Let's meet up and share our writing! (The Sequel)

We discussed the meeting structure today and decided on monthly meetings. There's a prompt for March 9th's meeting. It is:

-A half-full cup of cappuccino

Feel free to write a poem, short story, or however you enjoy arranging words on a page about this prompt. It can be interpreted in absolutely any way you wish. I'll post the photo of said cup for anyone who missed today's meeting as soon as I figure out how to do it (perhaps under the Discussions tab).

The idea is that we will each write a story/poem/word collection related to the prompt and e-mail to each other (or upload to Discussions if possible) a week before our next meeting (Saturday, March 2nd). This will give everyone a chance to look through each work and be prepared to give a helpful critique to everyone during the meeting (Saturday, March 9th).

If you have a particular, non-prompt-related, piece you'd like to have critiqued, feel free to upload it and ask for feedback. Then, after the regular meeting, the ones who wish to discuss the piece can talk about it.

The location is the same: Mead's Corner
The time is different: 1:00 PM (quieter)
Duration: ~ 2 hours

If you can't make it to this meetup, perhaps we can schedule an additional one. However, for the sake of everyone's schedule, I'd like to keep this date solid so there's no confusion.

I hope the plan is pretty clear for everyone. We had a great first meeting; we had five turnout today. I look forward to seeing everyone again, and hopefully some new faces as well.

Thanks!

-Ashley

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have reserved the meeting room for April 6th from 1-4pm at the Angelou Library at 3051 E. 21st St. I paid, out of the goodness of my poetic heart, the nonrefunable $15 reservation fee. We can collect a few dollars from everyone during the meeting to pay for this coming month and the next month as well.

    This is a good sized room with plenty of space and room to grow, so hopefully more and more people will come.

    1 · March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Unfortunately I have been scheduled to go to AL for work the 2nd - 9th I will miss the meeting :(

      March 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We will miss you. Feel free to submit something from the prompt anyway, it will be fun to read.

      March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I checked on the local libraries as possible locations. The Angelou Library at 3051 E. 21st Street, corner of 21st and Hillside, has a good sized room for $15 dollars for the day. I tentatively reserved for April 6th, but will need to go pay to reserve. The library is open from 1 to 6 pm.

    The cost is normally $15/hour, however is available to non-profit organizations for the lower amount.

    This branch is easy to find, small but quiet, and has handicapped parking and access.

    Please weigh in and let me know if this location is acceptable.

    March 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am good to pitch in.

      March 11, 2013

    • Celia M.

      I'd appreciate the handicapped facilities. Sounds like a plan.

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds good. Looking forward to meeting all of you.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great meet. I got a lot of great feedback on my short stories, and I thought we all gave some good suggestions. I was very excited for our first critiquing meeting, and it went really well. We had many returning members (I hope to see you next month, Jase) and a few newcomers as well. I look forward to seeing all of you next month. It was good to meet John, Serena, and Bob as well. I am very interested to see everyone's writing fro next month.

    See you soon!

    March 9, 2013

  • Celia M.

    Sat. Mar. 9---so very sorry I couldn't make the meeting after all. I could *not* find a parking space (lots seem to be reserved) and as I am handicapped, a couple of blocks' walk in pouring rain didn't seem doable :-P However, I'll look forward to next month. Hope y'all had a good time.

    March 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's terrible! I'm sorry that happened. We're going to change locations most likely because it was pretty crowded today, and we'd like to be able to reserve a table or room. If you have any alternative recommendations, please post it on the next meetup's comment section. We'll announce the location by this Wednesday. We're thinking maybe a library or somebody's house. Again, sorry we missed you.

      March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unable to make it tomorrow. Looking forward to meeting you all in April.

    March 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for letting us know. Please join us next time!

      March 8, 2013

  • John W.

    I'm pretty sure I have never consumed cappuccino, which I associate with Capuchin monks and Starbucks. I have been in a Starbucks, but never to consume coffee of any variety; I know very little about Capuchin monks. I gather that cappuccino is a fancy style of coffee which can be extravagantly expensive.
    Growing up in Mosul, Iraq, I always drank Persian-style weak tea rather than the Turkish-style coffee when I was taken to visit anyone, as my mother consider coffee too strong and any unboiled beverage too dangerous. Persian-style tea came from two samovars, one with very strong tea, the other with boiling water, so my mother could control the strength of the tea. Owing to this childhood initiation into hot beverages, I drink coffee only when the only hot beverage available.
    As for the half-full cup, it is not clear to me whether the first half was the result of never having been filled originally, having been spilt, or having been half consumed previously; if the latter, by whom.

    February 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's not so much about the half cup of cappuccino as what comes to mind, it seems you have wonderful stores of going places with your mother and drinking tea, i would love to hear about those experiences, the sights, sounds, tastes, touches of the cups and tables, the clank of the equipment, colors and aromas, your feeling as a boy being with the adults drinking tea. So cappuccino is not your cup of TEA (pun intended) - tell us about your cup of tea.

      1 · March 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i agree same place for this weekend

      1 · March 6, 2013

  • John W.

    Westlink Library meeting room was booked for Saturday until 3:30 p.m. Stay tuned for an alternate location.

    March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Why we changing locations?

      March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't think we should change locations. This has happened in the past and has resulted in people showing up at the wrong place! Let's keep it at Mead's Corner for this weekend, and we can discuss moving it (I'm totally open to that) for future meetings.

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am getting excited about the next meetup. Remember to load your contribution to the prompt by this week end so we all have time to read them and come ready to comment. I am looking forward to another great discussion!

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to meeting the group:)

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    John, that is a very interesting insight. I'd assumed that the vast majority of people have tried this drink. However, the taste of the drink isn't really necessary for the activity. Since you are a non-fiction writer, and you have a very unique perspective, perhaps you can use the drink itself as a centerpiece to talk about some aspect of either culture that this drink triggers in your mind. You may even want to elaborate some about what you've talked about so far. I would be very interested to read about how coffee is treated/viewed in the various places you've lived.

    If you still don't want to participate in this prompt, that's fine. I just wanted to be clear that you can write about anything the cappuccino makes you think about. The rules are not rigid.

    February 19, 2013

  • John W.

    My writing at present is primarily nonfiction prose, at the moment a blog on my work with Dale Kietzman University, primarily at their Institut Superieur Dale Kietzman in Douala, Cameroun. I was born in Lebanon, grew up mostly in Mosul, Iraq, with boarding school in Kodaikanal, India, and Beirut, Lebanon. All my degrees are in English. I retired from being the academic dean at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, and worked as a research editor for the Wedgestone Press edition of the Browning Correspondence, most recently translating letters from Browning's French friends into English/
    Unfortunately, my mother thought the strong coffee in the Arab world was too strong for children, but unboiled water wasn't safe, so my sisters and I grew up drinking weak tea and then stronger tea, and we never developed a taste for coffee. Thus I am not joining in the group project on half a cup of cappucino, which I have never tasted. But I hope to learn something about it.

    February 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      AHH but what a challenge it would be to write about something you know little about and think of the possibilities.

      February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://www.kwawriters.com/ here is the link to the KS writers association - they are meeting next weekend on the 16th - i have been twice now and have really enjoyed - i encourage you to come early as the place fills up fast.

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thoroughly enjoyed our Meetup today at Meads.
    So eclectic, yet a common bond.
    Excited for the next one, as I haven't been challenged
    in quite some time.
    Lovely group of people...
    please join us next time!

    Thank you Ashley for this event update.

    February 9, 2013

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