The frequency of the assignments for the red bowl contests is every other month.
The assignment may consist of any subject matter. Members
are asked to consider making it something they are currently working on
for publication or a contest submission, though it can be anything the
author chooses. The intent is for all club members to help each other to
improve their chances for publication or simply to sharpen their writing
skills. Previous submissions may be resubmitted for future “Red Bowl
Contests.” The ultimate goal is to learn.
The only restriction is to maintain a maximum of 750 words
or no more than two and one-half pages typed, double-spaced (no
exceptions). This is to give everyone an equal share of time for the
critique. Authors are encouraged to bring several copies of their work to
assist in critiquing within the small group. This allows the members of
each critique group to take notes and suggestions to help the author. Pen
and paper for note taking is encouraged.
At the Meeting:
|1. ||We will break into small critique groups. The number of
members present and the number of submissions for critique will determine
the size of the groups.
|2. ||Someone other than the author should read a
submission to the group. This is to allow the author a chance to hear
|3. ||The group is to give constructive critiques to help
improve the writer’s work.
|4. ||This is to continue for each submission.
The exact method is up to the individual group.
|5. ||Each group will
award a first place submission.
|6. ||The first place submissions will be
given to the vice-president of the club for publication in The
Pasadena Pen and on the Website.
|7. ||The general membership
will then vote on the choice for First Place either by phone, e-mail, or
in person to the Vice-President who will announce the top three winners at
the following meeting. Deadline for voting is 12:00 am the Friday before
the meeting where the winners are announced.
|8. ||The Red Bowl will be
available for deposit of loose change or whatever a member wishes to
contribute to the winner the day the submissions are critiqued as well as
the following meeting. The Vice-President will hold all funds received
from the red bowl until the first place winner is announced. The full
balance of the red bowl will be awarded to the first place winner.
If you prefer the structure of a stated assignment you may
use this as a guideline for improving your writing skills.
Describe a world that exists only in your own mind. What
does the landscape look like? What do the animals and people look like.
Be sure to include at least one character. How do they behave? Use this
assignment to learn to describe a location using more dialog and action
PERSONAL HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE
Think of the movie ‘A Christmas Story’ or ‘It’s a
Wonderful Life’. This assignment can be fiction, non-fiction, a story,
an article or even poetry. It can be any holiday. Use this assignment to
learn to express inner emotion. Try this exercise from Bernard Selling’s
book ‘Writing from Within’.
Begin by taking yourself back to an event that
holds within it some of your deepest feelings and emotions. When you
have finished writing about the event, check your work to see that you
have written it in the present tense, added your feelings, and written
some dialogue. …Try to include inner monologues as well. Be sure to
write your feelings in an interesting and vivid way. Explore what goes
on in the various parts of your body when a feeling occurs and express
the feeling in this manner.
How does change affect people? Remember: ‘Who moved my
cheese?’ Use this assignment to learn to show conflict and tension
through characterization. Try this exercise from Rachel Ballon’s book
‘Breathing Life into Your Characters’.
Write a scene in which a character experiences a
highly stressful event. How does you character deal with the stress?
Write about the conflict your character faces by just experiencing one
of the SRRS’s top five stressors (below). Describe how your character
behaves when dealing with the stress.
Certain behaviors give clues
that an individual might have emotional problems. Some of the most
common behaviors are excessive moodiness, constant worry, ruminating,
sudden mistrust of others, suspiciousness, unreasonable belligerence
towards others, hypochondria, and spending more time in fantasy than
in reality. To have these behaviors doesn’t imply emotional illness,
but continual frequency of such problems means the person needs
professional treatment, Neurotics also develop many defense mechanisms
against anxiety. The background of troubled people plays an important
role in their emotional life.
|Social Readjustment Rating Scale|
||Life Change Unit Value |
|Death of a spouse
|Death of a family member
|Illness or injury
|Fired from job
Just play with this one. Write a nature poem as defined in
Michael J. Bugeja’s book ‘The Art and Craft of Poetry’ A poem in
which nature plays an integral role, emphasizing terrain and life
(including humans) in a natural setting, season, metaphor, symbol,
situation of theme.
A Tribute to the Season
Nature Against Human
Nature as Metaphor for
the Human Condition
Nature as Symbolic of the Human
Human Encountering Nature
Nature as Reflection of
Essence of Nature
Nature as Reflection of God