Kate O’Hara/Maureen Gamble passed away June 26th. Per her request there will not be a funeral or memorial service.
The registration form for the 2015 KAC Convention is now available on the Kansas Authors Club website here. The registration form includes five options, including one for Saturday workshops and banquet only, as well as one for meals only. Early registration discounts apply until September 1, 2015 so fill out the form and send it soon.
This year, the convention takes place at the Ramada Inn Downtown Topeka, Kansas, October 2 - 4. KAC members enjoy the annual convention as an opportunity to learn about their craft and reunite with other writers. The Youth Awards take place Friday evening, Saturday is a full day of writing workshops, and KAC Contest winners will be announced during Sunday's Awards Luncheon.
Hope to see you there!
Join us for the Kansas Authors Club District 5 monthly meeting on Saturday, July 11, at the Rockwell Branch Library in Wichita. The meeting runs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Liz Hicks will give a presentation on Women You’ll Wish You Had Known. The presentation will feature a slide show and discussion of techniques for historical research.
Liz is a recently retired pharmacist. In her field, she has provided programs (including some that gave continuing education points) to health professionals as well as to the general public.
Her avocation is working for women's, and therefore, human, rights. As such, she has served through organizations and boards and commissions. In promoting women's history programs in Wichita NOW (National Organization for Women), she has created reenactments of several women and has two programs on Kansas herstories called "Women You'll Wish You Had Known".
Although her technology is old, her enthusiasm remains current.
Kansas Author Club meetings are open to the public, free of charge. Hope to see you there.
KAC members Cheryl Unruh and Roy Beckemeyer both had their books recognized as Kansas Notable Books for 2015.
Each year, the Kansas State Librarian selects 15 books for the Kansas Notable Books List. The books are selected from a list of books published the previous year which were either written by Kansas authors or about Kansas.
This year, books written by two Kansas Authors Club members are included on the list. Music I Once Could Dance To is Roy J. Beckemeyer's first collection of poetry, while Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays is Carol Unruh's second collection of essays.
An award ceremony will be held at the Kansas Book Festival, September 12, 2015, to recognize the talented Notable Book authors.
More information about the Kansas Notable Book project can be found at the Kansas State Library website here.
It is with a sad heart I am announcing Kate O'Hara will be move to hospice today. If you weren't aware she has been struggling with cancer for the last two years. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Dear District 5 members - the 2015 Kansas Authors Club Writing Contest Deadline is fast approaching. Get your entries in.
If you do not have access to a computer or have the computer skills to use Submittable, get your entries to Ray Racobs or Roy Beckemeyer quickly. We can submit for you now, but if we have a big pile on June 15th, we may not get everything in. Check out the rules here:
Please enter. If you have problems, let us know now so we can help you.
District 5 members have had excellent submissions in prior years and we are confident that the entries this year will raise the bar to new heights.
Many KAC District 5 members summer activities include speaking events, book promotions, and writing contests.
Remember to contact the D5 Newsletter/Blog Editor so that your events can be posted to this blog and put on our calendar.
The blog also posts member artwork, photography, poetry and other writing.
Thank you and have a terrific summer!
The deadline for KAC Literary Contest Entries is fast approaching. At this writing, June 16, 2015 is less than a month away. So, for you writers who work better under pressure, now is your time to shine. Pick up your quill, pen, laptop, phone, or tablet and let your words take wing. The deadline for submissions will be here before you know it. Write. Submit. Win. Good luck!
WRITERS OF THE WHEAT
Come enjoy the many talented authors who reside in Kansas as they present excerpts from their works on
Friday, July 10th, 2015 from 6 pm to 10 pm
Sunflower Plaza, 417 E. Gilbert, Wichita, KS
For more information, contact Tracy Edingfield Dunn, 316-304-5995.
Here's an update for participants about the upcoming Writers of the Wheat Literary Festival on July 10th.
Here’s a list of the authors who have been invited and have accepted placement at the Literary Festival:
Book sales are happening now. If you haven’t already dropped your books off at Sunflower Plaza, please do so now. Crissy (MacAffrey-Jackson) McJack is the proprietor and will sell them on a consignment basis for a 25/75 commission. She will pay the Kansas Sales Retail Tax out of her 25%. Tracy advises writers to try to sell as many books as possible under such favorable terms before the consignment ends on July 31, 2015.
Let your friends, followers, fans and family know they can purchase your books at the Sunflower Plaza any time prior to July 31, 2015.
The Sunflower Plaza building will be sold on August 1st, so ALL YOUR BOOKS must be collected by July 31, 2015.
Tracy has received the postcards from VistaPrint. Please contact her by email or phone to make arrangements to pick up the 30 postcards to mail out to let your fans and followers know about event in advance.
All authors who have books in the event, whether you are reading or not, need to provide Tracy with a tagline (no more than 40 words) for the book(s) being promoted at this event. Remember, there is no limit to the amount of books an author can promote at this event.
Please contact Tracy before May 25 by e-mail or telephone at 316-304-5995 to give her your information and make arrangements to pick up your postcards. Any questions or comments can be directed to Tracy as well.