Blossom Sings with Her Friends – hardcover

Starla Criser is excited to announce that the second book in her Blossom the Cow Series, Blossom Sings with Her Friends, is now available in hardcover.

The book has been updated and given a new cover. Hopefully, the revised paperback will also be available.

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Audiobook Release – Z. Minor

Z. Minor announces that her first book, The Sisterhood of the Coin, is now available as an audiobook on Amazon and iTunes. The reader is Nina Nato. She does a marvelous job with her English accent as she takes you on a trip back in time to 1820 England.

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Feb 17th Meeting – Writing Prompts

Prompts for KWA for February 2018

Last month, at the meeting, the stories from the prompts were brilliant. Our members come up with such wonderful stories and poems. Thank you, Chris, Gloria, Charlie, and Starla for participating.

This month’s Prompts are:

  1. You received a Valentine box of candy, and when you opened the card placed on top, you are shocked when you read who sent the chocolates. Why?
  2. Write a story featuring an Ouija board, a search engine, a self-help book.
  3. You’re digging in the garden and find a fist-sized nugget of gold. There’s more where that came from in this hilarious story of sudden wealth.
  4. Three children are sitting on a log near a stream. One of them looks up at the sky and says…

Now is your chance to write a short story. I have given you plenty of time? I think! Have fun and see you on February 17th- usual place, usual time.

Everyone have a great writing month.  Louise

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Jan 20 Monthly Meeting – An attorney visits

If you saw the original post about a meeting on Cliffhangers and Plotting, disregard that. We will have that program later in the year. Instead we will be having an attorney visit our group. He will answer questions about what an attorney can and cannot do. This information should be helpful to anyone writing about attorneys, or just plain interesting.

It’s a new year and time to get motivated with your writing again. That’s what KWA is about: helping each other with motivation, education, and support in many ways.

To help with Motivation, maybe you need to do some practice writing. Here are the writing prompts provided by Louise for January, from Brian A. Klems and Zachary Petit – The Writing Prompt Book Camp.

1. You’re downtown, and see graffiti on an unlikely place – graffiti like you’ve never seen before, concerning someone you know.
2. They tour the house with the real estate agent. “We love it,” he said, “Is there anything we should know about the house’s past?” The agent looked down.
3. Write an obituary for your favorite fictional character (literary, television, etc.) including how the death occurred.

Share your writing at the January 20th meeting.

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Nov 18 Monthly Meeting Recap

KWA members met in our usual place, at our usual time November 18th. We shared tidbits about what we write and any recent writing accomplishments. We also elected officers for 2018 and did some pretty decent planning for 2018 meetings.

2018 Officers

President – Rae Ann Cuda

Vice-President – Wes Brummer

Secretary – Ernestine Frame

Treasurer – Chris Davies

Member-at-Large – Louise Pelzl

Member-at-Large – Gloria Zachgo

 

2018 Programs (subject to changes)

Jan 20 – Cliffhangers and Plotting, by Kathy Pritchett

Feb 17 – Adding Romantic Sizzle: From Sweet to Hot, by Starla Criser

Mar 17 – TBA, by Gloria Zachgo

Apr 21 – Poetry Info, by Chris Davies

May 19 – Psychological Info, by Charles Gaynor

Jun 16 – Marketing on a Shoestring, by Wes Brummer

Jul 21 – Pacing, by Bob Morris

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August 19 Meeting Change – Prompts and More

There has been a change to our planned August 19th meeting. Our guest speaker had to change her presentation to September 16th.

Writing prompts will be discussed. The following are some suggested ones to try out.

  1. Harry Potter comes to your house for dinner. Write this scene as if you were a teenager.
  2. Job Swap – Take a character from one of your stories and place them in your current job. How does the office respond?
  3. Hiring a New villain – Your old villain quit over creative differences, so put yourself in charge of hiring a new villain for your novel.

Critique of your work – In an envelope preferably, bring something you would like to have critiqued: a scene, a chapter, a poem, a memoir piece, or an article. We will explain the process at the meeting. The hope is that another member will take it home with them to critique. Put your contact information and the type of project on the outside of the envelope.

Dialogue – We will continue discussing dialogue. Bring questions you may have and something to read for feedback. Keep the piece you bring brief so that we have time for everyone.

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August 19 Meeting – How to Become an Indie Author and The Steps You Need to Take

We will have a special guest speaker at the August 19th meeting: Victoria M. Patton. She will talk about “How to Become an Indie Author and the Steps You Need to Take.”

Patton will do a quick overview and have some handouts that will have resources. She will give some marketing pointers and will offer advice on how the KWA members can set themselves up as a self-published author that will help set up the marketing aspect. And she will be happy to answer any questions.

Contact information for Victoria M. Patton:

Website – www.whiskeyandwriting.com

Facebook – @victoriampattonauthor

Instagram – @victoriampatton

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July meeting wrap-up…and new fun things

Words from Louise…

We had an excellent meeting in July. Members read their dialogue and then it was open for general discussion. I have to say I was impressed that everyone at the meeting participated. We all know how to the write good dialogue.

Dialogue is a vast subject that cannot be completed at one meeting. With that said, we will continue a discussion, when possible, about our characters dialogue at each meeting. So bring your questions and writing to share. 

Writing Prompts

Everyone agreed that it would be interesting to get writing prompts well before the next meeting, so those members who can’t write on the fly or don’t like to could participate using writing prompts. Anyone who wants to can bring their written prompts to share at the meeting. For now, I looked on the Internet and found an interesting group called The Writing Prompt Boot Camp.

I have listed three prompts, and you get to pick the one you want to use. Or come up with your own. Have fun with them.

  1. Harry Potterc comes to your house.

What if Harry Potter came to your house for dinner? Write this scene as if you were a teenager, he’s new to your school, and you’re introducing him to your parents. Also after dinner, he makes a request of you. What is it?

  1. Job Swap

Take a character from one of your stories and place them in your current job. How does the office respond? Do they do a good job filling your place, or are they all play and no work?

  1. Hiring a New Villain

Your old villain quit over creative differences, so you put yourself in charge of hiring a new villain for your novel. What questions do you ask? What does the new villain’s resume say? Write this scene as if it were a job interview.

Depending on how many members want to read their writing prompt, you might be limited to the amount you can read.

Critique of our work – Another great idea!

Bring a piece of your writing that you want to be critiqued in an envelope. I will have some envelops for member use. You need to place your name, genre, and word count on the envelope. If you want the reader to email you their response before the next meeting, write your email address on the envelope too.

If any of the above doesn’t make sense, please come to the next meeting- August 19th.  We are looking for ways to make our meetings more enjoyable as well as be  a learning process for everyone.  See you soon.  Louise

 

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July 15 – Meeting – Working with Dialogue

July’s meeting will cover working with dialogue using a unique method so the all attending members can be involved.

Without dialogue, you can only watch the action, and you will never be able to understand the emotional message. Different characters speak in a variety of ways. Real dialogue is getting into your character’s head. You have to know your character well before you can write their dialogue. Dialogue needs to be kept interesting, or you lose the reader.

Louise will have tidbits of information from a class called “Mastering Dialogue” that she took from Creative Writing Now.

Member Participation: Rather than just have a discussion, she asks that anyone who has work in progress or a completed novel to bring copies of any dialogue they want to share. You are also welcome to bring dialogue from a recent book you have read.

Bring a page for each character speaking and enough copies so each reader has their own copy. (Two characters speaking, bring two pages and two copies; three characters speaking, bring three pages and three copies, etc.) A member will then speak the character dialogue with another member, i.e. playing out the scene. She thinks it will make the reading more realistic and more enjoyable for everyone.

Each writer will have a few minutes to explain the set-up for why the conversation is taking place. Then the readers will read their dialogue. The listening members will have no more than 10 minutes to critique the conversation.

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June 17 Monthly Meeting – Edit & Polish

The KWA meeting is Saturday, June 17th. Usual place…usual time.

This is going to be a critique meeting. Bring your entries for the KWA anthology, which must be submitted by June 30th. Or you can bring any other work you want feedback on.

Bring three (3) pages of your short story or two-three poems and enough copies to share with 5-6 people.

We will break into groups to give everyone feedback on their work. Time permitting, we will have a discussion on dialogue.

Don’t forget The Takeaway Table. Bring something to share with others, or pick up something that interests you.

Louise missed seeing everyone last month. She will bring pictures from her Kenya trip. She looks forward to seeing everyone.

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