What this section is intended to do: Give writers suggested hints, resources, and advice. How to use: Pick and choose what you feel is most helpful and derive inspiration from it- most importantly, HAVE FUN! What a Writers' Craft Box is: Say you're doing an art project and you want to spice it up a bit. You reach into a seemingly bottomless box full of colorful art/craft supplies and choose only the things that speak to you. You take only what you need to feel that you've fully expressed yourself. Then, you go about doing your individual project adding just the right amount of everything you've chosen until you reach a product that suits you completely. So, this is on that concept. Reach in, find the things that inspire you, use the tools that get your writing going and see it as fulfilling your self-expression as opposed to following rules.
Writing is art and art is supposed to be fun, relaxing, healing and nurturing. It's all work and it's all play at the same time. A Writers' Craft Box is whatever your imagination needs it to be- a lifeboat, the spark of an idea, a strike of metaphorical lightning, a reminder, or simply the recommendation of a good book. Feel free to sit back and break out the crayons. Coloring outside the lines is heartily encouraged.
"Arts and Crafts" N.M.B Copyright 2008
For the autumn-winter edition of Writers' Challenge, we enlisted the help of regular contributor and past Challenge entrant, Mary K. O'Melveny. When first discussing the prospect of collaboration on the new Challenge, we described what we were seeing in terms of the themes echoed in a number of submissions for the autumn-winter issue: beauty amidst adversity, loss, saving graces, and deep, difficult emotions. The pieces were a mix of dark and light, suiting the autumn season which has a number of such juxtapositions. O'Melveny came back with a few concepts entrants could choose from. Option 1 focused on change and contrast as reflected in the cycles of seasons. Visual inspiration was provided in the form of links to paintings of Van Gogh, as well as a photograph we chose from photographer, C. Michelle Olson, which was featured on the page. Entrants could write a poem, flash fiction short, or brief personal essay to explore subjective interpretations of change, seasonal themes, or balances of beauty and darkness.
Option 2 explored the topic of climate change intermingled with 2017 weather events. Entrants could use one of the forms of written response listed in the first option to explore transformation through the lens of climate or natural disasters. In lieu of a giftcard, we planned for the prize to be a $25 donation from us at WPWT in the winner's name to hurricane relief efforts.
Honorable mention goes to Harold Beverley and Amy Hoffberg. The winner of the autumn-winter Writers' Challenge was Adrienne Corey. What stuck out about Ms. Corey's entry, was that she derived inspiration from both options, yet also added new dimensions of meaning. Once contest entries had been judged and the winner chosen and notified, we found a well-rated option we utilized for the donation that had relief efforts directed at Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 100% of the donations received by the site are put toward relief efforts.
We feature here the winning entry and thank everyone for their participation.
Chance or Choice in the Dark
by Adrienne Corey
Does it strike as strange to dance and feast in darkest hours? It is often what's required of a species of a world that shows its colors most dazzling in the dimming down
The hand of Fate sets the green and blue sphere spinning on the roulette wheel and landing on black space keeps em' winning and celebrating but humans have always been push-to-the-edge gamblers.
Drink and sway uninhibited in your best and brightest gowns and suits for there's the threat of an age of winter before renewed life of spring and it could be moments away from when the ball falls on red.
Bio: Adrienne Corey is an emerging poet, but a lifetime journaler. She fancies herself a gypsy of the West out on the open road, but in actuality, is tied to a desk like most people. She thinks "green" (not like The Hulk) and has become passionate about environmental awareness in recent years. Her entry ponders the extent of man's influence and what lies beyond it, as well as the beautifully creative and carelessly destructive qualities human beings can possess. It speaks about a myriad of concerns and attitudes held today.