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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.