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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.