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West Ashley Wordsmiths

Tentative agenda:

1. Find the place. Total Wine & More is located on Ashley River Road (Hwy 61) at the intersection with Sam Rittenberg Blvd. (across from the Barnes and Noble shopping center).

2. Introductions as necessary, to include:

A. Background.
B. Writing aspirations.
C. What you would like to get from these meetings.

3. Optional assignment for those who need a nudge:

“Are you a person that’s on time or are you always running late? Is it important to be prompt? Why or why not?”

~ Source:

4. Share work for feedback. Please don’t let a lack of work keep you from attending. It is our mission to help you light that spark. If you post work ahead of time in The Reviewing Arena on the Message Board under the “Discussions” link at the top of your screen, we’ll be able to provide more constructive reviews based on detailed analysis.

5. Some spontaneous conjuring to stir the embers of your imagination.

6. Open forum. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

A.  Locating material for your writing.

B.  Talking with your characters.

C.  Writing what you know and faking what you don’t.

~ all these from “The No-Experience-Necessary Writer’s Course” by Scott Edelstein

Let the creativity flow from your soul!


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  • susan s.

    I enjoyed the meeting yesterday and look forward to attending the next one at Total Wine .. I can see I have a lot to learn .. Thank you for such a nice welcome and for all of the hard work that obviously goes into making such a meeting happen!

    October 27, 2013

  • Annette B.

    I totally enjoyed attending and mtg. the writers, listening to their poetry & prose and also, getting their good inputs on my reading. Looking forward to the next mtg. As I am currently without wheels, would love to have a ride to the next mtg. if it is not in W. Ashley. I can get to the local meetings here in W.A. but am a little challenged by Carta bus system when it comes to mtgs. in other areas. Let me, it's not forever, one would hope...just a momentary inconvenience! Let me would be greatly appreciated!

    Annette Bonin

    October 27, 2013

  • susan s.

    Claire, I entirely agree with your observation regarding the computer .. such a heartless, unfeeling entity, with the power to rule one's life. (my whole monthly schedule is decided by a computer .. I have a name for her but as of now it shall remain unknown). I am so looking forward to the next meeting .. If I do not fall foul of the dreaded machine, I look forward to attending!!

    October 17, 2013

  • Louise A.

    The word epiphany always makes me smile. It should be a name for a baby girl. As in, "She had her baby girl and her name is Epiphany".
    Painting and writing relate with the mental, kinetic and feeling elements at play in an evolving work. But painting requires manual labor and touch, a physical venue. It's visceral attributes and visual prompts can be evoked with words. Writing is kinder to the hands and legs. I stand when I paint.

    October 7, 2013

  • Janine R.

    Ok, very specifically,What does writing make you feel or experience that no other activity can? I will answer the question myself in the next few days. Im falling asleep...Also, what word makes you laugh?

    October 1, 2013

    • Janine R.

      Dave, never thought to compare sports to writing. I used play A lot of tennis and ballroom/disco dancing. They all have thay visceral intuitiveness, flow and rhythm. I feel very much in the moment an d fully engaged. Small"sweet spots" along the wsy. Funny words? Dusseldorf, Dungarees (Hindi-"dungri"­) and pinky(Dutch-"pinkje­") also pinky is a kind of sailing vessel.These3 just came to mind. I think Anglo-Saxon words have the the most comical collection of words. How about everyone else, WORDS you find FUNY? WHAT YOU FEEL/EXPERIENCE while WRTING?

      October 5, 2013

    • Janine R.

      Excuse the spelling & Other glitches still havingto write on my phone.

      October 5, 2013

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