All About the Haiku

Looking for a new way to get creative? No matter what genre you prefer, Haiku offers writers a new way to think about creativity. Join us this Saturday, March 12, 2022 from 10 to 11 a.m. online when PWC Poet Laureate and award-winning Haikuist Kim B. Miller will teach us about the many forms of Haiku and inspire us to use the form as a launch for our own writing!  

Kim is an inspirational, award-winning poet who has performed nationally and internationally, making an impact wherever she goes. Her presentations are interactive, and you'll come away with material and ideas to use in your work. Don't miss it!


Topic: WbtR Writers Enrichment: The Many Forms of Haiku
Time: Mar 12, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Upcoming Events
Get those calendars out! We've got more Writers' Enrichment events you won't want to miss.

Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. Manassas Battlefield
Meet in front of the Visitor Center. JoAnn Lord Koff, alongside a historian, will lead us in learning about local history and the park and offer a new context for writing in any genre. Stay tuned for more details about this in-person event! (Rain date: May 14) You must register for this event, as the park limits events to 20. Register here at Eventbrite now!

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. online
Get Unstuck! What causes writers' block and how can you move past it? Come for the discussion and writing exercises to spur creativity in any genre. (Will be held April 9 if Battlefield event has to be rescheduled) Zoom links to be shared closer to the event date.

Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. online
Learn your publishing options from internally acclaimed writer Natalina Reis! Natalina will discuss the differences between traditional, small-press and self/indie publishing. Zoom links to be shared closer to the event date.

And the New Tagline Is...
Congratulations to Maryel Stone who won our tagline contest! WbtR members posted their ideas in our Facebook group and submitted through email and came up with some great options. Maryel suggested "Get Your Writing On Track" and earned the most likes. We love it! Thank you to all who participated, and thanks to all our members who keep WbtR the vibrant group it is!

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We encourage (and often accompany) each other in performing at venues where we can read our works for live audiences. In addition, we have created opportunities for EVERYONE to have some of their writing published in our anthologies, and we announce opportunities available through other organizations. These projects are open to all members, regardless of experience.
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Founded in August 2011, WbtR serves writers affiliated with Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. We welcome all writers 18+ who feel a connection to our region and contribute their talents, no matter where they live!

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