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Shreveport Writers Club September Meeting

The Shreveport Writers Club met for their September meeting on Saturday, September 8 at Shreve Memorial Library’s Broadmoor Branch.
After greeting visitors, the monthly “Making a Mark” awards were handed out to members who submitted or had work accepted for publication. Receiving a “Making a Mark” award this month were Rob Hudgens, Tiffany Pennywell and John Brizzi. Rob received the award for having his first piece of fiction accepted for publication. Tiffany earned her pen by self-publishing her second book of poetry and John for starting a new blog. Congratulations to everyone.

The group then moved on to the Flash Writing Exercise. Members and guests were invited to write for ten minutes on several provided prompts or to write on any topic they chose. Several of the group shared their writing afterward.

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Ken Shively shares on the topic he chose “I Shouldn’t Have Opened My Mouth” after the Flash Writing Exercise.

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After a brief business discussion, President Tiffany Pennywell introduced the Guest Speaker, Caddo Parish Poet Laureate Ashley Havird.

Havird is an award-winning novelist and poet. She spoke to the group about her writing process and the discovery of “self” within her poetry and longer fiction writing endeavors.

Havird shared several new poems with the group. She then opened up the floor for an informative and lively question/answer and discussion session.

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Members discuss writing and the writing process with havird.

In the Round Robin portion of the meeting, several group members shared examples of their recent works or works-in-progress.

For the latest news and information about the club, please like and follow this page. Find us on Facebook at Shreveport Writers Club public group, on Instagram at shreveportwritersclub and on Twitter@shrevewriters

The next Shreveport Writers Club Critique group will be at Shreve Memorial Library Broadmoor Branch on Saturday, September 22  from 10am to 12 pm.

 

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Shreveport Writers Club August Meeting

The Shreveport Writers Club August 2018 meeting was held at the Shreve Memorial Library Broadmoor Branch on August 4th.

President Tiffany Pennywell led the meeting, which began with the greeting and welcoming of visitors.

Next,  writers who had submitted their work within the last month were recognized with  “Making the Mark Awards.” Rob Hudgens and Loretta Casteen claimed their prize pens.

The writers then participated in the Flash Writing Exercise. Each person was tasked with ten minutes of writing on one of these topics:

  •  Memorable moment at a funeral
  • Lost patience
  • I thought I would hate it, but…
  • Desperate measures
  • Open topic

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Next, came the business discussion. Dues were explained ($20/year) and the club heard suggestions on speakers for future meetings and participating in events. Loretta Casteen was nominated by Tiffany Pennywell for the vacant secretary position. The motion of nomination was seconded by Jim Freeman. The motion carried by voice vote.

In the discussion portion of the meeting, members discussed the importance of social media for marketing. Social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and more were emphasized for their usefulness in connecting writers with their audience.

Rounding out the meeting was the “Round Robin.” Several members shared finished work and works-in-progress.

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Note: The next Critique Group will be held  at the Shreve Memorial Library–Broadmoor Branch on Saturday, August 18 from 10 am to 12 pm. Members are encouraged to bring work to share, or to simply participate in discussing others’ work constructively.

 

 

 

 

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Shreveport Writers Club July Meeting

 

In July we held our Shreveport Writers Club Meeting at Rick’s Records. There, Rick gave us a pep talk about how to follow our dreams as writers. He also told us not to listen to other critics or even our own negative thoughts when it came to our writing. Rick also shared his experiences with publishing traditionally and self-publishing. We want to thank Rick for sharing his space and, wisdom and experience with the group.

We also want to give a shout out to a couple of members who gave readings at the Agora Borealis this month. They did a great job and I hope they continue sharing their work.

On August 4th, Saturday, we will be meeting at the Broadmoor Library. From 10am-12pm, come out to work on flash writing, have a discussion with us and share some of the work you’ve been focusing on.

We will also be giving an update on the secretarial position.

Visitors are always welcomed and remember to “Write on!”.

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July Critique Group

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This Saturday, there will be a Critique Group at Broadmoor Library. From 10-12pm, bring your written work to have members listen to or hear parts that you are working on. Also come by to be an ear and support for others.
Always remember to “Write on”!

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Author Opportunity

Post from Alyssia Kirkhart with permission to share with the Shreveport Writers Club

All right, you guys! 😃 Today, I met with Bossier Parish Librarians Kristen Edson and Dedra York about an author event that will be held at the central library (right by City Hall) and open to the public.
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The date and time frame we picked is SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th from 10-4.
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We will open with an author panel compiled of traditionally and independently published authors who will answer questions from an audience of writers and readers. Then, we’ll break for lunch, which will be provided. Afterwards, audience members will be able to share their work, either by reading it aloud or sitting down with an author who writes in their genre or with whomever they feel comfortable. This by no means obligates anyone to extend services past the close of the event. 👩‍💻
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Our goal is to encourage local writers of all ages (and readers…we can’t leave them out! 😉) to keep going. To not give up. To pursue their passion, no matter what. We’ve all been there at one point or another. And when that encouragement we needed came along, we were grateful. Right? ✌️
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ALSO: There will be a separate “Expo” room, where everyone is encouraged to set up banners, posters, author swag and published works that will be open for sale to the public. 📚
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There is NO LIMIT to the amount of local published authors we can have. So, if you want to do the event, you’re in. Period. Promotions will go out via social media, radio, television and newsprint. 💖
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Feel free to post and ask questions here or, if you’d rather, email me at auroradreampress@gmail.com. If you want to be a part of the event, simply say so with a comment, and I will put you down as an attending artist/panelist. Cheers! 🍸

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July Agenda

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A reminder that we are meeting Saturday, 7/7/18, at Rick’s Records to hold the Shreveport Writer’s Club. It will be held from 10am-12pm. The address is 3512 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105.

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Happy 4th/Saturday Meeting

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We hope that everyone has a happy and safe holiday today!
Also, a reminder that we will be holding our Saturday meeting at Rick’s Records from 10am-12pm. (3512 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105).
Come out and hear Rick speak on his fantsy fiction novel and publishing experience.

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