Information on the link to the zoom meeting will be posted later.
If you have ever considered entering the murky realm of co-authoring you'll want to hear what Stephen and Rosie Williams of Topeka have to say. They're presenting at the May 15 District 1 zoom meeting at 1 p.m. The couple launched their book, "Nine Pairs of Boots in Vietnam: Steps to Healing Every Veteran Needs to Know," during the pandemic and have been promoting it as part of the state veterans group Stephen coordinates, Point Man Ministries.
Information on the link to the zoom meeting will be posted later.
Prisca Barnes directs Storytime Village and has written a children’s book on The Dockum Sit-ins, the first successful student-led sit-ins of the civil rights movement which happened in Wichita in 1958. She will speak about writing racially inclusive books for kids, followed by a writing prompted exercise for participants.
Join us on Zoom May 8 at 1:30 by clicking the button below to register for this informative presentation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
"inspiring a lifelong love of reading for underserved Kansas children" www.storytimevillage.org
April Author Talk: Ronda Miller
I Love the Child
Winner: 2020 Kansas Authors Club Children's Book Award
Tuesday, April 27, 7pm
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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
The featured District 1 speaker for April will be Ruth Maus, giving a presentation on what is Submittable and how to use it to help you find opportunities for publication for your writing. She will give us a Power Point Presentation and a real time connection to the Submittable website to show how to keep track of work you've submitted, how to do key word searches and more. Learn how to use this free and easy program and increase your chances of getting published.
Ruth Maus, a native of Topeka, Kansas, has followed a love of learning around the world, with languages, curiosity, and an appreciation for all beings a constant thread.
She represented Smith College at the annual Glasscock Intercollegiate Poetry Contest where past contestants have included James Merrill, Sylvia Plath, Katha Pollit, Mary Jo Salter, James Agee, Frederick Buechner, Kenneth Koch, Donald Hall, William Manchester, Muriel Rukeyser, and Gjertrud Schnackenberg. Her poems have appeared in Inscape, Grecourt Review, Lighten Up Online, The Death Book Project, River City Poetry, and Orchards Poetry Journal.
Her poetry book “Valentine” was a finalist in the 2019 Meadowlark Birdy Poetry Prize.
She currently lives in Topeka where she writes poems, novels, and short stories when not teaching her cat amazing tricks with which to bore her friends.
Anyone wishing to join the District 1 zoom meeting at 1 p.m. on April 17 may join at this link.
Members of District 7 of Kansas Authors Club will be meeting at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., Garden City, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 17 for their Spring Convention.
They invite other interested writers/authors to join the meeting to hear Janice Northerns, Liberal, review her new book Some Electric Hum.
Northerns, a native of Texas, is a retired professor of literature. She and her husband taught English and Creative Writing at Seward County Community College. Her poems range from Texas to Kansas. She will also entertain questions from the audience.
Please bring to the group any item of interest that you have produced recently, poetry or prose, to share with the group. For more information and to reserve a place at the meeting and luncheon, please contact Sheryl Brenn, Levant, at 785-443-1066.
It's not often you see a whole life that's gone into a book, but here we have just that. Janice Northerns lives this life intensely, and lives intensely in language. At the core of this book are the raw elements of birth, love, and death; while surrounding them are sophisticated yet impassioned readings of the violence of history, class, and social codes. These are poems to be read both largely and closely, for the stories they tell, and for their turns of poetic craft. You don't just read this book, you enter it.
D5 is hosting Amy Sage Webb-Baza at their regular monthly meeting Saturday, April 10 at 1:30.
Amy Sage Webb-Baza teaches at Emporia State and judged KAC’s 2020 Flash Fiction contest. She will speak about writing effective flash fiction, followed by a writing exercise for participants in writing flash fiction and sharing what they've written.
Please join us for a fun exploration of flash fiction. This form is rewarding to practice and fun to read. Writing flash fiction also offers techniques that can enhance prose of many lengths and types, including short stories, novels, nonfiction essays, and memoirs. Flash fiction even overlaps with and informs poetry. All writers will find some inspiration for their projects in this form.
Registration is required. To register for the April 10 presentation at 1:30, please click the button below.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
2021 Theme Categories:
"Writing through Difficulties"
Featuring: 7 additional categories in prose and 7 additional categories in poetry
All Kansas Authors Club members are eligible to enter, regardless of residence.
All writers living in the state of Kansas may enter, regardless of membership.
We recommend you review the contest guidelines before entering.
Entries accepted April 1 through June 15.
Awards will be announced at the annual convention in October.
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.
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