Write Free or Die

“My perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper. That's heaven. That's gold and anything else is just a waste of time.” ― Cormac McCarthy

Upcoming

 

Wednesday, November 6, First Wednesday Flash Workshop

7:00 pm at Marion Gerrish Community Center, Derry, NH; (be sure to check the room assignment board in the vestibule for the meeting location).

As usual at this time of year, video recording of readings will be available for those that like that sort of thing. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

WFoD Second Wednesday Critique Session

7:00 pm at Marion Gerrish Community Center, Derry, NH; (be sure to check the room assignment board in the vestibule for the meeting location).

Queued for Review:

  • Dinosaur In The Park, ch 15 – Bill (11 pp) submitted 19 October
  • Mom Brought Home this Weird Cat – Lyndsay (19 pp) submitted 10/20
  • Bootsie draft 3, further revisions – Dean (8 pp) submitted 10/23
  • MC Sapiens (rewrite 1) – Andy (10 pp) submitted 10/24
  • Shadows (take 2) – John T. (16 pp) submitted 10/30

Wednesday, November 20, 2019  Third Wednesday – Free-for-all Sessions

7:00 pm at Marion Gerrish Community Center, Derry, NH; (be sure to check the room assignment board in the vestibule for the meeting location).

NaNoWriMo Write-In

We figure that by the 20th of November, the wannabes and wusses have folded their novel-writer tents and skulked into the outback, leaving the true-blue die-hard honest-to-hemingway novelists to ply their angst upon the realization that the month is two-thirds-shot, and they need to do some serious writing.

So we’re opening up our “Third Wednesday Free-for-all” to support that endeavor, under Don’s great and unmatched… oh wait, that’s a different Don. Our Don H. will be hosting the Write-In, and we’ll be publicizing it at local libraries. Not limited to WFoD members, anyone needing a couple of hours dedicated writing time and a place outside their normal routine to do it is welcome.

I hasten to add that if you’re a WFoD member (or know someone who wants to become a member) but aren’t doing the NaNoWriMo thing, drop in anyway. Bring your laptop or iPad or handful of freshly sharpened Ticonderoga #2s and some foolscap, pull up a chair and scribble.

Note – this will be held on November 20th, in our regular time and place, i.e. 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Gerrish Community Center on West Broadway in Derry.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

WFoD Fourth Wednesday Critique Session

7:00 pm at Marion Gerrish Community Center, Derry, NH; (be sure to check the room assignment board in the vestibule for the meeting location).

[Don’t forget our (voluntary) donation to MGCC is collected on the fourth Wednesday]

Queued for Review:

  • MC Sapiens first person rewrite – Andy (10 pp) submitted 24 October
  • Love Without Question ch. 1 “Birth” – Marietta (12 pp) submitted 10 November

Wednesday, December 4, First Wednesday Flash Workshop

7:00 pm at Marion Gerrish Community Center, Derry, NH; (be sure to check the room assignment board in the vestibule for the meeting location).

As usual at this time of year, video recording of readings will be available for those that like that sort of thing. 


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

WFoD Second Wednesday Critique Session

7:00 pm at Marion Gerrish Community Center, Derry, NH; (be sure to check the room assignment board in the vestibule for the meeting location).

Queued for Review:

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Wednesday, December 18, 2029

WFoD Third Wednesday Free-For-All

In your writing these dsys, do you find yourself trying not to offend, or trigger? Ask yourself “Why?”

Avoiding offense? Not triggering anyone? What’s “correct,” (politically or otherwise)? What’s OK/Not OK?

We’re seeing a rise in concern among writers and publishers over work getting – if not “banned” – then proscribed, or warned against. Just the other day someone posted about some yokel lawmaker proposing legislation against the use of “bitch” to mean anything other than a female pooch, apparently.

So – censorship. Among the chestnuts and standbys for writers (and artists of any stripe, really) to whinge and philosophize about, censorship (“the C word”) is always good for some blather.

So therefore – at the suggestion and behest of a member – we’ll attempt to at least phumpher and bloviate a bit on the softer forms we see rising and falling from time to time. Ike special interest groups campaigning to have certain works de-listed and/or de-accessioned from library collections and school curricula, and the worst upshot, writers trying to make sure their work stays out of the crosshairs of the ideologically-driven “OK/Not OK” contingent among us. In other words (uh-oh) self-censorship.


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