August 13: Prompt readings and responses

Rome Area Writers is holding its monthly meeting Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will feature readings and responses to this month’s prompts.

Our first prompt came from BookBaby Blog: Writing Phone Conversations to Forward Your Plot and Draw Your Characters. The blog post has tips on how to write engaging dialogue from one side of a phone conversation. At 15 minutes it’s a quick and fun writing challenge!

A second prompt came from Ursula K. Le Guin’s book on writing, Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story. The exercise is called “A Terrible Thing to Do” and it goes like this:

“Take one of the longer narrative exercises you wrote — any one that went over 400 words — and cut it by half. If none of the exercises is suitable, take any piece of narrative prose you have ever written, 400-1000 words, and do this terrible thing to it. This doesn’t mean just cutting a bit here and there, snipping and pruning — though that’s part of it. It means counting the words and reducing them to half that many while keeping the narrative clear and the sensory impact vivid, not replacing specifics, and never using the word somehow. If there’s dialogue in your piece, cut any long speech or long conversation in half just as implacably.”

The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you’re interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please contact us to request the link. We’d be happy to have you!

July 9: Ways to pace your book

Rome Area Writers is holding its monthly meeting Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will feature a discussion of how chapters, paragraphs, and sentences affect a book’s pacing. The discussion will draw on blogs, exercises, and podcasts to give members useful ways to shape the pacing in their work.

The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you are interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please contact us to request the link. We would be happy to have you!

The July 9 meeting is also the deadline for the Lavender Mountain Anthology, an annual anthology RAW has published for 20 years. This year marks the 20th edition and we are thrilled to have reached that number.

June 11: Engaging openings for your book

Rome Area Writers is holding its monthly meeting Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will feature a discussion among members about how to craft engaging opening scenes in fiction and nonfiction. Members will read a few lines of an a book opening they enjoy and explain why they think it’s effective.

The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you are interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please contact us to request the link. We would be happy to have you!

The July 9 meeting will be the deadline for the Lavender Mountain Anthology, an annual anthology RAW has published now for 20 years. This year has the distinction of being the 20th edition and we’re thrilled to have reached that number.

May 14: Worldbuilding mini-workshop

Rome Area Writers is holding its monthly meeting Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will feature a mini- workshop on worldbuilding, and how it can be applied to all genres of fiction.

The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you are interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please contact us to request the link. We would be happy to have you! The mini-workshop will involve a 15 to 20 minute writing period, with attendees having the option of sharing their responses to the prompt.

Our June 11 meeting will be a discussion on how to craft an engaging opening for your book, whether it is fiction or nonfiction. Members will share their favorite opening lines and paragraphs from books they’ve read and examine what makes those beginnings so effective.

July will be the deadline for the Lavender Mountain Anthology, an annual anthology RAW has published now for 20 years. This year has the distinction of being the 20th edition and we’re thrilled to have reached that number.

February 13: Dialogue Mini-Workshop

Rome Area Writers is offering another mini-workshop at our next meeting, Thursday, Feb. 13, that will focus on dialogue and giving characters distinct voices.

As usual, Rome Area Writers will meet at 6 p.m. at the Sarah Hightower Library in Rome in the Etowah Room. Our dialogue mini-workshop will involve a 20-minute writing exercise, so anyone who wants to participate is asked to bring their preferred writing devices. After the exercise anyone who wishes to read their response to the prompt is welcome to do so, but it isn’t required.

When the mini-workshop concludes, we will hand out a prompt for the March meeting. In addition, there will be a special project for those members who are actively working on a book for publication. We hope this monthly prompt, and the project, will help writers improve their skills and think about how their work fits within the larger publishing world.

All Rome Area Writers meetings are open to the public and we’re happy to welcome new visitors. If you have any questions about the group, or would like more information, please contact us.