the Written Word in Franklin, Tennessee, and is published in their anthology The Gathering. She was also a regular columnist in The Informer, a Spring Hill newspaper. Her book Monastery to Matrimony: A Woman's Journey is currently a finalist in the Florida Writers Association competition--Royal Palm Literary Awards.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Show and Tell

I hereby declare May SHOW AND TELL month for LWC. Get ready! More to come.

Monday, February 24, 2014

It's Poetry Time!

Poetry night with Ramon Presson is this Thursday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Excel building at Rippavilla. No matter what you write, you can benefit from the focus on the rhythm and precision of words that poetry offers. Step out of your comfort zone, and come out Thursday to learn how you can be the best wordsmith you can be.  

If you're worried that LWC has entered Thunderstorm Thursday season, don't be. Ramon explains it best in his poem below:


Doesn't it make you wonder?
It's hard to argue, I suppose
that the lightning, rain, and thunder
only occur on nights of prose.

Could it be that the heavens love meter,
in rhyme or unrhymed rows
more than the average reader,
and more than stacked blocks of prose?


Learn more about poet Ramon Presson: Calling All Poets

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

From Fiction

Wilmoth Marshall Foreman
FROM MEMORY…not necessarily fact…TO FICTION

April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Excel building at Rippavilla Plantation

We’ll look at the topic of memories as a basis for fictional writings. We will compare what may have really happened— that tiny seed of memory — to the fiction it spawned, and Foreman will use her writings to illustrate points.

If time allows, we’ll list some "memory kernels," then write a factual memory of one of those kernels.

Wilmoth Marshall Foreman is a Columbia native. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College; is a teacher consultant of the West Tennessee Writing Project (affiliate of the National Writing Project); and is on the Tennessee Arts Commission’s roster of Artists in Education as a teacher of writing.

Her first novel, Summer of the Skunks, is on the 2005-06 Volunteer State Book Award Master Reading List; was selected as a 2004 Book of Note by the Tri State [Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey] Young Adult Review Committee; and was a 2006-07 Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Master List Nominee.

Currently and for about 15 years, Wilmoth has written a weekly newspaper column for The Daily Herald in Columbia. A collection of several of those columns has been published recently. Like the column, that book is titled Somewhere Along the Way.