September 17 Meeting – Mystery Writing Panel & Manipulating Time Program

clock-3This is one of those “more bang for your buck” meetings. At the September 17 meeting we will have two programs.

1:30-2:45 – Panel on writing mysteries, Rae Cuda and Louse Pelzl

3:00-4:00 – Mike Klaassen presentation “Warped Time: How You Can Manipulate Time in Fiction” –

August 20 Meeting – Animal Response Team

Bk 1 - Blossom 5x7Do you write stories that include animals? Have you ever considered what might happen to your animals in case an emergency happened? Or have you considered having a character involved in animal response during a disaster?

Personally, I write children’s stories about Blossom the cow and her friends. I haven’t though about what might happen to them if a disaster struck their farm. Maybe I should…

The meeting this month will have a representative from KSART (Kansas State Animal Response Team) sharing information about the organization. They develop and maintain working relationships with other disaster response organizations. Emergency Management and Red Cross are two such key agency relationships. Actions by teams and team volunteers must be made with the focus of the big picture, helping the people of Kansas and their pets through natural and man made disasters.

KSART website for more information.

August 20th Meeting Schedule

12:30 Board Meeting, other members are always welcome

1:30 Carolyn Schultz, KSART and writing about animals (our own authors)

2:30 Marketing opportunities

3:30 Critique, additional Board discussion (if necessary)

 

 

Seeking Baseball Themed Plays

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baseball player at bat hitting ball clipart

Award and festival winning playwright and poet seeks scripts. Looking for short, 1-20 minutes, baseball themed plays to accompany my play, DUGOUT MEMORIES, to make a complete evening of baseball theme plays. Currently have not set a deadline. No restrictions on content except plays must have a baseball theme. Contact Jerry-Mac Johnston with questions or submissions. Hard copies submit to 1438 S. Arcadia, Springfield, MO 65804 or email attachments to wurdriter@gmail.com. Jerry-Mac is a member of the Springfield (MO) Writer’s Guild.

Wichita Public Library’s First Local Authors Day

booksPut Saturday, September 10 on your calendar!

From 10:30 am to 3 pm, join the library for an inside look at the ins and outs of the publishing industry.

At 10:30 am, they will feature a panel of experts including former Kansas Poet Laureate Denis Low-Weso of Mammoth Publications.

At 1 pm, they will have a meet and talk with authors from Wichita and the surrounding area. If you are a local author that would be interested in presenting your work at this program, please call 316-261-8580 to reserve your space today. You can also contact Sarah Kittrell at skittrell@wichita.gov.

Local authors will be allowed to set up tables at the library and sell their books. Approval for these tables must be obtained from the library in advance.

Randy Atwood’s News

Randy Atwood - The Fat CatRandy Atwood has two pieces of news to share.  His newest release, The Fat Cat: A Noir Mystery, was recently published in paperback and ebook form. It is available as a paperback at Amazon and as  Kindle ebook.

In addition, Randy shares that his sales of his novella “The Saltness of Time” have put it into the top 100 of its subcategory in the Kindle Store.

July 16 Meeting – Superheroes & Guest Author Stephanie Storey

free-superhero-clipart-royalty-free-super-hero-clipart-illustration-1105126What does it mean to be a superhero? How do you go beyond their powers and abilities? At the July 16 meeting, Bob Morris will discuss superhero archetypes, how superheroes have evolved through the years, and how you can relate them to the average person.

Bob will bring a few examples of graphic novels and DVDs with themes to discuss, but feel free to bring your own, along with your own ideas about what it means to be a superhero.

Following the program on Superheroes, Stephanie Storey will be a special guest author. Storey’s debut novel, OIL AND MARBLE, is an LA Times bestseller and received a glowing review from the New York Times. She will share her experiences in the publishing process and answer questions from the members.

May 21 Meeting – Editing

The May 21st Meeting will focus on Editing. This is a teaching workshop conducted by Sara Jenlink. She will provide information on standard errors and fixes. Bring a project with you. You might also want to bring your laptop and your library card, as there are some things that she can show you on your computer – such as checking the grade level of your writing.

May 21st Schedule:

12:30 Board Meeting (always open to members)

1:30 Editing Workshop

3:30 Critique Session

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.

March Meeting Discussions

The March 19th meeting with a discussion about Writing Crime Fiction was a lively one. There was a lot of great sharing on the topic from the members present, and there were a number of handouts. The handouts have been added to the Writer Resources section, under the Craft Articles & Links, under Crime Fiction.

Critique Groups: The group and the board members also discussed the need for starting some kind of critique groups. We have the library room until 6 p.m. on the meeting day. We talked about the possibility of having a critique session for members interested after the program, which usually ends around 4 p.m. There is also the possibility of figuring out email critique groups. Nothing has firmly been decided at this point. The board is open to suggestions and, of course, getting help from anyone interested in leading such groups.

Write-Ins: There have been requests for having a Write-In on the west side of Wichita, in addition to maintaining the one on the east side. Starla volunteered to be at the west McAlister’s Deli (7130 W Maple, Ste 320) on March 30 around 5:30 p.m. for anyone interested. These are informal gatherings of writers, including non-KWA members, with the hope of encouraging to join KWA.