Thursday, February 7, 2019

“Freelance Your Way to Success” workshop March 2

Freelance author Linda O'Connell will share tips on writing creative nonfiction that sells at her “Freelance Your Way to Success” workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, March 2, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131. Free to St. Louis Writers Guild members; $5 for non-members. 

Are you hesitant to write personal essays? Wonder if anyone really cares about your life experiences? According to Linda O'Connell, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

“We all have had similar life experiences. It's the honest emotions conveyed that makes each of our personal experiences unique and marketable,” she said. 

Learn how to write creative nonfiction, target diverse markets, write with authenticity, and publish your work. She will share tips on how to target anthologies, mainstream, and literary magazines. 

Linda O'Connell is a successful freelancer and multi-genre writer with more than 250 publishing credits. Her personal essays, poetry, and articles have appeared in diverse regional, national, and international publications. 

Linda's nonfiction essays have been published in 28 Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is a frequent contributor to Sasee Magazine. Linda has published creative nonfiction in Saturday Evening Post, The War Cry Magazine (Salvation Army), True Love, The Good Old Days, and Reader's Digest. Her work also appears in numerous literary magazines, in print and on line.

Linda published a book, Queen of the Last Frontier, and created an anthology, Not Your Mother's Book On Family, for a publisher in Northern California. She is a three-time recipient of Metro Lines/Poetry in Motion. Her winning poems were posted on local buses and MetroLink trains for one year each. 

As a columnist for a local sports paper, Linda wrote parenting articles for two years. She has written articles for Writers Journal and also for an educational publication.

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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, or in the flesh falling in love with the world every time she writes with a fountain pen.

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