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The Riverfront Reading Series presents writers Benjamin Reed and Maryfrances Wagner (pictured).
Learn about a form of exploratory writing using methods outlined in Writing the Mind Alive: An Introduction to the Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice (Linda Metcalf and Tobin Simon).
Use the genre of poetry and a review of irony to explore (and practice!) the way writers of all genres broaden the range of their voices and bring nuanced insight and comic relief to their subjects though humor.
Read and discuss seminal dystopian short fiction over the past several decades, engage in a workshop of your own dystopian pieces, and answer your publication questions.
Three poets – James Benger, Eve Ott and Maryfrances Wagner – will read with novelist Stephen Roth in the Rose Garden at Loose Park.
Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading at the Oak Park Johnson County Library, featuring Maril Crabtree & Alan Proctor
Maril Crabtree and Alan Proctor will play around (mostly with poetry but a little with song) at this month's Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series. Alan also will have copies of his new book, The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Expatriate.
The Writers Place Readng Series presents Emily Geminder, Sandra Marchetti (pictured), Jo McDougall, and Randy Ratliff.
Learn what it takes to write a historical novel or a novel laced with historical anecdotes set in contemporary times.
Explore ways to incorporate others’ writing into our own, using newspapers, press releases, poems and more as jumping-off points for creating new work.
Celebrate the kickoff of National Novel Writing Month at The Writers Place! Meet writers with the same aspiration you have to write a 50,000-word novel in November. Free.
Enjoy an evening of music by River Cow Orchestra and Rick Malsick, art by Tom Cobian, and writing by Al Ortolani, Stacey Portillo, William Trowbridge (pictured), Maryfrances Wagner, and Keith Wilson.
Let our resident ghost, Madam Clara, serve as your muse at the NaNoWriMo Overnight Halloween Write-in! Meet other writers with the same aspiration you have to write a 50,000-word novel in November. Free event.
This year's Dia de los Muertos: Celebration of the Day of the Dead will feature Amelia de la Luz Montes and Gabriela Lemmons (pictured).
Part II: Workshop the essays. Bring copies of your work to read and receive constructive comments from facilitator and peers.
Everything you ever wanted to know and do for your memoir, including how to get started, how to overcome fear of blank page, what to include and what to leave out, how to keep going, and two guaranteed techniques for success.
If you have a story you want to tell, a poetry chapbook might be the perfect medium.
The Riverfront Reading Series presents writers Phyllis Becker (pictured) and Rhiannon Ross.
Learn how to market your work (and yourself). Topics covered include tips on website design and hosting, creating a strong social media presence, organizations and memberships, press releases and the most efficient ways to promote yourself and your work.
Writers Place Reading Series presents David Baker, Kathryn Nuernberger, Tera Swearngin, and Leslie Ullman
The Writers Place Reading Series presents David Baker, Kathryn Nuernberger, Tera Swearngin (pictured), and Leslie Ullman.
Use juxtaposition to create friction between elements and yield startling moments in your writing.
Examine how lyric poems tell stories, what kind of stories, and how can we more powerfully build into our own poems a capability to tell more complex or layered narrative.
Join us for our Annual Arts & Crafts Fair at The Writers Place!
The Writers Place’s annual Recovery Reading and Open Mic highlights writing by those who have experienced the impact of addiction to alcohol and/or drugs, as well as writing by those impacted by a loved one's substance use disorder.
A collaboration of the arts featuring the Kacico dancers, River Cow Orchestra, and Writers Place poets.
Part I: Find ideas for an essay with preliminary discussion, writing exercises and hand-outs to guide writing.
Hadara Bar-Nadav and Traci Brimhall (pictured) will share their works in this collaboration between UMKC and The Writers Place.
In memory and celebration of the life and poetry of Victor Alan Smith (1955 to 2008).
The line break is the great gift bestowed on poets. To make use of this gift is to seek not only meaning, but magic, and see our lines lift off the page. We’ll consider the line breaks of participants as well as R.M. Rilke, Joy Harjo, Lucille Clifton, Mary Oliver, etc.
Experiment with different meditative methods and alternate sessions of guided meditation and writing.
Join in the celebration of the I-70 Review Release Party and Reading. Featuring special guests and contributors.
John Amen will open the session with a reading, followed by a workshop on crafting flash fiction.
Discussions will include an introduction to the life of the particular poet, pointing out autobiographical and experiential influences, and then move to discussing selected poems from a collection by the poet.
Featuring children's art, ages 3 -13, from the private collection of Sharon Eiker.
(Art by Olivia, age 4)
Writers Place Reading Series Presents Marianne Kunkel, Mary Stone, Olivia Stiffler, and Randall Weiss
The Writers Place Reading Series presents Marianne Kunkel (pictured), Mary Stone, Olivia Stiffler, and Randall Weiss.
Explore how we use our words to make community, deepen healing, witness one another, wake ourselves up, and foster empowerment and transformation. Features keynoters poet and writer Jimmy Santiago Baca, playwright Darren Canady, spoken word artists Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey, and poet Xanath Caraza.
Mark your calendar for the Fall Communiversity sign-up party!
The Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading at the Oak Park Johnson County Library features Gary Lechliter and Tina Hacker.
Get your five minutes of fame at The Uptown Arts Bar Open Mic. Hosted by David Arnold Hughes. No door charge
The Riverfront Readings Series presents Gabriella Lemons and Shirley Rickett (both pictured). Music by Gib Shell.
This annual event will showcase new readers and writers, along with two professional writers, and celebrate the connection between reading and writing. A partnership with Literacy KC and the Kansas City Public Library.
Open Mic at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., KCKS, featuring Xanath Caraza.
Hear KC poets Carl Bettis, Jose Faus, Silvia Kofler, Pat Lawson, Alarie Tennille, and Maryfrances Wagner read their work at Seasons 52 Fresh Grill.