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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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Shreveport Writer’s Club January Meeting

On January 7th, The Shreveport Writer’s Club met at the Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch Library.  We started our meeting with awarding three  members who submitted their work.  Each month we give a “Making the Mark” pen to each member who has submitted their work towards a publication, contest, journal and any public forum.  This encourages members to share their writing and expand where their creative work reaches.

Our Flash Writing Exercise encourages members to think creatively in a limited set time.  We take ten minutes to create a written piece based on the topics that are given.  This month the topics were, “What a show!”, “That one time when I…”, “The creepy guy”, “I didn’t see that coming…” and of course “Topic of choice”.  At the end of the exercise each member is given a chance to read what they have come up with.  Seven members were brave enough to share their work and we applaud each of them.

The Shreveport Writer’s Club Anthology is still in its editing phase.  This month is the last month that members in good standing can send bios and pictures that they would like to have with the work they submitted.  Please send this information to shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com.  Also, send any anthology related questions to that e-mail.

The President of the club has issued a challenge: “Over this year, what are you going to do to improve your craft and writing skill?”  Let’s take up this challenge and learn how to grow as writers.

Our next meeting will be held on February 4th at the Shreve Memorial Broadmoor Branch Library in Shreveport, Louisiana.  It will be held from 10am-12pm.  We will have writer, Pamela Hamilton, as our guest speaker.  She has just finished writing a book and will discuss with us how she came up with the idea to write the book, what made her think she could do it, the outline used, her surprise ending and practicing pitch for book to agents.

The Critique Meeting will be held February 18th at the Broadmoor Library from 10am-12pm.  Critique groups are held for members to share their work.  Here you can have other members listen to excerpts of your writing and critique any way you wish.

On March 18th we will hold the Writer’s Medley at the Broadmoor Branch Library.  This will be from 10am-12pm.  We will be asking for volunteers at the February meeting.

At the end of each meeting we have a Round Robin Reading.  This allows members to share an except of their work to be heard.  This month we heard an except from a story, two poems, and a story written in a Japanese folk story style.  Thank you to all the members who shared.

Remember that members of the group can share helpful writing events and links to the Facebook group.  This helps keep your fellow writer’s in the loop of any beneficial information that will help their craft.

If you have any questions or comments please send them to shreveporwritersclub@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in February and remember to “Write on!”

 

 

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November Meeting and Updates

The Shreveport Writer’s Club met at the Broadmoor Branch Library in Shreveport, Louisiana. We had quite a few people attend the November meeting and even had a new visitor.

We took time to remember our club member, Carlos Colon, who passed away. He will forever be remembered and missed by us, but his haikus will go on forever.

Our topics for our flash writing exercise were: “A great/terrible trip”, “Pride”, “I really admire…”, “Holiday Shenanigans” and Topic of Choice. These random topics make writing for ten minutes a challenge. We get a lot of great and entertaining written works from them.

The Round Robin ends our meetings where members can read excerpts of their work. We had six members share their work and we were all grateful to hear their hard work.

Our Writer’s Medley has been moved to February. This is a public event where members of good standing can read their work and out loud. There will be limited slots, so keep a look out for when we open them in January.

There has been an increased interest in the Critique Groups. We have added an extra one for a Friday each month. Thank you to our Vice-President Lela for spear-heading that for us.

This years Holiday party will be at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church. The address is 1915 Grover Place, Shreveport, Louisiana 71105. It will be on December 3rd, 11am-1pm.  Everyone bring finger foods and an original Holiday or winter themed work to share. (Remember that this replaces our December Club meeting).

For those interested in joining The Shreveport Writer’s Club, you can now join from our blog. There’s a link to join by PayPal. Please remember to leave your name and contact info so that we can add you to our e-mail list.

A reminder to all members: If you would like anything posted that is Club related to the other social sites please send that info to shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com. This includes events, pictures or anything Club related you would like to share.

We hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and remember to “Write on”!

 

 

 

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November Critique Groups

A reminder that the Shreveport Writer’s Club will have a Critique Group tomorrow at the Broadmoor Presbyterian Church in Shreveport, Louisiana from 6pm-8pm.
There is also another Critique Group on Saturday at the Broadmoor Branch Library in Shreveport, Louisiana from 10am-12pm.
At both critiques you can bring your own work and have it heard by others there. They are there to give advice on whatever you want to be critiqued on. Even if you do not have work, you are welcome to come and do critiquing yourself. It’s always wonderful to be able to help fellow writers.
As always, “Write on!”
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Shreveport Writer’s Club September Meeting

September’s Shreveport Writer’s Club meeting discussed some important events that will be coming up this year.

Yesterday we held the meeting at Broadmoor Branch Library.  Three visitors attended with two of the visitors becoming members.  We’d like to welcome Meaghan Long and Stephanie Newbern.  Your creative work and energy will be a great addition to our club.

A total of six attendees recently shared their work publically.   Each were able to receive a “Making the Mark” pen.  We reward these to those who have taken the next step to promote their work.  The club encourages members to showcase the creative work they work hard on.

Our flash writing exercise always produces some interesting and creative pieces.  This meeting our topics were: “Thanks for the…”, “Hey, remember that guy?”, “I could really use a…”, “Where is that?” and Topic of choice.  We appreciate those who shared their work with is.  It’s not easy to think of and write out a piece in ten minutes.  This exercise keeps up mentally and creatively on our toes.

More Critique Groups will be added.  Right now our regular group meeting will be at the Broadmoor Branch Library from 10am-Noon on 9/17 on Saturday.  Our next Critique Group will be at Bon Temps in Shreveport, Louisiana.  It will be 6pm-8pm on 9/20 on a Tuesday.  This meeting is where members can bring their work and have it analyzed by grammer, wording, flow or whatever they feel they need work on. Critique Group is for members who are in good standing.  This means that they have paid their membership dues.

If you have not paid the membership dues of $20 (for one year membership)  but would like to, you can at our next regular club meeting.  Visitors are always welcomed but we would love for you to become a fellow member.  Presently we are looking at future perks that only members will be able to take advantage of.

In October we will be holding a Writer’s Medley.  We are looking at having it at The Sleepy Hollow: Books and Gifts Shop.  This will be open to members who would like to read their works to the public.  There will be a limited number of slot available.  If you are interested in a slot e-mail us at shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com with your information.

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Members, Tiffany Pennywell and Deondre Holmes led a discussion about their experience in promoting their self-published books “Seemingly Strange and Unusual Tales” and “Window to My Soul” at local events.  They gave an enthusiastic speech about the benefits of being vendors at conventions.  At the conventions they were able to network with other artists and vendors.  They stated that proper and creative branding of your work allows you to be able to sell it to the public. The writing duo also explained that promotion events also leads to other opportunites.  They encouraged the members listening to not be afraid to put their work out there.

At the end of the meeting we have the Round Robin Reading.  This is where members can share work that they’ve written.  We were appreciative to hear a continuing story written by our President, John.  May more members bring pieces to the next meeting to be shared.

We, at the Shreveport Writer’s Club, would like to remind you to “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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