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!

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.

June 14 : Collaboration

Our monthly meeting will be June 14th. This month we get two guest speakers: Charlene Ball and Libby Ware. Charlene Ball and Libby Ware are both authors of historical fiction novels and other forms of short craft.

Libby Ware’s southern historical fiction Lum: http://libbywarewriter.com/.

Charlene Ball’s early modern historical fiction DARK LADY: A NOVEL OF EMILIA BASSANO LANYER: http://charleneball.com/.

Their topic will be collaboration. Come hang out with us at the Rome Library, 6-8PM, on Thursday, June 14th. If time allows, there will be readings. Bring something if you would like to participate. The public is welcome.

Anthology submissions are due by July 12.

Next year RAW is having its 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more.

Meeting – January 14, 2016

Happy new year. Our first meeting of the year will be January 14 at the Rome/Floyd County Library starting at 6:00PM.  Here is what to expect at this month’s meeting.

Officer Elections
2016 Membership Dues  – See Dekie Hicks to pay your $20. Make checks out to Rome Area Writers.
Reading Night – There is no prompt, but please bring  a little piece of whatever you happen to be writing now. We would all like to hear your current project. There is a TEN minute time limit for each reader.
Website Content –  We are taking suggestions for content to be added to the new website. Feel free to contribute.

This should be an exciting meeting and we are all looking forward to seeing you Thursday.

Keep writing!