February 18 – Monthly Meeting – Show, Don’t Tell & More

We’re continuing the year by offering more than one topic for discussion. Essentially you get “more bang for your buck” at these meetings. This month we will have discussions on the following topics: Show, Don’t Tell (something every writer struggles with). Plots: What are good plots and where to find them. Settings: What are novel […]

Jan 28 – Monthly Meeting – Editing

Please note that ONLY for this month, the meeting has been changed to January 28th. We’re starting off the new writing year with a program on Editing. There are so many ways to go about reviewing, refining, and improving your manuscript. What exactly do you edit, you ask? Well…everything. During the editing phase of a […]

October 15 Meeting – Characters

This month our program has to do with Characters – What and Who They Are. No matter what genre you write in, characters are a key element to the writing project. This includes memoir writing. In a work of fiction, a character is a person (though not necessarily a human being) depicted in a narrative […]

Fairy Tale Challenge – Write In West McAlister’s Deli

In an effort to breathe some life into the Monday night Write-Ins, we’re going to add some CHALLENGES. (Particularly to the West location) You don’t have to take part in the Challenge. You are still welcome to join us for networking and help with your writing. These are the Challenge ideas for the next few […]

September 17 Meeting – Mystery Writing Panel & Manipulating Time Program

This is one of those “more bang for your buck” meetings. At the September 17 meeting we will have two programs. 1:30-2:45 – Panel on writing mysteries, Rae Cuda and Louse Pelzl 3:00-4:00 – Mike Klaassen presentation “Warped Time: How You Can Manipulate Time in Fiction” –

June 18 Meeting – Historical Writing

The June 18th meeting will include a panel discussion on writing historical fiction. As always, there will be a general discussion on the topic with all members. Have a favorite reference? Bring it to share with others. Any great research hints? Let us know how you find out the do’s and don’ts of times past. […]

Updated Handout on Editing Creates Style

Breaking news… The handout from the Editing program on May 21 has been removed. An updated handout, Quick Summary of Editing Creates Style, replaces that one. Be sure to check this out and do some serious thinking in connection with your writing project. Quick Summary of Editing Creates Style

Editing Program Handout

Sara Jenlink presented a wonderful program on Editing at the Saturday May 21 meeting. One of her handouts has been added to the Writer Resources section on this website. She plans to tips on editing revisions once a month and discuss them. Be sure to watch for this helpful information. Editing Improves Style

The Best Books on Writing

I realize that many of the writers in the KWA have found their personal strides.  But I am a writer still exploring my creative voice.  As both a writer of fiction and a poet, there are several books that I return to time and again to refuel and bring zest to my work.   Hopefully a […]

Live Blog from the Scene Seminar

We kept a live blog going during the KWA Scene Seminar with speaker Kirt Hickman. If you couldn’t make it, check out a sample of what you missed! — Erin Perry O’Donnell, Scene Seminar Coordinator 4:19 p.m. Critiques–everyone needs them. Many of us fear them. How do you keep those comments about your life’s work–your […]