Sending out a Christian Wave upon a Secular Sea


Next CAG Meeting – Thursday, February 3, 2022.

NOTE: This Zoom meeting will be a writing exercise class on grabbing the audience’s attention at the start of fiction, or non-fiction writing and never letting go. Capturing the reader’s attention, early on, remains crucial for any written document from an email to a weighty tome.

Whether you are writing for work, school, business, inspirational, fiction or non-fiction, without an active readership, your ideas won’t achieve your greatest goals.

Please come prepared with the first five pages or less depending on the length of a document. Realistically, we may have only have time to consider the first paragraphs of a manuscript , or the first stanza of a poem, in the time available at the meeting. Please kindly be prepared with any specific concerns relating to your work.

The questions we’ll explore are 1. Does it grab the reader? 2. Are verb choices vibrant? 3. Does it make sense? 4. Does it correctly set the tone or mood? 5. Does it leave the reader wanting more? 

Strengthening the first five pages of our work increases the likelihood a reader will embrace the information or story we are telling. Let’s give a polish to these first pages hoping for enhanced writing success in 2022 for us all. 

Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Buttimer, Ph.D

Topic: “Polishing The First Five Pages or Less”

Elizabeth P. Buttimer, entrepreneur, manufacturer and former educator, received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University, and M.S.C. and B.A. degrees from Auburn University. 

Her inspiration comes from the exotic within the everyday, the intimacies of small town life; the love of the land, powerful elements of history, nature and larger than life personalities. Stir this all in a bowl and mix it with the land, history, nature, culture and characters one meets in rural living and that’s a good concept of the landscape that frequents her writing.

She has been published in about thirty publications including in the following: The Arkansas Review, Haunted Waters Press, Splash,  Poet’s Choice, Unlimited Literature, The Halcyone, The Esthetic Apostle, Cathexis Northwest Press, The Raw Art Review, Running With Water Anthology of V Press LC, Blue Mountain Review, Stoneboat, Pure Slush,  Magnolia Quarterly, Reach of Song Anthology, Copperfield Review, and a chapbook, ‘Perfect, Broken or in Jagged Fragments’ published by Finishing Line Press (2019). 

Dr. Buttimer received the first prize in 2018 Haunted Waters Press Poetry Open, the 2018 Natasha Trethewey Award from the Atlanta Writer’s Club, Honorable Mention in the 2019 Atlanta Writer’s Club Natasha Trethewey Award, honorable mention in the 2018 William Faulkner Literary Award presented in New Albany, Mississippi, first, second and fourth prizes in poetry 2018 Cisco Writer’s Contest and previously second prize in poetry in the national Let’s Write Contest. She received first prize for a children’s picture book in a contest sponsored by Seven Hills Literary Review and Tallahassee Writer’s Association and published in Seven Hills Literary Review. 

CAG meetings are held at:

To Be Announced.

Join us live at Provino’s or virtual via Zoom.
The Zoom link will be sent out before the meeting

The Woodstock chapter of Word Weavers International,
next meeting will be Monday, January 17th, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be at Kennesaw First Baptist.
Bring your writing and your mask. Hope to see you there.
If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Crawford at:

CAG upcoming Guest Speakers for 2022

To Be Announced.

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