Welcome to Paducah Prose Writers!

We are looking for writers who need a little constructive critisizm and can dish it out as well as take it. If I'm talking about you, bring a few pages of anything (the good, the bad, and the really rough drafts) and read for us. And don't worry, we're all as shy, nervous, and scared as you are!
All gramatical geniuses, professional editors, and english majors are also welcome, no reading submissions required.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A little break.

You might have noticed your faithless leader has disappeared. Do to a family illness, I am not currently able to managed this group. I am sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. However, once the mischief is managed I will be returning.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

July Meeting

July's meeting will be held:

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday July 17, 2007
@ Serenitea Tea Co.
121 N. 5th Street
Downtown Paducah

Please join us.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Two meetings for the price of one! (Which is, of course, free.)  June's meeting is really soon, on the 19th. As an apology, July's meeting is scheduled and it will be on the 17th. Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May's Meeting

May's meeting will be in June. I know! Doesn't even make since does it. Sorry. We should be back on track for the rest of the summer.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April's Meeting

Writers meeting today! I am bringing something to read. How about you?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February's Meeting

I had a great time Saturday at Serenitea Tea Company (Thank you Erin!!!) I am so excited to be getting back in the swing of things! I think connecting with other writers really makes a difference. I am motivated, again.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Meeting Location

Serenitea Tea Company
121 North 5th St.
Paducah, KY 42001

Erin at Serenitea is kindly allowing us to meet on February 20th from 3 to 4:30. I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Growing as Writers

On the blog sphere, there are a lot of great, educational websights. I like using blogger to follow a few (dozen) of them. I'll share a couple I follow with you.

I was just reading ain interesting blog post by The Literary Lab . Davin Malasarn was writing about outgrowing her writing group. While that is not an issue for our fledgling group, It reminded me of what I am striving for. I group where we can grow as writers. The truth is we all have different amounts of time and interests in writing, and no, no other writer out there is exactly like you. So each writing group isn't the perfect fit for everybody (you can please some of the people some of the time...).  This is a good blog with three regular writers and a wide variety of topics.

Editorial Ass is addressing the re-occuring issue of racism in publishing. This issue is worth following if you wish to be published. Not only is it relevant to ethnic writers, but also to writers who are white. How you address culture in your work is noticed. It doesn't mean you will be austrisized for having a racist character, but when the ethnic characters in your works are flat and stereotyped, people notice. The worst part is, if your main character is African, Asian, or Arabic, they will probably be white on the cover. Can you imagine how hurtful that is? And as a "white" I am offended that the publishing houses think I would not read a book with a black protagonist. A lot of us book junkies are looking for content above all else. What journey will this book take me on?

My question is, are you reading any great blogs?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Literature as a high art

I am currently taking English 161 through the community college. It is an analytical literature class where elements of story are broken down and picked to pieces. Since I have almost worked up the courage to tell my family that I want to be a writer when I grow up (at 31 and the mother of 2 I would have thought this would have already happened- growing up, I mean).

Patience has suggested I share what I am learning. Which I will happily do, though I promise no great insights or comprehension. For today, I will make a list of what I have learned in the last couple of weeks.

1. "Real" literature is depressing. Okay, I already knew that, I hated everything they made me read in high school except "To Kill a Mockingbird".

2. What a short story consists of. Everyone else in the world probably already knew this, but I couldn't quite piece together a complete tale that wasn't full on novel. I think that a short story is more than just a scene out of someone's life, but a scene or compilation of short scenes that holds some true human meaning. That's why a guy driving to town isn't a story, but a guy driving to town to kill a bunch of people at the mall and and accidentally shooting his own daughter is.

3. Reading Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" I learned that you can not only write in the collective We, but you can also skip around in a story without making the reader feel confused. (You know the sensation, "Wait, when am I again."

4. I am really not as smart as I thought I was. I am glad about that. I like learning. Learning gives me hope. Stephen King once wrote that a bad writer will never be a good writer and that a good writer will never be a great writer. While I do believe that you have to be willing to work hard and have some aptitude toward the written word, He is wrong. At least a bad writer can become good. And how many "great" writers are there anyway.