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SWC February Meeting

Thank you to everyone for a very successful February Shreveport Writer’s Club meeting.

We saw some new faces with three new visitors.  All of whom we got to introduce ourselves to in the beginning.

Six writers were able to receive the Making the Mark pen.  This is a pen that we give to those who have submitted their work for publication, contests and other outlets that get their work out their publically.  The Shreveport Writer’s Club encourages our members to share their creative work.

During the beginning of the meeting we held our Flash Writing Exercise.  This exercise helps to keep your mind and your writing quick.  You have ten minutes to  write from five topics.  This month we had: “It’s a conspiracy!”, “If I had a time machine..”, “An arrival”, “The difficulty of…” and of course Topic of choice.  Ten present were brave enough to share what they were able to write.  We always get some interesting work from the exercise.

In old business, the Anthology is still on for the group.  Right now our Activities Director, Deondre, is wanting members in good standing to send in what work, bios and pics that they would like to add.  The cut off date for submission is March 31st.  Your writing has to be an original piece  and there is no word limit. Email all submissions to shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com

The Shreveport Writer’s Club holds a Writer’s Medley at least twice a year.  This year’s first Medley will be March 18th at the Broadmoor Branch Library in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Right now there are 5 minute and 20 minute spots open.  These are first come first serve.  If you would like to read and share your writing at this event send your name to shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com.  Let us know if you would like a 5 minute or 20 minute slot.

At this month’s meeting we were delighted to have local author, Pamela Hamilton, speak to us.  She told us about her journey in writing a novel.  Pamela shared with us on how she came up with the idea to write her book, what made her think she could do it and the outline she used.  She also told us about her surprise ending at the pitch that she uses for agents.  Pamela also shared with us some of the reading material she went over in preparing to write her book such as “How to Write a Book in 28 Days” and “Writing for Story”.

We appreciate Pamela Hamilton for the preparation she did in coming to speak to us about character and story development.  Many questions were asked by members and visitors that she graciously answered.  We wish her luck in her writing endeavors.

At the end of each meeting we hold a Round Robin.  This is a 30 minute time where excerpts of work can be shared.  We had one poem and three short stories that were shared.  Thank you to those who were willing to share their creative work.

Our next meeting with be held March 4th at the Broadmoor Branch Library in Shreveport, Louisiana.  It will be from 10am-12pm.  Visitors are always welcomed. We’ll be happy to see you there and remember to “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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