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Halloween Bash and Potluck and More!

The Shreveport Writers Club teamed up with members from the Shreveport Art Club for a fun, creative Halloween celebration. Writer’s wrote about “spooky” artwork and visual artists created artwork to accompany “scary” writings. The event was held at The Agora Borealis in downtown Shreveport.

Thanks for the great turnout and all the fun!

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The next regular meeting for Shreveport Writers Club will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Broadmoor Branch Library from 10 am to 12 pm.

Special guest, local author Elizabeth Godfrey, will be sharing her journey in completing her vampire triology series. Elizabeth will talk about her books, “Once Bitten, Twice Cursed”, “Crossing Stars” and, “Incendia”.
Visitors are always welcome.

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For those participating in NANOWRIMO, Shreveport Writers Club has scheduled a meet-up at the Broadmoor Branch Library on Nov 5th. From 10am-12pm. Study Room A is reserved for anyone who would like to meet to write.

Watch this space for more on NANO or visit the Shreveport Writers Club Facebook page.

 

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Shreveport Writers Club Welcomes Jus’ Marvin in September

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The special guest speaker for Shreveport Writers Club’s September meeting will be Marvin Smith, poetically known as “Jus’ Marvin.”

Jus’Marvin is a poet, spoken word artist and actor from Shreveport, Louisiana.  He has performed in Shreveport, Alexandria, San Antonio, College Station and more. His work has been featured at  Write About Now , Bayou City Poetry Slam, Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival and at Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Critical Mass.

Jus’ Marvin is the founder of Notebook Assassins, an artist association that encourages collaboration and cooperation.

He will share his work, insights and thoughts about the art and power of poetry during the meeting.

To find out more about Jus’ Marvin and his work visit his Adobe Spark page Jus’ Marvin

The meeting will be September 7th, 10 am to Noon at the Shreve Memorial Library Broadmoor, 1212 Captain Shreve Dr, Shreveport.

Everyone is Welcome.

The next Critique Group meeting will meet at the Broadmoor Library, Study Room B, on September 21st, 2019 from 10 am until noon.  You are invited to bring a short piece of writing to share or you may simply attend and give helpful, constructive advice to others.

 

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Paired Expressions Exhibit Opening

 

On Sunday, August 4th, 2019 marked the opening of “Paired Expressions: Visual and Lyrical Art,” a collaboration between artists and writers from the Shreveport Writers Club and the Shreveport Art Club. mlart

Shreveport Writers Club members were tasked with sending poetry in to Shreveport Art Club members. The visual artists created artwork inspired by the poems. In turn, the visual artists then asked the writers to respond to their art pieces.

The resulting “paired expressions” are on display through August 23rd at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, 3015 Greenwood Rd in Shreveport Louisiana.

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Many thanks to the Shreveport Art Club for helping to make this exciting exhibit happen! Thanks to all the writers and visual artists for their contributions. There wouldn’t be a show without you!

If you are interested in viewing the exhibit, click on the link for directions and opening times of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

The next meeting of Shreveport Writers Club will be September 7th, 10 am to Noon at the Broadmoor Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Dr, Shreveport.

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July Meeting Recap

The Shreveport Writers Club met at The Agora Borealis on Lake St in Shreveport on July 6th, 2019.

The meeting began by greeting visitors, followed by the “Making a Mark” awards, recognizing any in attendance who submitted work to any publication the previous month.

In regular business, President Tiffany Pennywell discussed the upcoming Paired Expressions: Visual and Lyrical Art collaboration with the Shreveport Art Club. Writers were encouraged to volunteer to write short poems in response to art pieces submitted by art club members.  *If any writer is still interested in participating, he or she should email the club at shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com to find out details.*

Next the members participated in the flash fiction writing exercise. Writers were asked to write ten minutes on one of these topics:

  • Falling down the rabbit hole
  • This is what scares me least
  • A tale of conflicting colors
  • A perfume that could transform
  • Open topic

After writing for ten minutes, participants volunteered to share what they wrote with the group.

Next, the group welcomed guest speaker, Mack Swans. Swans is a recording artist and writer.  He spoke about his beginnings as an artist, with the school band in high school   and making beats on his dad’s phone using the Garage Band app.

At 19 he began writing seriously and recording. Swans mentioned his earliest musical influences, which included Drake, Childish Gambino, Kanye West and others. From these influencers, he learned the importance of meaningful lyrical content.

“Be true to your own voice, instead of trying to sound like what is popular, ” he said, while cautioning the group this route may take longer to get where one wants to be, but it will be worth it.

Swans also held a question and answer session with the group after his talk.

 

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To hear Swans’ music click here:  Mack Swans on Soundcloud

 

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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
September Regular Meeting: September 7th, 10 am to noon,  Broadmoor Library, Meeting Room. This is a minor change from one room to another. Just ask at the front desk if you can’t find us. 🙂

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July Meeting Venue Change

The Shreveport Writer’s Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on July 6th. Please  note: VENUE CHANGE. The meeting will now be held at The Agora Borealis, 421 Lake St in Shreveport. The meeting starts at 10 am and should wrap up around noon.

This month, SWC warmly welcomes writer Mack Swans. He will present, “Speaking in Pen,” with insights on how he began writing, his influences and perspective on the art of writing.

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Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend!

Shreveport Writers Club has an exciting collaboration  with Shreveport Art Club coming soon. Please join our email list or come to a meeting for more information on what we are working on–together.

To join the mailing list, send an email to shreveportwritersclub@gmail.com and ask to join.upcoming-events-clip-art-artpetition-bgbwyh-clipart

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
September Regular Meeting: September 7th, 10 am to noon,  Broadmoor Library, Meeting Room. This is a minor change from one room to another. Just ask at the front desk if you can’t find us. 🙂

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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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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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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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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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