August 20 Meeting – Animal Response Team

Bk 1 - Blossom 5x7Do you write stories that include animals? Have you ever considered what might happen to your animals in case an emergency happened? Or have you considered having a character involved in animal response during a disaster?

Personally, I write children’s stories about Blossom the cow and her friends. I haven’t though about what might happen to them if a disaster struck their farm. Maybe I should…

The meeting this month will have a representative from KSART (Kansas State Animal Response Team) sharing information about the organization. They develop and maintain working relationships with other disaster response organizations. Emergency Management and Red Cross are two such key agency relationships. Actions by teams and team volunteers must be made with the focus of the big picture, helping the people of Kansas and their pets through natural and man made disasters.

KSART website for more information.

August 20th Meeting Schedule

12:30 Board Meeting, other members are always welcome

1:30 Carolyn Schultz, KSART and writing about animals (our own authors)

2:30 Marketing opportunities

3:30 Critique, additional Board discussion (if necessary)



Seeking Baseball Themed Plays

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baseball player at bat hitting ball clipart

Award and festival winning playwright and poet seeks scripts. Looking for short, 1-20 minutes, baseball themed plays to accompany my play, DUGOUT MEMORIES, to make a complete evening of baseball theme plays. Currently have not set a deadline. No restrictions on content except plays must have a baseball theme. Contact Jerry-Mac Johnston with questions or submissions. Hard copies submit to 1438 S. Arcadia, Springfield, MO 65804 or email attachments to Jerry-Mac is a member of the Springfield (MO) Writer’s Guild.

Wichita Public Library’s First Local Authors Day

booksPut Saturday, September 10 on your calendar!

From 10:30 am to 3 pm, join the library for an inside look at the ins and outs of the publishing industry.

At 10:30 am, they will feature a panel of experts including former Kansas Poet Laureate Denis Low-Weso of Mammoth Publications.

At 1 pm, they will have a meet and talk with authors from Wichita and the surrounding area. If you are a local author that would be interested in presenting your work at this program, please call 316-261-8580 to reserve your space today. You can also contact Sarah Kittrell at

Local authors will be allowed to set up tables at the library and sell their books. Approval for these tables must be obtained from the library in advance.

Randy Atwood’s News

Randy Atwood - The Fat CatRandy Atwood has two pieces of news to share.  His newest release, The Fat Cat: A Noir Mystery, was recently published in paperback and ebook form. It is available as a paperback at Amazon and as  Kindle ebook.

In addition, Randy shares that his sales of his novella “The Saltness of Time” have put it into the top 100 of its subcategory in the Kindle Store.

July 16 Meeting – Superheroes & Guest Author Stephanie Storey

free-superhero-clipart-royalty-free-super-hero-clipart-illustration-1105126What does it mean to be a superhero? How do you go beyond their powers and abilities? At the July 16 meeting, Bob Morris will discuss superhero archetypes, how superheroes have evolved through the years, and how you can relate them to the average person.

Bob will bring a few examples of graphic novels and DVDs with themes to discuss, but feel free to bring your own, along with your own ideas about what it means to be a superhero.

Following the program on Superheroes, Stephanie Storey will be a special guest author. Storey’s debut novel, OIL AND MARBLE, is an LA Times bestseller and received a glowing review from the New York Times. She will share her experiences in the publishing process and answer questions from the members.

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.

June 18 Schedule

1:30 – Panel discussion on writing historical fiction

3:30 – Critique session

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.

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.

Indie Writers at Reverie Coffee Roasters

This new series is held on the third Thursday each month from 6-7:30 pm at Reverie Coffee Roasters (2611 E Douglas Ave).

Each month, three new local writers will take the floor for 20 minutes each. Each Indie Writer will have a 10 minute reading followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

Books will be available for purchase, and all sales will be directly between the customer and the author. This is a FREE event, open to the public.