Thursday, October 25, 2012

Great Event


Yesterday we set up shop at the Askennonia Health Fair.  It's a great venue to access all kinds of services for seniors, so if you or a loved one may be looking for a helping hand in the future, be sure to watch for the annual event each October.  We had a fantastic time, met a lot of very interesting people,and sold a whack of books.  Many were purchased as gifts - it's never too early to start Christmas shopping!

Pat added an interactive feature to our presentation this year by conducting a ten minute writing exercise for interested attendees.  I sat in with five participants, and their efforts left both Pat and I convinced that there is a lot of unexplored talent out there, not to mention fantastic stories to be told.  The prompt was "I remember...", with a building that stands out in memory as topic.  All the writers reached far back in time, sharing wonderful and interesting glimpses of the places and times they still love.  We encourage all of you to pass your stories on to your younger family members and friends, either in writing or verbally.  They are truly treasures that should be preserved.

Next up is our meeting on the 30th, followed by a workshop with Brian Henry.  Happy scribbling!


Monday, October 22, 2012

An Exercise

Last April our group did a wonderful exercise to help us become better at thinking of titles for our short stories. We were each given a word and then asked to make as many titles from that word as we could in ten minutes.
The words were: Tomb
                            Lace
                            Table
                            Tooth
                            Tea
My word was Tomb and I came up with some pretty interesting titles. For the homework due at our next meeting we were asked to come up with the first sentence for one title inspired by the each of the five words (one chosen from each member there that day). This was how mine turned out.

The Missing Tomb

 
The wind blew harshly across the deserted cemetery, whipping fallen leaves against the gravestones that dominated the landscape.

Steel Lace

 
Lacey McGubbin was a tough woman, some would say she was as hard as steel, stubborn to a fault.

Gum Under the Table


In Midhaven Middle school it was a well-known fact that the students passed messages in the gum under their tables.

Old Tooth, New Tooth

Sammy sat in the uncomfortable chair his mother had placed him in upon their arrival at Dr. Klein’s office.

Or

Sammy sat nervously in Dr. Klein's waiting room, this was his first trip to the dentist and he was afraid they would find so many cavities that all his teeth would need to be removed.

Murder in the Tea Room


It was two o’ clock in the afternoon and the Pride Park tea room was bustling with clientele.

Now you give it a try! Use the words we did or any five you can think of and see how many titles and beginning sentences you can come up with. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Today's Meeting

Wye Write met at Elmvale Legion.  We were joined by former member Peggy Clarke who now belongs to a group based in Penetanguishene.  Lyn announced her new approach to writing the Orr Lake Currents column in Springwater News.  Pat told us about the presentation she and Gail made at Unity Church's UCW this past Monday.  We're all looking forward to the Health and Safety Fair at the Askennonia Senior's Centre next Wednesday the 24th, as well as an upcoming Brian Henry workshop on November 10.

On top of all this, we still find time to work on stories for our next anthology, scheduled for release in 2013.

Our blog will have more contributors now because Pat & Bev learned how to post today.  Gail is in high demand, and had a prior obligation while poor Carol is suffering through a hiking trip in the English countryside.  We'll teach them next time so you can look forward to being entertained by all of our voices!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Changes

Updates have been made to our blog! If you click one of the member names on the right hand side a brief bio and example of their work will pop up. Hope you enjoy our work!

Upcoming Event

Stop by to meet some of the Wye Write authors at the Annual Askennonia Health Fair on Wednesday, October 24.  We will be at the Senior Centre on King Street in Midland promoting reading as an excellent way to help maintain the health of the mind.  Booths are open between 10:00 am and noon.  Admission is free - just pop in to the centre to pick up your ticket.  We'll be happy to chat awhile or answer any questions, and our books make a terrific Christmas gift for the readers on your list.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hello!

Hello out there to the blogging world!
As you can see this is Wye Write's first post.
I think it would be wise to start off by explaining what Wye Write is. We are a group of six female authors that meet twice a month to share our writing with each other for constructive criticism and feedback. During these meetings we complete ten minute writing exercises that we share with the group and sometimes turn into longer pieces of work.
At one of our meetings we decided to become part of the digital age and create a blog to share our pieces of writing. We will be updating the blog shortly with samplings from each of us.
We hope you all enjoy!

Thanks,
The Members of Wye Write