August 2nd meeting

The Shreveport Writers Club met on Saturday August 2nd at 10:00.  There were nine members and four guests in attendance.  DeAndre Holmes and Bill Conly were given the Making the Mark Award for their recent submissions.  Congratulations!

After the Flash Writing Exercise, we discussed the status of the club Treasurer, annual membership dues, and club t-shirts.  The deadline for the Third Quarter member mini-contest themed “Here’s Proof that Magic Really Does Exist” has been extended to Sunday August 10th if entries are emailed to shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com.

Our upcoming big event is titled A Writers Medley presented by the Shreveport Writers Club. The event will be held on Saturday August 30th from 2:00-4:00pm (NOTE: THIS DATE HAS CHANGED FROM ORIGINAL DISCUSSIONS OF SEPTEMBER).  It will be a collection of short works by club members to include plays, poems, and short stories.  The following is an excerpt from the Facebook event created by the Bossier Arts Council:  The Bossier Arts Council presents the Shreveport Writers Club to the Saturday Speaker Series lineup! This event will be held at the Bossier Arts Council instead of the Gallery Fine Art Center.  Make sure you come out and support and hear the amazing writers of Shreveport/Bossier!

2015 marks the Shreveport Writers Club 80th year.  We are planning something special to celebrate, so stay tuned!!

Our guest speaker this month was Vickie Hardin, the outreach specialist for the Bossier Parish Library.  Vickie brought many wonderful writing and publishing reference books/tools with her as well as provided some great handouts and brochures.  She did a great job informing members what the Bossier Parish Library has to offer writers and the ways they can help promote local authors.  Thanks Vickie!

Vickie

The Critique Group will be meeting on Saturday August 16th from 10:00-12:00 at the Broadmoor Library in one of the small meeting rooms.

The next meeting will be held on Saturday September 6th and will feature a mini-workshop creating our author biography.  If you already have one or one in the works, please bring it with you to share.

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Critique Group Upcoming Meetings

Critique group will meet at the Shreve Memorial Library Broadmoor branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Dr in Shreveport,  for the next three meetings. The time is still 10 am to noon on the following dates:
 
August 16th
September 20th
October 18th.
 
Hope to see you all there!

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July 5th meeting

July’s meeting was held on Saturday the 5th.  Nine members were in attendance along with two new guests.  We recognized several members who submitted their work with the Making the Mark Award.  The winner for the first and second quarter Member Contest was announced.  Congratulations to Joann Horton!  Her short story titled “The Mystery at the End of Goodwill Street” won first place and the $25 prize.Joann

Members were encouraged to enter our 3rd quarter mini contest.  The theme for the third quarter contest is “Proof that Magic Really Does Exist” and is limited to 1,500 words (prose or poetry) due by the August meeting.

Re-orders were taken for the Club T-shirts and annual club membership dues were collected.  Members were reminded to pay renewal dues by August 2nd to remain on the club roster. Please send an email to the club if you would like to renew by mail.

Members signed up to participate in our upcoming public speaker event on September 27 hosted by the Bossier Arts Council. This event will be open to the general public and will feature the work of Shreveport Writers Club members. More details to follow.

Our guest speaker was Alyssia Kirkhart.  As an author of several published books, Alyssia explained her SMART method, a method used to carve out time from her busy life to write.  Not only was her briefing motivational and encouraging, but wonderfully interactive with the members.  Thank you for such wonderful advice, Alyssia!

Alyssia

The next meeting is scheduled for August 2, 2014.  The guest speaker will be Vickie Hardin, Bossier Parish Library Outreach Specialist, who will discuss the many resources available at the Bossier Library including how they promote local writers.

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New Officers Elected

At our June meeting, we elected new Officers:

President: Barbara Moore

Vice President: John Brizzi

Secretary: Katie Roxberry

Treasurer: Lela Robichaux

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Meeting on Saturday!

Despite the holiday weekend, we do still have a meeting on Saturday, including a speaker: Alyssia Kirkhart, who will be talking about “Carving Out Time to Write”.

We will meet at our regular meeting place, the Bossier Arts Council Annex, from 10 am to 12 pm. Hope to see you all there!

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Summer Members Only Contest

Topic-“Here’s Proof that Magic Really Does Exist”

-Members may submit multiple entries
-Members submit up to 1500 words (6 pages double spaced) on the chosen topic
-Print title on all pages
-attach a cover sheet with the title of your work and name
-submissions may be emailed to shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com or submitted in person
-5 or more members must submit to make the contest
-prize is $25
-sponsor of contest will find an anonymous “reader” to read the submissions and select the work they enjoyed the most
-Last day to submit is the August meeting

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Critique Group Meeting

Critique group will meet on June 21, 10 am to noon. All members are welcome to come and bring samples of their work to be critiqued or to come and be a critiquer.

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