Writing Opportunity

Here is something from the Wichita Public Library that might interest you as either a writer or reader. Submit your short stories. https://www.wichitalibrary.org/
 
The following was in the library’s newsletter and has more details, forwarded to me by another member.
Let your short story be seen by readers all over Wichita. You can now submit your short stories for placement in the Library’s three short story dispensers in Wichita! Click here to create an account on the online portal. Read below for story prompt ideas and for complete terms and conditions.
 
Writing PromptsWichita has no shortage of ghost stories. Choose a local legend and tell us what really happened. How did the projectionist who haunts the Orpheum die? Why does the woman with the blue handkerchief refuse to leave the Eaton Hotel? What ghosts haunt your Wichita dreams?

You are walking your dog on a windy day when an unusual tree branch blown to the sidewalk catches your eye. On closer inspection, it’s not a tree branch at all. It’s…a dinosaur bone?

Write an “epistolary novel,” a story told entirely through a letter written to one of the characters.

Write about an event that doesn’t go as planned. Examples of events that might go awry include: New Year’s Eve, the first day of school, or the year 2020.

The bronze statues by Georgia Gerber that line Douglas Avenue in downtown Wichita see a lot of action on any given day. Pick one of them and tell us who they are and how they got there. What does the Barefoot Businessman think about what he’s reading in The Wichita Eagle? What do the mother and little boy see in a window of the Kress building? Is the busker having any luck today?

Write a story that takes place the same year you started kindergarten. What political events and cultural trends happened that year? How was technology different? How will these factors shape the narrative and setting for your characters?

A “macguffin” is defined as an object or device in a work of fiction that furthers the plot. Using the “macguffin” of a sealed shut, featureless cardboard box, tell a story about the box, who is responsible for it and what might be inside it.

Imagine a world where humans hibernated during the winter. Write a mystery story that takes place in this hypothetical universe.

Write a story that takes place in a singular setting; that setting is the last building you went to that wasn’t work, school or home.For horror writers, think of the last time something scared you but it turned out to be completely harmless. Write a story where that harmless thing is the story’s antagonist.Douglas and Oliver, Murdock and Washington – Select a Wichita intersection and develop a story around two characters that take their names from the streets in that intersection.In the tradition of Franz Kafka, write a story where the protagonist goes to sleep a human only to wake up as an animal of your choosing.On January 1, 2021, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald entered the public domain, which means that the novel is no longer protected under copyright. Incorporate elements from The Great Gatsby into your story in the same way other public domain characters (like Sherlock Holmes and Dracula) have appeared in contemporary fiction.

 
Terms & ConditionsSubmission Requirements
The author should submit an original story/poem in English. For stories in English, the maximum length is 8,000 characters (including spaces). The work must be fictional, or deal with historical or biographical topics in a literary manner. Journalistic works, nonfiction articles or essays, etc., will not be accepted. Stories can be of any genre, e.g.: drama, romance, science fiction, etc. Pornographic or erotic texts are not permitted.
 
Author Information
Authors shall submit their work using a Short Edition account they will need to create. The author should clearly indicate how they would like to be credited for their work. This name will appear next to the title of the story.
 
Rights, Guarantees and Responsibilities
The author declares that he/she is the sole author of any text he/she submits, and that this same text is an original creation. The author declares that he/she controls the copyright of the submitted text, meaning that he/she has never transferred these rights to a third person/entity.
 
Copying and Distribution
The author grants a non-exclusive right to the project organizer to reproduce, correct and publish his/her stories via Short Story Dispensers belonging to the Wichita Public Library. The copyright of the work shall remain with the author. The author agrees and acknowledges that in this specific case, publication and distribution of their work shall not result in the payment of royalties from
Short Edition.
 
Selection and Publication
The coordinators of the Wichita Public Library project have sole discretion in selecting works for distribution via the Short Story Dispenser. They may also reject or remove works from the dispenser without giving any prior notice or justification to the author. The author can also ask for his/her work to be removed by notifying the project coordinators in writing.
 
Contact
If you have any requests, please email shortstories@wichitalibrary.org.
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January 16th Zoom Meeting

Our next regular meeting is January 16, at 1:30 p.m. Here is the link to the zoom. Maybe “soon” we can begin again to meet in person. Be prepared to share your goals for the year, what you need us to teach you, what you can teach others, so we can build a program plan for the year. Hope to “see” you all there.


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82674777866?pwd=amtXb2lkVGxxSXBhSGpWNnllNmpkZz09

Meeting ID: 826 7477 7866
Passcode: 582453
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,82674777866#,,,,*582453# US (Houston)
+16699006833,,82674777866#,,,,*582453# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
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Meeting ID: 826 7477 7866
Passcode: 582453
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kesRf4izTb

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January 16th Meeting

We will hold a zoom meeting on Saturday, January 16 at 1:30. The link will be sent via email and posted on the website and Facebook pages. Be thinking about your goals for 2021 and what programs you would like to see presented or those you could present yourself or with partners. Let’s hope we can resume meeting in person, though maybe with a Zoom option, soon.

Kathy Pritchett

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December 19th Meeting

The monthly KWA meeting by Zoom on December 19th went fairly well, with 17 attendees (I believe). There were a few awkward moments with some members having difficulty connecting. But, hopefully, this will get easier for everyone.

A new slate of officers was nominated and approved by those in attendance. The new board/officers are:

President: Katherine Pritchett

Vice President: Ben Sutherland

Secretary: Wendell Skinner

Treasurer: Angela Largent

Members at Large: Mike Freed and Dustin Boettcher

The members in attendance shared their personal writing news/status on current projects. In addition, Mike Freed provided a poll that members were able to respond to in the meeting. From the poll of those attending members, fiction. writing is the biggest interest.

Due to the continuing issues with the Covid situation and the library being closed, the meetings will be held online via Zoom at least in January and probably in February.

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December 19th KWA Zoom Meeting

We have a link to the Zoom meeting for Saturday at 1:30. We can go as long as 3 hours for this one:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3293973396?pwd=dTZ4QUNYWVBNMERLZ2FDTm5aa2liZz09

Meeting ID: 329 397 3396
Passcode: KWA121920
One tap mobile
+12532158782,,3293973396#,,,,,,0#,,596571701# US (Tacoma)
+13462487799,,3293973396#,,,,,,0#,,596571701# US (Houston)

This will get you into the meeting, but if for some reason this link won’t work for your tech setup, you can use this:

Dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 329 397 3396
Passcode: 596571701

We will be voting on a slate of officers for next year. Those who have volunteered:

President: Katherine Pritchett

Vice President: Ben Sutherland

Secretary: Wendell Skinner

Treasurer: Angela Largent

Members at Large: Mike Freed and Dustin Boettcher

If anyone else would like to step up to serve, we can have an election. Otherwise, if the majority of the membership approves, these will be your officers for 2021. If you have tech expertise, you can volunteer to assist with the Zoom or the website and not have to be an officer.

Also, during the meeting, toot your own horns as to what you have accomplished this year. Just surviving a pandemic thus far should be on everyone’s list. Starla has already posted publishing credits on our website, but if you were missed, let us know.

Be thinking of what you want to learn from this group next year. Basics of formatting? How to do deep POV? Dialog? Queries? Plotting? Someone in the group can help with almost anything; is there something you’d like to present? You wouldn’t have to do it alone. We could do a panel presentation or have a partner. Do you have an expert in your hip pocket who would be willing to present a subject? We have greatly benefitted from our County Attorney talks. Who else would you like to hear? What are your goals going to be for 2021? Let’s hear them.

And let’s congratulate our last year’s officers for navigating a whole new world to keep the group going under difficult circumstances: David Heffelfinger, President; Starla Criser, Vice-President; Wendell & Clystia Skinner, Secretary; Chris Davies, Treasurer; and Dustin Boettcher and Nicole Valek, members at large. They need medals for having to deal with the twists and turns of 2020. I suspect 2020 will serve as inspiration for lots of writing to come. Once we are through it. And don’t forget that dues are payable this month or next.

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December 19th Meeting – Zoom

Because of Covid 19 and cold weather (it is winter, for sure), our next KWA meeting will be held via Zoom on December 19 at 1:30. I believe we are restricted to a 45 minute time frame, but we are still working out the details. We will do another email to the entire recorded membership closer to the date when we have the link to the Zoom.  We will also post the meeting information on the website and Facebook pages.


The agenda for the meeting will primarily be to elect a slate of officers. We have some volunteers for the slots, but if you want to step up to fill a slot, we will gladly accept it. The positions we need to fill are: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and 2 members at large. Wendell has volunteered to remain as secretary unless someone else comes forward. If any of you have tech expertise and would like to serve as advisors to any of the tech-challenged officers, we would appreciate it. 


If you have ideas for programs you’d like to see or programs you could present, let us know at the meeting. Or if you have resources for speakers appropriate to writing. Also, a quick rundown of your accomplishments for the year or plans for next. And of course, any sales. Our December meeting is traditionally a celebration of our accomplishments. We’ll all miss the potluck part of it. Hard to taste chocolates via Zoom, no matter how realistic it is.
As I loaded the emails for this message, I found a few missing the @ suffix and a few I questioned as to accuracy. If you notice that I have anyone’s email wrong, please let me know.


We will likely have to continue on zoom for the next few months, depending on whether we can find a meeting room large enough to social distance and cheap enough we can afford it or until the weather allows for outdoor meetings. Meeting under the trees at the library can be pleasant or uncomfortable, depending on the capricious Kansas weather. A covered outdoor shelter might be an alternative. I know there is one in Goddard with water and restrooms and movable walls that can provide shelter from wind and rain. There are probably other suitable ones in Wichita. Let us know if you have any ideas.

Covid 19 has caused all aspects of life to be reimagined and rearranged. But writers are more imaginative and adaptable than regular people, so I am sure we will prevail and come out of this with a stronger, more cohesive organization.

Katherine Pritchett

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November 21st Meeting

Currently because of the Covid-19 situation the meetings are on the third Saturday of every month by Zoom at 7 pm. Watch the KWA Facebook page for the URL connection.

Focus: Election of 2021 officers, discussion of KWA future outlook and how to handle the immediate temporary meeting situation

Discussion of Dec 19 Meeting: Party and recognition time – how to handle it and make the Zoom meeting fun

If there is time – Program Topic for discussion: Query letters and synopsis – members’ experience with and suggestions

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September 2020 Handouts

Click on the links for the Word handouts

Dialogue

Internalization

Narration

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September 19th Meeting & Prompts

At this time, we are still planning on meeting outside the Rockwell Library at 1:30 pm. And there will be a Zoom meeting at 7 pm.

The programs and schedule for the rest of 2020 are as follows:

Sept 19 – Program: Dialogue, internalization, and narration

Oct 17 – Program: Editing

Nov 21 – Program: Query letters and synopsis

Dec 19 – KWA’s holiday party and recognitions

PROMPTS for the September 19th meeting:

  1. Imagine finding a box. Write about opening it and what is inside.
  2. Poem: Write a poem about a brick wall – liberal or figurative.
  3. WORDS: fan – green – sour – banana – seal
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August 2020 Handout

Click here to get the Word file

Hook Presentation for KWA 8-15-2020

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