The Amelia Library Writer’s Group will not meet on Tuesday, July 10th so that members may have the option to attend the Fundamentals of Fiction program being presented at the Union Township branch library. The program is 6-7:30 p.m. and is being presented by Brooks Rexroat. Mr. Rexroat is a local published author, teacher and musician and will be talking about the important elements of fiction.
On Tuesday, July 17th Mr. Rexroat will present Preparing for Publication 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Registration is required for both programs either online calling 513 528-1744.
The Amelia Library Writer’s group will meet again on August 14 at 6:00 p.m.
The Amelia Writer’s group will be meeting once a month starting in June. We will meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Here are the writing prompts for June 12th
1. The asteroid was hurtling straight for……..
2. He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw …………
3. You walk into your house and it’s completely different – furniture, decor, all changed. And nobody’s home.
4. You’ve been outside digging a large hole for several hours when you realize that you can’t recall why your are digging it. Retrace your steps to try to discover your motivation.
5. You are invisible. What could you see while invisible that you would never witness otherwise?
Five Words: masterpiece, bird, pool, brick, girl
One of the participants of the Amelia Writer’s Group shared information about an upcoming writers workshop in Clarksville TN. Check out the website for more information on presenters and how to register
Eighth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference
June 7 – 8, 2012
Historic Clarksville, Tennessee – Tennessee’s Fifth Largest City
- Two days of excellent writing workshops and presentations, including lunches
- A banquet with keynote speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex S. Jones, with an authors’ reception and signing
- Free consultations with two literary agents for presentation attendees
The conference is presented on the third floor of Austin Peay State University’s Morgan University Center and at the Clarksville Country Club. Other authors include Poet Amanda Auchter, Young Adult author Tracy Barrett, Kevin McQueen, author of true crime and mystery and many others. Check out their website for more information – Clarksville Writers Conference
Make the most of your travels abroad this summer by learning a few conversational phrases before you go by using CCPL’s database – Mango Languages.
Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Available on the library’s website, Mango offers 49 language experiences including Spanish, Italian, and German and 15 English as a Second Language ( ESL) lessons with different levels of fluency. The basic level offers lessons for common and practical phrases that can be learned over a few short hours. The more advanced level offers more in-depth lessons in language and grammar skills.
Mango uses the Google translation engine to translate phrases or conversations from one language to another.
You can access Mango Languages on Clermont County Public Library’s website by going to www.clermontlibrary.org and click on Research and Homework then click on Databases, All you need is a computer and a library card.
Type Mango Languages in the search box or scroll down the list to Mango Languages.
Click on Access Database. In Mango you have the option to create an account in order to track your progress or you can click on the Start Learning button. Choose the language you wish to learn and click on basic or in-depth lessons and you are on your way.
Be sure to check out our other language materials at the library.
- Think back to a time when you saw a stranger say or do something that that caught your attention. Write one page from the stranger’s point of view about what they are doing and why.
- A jewel-encrusted box is found in an ancient abandoned temple. Describe the box, what is in the box, and the temple. See where it takes you.
- Take some time out of your day to people watch. This works especially well in a coffee shop, restaurant, or some other public place where interaction is the norm. Jot down observations about the people around you. Describe a loner, a couple, someone how works in this public area. How do they interact? What’s their body language say about them at this point in time? How does the employee react to those around him?
- Three characters enter a room; an old embittered woman, angry at life and full of regret, a young idealistic boy, and a mother of a newborn baby. How does each character describe the room?
- Begin with the words, “have you forgotten me?” Write for 25 minutes.
Five Words – create, east, novel, express, share
Join fellow travelers at the Amelia Library on Friday, May 11th at 10:30 a.m. as we chat about travel websites and the Mango language database. The Mango Language database is available on the library website. It is a database where you can learn a few foreign phrases to use during your travels or learn a language in-depth for more extensive travel.
Clermont County library also has language learning materials on CD and phrase books and dictionaries that can be checked out.
During our chat we will explore some of the websites on the internet.
Most of the major travel guide companies have websites that are easy to access such as Fodors, Frommers, Lonely Planet and Tripadvisor. Many include reviews and travel tips by other travelers.
The CDC is a website maintained by the Centers for Disease Control that will give you updates on needed vaccinations and travel alerts.
The State Department provides information about passports and the National Park Service has information on the National Parks. The National Park Service has recently devoted a webpage to Civil War History for the 150 years anniversary.
If you are looking for alternative transportation Airlines, Buses, and Trains all have their own website where you get information about making reservations and travel. Travel Apps are also available for your mobile phone.
Don’t leave home uninformed. Join us at the Amelia Library as we explore travel resources on Friday, May 11th.
1. Write about something you really dislike. Here is your chance to go for the jugular. Let your emotions flow into your writing.
2. Recount a somewhat serious anecdote – real or a fictional one – in the form of a joke. Use the rhythms and the voice you use when telling a joke, such as premise, setup and punch line.
3. You’re at lunch when your Smartphone buzzes with an e-mail from your boss: “Don’t forget, we have a meeting in 10 minutes.” Of course you did forget, so you rush out of the restaurant and attempt to make it before it starts. But a crazy chain of events stops you from getting back in time for the meeting.
4. You’ve just moved into a new house and are fixing it up. In the process of painting you find an odd crack in the wall. As you explore further, you find out it’s a secret passageway—and you have no idea where it leads. You decide to grab a flashlight and go exploring.
5. Invent a character that has two personality traits that are completely incompatible, that don’t fit together at all. For example: this character is incredibly messy and is also a total perfectionist. Or: this character is a pacifist and also has a really explosive temper. Or: this character believes in strict, traditional family values but is promiscuous by nature. You decide. Then think of a situation in which these two sides of your character would be in direct conflict with each other. Write the story.
plant, exchange, wreath, river city, stripes
The Amelia Writer’s Group will meet again on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m. All adult writers are welcome.
Try the following prompts!
1. Write about your family, making them the very first family, living in a cave, killing the occasional mastodon. How long could your family survive? Describe in detail your surroundings, what life is like. Have fun with this one.
2. Write a scene in which a character professes feelings of guilt but clearly does not feel that way. Use action, gesture and voice to signal her true feelings.
3. Write a scene as observed by a character on the fringe of the action. If you want choose an event from another prompt or writing.
4. Write a story based on a myth or a fairy tale, setting it in contemporary times.
5. Write an excuse for not working today.
Five Words – Write a short story/paragraph. The following five words must appear in your story – Great value, idea, cookie, research, container
Have fun with these.
At the March 27th meeting Jen has agreed to bring a game called The Game of Novel Ideas – Best Sellers. Briefly, the game has cards which have two words on one side and letters on the other. You have two minutes to write as much as you can.
I thought it would be fun to do something a little different. The usual prompts are on the blog if you still want to do that.
The second half of the meeting will be spent sharing projects or writings.