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The 3 a.m. Epiphany
Apr 15, 2017

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 A.M.

smiling blond woman in green sweater
Apr 12, 2017

Amy Engel was born in Kansas. Over the next couple of decades, she boomeranged around the world – to Iran and back to Kansas City, to Taiwan and back to Kansas City, from the University of Kansas to Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and finally back to Kansas City. Phew!  With a law degree in hand, she worked for ten years as a criminal defense attorney.

Local Writers
Apr 8, 2017

In honor of National Poetry month, this weeks prompt will use poetry as a jumping off point for a new story.

An array of zines
Apr 5, 2017

In this world of ever-increasing digitization, self-expression has largely gone online. Books and other artistic works are shared in electronic formats. Socializing happens through networked media. Magazines, newspapers, and other serial paper publications are struggling to maintain readership.

The 3 a.m. Epiphany
Apr 1, 2017

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 a.m. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction. The assignment for April 20th is Fantasy - 154.

Close up view inside a Dutch theological book
Mar 28, 2017

Did you know that the United States does not have a writers museum? We celebrate authors and have museums for visual arts (among many other things), but we don't really have a museum for writers and their books.

An article from Smithsonian.com recently caught our eye, not only for its content but because it also resembles something happening locally.

Photograph of Stephanie Morrill
Mar 27, 2017

Today we get to feature a writer who splits her time between authoring fiction and offering guidance to aspiring authors. Booklist described her most recent release as an enjoyable yet sobering mystery with a surprising twist for inquisitive readers.

Mar 25, 2017

What is your first memory?

Jody Jensen Shaffer photo
Mar 22, 2017

It's not often you visit an author's website and find six forthcoming books featured, but such is currently the case with Liberty, Missouri's Jody Jensen Shaffer. To find out how she's managed to accomplish such a feat, read on . . . 

Local Writers
Mar 18, 2017

In chapter 7 of Shimmering Images: a Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir, Lisa Dale Norton explains the concept of Shimmering Images.

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