Saturday, August 25, 2012


Homework for our September meeting!! Fun fun!!

Everyone attending is invited to enjoy a special homework assignment–one of my favorite challenges we tackled in the past. Find a passage from a book you’ve read. Maybe you can seek a favorite classic, which is compelling but telling. Take that telling and show us how “show don’t tell” can improve that work of fiction!

Telling Example: She walked down the road angrily.

Showing Example: Terry beat her feet against the gravel on her way to my house, her face darkening into a purple hue I’d never seen before.

Add who, what, where, when, why & how. Also add see, feel, touch, taste, hear, and that incredible sixth sense if you can. You will see a wonderful change take place under your skillful pen. Plus you will revisit a classic!! Yes a classic!!

During the meeting we will take a list of clich├ęs and add fresh touches to those dry and familiar words. Writing fresh has its own rewards! 

Our next meeting…

Saturday September 8th., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Faith Church

2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220

§   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods

§   Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43


We hope to see you there so that we can play with words together.

You are welcome to bring coffee, tea, or something cold to drink for yourself. If you have a work of fiction you need feedback for, do bring it along. We allow everyone a short reading time. We are a safe place for you to share your words.

Poetry, short story, memoir, or novel writing etc. are welcome.


  1. What a wonderful idea for getting the creative juices flowing. I will have to try that sometime.

    It was great seeing you at the writers conference at Green Lake. Wasn't it an inspiring week? I'm so glad that you were able to be there all week.

    Some day I will have to find the time and gas money to join a Pens of Praise meeting.

    God bless.

  2. Good morning Chris! We usually have a prompt that we can but don't have to write to. It is always great to have a challenge! I loved seeing you, old friend, and new friends at Green Lake. Turely inspiring and insturctive!! You would be welcome to Pens anytime!! Goodness what a drive for you for a 2 hr. meeting!! Ha ha!!