August 20th KWA Meeting

Change of venue and time for August! 10:30 to 4:00, Advanced Learning Library

Because the Wichita Library has renewed Local Author Day after a three-year hiatus, many of our members are featured or planning to attend this event. Therefore, we will run our regular meeting concurrent and in conjunction with it at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 West 2nd, Wichita. https://wichitalibrary.org/local-author-day

The day will begin with a writer’s panel from 10:30 to 11:30. None of our authors are on the panel.

Then at 2, the doors open to an expo with up to 100 authors displaying their books for sale. So far, at least four of our members will be featured.

This is an opportunity for our members we don’t want to pass up. Attending this event will offer our members more in-depth learning as well as invaluable networking. They can see the many avenues writing can take. And meet some fascinating people.

For more information or to sign up to offer your books, check out the link above or contact Sara Dixon, Adult Programs Section Manager

Wichita Public Library

711 W. 2nd St., Wichita, KS 67203

(316) 261-8500

July 16th KWA Meeting – Update

Unfortunately, illness does not respect a calendar. Kenna came down with bronchitis and a summer cold in the middle of the week and will not be able to present to us on Saturday. However, she will make it to another meeting. In the interim, I will present on “How to Build Dimensional Characters.” Into this, I will incorporate hints of Kenna’s outline. Other members will chime in on their tricks and techniques. I’m sure it will be a lively interchange, as most of our members are pretty dimensional characters themselves.

On another note, our August meeting (August 20) coincides with the Wichita Public Library’s Local Author Day. Many of our members have expressed that they will be attending this event, some of them presenting. Therefore, unless a great number of members volunteer to present something at the extension office, our August meeting will be at the Wichita Advanced Learning Library. More details to follow.

Wichita Public Library’s Local Author Day

Hello authors! 

After a three year hiatus, Wichita Public Library’s Local Author Day is back! August 20th will be a day to celebrate the writing talent in our community, which includes YOU! You are receiving this email because you participated with us last time or in the three years since you’ve reached out to us about your publication. If you’d like to participate with us this year, registration is now open! Sign-ups will be limited to the first 100 authors, and I expect us to fill up.  

We would love you to join us for this great opportunity to share your work with Wichita’s community of readers! The day will run very much like last time. There will be a panel discussion in the morning at 10:30 AM. Local authors Dana McCall, Grant Snider, and XX will talk about their respective journeys writing, publishing, and marketing themselves in the hopes to inspire and inform. Then the expo starts at 2:00 PM. Doors will open at 1:00 PM so you can set up your space. We will provide you with half a table (please be mindful of your neighbors when planning your space), chairs, a table covering, and a few feet of space to display your books. You are welcome to sell books at the event, but you will be responsible for all things pertaining to money handling. This year we will have space in the Conference Center as well as our Children’s galleries so we can host more authors. Based on feedback from our last event, we are will also try to group you by genre and/or audience as much as possible. 

This event is free and open to the public. It’s also free for you to showcase your books, though we ask that you help us get the word out about the event. There will not be postcards as in previoius years, but we plan to share a digital media packet with you! Please share our Facebook author panel eventFacebook expo event, Instagram about it, and/or tweet it out! 

Find more information and sign up to be a participating author visit our web page. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me here at sadixon@wichita.gov or call 316-261-8500. 

Thank you, 

Sara Dixon 

Adult Programs Section Manager

Wichita Public Library

711 W. 2nd St., Wichita, KS 67203

(316) 261-8500, sadixon@wichita.gov 

www.wichitalibrary.org

July 16th KWA Meeting

The Kansas Writer’s Association is in for a treat at its next regular meeting on July 16 Kenna Reeves, Emporia State professor, will present on “Non-Verbal Communication.” As she teaches a full semester class on this subject, she will have much great information to impart that can improve our writing by making it come to life.

 Our meeting is at the Sedgwick County Extension office, Sunflower Room, 21st and Ridge, from 1:30-4. 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 established and new members as well as guests. Bring a friend and 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.

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Katherine Pritchett

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.