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Oct. Member News:
Ralph Allen | Stephanie A. Mann
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Jul. Member News: Gordon Kessler | Arlene Graber | Ervin Grant
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Stephanie A. Mann
Jun. Member News: Gail Martin
May Member News: Robert Beattie
| Arlene Rains Graber | Gordon Kessler
    | Mike Klaassen | B.D. Tharp | James Yoder

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Arlene Graber | Conrad Jestmore | Stephanie Mann |
     B.D. Tharp

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Stephanie A. Mann | B.D. Tharp
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Dec. 11, 2010, 2-4 PM
Rockwell Public Library, 5939 E. 9th in Wichita
Christmas celebration.
Members celebrated the season and listened to the October KAC winners read from their works. On hand were special treats and book donations -- to go toward the 2013 state conference, hosted by District 5.
Nov. 13, 2010
Roy Beckemeyer, writer and researcher, will introduce some of the rules for giving scientific names to animals, which include a requirement for the author to provide the etymology of the name, and a dictate that names should be “euphonius.” Then he will spend time looking at a variety of scientific names and their etymology, to demonstrate the creativity, sense of humor, and sense of esthetics that scientists sometimes display when they describe new species of animals. Meeting was held at Rockwell Public Library, 5939 E. 9th, Wichita. Drinks and snacks were featured at the meeting.
Oct. 1-3 - KAC Conference in Lawrence.
Sat., September 11, 2010
Joyce MarkleyJoyce Markley, playwright and author, shared some of her experiences with recent works in production.
    Joyce Markley, a member of Dramatists Guild of America, has a bachelor’s in elementary
education and has taken graduate classes in drama and writing at Wichita State. Her most
recently performed dramas: “Mind Scripted,” at Wichita Community Theatre, about the control cell phones have in the lives of people; “Hippie’s Wish,” a musical comedy on stage at Kansas Newman; “The Supper Table,” a ‘50s farm family battling the effects of a lost harvest and the Korean War, at WCT; “Dovetail,” the farm family after injuries of the eldest son, returning home with his fiancée, at WCT; and others, including shorts and monologues.
    Three pieces with four actors were presented at KAC, as part of Joyce’s discussion about writing forms: how does the novelist differ from the playwright in order to get to the heart of the story while interestingly disseminating information about characters, times, places, etc.?
July/August - no meetings
Sat., June 12 , 2010
Nancy Mehl, mystery writerMystery writing
Nancy Mehl will discuss the process of writing mysteries. Nancy loves to set her novels in her home state of Kansas. Her three-in-one book, Cozy in Kansas, contains the first three Ivy Towers’s mysteries: In the Dead of Winter, Bye Bye Bertie and For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls, which was nominated for the 2009 American Christian Fiction Simple Secrets, by Nancy MehlWriters Book of the Year Award in mystery. The Ivy Towers’s series concludes with There Goes Santa Claus, a funny and heartwarming Christmas tale. The first book in Nancy’s new “Harmony Series,” called Simple Secrets was released this month. Simple Secrets introduces Gracie Temple, a young graphic artist who inherits her uncle’s farm. Besides uncovering a deadly family skeleton, she finds that Harmony is a community of secrets.
   Nancy lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and her son, Danny. She’s authored nine books. Visit Nancy's blog, Nancy's Notes. June meeting was at Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, Wichita, KS
Sat., May 8, 2010
Outdoor art and writing collaboration
Art/Writing Collaboration, 2-4 p.m. at Botanica.May 2010 KAC D5 meeting, Botanica,Wichita
A record breaking 27 attended the May 8 Art/Writing Collaboration at Botanica Gardens. We were blessed with a picture-perfect day, great enthusiastic leaders in Nancy Avery who so creatively got the writing juices flowing with crafty word lists. Carol Reynolds led the haiku challenge with spirited participation. The remainder of the group went on an inspirational bird walk with Roy Beckemeyer, involving watching, listening and identifying the vast variety of birds native and migrating to the area. As we gathered back together we shared the experience over goodies and vowed to do it again next year!
Sat., Apr. 10, 2010
Reflections on Poetry Month
Jennifer Heinicke graduated from Wichita State University in 1998 with a triple major in English, sociology and women’s studies. She earned a master’s in English literature the next year. Her thesis presented a feminist-Marxist analysis of Chaucer’s “The Shipman’s Tale.” She finds designing and maintaining the Postmodern Village fabulously fun, although her day job keeps her hopping.
Lael Ewy received his MFA in poetry in 1999 from Wichita State University, where he studied under Albert Goldbarth, Bruce Bond and Jeanine Hathaway. His publications include the Santa Barbara Review, and several issues of Mikrokosmos. His thesis was titled Smash and Grab, which sums up his editorial style.
    April meeting was at Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, Wichita, KS
Business Meeting: 2-2:30 p.m., Speaker: 2:30-4 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 13, 2010:
Cat in the HatIt’s Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! So let’s celebrate!

Write short stories, limericks, parodies and more,
Just let those words out and don’t be a bore.

We’ll read them aloud in voices quite silly,
From the flatlands of Kansas to places quite hilly.

And aardfinks and zebaroons alike will find joy,
When we speak our odes to that wise birthday boy!

—Met at Rockwell Public Library, 5939 E. 9th in Wichita
Sat., Feb.13, 2010:
“Love and a Corset”
—the constraints of sonnets and other formalist poetry
Jeanine HathawayJeanine Hathaway teaches writing and literature at Wichita State University. She is also on the poetry faculty for Seattle Pacific University’s low-residency MFA Program. Her books include the autobiographical novel, Motherhouse (Hyperion, 1992), and a collection of poems, The Self as Constellation
(UNT Press, 2002), which won the 2001 Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry. She was a monthly columnist for The Wichita Times for 12 years. Hathaway has led creative writing workshops (in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction) off-campus locally and at the Fall Writing Festival at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. On phased retirement, currently she is at work on a libretto based on Gary D. Wilson’s novel, Sing, Ronnie Blue.
Myrne Roe Sat., Jan. 9, 2010:
“First You Read, Then You Write”

Myrne Roe
Sat., Jan. 9, 2010, Rockwell Library

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