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KWA meets the 3rd Saturday monthly @ 1:30 pm, Rockwell Library 5939 E. 9th St. in Wichita, KS
Oct 17 – MONTHLY Meeting
Nov 21 – MONTHLY Meeting
Dec 19 – MONTHLY Meeting
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A new year is upon us. Time to get moving forward on a project you’ve started and maybe got stalled on. Or time to move past the thought of “I’ll write a book (or whatever) someday” and get started.
Maybe you need a refresher on some of the basics, or need to learn them to begin with. Those will be the focus of the January meeting. There will be handouts on some of the basics discussed so you can refer back to them when needed in your personal writing life.
To Be Discussed:
As always, the most important thing is that ALL of us share in the discussions. Each writer has different experiences or helpful hints about how to do something. Share, share, share. Learn, learn, learn.
It’s a new year and we should be off and running, excited about writing. To start this venture, here are some Prompts, Words, and Exercises.
Words: Promote – Clothes – Hide – Wild – Slime
Mike Klaassen, in his book “Fiction Writing Modes,” says that there are eight methods of expressing emotion in your writing:
Using as many of those techniques as you can, write a scene of your own choosing, or use the techniques in one of the prompts above to describe emotions that your characters are feeling.
This will be my last writing prompts, as it is time to turn this enjoyable task over to someone else. I have enjoyed doing these. It is fun to see how talented our KWA members are. Merry Christmas and a Happy Safe New Year. Louise
The December meeting is the “party” meeting. It isn’t required, but you are invited to bring something finger-food wise to share with everyone. There will also be a gift exchange for anyone wanting to take part in that. Bring something of $10 value approximately that is related somehow to writing: a new or gently-used book, pens, paper, etc.
I don’t know if there will be a time to share your writing prompt exercise, but in case there is or you just want to do a challenge, here are some prompts.
Words: heaven – bicycle – cradle – fox – wheelbarrow
Prompt: Write about someone interesting from your past.
The November 16th meeting was a great one with lots of enthusiasm and excitement about writing, sharing and caring about each other. It is always wonderful to be part of such an experience.
More and more people are sharing their hand at doing one of the writing challenges. It is fun to hear the different takes on using the challenge words or trying one of the writing prompts.
We discussed the idea of doing another KWA anthology in 2020, after having not done one in 2019. There was a lot of interest in the project. Sonny Collins said he would publish it, as he has done for us for many years. We will have a small committee to help with this project. Guidelines will be passed out in January and on the website. They will be pretty much like they were in the past, with a deadline for submissions of August 31, 2020.
Starla Criser presented dual programs on explaining Metadata and dealing with Sagging Middles. Handouts are available on request.
The 2020 Board of Directors/Officers were elected as follows:
President – David Heffelfinger
Vice President – Starla Criser
Recording Secretary – Wendell and Clystia Skinner
Treasurer – Chris Davies
Members at Large – Dustin Boetcher and Nicole Valek
As always, we have additional writing prompt choices to offer those of you interested in a challenge.
These are from Louise Pelzl.
This is a photo postcard from Jim Potter to be used as a prompt idea.
It was brought to my attention that KWA members with books to sell could bring them to the November meeting. I was not at the meeting and no one mentioned this to me.
But, in truth, our authors may bring their books for sale to any meeting. It is always just taking a chance that someone might want to buy a copy.
It’s almost time again for the KWA monthly meeting, which means it’s time for you to think about trying a writing challenge. If you haven’t tried doing so, now is your chance!
The words to play with are: violin – strawberry – cow – courage – nuts
Prompt: Turn an inanimate object into a character, maybe something from your home.
This is an important meeting for the membership. It is time to elect the board members for 2020. If you are interested in running for a position, let one of the current board members know.
The program will cover several topics and be presented by Starla Criser. As usual, she will have lots of handouts. Not every writer is at the same stage in their writing, but the handouts can be kept for when the information does work for you.
Topics to cover and be discussed by the attendees:
Metadata: What it is and why it is so important to understand
Memoirs: Basic information about writing a memoir
Sagging Middles: Tips on how to work around the problem