Upcoming Events

The following events are coming up for Writers in the Grove members and the general public.

  • Mondays: 9-11AM Creative Writing Workshop – Free – Forest Grove Community and Senior Center
  • Second Saturdays: 10:30am-noon Creative Writing Workshop – Free – Forest Grove Public Library
  • Conversations with Writers, last Monday of each month, 7-9PM, Reedville Presbyterian Church, Aloha
  • Washington County Writers Forum, first Thursday of each month, 7-8:30PM, Insomnia Coffee, downtown Hillsboro.
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PROMPT: QUIET

There were 2 prompts given in Monday’s meeting.

1) Where are you when you’re listening to ‘quiet’? What is around you? What do you smell?

2) The second prompt has 2 options to choose from:
What color is ‘quiet’?
What do you see by a flash of lightening?

PROMPT: WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE?

The weekly meeting on Oct. 8, was led by visiting author Christina M. Abt.

She read an excerpt from her latest book Beauty and Grace, which is described on her website as:

Beauty and Grace is an intricately-woven work of historical fiction telling the stories of women and men institutionalized in asylums for reasons far beyond the bounds of acceptability. Readers will experience the journey of 15 individuals forced to spend their lives locked away, often under inhumane conditions, and the triumphant human spirits of those who endured and survived. While the background story of Beauty and Grace is historically accurate, the characters are fictional, including the main narrators, Teagan Cormick and Grace Reid. 

Her writing prompt for the group was the following:

If you were told that you were to be taken away and you could only bring with you what you could fit into a small suitcase, what would you choose to take?  (You can write from either a first person or third person perspective)

OCTOBER 15, 2018: MONDAY MEETING AT PARKS AND PAULA ADAMS

The Forest Grove Senior Center will be closed for construction work on Monday, Oct. 15th, so the weekly meeting will be hosted by Parks and Paula Adams at their home in Forest Grove at the regular time at 9am.

Afterwards there will be a short pot-luck gathering. Most people bring a small snack or some food or drink item to share. Hope to see you there.

PROMPT: READING AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO YOU AS A WRITER

The prompt for the weekly meeting began with a reading from the book A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, by Betty Smith.

OH, MAGIC HOUR WHEN A CHILD FIRST KNOWS IT CAN READ PRINTED WORDS!
     For quite a while, Francie had been spelling out letters, sounding them and then putting the sounds together to mean a word. But one day, she looked at a page and the word “mouse” had instantaneous meaning. She looked at the word, and the picture of a gray mouse scampered through her mind. She looked further and when she saw “horse,” she heard him pawing the ground and saw the sun glint on his glossy coat. The word “running” hit her suddenly and she breathed hard as though running herself. The barrier between the individual sound of each letter and the whole meaning of the word was removed and the printed word meant a thing at one quick glance. She read a few pages rapidly and almost became ill with excitement. She wanted to shout it out. She could read! She could read!
     From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.

The prompt is to write on a moment when you recognized the new world opened to you as a reader, or more generally on the importance of reading to you as a writer.

PROMPT: CHANGE IN YOU

The prompt for the weekly meeting began with a reading from The Shape of Water novelization by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus.

When did department stores replace their overhead lights with supernovas? For how long has the binned fruit wept at its own beauty? At what point did baked goods begin sighing sugary sweets into a cloud that beaded upon her face like happy tears? When did shoppers, those disapproving ladies with bulky purses and rude carts, transform into women who smiled at her, insisted she go first, complimented her on her choices? Perhaps they’d seen what Elisa saw reflected in butcher counter glass: not a timid huncher hiding her throat scars, but a woman straight of back pointing out the cuts of fish and meat she wanted. Quite a lot of both, the butcher probably thought, but why not? Surely a woman like this had a hungry man waiting at home. And she did. Elsa laughs. She did.

The point of departure is to write from the idea that the change in you changes how other people interact with you.

PROMPT: WRITE A DESCRIPTION OF A BIRD OR OTHER ANIMAL

A reading from the book “The Anthropology of Turquoise – Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone and Sky”, by Ellen Meloy, was used to give an example of how the author described an egret.

The egrets of my home desert are as white as snow. The egrets on this island bear the colors of the desert: bodies the slate blue-gray of summer monsoon clouds, shaggy neck plumes in the cinnamon-red of sandstone, pink bills with a black tip, legs of cobalt blue. Unlike many other creatures, birds have color vision. Evolution favors them with the ability to see each other’s vivid and diverse plumage, for communication, camouflage, courtship, perhaps for sheer pleasure. Of what value  would these cobalt legs be if another bird could not see them?

The prompt is to write a description of a bird or other animal. Also take into account the setting in which you describe it.

“INDEPENDENT AUTHORS” – PRESENTED BY BAG&BAGGAGE ARTS AND CULTURE DISCUSSION SERIES – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018.

Bag&Baggage is proud to present a new arts and culture discussion series! B&B A&C will bring together diverse artists from a range of cultural industries to discuss their work, their challenges, and their influences.

B&B A&C is free to the public!

Our first installment is “Independent Authors,” and will feature four local authors who have made a career self-publishing their work. The first event will include short readings from the author’s works followed by a discussion and Q&A session about the independent author and publishing industry. If you’ve ever wondered if you could write and sell your own books, this is a great introduction to the industry with special insights from local writers and editors who are making the magic happen!

Run Time: 90 minutes       Recommended for ages: 16+

B&B/A&C (Arts and Culture Lecture Series)
Independent Authors
September 6th, 2018 at 6:00pm
The Vault Theater & Event Space
350 E Main Street, Hillsboro 97123
(See Event Details and Author Information Here)

 

Prompt-a-Month: Looking Down

Writers in the Grove Prompt-a-Month badge.The September prompt-a-month for our Writers in the Grove members is:

Sitting high in a tree looking down on the world below where machinery threatened his green canopy…

Writers in the Grove members may hand in their submissions during the workshops or use our members only submission form. Check out the guidelines and instructions for submissions in the announcement.