April Meeting

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The Shreveport Writer’s Club met for their regular monthly meeting on April 6th at Shreve Memorial Library–Broadmoor branch.

After greeting visitor, Jim, Jade and Ron, the club awarded a Making the Mark award to Ken Shively, who shared his work in a genealogy group.  The Making the Mark award is to recognize members who have submitted work to contests or publications in the previous month.

Next the writers participated in the Flash Writing Exercise. They were invited to write for ten minutes on one of these topics:

  • April showers bring…
  • I suddenly became a mind reader
  • A child’s trip to the store
  • a rabbit, an egg and the full moon
  • open topic

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Next, the writers discussed business including the upcoming Writer’s Medley. The date was previously confirmed, but a scheduling conflict with the venue was discovered. The date for the next Writer’s Medley is still being determined. The writers also discussed asking a visual artist to collaborate with the group. The idea being to produce writing pieces that correspond or respond to the art.

Finally, the group participated in the Round Robin portion of the meeting. Here members are given the opportunity to share a piece of their work. Since there were a few extra minutes left in the meeting, the writers added some critique time as well.

NOTE: The next regularly schedule Critique Group meeting has been cancelled due to the Easter holiday.

The next regular meeting of Shreveport Writer’s Club will be May 4th, beginning at 11 am, at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch of Shreve Memorial Library, 2111 W Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA 71118

 

 

 

 

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March Meeting

The Shreveport Writers Club held their March 2019 meeting on Saturday, March 2nd at Shreve Memorial Library–Broadmoor Branch.

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After the “Making the Mark” awards were presented to those writers who submitted work for publication in the last month, the writers took part in the monthly Flash Writing Exercise. Members and guests were asked to write for ten minutes on one of these topics:

  1. I was dancing with the leprechaun…
  2. Flowers remind me of…
  3. My life is filled with chaos and songs
  4. The unicorn, llama and sloth
  5. Open topic

Afterwards, several shared the results of the exercise.

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Next, Vice-President D. L. Holmes spoke on the importance branding and marketing yourself.

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Business items, including a discussion on group activities and how to implement them, were addressed next.

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Finally, several writers shared excerpts of their work in the Round Robin portion of the meeting.

The next meeting of Shreveport Writers Club will be Saturday, April 6th at 11 am at Shreve Memorial Library–Broadmoor Branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Dr, Shreveport, LA 71105.

Remember, guests are always welcome, so if you have ever wondered what the club is all about or have an interest in writing, please join us!

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February Meeting

The Shreveport Writers Club held its February meeting in the Reading Room of the Shreve Memorial Library Hamilton/South Caddo Resource Center in Shreveport.

The writers and guests welcomed special guest, Maple Sudds, author of the autobiography No Blood in the Turnip: Memoirs of a Co-Dependent. 

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Ms. Sudds read excerpts from the book and talked about how it came to be. She stressed the importance of persevering to tell one’s story and shared her process of learning about herself through writing. She said she hoped to offer hope, healing and understanding to others through her book.

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Ms. Sudds answered questions from the audience and discussed how writing the book has impacted her life and  her family.

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Ms. Sudds sold and signed copies of her book for patrons.

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Copies of Maple Sudds’ book, No Blood in the Turnip: Memoirs of a Co-Dependent are available as an e-book download or in paperback at Amazon.com

After a short break, the meeting continued with some business discussion and the monthly Flash Writing Exercise.

The February Critique Group meeting  will be held at Retro 521 Cafe in Bossier on February 16th from 10 AM to noon. Writers may bring a short piece of writing for critique or just come to offer support, helpful advice and encouragement to other writers.

Shreveport Writers Club next regular meeting will be March 2nd from 11 Am to 1 PM at the Shreve Memorial Library-Broadmoor Branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive in Shreveport.  March Critique Group is  also planned for 11 Am to 1 PM at the same location on March 16th.

 

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Special Guest for February Meeting

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Next month the SWC is changing things up just a bit. We have a special guest! Maple Sudds, author of No Blood in the Turnip:Memoirs of a Codependent, will read selections from her book and hold a question and answer session afterward.

This meeting is at a special time: 11:00 am. It is also in a special place: Shreve Memorial Library–Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 2111 W Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport. The meeting will be held in their lovely reading room. We’re really hoping this open area will invite people in to join us, to hear Maple and to find out what Shreveport Writers Club is all about.

Mark your calendars for this special event!

Here’s the Facebook link:   https://www.facebook.com/events/386811405226730/

If you click on “going” or “interested” on the Facebook event, you will receive a reminder about it from Facebook. You can also invite friends through the Facebook link. 

Remember, you can help promote the club and it’s events by sharing information about club activities on social media OR by simply inviting a friend (or two) to join you at a meeting.  

Writer’s of all genres, experience and interest are always welcome. From beginner to veteran, you can find help, support and information at our meetings. Naturally, you don’t have to LIVE in Shreveport/Bossier to come SWC meetings either. If you can make it from wherever you live, you are welcome. 🙂

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January Critique Group

SWC - revisedThe Shreveport Writers Club Critique Group will meet at Retro 521 Café in Bossier, 521 Barksdale Blvd on Saturday, January 19th from 10 am to 12 pm.

Members and guests are encouraged to bring work to read and have critiqued in a safe, supportive environment. The critique group is intended to be helpful and to offer constructive feedback to authors on their writing.

   Even if you don’t have a piece to have critiqued, please come and offer your support and suggestions to other writers.

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December and January Meetings

Happy New Year! Best wishes for a prosperous, productive new year of writing and reaching your goals from everyone at Shreveport Writers Club.

This will be a two-part post as the blog catches up after the holiday madness. J

   DECEMBER MEETING

As is tradition, the December meeting was a holiday potluck. Writers gathered with each other, friends and family for food, conversation and a game of “Liebrary.”

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JANUARY MEETING:

The January meeting of Shreveport Writers Club was held Saturday, January 5 at Shreve Memorial Library, Broadmoor Branch.

First, the Making the Mark Awards were acknowledged. Two members received congratulatory pens for submitting works for publication within the past month.

Next, the group moved on to the Flash Writing Exercise. The writers were asked to write for ten minutes on these topics: It’s MAGIC, New Year New You, I’d rather just forget, Maybe it’s for the best, or the topic of their choice.  Those who wanted to, shared the results of this quick writing exercise.

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Next, came the business portion of the meeting. Branching out, reaching out to more writers and how to improve participation and attendance at monthly meetings was discussed at length. One of the  suggestions was to post more in the Facebook group, offering discussion topics, news and sharing local events. Members also discussed organizing informal meet-ups, group activities and holding additional meetings in the evening.

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The writers also participated in another group writing exercise. Participants were asked which stories they would like to see reimagined or remade. A fun, lively discussion followed.

The Round Robin Reading portion brought the meeting to a close. Several members shared their latest works.


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The Shreveport Writers Club Critique Group will meet at Retro 521 Café in Bossier, 521 Barksdale Blvd on Saturday, January 19th from 10 am to 12 pm. Members and guests are encouraged to bring work to read and have critiqued in a safe, supportive environment. The critique group is intended to be helpful and to offer constructive feedback to authors on their writing. Even if you don’t have a piece to have critiqued, please come and offer your support and suggestions to other writers.

The next meeting of Shreveport Writer’s Club will be held on Saturday, February 3rd in the Reading Room of Shreve Memorial Library’s Hamilton South Caddo Branch. Special guest will be Author Maple Sudds, reading selections from her book No Blood in the Turnip. This promises to be a special occasion and all are welcome to attend and participate in the question and answer portion of the meeting after Mrs. Sudd’s reading. NOTE SPECIAL TIME: This meeting will begin at 11 am.  More details to follow.

 

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Holiday Potluck

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A reminder that we are having our holiday potluck! Come and bring a dish or snack to share. Also, bring some holiday writing to share with us.
Visitors and guests are welcome!

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