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November Meeting Reminder

A reminder that the Shreveport Writer’s Club will be meeting this Saturday at the Broadmoor Branch Library from 10am-12pm.

Jade Alex will be hosting our Writer’s spotlight.

Come out to support and network.

Visitors are always welcomed.

“Write on!”image

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October Writers Medley

IMG_20171019_190811A thank you to those who shared at the Writers Medley today. All of the works were awesome and showed the great creativity of our members.
Be on the look out for more activities in the future.

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September Shreveport Writer’s Club Meeting

In September, we got together at the Broadmoor Branch Library for the Shreveport Writer’s Club Meeting.

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One of our member’s, John, led a Writer’s Spotlight on the importance of writing structure.  He also gave us advice on how it is important for the writer to take care of themselves.  Sometimes when we are in the midst of writing, we can lose track of ourselves.  Remembering to take care of ourselves during our writing time will help us to be even better writers.

This Saturday, October 7th, we will be holding our meeting at the Broadmoor Branch Library.  Our member, Deondre, will be leading the Writer’s Spot Light.

On October 8th, Sunday, there will be a Literary Event by Fluer De Lit at Broadmoor Library.  The club will have a table there and members are encouraged to come by and share and sell their work.  Also, come out to meet the contributors of the literary magazine.  The event will be from 1pm-3pm.

On October 19th, Thursday, we will be having our Writer’s Medley from 4:30pm-6:30pm.  This will be held at the Main Shreve Memorial Library Branch downtown.  Members, in good standing, will be able to share their works with the public.  There are 5 minute and 20 minute spots.  If you know that you will need a spot in between that time slot, please let us know.  You can let us know that you want to participate and the time you need by e-mailing us at shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com.  If you would like the template for the flyer to promote, please e-mail us.

The Anthology is going through its final stages.  Thank you for the patience, for we would like to make sure that we put our best foot forward with this project.

We appreciate all those who were able to make it to September’s meeting and we hope to see you this Saturday.

Remember, that visitors are always welcomed.

Bring some work to share with us and remember to, “Write on!”

 

 

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August Shreveport Writer’s Club Meeting

20170805_102239.jpgIn August we had a great turnout for the Shreveport Writer’s Club. We also so some new faces.

We had a wonderful Writer’s Spotlight by Jim Freeman. He talked about the importance of journaling and how it could be used for your creative writing. Jim also, shared his idea that a Writer’s best friend is a small journal that they can keep on themselves. This is convenient for writing down ideas and remembering events that have happened.

A new member, John, will be gracing us with his Writer’s Spotlight tomorrow. Make sure to come by and support and learn.

The Anthology is on its way towards completion. We thank Deondre, our Activities Director, for taking on this enormous task.

Next month we will have a Writer’s Medley at the Shreve Memorial Library Main Branch. We will have more details at tomorrow’s meeting.

Tomorrow our meeting will be held at the Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch Library. It will be from 10am-12pm. We hope to see all of you there.

Remember to “Write on!” and bring some of your written work to share at our Round Robin towards the end of the meeting. We want to hear your work.

 

 

 

 

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July Shreveport Writer’s Club Meeting

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I must admit, that July’s Meeting went very well.  We had a good amount in attendance along with visitors.

The meeting was kicked off with a Writers Spotlight by our member JoAnn Horton.  She is a playwright and also writes fiction/mystery.  JoAnn spoke to us about the importance of dialog in a story.  She explained that it is used to advance the plot in your writing.  Dialog is also used to give your story and characters life.  It also helps to paint a picture.  JoAnn also gave advice to make your characters dialog as real as possible by learning about their environment.  This will help them to develop a more believable voice.

We also talked about the club’s Anthology which is being edited and put together.  Right now we are working on the club’s biography.  Our activities director also suggested ways that we can sell and promote the anthology.  He also gave ideas as to how we as a club, could also promote our own works together.

Our activity of the day was led by our President.  He wanted us to get a better feel and idea for plotting.  John explained that there is a beginning, middle and end and that there is no hard or fast rule in creating one.  Everyone has their own way of creating one.

John explained that plot is driven by action.   He started a chain plot by introducing a character and the action that he was doing.  Each member around the table added their own action.  At the end we had a very interesting plot that would have made a great story.  The members enjoyed this activity so much that we ended up doing it a second time by request.

At the end of the meeting we held our Round Robin Reading.  This is where we share short works and/or excerpts of our own work.  We were able to hear a poetry and excerpts from stories and novels.  Hearing members share their creative work helps to motivate of members and lets the writers showcase their work.

This Saturday, the 5th, we will be meeting at the Broadmoor Branch Library from 10am-12pm.  We will have a Writer’s Spotlight by Jim Freeman.  Come and join us.  Visitors are always welcomed and we’re always happy to see returning faces.

And remember to “Write on!”.

 

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May Shreveport Writer’s Club Meeting

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We welcomed May the first Saturday of the month with a club meeting.  The members of The Shreveport Writer’s Club met at Broadmoor Library to network, talk and get inspiration from the other members.

Our President gave a great presentation on how writer’s should own their work.  He reminded us that we are not a product, but an audience.  As writer’s we should write what we want to write instead of trying to please every single person.  John also encouraged us to keep control of our work instead of letting others control it.  He also told us, when working with others, to keep true to our work and not to apologize  for it.  These statements of course led to an open discussion to where all members were encouraged to share their own opinions and experiences.

One of our members got to promote a literary magazine that she and some colleagues have put together.  It is called “Fleur de Lit Literary Magazine”.  They are currently taking submissions with the theme of “Female Friendship”.  This is open to writers in Caddo, Bossier, Desoto, Red River and Webster Parishes.  The deadline is June 30, 2017.  You can learn more at http://www.facebook.com/fleurdelit.

Three members participated in our Round Robin.  Two members shared excerpts from their stories and one member shared a poem by Bill Conley.  The poem was much appreciated, as we will all miss him.

At our next meeting we will have an assigned topic for Round Robin.  That topic will be “Purple”.  Come up with your best written work to share with us.

We want members to remember that Shreveport Writer’s Club t-shirts can be ordered online at teespring.com.  Just type in Shreveport Writer’s Club and it will take you directly to the shirt.

There will be meet-ups coming soon.  Keep a look out on Facebook and our other social media for those dates.

It is almost June and the election for officers is upon us.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone please send us the information at shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com.

June is also the month to pay dues.  Dues are $20.00 and can be paid for on Paypal.  There is a link on our page.  When paying for dues on Paypal please make sure to add your name and e-mail address.  This way we will know who it is coming from and if we need to add you to our e-mail list.

June 3rd is our next meeting at Broadmoor Library in Shreveport, Louisiana.  It will be held from 10am-12pm.  We look forward to seeing you there and visitors are always welcome!

Remember to “Write on!”

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April Meeting

imageIn April, The Shreveport Writer’s Club met at the Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch Library.

We had a member who received a “Making the Mark Award”. They earned the pen by putting their creative work out in the public. Each member can do this by entering contests, getting their work published and many other outlets.

The topics of the Flash Writing exercise were: “A Pirate’s Life”, “It tasted like…”, “Not for you”, “A better life” and of course Topic of choice.

Members always come up with interesting and creative poems, short stories and journals with these topics. One member even combines all of the topics to create one story.

Each club member can go to teespring.com to order a Shreveport Writer’s Club t-shirt. Just type in “Shreveport Writer’s Club” and it will take you directly to the shirt.

During the meeting, each member spoke about where they were on thier writing journey. This opened up a discussion for sharing writing tips and experiences.

A discussion of the importance of character writing ended the meeting.  The members came to a conclusion that the characters that we write about must be memorable in order for our readers to relate and come back to them.

Our next meeting will be this Saturday, May 6th, at the Broadmoor Branch Library in Shreveport, Louisiana. It will be held from 10am-12pm. Visitors are always welcome and remember to “Write on!”

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