Shreveport Writer’s Club August Meetings

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The Shreveport Writer’s Club has been busy this August.  On the 6th, we held our club meeting at the Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch Library.  We had a good number of new visitors and four new members to join us.

One member was able to receive the “Making the Mark” pen.  This pen is given to each member who has submitted their work within the last month to the public.  It can be for contest, publication and other media.  This is to encourage members to get their work out there.

Our Flash Writing Exercise topics were submitted by member, Su Stella.  They included: “I woke up under a mushroom”, “Looking out from the cage, he…”,
“At my first dance”, “Stupid, stupid, stupid” and “Topic of Choice”.  We had great writing from members in all of the four topics.

Remember that membership renewal is happening right now.  Our treasurer, Ken Shively, is available at all of the meetings to take your $20.00 dues.  This money covers you for the whole year.

Members discussed adding extra days for Critique Group.  We have continued discussion on this and will address it more at the next meeting.  The interest for add groups is very much appreciated.  Our next Critique Group is on Saturday, August 20th. from 10am to Noon at the Broadmoor Library.

The Writer’s Medley is around the corner.  It will be held in October.  The date and location is to be announced.

During the meeting we discussed having more speakers attend, who are able to give us advice and guidance in the writing world.  If you know of anyone who would be able to speak send us the information to shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com.  Please also be sure to send us any suggestions for the club to that e-mail.

The meeting ended with thirty minutes of reading from members’ work.  We had the awesome experience to hear some greatly written pieces.

Today, we held a Meet-up at The Sleepy Hollow: Books and Gifts in Shreveport.  Owner, Kate Hesson, opened up her space to the Shreveport Writer’s Club to casually let us meet.  They are open to the public.  At these gatherings we talk about new ideas and activities for the club members.  Today we got some great ideas and were even able to share our experiences in writing.  Towards the end we were even able to help one of the members with some critiquing.

Thank you Kate for letting us use your space.

Our next writing club meeting will be on Saturday, September 10, at the Broadmoor Library from 10-Noon.  Visitors are always welcomed.

And remember to ”Write on!”

 

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Shreveport Writer’s Club August Meeting

imageThe Shreveport Writer’s Club will be meeting this Saturday at the Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch Library. It’s from 10am-12pm.
Come share your work and network with other writers. We all range from beginner to published and all range in different genres.
This is a place where you can feel motivated, inspired and share a common love of writing with others.
Visitors are always welcomed!

“Write on!”

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July Critique Group Change

Due to unforeseen changes we do not have a host for Saturday’s Critique Group. We have moved it though to Tuesday from 10am-11:30am. We will meet at Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch Library in the small room.
We are sorry for the inconvenience but we did not want to cancel it for the month.
Members come out that day to share your work and get advice. Even if you do not have something to read, come out and listen. Sharing your advice and ideas greatly helps other writers.
And remember to “Write on!”

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Shreveport Writer’s Club June Meeting

The weather is getting hotter and summer is finally here.  The brave souls of The Shreveport Writer’s Club withstood the heat and met at our new home, Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch Library in Shreveport, Louisiana.  We spent the first few minutes introducing ourselves to everyone.  This is a great way to remember all who’s there and what projects they are working on. Sixteen people attended and two of them became new members.  We welcome them whole-heartedly and are looking forward to what they bring to the club.

Six members received the “Making the Mark” pen.  This is an awesome number of people.  We congratulate them on getting their work out to the public.

During the beginning of the meeting we held our flash writing exercise.  The topics were: “I wish I could remember…”, “Is that a dog?”, “Did you hear that?”, “It’s time to…” and of course “Topic of your choice”.  As always, those who volunteered to read their work gave us great writings to listen to.  This exercise helps members to write without stopping.  It encourages you to get your thoughts on paper without leaving much room for doubt, fear or uncertainty to get in the way.

Members, remember that dues are due right now.  At the next meeting make sure to have them ready for Ken Shively, who is our treasurer.

We had a successful meet-up at Sleepy Hollow and are excited to know that the owner, Kate Hesson, has opened a new area in her store.  The Highland Roux is a place where artists can portray their works to the public.  She has generously extended the use of it to us.  We hope to have many meet-ups there.

Right now we are taking ideas and suggestions as to what the members need from the club.  We received a lot of ideas during the meeting but will like to continue to get more.  If you have any suggestions please contact us at shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com.

At the end of our meeting we have a Round Robin Reading where members can share excerpts of their work.  We had some members share poetry, short excepts from stories and memoirs.   We thank all those who shared their work.

Remember that visitors are always welcomed to our meetings.  We meet the first Saturday of every month at the Broadmoor Branch Library in Shreveport, Louisiana.  It lasts from 10am-12pm.  In July we will be meeting the second Saturday of the month, the 9th, since the library will be closed for 4th of July weekend.

Thank you for reading our blog and we hope to see you there!

“Write on!”

 

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May Meeting and June Update

Happy Memorial Day from the Shreveport Writer’s Club!

May brought us an awesome meeting for the Shreveport Writer’s Club. We had new faces and enjoyed each other’s company.

We awarded some making the mark pens to members. They qualified by making their works public and sharing them. We always encourage our members to promote their work. It’s a great way to get their work and name out there.

The group participated in a flash writing assignment. The topics were: Happiness, Large is…, Let me tell you about this uncomfortable situation, I almost got away with… and topic of choice. As always we had some creative works that came up and were shared.

Towards the end of the meeting we held an open discussion. We talked about different ways to organize your book during the writing process. Local author events were also discussed along with sites where writers can find critiques. These open discussions help us to give each other advice and learn new techniques.

Next month we will have updates about pricing and promotion concerning the club Anthology.

The next club meeting, on June 4th, will be held at the Broadmoor Library in Shreveport, Louisiana. It starts at 10am and ends at 12pm. We will no longer meet at the Bossier Arts Council.

Dues are also due next month for members. Make sure to get with Ken.

I hope that we can see new visitors and old friends at the next meeting.

 

 

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Shreveport Writer’s Club Busy April

On April 2nd, we held the meeting for the Shreveport Writer’s Club at the Bossier Arts Council.  We were happy to see many faces that we have been seeing of late.  It’s great to see visitors and members coming to these meetings regularly.

Many members were given the “Mark Your Mark” writing pen, which signifies that they are getting their written work out to the public.  We encourage our members to publicly promote their work.  This takes courage and we congratulate and admire all of you who do this.

We had our Flash Writing exercise, which consist of writing on selected topics or a topic of your choice for ten minutes.  This gives the writer a set timeframe to get a piece of writing done or started.  It also stimulates the brain, giving you a chance to dust off your writing cobwebs.  At the end of the exercise those who want to can share what they’ve written.  We get a lot of creative and interesting works that we get to listen to.

Our speaker for the month was Kathryn Morgan.

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She is a Master Tax advisor, writer, spirted and knowledgeable speaker and instructor.  Kathryn was an amazing guest speaker, who gave us a great deal of information about how writers should brand themselves.  She also spoke to us about the importance of knowing your work and making sure you get it out to the public.  Kathryn readily asked the multitude of questions that were given to her by our members. At the end of the day she even decided to become a member of the Shreveport Writer’s Club herself.  We want to thank Kathryn for the awesome lessons she taught us that day.

The follow Saturday we had a great Writer’s Medley at the Broadmoor Branch Library in Shreveport, Louisiana.  There many of our members volunteered to publically read short stories, poetry and other written works.  We are so proud of those who had the courage to get up and present their works.  They were readily accepted by the audience.

April has been a creative busy month.  We thank all those who have been a part or it.  Next month we will hold our Writer’s Club meeting on May 7th.  It will be at the Bossier Arts Council in Bossier City, Louisiana.  We start at 10am and end at 12pm.  Visitors are always welcomed!

We look forward to seeing you there and “Write on!”

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