November 16th Meeting

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

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Paying Markets for Writers

The following are links to many different potential paying markets for writers.

7 Print Publications that Pay Writers

10 Fiction Paying Markets for October 2019

Fiction Markets for October 2019 (want short stories)

27 Theme Calls for Submissions of Non-ficiton Articles, Essays, Etc.

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More Oct 19th Writing Prompts

In case you need some more writing prompts to challenge you, here are some additional ones.

  • You’re walking home from work one night and are taking shortcuts through a labyrinth of dark city alleyways to meet someone on time. Suddenly, a stranger parts the shadows in front of you, comes close, and asks you to hold out your palm. You oblige.
  • A friend who hates to garden asks you to tend the plants in her flower beds. While you are doing so, you find an old wooden box buried in the ground. What do you do with it?
  • Describe the perfect day. Put in as many details as you can. Make it a possible day, not a “dream day.”
  • Write about two things that your family has taught you.
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October 19 Writing Prompts

As always, we like to challenge our members to test their writing skills and their imagination. If you haven’t taken part in this, you’re missing out on the fun. Bring your writing exercise to the meeting to share with others.

Writing Exercise Words: moth – bookcase – anger – rabbit – river

Writing Prompt: You’re a ghost looking for a new home in your neighborhood.

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Election Time for 2020 Approaching

KWA elects its board of directors for the next year in November, with the new directors taking office in January. Now is the time for you, the members, to consider running for a position. If you are interested, let one of the current directors know at least by the October meeting.

Our current Bylaws require six directors. One board member may have two positions, exclusive of the President. The Board is also required to have a minimum of three Board meetings, which all members are allowed to attend.

Board Directors:

President – The principal officer of the organization. He/she will preside at all meetings of the board and member meetings and will supervise and control all of the business affairs of the organization.

Vice President – In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, along with any other duties assigned by the President or by the board.

Recording Secretary – The Recording Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, a book of minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and member meetings.

Treasurer – The Treasurer shall keep and maintain adequate and correct accounts of the transactions of the organization, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, losses, capital and surplus. He/she shall deposit all funds in the name of the corporation in such banks or trust companies as shall be selected by the board. The Treasurer shall file or cause to be filed any local, state or federal tax reports. Reports to include the Annual Report to the State of Kansas, IRS Form 990, and Kansas Sales Tax. The Treasurer will submit a monthly statement to the board.

Members at Large (2) – The Members at Large have no specific duties other than to support the board and the membership.

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More September 21 Writing Prompts

To give you more choices, here are some more challenging writing prompts.

  • It’s time for you and Writer’s Block to part ways. Write a letter breaking up with Writer’s Block, starting with, “Dear Writer’s Block, It’s not you, it’s me…”
  • Start your story with: “My father gave me three life rules to live by. 1. (fill in the blank), 2. (fill in the blank), and 3. (fill in the blank). The first two were easy, but the third one proved difficult all because of a cheeseburger. Let me explain.”
  • Imagine yourself as a teacher. What type of student would you like to teach and why?
  • As I approached the deserted house at the end of the road, I saw…
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September 21 Writing Prompts

Time to get your muse working, to challenge yourself with your writing. As always there are writing prompts to choose from and words to figure out how to use together. Or come up with your own writing challenge. Be sure to bring whatever you come up with to the next meeting to share with everyone.

If you want to try using one or all of the words in a sentence, paragraph, short piece, these are the words for September: gondola – monkey – sun – man – watch

Here are some writing prompt ideas. All but the first one are borrowed from

  • Finish the thought: There was a strange wailing sound coming from the next room…
  • Write a scene or story that includes food. What type of food is it? How does it taste? Why is the character eating it? Was it prepared a special way or only eaten on special occasions?
  • Write a story, scene, or poem that uses the abecedarian format. Start with the letter A, or get creative and start anywhere in the alphabet you wish.
  • Re-write a scene or story from the point of view of someone or something that none of the characters knew was watching. It could be a ghost, animal, the furniture come to life, etc.
  • Imagine that a character did the old spin the globe and see where to take your next vacation trick. Write a story or scene describing where they went and how their trip panned out.
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August 17th Writing Prompts

It’s time again for writing challenges. Even if you don’t bring yours to share with the group, try one of them just for yourself.

If you want to try using one or all of the words in a sentence, paragraph, short piece, these are the words for August: hope – train – flute – computer – castle

Writing Prompts:

  1. Write a detailed description of one of the characters in your recent work or a story you have recently read. Have a secondary character describe her or him.
  2. If you attended July’s meeting and received a wanted postcard from our speaker, Jim Potter, write a story about the person and the crime they committed.
  3. What is the best book you have ever read? Why did you like it? Did reading the book change you in any way? What way?
  4. Think about an incident that happened to you and exaggerate in the telling. Make it into a tall tale.

If you would rather use your own prompt, please do so. Looking forward to seeing everyone on August 17th –usual place, usual time. Happy writing, Louse.

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Wichita Public Library Local Author Day

Wichita has a diverse array of authors in our midst! Many of them will be in attendance at the library’s Local Author Day with copies of their books available for sale, including children’s titles.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Get connected with and support your friendly local authors from August 24, 2 p.m to 4 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library location at 711 W. 2nd Street, Wichita, Kansas 67203.

*Borrowed from the article at Wichita on the Cheap,

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Future Program Suggestions

It is time again for the membership to discuss future meeting programs. The board discusses them, but ideas really need to be considered by everyone. The following are some suggestions that I came up with. Hopefully many of you will look at the ideas, mull them over, and then talk about them at an upcoming meeting. Come up with ideas of your own. This group is for YOU. Your opinions and needs count.

Program Suggestions (based on Starla’s writing classes)

  • Basics: Formatting, word count, pre-writing strategies, preparing to write (where, when, what), project organization
  • Basic Development: title, ideas, character profile, names, settings, brainstorming
  • Digging Deeper: GMC (Goal, Motivation, Conflict), plotting basics, scenes, turning points, subplots
  • Beginning to Write: dialogue, internalization, narration, POV (Point of View), hooks
  • The Middle: sagging middles, review structuring
  • Drafts: goals of first, second, third and final drafts
  • Editing: from plot to characters, punctuation, names, numbers
  • Finalizing: blurb, synopsis, proposal, query letters, pitch
  • Publishing: contracts, traditional publishers, small presses, subsidy presses, vanity presses, self-publishing options
  • Marketing: websites/blogs, social media, author bio, Amazon author page, media kit, press kit, speaking engagements

Other Suggestions

  • Conferences: discussion of various types and the pros and cons
  • Contests: discussion of types and value to the writer
  • Marketing Ideas: selling in book festivals, local venues (museums, etc.), book signings, libraries
  • Useful websites: discussion on sites used by members such as Grammarly,, etc.
  • Writing Program Tips: mini workshops on using Word tips, Excel spreadsheets tips
  • Self-Publishing Tips: steps to prepare for submission to publisher (like IngramSpark or KDP/CreateSpace)
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