Local Author Day – Aug 20

Event Title: Local Author Day: Writer’s Panel

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022

Start Time: 10:30 AM

End Time: 11:30 AM

Location: Advanced Learning Library

Space: Conference Center A

Description: Local Author Day is back! As part of our festivities, a panel of authors will share their experiences with writing, publishing, and marketing themselves, not to mention all the ups and downs of publishing a book. Let their experiences inspire and motivate you on your writing journey.

Wichita Public Library

Event Title: Local Author Day

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022

Start Time: 2:00 PM

End Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Advanced Learning Library

Space: Conference Center

Description: Local Author Day is back! Meet Wichita’s diverse array of local authors at Wichita Public Library’s Local Author Day. Authors will be on hand with copies of their books available for sale, including both adult and children’s titles. This event showcases the talents of our literary community and fosters dialogue between authors and their readers. Author sign ups will open in July on the library website.

Wichita Public Library

June 18 – KWA Open House

The Kansas Writer’s Association Open House is fast approaching! Next Saturday, June 18, at the Sedgwick County Extension office, Sunflower Room, 21st and Ridge, from 2-4. You can enter from either street and park on either side. Access is easy and there are plentiful restrooms. https://www.sedgwick.k-state.edu/

We welcome our new members and guests for snacks, door prizes, and a program on The Hero’s Journey, a classic story structure. Our published authors will also share their writing voyages, as well as having their books available for purchase. We will answer your questions and help you discover what Kansas Writers Association can do to help you reach your writing goals.

We support writers of all genres, fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and songwriting. We learn from each other at every meeting. And we are a remarkably fun group as well! Please join us and bring friends. 

Katherine Pritchett

Open House – Everyone Has a Story

Do you have a story in your head? Has it been in there for so long that it has grown cobwebs? We have a solution for you!

We are the Kansas Writers Association. Our mission is to inform, support, encourage, and promote writers of all levels. Want to learn more?

We are having an Open House on Sat. June 18th from 2:00-4:00 pm. The Open House is located at the Sedgwick County Extension Office, in the Sunflower Room, at 7001 West 21st Street, Wichita. The Hero’s Journey will be our program.

You will be able to meet local authors, enjoy refreshments, and have a chance to win a door prize. Come join us for an afternoon of discovering what KWA has to offer you!

If you can’t make it to the Open House, our monthly meetings are the third Saturday of the month (including summer months) from 1:30-4:00 pm at the same above listed address. You may check out our website for other information at www.kwawriters.org.

Questions? Contact us at board@kwawriters.org or visit our public Facebook page at Kansas Writers Association.

May 21st KWA Meeting

Our May meeting will be on the 21st at 1:30. Held at the Sedgwick County Extension Office, 21st and Ridge.

We will learn about the importance of the right title and what catches a librarian’s eye in a title. We will also have a short presentation on the “Best Book” lists, and why those books are there.

If you have any interest in the writing process, please drop in. Bring a friend. Everyone has a story to tell.

Katherine Pritchett, President

Some Helpful Resources

There are many helpful resources available for new and established authors. A couple of my favorite ones that offer a lot of various tips are Kindlepreneur.com and Janefriedman.com.

Here are a couple of items that interested me recently.

Republish vs Update a Book: Which One is Better? https://kindlepreneur.com/republish-vs-update/

The Vital Difference Between Plot and Story – And Why You Need Both https://www.janefriedman.com/the-vital-difference-between-plot-and-storyand-why-you-need-both/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Weekly+Blog+Digest&utm_campaign=Weekly+Blog+Digest+2+0

Wes Brummer – Botanica Gardens

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Lunchtime Lecture – May 4, 11:30-12:15 pm

Wes Brummer will talk about the poor farm history behind his first novel “Dust and Roses.” Casey Jones will speak about growing up in small town Kingman in the ‘60s in his humorous memoir “Boomer Tales.” Then Wes will talk about “Stalag Sunflower,” his historical novel of a German POW sent to a Kansas POW camp, who joins a farm labor program, works for a corn/potato farmer and falls in love with his daughter. I think we are in for an interesting ride.

Summary of the April 16th Meeting

We had a great presentation by Racine Zackula from the Wichita Public Library yesterday. If you missed it, we will soon have notes from that presentation on the website. She talked to us about the many, many resources available for everyone, especially writers.

Racine went over how to donate your author books to the library. You can donate two copies of your book to “Collection Development.” When you drop them off, provide your contact information. If approved for acceptance, the books will go (1) to the main library for circulation, and (1) to the branch library of your choice.

She also told us about the Short Story Dispensers, which is a wonderful way to introduce readers to your work (up to 8,000 words).

Dustin Boettcher also presented an informative program on poetry. We will soon have notes from that on the website as well.

The program/discussion for the May meeting was changed from what was previously agreed to: talking about first chapters. Now it will be about creating “Killer Titles.”

April 16th KWA Meeting

We have a Wichita Public Library speaker, Racine Zackula, scheduled to speak from 1:30-2:30 p.m. during this meeting. She will be covering:

  • How to donate your book to the library.
  • Self-Publishing tips and tricks.
  • Library resources for authors.
  • Researching resources.

She will speak for 45 minutes and take questions for 15 minutes. She has a slide show that goes with her topics.

We hope you come and join us to learn about all the “FREE” resources that the library has to offer us, as writers. Think about what questions you might have for Racine and bring those with you.

Let me know if you have questions about the speaker or how to remain a member in KWA. Hope to see you at the meeting!

Marcia Helten, Secretary

Some Places to Sell Articles

These are a number of places looking for articles, essays, and narratives. Go to the links to find out more details and submission information.

Guideposts – Pays for Christian faith-based stories (about 1,500 words), NOT essays or fiction.

Today’s Christian Living – Publishes story-based, inspirational, testimonial articles about how the Lord has touched lives. NO fiction, poetry, Bible studies, or sermons. Payment 60 days after publication: Less than 750 words – $25; 750-800 words – $75; 801-1,199 words – $100; 1,200-1,800 words – $150.

Vibrant Life – Publishes articles written in informal, interesting, easy-to-read style, and stay on one topic. Topics include self-help, health, exercise, and family. Payment for accepted articles: $100-$300.

Narratively – Publishes and pays for narrative non-fiction, NOT fiction, poetry, or opinion pieces.

BuzzFeed News – Publishes personal essays 1500-2500 words with a strong voice that does more than just describe your own experience. Topics can be about money, family, food, religion, relationships, disability, illness (mental or physical), race, body image, drugs, travel. They pay competitive rates per word ($.13 to $.27).

Anxiety Foundation – Publishes articles a minimum of 550 words that that are unique and family friendly about mental health. Pay $50 for articles they publish.

Woman’s World – Publishes personal stories, uplifting act of kindness stories, angel stories, “kids are funny” stories.

March 19 KWA Meeting

Just a reminder of our regular meeting on March 19 at 1:30. We are back in the Sedgwick County Extension office, Sunflower Room, at 21st and Ridge. You can enter from either street and park on either side. Access is easy and there are plentiful restrooms. https://www.sedgwick.k-state.edu/

From the answers to the survey our secretary Marcia sent out, most questions were about promotions: social media, blogging, webpages, podcasts. We’ll start our discussion with information about promotion. However, we will give you an opportunity to fill out the survey on paper at the meeting, so we can be sure to address the topics you want most.

Other subjects requested were creating characters, writing tips, how to find agents/publishers, archeology. Another question was how authors place information in a narrative. We also requested your areas of expertise, which are many and varied. If any of you want to give a short (10-15 minutes) talk about your career or hobby, just hold up your hand. If any members need more information, you can connect or we can go deeper in another meeting.

Good questions to consider: Why do you love stories/books/reading/writing? What you need from a story/book as readers? What writing has most inspired you? Do you know any speakers who would consider making a presentation? We have had a county attorney speak in the past, which sparked lots of ideas.

Please come; bring a friend.

Katherine Pritchett