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St. Louis Writers Guild online 
has moved back to our .org site!
You found St. Louis Writers Guild... kind of. 
We set up this site awhile back as we made changes to our .org site. That site is done and you can find all the information about St. Louis Writers Guild and our events at stlwritersguild.org Click Here

This site will not be updated but we will leave it up for a time as we complete the transition

Thank you! 

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Welcome to St. Louis Writers Guild's temporary website! We're working on a new one, but until it's done this site will have the latest information on workshops, lectures, open mics, contests, community events, and more!

How can St. Louis Writers Guild help you?


For workshops, lectures, and special events - SLWG Events

For information on our writing contests - Contests

For Membership information - About SLWG

Information about SLWG and its history - About SLWG

Critique Group information - Members

The Scribe, members' books, and more - Book Room

 

Anthology
St. Louis Reflections

A Quick Guide to St. Louis Writers Guild Events

- it's as easy as One, Two, Three!


Workshops for Writers - First Saturday of every month

10am to Noon at the Kirkwood Community Center


Station Open Mic - Second Tuesday of every month

7pm to 9pm at the Kirkwood Amtrak Station


SLWG Author Series - Third Thursday of every month

7pm to 8pm at STL Books 

 

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ATTENTION:

Pardon our mess, but as we switch servers to create the new website, our email addresses have to temporarily change. They remain the same, only the .org needs to be .net for the next few months.

 

Feel free to continue using the old email addresses they should work and will in the future, but if we don't answer or you feel your message didn't reach us please use one of the new email addresses.


For any questions please contact info@stlwritersguild.net


Good News our old website is back! 

This sight will taken down after the first of the year but until then if there is anything - like updated events or news - that you don't find here, check out stlwritersguild.org! 


www.stlwritersguild.org 


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Feel Free to take a look at some the events SLWG has held in the past - we'll be holding similar events in the future! 

For a list of current St. Louis Writers Guild events visit: 
www.stlwritersguild.org

Thanks for Finding Us! 
St. Louis Writers Guild is holding a series of write-ins 
to celebrate NaNoWriMo! 

We have two locations on two different nights - so check times and locations. 
The write-ins are free to attend, but please support the businesses. 
Bring your writing tools (pen and paper, or laptop). What's a write-in? It's a chance to write socially, bounce ideas, and write without distractions of home or jobs. 

Good luck making your word goals!

All On The Same Page Bookstore - 11052 Olive Blvd. 63141
     Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 4pm to 7pm
     Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 4pm to 7pm 
     Wednesday, November 27 2013 - 10am to 4pm 

Kaldi's Coffee House in Kirkwood - 120 S Kirkwood Rd. 63122
     Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 6pm to 10pm 
     Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6pm to 10pm 
     Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 6pm to 10pm

*ATTENTION* 
Due to the NaNoWriMo Write-In at Kaldi's Coffee House in Kirkwood on Nov 21, the SLWG Author Series event will be held at Kaldi's with interviews with the NaNo writers.

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Workshops for Writers: Jumpstart your Novel or Memoir 
with Linda O'Connell, Donna Volkenannt, Jennifer Shew, and Lauren Miller

Saturday, November 2, 2013

10am to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd

Kirkwood, MO 63122

Free for Members, $5 for Non-Members


Whether the story you have to tell is a novel or a memoir, November is a great month to start writing it. Get inspired by life writers Linda O’Connell and Donna Volkenannt and novelists Jennifer Shew and Lauren Miller. They will show you how to jumpstart your book.

 

National Life Writing Month: Linda O'Connell & Donna Volkenannt

  • Learn about the many different kinds of "life writing"
  • Find how an essay can be expanded to a memoir
  • Get the skinny on how an expose` may or may not lead to publication
  • Discover how to unlock the power of stories to inspire, uplift, and heal

 

National Novel Writing Month: Jennifer Shew & Lauren Miller

  • Learn how to get started with the 50,000 words of NaNo
  • Get up to speed on writing socially
  • Hear one author’s experiences with the local NaNo group
  • Find out about tools such as Scrivener

Donna Volkenannt believes words have the power to inspire, uplift, and heal. Her personal essays, short stories, articles, and poems have won almost 100 awards, including honorable mention in the national Steinbeck short story competition and nominations for a Pushcart Prize and a Spur award. First place winner of the 2012 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award, she lives in St. Peters, where she blogs about writing and the sweet mysteries of life. http://donnasbookpub.blogspot.com 

 

Linda O'Connell is a multi-genre writer whose niche is writing personal essays. Her stories have been published in 20 Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and more than one hundred national publications. She is developing an anthology for Publishing Syndicate and is the author of a book, Queen of the Last Frontier, the biography of Emily Keaster. http://lindaoconnell.blogspot.com 


Jennifer Shew has always liked to write and read stories, mainly fantasy, because they let her imagination take over. That's why she was so happy to hear about NaNoWriMo ten years ago--it was like a license to write whatever she wanted. She has been a Municipal Liaison (ML) for the growing St. Louis NaNoWriMo region for seven years. She helps people get started with the 50,000 words of NaNo and host write-ins for folks to write socially. She’s excited to write her 500,000th word this year!

 

Lauren Miller reviews books for the Historical Novel Society and writes for the St. Louis Writers Guild's literary magazine, The Scribe. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The Poet's Art and a MMORPG (that's a massive multiplayer online role-playing game). After five years trying, the historical and spec fiction writer declared her first win last year by completing a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing Month. www.pocketfulofprose.com


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Station Open Mic

Second Tuesday of every month - 

Next Event: November 12, 2013

7pm to 9pm

Kirkwood Amtrak Station

110 W Argonne Dr. Kirkwood, MO

Free and open to all!


5 minutes for Poetry and 7 minute for Prose!

You can sign up once you arrive, or just hang out and listen, we always appreciate an audience.

Some adult language allowed, but no overtly violent or adult themes are allowed. New readers are always welcome!


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SLWG Author Series: New Book Spotlight!

with Fedora Amis, author of Jack the Ripper in St. Louis

and Denise Elam Dauw, author of If Music be the Food of Love

Thursday, October 17, 2013

7-8pm

All on the Same Page Bookstore

11052 Olive Blvd. Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Free and open to the public!

 

Meet two SLWG members with new books, and find out how they wrote it, how they published it, and how they are marketing their new novels! And of course, learn about these great novels.

 

St. Louis Writers Guild has a new format for its long-standing Lecture Series. Like the webinars, the SLWG Author Series is now available online.

There are three ways to view the event. 
1: Come to All on the Same Page Bookstore and be part of the audience. 
2: Watch live online and ask questions via text chat or Twitter using @stlwritersguild. 
3: Watch the recorded lecture on the SLWG website. The event will be posted on this site
 within a week of the broadcast. (Keep scrolling or visit Members page)

 

As a benefit of membership with St. Louis Writers Guild, an email will be sent with a link to the live online broadcast. St. Louis Writers Guild is now using Livestream.com to broadcast its lectures. To view the live lecture you will need to register for an account with Livestream.com. They just require a verified email address and it is free. The recorded lecture can be viewed without an account if you do not wish to sign up with Livestream. 

 

Fedora AMIS

 

Fedora AMIS won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. She dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as real historical people and imagined characters from the 1800s. Fedora loves live theater, travel, plants and cooking. She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction and fantasy. “Why do I write? I love words—always have--reading them, writing them. I even like looking them up in the dictionary. So call me eccentric. Call me crazy—but call me a writer.”

www.fedoraamis.com

 

Denise Elam Dauw

 

Denise Elam Dauw is a music educator in west St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a M.M. in Music Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a B.M. in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Specializing in instrumental music as a band director, Ms. Elam Dauw also has experience teaching choir, orchestra, piano, music history and appreciation, guitar, jazz band, marching band, and color guard. She is currently a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and volunteers for the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Denise Elam Dauw is having a book signing at Barnes and Noble this Saturday. For more details visit www.denise-elam-dauw.com

 

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St. Louis Anniversary Anthology 
by St. Louis Writers Guild 

St. Louis Writers Guild is seeking submissions from its members for an anthology of short stories, poems, and essays to celebrate St. Louis’ 250th Anniversary. The theme for this anthology is St. Louis. We’re looking for your thoughts, stories, observations, and memories of the Gateway City. You may submit poems, fictional short stories, and non-fiction essays. All entries must maintain the theme of the anthology; any other subjects will not be considered for this publication. Anything published in St. Louis Reflections will not be included in this anthology. 

You must be a member of SLWG to be considered for this anthology. All submissions must be unpublished, original works about St. Louis, Missouri. You may submit up to three pieces in any of the approved formats. 

There is no submission fee

Limit of 3 (three) submissions per member

All submissions must adhere to the theme of the anthology – St. Louis Anniversary

 

Poems: 40 Lines per poem maximum, not including title. Any poetry format is acceptable

Short Stories & Essays: 2500 word limit per piece, not including title

 

Deadline: January 1, 2014


Visit the Members Section for submission guidelines


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Congratulations to the 2013 Deane Wagner Poetry Winners! 
presented by St. Louis Writers Guild

1st Place - The Woman on the Mantle by Erin Chapman
2nd Place - Chester, Illionois, 12:01 AM by David Bond
3rd Place - Ascending Blues by Barbara Blanks

1st Honorable Mention - Holly Loves Nick by Erin Chapman
2nd Honorable Mention - Her Jingle Tops by Marsha Kay Ault 
3rd Honorable Mention - Uncrowned by Dwight Bitikofer 

Thank you to the Judge, Lisa Miller, owner of Walrus Publishing!
Check out her poetry anthology - Floodstage

The winners of the 2013 Deane Wagner Poetry Contest were honored and their poems read at Writers in the Park 2013!

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Writers in the Park 2013
a free mini-conference for writers!

Saturday, August 24, 2013
10am to 2pm 
Lions Amphitheater in Kirkwood Park
111 S. Geyer Rd. 

A festival to celebrate writers!

If you’ve never been to a writers’ conference, St. Louis Writers Guild’s fourth annual writers’ festival in Kirkwood Park is the perfect way to start. Created to honor our 90th Anniversary, the day includes multiple breakout sessions an hour held by industry professionals, books from local authors, and plenty of food for all to enjoy. Best of all, it’s free and open to the public.

Writing Workshop for Kids in 4th-8th Grades! 11am to Noon

This Year we are proud to present:

Acquiring a Literary Agent with Nicole Evelina, represented by Jen Karsbaek of Forward Literary 
Editing Tips with Mary Menke, owner of WordAbilities.com 
Nonfiction Writing with Nancy Baumann, The Book Professor 
Designing the Book with Robin Tidwell, author and publisher 
Writing Kidslit with Tim Hill, author of Joe The Crab

and 
Kids Writing Poetry with Susan Grigsby, poet, author, and educator! 

The Winners of the 2013 Deane Wagner Poetry Contest will be announced! Come hear the winning entries read in Lion's Amphitheater! 

The day's schedule will be posted soon!

Sponsored by 
Sheila Dugan Voice & Speech Studio
Judith D. Chouteau / Fine Firsts 
Jeannine Dahlberg, Author
Patricia Bubash, SuccessfulSecondMarriages.com 
and 
The Missouri Writers Guild 
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The Schedule for Writers in the Park 2013
9:30am - Registration in Lions Amphitheater 
10am - Nicole Evelina, author, represented by Jen Karsbaek of Forward Literary, presents Querying a Literary Agent 

11am - Mary Menke, owner Word Abilities, presents Editing Tips
11am - Robin Tidwell, author, co-owner of All on the Same Page Bookstore and Rocking Horse Publishing presents Designing the Book

12pm - Nancy Baumann, the Book Professor, presents Your Nonfiction Book: How to Shortcut the Process and Save Time, Energy, and Dollars
12pm - Tim Hill, author of the Joe the Crab Series, presents Writing for Children

1pm - Genre Talk, round table discussions of your genre, presented by SLWG's Cycle Critique Groups
1pm - Winners of the Deane Wagner Poetry Contest 


11am to Noon - Susan Grigsby, author, poet, and educator presents Kids Writing Poetry for young writers in 4th-8th grade! 

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SLWG Author Series with Nicole Evelina 

Nicole Evelina, author, 

represented by Jen Karsbaek of Forward Literary  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

7-8pm

All on the Same Page Bookstore

11052 Olive Blvd. Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Free and open to the public!


Nicole Evelina is St. Louis-born historical fiction writer. She is represented by Jen Karsbaek of Foreword Literary. She is currently writing an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere's life story from her point of view.

 

Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. As an amateur historian who hopes to someday earn a Ph.D. in British history, she has spent the last 14 years researching Arthurian legend, Celtic Britain and the various peoples, cultures and religious practices that shaped the country after the withdrawal of Rome. She has traveled to England twice to research her trilogy and hopes to travel to Scotland as well.

 

Nicole blogs about Celtic history, Arthurian literature, writing and books at http://nicoleevelina.com. She can be found on Twitter daily at @nicoleevelina, as well as on many other forms of social media.

 

When not writing, Nicole works in marketing and communications. She is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) through the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), a distinction that tests writing and communications skill, and is held by only 8,000 people world-wide. 


St. Louis Writers Guild has a new format for its long-standing Lecture Series. Like the webinars, the SLWG Lecture Series is now available online. NEW LOCATION: The SLWG Lecture Series is now held at All on the Same Page Bookstore!

There are three ways to view the event. 
1: Come to All on the Same Page Bookstore and be part of the audience. 
2: Watch live online and ask questions via text chat or Twitter using @stlwritersguild. 
3: Watch the recorded lecture on the SLWG website. The event will be posted on www.stlwritersguild.net within a week of the broadcast.

 

As a benefit of membership with St. Louis Writers Guild, an email will be sent with a link to the live online broadcast. St. Louis Writers Guild is now using Livestream.com to broadcast its lectures. To view the live lecture you will need to register for an account with Livestream.com. They just require a verified email address and it is free. The recorded lecture can be viewed without an account if you do not wish to sign up with Livestream.  


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SLWG Author Series 

Robin Tidwell author of Recycled  

Thursday, July 18, 2013 – Tonight!

7-8pm

All on the Same Page Bookstore

11052 Olive Blvd. Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Free and open to the public!

 

Robin Tidwell

Robin is the author of REDUCED and REUSED. Her latest book in the series is RECYCLED and will be released on July 27! She lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area with her husband, Dennis, and their youngest son. She has a rather eclectic educational background, and finally finished her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has held a plethora of jobs, appointments, and volunteer positions, and tries very hard to make it through one week at a time without a crisis.

 

St. Louis Writers Guild has a new format for its long-standing Lecture Series. Like the webinars, the SLWG Lecture Series is now available online. NEW LOCATION: The SLWG Lecture Series is now held at All on the Same Page Bookstore!

There are three ways to view the event. 
1: Come to All on the Same Page Bookstore and be part of the audience. 
2: Watch live online and ask questions via text chat or Twitter using @stlwritersguild. 
3: Watch the recorded lecture on the SLWG website. The event will be posted on this site within a week of the broadcast.

 

As a benefit of membership with St. Louis Writers Guild, this email was sent with a link to the live online broadcast. 

This Thursday, July 25, 2013, a special SLWG event!

 

A Night with the Authors of L&L Dreamspell!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

7-8pm

All on the Same Page Bookstore

11052 Olive Blvd. Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Free and open to the public!

 

St. Louis Writers Guild honors L&L Dreamspell’s contribution and influence on St. Louis writers. Local L&L Dreamspell authors will discuss how this press created a community of writers plus the tools and experiences they used to help one another. Join us to honor Linda Houle and Will Bereswill. We hope you can join us for this special night!


The online portion of this event which is usually for SLWG members only is open to all this month. Join us online if you can’t make it to the event, you can still ask questions via text chat and twitter.

Here is the link for this event - http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3258591/events/2257207


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Congratulations to the 2012 Annual Short Story Contest Winners

presented by St. Louis Writers Guild!

 

1st Place Winner – The Pieties and Sacrifices of Mrs. Odetta James by Kimila Bowling

2nd Place – Tappy by Peter Green

3rd Place – Wheaton House by W. E. Mueller

 

1st Honorable Mention – Tan Shoes and Pink Shoe Laces by Kimila Bowling

2nd Honorable Mention – Leviathan by Stan Wallach

3rd Honorable Mention – Dead Frequency by Cori Bair


 

Many thanks to our judge, mystery author, Christine Matthews!

 

Hear the winners read their stories at the January Open Mic Night. Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm at the Kirkwood Amtrak Station, 110 W Argonne Dr.

 

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Congratulations SLWG Young Writer Awards Winner!


6th - 8th Grade Division

First Place - Being Myself by Nicolette LoGrasso

Second Place - Agreed by Noah Karolczak

Third Place - The Stray App by Maya Speckhard


1st Honorable Mention - The Time Telephone by Jacob Price

2nd Honorable Mention - Low Battery by Cole Hanson

3rd Honorable Mention - App-Venture by Kaitlyn Swanson


4th & 5th Grade Division

First Place - Geocaching by Rasti Jahul


 

Thank you to all who entered, and our judges Tricia Sanders and Jud Miner

 

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