Meeting Recap (Saturday, September 4th, 2021)

Group Updates:

  • A small group met at the Waconia Library for the first time since early 2020! We figured quite a few people were enjoying the weather and the long Labor Day weekend, so we’re excited to hopefully see more members at the October meeting!
  • View from the ShoreJen gave a status update about the anthology and WWG’s status as a nonprofit. Our nonprofit status is still in good standing, and Jen is working with a few members to hammer down some details on the “business” side of WWG! (P.S. we are super official and have a BUSINESS side! ūüėā). Long story short: we are in good shape and have concrete plans for moving forward! Jen will send out an email to the stakeholders on our core anthology team with additional information and next steps.
  • We had a discussion about what makes a writer a “writer.” How all of us who have found the WWG had different goals, and have come back each month for different reasons. But ultimately that a person’s identity as a writer doesn’t have to be tied to publication, or accolades. If you write to publish… if you write for a specific audience… if you write for yourself… if you write because it helps pass the time… if you write from the limitless bounds of your imagination… if you write so that your children’s children’s children’s children might know a little about you even though you’ve never met… if you write because sometimes you just need to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper… you ARE a writer.
  • We also read our prompt pieces about Change, and picked a fun prompt for next time!

Announcements:

  • There are a few exciting upcoming fall community events in the works! Hosted by the Carver County Library and also by the Arts Consortium of Carver County, these events are posted on our¬†WWG Events page¬†with links to more information.

  • November is fast approaching, and you know what that means…. NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH! WWG will host a few virtual write-ins on the calendar for November, as well as a kick-off being hosted by ACCC. The write-ins are virtual for now, but we may be able to swing a few in-person meet-ups if we can find a location! Please check the Events page frequently for updates (and there will likely be updates!).

  • We are continuing our virtual Critique Sessions! The next session is¬†Wednesday September 22nd at 7pm on Google Meet!¬†Please use the contact form to request an invite.
    • How we plan to use this time:
      1. We’ll kick off with a free-write, 10 or 20 minutes 
      2. We are going to use the rest of our meeting to focus on one of our goals mentioned above, critique and feedback!
        • Participants should bring a piece to this meeting they are currently working on and would like feedback on.
        • We have created a shared Google Drive folder to store our pieces for review and critique.¬†If you would like to participate, contact Jen for access to this folder.¬†We try to have pieces uploaded at least a few days in advance of the next session, to allow for comments and feedback prior to the meeting.
        • We will take turns reading our pieces and open the floor for critique.
        • We will agree on a time limit per member for reading and feedback.
        • We will also follow our unanimously agreed-upon ‚ÄúCritique Code‚ÄĚ to make sure people feel comfortable and are on the same page with the critique process.
    • All are invited to this Wednesday night meeting;¬†please know that we would like to stick to the two activities above during this time.¬†We will be continuing our regular larger-group meetings the first Saturday of the month!¬†

Next Saturday Meeting:

Saturday, October 2nd, 10:30am. Waconia Library (Magazine Corner).

Prompt for October 2nd: Take a fairy tale character out of their story, and put them in a different setting/situation. (Additional details/context can be found on the Writing Prompts page.)

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WWG Meeting this Saturday, Sept. 4, @ WACONIA LIBRARY!

Great news, writers!

As the weather cools, and thanks to our wonderful partners in the Carver County Library system, we are able to meet at Waconia Library again, starting SEPTEMBER 4, 2021!*

Our first meeting back at the library will take place THIS SATURDAY (September 4), at 10:30am. We will be meeting in the Magazine Corner of the library, around the corner to the left from the Activity Room (our old meeting space). Masks are still encouraged, as we will be sharing the indoor space, and there should be room to spread out a bit.

Our prompt for this meeting is “Write a piece about change.”

Depending on how the public health situation progresses this fall, we may need to return to virtual meetings as a Plan B (members on the email list will be contacted with the Zoom invite. If you’re new to WWG and would like to join this meeting, please use the contact form on the WWG home page to request an invitation.).

WWG is working closely with our CCL partners to stay current on any sudden scheduling adjustments that might roll out due to COVID. We will keep current WWG members updated on any location changes should they occur. Please subscribe to our blog for updates, or request to join our mailing list using the contact form.

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Some News, and a Message from the WWG Founders

After nine years of invaluable direction and creative inspiration, founders Mary Johnson and Barb Zimmerman have made the decision to step down from their active leadership of the Waconia Writers Group.

Jen Anderson will continue to provide administrative support for the group (email communication, website, and anthology author orders), and will be stepping in to coordinate group meetings in the interim. As fall approaches, she will be seeking to recruit volunteers to assist with some of the organizational work for the group, and will rely heavily on members’ voices to help determine the future direction of WWG.

From the founders’ email:

“For nine years we have been privileged¬†to hear your stories and encourage your work, and for that we thank you. You have so much talent! […] I have many wonderful memories of sitting around tables at various meeting places reading,¬†writing and laughing together. Thank you for your willingness to meet and share with us. Keep writing!”

Thank you for your irreplaceable leadership, Mary and Barb!

 

 

Please contact WWG with any questions.

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WWG Meeting, August 21st @10:30am, City Square Park

Our rain check from our cancelled August meeting approaches! (Haha, get it? Rain check? Cancelled due to a storm? Get it?)

(Disclaimer: Jen is not a comedy writer)

IN ANY CASE, we have rescheduled! This Saturday, August 21st. Our usual space (of late), the gazebo at City Square Park in Downtown Waconia (the corner of E. Main Street and S. Spruce Street)!

Prompt: Write a piece that includes a body of water and makes use of all five senses.

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WWG Meeting, August 7th @10:30am, City Square Park

Our usual space (of late), the gazebo at City Square Park in Downtown Waconia (the corner of E. Main Street and S. Spruce Street)!

Prompt: Write a piece that includes a body of water and makes use of all five senses.

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WWG Meeting this Saturday, 7/10 @ 10:30am (City Square Park)

We are meeting in person this Saturday! 10:30am, at the Gazebo in City Square Park, Downtown Waconia. 

Prompt: The most annoying thing…

PLEASE NOTE: This meeting is weather permitting; in the event of inclement weather, a Zoom meeting will be offered as Plan B. Please bring your own lawn chair!

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Jun 12th WWG Meeting Recap // Next meeting on July 10th!

Group Updates:

  • We stole an hour of perfect summer weather for our rescheduled June meeting… only to be interrupted by a (probably very nice) city worker grinding up large swathes of sidewalk behind us with The Loudest Power Tool On Earth. Thankfully we’d all gotten the chance to read our pieces about hamburgers cooking!
  • A smallish group this time, we talked about finding opportunities to meet in air-conditioned locations for future meetings when the weather might be just a little too hot, and to try to accommodate more of our regular members. A few of our members are investigating options… stay tuned!

Announcements:

  • There are a few exciting upcoming summer community events in the works! First up is ArtStock (the arts festival hosted by the Arts Consortium of Carver County, at Parley Lake Winery on July 10-11). There are also a few virtual writing-themed classes in July, hosted by the Carver County Library and facilitated by the Loft Literary Center. These events are posted on our WWG Events page with links to more information.
  • We are continuing our virtual Critique Sessions! The next session is Wednesday July 21st at 7pm on Zoom! Please use the contact form to request an invite.
      • How we plan to use this time:
        1. We’ll kick off with a free-write, 10 or 20 minutes¬†
        2. We are going to use the rest of our meeting to focus on one of our goals mentioned above, critique and feedback!
          • Participants should bring a piece to this meeting they are currently working on and would like feedback on.
          • We have created a shared Google Drive folder to store our pieces for review and critique. If you would like to participate, contact Jen for access to this folder. We try to have pieces uploaded at least a few days in advance of the next session, to allow for comments and feedback prior to the meeting.
          • We will take turns reading our pieces and open the floor for critique.
          • We will agree on a time limit per member for reading and feedback.
          • We will also follow our unanimously agreed-upon “Critique Code” to make sure people feel comfortable and are on the same page with the critique process.
      • All are invited to this Wednesday night meeting; please know that we would like to stick to the two activities above during this time. We will be continuing our regular meetings the first Saturday of the month!¬†

Next Saturday Meeting:

Weather permitting, we will meet at 10:30am on Saturday, July 10th, at City Square Park in Downtown Waconia! Meet us by the gazebo! (Bring a lawn chair.)
NOTE: We will update this post if we find a spot to meet safely indoors in the AC. At the very least, there will also be a back-up virtual meeting planned, in the event of inclement weather.

Prompt for June 10th: The most annoying sound…. (Editor’s note: Sorry not sorry, Concrete Grinder Man.)

 

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MEETING CHANGE: June 5th Meeting Postponed!

Hi writers!

Due to the heat advisory for this weekend, we are postponing our WWG meeting in City Square Park, that was scheduled for Saturday, June 5th at 10:30am.

NEW MEETING DATE: Saturday, June 12th, at 10:30am (still at the City Square Park gazebo, bring lawn chairs!)

PROMPT: “The smell of hamburgers on the grill…”

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May 15th WWG Meeting Recap // Next meeting on June 5th!

Group Updates:

  • Finally our group meeting in the park was held in perfect spring weather!
  • There were five attendees (and special guest Jim Kane from our sister Carver County writers’ group, and Three Rivers Writers) and it was lovely to catch up with each other.

Announcements:

  • Jim mentioned that the Arts Consortium will be sponsoring a literature night in August in the bandshell at the Waconia park, and there will be an invitation for those in our group who would like to share writing. Watch the Arts Consortium website as the time approaches.
  • We are continuing our virtual Critique Sessions! The next session is TBD FOR JUNE, but likely still a Wednesday, at 7pm on Zoom… keep an eye out for updates! Please use the contact form to request an invite.
      • How we plan to use this time:
        1. We’ll kick off with a free-write, 10 or 20 minutes¬†
        2. We are going to use the rest of our meeting to focus on one of our goals mentioned above, critique and feedback!
          • Participants should bring a piece to this meeting they are currently working on and would like feedback on.
          • We have created a shared Google Drive folder to store our pieces for review and critique. If you would like to participate, contact Jen for access to this folder. We try to have pieces uploaded at least a few days in advance of the next session, to allow for comments and feedback prior to the meeting.
          • We will take turns reading our pieces and open the floor for critique.
          • We will agree on a time limit per member for reading and feedback.
          • We will also follow our unanimously agreed-upon “Critique Code” to make sure people feel comfortable and are on the same page with the critique process.
      • All are invited to this Wednesday night meeting; please know that we would like to stick to the two activities above during this time. We will be continuing our regular meetings the first Saturday of the month!¬†

Next Saturday Meeting:

Weather permitting, we will meet at 10:30am on Saturday, June 5th, at City Square Park in Downtown Waconia! Meet us by the gazebo! (Bring a lawn chair.)
NOTE: There will be a back-up virtual meeting planned, in the event of inclement weather.

Prompt for June 5th: The smell of hamburgers cooking….

 

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April 10th WWG Meeting Recap

 

Group Updates:

  • We met in person for the first time since SEPTEMBER 2020! It was breezy/freezy, but we did it! Good to see those who braved the arctic (i.e. typical MN April) weather! Hopefully the next one will be warmer.

Sharing Pieces:

  • We shared pieces on the prompt: “Inspired by Actual Events.” Nice work, everyone!
  • (PLEASE NOTE: If members would like their past work, prompts or otherwise, featured on our WWG website, let Jen know! We have a page – In Our Own Words – devoted to highlighting work of our members who volunteer to share it!)¬†

Discussion:

  • We are continuing our virtual Critique Sessions! The next session is Wednesday, April 14th, at 7pm on Zoom. Please use the contact form to request an invite!
      • How we plan to use this time:
        1. We’ll kick off with a free-write, 10 or 20 minutes¬†
        2. We are going to use the rest of our meeting to focus on one of our goals mentioned above, critique and feedback!
          • Participants should bring a piece to this meeting they are currently working on and would like feedback on.
          • We have created a shared Google Drive folder to store our pieces for review and critique. If you would like to participate, contact Jen for access to this folder. We try to have pieces uploaded at least a few days in advance of the next session, to allow for comments and feedback prior to the meeting.
          • We will take turns reading our pieces and open the floor for critique.
          • We will agree on a time limit per member for reading and feedback.
          • We will also follow our unanimously agreed-upon “Critique Code” to make sure people feel comfortable and are on the same page with the critique process.
      • All are invited to this Wednesday night meeting; please know that we would like to stick to the two activities above during this time. We will be continuing our regular meetings the first Saturday of the month!¬†

Next Saturday Meeting:

Weather permitting, we will meet at 10:30am on Saturday, May 15th, at City Square Park in Downtown Waconia! Meet us by the gazebo! (Bring your mask and a lawn chair.)
NOTE: There will be a back-up virtual meeting planned, in the event of inclement weather.

Prompt for May 15th: Write about an encounter with law enforcement.

 

Anything I missed? Go ahead and share in the comments below! ~Jen

 

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