St. Louis Writers Guild
 
St. Louis Writers Guild 

Regular Membership $42 a year 
Students and Seniors over 65 are $27 a year

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St. Louis Writers Guild

Founded in 1920


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St. Louis Writers Guild (SLWG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping writers in the greater St. Louis area and beyond. 

How can St. Louis Writers Guild help you?

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A Quick Guide to St. Louis Writers Guild's Events
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3... more info can be found on the SLWG Events page 

Workshops for Writers - 1st Saturday of the every month 
10am to Noon at the Kirkwood Community Center 

Station Open Mic - 2nd Tuesday of every month
7 to 9pm at the Kirkwood Amtrak Station 

SLWG Author Series - 3rd Thursday of the month 
7 to 8pm at All on the Same Page Bookstore

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Workshops for Writers - April 
Get the most from Writing Conferences
Presented by Lisa Miller, Kristina Makansi, 
and Brad R. Cook 
Saturday, April 5, 2014
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. 63122
This workshop is free because we invite everyone attending the Missouri Writers Guild Conference to attend. If you are attending any conferences this year or are curious about writers conferences we invite you to attend. 

Discover how to “Get the Most from Writing Conferences” at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s free, public workshop.

Local publishers Lisa Miller, Kristina Blank Makansi, and Brad R. Cook will talk about what writers need to do before, during, and after conferences, such as:

  • How to select the best conferences for you (location, genre, agents, cost, etc.)
  • Benefits to signing up early & staying late
  • "Agent etiquette" & your future career
  • How to choose between sessions 
  • Networking opportunities
    • April 11-13--Missouri Writers’ Guild’s Fifty Shades of Writing conference at the Ramada Inn St. Louis, Downtown at Convention Center: www.missouriwritersguild.org
      • August 23--St. Louis Writers Guild’s Writers in the Park: FREE at Lions Amphitheater in Kirkwood Park www.stlwritersguild.org 
        • Oct. 10-12--St. Louis Literary Consortium’s first annual Lit In The Lou: A festival of the book for St. Louis! In the University City Loop http://stllit.blogspot.com/

 

With author Peter R. Green as moderator, the three panelists will share their insider knowledge as organizers of these upcoming conferences:

 

 

 

Lisa Miller founded Walrus Publishing, Inc., in 2007. She expanded its mission beyond St. Louis by publishing books people enjoy reading, collaborating with writing groups and programs, and assisting writers to reach their publication goals.

Kristina Blank Makansi founded Blank Slate Press in 2010, and has since edited and published several award-winning novels. As co-founder of Treehouse Author Services, she works with authors seeking representation and those who want to self-publish. A Young Adult dystopian novel she co-authored, THE SOWING, has garnered nearly 50 Amazon reviews and hit several Amazon best-seller lists.

Brad R. Cook, president of the St. Louis Writers Guild since 2011, leads author management, acquisitions, and marketing at Blank Slate Press. He writes historical fantasy and poetry, and is a founding contributor to The Writers’ Lens blog and The Write Pack, a weekly show on BlogTalkRadio.


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SLWG Author Series with New York Times Bestselling Author Angie Fox

SLWG Author Series

Angie Fox, New York Times Bestselling author of the Accidental Demon Slayer Series and The Monster Mash Series   

Thursday, March 20, 2014

7-8pm

STLBooks 

100 W. Jefferson Ave

Kirkwood, MO 63122

Free and open to the public!

 

Angie Fox

Angie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night.

She claims that researching her stories can be just as much fun as writing them. In the name of fact-finding, Angie has ridden with Harley biker gangs, explored the tunnels underneath Hoover Dam and found an interesting recipe for Mamma Coalpot’s Southern Skunk Surprise (she’s still trying to get her courage up to try it).

Angie earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She worked in television news and then in advertising before beginning her career as an author. Angie enjoys making up fun quizzes and thinks you should take one right now.

 

 

St. Louis Writers Guild’s long-standing Lecture Series is now available online.

NEW LOCATION: STLBooks – 100 W Jefferson Ave. in Kirkwood, MO.

There are three ways to view the event. 
1: Come to STLBooks and be part of the audience. 
2: Watch live online and ask questions via text chat or Twitter using @stlwritersguild. 
3: Watch the recorded lecture on the SLWG website. The event will be posted on
www.stlwritersguild.org within a week of the broadcast.

 

As a benefit of membership with St. Louis Writers Guild, an email will be sent with a link to the live online broadcast. St. Louis Writers Guild is now using Livestream.com to broadcast its lectures. To view the live lecture you will need to register for an account with Livestream.com. They just require a verified email address and it is free. The recorded lecture can be viewed without an account if you do not wish to sign up with Livestream.

 

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The Winners of the 2013 St. Louis Writers Guild Short Story Contest!


1st Place – The Legend of the T’Sing T’Su Mountain by Francis Baumli

2nd Place – With a Little Help by Gerry Mandel

3rd Place – Crying Uncle by Kim Lehnhoff

1st Honorable Mention – Requiem for Memoria by Charles Sansone

2nd Honorable Mention – Make Room for Me! By Judith Chouteau

3rd Honorable Mention – Till Cleopatra Lives at Number Seven by Fedora Amis


Thank you to this year's judge, author Jason Makansi! 


Hear the winning entries at this month's Station Open Mic Night!

Station Open Mic

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 

7-9pm 

Kirkwood Amtrak Station 

110 W Argonne Dr. 63122

Free and open to all 

There will be a regular open mic after the readings 


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Station Open Mic  

St. Louis Writers Guild's Monthly Open Mic Night!

Second Tuesday of every month 

7pm to 9pm

Kirkwood Amtrak Station

110 W Argonne Dr. Kirkwood, MO

Free and open to all!


Next event: Tuesday, March 11, 2014!

This month hear the winners of the 2013 Short Story Contest read their entries! 


5 minutes for Poetry and 7 minute for Prose!

Sign up once you arrive, or just hang out and listen, we always appreciate an audience.


Some adult language allowed, but no overtly violent or adult themes are allowed. New readers are always welcome!


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SLWG Author Series with Illustrator Jennifer Stolzer 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 
7-8pm 
STLBooks 
100 W Jefferson Ave 
Kirkwood, MO
63122
Free and open to all! 

Jennifer Stolzer 
The Scribe Summer 2013 (she did the cover)

St. Louis Writers Guild’s long-standing Lecture Series is now available online.

NEW LOCATION: STLBooks – 100 W Jefferson Ave. in Kirkwood, MO.

There are three ways to view the event. 
1: Come to STLBooks and be part of the audience. 
2: Watch live online and ask questions via text chat or Twitter using @stlwritersguild. 
3: Watch the recorded lecture on the SLWG website. The event will be posted on www.stlwritersguild.net within a week of the broadcast.

 

As a benefit of membership with St. Louis Writers Guild, an email will be sent with a link to the live online broadcast. St. Louis Writers Guild is now using Livestream.com to broadcast its lectures. To view the live lecture you will need to register for an account with Livestream.com. They just require a verified email address and it is free. The recorded lecture can be viewed without an account if you do not wish to sign up with Livestream.  



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Workshops for Writers - March 
Sit Down and Pitch

Saturday, March 1, 2014

10am to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center

111 S Geyer Rd. 63122 

This workshop is free to attend and open to all, we invite everyone who is planning to attend the 2014 MWG Conference and anyone thinking about going to a conference this year. 


Once you’ve written a book, getting the attention of an agent or publisher isn’t always easy. Learn how to promote yourself and your writing at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s second annual Sit Down and Pitch” workshop.

 

“Pitching to an agent or publisher might be the scariest thing a writer has to do,” said Brad Cook, St. Louis Writers Guild president. “Our goal is to help writers prepare their pitches for the Missouri Writers Guild (MWG) conference in April.”

 

Brad will offer tips for delivering an effective five-minute pitch, then writers will get a chance try their pitches within small breakout groups of other authors. “Even if you don’t have a pitch when you arrive, you’ll have one by the time you leave,” he said.

 

Then you’ll be ready to pitch to real agents and publishers at the 2014 MWG Conference, Fifty Shades of Writing, April 11-13, in St. Louis. For more conference information and registration, visit www.missouriwritersguild.org.


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Workshop for Writers - February  
Love Scenes: When to Turn Out the Lights

With Lynn Cahoon

Saturday, February 1, 2014 

10am to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S Geyer Rd. 63122 

Free for members, $5 for non-members 


Multipublished author Lynn Cahoon will help clarify what heat level your writing needs during the St. Louis Writers Guild’s workshop.

 

Most writers face questions such as: How much sex has to be in a book? When do they have to do the deed? What words can you use? Is your mother going to read this?

 

Lynn will discuss the different heat levels (and target publishers), provide examples of love scenes for all types of romances, brainstorm appropriate language to set the mood, and ways to find your muse and inspiration.

 

An Idaho native, her stories focus around the depth and experience of small-town life and love. Lynn has been published in Chicken Soup anthologies, explored controversial stories for the confessional magazines, short stories in Women’s World, and contemporary romantic fiction. She lives with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi River where her imagination tends to wander.

 

The first book in her cozy mystery series, Guidebook to Murder-A Tourist Trap Mystery, will be released by Kensington Publishing Corp. in April 2014.


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SLWG Author Series: 
Goodbye to All on the Same Page Bookstore?

The SLWG Author Series: Goodbye to All on the Same Page Bookstore?

with

Robin Tidwell, and authors from Rocking Horse Publishing

Thursday, January 16, 2014

7-8pm

All on the Same Page Bookstore

11052 Olive Blvd. Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Free and open to the public!

 

Join St. Louis Writers Guild as we honor and say goodbye to a great bookstore in the St. Louis area. Known for having one of the largest local author book sections, AOTSP is a great bookstore and a great supporter of the St. Louis literary community. But this isn't a wake, we'll also be talking to Robin about the future of Rocking Horse Publishing and the authors she is bringing to print!

 

St. Louis Writers Guild Author Series can be viewed in one of three ways. 

1: Come to All on the Same Page Bookstore and be part of the audience.

2: Watch live online and ask questions via text chat or Twitter using @stlwritersguild.

3: Watch the recorded lecture on the SLWG website. The event will be posted on www.stlwritersguild.org within a week of the broadcast. Find them all on Youtube too.

 

As a benefit of membership with St. Louis Writers Guild, an email will be sent with a link to the live online broadcast. St. Louis Writers Guild is now using Livestream.com to broadcast its lectures. To view the live lecture you will need to register for an account with Livestream.com. They just require a verified email address and it is free. The recorded lecture can be viewed without an account if you do not wish to sign up with Livestream.


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A special 2-Part Workshops for Writers! 

Part 1 - The Power of Email Marketing 

presented by 

Barry Coziahr, President of RESPONSE!

Saturday, December 7, 2013 

10am to Noon

Kirkwood Community Center

111 S. Geyer Rd. 63122

Free for Members, $5 for Non-Members 


Online marketing can be overwhelming, but writers can discover how to accomplish more in less time and on a small budget.

 

“The Power of Email Marketing” is the first of a two-part series presented by Barry Coziahr, president of RESPONSE! Targeted Marketing, a local marketing agency specializing in small business marketing. He is also the Constant Contact Local Expert for St. Louis. Coziahr will return to discuss “Social Media Made Simple” at the Guild’s Jan. 11 workshop.

 

Many authors find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month, there's a lot to keep up with. Having only so many hours in each day, the number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. These sessions will help make sense of the noise, with tips on how to make the most of the combination of email and social media.

You’ll learn what it means to run effective email and/or social media marketing campaigns and what tools you can use to measure the success of your efforts without spending lots of time or money. Participants will learn ideas for timing their messages, how to write a winning subject line, what kinds of offers or content they want to try and how best to approach their next marketing campaign. 

On Dec. 7, The Power of Email Marketing will focus on:

  • What email marketing “is” and “is not”
  • Why businesses are using email marketing today
  • The “ do’s” and “don’ts” of email marketing
  • Best email practices to help you create successful campaigns
  • What to write about 
  • How frequently and when to schedule emails
  • How to get your emails opened


Join us for Part 2 "Social Media Made Simple" on January 11, 2014! 

Part 2 - Social Media Made Simple 
Saturday, January 11, 2014
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. Kirkwood, MO 63122
Free for Members, $5 for Non-members 

Barry Coziahr will show writers how to spend less time and get better results from their online marketing.

 

“Social Media Marketing Made Simple” concludes a two-part series presented by Coziahr, president of RESPONSE! Targeted Marketing, a local marketing agency specializing in small business marketing. He is also the Constant Contact Local Expert for St. Louis.

 

Many authors find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month, there's a lot to keep up with. Having only so many hours in each day, the number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. This session will help make sense of the noise, with tips on how to make the most of the combination of email and social media.

At the “Social Media Marketing Made Simple” workshop:

  • Find out why small businesses and non-profits are using social media to grow their business and organization.
  • Learn 10 Social Media Tips to help you “go” and “grow” your social media marketing campaigns
  • Understand how email marketing campaigns can help you “Go” and GROW” your social media marketing, increase your reach and get MORE customers.
  • Use your social media to grow your email subscription list
  • See examples on how you can increase your reach, referrals, results and revenues with social media campaigns

 

Plus learn about exciting SLWG opportunities 

The STL Anniversary Anthology 

Cycle Critique Groups are Forming

Events coming in 2014! 


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2013 Young Writers Award Winners

Sponsored by St. Louis Writers Guild

 

4th – 5th grade division

 

   First Place – The Adventures of Sophia by Sophia Kucher – 4th grade

   Second Place – The Wonderers by Varsha Arun – 4th grade

   Third Place – Ralph and the Candy World by Aneesh Venkat Batchu – 4th grade

   1st Honorable Mention – Lego Hawaio by Aneesh Venkat Batchu – 4th grade

 

 

6th – 8th grade division

 

   First Place – Memor Dolis by Leah Mueller – 8th grade

   Second Place – The Beginning of the End. by Caitlin Fleming – 8th grade

   Third Place – The Book of Mysteries by Anna Huebner – 7th grade

   1st Honorable Mention – Portal to Nowhere by Lauren Boozer – 8th grade

   2nd Honorable Mention – The Mysterious Cause Book by Owen Lipinski – 8th grade

   3rd Honorable Mention – The Book Secret by Nathan Channell – 8th grade

 

     Thank you to this year’s judges,

     4th-5th grade division - Jennifer Stolzer, Writer and Illustrator 

     6th-8th grade division - Dwight Bitikofer, publisher of the Times Newspapers

 

Congratulations to the winners! 

Thank you to all the wonderful young writers who entered! 


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