Rough Draft: The Vintage Cottage Writers Newsletter

January 2020

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A Note from the Organizer

Welcome to the premiere issue of “Rough Draft,” our new monthly newsletter. In every issue, you’ll find news you can use, including:

  • The world’s easiest writing contest. Everyone’s a winner! Submit your entry by the 15th of each month, and your submission will be featured in our next issue.
  • Member profiles. Get to know your fellow writers.
  • Success stories. Let us know when you reach a milestone we can celebrate, including finished drafts, submissions, publications, and awards. We’ll include your news in the next issue.
  • Early bird invitations. Be the first to know about upcoming classes, workshops, and special events.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter. As always, if you have comments, questions, or suggestions, please stop into the shop or email me.

Write on!

— Corrine Kenner, Organizer of the Vintage Cottage Writers Group

The World’s Easiest Writing Contest

Write a short story, poem, or other work based on this prompt from the Flash Fiction guidebook. Your entry can also take the form of an essay, memoir, or blog post. All writing styles and genres are welcome.

This month’s prompt: A widowed, chain-smoking bookkeeper meets her younger self in a bingo parlor.

To enter the contest, click here.

Everyone’s a winner! Submit your entry by the 15th of each month, and your submission will be featured in our next issue.

You’re Invited

Let’s write together!

Creative Writing Workshops

Join us for a creative writing workshop every other Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm. This is your chance to write in a supportive group setting. After a round of introductions, we’ll do a fun, five-minute warm-up. Then you can carry on with the warm-up or focus on another work in progress. At 8:30 we’ll start to wrap up with with sharing and positive feedback. Admission is free for members, and $5 for future members. Refreshments are included.

Mark your calendars for the following Wednesday night workshop dates:

January 8, 7 p.m.
January 22, 7 p.m.
February 8, 7 p.m.
February 19, 7 p.m.

Writers Support Group

Our Writers Support Group meets once a month. It’s not a writing session. Instead, it’s a chance to share experience, advice, information, and inspiration. I’ll lead the discussion with tips and hints from my own writing career, and I invite you to contribute, too!

We meet at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Admission is free for members, and $10 for future members.

Saturday, January 11. Our Focus this Month: Back Cover Copy

You know those marketing blurbs on the back of every book? The titillating, attention-grabbing teasers that promise hours of entertainment, enlightenment, and discovery? They’re more than just an enticement to buy the book. They’re also a starting point for writers. Join us to learn how to write back cover copy that will lead you from inspiration to publication! Click here to RSVP.

February, February 8. Our Focus this Month: Brainstorming

When you’ve got a big writing project in mind, where do you start? Everywhere! Brainstorming can bring your story — or your book — into laser-sharp focus. I’ll show you how I use brainstorming to develop an entire outline in practically no time. Bring your best brainstorming methods, tips, and hints to share, too. Click here to RSVP.

Other Events

You might also be interested in these events coming up at the Vintage Cottage:

  • The Vintage Cottage Ghost Stories Book Club. Our book club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. On January 14, we’ll discuss Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Click here for details. If you’d like to get a headstart on our February book, our selection is Macbeth: A Novel. Admission is $5. Refreshments are included.
  • Astrology 101. The archetypes of astrology are ready-made for writers who want to incorporate myth and drama in their stories. On February 8, I’ll teach an astrology class for beginners. Come, and you’ll learn how to read and understand the mysterious glyphs and symbols of astrology. $40. Click here for details.

Member Profile: Dan Horon

Dan Horon is a software programmer who’s working on a how-to book. He’s also the author of Class N, a resource guide based on his work as a member of the National Fire Protection Association.

Q: Why did you join the group?

A: I want help with my writing and to meet other writers.

Q: What is your current occupation?

A: I own a software company, and I make software that monitors fire and security systems.

Q: What do you like most about writing?

A: I like the feeling that I have something to express and I like the challenge of making my expression accurate and valuable to readers.

Q: How do you define success?

A: I would like to have my book published. Success would be if a lot of people like it.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: My family inspires me. TV shows, movies, and other writers give me inspiration too.

Q: If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose?

A: Albert Einstein or Nikola Tesla. If I had to choose from people who are alive today, Bill Gates would do.

Q: Who’s your favorite writer?

A: Jane Roberts, who channeled the Seth books.

Q: What’s one thing, either writing-related or not, you learned in the last month?

A: I learned how to make my grandmother’s coffee cake.

Q: What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?

A: I created a tarot deck named the Tarot of Physics.

Q: What’s the last book you read?

A: The last book I read cover to cover was The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Guy Hendricks.

Q: What was the first concert you ever attended?

A: An outdoor music festival near Chicago when I was a teenager. Cheap Trick and AC/DC were headliners.

Q: If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: A protein shake with raw egg, a side salad, and cookies for dessert.

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Parting Thoughts

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” ― John Steinbeck

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