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A Spelling Test *Smile*

Just for FUN !!

http://bitecharge.com/play/90perc/h4

And, your score is ???
32 seconds? Hmm...that's better. Five minutes on this easy, old test would've made you, like, the slowest genius ever, lol *Laugh*

Oh! How are you feeling now?
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Power of the Pen: Poetry & Plays, July 15-September 5

On July 12, The University of Iowa will present A FREE ONLINE
6-WEEK COURSE FOR WRITERS. It will address identities, social, and community issues in poetry and plays.

This Program will:

*BoxCheckR* Encourage you to experiment in these two genres
*BoxCheckR* Explore intersections of individual, community, & global identities
*BoxCheckR* Examine different individual, community, and global identities
*BoxCheckR* Foreground principles of writing poetry & plays
*BoxCheckR* Support creative and cultural exchange with writers around the world!


To Register:

https://app.novoed.com/#!/users/sign_up?catalogId=poetry-and-plays-2017&mentor=&plan=

Questions? Contact us at distancelearning.iwp@gmail.com.

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Just signed up ~ looks like a fun learning adventure *Smile* *Books1* - Thank you ^_^
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Support a Fellow Poet Contest  (E)
Got Talent? This contest is about seeking out the potential in others. Enter for another!
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Sponsor a fellow poet--enter a newbie writer's poem in River's Contest This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage a new writer on W.Com. *Smile*

Give River McKenna's excellent contest a boost !

I will give a merit badge to the first 5 writers who sign up to sponsor a new POEM written by a newbie writer to enter River Mc Kenna's contest ! *ThumbsupL*...



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WORDS, WORDS, WORDS !

If you're like me, you have to work hard to reduce the
number of words you use to make a case, write a story,
or a letter.

When I started this, I set out to make a list for myself of the
words and phrases to avoid using. At the same time I made
a list of redundant phrases. Do you have some too ?

The use of some of these words is a matter of style. Do you
have other words we should try to avoid ??

Words I try to Avoid:

so, got, just, very, really, things, stuff, feel, a lot, sort of,
irregardless, kind of, thru, on account of, etc. so as to.
moreover, alright, basically, totally. essentially,
as a matter of fact. for all intents and purposes, maybe, that.

Redundant phrases:

fall down
evolve over time
revert back
former veteran
completely eliminate
completely filled
as yet
careful scrutiny
now pending
bald headed
over exaggerate
out in the yard
and also
serious danger
really and truly

Words and Phrases you think we Should Avoid ??


My pet peeve word, now in dictionary per common usage = irregardless
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A Good One, Kate--thanks ! *Smile*
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whilst. I wasn't british born, so... other than that, no I don't have any lists in my head. Like, how do you keep em all straight. It depends on the voice of the speaker, as to who uses erm whata... tho in fiction I suppose it's more important, as in dialogue, than my non fic *Smirk2*
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FOR OUR TALENTED W.COM POETS UNDER 40

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Prestigious Competition and Award *StarfishV*

 Yale University Younger Poets Prize   (E)
The oldest annual literary award in the US
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Click on The Poetry Prize link for the contest guidelines.

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WRITING A STORY BEFORE YOU KNOW THE ENDING

A lively article by published author, Andre Dubus

Read the article: Courtesy of Publishing Place *ThumbsUp*


 Write a Story Before You know the End  (E)
Andre Dubus treats his novel as a 12-story building.
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Dubus treats his Novel as a 12-Story Building !

This writer is a young guy. He is a candidate for
a national book award. He is lively and down-to
earth. He makes a good case ! Take a few minutes
to read this article. *Smile*

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Submitting Work to Writers Journals
No Submission Fees *ThumbsUpL*

2 River View

Website:
http://www.2River.org
Genres Published:
Poetry
Representative Authors:
Walter Bargen, Robert Creeley, R. Virgil Davis,
Erin Elizabeth, Martha Serpas, Sally Van Doren.
Web, E-publication, Audio
Submission Guidelines:
http://www.2River.org/office/submit.html
Reading Period:
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Reporting Time:
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: No
Accepts Electronic Submissions: Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: No
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: Yes
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 10
Payment:
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 4


3 Elements Review

Website:
http://www.3elementsreview.com
Genres Published:
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors:
Mort Castle, Ravi Shankar, Cyn Vargas, Lynne Knight,
Gabriel Bellman, Ben Tanzer, Susan Tepper
Formats:
Web, E-publication
Submission Guidelines:
http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines
Reading Period:
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Reporting Time:
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: No
Accepts Electronic Submissions: Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: Yes
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: Yes
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: About 15
Payment: No payment
Issues per Year: 4

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Victor Hugo, French author and Poet

IN October 1855 Victor Hugo arrived on rainy, wind-swept Guernsey seeking refuge. A fierce opponent of the Second Empire of Napoleon III, he had been banished first from his native France, and then Belgium and the island of Jersey. By the time he landed on this small neighboring island in the English Channel, the exiled writer was in desperate need of asylum. (NYT)

What a life...thanks to Napoleon III:

http://www.visitguernsey.com/victor-hugo <-----Take a look *Smile*
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THE LATEST ADDITION TO OUR COMMUNITY GARDEN


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Her Crooked Smile

Pouches of pink lady slippers
daintily bob about stoic stalks
of neon white trillium
beneath a barren window box
father crafted
from his Papa's wooden tool box,
painted white,
now cracked and gray.
She eyed it every which way.
Her crooked smile hung upside down,
Mother couldn't right her happy frown.

Clusters of lilacs,
fragrant splashing hues
of buttons on bulging cones,
adorn a canopy over the black shed,
peeled and warped by winters of neglect.
He planted each bush
with roots he scrounged
from the abandoned school yard two blocks down.
She had eyed it every which way.
Her crooked smile hung upside down,
Mother couldn't right her happy frown.

Freckled leopard lilies,
rise ethereal, huddled 'neath
brittle bow of gleaming hemlock,
above the flat headstone
bearing her name.
Sweat mingling with tears,
the selfless gardener with spade
moves dirt in her shade.
He eyed it every which way
and remembered how her smile
always hung upside down.

By McAodh 'son of fire'
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I see you have a handsome ebook of poetry on Amazon,
Brian. I purchased a copy. It looks wonderful !
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006PUZY78/
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Bought my copy a few months ago. Definitely worth the purchase.
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Thank you for all the kind comments and recognition of the book. I did it to surprise my wife for Christmas in 2011, edited it once since. Nice to know it has new attention. *Heart*
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LET'S PLANT A COMMUNITY GARDEN


Let's Plant a Garden on W.Com ! If you'd like to join us, send your best photo of flowers in bloom, climbing roses, children playing in your yard, a birthday or wedding photo taken in the garden. Paint a watercolor with sweeps of wild flowers in lovely colors. Share a photo of your sunken garden, your annuals, perennials, trees, flowering hydrangea, landscapes, birds/butterflies, and your house and garden. Plant a poem. Send a photo to honor someone -or in memory of someone special. This garden is destined to be alive with drawings, great photos, memories, magnificent thoughts and stories..

Rewards: A jury of Writing.Com's best and brightest will give prizes to exceptional presentations by category.

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so i dare to cultivate my open thoughts with my well-wishers by taking blessings and inspirations then i mix it in my perspiration and go ahead to make my life always greenery and cultivable. i love to bloom myself through the guidance and suggestions given by my authors ,writers ,freelancer and readers.
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I have many pics of favorite flowers but could not come up with words that satisfy...just yet. I'll just share this so you know I'll be thinking of your community garden...

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Her Crooked Smile   (E)
His floral devotion to Mother still lives on.
#2085712 by McAodh 'son of fire'
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Brain, thank you for this remarkable poem.
May I post it in our garden ?
Send me a photo of flowers to add to
your poem, ok ? It's great to see you
here again, my friend. All the best, G
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SUMMER SOLSTICE


Wednesday at 12:24 a.m. Eastern Time marked the summer solstice, the scientific start to summer for half the world. The Northern Hemisphere will dip toward the sun, lingering longer than at any other time. The 21st will be the longest day of the year for anyone living north of the equator. (Our winter solstice will be December 21, the shortest day of the year).

Here, in the United States, on Aug. 21, the country will experience a solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun and casts its shadow on parts of the Earth. We've been told, the centerline of the eclipse will cut through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina. For about two minutes, sections of those states will experience totality, when the moon engulfs the sun and turns day into night.

During those few minutes of darkness, we will have a chance to see the sun like we may have never seen it before. Its white outer atmosphere, called the corona, will surround the moon "like a lion’s mane." This is the only time when people can see the corona from the ground.

IN the UK: Stonehenge Crowds gather as the sun rises in UK
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-40352528

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Too late... winter solstice here and that was last night. *Laugh*
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Come to my state..oregon..and enjoy the solar eclipse.....say say "hello Ann".
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(NEW) AMERICAN WRITERS MUSEUM

http://americanwritersmuseum.org

Forbes Coverage of New Museum:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/janelevere/2017/05/31/new-museum-in-downtown-chicag...


Upcoming Programming:

June 20, 27:

Workshop: Shaping Family History into Compelling Stories
Do you have a box of old family photographs, a bundle of family letters, stacks of family documents that you want to “do something with?” Based on her experience of writing her memoir Jumping Over Shadows, the story of German-Jewish love that overcame the burdens of the past, author Annette Gendler will lead this two-session workshop presenting approaches to creating compelling stories from family history. We will study how artifacts such as letters and official documents can be used to create a story, discuss different research methods, and look closely at how source material is transformed into a story. We will also practice writing scenes and examine literary devices and structure to help shape our stories. Participants are welcome to bring artifacts and projects in progress.
Tuesday, June 20,27, Reader’s Hall, 7 p.m. $150 per participant, reserve your space for June 20 here, and June 27 here

June 29:

Poetry Among the Palms: Readings
Ed Roberson and other poets read W.S. Merwin and others inspired by nature and the outdoors among the exhibits at the Garfield Park Conservatory, along with kids’ activities. Presented in partnership with the Poetry Center of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.
Thursday, June 29, Garfield Park Conservatory Palm House, 6 p.m. General public. $5 suggested donation. RSVP here

Contact:
American Writers Museum
Executive Offices
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 505
Chicago, IL 60601
312.374.8790

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