Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Peter H. Green: Making biography readable, salable and absorbing

You have a story to tell. If it’s an autobiography, just because it happened to you, it’s not necessarily interesting. If it’s a biography, it has been a couple of centuries since you could start with the day your subject was born and proceed from there. If it’s historical, how do you interweave your individual’s life with the major events of the day? In short, to persuade your reader to buy, read, and enjoy your book, you’ve got to answer the question for your prospective reader, “Why should I care?”

Join author Peter H. Green at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 3, at The Lodge Des Peres for a workshop presentation, “Making Biography Readable, Salable and Absorbing.” Free to members of the St. Louis Writers Guild; $5 for nonmembers.

He will explore the options and techniques of narrative, or “creative” nonfiction, establishing the premise or “hook” for the story setting the scene, creating dialogue, plot development, pacing, and weaving your story into its historical background.

Peter--a writer, architect, and city planner reared in a family of journalists--found his father’s 400 World War II letters, his humorous war stories, his mother’s writings, and his family’s often hilarious doings too good a tale to keep to himself, so he launched a second career as a writer.

After years of architectural work and proposal writing for his design firms, he went back to Washington University to study creative writing with such accomplished authors as Catherine Rankovic, Robert Earleywine, and Rick Skwiot, resulting in the release in 2005 of his biographical memoir on the often humorous antics and serious achievements of his dad’s World War II adventure, Ben’s War with the U.S. Marines, (Second edition, Greenskills Press, 2014) and Radio: One Woman’s Family in War and Pieces (Greenskills Press, Nov., 2016). The life and times of the last pet he owned. “The Night We Ruined the Dog,” can be found on his website,
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Workshop: Historical mystery author Fedora Amis shares tips on poisons May 6

Here’s a little quiz that might save your life. What is the most toxic substance known to man? One gram can kill 80,000 people. AND YET, people seek it for beauty’s sake. Poisons are fascinating because they are the ultimate paradox--good and bad at the same time.

To find out more, come see “Poisons You Personally Know,” a St. Louis Writers Guild workshop featuring award-winning historical mystery author Fedora Amis, from 10 a.m. to noon, May 6, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131. Free for Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.

Fedora AMIS won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. Five-Star Cengage published her historical whodunit Mayhaven at Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 2016. This historical mystery celebrates the actual 1898 performances of Buffalo Bill's Grand show in Kansas City, Hannibal and Sedalia. The novel received a SPUR nomination by the Western Writers of America. Fedora is also published in non-fiction and served as editor for an educational magazine.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Guild’s April 1 workshop focuses on how writers become authors

On April 1, author and editor McKenzie Johnston Winberry will lead a workshop entitled, "Step 1: Write, Step 2: ????, Step 3: PROFIT," from 10 a.m. to noon at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131. Free for St. Louis Writers Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.

“This workshop will be about that fuzzy in-between stage of having written something and actually being published,” she said. “I will talk about different ways of finding a publisher, how to submit your stuff, and why you should not be upset about a rejection (especially a form rejection).”

McKenzie will provide resources that collect publisher information, and information about conventions and other networking opportunities.

“These are significantly more important to becoming a successful writer than most people anticipate,” she said, noting that being a good writer isn’t always enough. “For example, JK Rowling was rejected repeatedly until she found someone who had faith in HER..and now she is one of the most successful writers in the world.”

McKenzie works for Apex Publications and is a published author of short fiction. She is currently working on a collaborative collection of short stories and a novel. When she is not writing, you can find her teaching video games and Spanish at Maverick Learning Center. Check out her website at

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

'End of World' short story, with cute boots--FREE 'til 3/24!

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AND I FEEL FINE: Jana’s puzzled when the traffic disappears so she makes it to work on time, and when the perfect boots and jacket appear in her cubicle just before a meeting with the big boss. She worries about her sanity until she realizes it’s Dec. 21, 2012. This is the end of the world? She pulls on her new boots and puts her theory to the test.
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