BAWL Newsletter

JUNE 2023 Edition


It's almost the Summer Solstice, Midsummer! What dreams do you have for Summer 2023?

The yearly service BAWL offers, the Anthology, is well underway. I just submitted my intention - mostly to test the payment method to ensure it's working okay and it is. Deadline to have your piece ready to submit is August 1st so don't procrastinate since that's less than 2 months away. We need at least 12 authors and at least 200 pages of content else it looks more like a pamphlet than a book and we don't want that, right? It's free editing so that's also a great way to get your story, poem, whatever, into good shape. If, by the next newsletter time, we don't have a fair amount of entrants we may have to put the effort on alert to cancel. Please, let's not do that. We're a group of writers, let's write!

Want to help? Contact Becky Ellisor.

In-Person Meetings -

We have two potential locations now we just need the participation. You are welcomed to voice your opinions in the forum as to what you would want with regard to in-person meetings. Anyone want a few dedicated toward creating your SPACE theme item for the Anthology? How about the monthly group meeting? Topics you'd like to meet about?

The Write-in login is working again. If you had trouble in the last week or two, rest assured that it works now. If you want to check out one of our write-ins, click Events at the very top of the page on the website and register. You will receive the login via email. Click on that login a few minutes before the meeting starts, and you will enter the session. You may register for three write-ins before you are officially a member.

Although sadly I have been mostly absent from them lately, we continue to have our write-ins twice a week as well as the first Thursday of each month, in the evening, and the third Saturday, in the afternoon. No judgement. Just encouragement. All are welcome, and feel free to bring a friend.

General announcement stuff -

L. Russell Records, a write-in regular, has a new book (as of April 2023) on Amazon. Check out the news about Dark Angel. Records is on a mission to complete a novel every six months for the next two years. Ambitious goal. And enjoyable reading for us!

Lynne Streeter had a poem selected for Poets Picnic at the Open Air Alliance Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A lovely haiku piece. Who doesn't love Haiku?! Read more in her monthly Tips of the Trade column. Members can find it in the For Members Only section of the website or linked below.

The competition to name Becky's serial has ended. I think it has been determined that the name will come at the end. Too bad because there was a free yearly membership prize. Perhaps at the end the competition will run again. Meanwhile, we're up to episode 32 of this sci-fi thriller. Members can find it in the For Members Only section of the website or linked below.

June Feature - This month I was exploring what other groups were doing with events and anthologies and came across some non-BAWL events that are for writers in the local area. Some summer fun, hmmm? 

Meanwhile, you all stay cool and please enjoy the most daylight hours of the year on June 21st.

'till next time,

- Kelley

“I’ve written because it fulfilled me. Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side — I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.” - Stephen King

Monthly Feature

Local Writers Stuff

Maybe you are looking for some summer fun. Some places to go and new things to write about. Here are some leads for you.

Writing Prompt Image of the Month. We will be sharing various SPACE themed images to help inspire your Anthology submission.

Inspirational Quote of the Month:

“The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.” Carl Sagan, Cosmos


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