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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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. 

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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 STL Books, 100 W Jefferson Ave. 63122

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*** Attention *** 
Apologies but once again we have to cancel The SLWG Author Series event. 
Due to unforeseen schedule changes by our guest we have had to cancel the interview. We encourage you to instead head over to Mighty Mississippi Book Blast 7pm at the Ethical Society. Several authors will be there discussing their books, for more information visit www.leftbankbooks.com  

The SLWG Author Series will return next month, Aug 21

Thanks for understanding! 

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Deane Wagner Poetry Contest Deadline Extended! 

Due to an oversight, the judge and guidelines were not posted on this website within a reasonable time frame. It was shared at all our meetings but to be fair we have extended the deadline to June 15, 2014! 
Apologies for this oversight - and Good Luck with the contest! 

New Deadline is June 15, 2014! 

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It's Membership renewal time here at St. Louis Writers Guild! 
SLWG has an exciting year planned with special events, special guest speakers, and book fairs! 

There is a complete list of member benefits on the Join SLWG Page, but...
There is something brand new for 2014! A manuscript contest held in conjunction with Walrus Publishing that might end in a publishing contract! More details to come soon, but we are thrilled to bring this opportunity to SLWG members. 

Plus SLWG's literary magazine The Scribe, access to the online portion of the SLWG Author Series, and members can have their book covers in the book room. 

Join today! The SLWG Season lasts from June 1 to May 31. Be part of one of the largest literary communities in the Midwest! 

To join St. Louis Writers Guild visit Join SLWG and follow the instructions. 
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Workshops for Writers - July 12 
The Do's and Don'ts of Writing Query Letters presented by Whitley Abell of Inkling Literary Agency 

Saturday July 12, 2014

10am to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S Geyer Rd. 63122 

Free for members, $5 for non-members 


Literary agent Whitley Abell will help writers by explaining the dos and don’ts of writing query letters at the St. Louis Writers Guild (SLWG) workshop.

 

Whitley, who joined Inklings Literary Agency in 2013, will also talk about what agents look for in submissions. 

 

Jennifer Stolzer, SLWG secretary and contest coordinator, will join Whitley to explain the Guild’s submission guidelines for the members-only Publish Your Dreams contest. The winner will be announced Aug. 23 at SLWG’s free conference, Writers in the Park.

 

Prior to joining Inklings Literary Agency, Whitley completed successful internships with Carol Mann Agency and P.S. Literary Agency. She is based in St. Louis, Mo., where she daylights as a production manager for several medical and S & T journals. She graduated in 2011 BA in English and Creative Writing, and again in 2012 with a MAT in Secondary English Education, which basically means she can tell you anything there is to know about feminist literary theory and the Common Core Standards. Whitley is primarily interested in Young Adult, Middle Grade, and select Upmarket Women's fiction.

 

The winner of SLWG’s Publish Your Dreams contest and entries from other Missouri Writers’ Guild chapters will be submitted to Walrus Publishing Inc. for possible publication. If the SLWG manuscript is selected, it will be placed on their editorial schedule for publication between Winter 2015 and Summer 2016, said Walrus founder Lisa Miller. If not selected, Walrus will provide a one-page review of the manuscript with recommendations for editorial assistance. You must be a member of St. Louis Writers Guild to participate in this contest. 


There are no pitch sessions at this workshop. 


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Workshops for Writers - June 7 
The Five Elements presented by Sheila Dugan 
Saturday, June 7, 2014 
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122 
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Voice coach Sheila Dugan will provide insight into some basic elements writers can use at their next Open Mic night, or anywhere they are called upon to perform written materials aloud. “The Five Elements” 

Sheila is a Master Teacher of Voice and will lead exercises to boost writers’ expressiveness while reading out loud. Additionally, some writers’ work may be workshopped, IF time permits. Bring a couple of pages you’d like help with, and be sure to have a second copy for Sheila.

For 46 years, Sheila has taught singing and public speaking refinement and has provided voice therapy for clients, upon medical referral. Her voice students have appeared in 15 Broadway shows, and have also performed off Broadway, with numerous national tours, and many regional theatre companies. Sheila’s classical voice students have performed at major opera houses and with major symphony orchestras both at home and abroad. She has served as a public speaking coach in the areas of medicine, law and business. For more information, visit her website: www.sheiladugan.com.


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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, June 10, 2014! 


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 Dr. Fred Fausz 
Thursday, May 15, 2014 
7pm to 8pm 
STL Books 
100 W. Jefferson Ave. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122 
Free and Open to the Public 

Dr. Fred Fausz 
Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West 

Fred Fausz (Ph.D., William and Mary) is a history professor and former honors college dean at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he specializes in Colonial American ethnohistory and fur trade frontiers. Two of his many essays have won "best article of the year" awards from historical societies in Virginia and Missouri. During the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial, he drove his "fur museum on wheels" 13,000 miles to deliver show-and-tell lectures to rural towns in four states and has exhibited his extensive artifact collection in major museums. He was the program chair for the 9th North American Fur Trade Conference and received the 2007 Missouri Governor's Award in the Humanities for Enhancing Community Heritage. In 2009 he was elected president of The Center for French Colonial Studies and is completing a book on the 1622 Virginia Massacre.

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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May Workshops for Writers: Inside the Heart of Darkness with David Lucas 
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. 63122 
Free for members, $5 for non-members 

Inside the Heart of Darkness

 

Writer, poet and martial artist David Alan Lucas will explore the villains’ role in fiction during his “Inside the Heart of Darkness” workshop 

Using myths, personality archetypes, criminal psychology and personal experience with real-life evil, David will help writers of all genres create memorable and sympathetic antagonists. For more than thirty years, he has studied criminology as a “hobby” and applied the lessons learned to his fiction and in real life.


    David Alan Lucas is a published author in multiple genres, a published poet and contributor to e-zines on music. He also gives seminars on self-defense and writing fight scenes. Recently David launched The Write Pack, a weekly show on BlogTalkRadio, and he is a founding contributor to The Writers’ Lens blog.

Learn more at www.davidalanlucas.com  

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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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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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