Guest speaker for March 8 meeting is Patricia Davids, a USA Today Bestselling Author.
Topic – Plotting your novel no matter what genre you write in.
Pat is from Kansas and graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing. His Bundle of Love, her first book, was published in 2004. In 2013 she retired from nursing to become a full-time writer. She currently writes inspirational suspense, love inspired classic, contemporary inspirational and Amish fiction.
In May 2013, she received an award from Romantic Times for the best love-inspired novel for 2012.
Thorndike press has picked up two of her last books, Plain Admirer and Amish Christmas Joy, which will be released in hardback. Thorndike press produces large print books for libraries. Pat is thrilled that people will be able to enjoy the books for years to come.
She has just released a new title, A Ranch for His Family, which she published under the author name of Hope Novarra.
The meeting is back at Rockwell Library, 5939 E. 9th Street, Wichita, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
We hope to see you then.
Attention District 5 writers! Entry period for The 36th Nimrod Literary Awards (which include the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry) is now open
through April 30, 2014.
Poetry entries: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long or several short poems).
Fiction entries: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel).
Must be previously unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Entry fee $20.00 per submittal.
Send to: Nimrod International Journal, Literary Contest - (Fiction or Poetry as appropriate), The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104.
For more information, see the web page here.
D5 Member Discounts on Registration for the Transformative Language Arts 2014 THE POWER OF WORDS Conference in Kansas City, Sept. 19-21, 2014
District 5 has become a co-sponsor of The Transformative Language Arts (TLA) Network's 2014 Power of Words Conference. All D5 members will be receiving a special invitation to the event that will include a $30.00 registration discount. There will also be table space available at the conference for D5 members to sell books. The conference is scheduled for September 19-21, 2014 at Lake Doniphan Retreat Center in Kansas City, MO.
The 11th Power of Words Conference will have workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals. Keynoters are Kelley Hunt, international touring artist and singer-songwriter; Kevin Willmott, award-winning filmmaker, writer and director;
Doug Lipman, storyteller, coach, mentor and author; and Scott Cairns, poet and writer. Artists-in-residence are poet, painter and muralist Jose Faus, and storm and weather photographer Stephen Locke.
A special pre-conference reading features five Missouri and Kansas poets laureate: Wyatt Townley, William Trowbridge, Walter Bargen, Denise Low, and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
The TLA and conference web site can be found here.
The Transformative Language Arts (TLA) Network supports individuals and organizations that promote forms of the spoken, written, and sung word as a tool for personal and communal transformation. TLA offers an annual conference, The Power of Words; online classes; a global community-building project, One City One Prompt; membership, and ample resources. TLA is an emerging field, profession, and calling that acknowledges and supports the power of the spoken, written, and sung word to encourage community-building, cultural shifts, health and healing, liberation, and celebration. The Transformative Language Arts Network is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The Huffington Post, Simon & Schuster, and AARP have joined up to launch a memoir writing contest for writers over 50.
Entries must be sent electronically and include a synopsis and the first 5,000 words of a memoir. There is no entry fee. The Grand Prize includes $5,000 and publication by Simon & Schuster. Full details and contest rules are available here.
Good luck but HURRY. Submission deadline is February 15, 2014.
Everyone has a story to tell is a Free Workshop presented by Katie Funk Wiebe this Saturday, February 8, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Larksfield Place, 7373 E. 29th Street North, Wichita.
Katie Funk Wiebe, professor emeritus of Tabor College, inherited her love of family history from her German-Russian immigrant parents. She passes that love on to others through her books and by teaching classes on writing family history at Wichita-based LifeVentures, as well as doing other regional workshops, and appearing as a popular speaker for many community organizations and clubs. Recently she presented a workshop at the Kansas Authors Club's 2013 annual convention in Wichita.
Described as being the “Gold Standard” author in family history, Katie’s most recent books are How to Write Your Personal or Family History — If You Don’t Do It, Who Will? (Good Books) and You Never Gave Me a Name (Cascadia). An early book is Good Times with Old Times: How to Write Your Memoirs. Katie inspires her audience to get started by “digging into the soil of the past,” organizing the findings and then keeping the momentum going.
Sponsored by Kansas Authors Club, the workshop is open to members and non-members. If you have any questions, please call Cindi Kerr at 620-947-0191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to the February meeting where Katie Funk Wiebe will be talking about “Everyone Has A Story To Tell.” Katie is professor emeritus of Tabor College. She recently held a workshop at KAC's annual convention in Wichita; if you missed her presentation there, you definitely will want to catch her February.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Larksfield Place, 7373 E. 29th St. N., Wichita
More details will be coming your way later. For now, mark your calendars and be sure to note this meeting will be at Larksfield Place instead of our usual Rockwell location.
All members and non-members are welcome at no charge.
Just a quick note to remind everyone that the topic for tomorrow's District 5 meeting is Everything I Have Learned. Come ready to share what has worked for you and ask questions about any challenges you have had with your writing.
Membership renewals are due by March 31, 2014. If you haven't yet renewed your membership, renewal forms will be available at the meeting tomorrow. District 5's new treasurer, Ray "Grizzly" Racobs, has offered to mail membership renewals to Vicki Julian, the KAC State Financial Secretary.
The meeting is Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Rockwell Library, 5939 E. 9th Street, Wichita, 2:00-4:00 pm.
District meetings are open to KAC members and the public without charge. We hope to see you there!
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
ART, POETRY, & PROSE
Kansas City Voices is accepting submissions through March 15, 2014. They accept art, poetry, and prose. There is no cost for submission. They review submissions online through Submittable, only. Full submissions guidelines are available at
Accepted pieces receive payment and one copy of the magazine. Good luck!
Image courtesy of Kansas City Voices.
Dear Kansas Author Club District 5 Members,
Our very successful and well-appreciated convention in October seems to have re-energized us all. Attendance at both the November and December meetings was encouraging, and the attendees seemed really enthusiastic. So we are off to a roaring good start to this New Year of 2014.
I am looking forward to another exciting and productive twelve months and hope that you will all continue to support your fellow authors by participating in the meetings and activities. Our organization only flourishes when we have a strong and interested membership.
If you are pleased with your success as an author, please consider sharing with the rest of us some hints that will help us; if you feel things are not clicking, please let D5 Vice President Louise Pelzl know what kinds of programs you think might help you to become more successful.
Networking with fellow writers can be inspiring and educational. Come to the meetings and get to know your fellow authors.
If there are things you wish KAC D5 was doing, let me or any of the other board members know. We have taken on our positions because we want to make this organization useful to you in your writing career. Write us, email us, or, even better, collar us at the monthly meetings and let us
know what we can do to improve Kansas Authors Club. We’ll be waiting.
Roy Beckemeyer, KAC D5 President for 2014