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. 

Short Story Contest Deadline Approaching!
We're happy to announce the Short Story Contest deadline has been extended to Saturday December 13th. The judge this year will be Catherine Rankovic, author, poet, and editor. you can learn more about Catherine's expertise and services at www.bookeval.com Link

Download the Short Story Contest Entry form here!
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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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The winners of the 2014 Young Writers Awards! 
Opening Line: Something Strange Escaped the Zoo...

4th - 5th grade division 
First Place - The Hiss by Andi Siebeneck
Second Place – Fly by Christina Stabenaw

 

6th-8th grade division 
First Place – The Rally Squirrel by Will Hurley
Second Place – Finding Home by Allison Kelley
Third Place – A Surprising Discovery by Emma Story
Honorable Mention – Headlines Change by Tony Petruso
Honorable Mention – Monkey Business by Mia Davis
Honorable Mention – Day 4,052 by Adler Bowman 


Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the wonderful young writers who entered, all of them were really good! 


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4th - 5th
First Place - The Hiss by Andi Siebeneck 
Second Place – Fly by Christina Stabenaw 
6th-8th
First Place – The Rally Squirrel by Will Hurley 
Second Place – Finding Home by Allison Kelley 
Third Place – A Surprising Discovery by Emma Story 
Honorable Mention – Headlines Change by Tony Petruso 
Honorable Mention – Monkey Business by Mia Davis 
Honorable Mention – Day 4,052 by Adler Bowman 

Guild celebrates award-winning young writers, 

local authors at Dec. 6 holiday book fair

 

Join a celebration honoring award-winning young writers and local authors at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s annual holiday book sale from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 6, at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 South Geyer, Kirkwood, Mo., 63122.


Find out how these fourth- through eighth-graders created stories that all began with the same sentence: Something strange escaped the zoo...” 

 

It’s free to attend, so come and enjoy complimentary refreshments as you browse a selection of books by local authors in all genres—memoir to mystery, science fiction to satire, fantasy to historicals, and from children’s books to steamy romances. Signed books make great gifts!


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Searching for the facts: 

A day in the life of a beat cop, SWAT, and medic 

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. 
Free for Members, $5 for non-members

If you’re writing a story that involves emergency medical services, law enforcement, or the military, don’t miss the St. Louis Writers Guild workshop on Saturday, Nov. 1, featuring Brian L. Bardsley Jr. of the Chicago Police Dept.--SWAT Team. 

 

Brian began his career in the United States Marine Corps from 1988–1994, including deployments in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope. More recently, Brian completed a year tour in Iraq with the Illinois Army National Guard, where he served as a medic with a rifle company in Baghdad and was awarded a Bronze Star and Combat Medical Badge.

 

He served as a Medical Specialist in the United States Army Reserves from 1996 to 1999 and has been a Paramedic since January 1999. He has worked as a single role Paramedic, Firefighter/Paramedic, HazMat Technician, Arson Investigator, and Lieutenant with several municipal fire departments, including the Stone Park Fire Department. He served for a year as a single role paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department.

 

Brian has been with the Chicago Police Department since September 2004. He started as a patrolman in District 015, and upon his return from Iraq was moved to the Education and Training Division, where he worked as an Anti-Terrorism instructor, as well as a marksmanship and tactics instructor. He is currently attached to the SWAT Team as a senior team medic and Emergency Medical Services coordinator.

 

He is also an experienced instructor. In addition to his experience with the Chicago Police Department, Brian is affiliate faculty at the Loyola University Medical Center Program for Prehospital Medicine, where he has taught in the classroom and served as a Field Internship Preceptor.  He has given numerous invited presentations on Tactical Medicine, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, and disaster preparedness.


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Coming Events 

   August 2 - Workshops for Writers: Triple the Mystery 
   August 12 - Station Open Mic 
   August 13 - SLPA/SLWG Vendor Showcase 
   August 21 - SLWG Author Series 
   August 23 - Writers in the Park 2014! 
   October 10-12 - Lit in the Lou

   Details can be found on the SLWG Events Page. 

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Workshops for Writers:  Oct. 4

"Choosing the Writing Life" presented by Harry Jackson Jr.
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd.
Free for members; $5 for non-members

What does a commitment to a writing life involve? How do you do it well? Our speaker should know. Award-winning journalist Harry Jackson Jr. talks about how to use photography to enrich your writing. 

 

Harry Jackson Jr. is a journalist of more than 35 years, including 25 with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. During this time, he has won more than a dozen journalism awards. He is an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University, where he teaches narrative feature writing and documentary history. His freelance work has been published widely and has appeared in dozens of publications across the United States.


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“Choosing the Writing Life”

A workshop by Harry Jackson Jr.





Young Writers Awards! 

Our yearly contest for young writers in 4th - 8th grades! 
This year's opening line is: 
Something strange escaped the zoo...

Submission guidelines and entry forms can be found on the SLWG Contests Page 
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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 in September
We have two Workshops for Writers this month! 

1) 5+5, a classic SLWG workshop - September 6th 
2) How to get your book into a Library or Bookstore - September 27

Workshops for Writers 5+5 
Sept 6, 2014
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd. 


Bring the first five pages of your work--fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—and sign up at the beginning of the free workshop to have it read aloud by another writer.

“Getting some distance from your work by having someone else read it often helps you pinpoint problem areas,” said Brad Cook, Guild president.

When the five-minute buzzer sounds, others attending the workshop will have five minutes to comment on what they like and offer suggestions on ways to improve the piece.

“This is similar to the slushpile read some writing conferences offer, but instead of having agents critique the work, it will be other writers,” Cook said. “We will discuss the importance of openings and hooks, as well as critique methods, so be ready to share what you’ve learned along the writing path.”


We'll also be talking about how you can participate in the SLWG booth at Lit in the Lou! 



Workshops for Writers - How to get your book into a Library or Bookstore

A Special Event with SLWG, STL Books, and the Kirkwood Public Library 


Saturday, Sept 27, 2014 

1pm 


More details to come! 


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SLPA / SLWG Vendor Showcase 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 
6:30pm to 8:30pm 
The Lodge of DesPeres 
1050 Des Peres Rd. 
Des Peres, MO 63131

St. Louis Publishers Association and St. Louis Writers Guild have teamed together to showcase the writing service providers of St. Louis. Need an editor, cover artist, or illustrator? Learn more at this showcase event! 

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Weather Update - Writers in the Park 2014


My shoulders slump when I think about all the beautiful weather we’ve had and now SLWG's main outdoor event is on the hottest day of the year. But fear not… as always St. Louis Writers Guild has a plan!

 

First, we are NOT changing the location! The festival will begin in Lions Amphitheater. Luckily the park won’t reach the highs until later in the day.

 

There will be plenty of water, and popsicles, or at least cold tubes of flavored water – depending on time. Best of all, a fan with every program! Yes, we will have hand fans, but we will also have electric fans and giant umbrellas for our speakers. There will be a cooling station in the amphitheater and we will have an air-conditioned room at the Community Center where we might end the festival.

 

One more thing, much of this event is in the shade, the kids events will be in a covered pavilion and many of the workshops will take place under the trees of Kirkwood Park. Please dress appropriately, drink plenty of fluids, maybe wear a hat, and if you feel too hot let one of our volunteers know.
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Writers in the Park 2014 
Saturday, August 23 
10am to 2pm 
Lions Amphitheater in Kirkwood Park 
111 S Geyer Rd. 63122 
Free and open to all writers! 
No registration needed 

If you’ve never been to a writers’ conference, St. Louis Writers Guild’s fifth annual writers’ festival in Kirkwood Park is the perfect way to start. Created to honor our 90th Anniversary, the day includes workshops from industry professionals, books from local authors, and plenty of food for all to enjoy. 


This year we are proud to present  

New York Times Bestselling Author Heather Brewer 

New York Times Bestselling Author Angie Fox 

Award Winning author Sarah M. Anderson 

STL Books owner Robin Theiss 


With 

workshops for Young Writers in 4th-8th grade 

                presented by author Margo L Dill 

and a workshop for High School students 

                presented by Y/A authors Cole Gibsen and Sarah Bromley 


plus Genre Talk, an SLWG Author Series interview, and much more! 

Best of all, it’s free and open to the public.


The full schedule will be posted soon. 

SLWG Members - You can have your book sold by our volunteers at the festival. SLWG takes no money or commission from each transaction. All taxes are the responsibility of the author. Members bring your book to any of our events or to the park that morning. 

Click Here for a map of the park - if that doesn't work Click Here for the Kirkwood Parks Website. 

The day will go on no matter the weather, we have indoor facilities in case of storms or excessive heat. We look forward to seeing you at Writers in the Park

Writers in the Park 2014 is sponsored by 
a generous gift from Commerce Bank 
- Thank You - 

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Winners of the 2014 Deane Wagner Poetry Contest! 


First Place - After Saramago by David Bond 
Second Place - Morning Wears Gray by Gaye Gambell-Peterson 
Third Place - Deckle-Edged by Catherine Rankovic


First Honorable Mention - The New Country by Catherine Rankovic 
Second Honorable Mention - White Night by David Bond 
Third Honorable Mention - To Another Young Artist by Catherine Rankovic


Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to this year's judge Steve Schroeder!


Over 50 poems were entered, and blindly judged, so we have to congratulate Catherine Rankovic. The first triple winner *that we know of* in the Deane Wagner Poetry Contest! 


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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, August 12, 2014!

Hear the winners of the 2014 Deane Wagner Poetry Contest 


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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August Workshop for Writers: Triple the Mystery 
Triple the Mystery with Claire Applewhite, Fedora Amis, and Pam De Voe 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. 
Free for Members, $5 for non-members

Three mystery writers will share a trio of their best writing tips at the Triple the Mystery workshop . 

Claire Applewhite, mystery writer and Acquisitions Editor for Smoking Gun Publishing, LLC,  is a graduate of St. Louis University. Her published books include The Wrong Side of Memphis, St. Louis Hustle, Candy Cadillac, Tennessee Plates, and Crazy For You. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.  

www.smokinggunpublishing.com

www.claireapplewhite.com

www.clairedunoir.com


Fedora Amis won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. Away from her computer, she dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as historical figures from the 1800s. She has one son, Skimmer, who partners with Fedora in writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. www.fedoraamis.com


Pam De Voe is an anthropologist and an incorrigible magpie for collecting seemingly irrelevant information. Last October, her first novel, A Tangled Yarn, was published in a mystery-a-month book club. This year, she has two short stories coming out: one in an e-zine and one in an anthology. http://padevoe.com/



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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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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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