March 2018 Monthly Meeting
This writing experience was facilitated by member Ann Thornfield-Long, a co-author of Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage (edited by Crawford and Smiley, 2013), has poetry appearing in Artemis Journal, Riddled with Arrows, Silver Blade, Abyss & Apex, The Tennessee Magazine, Wordgathering, Liquid Imagination and other publications. She won the Patricia Boatner Fiction Award (Tennessee Mountain Writers, 2017) for her novel excerpt “The Crying Room” and was a finalist for her fiction in the 2017 Chattanooga Writers’ Guild Spring Contest. She was nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net and Rhysling awards, and awarded a 2017 Weymouth residency. She edited and published a weekly newspaper for six years. She is a retired nurse and medical first responder.
Ann used the game Balderdash as a jumping off point for writing prompts. About 18 attendees played the game. The object was to define obscure words with such persuasive creativity that you fool your fellow players into thinking yours is the correct definition, though you may not have a clue yourself. Lots of laughter and some very clever ideas ensued!
It was that “persuasive creativity” that primed the pen for a planned writing exercise. But after introductions, we decided to play a third round. Sadly, we ran out of time to write at the library. (We had to be out promptly by 8:00 PM).
The photograph at left is a collage of guesses to the three words: Hinkumbooby, Duffy, and Snoach. So as the intended continuation, attendees were to let these words, their definitions, and/or the players’ impressions be the prompt to stimulate their own writing. Everyone appreciated Ann's writing-prompt idea and facilitation.