Monday, July 4, 2011

Golden Living - Writers Recital

Amberg Writers Group Recital brings writing to the Golden Living Center in Florence, Wisconsin

On Tuesday June 28, 2011 The Amberg Writers Group lead by Billie A Williams presented a 'Recital' at the Golden Living Center in Florence, Wisconsin.  Dance recitals, piano recitals and now writers reading their original works in a writer's recital. 

A group of more than twenty people participated in the event.  Laughing about readings of traveling on rocky roads and Yorkie dog antics,  " yellow" the one word prompt, the man or dog with the red whiskers drew first nervous stirrings, and then laughter at the surprise ending, personal miracles brought, sighs of reverence and loud applause, and a story about a book suitable for every person that entered a book store story surprised and delighted. The actual 1904 book presented and showed words that seemed to suit, randomly telling each person exactly what they needed to hear. A poem about Makeup inspired with its ending twist that makeup can't hide, or make more beautiful, what's inside a person. 

Representative of the readings, treats in the form of 'cup cakes' were the container to serve up  the dog bone cookies, yellow/orange circus peanuts, a quarter for those less fortunate and other goodies distributed from the writers to the residents and staff of Golden Living. 

The drawing for prizes that consisted of an autographed copy of July Heat, and one of Money Isn't Everything written by Billie A Williams (as well as a copy donated to the home's library), angels, pet rocks, a bag of 'yellow' goodies, notebooks and pens, t-shirts and book bags.  All the prizes were in some way representative of what each writer read about.

The writers group consists of, mostly unpublished writers—if you consider only book or magazine publications. However, some of these writers have published in trade magazines and newspapers. The online branch of this group contributes their writing even though they can't be present to attend the 'recitals' someone else reads their work.  Some of those members can count book publications and publication in anthologies such as the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. 

The group is available to do 'recitals' for other groups that might be interested, so far besides the nursing home, this has included library visits, but they are open to more venues. The presentation consists of original works by the writers constructed from prompts such as: "expect miracles", or 'yellow', or maybe "an abandoned tricycle" always a new prompt each month.  The results are always a distinctive blend of uniquely different stories developed by the individual writers.

As the group practices with their writing prompts constructing short 250 to 500 word stories, they are beginning a new venture--they all are beginning their own full length fiction manuscript. The genre chosen by most, so far, is mystery. Some are working on memoirs in addition to the fiction book. 

Everyone is welcome to join the group, age, writing or publishing credits do not matter. No previous skills are necessary just a desire to write. 

"Writer's Write" is the group motto.  "Write Like The Wind," or "Write Like Your Fingertips Are On Fire," are the group mantras.
For more information contact:
Billie A Williams,
P O Box 134
Amberg, WI 54102

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