Friday, June 15, 2012

Writers in the Park - a festival presented by St. Louis Writers Guild

Writers in the Park – a festival presented by St. Louis Writers Guild

By Brad R. Cook

Two years ago in celebration of its 90th Anniversary, St. Louis Writers created a mini writers conference, Writers in the Park. The festival is held in the amphitheater and surrounding sites at Kirkwood Park, a local county park. Multiple workshops an hour cover a wide variety of topics, providing a rewarding experience for every writer. This year, they are bringing together many of St. Louis' literary organizations as well as great authors to provide workshops for writers of every level.

The first year, the festival exceeded expectations, the weather was great, the workshops ranged from Y/A to Editing, and over 85 people attended. STL Books sold t-shirts and books, Big Bear Grill provided the food, and an open mic ended the day. Last year, they had Writers in the Rain, as heavy thunderstorms drenched the park. A quick move inside, and the day continued, the workshops ranged from How to Write A Fight Scene to Paranormal writing, and a special presentation by the Missouri Writers Guild as part of their Wounded Warriors Program.

This year, St. Louis Writers Guild is hoping to expand. They have created a Kickstarter Campaign in the hope of including writing workshops for kids. There are multiple tiers to pledge and they come with a variety of rewards to say thank you for supporting Writers in the Park like tweets, the anthology St. Louis Reflections, book selling opportunities, and even membership.

If you do pledge, thank you, but if you can’t they understand. You can still help by spreading the word about Writers in the Park.

Help St Louis Writers Guild encourage tomorrow’s writers and thank you for your support!

If you would like to support Writers in the Park or learn more about our Kickstarter Campaign please visit

The 3rd Annual Writers in the Park
Saturday, August 25th, 2012
10am to 2pm
At Kirkwood Park
111 S. Geyer Rd.

Free and Open to all writers!
No need to pre-register.

This year there will be two tracks of programming. For adults, there will be multiple breakout sessions an hour starting at 10am in Lions Amphitheater. There will also be four hours of kids programming for kids between 4th and 8th grades at Scout’s Pavilion. Those attending will find books for sale by (don’t forget to stop by the Contributors Table), good food, lots of writers, and best of all that creative electricity that comes from attending a conference!

Brad R. Cook is a historical fantasy writer and President of St. Louis Writers Guild. Please visit or follow me on Twitter @bradrcook
To learn more about St. Louis Writers Guild, visit Saint Louis Writers Guild on Facebook or on Twitter @stlwritersguild

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