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April 2015

posted Apr 1, 2015, 8:19 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Apr 1, 2015, 8:23 PM ]

This month's newsletter, written by Patti Nicholson:

           Work in progress – what do those words mean to you?  As I sit at my computer, I look around and see many different works in progress.  The largest one is the pile of clothes waiting for prices to be attached for an upcoming thrift sale.  Another pile of clothes is waiting to be made into pillows. There are also books to write, papers to be filed, afghans to be crocheted, and cross-stitch patterns to be completed.

    While these works in progress are things that I want to accomplish sometime in life, there are many things that mean so much more.  Spending time with my four sisters as we sift through the pieces of Dad and Mom’s estate has strengthened our bond.  Playing with my grandkids has brought joy like no one else can.  Talking with my children shows me how much love flows between us.

    And yet, that love cannot compare to the love that Jesus has for us.  He willingly gave up His life for each and every one of us.  And that may be the biggest work in progress for me - to love that deeply and to share that love daily.

Writer's Prompt:  What works in progress to you have currently?  Which ones mean the most?  Write about it.

COMING UP: April 14, 2015 - Our very own Guild President and freelance writer, Michelle Rayburn, will be holding a practical workshop about Preparing for Publication. She will teach about taking the steps needed to find a publisher and getting a manuscript ready to send off. 

Small group discussion and brainstorming will take this session beyond a lecture to a practical workshop that helps participants get a piece ready to submit.

The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in room 305 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.


FEEDBACK (CRITIQUE) OPPORTUNITY: 
If you want to receive feedback on your work, come early (5:30 p.m.) to meet with others. Bring 6-8 copies of your short piece (300 words or so) for the group to read along as you share. You could bring what you have written in response to the prompt above, or something else you’re working on. It can be a portion of a book chapter, or a short article too.


See you at the April meeting!

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