Rockford Writer's Guild hosts July 17 gala

Sunday, July 17, is the date for the Gala Celebration for the Members Only edition of The Rockford Review. This event will be held at the Clock Tower Resort at East State Street and Interstate 90 in Rockford. Guild President David Ross sends out a last call for procrastinators: Checks may be sent to Rockford Writers’ Guild Gala, P.O. Box 858, Rockford, IL 61105. Reservations are $20 per adult and $12 per child age 4-12.

No membership meeting in August

No membership meeting will be held in August. Tim Hughes will guest-edit an edition of “Write Away,” RWG’s newsletter.

The Antonomasia

We could refer to the entire movie industry—the studios, actors, writers, film distribution—as “Hollywood,” the place where (most) motion pictures are manufactured. The use of a city’s or a place’s or a person’s name to attribute a renowned quality to another city, place or individual is a figure of speech called an antonomasia. It is easy to write a sentence about, say, the “balkanization” (the fragmentation) of central Africa or a sentence in which a man is called a “doubting Thomas” (John 20:25), but a well-worded antonomasia is a rarity.

In his story “A Tale of Three Lions” (on pg. 63 of The Oxford Book of Adventure Stories), H. Rider Haggard describes the effects on a herd of oxen by the nearness of a hungry lion. The oxen become terrified and separate from the group and rush away madly. “Lions know of this habit on the part of oxen, which are, I do believe, the most foolish animals under the sun, a sheep being a very Solomon compared to them,” Solomon is not a symbol of wisdom; rather insight and good judgment were some of his reputed qualities which are here imputed to sheep.

On pg. 159 of his Burmese Days, George Orwell uses an antonomasia to describe a Burmese village in the wet season. “In the rains the creek would flood, turning the lower parts of the village into a squalid wooden Venice where the villagers stepped from their front doors into their canoes.” Here Venice calls to mind a city of rivery streets, but itself is not a symbol or representative of such cities.

Writers’ Workshop

AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop provides writers of all abilities and genres with online and on-site classes, workshops, coaching and editing services as well as private studio space for those who need a place of their own to work. All Writers’ classes are led by educated, qualified and currently publishing instructors who concentrate on developing the writer in you, the writer you can become. Instructors have been published in dozens of respected magazines and journals, and written stories, plays and poetry. Students have published books, poems and short stories, written columns, and been nominated for Pushcart prizes.

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Information provided by Mark Konkel, writer, instructor, AllWriters Workplace & Workshop,

The RWG Press

Fliers will soon be sent out for Writers’ Guild Chap Book Press.

One advantage of self-publishing with the RWG Press is being able to have your title page say, “Published by the Rockford Writers’ Guild Press, Rockford, Illinois, 2005.” A second advantage is that you can advertise your chap book in the Guild’s newsletter and on the Guild’s Web site.

From the July 13-19, 2005, issue

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