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Monday, August 31, 2015

Wilmoth Foreman Presents "Housekeeping" Revision Strategies


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

Wilmoth Foreman will help us tackle basic "housekeeping" revision strategies. Foreman's very first critique when she began her MFA at Vermont College stressed several simplistic revision points that have served her well ever since, and she'll present a few at our LWC September 17 session.

Each writer will be creating a rough draft (maybe 10-15 minutes writing time); Foreman will then present a red flag to look for in the rough drafts and allow time for revision. After dealing with four or five ways to hone writings, we will have "true confession" feedback where writers will share problematic "ticks" they've discovered in their writing and read short before/after solutions. 

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.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Roman Tic and The Riddler Tie for First Place

We had a tie for first place in our 2015 LWC version of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest—or LWCBLFC, for short, because I'm sure you can all remember that. It was a night rife with exaggerated alliteration, grating metaphors, in-your-face clich├ęs, forced passive constructions, lazy “telling,” melodramatic characters, muddled story worlds, and so much more.

Roman Tic penned the dreadful "romantica" DE SOUL earning her the tie for first place. If only she and Alexander Xavier Harper (who penned a horrid adults-only tale of flatulence and love of country called OH, WHAT A NIGHT) would form a writing partnership, I am certain the two could write some truly atrocious "erotica." Harper squeaked out a third-place win for his gem. If it’s any indication of just how ineffective their "lusty" tales were, the temperature in the room actually dropped a degree when they read.

The author known only as The Riddler earned the tied spot for first place. She wove a ludicrous little ditty of fishiness. It was so bad, according to The Riddler, that she deemed it not even worthy of a title.

Ima Morona earned second place with her moronic story of rage expressed through a Yoo-hoo bottle in a squalid motel parking lot. It was unimaginatively titled INKY CLOSTRIDIUM GETS MAD.

Don’t worry. If you didn’t get to participate this year, our third annual LWCBLFC is scheduled for January 2016. Get your noms de plume ready!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bad-Writing Competition

The Living Writers Collective’s version of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

  Hello, Collectivians (that’s a great new word I’ve just invented), it is the time of year for our world renowned bad-writing competition. Maybe that should be Spring Hill renowned. In any event it will be held on Thursday evening, January 15, at the Excel building at Rippavilla from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This event takes place annually and is sponsored by the Living Writers Collective Uncreative Writing Program, led by Alexander Xavier Harper.
Anyone interested in participating in this prestigious event should first consult "The Bulmer-Lytton Fiction Contest" by Googling the site, reading about the latest winners, and understanding the rules of how the contest is conducted. We use the same rules of combat.
Our official rules state that the winner of the contest will win a magnificent solid-gold trophy, the winner chosen by secret ballot of the members present. This year the rules have been modified to include entries from members not able to attend the meeting. Entries may be sent by electronic mail as an attachment to for inclusion into the competition. Entries by e-mail close at 12:00 midday, Thursday, January 15. Entries will be printed out by AXH and submitted to the selection committee.
 A winner not present at the meeting may claim his or her trophy (under the cover of darkness) from the home of AXH. It is generally expected that any member submitting entries use a nom de plume (for obvious reasons). A writer may create one or more entries using his or her writing skills to generate a short, concise paragraph that best describes the object of the competition, using humor or any other method to produce a fine work of crappy literature.
Alexander Xavier Harper January 2015