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.

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.

June 18 Meeting – Historical Writing

The June 18th meeting will include a panel discussion on writing historical fiction. As always, there will be a general discussion on the topic with all members.

Have a favorite reference? Bring it to share with others. Any great research hints? Let us know how you find out the do’s and don’ts of times past.

June 18 Schedule

1:30 – Panel discussion on writing historical fiction

3:30 – Critique session

Indie Writers at Reverie Coffee Roasters

This new series is held on the third Thursday each month from 6-7:30 pm at Reverie Coffee Roasters (2611 E Douglas Ave).

Each month, three new local writers will take the floor for 20 minutes each. Each Indie Writer will have a 10 minute reading followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

Books will be available for purchase, and all sales will be directly between the customer and the author. This is a FREE event, open to the public.

April 16 Meeting – Conference Focus

Our April 16th meeting will be dedicated to helping members prepare to attend conferences. Many of our members attend the Oklahoma Writers Federation (OWFI) conference in early May (for more information, check out http://www.owfi.org/). This year the conference will be May 12-14 in Oklahoma City.

We’ll be helping members practice their pitches. Pitch sessions are opportunities to try to convince an agent or editor to read your completed manuscript. They are typically 10 minutes long. If you decide to participate, come prepared to introduce yourself and spend several minutes telling us why your book is awesome.

Additionally, Rae Cuda has volunteered to take professional portraits at no charge for members of KWA.  (Membership is easy, and you can become a member the day of the meeting.) You may want to have a professional portrait even if you aren’t going to a conference (website, Face Book, author photo).

Sonny Colllins will also be discussing the details of the upcoming KWA Anthology with its Kansas theme this year.

Following the basic meeting, we will have a critique session for authors looking for feedback. Time will be set aside after each monthly meeting to allow those who are interested an opportunity to meet. Bring no more than 10 pages to read and discuss.

MEETING SCHEDULE:

1:30 – 3:30 – Pitch sessions, photos, anthology discussion

3:45 – ? – Critique session (until no later than 6 pm)

Write-Ins – East and West – Tonight

pencil 2A special Write-In reminder…I will be at the west McAlister’s Deli (7130 W Maple..Maple & Ridge) tonight. I’ll show up around 5 pm and stay until maybe 7 pm. Stop in and find out what this is all about. We network with fellow writers, share writing issues (news, writing stumbling blocks, etc.). And you are welcome to bring short pieces of a writing project to see if someone will read it over and give a helpful critique. I’ll be a sacrificial lamb this time and bring a few pages of a new project.

Again…join me there for some networking and decent food at a reasonable price. Or just get a drink.