The Writers Place Open Mic
Jun
27
7:00 pm19:00

The Writers Place Open Mic

Share your poetry and fiction excerpts at Kansas City's oldest, continuous open mic! Hosted by Sharon Eiker. Free. (Donations to The Writers Place are always welcome.) 

Writers' Block Week 1: Playwriting
Jul
11
Jul 15

Writers' Block Week 1: Playwriting

  • The Writers Place

GIVING YOUNG WRITERS A FUN FOUNDATION

Join The Writers Place for our two-week camp especially for young writers, ages 12 to 18 years old. Writers’ Blocks will be held July 11-15 and 18-22, 9am to 12pm, at 3607 Pennsylvania, KCMO 64111. Each week campers will focus on a different genre of creative writing, and at the end of camp we’ll celebrate with a reading for family and friends.

We will be delving into playwriting for the first week of the camp, July 11-15, with the nationally-known playwright and UMKC professor Frank Higgins. His professional accomplishments not-with-standing, Frank is excellent with beginning writers and has been a mentor to many throughout his teaching tenure.

Writers Block Week 2: Poetry
Jul
18
Jul 21

Writers Block Week 2: Poetry

GIVING YOUNG WRITERS A FUN FOUNDATION

Join The Writers Place for our two-week camp especially for young writers, ages 12 to 18 years old. Writers’ Blocks will be held July 11-15 and 18-22, 9am to 12pm, at 3607 Pennsylvania, KCMO 64111. Each week campers will focus on a different genre of creative writing, and at the end of camp we’ll celebrate with a reading for family and friends.

For the second week of the camp, we will turn our focus to poetry with Natasha Ria El-Scari. Natasha has cemented her place in both Kansas City and regional poetry community, as well as honed her skills as an educator over the past ten years.

The Writers Place Open Mic
Jul
25
Jul 26

The Writers Place Open Mic

Share your poetry and fiction excerpts at Kansas City's oldest, continuous open mic! Hosted by Sharon Eiker. Free. (Donations to The Writers Place are always welcome.) 

The Writers Place Open Mic
Aug
29
7:00 pm19:00

The Writers Place Open Mic

Share your poetry and fiction excerpts at Kansas City's oldest, continuous open mic! Hosted by Sharon Eiker. Free. (Donations to The Writers Place are always welcome.) 

Riverfront Readings: Friday, September 9th   Lindsey Martin-Bowen and Glenn North
Sep
9
8:00 pm20:00

Riverfront Readings: Friday, September 9th Lindsey Martin-Bowen and Glenn North

The Riverfront Readings series of poetry and fiction readings was started in Kansas City, Missouri in 1986 by Philip Miller and Donn Blevins. In those days, the location actually was in the Riverfront area, in the Kansas City Artists Coalition space. Now they are held at The Writers Place and in other Kansas City area locations. More information here.

The Writers Place Open Mic
Sep
26
7:00 pm19:00

The Writers Place Open Mic

  • The Writers Place

Share your poetry and fiction excerpts at Kansas City's oldest, continuous open mic! Hosted by Sharon Eiker. Free. (Donations to The Writers Place are always welcome.) 

The Writers Place Open Mic
Oct
24
7:00 pm19:00

The Writers Place Open Mic

  • The Writers Place

Share your poetry and fiction excerpts at Kansas City's oldest, continuous open mic! Hosted by Sharon Eiker. Free. (Donations to The Writers Place are always welcome.) 

The Writers Place Open Mic
Nov
28
7:00 pm19:00

The Writers Place Open Mic

  • The Writers Place

Share your poetry and fiction excerpts at Kansas City's oldest, continuous open mic! Hosted by Sharon Eiker. Free. (Donations to The Writers Place are always welcome.) 


Jazz & Poetry
Jun
24
7:30 pm19:30

Jazz & Poetry

Poets M'vyonne Payne, Angela Roux, Sheri Purpose Hall and Teresa Leggard share the stage with some of Kansas City's best jazz musicians for an evening of song and words.

Poetry Reading Circle with Catherine Anderson
Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Reading Circle with Catherine Anderson

We meet at the Writer's Place on the third Monday of the month.

The purpose of the Poetry Reading Circle is to come together to read poets of interest to the group and share perspectives. I introduce a little background information on the poet's biography and approach to poetry. We take turns reading the poems and then share our ideas and perspectives in a relaxed atmosphere.  Poets we choose are archived in the Poetry Foundation Web site so that any one can have access to the poemsPlease feel free to bring any book or poem of the author we are discussing that you would like to share in addition to the poems on the Poetry Foundation Web site.

The Writers Place Open Mic
May
23
7:00 pm19:00

The Writers Place Open Mic

Share your poetry and fiction excerpts at Kansas City's oldest, continuous open mic! Hosted by Sharon Eiker. Free. (Donations to The Writers Place are always welcome.) 

Poetry Reading Circle with Catherine Anderson
May
16
6:00 pm18:00

Poetry Reading Circle with Catherine Anderson

  • The Writers Place

The purpose of the Poetry Reading Circle is to come together to read poets of interest to the group and share perspectives. I introduce a little background information on the poet's biography and approach to poetry. We take turns reading the poems and then share our ideas and perspectives in a relaxed atmosphere.  Poets we choose are archived in the Poetry Foundation Web site so that any one can have access to the poemsPlease feel free to bring any book or poem of the author we are discussing that you would like to share in addition to the poems on the Poetry Foundation Web site.

What's Your HOME Story? An Immigrant Panel and Talkback
May
15
2:00 pm14:00

What's Your HOME Story? An Immigrant Panel and Talkback

Continuing with our theme of La Casa de Colores--The House of Many Colors, in anticipation of Juan Felipe Herrera's visit May 27, we will listen and (optionally) share stories of home from those who have traveled far to make Kansas City their home. 

 

(Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art. Paul Cézanne, House of Père Lacroix.)

 

Young Readers Book Club: Art and Poetry
May
14
2:00 pm14:00

Young Readers Book Club: Art and Poetry

  • The Writers Place

Young lovers of poetry and art (ages 12-18) are invited to join us to respond--through written word or visual art--to our favorite poems from Juan Felipe Herrera's collection, Laughing Out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish

Celebration of the Muse(s)!
May
12
6:00 pm18:00

Celebration of the Muse(s)!

NOTE: 63rd street between State Line Road and Mission is closed due to construction. Take State Line Road to Tomahawk Road to Aberdeen Street to get to the Celebration of the Muse. A map of the route is attached below.

This year we will honor Maryfrances Wagner and Tina Hacker for their many years of seemingly tireless service to The Writers Place. Ann Slegman Isenberg and Tom Isenberg will host the event. 

On the next page are the stories Tina and Maryfrances submitted about their lives, their writing, and their work with The Writers Place. We didn't edit a thing. Enjoy! 

Buy your tickets here!

The Writers Place Open Mic
Apr
25
7:00 pm19:00

The Writers Place Open Mic

Share your poetry and fiction excerpts at Kansas City's oldest, continuous open mic! Hosted by Sharon Eiker. Free. (Donations to The Writers Place are always welcome.) 

What on Earth!
Apr
23
2:30 pm14:30

What on Earth!

  • South Branch Library

Join us for a reading and open mic in honor of Earth Day. Readers are Kathy Allen and Z. Hall.

Telling Your Story: A Time and a Place
Apr
22
Apr 24

Telling Your Story: A Time and a Place

Military veterans and their families have a story to tell and the TELLING YOUR STORY: A TIME AND A PLACE weekend workshop helps them gain the tools and confidence to tell it well.

Poetry Reading Circle with Catherine Anderson: B.H. Fairchild
Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Reading Circle with Catherine Anderson: B.H. Fairchild

  • The Writers Place

The purpose of the Poetry Reading Circle is to come together to read poets of interest to the group and share perspectives. I introduce a little background information on the poet's biography and approach to poetry. We take turns reading the poems and then share our ideas and perspectives in a relaxed atmosphere. Please feel free to bring any book or poem of the author we are discussing that you would like to share. Poets we choose are archived in the Poetry Foundation web site so that any one can have access to the poems.

What's Your Nature Story? An Immigrant Panel and Talkback
Apr
17
2:00 pm14:00

What's Your Nature Story? An Immigrant Panel and Talkback

To continue our series in preparation for the visit by Juan Felipe Herrera May 27, we offer this event. One of the themes of Mr. Herrera's work as Poet Laureate of the United States is the importance of so many cultures contributing to the experience of this country.

Family-friendly event. 

Wednesday Afternoon Write-In
Mar
30
1:00 pm13:00

Wednesday Afternoon Write-In

  • The Writers Place

Come find a quiet corner and write without interruption for three hours. Free to members; $5 to non-members, applicable to membership fee.