Sunday, October 6, 2013

The October Meeting
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This is a reminder of the up coming October of the Wannabes Writers Group on Friday October 18th at 9 AM at UD's River Campus.  We will have a guest speaker this month who will share with our members her love of poetry.  Her name is Ms. Kathy Austin. 

Kathy is a retired graphic designer, recently moving to Dayton from Yellow Springs. She has received awards for poetry from the Iowa Poetry Day Association and the Paul Laurence Dunbar Memorial Competition. Her poems have appeared in The Writing Path I anthology published by the University of Iowa Press, and also various local publications such as Wright State University's Nexus, Sinclair Community College's Flights, and  Dayton's arts magazine Mock Turtle Zine. She has been featured and interviewed on WYSO 91.3 Conrad's Corner and enjoys giving poetry readings in the area. She describes herself as a Buddhist, half-hippie tree-hugger who enjoys biking, Dharma Center activities, and hiking.

Man and woman with stern expession stand side-by-side. The man hold a pitch fork.

Ms. Austin will read some of her poems to the group which will be used for a group discussion.  We have also decided to have a writing prompt for a group exercise. 

You are being ask to write a short poem using the following painting as your inspiration:  American Gothic by Grant Wood.

Your poem should be restricted to one page in length.  Please bring a copy to read to the group.
Also Rosie Huart asked that we alert you to the following retreat opportunity:

Art of the Carolinas
Dear Artists, Patrons and Friends,  
.....A quick read for today.  
Wouldn't you love to take a road trip....either by carving out some sought after time to travel alone with yourself or by inviting some friends to come along? Travel to the mountains of the Carolinas, and experience the rewards of a beautiful fall time of year, workshops with outstanding national artists, buying art supplies from numerous and well respected vendors and having an overall fun adventure.
Most of the workshops will be held at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown.
I am teaching two workshops for Art of the Carolinas this fall....both are on Nov. 7, 2013, in Raleigh, NC.  The trade show is advertised as the world's greatest art materials and techniques exhibition ever. The weekend is loaded with activities from Thursday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 10.  My friends, Trish McKinney and Kathie George from Dayton, are also teaching workshops.
Would love to see you there.
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We hope to see you all at our meeting on the 18th.  I know there are many poets and right brain individuals in our group that will enjoy Ms. Austin's discussion and readings.  Also remember to bring a signed copy of a book that you have published.  It does not matter whether it was self published or whether you pursued the traditional agent/publisher route.  We would like to share the wealth with other members. 

Thank you in advance and have a great weekend.

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