Remember that you can always watch this page of our Kansas Authors Club website for announcements of upcoming meetings. We have districts returning to in-person meetings and districts who will continue to meet via Zoom. No matter where you live, you are welcome to attend any district meeting. There are several recordings of meetings now posted on our state YouTube channel, including this recent D3 meeting with D3 member and writing coach, Lisa Hase-Jackson. Our Author Talks are archived for viewing on our members’ only pages. If you have not already created your account on the website, please do so.
D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr., has a poem titled "Firekeeper" in the new issue of the print magazine "Thorny Locust." Included here is a scan of the page with the poem:
Attend the D5 August 14 meeting in person or on Zoom. You have a choice. For those of you who desire to attend in-person, join other D5 members at 1:30 in the Fireside Room in Asbury Church, 2801 W. 15th Street North, Wichita, Kansas. For those of you who prefer to attend using Zoom, a link will be made available when we post about our next speaker.
D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr., will be a featured reader at the Oceanside (NY) Public Library Poetry Series via Zoom on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021, beginning at 6 PM Central time (7 PM Eastern), along with New Jersey poet Michael A. Griffith. Use the Zoom button to attend. Dean has been a part of this group over the summer and the poets are terrific and very welcoming:
It's a new year and another opportunity to meet your writing friends for a weekend of inspiration, education, and socializing! District 1 invites members to Topeka this year for the 2021 State Writing Conference & Convention.
Not ready to socialize? It's okay! Building on our can-do attitude from 2020's (first) virtual convention, we are developing a hybrid option for this year's attendees. If you are unable to travel for the event, you can still purchase a workshop ticket and join us virtually. Workshops will be livestreamed and/or recorded for viewing later.
Registration details are available on the KAC website. Register today to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate! Prices go up on August 15.
Be sure to check out the opportunities to advertise in the program convention. Details at the bottom of the 2021 Convention page on the website.
The July D5 meeting was called to order by president Connie White, and the recording was started at that time as well. The program was presented by Lois Ruby, who is the author of over 20 historical fiction novels for middle-grade readers. She discussed how writing can be an addiction and how YA fiction is changing. She then gave attendees some practical tips about writing and publishing, including information about choosing an agent.
The meeting ended with a writing prompt to practice dialogue. After attendees were given time to write, a couple shared what they had written. Following an announcement about future meetings being hybrid, the meeting was adjourned at 3:11.
Information about the option for in-person attendance will be announced as soon as all is finalized. The Zoom meeting option will continue.
Amy Ackerman, secretary
D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr., will be reading at the Sheila-Na-Gig online reading on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, starting at 7 PM. Dean is one of the "open mic" readers from Sheila-Na-Gig's Summer 2021 issue. The headliners for this reading are Ace Boggess and Robbi Nestor, with other readers from the Sheila-Na-Gig summer issue. Please register to receive the Zoom link (you may have to click on "see more" to get to the registration link). Sheila-Na-Gig is a quality operation and this should be a good reading. Link to Face Book event page is:
Lois Ruby, author of 21 historical novels for young adults, will speak at the D5 Zoom meeting July 10 at 1:30. Her book Steal Away Home was named an IRA Young Adults' Choice and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. It has been adopted as part of the curriculum by school systems in Tennessee and Georgia. Lois served as a young adult librarian for the Dallas Public Library. She lived in Wichita for thirty years and has set some of her books in the state.
Join us Saturday July 10 at 1:30 pm. Registration is required.
D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr., has a prose poem titled "Spacemen" in the new, June issue of MacQueen's Quinterly. "Spacemen" originally appeared in Flint Hills Review and is collected in Dean's book "At the Lake With Heisenberg." Clare MacQueen graciously asked to reprint the piece in her new issue. You can check it out at the link here: MacQueen’s Quinterly: Poetry & Hybrids: Robert L. Dean, Jr.: Spacemen
MacQueen’s Quinterly: Poetry & Hybrids: Robert L. Dean, Jr.: Spacemen
Check out the rest of the issue while you're there.
Your website “tip” this month is to explore the newly updated “meet our members” pages. Get to know your fellow Kansas Authors Club members by checking out their websites and their books.
· Challenge #1: Select a member, send a note of introduction, and offer to write up a “meet a member” bio that can be shared on our website and social media channels. Check out the Welcome Wagon introductions for inspiration. Submit it here!
· Challenge #2: Read a book by a member and share a review. Submit (the link or the review) and we will share it too!
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