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Writer’s Medley 2019

The Shreveport Writers Club held their semi-annual Writer’s Medley on Friday, June 7th in the venue space at The Agora Borealis in Shreveport.

The writers shared food, fun and their writing with other members and assembled guests.

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The Agora Borealis provided each reader with a complimentary ink and quill set!

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Thanks to the friends and family who came out to support the efforts of local writers. Thanks also goes out to The Agora Borealis for being such awesome hosts!

If you want to know what’s next for Shreveport Writers Club, please come to a meeting. Everyone is welcome!

Mark your calendars:
June Critique Group: June 15 th 10 am to noon, Broadmoor Library Room A
July Regular Meeting: July 6th  10 am to noon, Retro 521 Cafe, Bossier City
July Critique Group: July 20th, 10 am to noon, Broadmoor Library Room A
August Regular Meeting: August 3rd,10 am to noon, Broadmoor Library Room A
Sept Regular Meeting: September 7th, 10 am to noon, Broadmoor Library Room A

 

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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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Writer’s Medley Scheduled for June

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Everyone is invited to join Shreveport Writers Club members and guests at the Writer’s Medley and Author’s Fair coming up on Friday, June 7th, from 6 to 8 pm at The Agora Borealis, 421 Lake St in Shreveport.

Please join us for readings and book signings from local authors. Refreshments will be served.

Click the link to the Facebook Event for more information.

Even more details will be forthcoming at the next monthly meeting of the Shreveport Writers Club, which will be Saturday, May 4th at Shreve Memorial Library–Hamilton/South Caddo Branch on Burt Kouns Industrial Loop in Shreveport. The meeting starts at 11 AM.

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Everyone is welcome to attend.

Click the link to the Facebook Event

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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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November Meeting

The Shreveport Writers Club held their regular monthly meeting at 10 am on Saturday, November 3rd. This month the writers met at Retro 521 Cafe in Bossier City.

Club President, Tiffany Pennywell, welcomed visitors and members. The first order of business was presenting the “Making a Mark” awards. Members who submitted any piece of writing to any publication are given a commemorative writing pen as encouragement. Writers this month “making a mark” were M. L. Dumars and Loretta Casteen.

The group then moved on to the Flash Writing Exercise. The writers were asked to write on any of these topics:

  1.  I didn’t know my daughter knew the queen…
  2. A baker, a ballerina, and the ultimate ninja…
  3. He looked me straight in the eye and said…
  4. The turkey was almost done, but…
  5. Open topic

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After members shared their writing, the group moved on to other business.

 


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   The December Holiday meeting location was discussed, but not decided upon. Those interested are encouraged to check back on this site or on the Facebook group once the meeting place for December is finalized.

The December Holiday meeting will include the yearly potluck meal, games, readings and fun.  Special guest for the December meeting will be novelist, Maple Sudds, who will discuss self-publishing her memoir No Blood in the Turnip.

 


Next, club Vice-President Deondre Holmes announced the winner of the October short story contest.

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For her short story, “Windows” Stephanie Bullard won a $25 gift card and spooky Halloween shot glasses.

Congratulations Stephanie!

The theme and deadline for the next contest will be announced at the December meeting.


The writers then participated in another writing activity. Each person was asked to write for ten minutes about their “perfect writing situation.”  Afterwards, writers shared their work, if they wished to.

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The Shreveport Writers Club Critique Group will be held at Retro 521 on Saturday, November 17th, from 10 am to 12 pm.


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Vice-President, Deondre Holmes also invited anyone interested in evening meet-ups back to Retro 521 every Wednesday evening in November from 5 to 7 pm for critiques, sharing work and encouragement during NaNoWriMo.

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The final activity was the Round Robin reading. Anyone who brought writing to share was encouraged to do so.

 

 


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October Meeting

The Shreveport Writers Club held their regular monthly meeting on October 6th, 2018 at the Shreve Memorial Library Broadmoor Branch.  President, Tiffany Pennywell welcomed visitors and members.

First on the agenda was the presentation of the Making the Mark Awards, given each month to members who have “taken the plunge” and submitted work for publication.

Next, the writers concentrated on the Flash Writing Exercise. Participants were asked to write for ten minutes about these writing prompts:

  1. Lancelot, plaid, outer space
  2. The Tragedy of the Ever-Smiling Clown
  3. An unusual house
  4. “Please shut the…”
  5. Open topic

tiffdeondreAfter sharing their writing on the topics, the group heard from Vice-President Deondre Holmes.  Deondre gave an update on the much-anticipated Shreveport Writers Club Anthology which will soon be available to order or to download from Amazon.com.

Deondre also announced the October Writing Contest.

Shreveport Writers Club members in good standing are encouraged to submit prose, poetry or creative non-fiction on one or more of the following themes:

  • I’ve Never Been So Scared
  • The Spirit of Halloween
  • Ghouls, Goblins and Ghosts! Oh, my!

    There is no fee to enter. There is no word limit on entries. Entries should be the original work of the author.  All publishing rights remain with the author. 

     Entries will be judged blind. Each entry should have a cover page stating the author’s name, contact information, the title of the work and which theme their work references.  The cover page will be removed from each entry before judging. No other identifying information should be included on the rest of the submission.

     You may enter as many times as you like and may submit work on any or each topic, but each submission should be emailed separately.

      Deadline for submissions is October 20th, 2018. Each submission and cover letter should be attached as a word document or an rtf file. If the work is short (under 1,000 words) you may also paste the submission in the body of the email, below your “cover sheet” information.

      Entries should be emailed to shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com

    If you are interested in becoming a member of Shreveport Writers Club, a PayPal option to pay your yearly membership fee is available. Click the PayPal button to the right to get started.

 

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The writers then went on to play the game “Guilty Pleasures” where each person was asked to write down their favorite author or genre on a piece of paper.  Players placed their paper slips together and Tiffany pulled them one by one. Members then tried to guess which person had written which “guilty pleasure” slip. Once the player was identified, each person talked about why that particular genre or writer was his or her favorite.

The Round Robin portion of the meeting followed. With writers sharing some of their most recent work and works-in progress.

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Reminder: Critique Group will be  held at the Shreve Memorial Library-Broadmoor Branch on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

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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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