Looking for Poets

The Writers Forum encourages folks to find a local writers group for support in your writing endeavors. Our last monthly meeting was devoted to examining writers groups: how to find them, how to get the most out of them, and common mistakes with writers groups. You can find some local groups, or form your own group, by clicking on the ‘Critique Groups‘ button above. Here is a request by one local poetry group looking to add members.

Please remember that each group is a voluntary gathering of writers. Writers Forum does not monitor each group, and none of the groups are official extensions of the Writers Forum. Therefore, Writers Forum does not endorse any individual writers groups.

The Seventh Sense Poetry Group was formed in Redding in 1981 when seven women answered a newspaper notice entitled “Closet Poets, Come on Out!” and out they came with their shoe-boxes of poems and other writings; the kind of box that each would grab, along with family photos, in case of fire or flood.

The name “Seventh Sense” created itself when we noticed something important was lacking when one of us couldn’t attend our weekly, writing “session.”  We finally realized that the seven of together created another “sense” beyond our recognized five senses and even beyond the sixth sense many of us possess. Together we formed a “Seventh Sense” hence the name.

Each week we would gather at someone’s home, take out our writing tablets (made out of paper), be given a “title” and then have 20 minutes or so to write, ending up with seven different perspectives of the same title.

The titles were thought up by our Title Lady (me) and over the years, we’ve been challenged (good for the brain) by the titles:  Mojave Telephone Booth, The Back of Grandpa’s Neck, I’ll Plant Flowers, The Night the Moon Fell Down, That Far-Away Look, Bessie’s Bra, The Poet With No Readers and on and on.

Another unique part of us writing together was that no critiques could be offered unless someone asked for it. No one did. We could go home and clean up the messy lines and scratched-in changes on our paper but the essence of what flowed out of us in those 20 minutes or so, remained intact, uncluttered by praise (although we didn’t object to it) nor by a disapproving eyebrow (we turned our eyes away).

Now, 35 years later, only four of the original seven remain but we still call ourselves the Seventh Sense Poetry Group out of respect and love for the original group; everyone’s still together in our hearts. We stopped our writing sessions for several years because life sent us in too many directions but just recently we started writing again, this time once a month.  In spite of being called “elderly” we’ve found out that amusing and amazing stories and poetry still fly out of our shriveling brains and we’ll probably all be together until we’re not.

If you are interested in coming to our next meeting, Nov. 5th (Sat.) at 10:30, send me an e-mail at itsamejan@hotmail.com and type Seventh Sense in the subject line and I’ll send driving directions to our meeting place.

Thanks.

Jan Saremi, Title Lady

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Young Writers Contest Call for Submissions

Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine are pleased to partner together to publish young writers, artists and graphic designers.

Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine announce a Call for Submissions for students in grades k-12. The theme is “Summer Memories”. Students are encouraged to submit an essay or poem and/or one piece of artwork. One essay or poem and one piece of artwork will be featured in the July issue of Enjoy Magazine. The winner and runners-up will be featured on the Writers Forum website/newsletter, and the Enjoy Magazine website. One high school student with an interest in graphic design will be chosen to work with the editor of Enjoy Magazine to design the layout of the page. Winners and runners-up will be notified via email.

Submission Guidelines:

1. The student must submit an application, a photograph of the student and one original essay or poem and/or original piece of artwork (painting, drawing or photograph) that exemplifies the theme “Summer Memories”.

2. Kindergarten-3rd grade students may submit handwritten or typed essays. 4th-12th grade students must submit typed essays.

3. Essay or poetry submissions and applications must be attached to an email and sent to Writers Forum at reddingwritersforum@gmail.com.

4. Art submissions and applications must be attached to an email and sent to Enjoy Magazine at ronda@enjoymagazine.net.

5. High school students interested in designing the featured page must submit an application and a photograph of the student to Enjoy Magazine at ronda@enjoymagazine.net.

6. All applications and submissions must be received by February 15, 2014.

7. Students under the age of 18 must include a parent/guardian signature on the application.

Writers Forum members, please pass this along to educators and children in your life. We simply can’t wait to help children celebrate their love of the written word by publishing their original pieces!

Writers Forum members interested in helping read and select the winning piece should contact Writers Forum Director at Large, Alicia McCauley, at writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com.

Writers Wanted: Poetry Contest

Famous Poets announces that $5,000.00 in cash and prizes will be awarded this year to amateur poets. Poets, especially beginners, are encouraged to enter for their chance to win.

To enter send one poem of 21 lines or less: Free Poetry Contest, PO Box 21, Talent, OR 97540. Or enter online at www.famouspoets.com. A winner’s list will be sent to all entrants. The deadline for entering is March 1, 2014.

“Any poet, whether published or not, can be a winner,” says Executive Director Mark Schramm. “When people learn about our free poetry contest, they suddenly realize that their own poetic talent can win cash prizes, as well as garner national recognition.” Famous Poets has awarded over $400,000.00 in cash to amateur poets over the years, more than any other poetry society. We are helping Poetry, the Cinderella of the Arts, find her glass slipper.

Member Monday Call for Submissions

Dear Writers Forum members,

Did your New Year’s resolutions include being more daring in your writing life and actually letting someone read some of the precious words you’ve scrawled in all of those notebooks?  Well, you’re in luck because Writers Forum is here to help you check that resolution off your list.

This year be brave and submit a piece for Member Monday.  We love to celebrate your talent and give you a little free publicity while we’re at it.  I’ve got quite a few Mondays in January and February just waiting for YOU.

So here’s what to do.  If you’re a Writers Forum member in good standing and would like to be featured on Member Monday, please send your submission to writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com. Submissions should be 75-750 words, appropriate for all ages and error free.

Please include a short bio, a headshot and any related links (like your author website, links to your books on Amazon, etc). Upon submission, the author retains all rights and gives permission to Writers Forum to publish their submission on the website and/or in the newsletter.

Thank you and happy writing!

Fondly,

Alicia, your devoted webmaster

Writers Forum Members Wanted for NaNoWriMo

Hi, guys, it’s Alicia, your friendly Writers Forum webmaster and I’m thrilled to tell you that November is almost here.  You already knew that, but what you may not know is that we’re standing tiptoe on the verge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!

National Novel Writing MonthWhat is NaNoWriMo?  It’s a national (free) event to give you the kick in the pants you need to write that novel you’ve always dreamed of.  Maybe you’re a poet/memoir writer like me and you’ve never dreamed of writing a novel, trust me, this is still a month of fast and furious writing fun that you don’t want to miss out on.

When you sign up to be a part of NaNoWriMo, you’ll

  • write a 50,000 word novel in a month (that’s 1,666 words a day for those of you keeping track)
  • track your progress online and be able to see the progress of your NaNoWriMo friends as well (so you can rub it in their faces when your word count towers above their word count encourage them when their word counts dwindle)
  • get pep talks and support from a slew of amazing authors
  • meet fellow writers online and in person

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for the past few years and will be stomping away at my keyboard trying to best my fellow Writers Forum members who are just crazy enough to write with me every year.  You should join us.  It’s a terrible amount of fun.  Well, what are you waiting for?  Sign up here.  Then shoot me an email at writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com or leave a comment so that we can be NaNoWriMo writing buddies.

Happy noveling!

September Call for Submissions: A Lesson Learned

Hey, Writers Forum Members!  I hope you had an amazing summer.  I had an incredibly challenging and equally rewarding time in Uganda.  I’m thankful for my loved ones there, but also thankful to return to my loved ones here.

Thanks to all of the members who responded to the July Call for Submissions surrounding the theme “Summer”.  We are now accepting submissions from Writers Forum members in good standing to be published in September.  The theme is “A Lesson Learned”.  Poems, essays and fictional pieces are welcome.  Submissions should be 75-750 words, appropriate for all ages and error free.  During September we will also be featuring the young writers who submitted essays surrounding this theme for the Writers Forum/Enjoy Magazing Young Writers Contest.  Should you choose to submit a piece, please feel free to include a short bio, a headshot and links to your website, blog, etc.  Submissions may be posted on the Writers Forum website and/or the Writers Forum Newsletter.  Please email submissions to:

writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com

Thank you!

Alicia McCauley, webmaster