The May 21st Meeting will focus on Editing. This is a teaching workshop conducted by Sara Jenlink. She will provide information on standard errors and fixes. Bring a project with you. You might also want to bring your laptop and your library card, as there are some things that she can show you on your computer – such as checking the grade level of your writing.
May 21st Schedule:
12:30 Board Meeting (always open to members)
1:30 Editing Workshop
3:30 Critique Session
Our April 16th meeting will be dedicated to helping members prepare to attend conferences. Many of our members attend the Oklahoma Writers Federation (OWFI) conference in early May (for more information, check out http://www.owfi.org/). This year the conference will be May 12-14 in Oklahoma City.
We’ll be helping members practice their pitches. Pitch sessions are opportunities to try to convince an agent or editor to read your completed manuscript. They are typically 10 minutes long. If you decide to participate, come prepared to introduce yourself and spend several minutes telling us why your book is awesome.
Additionally, Rae Cuda has volunteered to take professional portraits at no charge for members of KWA. (Membership is easy, and you can become a member the day of the meeting.) You may want to have a professional portrait even if you aren’t going to a conference (website, Face Book, author photo).
Sonny Colllins will also be discussing the details of the upcoming KWA Anthology with its Kansas theme this year.
Following the basic meeting, we will have a critique session for authors looking for feedback. Time will be set aside after each monthly meeting to allow those who are interested an opportunity to meet. Bring no more than 10 pages to read and discuss.
1:30 – 3:30 – Pitch sessions, photos, anthology discussion
3:45 – ? – Critique session (until no later than 6 pm)
A special Write-In reminder…I will be at the west McAlister’s Deli (7130 W Maple..Maple & Ridge) tonight. I’ll show up around 5 pm and stay until maybe 7 pm. Stop in and find out what this is all about. We network with fellow writers, share writing issues (news, writing stumbling blocks, etc.). And you are welcome to bring short pieces of a writing project to see if someone will read it over and give a helpful critique. I’ll be a sacrificial lamb this time and bring a few pages of a new project.
Again…join me there for some networking and decent food at a reasonable price. Or just get a drink.
The March 19th meeting with a discussion about Writing Crime Fiction was a lively one. There was a lot of great sharing on the topic from the members present, and there were a number of handouts. The handouts have been added to the Writer Resources section, under the Craft Articles & Links, under Crime Fiction.
Critique Groups: The group and the board members also discussed the need for starting some kind of critique groups. We have the library room until 6 p.m. on the meeting day. We talked about the possibility of having a critique session for members interested after the program, which usually ends around 4 p.m. There is also the possibility of figuring out email critique groups. Nothing has firmly been decided at this point. The board is open to suggestions and, of course, getting help from anyone interested in leading such groups.
Write-Ins: There have been requests for having a Write-In on the west side of Wichita, in addition to maintaining the one on the east side. Starla volunteered to be at the west McAlister’s Deli (7130 W Maple, Ste 320) on March 30 around 5:30 p.m. for anyone interested. These are informal gatherings of writers, including non-KWA members, with the hope of encouraging to join KWA.
The topic of discussion for the March 19th meeting will be Crime Fiction. Are you a writer of crime fiction, wanting to consider writing crime fiction, or just curious about the topic? Come join us for what promises to be an informative meeting.
The program is focused on writing crime fiction, but the discussion and information given will be good for any writer. I’ll have handouts (because I am the Handout Queen). There will be a video with Michael Connelly and another crime author discussing how they write crime fiction. And, as always,
There will also be a board meeting before the start of the regular meeting which starts at 1:30 pm. Members are welcome to attend.
Z. Minor, aka Louise Pelzl, will be giving a Book Talk and doing a Book Signing for her new release THE SISTERHOOD OF THE COIN. The event will be February 2nd from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Pratt Public Library, 401 South Jackson, Pratt, KS.
The book is available from Amazon as both a paperback and an ebook, and from the publisher The Wild Rose Press as both an ebook and a paperback.
January 16, 2016 KWA Meeting at 1:30 pm in the Rockwell Library on Ninth Street.
Do you have a finished writing project that you are ready to promote? Are you getting ready for that stage of the writing process? Pulling together all of the many pieces and parts about that project can be complicated. But it can be even more stressful if you are suddenly asked for the details about the project and you aren’t ready to provide them.
Starla Criser will be presenting a program on Media Kits and Marketing Plans. She will provide handouts and samples. And then the membership will add their own experiences, advice, and questions.
Do you have style? Find out at the KWA meeting on Saturday, Nov 21 at 1:30 in the Rockwell Library on Ninth Street, west of Woodlawn. Bring your PROSE work on your computer so you can analyze a section (no dialogue). We will learn what sentence constructs are analyzed in order to reflect specific points of view, and audience needs. The purpose for editing techniques will be clarified and therefore, applicable in your own work. Discover style that fits your characters, your POV, and your audience.
Sara Jenlink, who will teach the session, holds a Masters in English Rhetoric and Literature. She has used this technique to teach writing for twenty years.
KWA’s mystery novel author, Sara Jenlink, recently had an article written about her book, FACING SEPTEMBER, published in the October 8, 2015 The Hutchinson News.
The story is a murder mystery rooted in a gruesome chapter of Hutchinson’s past. It concerned the still-unsolved death of 12-year-old Kelly Lynn Albright.
To read the article, “Mystery novel inspired by tale of unsolved Hutch murder,” go to this link: http://www.hutchnews.com/the_bee/mystery-novel-inspired-by-tale-of-unsolved-hutch-murder/article_5b0ab46f-d13b-5d40-bb0d-39bb43076a7c.html
*Warning: You may have to answer a simple survey question in order to be able to read the article.
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