Thursday, January 17, 2019

Workshop Feb. 2--“Writing with Humanity: Improving Characterization Across Gender & Sexuality”

J. Rachel Clay

Kathleen Kayembe
Writers, don’t miss J. Rachel Clay’s and Kathleen Kayembe’s Feb. 2 discussion of “Writing With Humanity: Improving Characterization Across Gender and Sexuality.” Held from 10 a.m. to noon at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131, the workshop is free to St. Louis Writers Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.

Their presentation will cover the need for authentic representation in fictional LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual/Allied) characters, as well as the benefits for the author and work in pursuing that authenticity. Examples and tropes will be explored, with time for questions.

Julia Rachel Clay is the Director of Communications for Pride St. Louis and the chapter lead for pride@KPMG (a local employer pride group). They hold a Master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and write about LGBTQIA issues. In their personal life they enjoy spending time with their partner and writing poetry and fiction.

Kathleen Kayembe’s work has appeared in Lightspeed and Nightmare, the Hugo-nominated anthology Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, and been reprinted in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 12, and Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 5. She attended Clarion in 2016 as its Octavia E. Butler Scholar. In addition to writing speculative fiction and nonfiction, she also writes queer romance under the pen name Kaseka Nvita. A longtime member of the St. Louis Writers Guild, she has been known to organize write-ins and run Amherst Writers and Artists writing workshops for her fellows. You can find her on Twitter as @mkkayembe, online at KathleenKayembe.com, or in the flesh falling in love with the world every time she writes with a fountain pen.

Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sargent focuses on “Book Descriptions that Sell” at Jan. 5 workshop

Award-winning author Karen Sargent will share her expertise on how to write “Book Descriptions that Sell” from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 5, in the Dogwood Room at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131. Free to St. Louis Writers Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.

“Many authors don't realize how important writing irresistible back cover copy is. Instead, they see it as a dreaded struggle,” she said. “Before a book description can entice readers to buy a book, it must first win over agents and publishers.”

Whether your book is a work in progress or a complete manuscript, Karen will share a few simple steps to help you write book descriptions agents, publishers, and readers won't be able to resist.

Award-winning author of Waiting for Butterflies, Karen Sargent is on a mission to use her experience to help other writers on their journey. Whether presenting at conferences, teaching at writing groups, or mentoring individuals, Karen enjoys meeting writers where they are and helping them take their next step. She is a member of the Womens Fiction Writers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, the Missouri Writers Guild, and the SEMO Writers Guild. To learn more about her writing or to receive help with yours, visit Karen at KarenSargentBooks.com.

To learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild, go to www.stlwritersguild.org.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Guild honors young writers at Dec. 1 holiday gathering

Join a celebration honoring award-winning young writers at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s annual holiday gathering from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 1, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63131.

Find out how these fourth- through eighth-graders created stories that all began with the words: “The lunchbox began to move….” or “The book had no words….” Judging was based on originality, cohesiveness, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

It’s free to attend. All are encouraged to bring a dessert dish for sharing.

Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

NaNoWriMo Workshop Nov. 3: “Surviving the Hike and Planning the Aftermath”

Writing a novel in a month seems like an impossible journey! Learn how you can “Survive the Hike and Plan the Aftermath” from Amanda Wells at a NaNoWriMo workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 3, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO  63131. Free to St. Louis Writers Guild members; $5 for nonmembers

The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. Amanda comes ready with a full rucksack of strategies and maneuvers for getting on, keeping up, and just writing the darn thing already. 

She’ll then discuss post-writing critique and what you might do with that monster tome once complete. Bring any notes, questions, or trail wounds you’d like show for all your trekking into the woods of NaNoWriMo.

Amanda Wells is a writer, scholar, and community builder. She was awarded the first ever stARTup grant from the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis, and is joyously busy building FLOW, a community-based literary arts center, at Centene Center for the Arts. Wells is a member of the traveling poetry collective Liminal Women, who claim the vocation of "aiding and abetting women on the threshold." She has a Masters in English Composition from the University of Missouri - St. Louis and has featured on various stages around the country, including Kranzberg Center for the Arts, The Focal Point, The Stage at KDHX, Prohibition Hall, and even a rundown truck stop in Tennessee. Her work has been printed in The 2River View, Bellerive, UMSL’s Litmag, Flood Stage: An Anthology of Saint Louis Poets (which she also edited), and elsewhere. She plans to put more miles on her Nissan in pursuit of liberation and magic, however those may find her.

Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Writer Beware: Workshop Oct. 6 on “How NOT to Get Published”

Richard C White
SPECIAL EVENT!

Richard C. White of the publishing watchdog group, Writer Beware, will hold a workshop on “How NOT to Get Published” from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 6, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131. This special event is free for St. Louis Writers Guild members, $15 for nonmembers.

“Our goal is to share the latest information on literary schemes, scams, and pitfalls, and the most current information on what writers can do to protect themselves,” Rich said. Writer Beware hosts a popular blog, website, and facebook page.

Writer Beware’s mission is to track, expose and raise awareness of the prevalence of fraud and other questionable activities in and around the publishing industry. Founded in 1998, Writer Beware is concerned not just with issues that affect professional authors, but also with the problems and pitfalls that face aspiring writers. Writer Beware is sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, with additional support from the Mystery Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors

Rich is the author of tie-in fiction for a number of media franchises, including Star Trek and Doctor Who, as well as an original works such as Gauntlet Dark Legacy: Paths of Evil and Harbinger of Darkness. Among other interesting jobs, he has worked as a journalist, a substitute teacher, an independent comics publisher, an analyst for the military, and, currently, as a technical writer. Find him at richardcwhite.com or on Twitter @nightwolfwriter.

Jimmy Z Johnston
Rich will have books to sell at the workshop, as well as at a joint signing from 4-6 p.m. at 6 North CafĂ©, 14438 Clayton Rd. in Ballwin. Joining him to offer tips on “Playing in Someone Else’s Sandbox” will be Jimmy Z Johnston, comic book writer of The Tick, Micronauts, and Warlock 5, and owner of Little Shop of Comics in Cuba, MO. Friend him @JimmyZJohnston and @comicsincuba on Twitter and JimmyZJohnston on Facebook.

Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Guild workshop Sept. 8 delves into differences between fiction genres


Jo Hiestand
Camille Faye
Mia Silverton
If you’re puzzled by the differences between fiction genres, don’t miss the St. Louis Writers Guild’s workshop featuring authors Jo Hiestand (mystery), Camille Faye (speculative) and Mia Silverton (romance) from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 8, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO  63131. Free to Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.
The panelists will delve into the genres and subgenres, including word counts and reader expectations.
JO HIESTAND is the founding president of the Greater St Louis chapter of Sisters in Crime. She graduated with a BA degree in English and departmental honors from Webster University. She writes three mystery series -- two British and one local. She’s been a secretary and a graphic designer. Her hobbies include photography, music and researching the Scottish branch of her family.
CAMILLE FAYE lives in Missouri, loves on her family, and writes while her kiddos are in school. Her writing is inspired by her experiences growing up in a haunted house and her travels to 28 countries and counting! “Like” her Camille Faye Author page on Facebook where you can give your feedback for upcoming books. And visit www.camillefaye.com to sign up for her newsletter, download book discussion questions, and get the latest on Camille’s writing.
MIA SILVERTON is a St. Louis-born, contemporary women's fiction and romance author. As a writer, she feels called to help change lives in a different way -- by crafting dynamic stories. She promises to bring worlds full of strong characters, witty fun dialogue filled with heroes and heat. She strongly believes that we can all find happiness, sanctuary and even healing in a beautifully written book. Many times in the past, a well crafted phrase, word or story created a shift in her when the time was needed and she feels called to pay that forward. Mia loves to interact with her readers and you can connect with her on FBInstagramTwitter or visit at www.miasilverton.com. Make sure to stay up to date with the latest and greatest news by joining Mia's Silver Pen Tribe on her website.
Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org.