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Special Guest for February Meeting

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Next month the SWC is changing things up just a bit. We have a special guest! Maple Sudds, author of No Blood in the Turnip:Memoirs of a Codependent, will read selections from her book and hold a question and answer session afterward.

This meeting is at a special time: 11:00 am. It is also in a special place: Shreve Memorial Library–Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 2111 W Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport. The meeting will be held in their lovely reading room. We’re really hoping this open area will invite people in to join us, to hear Maple and to find out what Shreveport Writers Club is all about.

Mark your calendars for this special event!

Here’s the Facebook link:   https://www.facebook.com/events/386811405226730/

If you click on “going” or “interested” on the Facebook event, you will receive a reminder about it from Facebook. You can also invite friends through the Facebook link. 

Remember, you can help promote the club and it’s events by sharing information about club activities on social media OR by simply inviting a friend (or two) to join you at a meeting.  

Writer’s of all genres, experience and interest are always welcome. From beginner to veteran, you can find help, support and information at our meetings. Naturally, you don’t have to LIVE in Shreveport/Bossier to come SWC meetings either. If you can make it from wherever you live, you are welcome. 🙂

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Holiday Potluck

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A reminder that we are having our holiday potluck! Come and bring a dish or snack to share. Also, bring some holiday writing to share with us.
Visitors and guests are welcome!

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Shreveport Writers Club Nanowrimo Write-in

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A reminder that this Wednesday is the second Shreveport Writers Club Nanowrimo Write-in. Join our Vice-President at Retro 521 Coffee, Cafe & Venue for some writing encourgement and delicious coffee.
Open for all club members and visitors are welcomed!

 

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Nanowrimo at Retro 521

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The vice-president of the Shreveport Writers Club is hosting a Nanowrimo write-in at Retro 521 Coffee, Cafe & Venue starting today. This will occur every Wednesday from 5-7pm. Come out to be inspired and encourage each other.

 

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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 September Meeting

The Shreveport Writers Club met for their September meeting on Saturday, September 8 at Shreve Memorial Library’s Broadmoor Branch.
After greeting visitors, the monthly “Making a Mark” awards were handed out to members who submitted or had work accepted for publication. Receiving a “Making a Mark” award this month were Rob Hudgens, Tiffany Pennywell and John Brizzi. Rob received the award for having his first piece of fiction accepted for publication. Tiffany earned her pen by self-publishing her second book of poetry and John for starting a new blog. Congratulations to everyone.

The group then moved on to the Flash Writing Exercise. Members and guests were invited to write for ten minutes on several provided prompts or to write on any topic they chose. Several of the group shared their writing afterward.

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Ken Shively shares on the topic he chose “I Shouldn’t Have Opened My Mouth” after the Flash Writing Exercise.

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After a brief business discussion, President Tiffany Pennywell introduced the Guest Speaker, Caddo Parish Poet Laureate Ashley Havird.

Havird is an award-winning novelist and poet. She spoke to the group about her writing process and the discovery of “self” within her poetry and longer fiction writing endeavors.

Havird shared several new poems with the group. She then opened up the floor for an informative and lively question/answer and discussion session.

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Members discuss writing and the writing process with havird.

In the Round Robin portion of the meeting, several group members shared examples of their recent works or works-in-progress.

For the latest news and information about the club, please like and follow this page. Find us on Facebook at Shreveport Writers Club public group, on Instagram at shreveportwritersclub and on Twitter@shrevewriters

The next Shreveport Writers Club Critique group will be at Shreve Memorial Library Broadmoor Branch on Saturday, September 22  from 10am to 12 pm.

 

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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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