Recovery Reading

Recovery Reading

Annual reading celebrating National Recovery Month. Featuring readings by Carrie Allison, Charles Ferruzza, Liz Gilbert, Angela Lutz, Judith Towse Roberts, Susan Whitmore and Janice Yocum. Hosted by Charles Ferruzza.

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The Voice of Creative Nonfiction / Diane Glancy

Open to all levels, good for Beginners - 2 Saturdays, 9/6 & 10/4

$100/$80 members

A two-class workshop on creative nonfiction: generating and polishing work. Open to all levels, good for beginners.

Part One: Finding ideas for an essay with preliminary discussion, writing exercises and hand-outs to guide writing.

Part Two (October 4, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m): Work shopping the essays. Participants bring copies of their work to read and receive constructive comments from facilitator and peers.

 

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The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading

Four new adult readers join seasoned readers and writers Candice Millard, Maija Rhee Devine, Brian Burnes, and Alvin Sykes to tell what reading means in their lives. Nick Haines emcees. Co-sponsored by The Writers Place, Literacy Kansas City, and The Kansas City Public Library.

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Art as Healing Event with Susan Kurtenbach & Maril Crabtree

Art as Healing Event with Susan Kurtenbach & Maril Crabtree

A special event to mark the closing of "Poem Dresses," by artist Susan Kurtenbach, focused on healing and transformation. Participants will compose poems to use in making personal poem clothing. Some of the poem clothing in the show will be auctioned off. Proceeds benefit the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) and The Writers Place.

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Creative Nonfiction Workshop / Kate Meadows

Open to all levels, good for Beginners - 4 Fridays, 9/26, 10/3, 10, 17, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

$200/$160 members

This four-week introductory class and writing workshop focuses on the basics of creative nonfiction and the art of effectively telling true stories. We will look at works by some of the genre's greats, including Lee Gutking (the "godfather of creative nonfiction") and Joan Didion, and discuss how and why creative nonfiction is a powerful form of storytelling. We will talk about what creative nonfiction is (telling a true story in a creative way using elements of fiction such as plot, setting, and character development) and what it isn't (using creative license to the point in which a true story is no longer true). Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring a work-in-progress of up to 4,000 words to the first meeting. The first two sessions will consist of instruction, reading and writing time, in which participants can either work on a draft they bring themselves or on a new story inspired by a provided writing prompt. The third and fourth class sessions will take on more of a writers' workshop feel, where participants who wish will have an opportunity to receive feedback on their work from others in the class. All participants are encouraged to come with questions relating to the genre.

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Get Published - Weigh Your Options: Self-Publishing

Pursue publication at this talk at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO, 64157. Free but registration required.

Local self-published authors C.M. Lance, David Jackson, and LaDene Morton will take questions, share their stories and explain why they chose the self-publishing path. Open to teens and adults.

 

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Creative Nonfiction Workshop / Kate Meadows

Open to all levels, good for Beginners - 4 Fridays, 9/26, 10/3, 10, 17, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

$200/$160 members

This four-week introductory class and writing workshop focuses on the basics of creative nonfiction and the art of effectively telling true stories. We will look at works by some of the genre's greats, including Lee Gutking (the "godfather of creative nonfiction") and Joan Didion, and discuss how and why creative nonfiction is a powerful form of storytelling. We will talk about what creative nonfiction is (telling a true story in a creative way using elements of fiction such as plot, setting, and character development) and what it isn't (using creative license to the point in which a true story is no longer true). Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring a work-in-progress of up to 4,000 words to the first meeting. The first two sessions will consist of instruction, reading and writing time, in which participants can either work on a draft they bring themselves or on a new story inspired by a provided writing prompt. The third and fourth class sessions will take on more of a writers' workshop feel, where participants who wish will have an opportunity to receive feedback on their work from others in the class. All participants are encouraged to come with questions relating to the genre.

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Story Workshop® / Kurt Kennedy

Open to all levels, good for Beginners - 4 Thursdays, 10/9, 16, 23, 30

$200/$160

In Story Workshop® sessions, the group does exercises that help creative writers develop point of view, vantage point, physical description, sense of place, voice, voice of the overall storyteller, among others aspects of craft. The intent is to continually build the participants' capacities for mental seeing and to open up experimentation with various styles, structures, subjects, etc., so that when they reach in-session writing at the end of the workshop, their mind's eye is sharp and they are open to many ways to get their story moving. The final session may be a critique-based group discussion of participants' writings, or the "traditional" workshop model.  

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Get Published - Weigh Your Options: Traditional Publishing

Pursue publication at this talk at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO, 64157. Free but registration required.

To get an agent or not to get an agent? That is the question. What are the benefits of working with a literary agent? What does an agent do, anyway? Come to this informative panel to find out from local authors Brian Shawver, Linda Rodriguez, and agent Ellen Geiger.

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Story Workshop® / Kurt Kennedy

Open to all levels, good for Beginners - 4 Thursdays, 10/9, 16, 23, 30

$200/$160

In Story Workshop® sessions, the group does exercises that help creative writers develop point of view, vantage point, physical description, sense of place, voice, voice of the overall storyteller, among others aspects of craft. The intent is to continually build the participants' capacities for mental seeing and to open up experimentation with various styles, structures, subjects, etc., so that when they reach in-session writing at the end of the workshop, their mind's eye is sharp and they are open to many ways to get their story moving. The final session may be a critique-based group discussion of participants' writings, or the "traditional" workshop model.  

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Creative Nonfiction Workshop / Kate Meadows

Open to all levels, good for Beginners - 4 Fridays, 9/26, 10/3, 10, 17, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

$200/$160 members

This four-week introductory class and writing workshop focuses on the basics of creative nonfiction and the art of effectively telling true stories. We will look at works by some of the genre's greats, including Lee Gutking (the "godfather of creative nonfiction") and Joan Didion, and discuss how and why creative nonfiction is a powerful form of storytelling. We will talk about what creative nonfiction is (telling a true story in a creative way using elements of fiction such as plot, setting, and character development) and what it isn't (using creative license to the point in which a true story is no longer true). Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring a work-in-progress of up to 4,000 words to the first meeting. The first two sessions will consist of instruction, reading and writing time, in which participants can either work on a draft they bring themselves or on a new story inspired by a provided writing prompt. The third and fourth class sessions will take on more of a writers' workshop feel, where participants who wish will have an opportunity to receive feedback on their work from others in the class. All participants are encouraged to come with questions relating to the genre.

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Writing Narrative Poems / Kevin Rabas

Open to all levels, good for Beginners.

$60/$45 members

Turn memorable anecdotes--and stories that mean more--into poems. Learn how to use the narrative techniques of fiction, such as action and dialog, skillfully in poems. Everyone is welcome, including both poets and short story writers. We'll write our own and study narrative poems by Robert Frost, Donald Hall, David Lee, Russell Edson, Denise Duhamel, Toi Derricotte, and others.

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Story Workshop® / Kurt Kennedy

Open to all levels, good for Beginners - 4 Thursdays, 10/9, 16, 23, 30

$200/$160

In Story Workshop® sessions, the group does exercises that help creative writers develop point of view, vantage point, physical description, sense of place, voice, voice of the overall storyteller, among others aspects of craft. The intent is to continually build the participants' capacities for mental seeing and to open up experimentation with various styles, structures, subjects, etc., so that when they reach in-session writing at the end of the workshop, their mind's eye is sharp and they are open to many ways to get their story moving. The final session may be a critique-based group discussion of participants' writings, or the "traditional" workshop model.  

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Story Workshop® / Kurt Kennedy

Open to all levels, good for Beginners - 4 Thursdays, 10/9, 16, 23, 30

$200/$160

In Story Workshop® sessions, the group does exercises that help creative writers develop point of view, vantage point, physical description, sense of place, voice, voice of the overall storyteller, among others aspects of craft. The intent is to continually build the participants' capacities for mental seeing and to open up experimentation with various styles, structures, subjects, etc., so that when they reach in-session writing at the end of the workshop, their mind's eye is sharp and they are open to many ways to get their story moving. The final session may be a critique-based group discussion of participants' writings, or the "traditional" workshop model.  

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NaNoWriMo Sleepover

Join us for a literary lock-in. NaNoWriMo starts at midnight. Get off to a great start: pull an all-nighter in pursuit of your 50,000 words.

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The Power of Revision: A Master Class / Cate Browder

Master Class, 3 Thursdays, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20

$150/$120 member

This class for experienced fiction writers focuses on revising drafts of short stories to attain publishable quality. Students will submit a short story of 7-12 pages one week before class. We'll spend the first 1 and 1/2 class sessions critiquing the first version, which writers will then revise and resubmit. The second 1 and 1/2 sessions will be spent critiquing the revision. Class size limited to 8.

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Art Felt Words / Alarie Tennille

Open to all levels.

$40/$30 members

This popular workshop is back. We will explore visual art both as an inspiration for writing and as a means of escaping writer's block. Tips and techniques will focus on how to look at art, then step into the frame, out of the frame, or so far away that only you know where your idea came from.

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The Power of Revision: A Master Class / Cate Browder

Master Class, 3 Thursdays, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20

$150/$120 member

This class for experienced fiction writers focuses on revising drafts of short stories to attain publishable quality. Students will submit a short story of 7-12 pages one week before class. We'll spend the first 1 and 1/2 class sessions critiquing the first version, which writers will then revise and resubmit. The second 1 and 1/2 sessions will be spent critiquing the revision. Class size limited to 8.

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New Frontiers in Writing about Food / Judith Fertig

$40/$30 members

Since the 1970s, we've been expanding our food horizons. Along the way, our tastes have changed. Iceberg lettuce has been eclipsed by baby kale, Folger's by Starbucks, Wonder Bread by artisan loaves. But we're still on a mission--discovering flavors that resonate, a scrumptious morsel that can transform us, a recipe that links us to our past, and food that tells a story. Although traditional food magazines have lost readership, opportunities await in short non-fiction, poetry, cookbooks, memoir, screenplays, and fiction. In this workshop, we'll explore food writing in a new age.

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The Power of Revision: A Master Class / Cate Browder

Master Class, 3 Thursdays, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20

$150/$120 member

This class for experienced fiction writers focuses on revising drafts of short stories to attain publishable quality. Students will submit a short story of 7-12 pages one week before class. We'll spend the first 1 and 1/2 class sessions critiquing the first version, which writers will then revise and resubmit. The second 1 and 1/2 sessions will be spent critiquing the revision. Class size limited to 8.

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