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Member News:
Dec. Member News: Stephanie A. Mann
Nov. Member News: Ann Everett | Arlene Rains Graber | Gail Martin
        Stephanie A. Mann
Oct. Member News: Carol Garriott | Ervin Grant | Mary Jo Grant |
      Gail MartinStephanie A. Mann | Cynthia Jo Ross | Dee Smith
Aug. Member News: Roberta Lampe | Stephanie A. Mann | Gail Martin
July Member News: Gail Martin
June Member News: Karen Epp | Mike Klaassen | Stephanie A, Mann
May Member News: Ann Everett
| Mary Jo Davis-Grant | Arlene Graber
Apr. Member News: Cynthia Ross | Annette Wood | James D. Yoder
Mar. Member News: Christie Breault | Carol J. Garriott | Virginia Hays |
      Gail Martin
Feb. Member News: Arlene Graber
Jan. Member News: Robert Beattie

Fourth Monday Poets, a sub-group of District Five, meet at Prairie Homestead Retirement Center's Garden Room, 1605 May St., Wichita. (Prairie Homestead is in west Wichita, one block west of South Seneca St. on May Street which is the 2000 block south of Douglas, just past Harry Street a few blocks.)
We always plan to meet at this facility, however sometimes we must make exceptions. When holidays intervene we may skip a month.
There is no cost.
We always have a read-around. Readers are to bring copies for each participant. We offer critique when asked, affirmation and encouragement. It is a congenial support group.
Lily Angle was one of the earliest members of this group, which has been meeting for over five years. There was recent discussion of having those who recall more of the history compile memories in writing.
— Information provided by Dee Smith, 9-8-2009.

2009 Meetings:
Dec. 12
- A writing celebration. State Contest winners were invited to read their work; others read a favorite seasonal work or one of their own.
Nov. 14 - Rik Tanos, District 3, Coffeyville, of Tanos Publishing, talked about the process in getting your writing published.
Sept. 12 - Read around
Oct. 2009 - No meeting. District 5 members attended the 2009 Convention in Topeka.
June 13 - Betty Richards, is artist and writer of her first novel, Ardis Heights, set in the Great Depression. The novel is based on her childhood experience along with her family at this critical time.
May 9- Colleen Kelly Johnston,“Struggling through poetry:
Five ways to go mad.”
Johnston, former columnist with the Wichita Eagle, talked about her life of writing and share some of her work.
April 11- Read Around - For poetry.
March Meeting notes, by Judy Hatteberg Wichita State University associate professor Dan Close led a lively and informative workshop on “Killing the Babies: Editing your Work” at the March 14, 2009, meeting of Kansas Author's Club.
    Close told numerous stories and gave examples of good and bad writing from his years of teaching and reporting. He related that “a vital part of writing is editing out the dumb, ugly and awkward.” He said that Hemingway was right; “the most important part of writing is what readers don't get to read.”
   Close has taught basic media writing, feature writing and various other classes at WSU since 1990. Before that, he was a reporter and editor for the Wichita Eagle and Beacon for fourteen years. His handout included samples of feature stories he had written for the Wichita Eagle. 4-6-2009
2009 Newsletters: April | September | November [PDF downloadable]

2008-09 Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 5

Vice President:


Virginia Hays
2255 S. Terrace
Wichita, KS 67218

e-mail Virginia
Judy Hatteberg

Kathleen Nelzen
Ralph Dagenais
Annette Wood