The Write Bridge, by Anamcara Press
The newest issue of The Write Bridge, by Anamcara Press, includes the work of many Kansas Authors Club Members: Amber Fraley (D2), Peg Nichols (D2), David Hann (D2), Kathleen Kaska (D2), Boyd Bauman (D2), John L. Swainston (D2), Lindsey Bartlett (D2), Beth Gulley (D2), Debra Irsik (D2), Fred Applehanz (D1), Brenda L. White (D2), Brian Daldorph (D2), Iris Craver (D2), Ronda Miller (D2), Perry Shepard (D2), Micki Carroll (D2)
Anamcara Press will begin accepting submissions for the Next edition of The Write Bridge June 1, 2022. Topics: Fortitude & Toploftiness
View Ronda Miller Presentation
Ronda shared samples of her poetry and other poems that inspire her at the March D5 meeting. She also led attendees in four separate writing exercises, each followed by a time for sharing. A recording of her presentation has been edited and posted on YouTube. The recording pauses only briefly after each prompt. We encourage you to stop the recording and spend ten minutes writing using each prompt.
Writing Wisdom from Ronda
Ronda Miller has 4 books of Poetry and a beautiful prize-winning children's picture book, I Love the Child. Ronda is a life coach whose specialty is helping others deal with trauma. Her work and life experience make her an amazingly helpful coach and writer and an effective critic of others’ writing. She will be both sharing some of her own work and talking about what she has learned about how to write memoirs and fiction that are powerful and moving and don’t ignore the traumas that shape us. You will not want to miss her presentation at 1:30-3:30, March 12 at Asbury Methodist Church on 15th Street West in Wichita. Come in person or watch online through Zoom.
Saturday March 12 at 1:30 either in person or via Zoom.
In Person: at Asbury Church, 2801 W. 15th St., Wichita.
District 2 NaNoWriMo Invitation
Image courtesy of NaNoWriMo.
This starts Monday, November 1st!
Please join us each Monday for the month of November for NaNoWriMo (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and the 29th) for encouragement and ideas.
We’ll meet in a private room at Perkins restaurant, 1711 W 23rd St., Lawrence, KS 66046, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Please rsvp by Sunday as I’ll need to let Perkins’ staff know how many of us to expect.
I plan to send reminders each week.
Do you have a friend who enjoys writing? Please invite them.
You need not write a novel. Feel free to write whatever you’ve been wanting to. Our group will hold each other accountable, over pie no less!
Not familiar with it?
Ronda Miller, District 2 Member
Are you a KAC member who is hosting NaNoWriMo gatherings? Or simply an individual participating? Feel free to share news of your meetings and/or your progress here. Send us some photos. Share some word counts! What is the title of your work in progress?
2021 Length of Membership Awards
Jeff G. Guernsey – 10 years
Ronda Miller – 10 years
Ray “Griz” Racobs – 10 years
Gloria Zachgo – 10 years
Michael D. Graves – 10 years
Susan Hill – 15 years
Arlene Rains Graber – 15 years
Betty A. Laird – 15 years
Tracy Million Simmons – 20 years
Joann Williams – 25 years
Maryann Barry – 30 years
Lorine A. Gleue – 30 years
Cynthia J. Ross – 30 years
Frankie Roland – 35 years
Millie Horlacher – 40 years
*has reached 5 years of membership
Ronda Miller will ask attendees to share experiences that they have overcome through their writings. She will ask for the sharing of poetry or a short narrative paragraph that exemplifies healing through writing and offer suggestions as to how they can transform their attitude by changing their writing. Miller will utilize well-known authors’ works as well as writings of her own.
Miller is a Life Coach who specializes in working with clients who have lost a loved one to homicide. Her personal experiences with trauma include the deaths of her mother and a niece to suicide, the death of her father in a homicide, personal gun memories, an early life involving numerous moves and living situations, a kidnapping, separation from siblings, placement in the foster care system, adoption, physical and drug abuse, mental illness, and a subsequent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
Gun Memories of a Stone-Eyed Cold Girl, MoonStain, WaterSigns, Winds of Time, and I Love the Child are books the author has written that show a lifetime progression of healing from early and ongoing trauma by utilization of Voice through poetry, narrative, and children’s stories.
On Friday, August 28, members of the District 1 Kansas Authors Club, hosts for the 2021 State Writing Conference and Convention scheduled for October 9 and 10 at the Ramada Inn in Topeka announced a switch from an in-person event to a virtual one.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we shift to Plan B for the convention. We promise that it will still contain the same motivational and informative workshops and speakers. It will perhaps be even more intimate in the webinar setting, as no one will have to strain to see or hear speakers. You’ll be able to look into their eyes and feel like you’re sitting in the same room with them. And, actually, you will be… in the same zoom room!
We look forward to seeing you in October on Zoom!
View convention details on this page: 2021 Convention
Registration deadline: October 7, 2021
April Author Talk: Ronda Miller
I Love the Child
Winner: 2020 Kansas Authors Club Children's Book Award
Recording Available for Viewing by Members - Click Here
Ronda will be talking about education vs. entertainment, the importance of layered messaging, finding and working with an illustrator, inclusivity, and her objectives in writing this book.
Don't forget to support our Kansas Authors! Buy a book. Review a book. Send a note of appreciation about a book. You can order Ronda's book from her publisher, Kellogg Press, or wherever you buy books!
"After careful deliberation we have chosen I Love the Child, by Ronda Miller. First, the size and feel of the book would make it easy to read to a small group of children. The illustrations beautifully matched the poem on the page. There was diversity of ethnicity, physical condition, and gender. The Spanish co-text should make it appealing to a wide range of children. We could identify characteristics of children we have raised and known, and think that older children could see themselves in some of these characters. We think the book could be used with a wide age range. The cooking section expands the number of activities that could be used with the book. This is a book that we would like to give to important young people in our lives."
Allison and Gary Haworth, 2020 Judges, Kansas Authors Club Childrens' Book Award
Upcoming Author Talk Schedule
Kansas Authors Club is hosting a monthly “Author Talk” featuring an award-winning writer, with first priority given to authors who have won KAC book awards. The author will talk about an aspect of writing, publishing, or marketing (author's choice). The presentations are expected to last an hour to an hour and a half and will include time for questions and answers.
These events are being planned via Zoom, to take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month. The event will be open to all Kansas Authors Club members. A recording of the event will be made available to members who cannot attend live.
All Kansas Authors Club members are invited to attend. Considering membership? Select "potential new member" and register for one free Author Talk. We'd love to meet you.
April 27 Author Talk by
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