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Writers, unite! You may be seeking critique, a great prompt or just to share space while you focus on your work-inprogress. Join us and let’s write together. We divide our large meeting room into zones: one table for quiet writing, one for conversation, one where a prompt is provided, and one where folks who are looking for feedback or critique can connect. You’ll find inspiration and connection with other local writers while honing your craft. Light refreshments served.

Hosts will be present to facilitate introductions and will alternately include author, editor, and writing coach...

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The Library’s 5th annual Writers Conference kicks off with responses to the prompt, “How has writing helped you through difficult times?” Our conference faculty are joined by local authors reading their original work. We encourage you to drop in and meet our faculty for the weekend, mingle with other local writers and enjoy refreshments and author signings.

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Whatever the stage of your writing life, this conference has programs that will inspire you to pick up your pen. Join us for two days of panels, workshops, and seminars covering subjects as diverse as writing fight scenes, critique partner speed dating and word sprints to get you through NaNoWriMo. The conference provides opportunities to have your professional portrait taken, to talk with experts and published authors, and to network with local writers of all genres.

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Former Kansas City Mayor Sly James collaborated with Sean Wheelock on James’ new autobiography, A Passion for Purpose: Building Cities for Our Children. They have seamlessly incorporated the former mayor’s political philosophy and his life story into a fast-paced and entertaining story told with an informative and authentic style. James and Wheelock will engage in a dynamic conversation that includes audience participation, followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase by Ascend Books, LLC.

This event is part of our Writers Conference. Writers Conference...

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Whatever the stage of your writing life, this conference has programs that will inspire you to pick up your pen. Join us for two days of panels, workshops, and seminars covering subjects as diverse as writing fight scenes, critique partner speed dating and word sprints to get you through NaNoWriMo. The conference provides opportunities to have your professional portrait taken, to talk with experts and published authors, and to network with local writers of all genres.

Writers Conference faculty, topics and registration...

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