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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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May Shreveport Writer’s Club Meeting

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We welcomed May the first Saturday of the month with a club meeting.  The members of The Shreveport Writer’s Club met at Broadmoor Library to network, talk and get inspiration from the other members.

Our President gave a great presentation on how writer’s should own their work.  He reminded us that we are not a product, but an audience.  As writer’s we should write what we want to write instead of trying to please every single person.  John also encouraged us to keep control of our work instead of letting others control it.  He also told us, when working with others, to keep true to our work and not to apologize  for it.  These statements of course led to an open discussion to where all members were encouraged to share their own opinions and experiences.

One of our members got to promote a literary magazine that she and some colleagues have put together.  It is called “Fleur de Lit Literary Magazine”.  They are currently taking submissions with the theme of “Female Friendship”.  This is open to writers in Caddo, Bossier, Desoto, Red River and Webster Parishes.  The deadline is June 30, 2017.  You can learn more at http://www.facebook.com/fleurdelit.

Three members participated in our Round Robin.  Two members shared excerpts from their stories and one member shared a poem by Bill Conley.  The poem was much appreciated, as we will all miss him.

At our next meeting we will have an assigned topic for Round Robin.  That topic will be “Purple”.  Come up with your best written work to share with us.

We want members to remember that Shreveport Writer’s Club t-shirts can be ordered online at teespring.com.  Just type in Shreveport Writer’s Club and it will take you directly to the shirt.

There will be meet-ups coming soon.  Keep a look out on Facebook and our other social media for those dates.

It is almost June and the election for officers is upon us.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone please send us the information at shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com.

June is also the month to pay dues.  Dues are $20.00 and can be paid for on Paypal.  There is a link on our page.  When paying for dues on Paypal please make sure to add your name and e-mail address.  This way we will know who it is coming from and if we need to add you to our e-mail list.

June 3rd is our next meeting at Broadmoor Library in Shreveport, Louisiana.  It will be held from 10am-12pm.  We look forward to seeing you there and visitors are always welcome!

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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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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Shreveport Writer’s Club Holiday Party

Shreveport The Shreveport Writer’s Club held its Holiday gathering on the 3rd. Members came together to share food, company and their writer Holiday works.  Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their work.

We have a lot in store for next year. Keep a look out for updates!

The Shreveport Writer’s Club wishes everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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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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