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Writers' Circle Chat 2/11/2020

February 11, 2020 at

Help spark your creative energies, share your writing experiences, offer advice, and gain insight from others. Writers of all abilities are encouraged to participate in discussion of all genres of writing, including journaling, storytelling, memoirs, and much more. Hadley facilitators: Debbie Worman, learning expert; Diane O'Neill, learning designer
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Past Discussions

This month we checked in with each other, sharing our writing goals for the new year and offering support and ideas.


Open Discussion

November 14, 2019

This month we held an open session- the group shares questions, ideas, experiences and tips with each other. We also checked in to see how National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) was going for those who are participating in the event.


  • Official website of NaNoWriMo
  • Log in on NaNoWriMo to communicate with other participants at
  • If you have an accessibility issue with the NaNoWriMo website, you can contact Program Director Tim Kim at
  • Behind Our Eyes, an organization of writers with disabiliites, recently conducted its first book fair and presented fifteen books in various genres. Listen to the conference here.
  • WriteOnCon is an online writing conference for children's writers, at a very reasonable cost. In 2020, it will run from Friday, Feb. 21, through Sunday, Feb. 23.
  • ReedsyLearning offers free ten-day courses, taught by authors and publishing professionals. You sign up for one course at a time and receive a daily email with the learning material. Some courses include "Story Editing for Authors," "The Mechanics of Writing Dialogue," and "Stop Procrastinating and Build a Solid Writing Routine."
  • Romance Writers of America advocates for romance writers and provides networking opportunities, and it has local chapters. Annual dues are $99 a year. RWA offers members online forum, webinars and articles, an annual conference, advocacy in regards to publishing, and more.
  • The Writer Magazine is available through the National Library Service (NLS), offers articles on the writing craft plus publishing resources.
  • 3rd Annual Braille Poetry Contest through National Braille Press. The contest runs until February 7, and winners will be announced on World Poetry Day, March 21, 2020.

National Novel Writing Month

October 10, 2019

National Novel Writing Month is almost here! The group discussed tips on how to get started in NaNoWriMo, the difference between being a "pantser" or a planner writer, and information on the accessibility of the contest's website.

NaNoWriMo and Other Novel Writing Resources:

  • Official website of NaNoWriMo. If you sign up on their site, you'll receive regular motivational emails during November and you can find out about virtual and local events.
  • Log in on NaNoWriMo to communicate with other participants at
  • If you have an accessibility issue with the NaNoWriMo website, you can contact Program Director Tim Kim at
  • Baty, Chris. No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. This book is by the founder of NaNoWriMo. Baty describes how he began NaNoWriMo and gives lots of tips and pep talks for writing a novel in a month.
  • Countdown to NaNoWriMo - How To Plan For The Month from Writers Write
  • DeSalvo, Louise. The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity. If you're not a NaNoWriMo fan--or even if you are--this book discusses the value of writing slowly, creating work over a longer period of time. DeSalvo offers tips and strategies for getting to know yourself, your process, and your writing more deeply.
  • Ray, Robert J. and Norris, Bret. The Weekend Novelist: A dynamic 52-week program to help you produce a finished novelone weekend at a time. This book is aimed at writers who mainly have time to write on weekends, showing how you can complete a novel in a year.
  • Wiesner, Karen S. First Draft in 30 Days: a novel writer's system for building a complete and cohesive manuscript. Wiesner describes how to write a detailed outline that actually becomes your first draft.

Author of the Star Powers series Lisa Rose joined us this month to share her tips for writers. Lisa's stories are often inspired by her daughter who is visually impaired, and she describes herself as a "fierce advocate for inclusion." She also hosts the monthly Missing Voice Picture Book Discussion Group on Facebook that promotes diverse picture books.

Lisa Rose was the guest speaker for this month's Writers' Circle discussion. Lisa is the author of the Star Powers chapter book series about a second-grade girl who wants to be an astronaut and just happens to use a wheelchair. Her website is

Lisa also hosts the monthly Voice Discussion Group on Facebook. This group promotes diverse picture books and features chats with authors. Learn more about the group on Lisa's website.

Resources mentioned during the show:

We started off the discussion by sharing our six-word memoirs. We then discussed strategies for working through writer's block. Many helpful tips were shared!


  • StoryADay hosts StoryADay May, where participants try to write a story each day during the month of May. Year round, you can sign up for Write On Wednesdays to receive weekly prompts and short lessons. StoryADay also hosts an accountability group.
  • Furious Fiction, hosts free monthly challenges.
  • National Federation of the Blind Writers' Division hosts an annual contest and offers a monthly magazine.
  • The Handy Uncapped Pen, a blog/community for writers with disabilities or with neurodivergence.
  • Magnets and Ladders: Active Voices of Writers with Disabilities
  • Six Word Memoirs
  • If You Can Talk, You Can Write: A Proven Program to Get You Writing & Keep You Writing, by Joel Saltzman
  • Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distractions, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life, by Bonnie Friedman

Open Ended Discussion

June 13, 2019

This month we held an open-ended discussion with many great questions and tips shared. Topics ranged from six-word memoirs, writer's block, and accessible writing websites and technology.


National Federation of the Blind Writers' Division

This month we picked up where we left off in April and discussed how to write a query letter to literary agents or publishers. Then we discussed some things to remember when writing for children, whether that's picture books or young adult novels.

This month we continued the discussion of how to write a query letter and then talked about how to write for children.


As April is National Poetry Month, we spent some time talking poetry. Then we discussed how to write a query letter to a literary agent or publisher in an effort to get them excited about your writing.

Resources on querying literary agents:

National Picture Book Writing Week:

Tips for New Writers

March 14, 2019

In this discussion we talked about tips for beginner writers.

Check out these resources from our facilitators and fellow writers:

Important Considerations

Content shared during discussions is for general information purposes only. We encourage you to thoroughly consider if any resource or suggestion is a good fit for you. The inclusion of links does not imply a recommendation or endorsement. The opinions expressed by the participants are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hadley.