Sep 19 Meeting

Now that the youngsters are back in school it’s time for KWA participants to “get schooled.” This Saturday, Sep 19, 1:30 at Rockwell Library, Carrie Lower (the regional organizer of NaNoWriMo)will honor us with a presentation on Scrivener, the organization software for any type of writing you have on your list. Those wanting to get the most from the class are encouraged to bring: (1) a laptop with Scrivener already downloaded, (2) an idea for a story so Carrie can help you compose a template, and (3) one website address connected to your research. If you are on the fence about buying Scrivener ($40), there should be plenty of screens you can watch to see how it works and if it will work for you. Hope to see you there.

August 2015 Meeting: Preparing Your Work for Publication

Our August 15th meeting will be a discussion on how to prepare your book for publication.

Sonny Collins, a KWA member-at-large and the unofficial historian, will be explaining how to set up your book for publication with Lulu Press and Amazon.  He might also touch on developing audio books as well.

Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings, whether or not you’ve scribbled for years or are thinking about finally sitting down to write that book you’ve always dreamed about.  Our members bring a wealth of experience, and we look forward to hearing from them at each and every meeting!

KWA holds monthly workshops the 3rd Saturday of every month from 1:30 – 4:00 at Rockwell Public Library, 5939 E. 9th Street, Wichita, KS.

We also hold “write-ins” every Monday evening at McAlister’s Deli, 330 N. Rock Road.  Come by and say hello!

June 20, 2015 Meeting

We are honored to announce a lecture from Gordon Kessler, author of the popular E Z Knight series, on Indie Publishing. Gordon is a former KWA president who is involved with writing groups in the Kansas City area, along with teaching myriad writing workshops nationwide. Join us at the Rockwell Library in Wichita this Saturday at 1:30 to learn more about self-publishing and how the process works.

Jan 17, 2015 Post Meeting Comments

We are off to a great start this year with 24 in attendance. Our first guest speaker was from the Wichita Central Library discussing how our members can add their books to the inventory of books in local circulation. The library is also eager to find ways to support local authors. More information will be posted on our member’s only Facebook page. We prepared our agenda for the coming year and discussed writer’s block. A new member was welcomed along with two previous members returning–good omens for growth this year.

January 17, 2015 Meeting

We will open our new year with a guest speaker from the Collections Development department of the Central Library here in Wichita. We will learn how to submit our books for circulation in the library system. If you have books on-hand (4 copies are preferable), bring them for consideration as additions to our local libraries inventories. After, we will discuss our upcoming year’s agenda and writer’s block. We also ask all members to remember that our fiscal year has also restarted, so dues are due before March to remain a member in good standing.

Election Results for 2015 Board

Officers of the 2015 KWA board were elected at our November meeting and will be taking over at our January 17, 2015, meeting. All were voted in unanimously by the 21 members in attendance. They will appreciate your inputs for programs you would like to have presented in 2015, and more importantly, will be looking for people to present programs. Our holiday party in December will be a perfect time to let the board know your thoughts. 2015 Board Members: Kurt Campbell, president; Lisette Walker, vice president; Linda Marie, recording secretary; Kae Bartleheimer, treasurer; with Sonny Collins and Brad McDowell as members at large.

December 20 Meeting

Come and celebrate the end of another fabulous writing year with your KWA friends. We can discuss NaNoWriMo successes and our goals for 2015, but mostly we will be socializing and munching on the side dishes we are all bringing. Plus, a holiday party wouldn’t be official without Santa. We will have a gift exchange: bring one of your books (wrapped please), whether it’s from your library shelf or (hopefully) one you’ve written and we will have drawings to see “who” you take home. Plan for lots of fun!

February: Outlining and Storyboarding

Do you identify as a pantser or a plotter?  I start off as a panster (someone who writes by the seat of her pants) and slowly become a plotter (someone who has things, or at least most things, figured out).  Outlining has come a long way since the rigid Roman numerals approach they teach in school.  Even if you are a pantser, chances are you’ll need to use an outline at some point: the story may be written, but you may need to go back and figure out if it’s consistent.

I’m excited to learn about storyboarding.  I currently have no plans to write a graphic novel, but I’ve always been curious about how the stories are created and designed.  I’m quite sure I’ll be thieving an idea of two to help me in my writing!  And, who knows, maybe I’ll be inspired to include writing a graphic novel on my bucket list.

Next Saturday’s meeting will feature VP Starla Criser speaking about outlining and Daniel Love talking about how to story board a graphic novel.  Starla is also going to lead the indie segment.

What’s this about an indie (independent) segment?

After January’s meeting, the Board met and reviewed the suggestions people gave us regarding meeting topics.  We want to present “how-to” programs that are helpful to both the beginning and advanced writer and an “indie” segment that is intended as a mutual sharing of information on subjects such as e-publishers and small presses, social media, websites, etc.  Not yet ready to publish, but  need some feedback?  Bring a few pages of your writing!

Although our meetings technically run from 1:30 to 4:00, we actually rent the room until 6:00.  After some discussion, it was decided that while that makes for a long day, we might as well use the time and try to present specific program blocks.  The third portion will be the “indie” portion:

  • 1:30: Introductions and Announcements
  • 1:45: First Program
  • 2:30: Break
  • 2:45: Second Program
  • 3:30: Break
  • 3:45: Indie Program (Discussion / Critique / Craft)

KWA is going to provide water.  Feel free to bring a beverage with you.  The room temperature can be difficult to moderate, so you may want to dress in layers to ensure that you are comfortable.

See you next Saturday!  Happy scribbling!  Lisette

Social Media & Upcoming Madness (aka NaNoWriMo)

We’ve all been told how important it is to network and promote.  Saturday’s meeting was informative and inspiring.  Sadly, Sonny wasn’t there so I have no pictures to share.  If you missed the meeting, Carol has kindly posted an overview complete with slides (if the slides malfunction, that’s my fault).

We did spend a fair amount of time talking about Twitter, and I wanted to add a few hashtags that have developed with the writer in mind: #writing, #amwriting, #MSWL (Manuscript Wish List: agents post what they’re looking for) and #RBWL (Reader Blogger Wish List).  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our own K.T.’s #writemotivation hashtag, where writers congregate to cheer each other on in achieving goals.  More information can be found at her blog, The Scribble Muse (kthanna.com).

If you want to interact face-to-face, our next write-in will be this Thursday at McAlister’s Deli on Rock Road from 5-ish to 9-ish.  Write-ins are informal – show up when you can and stay as long as you are able.  You can write, solicit opinions, get help with craft, discuss a sticky plot point – the possibilities are endless.

We borrowed the concept of write-ins from NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  Many of the Board members are NaNo enthusiasts, and are planning to participate in this year’s adventure (and NaNo is always an adventure).  The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words, the length of a short book.  For most genre writers, that’s a heck of a start.  You can write short stories, poems, essays, or flash fiction if novels are not your thing.  If you’re thinking of joining us, you still have time to sign up at nanowrimo.org.  We are going to create a forum on the website for those KWA writers participating this year (stay tuned for more details).

Keep on writing!  Lisette