APRIL 15, 2021 MEETING AT POSTMARK ARTS, CULTURE & HISTORY CENTER 119 SO. TENNESSEE AVE. LAFOLLETTE 6 p.m. CONTACT CAROL MCCLAIN AT firstname.lastname@example.org for questions LESSON PLAN FOR APRIL: APPLY THE HOOK TO A CURRENT PIECE OF YOUR WRITING AND BRING BOTH DRAFTS TO SHARE SEE MARCH TO DOWNLOAD THE HOOK LESSON PLAN
MARCH 18, 2021 MEETING VIA ZOOM 6 p.m. CONTACT CAROL McCLAIN AT email@example.com to get zoom invite LESSON PLAN FOR MARCH: THE HOOK LESSON PLAN MAY BE DOWNLOADED BELOW
NEXT WRITERS GUILD MEETING VIA GOOGLE MEETS JANUARY 21, 2021 AGENDA WILL BE POSTED IN DECEMBER OR BEGINNING OF JANUARY SEND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO CAROL McCLAIN AT firstname.lastname@example.org TO RECEIVE AN INVITE TO THE GOOGLE MEETS MEETING
AGENDA FOR NOVEMBER 19, 2020 MEETING We'll meet at 6 p.m. on the 19th via google meets. We will: 1. Share any news or updates on our writing. 2. Share our goals for the next month 3. Ask for any advice or any questions you may have.
We'll do a round robin for each question. Ask everyone #1. When all have had their say, move on to #2, etc.
ue to the Covid 19 need for spacial and social distancing we have been on a hiatus that has left most of us missing the camaraderie of what others are doing in the world of writing and being creative. I am happy to announce that three of our authors have published books since we have been shut in, so good things continue to happen. Carol McClain, our wonderful facilitator has signed a contract her new book, and Joe Guy and Jerry Kidd have self published books on Amazon. As we continue to meet via google meet we have had some very good discussions about writing and why we write. Different methods and reasons. Always interesting. October we tried meeting in person with masks and social distancing. We each had our own 6' table. There were three of us and Carol we able to delve into some specific one on one coaching. During our June meeting, we discussed some options for those involved in the Writers Guild to become active in other opportunities within Postmark LaFollette, one of those is becoming READER...A Reader is someone who participates in a group of people who will read a play or manuscript aloud, in a group setting. Each person is given a role to read prior to the group gathering so when all are together the reading will give the play write or author a good idea of how it sounds, is there a punch line that needs to be fixed, words that are difficult to get out in the context of a speaking part, etc. this exercise is where many things get clarified. READERS are not auditioning, unless they want to, but are an essential part of putting together a stage play. We also have need for those who like to write skits, more of an impromptu situation for something like our Postmark Jamboree, even advertising for a variety of prospects. If you are interested in any of these types of activities, please use the form below to contact us. We will be meeting in July, please watch this site as well as our FB, Postmark LaFollette to see whether we will meet in person at the Postmark Center, or do a Google Meet session. Carol will be sending out the information for the Google Meet, so if interested in joining in, please send Carol your email address, to her email at email@example.com. According to the instructions for Googel Meet, it does not have to be a gmail account. Normally the meetings are the third Thursday of each month, at 6 p.m., but due to a conflict the July meeting will be held on July 23 at 6 p.m. There may be a chance that we will meet at the Postmark Center, but with the uptake in cases we continue to be very cautious. Contact Carol (Email address above) if your interested in joining in on the July 23 meeting, she will send you an invite via email.
Creative Writing July 23, 2020 6 p.m. if interested in attending, use form below which will come automatically to Postmark LaFollette, or email Carol McClain at firstname.lastname@example.org
DECEMBER 19, 2019 Our November meeting was very interesting and very creative. Carol had us look a photos and then spend five minutes writing whatever came to our minds. We did three of these exercises and it was amazing what to hear what each attendee wrote, some very creative stories. Carole wants us to bring an extended story based on one of these that we started or bring a story you have been working on. Depending on number of attendees, we will try to get everyone Please bring a short story, article or poem for the Nov 21 meeting. We will discuss any questions that may arise from the writers. We will also do some brainstorming. The first meeting of our Writers Guild was quite successful. We had a dozen enthusiastic and creative people who joined us for our first session. Each person talked about what they hope to accomplish; there were a variety of discussions from poetry, to story telling and character building to how to obtain a editor to publishing though an agency or self publishing. We will address all of these over the next several meetings. We feel the first several meetings will help us establish where each of the attendees wants to be and hopefully as the months pass we will be able to have decided how much of each meeting will be devoted to each specific area. This meeting four of the youth were asked to create a charchter for our next meeting on October 17, 2019 at Postmark LaFollette.
Carol McClain, our Facilitator Versatile. Others say weird. In truth, McClain’s wacky and wonderful. As a youth, she believed herself an odd-ball, craved being like others. She even practiced writing in cliches because her classmates did, and if they thought the phrases were cool, they had to be. Fortunately, that phase passed, and she now celebrates her own diversity. She plays bassoon, creates stained glass, enjoys high ropes, loves to run and, of course, she writes.
For thirty years she attempted to teach teenagers the joys of the English language. Judging from the prevalence of confusion with their, they’re and there–not to mention your and you’re and the rest, she hasn’t succeeded much. She’s now on a quest to make magic with her own words Check out her books at www.carolmcclain.com Creative writing is any writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature, typically identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development, and the use of literary tropes or with various traditions of poetry and poetics.
Just one of the descriptors used to define the Creative Writer. There are many and we will probably create our own definition by the time we meet a second or third time. We will meet on the Third Thursday of each month. To start with we will work as one guild, as we grow and build on talents, we will be able to hone in on individual goals in the variety of writings, from Poetry to Play Wright to fiction as well as family history and more the possibilities are endless.