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Shreveport Writers Club Welcomes Jus’ Marvin in September

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The special guest speaker for Shreveport Writers Club’s September meeting will be Marvin Smith, poetically known as “Jus’ Marvin.”

Jus’Marvin is a poet, spoken word artist and actor from Shreveport, Louisiana.  He has performed in Shreveport, Alexandria, San Antonio, College Station and more. His work has been featured at  Write About Now , Bayou City Poetry Slam, Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival and at Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Critical Mass.

Jus’ Marvin is the founder of Notebook Assassins, an artist association that encourages collaboration and cooperation.

He will share his work, insights and thoughts about the art and power of poetry during the meeting.

To find out more about Jus’ Marvin and his work visit his Adobe Spark page Jus’ Marvin

The meeting will be September 7th, 10 am to Noon at the Shreve Memorial Library Broadmoor, 1212 Captain Shreve Dr, Shreveport.

Everyone is Welcome.

The next Critique Group meeting will meet at the Broadmoor Library, Study Room B, on September 21st, 2019 from 10 am until noon.  You are invited to bring a short piece of writing to share or you may simply attend and give helpful, constructive advice to others.

 

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August Meeting Set With Guest Speaker

SWC - revised The Shreveport Writers Club will meet August 3rd at the Broadmoor Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Dr, at 10 AM.

This month the guest speaker will be emerging novelist and blogger Harrice Daniels-Mitchell (Rhys Daniels), She is a third grade teacher and small business owner.

Daniels-Mitchell is a first time novelist. Her short stories have appeared in Savoir Faire Literary and Art Magazine and Heliopolis Magazine (upcoming).

As publisher of Hedon Elementary the Blog, Harrice has amassed more than 400 readers in the span of four months. You may view her latest installments at www.hedonelementary@wordpress.com.

In addition to the guest speaker, other business will include information on the upcoming “Paired Expressions: Visual and Lyrical Art” collaboration with the Shreveport Art Club. Time is running out for those who wish to participate!

Other general business will be conducted, as well as the Round Robin reading portion of the meeting (where writers are encouraged to share short excerpts of the their work_ and the always challenging Flash Fiction Exercise.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Invite a friend and Write On!

 

 

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May Meeting

Shreveport Writers Club held their monthly meeting on May 4th at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch of Shreve Memorial Libary.

Romance author, Liz Talley, was the special guest.  Talley spoke about her beginnings as a writer, as well as how her writing career has progressed over the years. Talley held a lengthy Q and A session with attendees and signed copies of her books afterward.liztable

               Shreveport Writers Club thanks Liz Talley for her fun, informative visit!

 

If you would like to know more about Liz Talley and her books, visit her website:

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The rest of the meeting concerned regular business, including the upcoming collaboration with Shreveport Art Club. Shreveport Writers Club President, Tiffany Pennywell, gave details on how the collaboration will work. She outlined how club members could participate and promised (and delivered) an email to follow up on the information provided at the meeting.

Pennywell reminded club members that the Writers Medley will take the place of the regular club meeting in June:

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NOTE: Shreveport Writers Club Critique Group will meet Saturday, May 18th, 10 am to noon at the Broadmoor Library Reading Room. Bring a short piece of writing to share or simply come offer supportive suggestions for fellow writers. Everyone is invited.

 

 

 

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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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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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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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March Meeting and Writer’s Medley

March saw a busy month for the Shreveport Writer’s Club.  We started the month off with a meeting at the Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch Library.

We were pleased to welcome two visitors to the group and two members were able to receive the Making the Mark Awards for submitting  their work.  We award these pens to members who submit their work to publications, online sites, journals and various means that gets their work out to the public.  We encourage our members to celebrate their creative work by sharing it with others.

The group had lots of fun with out Flash Writing Exercise.  The topics were, “Wrap it up!”, “The Season of…”, “Thanks for…”, “I don’t know about that…” and of course “Topic of choice”.  All topics were tackled by the club members and we appreciate those who shared what they wrote in that short ten minute challenge.

In new business, Jade Alexander has been named the Club Photographer.  We congratulate her and look forward to the photos she will capture for us.

The Shreveport Writer’s Club wants to give a big thank you to Joanna Ballard.  She gave an awesome speech at the meeting about story-telling, using different mediums and the importance of finding readers who will give you feedback.

During Joanna’s presentation, she had each members come up with a different word.  Each member then wrote a short story using each word and shared afterwards.  Nine members shared their story and we were able to notice how they were all different when brought together.  Each person had their own unique spin and influences on the words presented.  Thank you Joanna for challenging us with this writing exercise.

At the end of the meeting we were able to allow members to share the work they brought.  Members shared poetry, short stories and excerpts from stories.  Thank you for sharing your work.

On March 18th the Shreveport Writer’s Club we held our Writer’s Medley at the Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch Library.  Our President, John Brizzi, did a great job at hosting the event.  We want to thank everyone who participated and all those who came out to support the readers.  A lot of great creative work was shared.  The preparation and hard work behind each piece was shown.

After the Writing Medley, members met at Rollin in the Dough to socialize and wind down.

We look forward to seeing even more writer’s participate at the next Writer’s Medley later this year.

Tomorrow is our next meeting at Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch in Shreveport, Louisiana.  It is from 10am-12pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Visitors are always welcomed.  Come to network and support other writers in the area.  Being around other writers also gives a sense of comradery.  Let’s grow the writing community in the Shreveport/Bossier and surrounding area together.

“Write on!”

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