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What to Expect at Our April Meeting

Here’s what to expect at our April meeting:

  • We’ll meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th at Spencer Road Library Branch in Houck Professional Room 212 (for directions to the library, click here)
  • Our writing tip will be brought in by Diane.
  • Our word of the month will be brought in by Matt S.
  • The prompt for April is “Sounds of Silence” Participants will bring in any piece of writing, maximum of two pages in length, that they feel conveys the prompt.
  • Heather will bring the prompt for May.
  • Heather will share her writing with the group and receive feedback.

We’re open to new members! If you or someone you know is looking for a writing critique group, please join us at our next meeting.

Have questions for us? Feel free to send an email to:

pentopaperstchas (at) gmail (dot) com

 

What to Expect at Our March Meeting + February Recap

Here’s a brief recap of our February meeting:

  • Our word of the month (brought in by Amanda)  is Bumfuzzle which  Merriam-Webster defines as: to confuse; perplex; fluster.
  • February’s writing tip by Sherry M. helped us determine the difference between a simile and a metaphor.
  • Member Diane shared her writing and received feedback from the group.
  • Last, but not least, we learned that our group president and founder Cindy Moore is moving back to her native Utah this month. We’re happy that she and her husband have the opportunity to start this new chapter, but we’re very sad to see her go!
  • Also, Amanda announced that she may be relocating at some point in 2014.

With Cindy’s immediate exit and Amanda’s hopes for relocation later this year there will be a few roles to fill within the group at some point in 2014. We’ll try to make time for discussing this at the March meeting.

Here’s what to expect at our March meeting:

  • We’ll meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13th at Spencer Road Library Branch in Houck Professional Room 212 (for directions to the library, click here)
  • Our writing tip will be brought in by Matt U.
  • Our word of the month will be brought in by Matt S.
  • The prompt for March is “If Only I’d Had My Lucky…” Participants will bring in any piece of writing, maximum of two pages in length, that they feel conveys the prompt.
  • Diane will bring the prompt for April.
  • Matt U. will share his writing with the group and receive feedback.

 

What to Expect at Our February Meeting

Since our group didn’t get together for our January meeting, we’ll be doing everything we were supposed to do at last month’s meeting this month.

Here’s what to expect at our February meeting:

  • We’ll meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th at Spencer Road Library Branch in Houck Professional Room 212 (for directions to the library, click here)
  • Our writing tip will be brought in by Sherry C. and Sherry M.
  • Our word of the month will be brought in by Heather.
  • The prompt for February is “An Expected Surprise.” Participants will bring in any piece of writing, maximum of two pages in length, that they feel conveys the prompt.
  • Amanda will bring the prompt for March.
  • Heather will share her writing with the group and receive feedback.

Our group has grown quickly! At this time, Pen to Paper is closed to any new members or attendees. Non-members wishing to attend one of our meetings should email pentopaperstchas@gmail.com to be added to a waiting list.

January Meeting Cancelled

The January meeting for Pen to Paper, scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at Spencer Road Library is cancelled due to possible road conditions later this evening.

We will meet next month on Thursday, February 13th.

Please watch for a post closer to next month’s meeting as to what to expect at our February meeting.

Recap of Our December Meeting

Here’s a brief recap of our December meeting:

  • Our word of the month (brought in by Cindy)  is Snollygoster, which  is such a unique word that Merriam-Webster didn’t have a definition for it in their online dictionary. The definition of the word is: One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles.
  • December’s writing tip by Diane: The tip is from Kurt Vonnegut, and it is “start as close to the end as possible.”
  • Member Diane shared her writing and received feedback from the group.

Here’s what to expect at our January meeting:

  • We’ll meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 9th at Spencer Road Library Branch in Houck Professional Room 212 (for directions to the library, click here)
  • Our writing tip will be brought in by Sherry C. and Sherry M.
  • Our word of the month will be brought in by Heather.
  • The prompt for January is “An Expected Surprise.” Participants will bring in any piece of writing, maximum of two pages in length, that they feel conveys the prompt.
  • Amanda will bring the prompt for February.
  • Heather will share her writing with the group and receive feedback.

Our group has grown quickly! At this time, Pen to Paper is closed to any new members or attendees. Non-members wishing to attend one of our meetings should email pentopaperstchas@gmail.com to be added to a waiting list.

Recap of Our November Meeting

Here’s a brief recap of our November meeting:

  • Our word of the month is Superfluous, which Merriam-Webster defines as: beyond what is necessary: not needed.
  • November’s writing tip by Matt U.:

“Print out and cut up your own writing.” Take a piece of your writing 1-2 pages–or up to a whole chapter–and cut up single sentences or each individual word. Spread the cut up pieces out in front of you on a table and begin to reconstruct your writing by piecing things together and creating a completely different story.
This old school method of ‘cut and paste’ can help ease a case of writer’s block or just help you view your writing in a whole new way.

  • Member Matt U. shared his writing and received feedback from the group.

Here’s what to expect at our December meeting:

  • We’ll meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 12th at Spencer Road Library Branch in Houck Professional Room 212 (for directions to the library, click here)
  • Our writing tip will be brought in by Diane.
  • Our word of the month will be brought in by Cindy.
  • There is no prompt for December. With the holidays, everyone is definitely busier this time of year. This month, we’ll be doing something fun and creative instead of writing a prompt. Anyone who wishes to participate, can bring in their writing cut up into pieces. We’ll construct a story as a group using the ‘cut and paste’ method from our November writing tip. This should prove to be a fun, interesting and no doubt, creative experience!
  • Our critique for the month of December will work a bit differently. At our November meeting we ran out of time before we were able to critique Diane’s work-in-progress. For December,  everyone will read Diane’s piece she gave to us at our November meeting, on our own time prior to this month’s meeting. We will not be reading it at the library, so everyone will need to have it read and marked up with their own notes for critique at this month’s meeting.  If you need a copy of the writing she’s sharing for critique, send an email to Amanda.
  • Please bring in a treat to share! Bring one of your favorite nibbles to share with the group. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy-or even homemade-just as long as it’s tasty and there’s enough for everyone.

Our group has grown quickly! At this time, Pen to Paper is closed to any new members or attendees. Non-members wishing to attend one of our meetings should email pentopaperstchas@gmail.com to be added to a waiting list.

 

Recap of Our October Meeting

Here’s a brief recap of our October meeting:

  • Our word of the month is Tergiversation, which Merriam-Webster defines as: evasion of straightforward action or clear-cut statement.

 

  • October’s writing tip by Matt S.:

“Learn the rules of good writing… then learn when and how to break them.” It’s very important to bend and break the writing rules because that leads to interesting writing when done right. For example, variety in word choice is a good thing because it helps keep writing from getting stale and boring. However, when trying to make a particular point, or bring about emphasis in a specific way or with a specific purpose, repeated words can be an attention getter. I wanted to share this with the group so that everyone can share what rules they like to bend or break for effect, and why.

 

“Laugh at your own jokes.” Very simply, if you don’t find your joke funny why would anyone else? And this can be extrapolated to every other aspect of writing. If you write a sad event and don’t feel sad for your character or are saddened by their reaction, then why should your reader feel it? In other words, allow your emotion in to your writing and the readers will feel it too.

 

  • Members Cindy and Jeremy shared their writing and received feedback from the group.

Here’s what to expect at our November meeting:

  • We’ll meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 14th at Spencer Road Library Branch in Houck Professional Room 210 (for directions to the library, click here)
  • Our writing tip will be brought in by Matt U.
  • Our word of the month will be brought in by Jeremy.
  • Our prompt for November is “Something You’re Grateful For.” Participants will bring in any piece of writing, maximum of two pages in length, that they feel conveys the prompt.
  • Amanda will bring in the writing prompt for December.
  • Diane and Matt U. will read from their work-in-progress and receive feedback from other members of the group.

Our group has grown quickly! At this time, Pen to Paper is closed to any new members or attendees. Non-members wishing to attend one of our meetings should email pentopaperstchas@gmail.com to be added to a waiting list.

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