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Kim Stafford, poet/photographer/son of poet William Stafford, shared his father's method for spurring writing inspiration at a conference at Topeka's Washburn University: "William Stafford: Celebrating 100 Years of Poetry and Peace," on March 31, 2014. Read Four Elements of a Daily Writing Page in William Stafford’s Practice and consider trying the method. Stafford's speech, given on Monday evening after a day with 34 Kansas poets reading their own poetry and the work of William Stafford, was inspirational. 4/3/2014
Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, continues writing his book review column, "My Look at Books," for the Kaw Valley Senior Monthly magazine. Tom invites any Kansas author who has published a book (other than a poetry collection) within the past three years to submit a copy for consideration of a review. An author may only submit one book for a review (even if he/she has published several different books). Mail to Tom Mach, c/o A Look at Books, P.O. Box 486, Lawrence, KS 66044. Submitting a book will not guarantee a review. An icon of the book's cover, as submitted for review, should by emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org —Entry updated 3/14/2014
Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Midland Hospice in Topeka. Dorothy had a career as a nurse, working many years at Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka. She celebrated her 78th birthday in January of this year.
Dorothy joined KAC on June 11, 2001 and liked to write fiction and nonfiction. After she retired she wrote four volumes of memoirs, Life Is A Choice (1995), Fun On The Run(1998), Look on the Sunny Side of Life (2001) and A Day on the Trail (2002). She also wrote a newspaper column for many years. Her columns appeared regularly in several rural Kansas newspapers. She also had many letters-to-the-editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Dorothy was involved in many presentations about writing held throughout the East Central Kansas area. She encouraged student writers and held five writing contests for students in Harveyville Middle School. Her efforts are listed on both KAC's Writers in the Schools and Writers in the Community pages. She also held monthly writing clinics and read-arounds in a group called "Cat Tales" at Sommerset Hall Cafe in Dover and, before that, at The Electric Cat Cafe in Paxico.
Dorothy loved the farm she developed with her husband, Loren. She and Loren raised two children: daughter, Lorna Mae Lawton (Don), and son, James ames Bryan Masters (Jeannie). Loren died in a tragic tractor accident in 1982, and Dorothy carried on. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Dorothy's funeral service will be on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Harveyville Cemetery at 2:00 PM, with visitation on Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Harveyville Methodist Church from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Her obiturary is available online. 2/24/2014
James Baldwin is giving cash to independent bookstores, NYTimes, 2-20-2014
Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer-Winning Poet With a Naturalist's Precision, Dies at 88, by Margalit Fox, NYTimes, 2-7-2014
How to e-books change the reading experience? NYTimes, 1-4-2014
Out of Print, Maybe, but Not Out of Mind, by David Streitfeld, NYTimes, 12-13-2013
The book is dead. Long live the book.
Books are dead. Long live the book.
Syd Field, Author of the Definitive Work on Writing Screenplays, Is Dead at 77,
by William Yardley, NYTimes, 11-18-2013
Charlotte Zoltow, New York children's author, dies at age 98, by Margalit Fox, NYTimes, 11-19-2103
Four ways you can use body language to influence success. Online, from Behance. 11/13/2013
Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, had a feature article about her, "The Breath of Life and Art," published in The Kansas City Star Magazine, October 20, 2013. The multi-page article covers her careers as a dancer, an actor, a poet and a Yoganetics instructor. Wyatt is our current Kansas poet laureate. Her husband, Roderick Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, is also mentioned. Roderick is known as a writer for children. The article is by Edward M. Eveld. Multiple photos, by Keith Myers, accompany the piece—which is available online. Samples of Wyatt's poetry are included in the article. 11/7/2013
Eleanor Catton was awarded the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday for The Luminaries, an immersive tale set in 19th-century New Zealand that explores identity, greed and human frailty. At 28, Ms. Catton is the youngest winner of the Booker. Read article by Julie Bosman, The New York Times, 10/15/2013
Audrey McCain Collins, District 6, Hutchinson, died April 14, 2013, at age 94. She joined KAC in 2002 and was a continuing and published member until her death. Collins, who loved to write since childhood, always put her life experiences into her poetry and prose. In 2012 she won three KAC awards, including a first place for the whimsy category. Audrey's writing interests also included memoirs and religion, and she wrote a poem, "The Way I Was" for the American Stroke Connection in 2002, after Audrey had suffered a stroke. In 2004, KAC's Our Way With Words republished it. She also published a book of poetry entitled Pages of Prayer and Praise (2005)—a fine collection of religious poems she wrote over a period of more than 60 years. Her poems draw out the readers' convictions because they reveal examples of the ways her parables in verse can benefit their lives. She was given KAC's Octogenarian Award at the Convention in 2010. Audrey's obituary is available online. 10/14/2013
For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov, by Pam Belluck, The New York Times, 10/4/2013
Technology Industry Extends a Hand to Struggling Print Media, by NICK WINGFIELD , NYTimes, 8/12/2013
To Stay Afloat, Bookstores Turn To Web Donors, by JULIE BOSMAN, NY Times, 8/12/2013
This photo (taken by Kaman Simmons) is from the KAC Emporia Gazette tour, a District 2 meeting on Saturday, July 13, 2013. The photo was then published in The Emporia Gazette on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Our tour guide was Ray Beals, General Manager, giving one of the last tours of his career before retiring in August, 2013. Tour organizer Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, said, " We had a great time." Several members of the touring group had lunch together after our tour. 8/1/2013
See photos of our tour at Emporia Gazette Tour '13.
Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, has been officially named as the new poet laureate of the State of Kansas, under the poet laureate program recently embraced by the Kansas Humanities Council. Townley received her mantle from the previous poet laureate, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, in a ceremony on May 23, 2013, at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence. Read more about Townley as new Poet Laureate at the Kansas City Star site. 5-6-2013
The Digital Public Library of America, launched in mid-April, 2013, is a free, open-source resource that makes a number of digital collections and archives across the country available in one place. It launched as a series of partnerships with the Smithsonian, the National Archives, New York Public Library, the University of Virginia, Harvard, Digital Library of Georgia, Minnesota Digital Library, Mountain West Digital Library and others. All of the text, photos, videos and audio contained in the DPLA can be searched, or browsed by place or time on the its website. Read more about the new site at the Huffington Post. 4-20-2013
"Slow death of the American author" —Op-Ed by Scott Turow, NYTimes. 4-7-2013
"Good Fit for Today's Little Screens: Short Stories." The Internet may be disrupting much of the book industry, but for short-story writers it has been a good thing.— by LESLIE KAUFMAN, NYTimes, 2-15-2013
Kansas Authors Club is an official Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. When members seek donations from the public, donors should receive a receipt for their donations. A PDF copy of a receipt that may be used is attached here. 1/7/2013
Q&A Session with a Small Publisher. You can do it, if you really want to!
Publishing Without Perishing, from NYTimes, by David Streitfeld, 1/2/2013
Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, is setting up a KAC Google Calendar showing events from all seven KAC Districts and other author/writer events throughout the state.
The plan is to have multiple persons in-the-know serve as event entrants. The goal is to have "what's happening" everywhere within the state in one place where the calendar can be checked prior to events and events will be archived after they are over. The keeper of the KAC web site is hoping to give up responsibility for adding events to particular District News pages because everything will be combined. Members are encouraged to attend anything, anywhere they may find an event of interest. 10/18/2012
Kansas Authors Club Resources for Writers
Please complete this electronic form if you are a Kansas Authors Club member who provides services to authors. 6/13/2011
Kansas Authors Club Speakers Bureau
Do you enjoy speaking about the writing life? Do you conduct workshops or give lectures of interest to writers?
All KAC members are invited to submit their program information and terms of availability to our new Kansas Authors Club Speakers Bureau database, now online.
This database is linked from our KAC web site's Links page. If you want to type in a long address, you'll find the database on-line at http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/kac/speakersbureau.html
By submitting information to this database, you are confirming that you are a KAC member in good standing and you are willing to be contacted by KAC members and district representatives for inquiries about your availability to speak at KAC events and district meetings. 9/30/2010
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Ann Everett, District 5, Haysville, reminds members to share events and accomplishments with Carol Yoho, the KAC web site manager. Check out our "Writers in the Community" page, linked at the left of our Welcome page, for community-related acitiviity postings by members.
Documenting our community-related activities will aid KAC in our goal of gaining 501(c)3 status as a "non-profit" organization. That designation, in turn, will help us in asking for funds from businesses that look for tax incentives when donating.
The 501(c)3 form asks for our web site address, and someone will check online for collaboration of our reported activities.
Our efforts as “Writers in the Community” make us much more than just a social organization! Share your public service as a writer. 7/28/2008
Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, Poet Laureate of Kansas, is celebrating April, National Poetry Month, with "HomeWords," a weekly poetry column, syndicated in newspapers throughout Kansas. HomeWords is intended as a way to bring poetry home to people via newspapers. She invites all Kansas writers to take part—as both readers and as writers.
The categories of "home" include: the body, the room or house we live in, the land that anchors us, and the sky that enfolds us all. While the theme is big, the form to be used is small: the American Cinquain. It's a form both beginners and longtime poets can succeed at—just five lines long. HomeWords guidelines, as well as a description of the Cinquain form, are made available here as a link. Please read and follow the guidelines when submitting.
Also, please know that not everything submitted can be published—in fact, just a small fraction can be used. Still, Wyatt encourages writers to consider creating Cinquains and submitting them for possible publication. Poet Laureate web site. Wyatt Townley Facebook page. 4/2/14
There is an entry fee of $20 for each entry. Complete contest details are available at Nimrod web site. 3/26/14
D3 Writing Contest. Visit D3 News web page for categories, fees, submission details. Entry deadline is April 14. 3/13/14
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition has launched its Call for Entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to an international audience. Previous winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition have gone on to achieve recognition around the world, having been selected from over 3,000 entries to be published the anthology. Last year, poetry winner and award-winning novelist Sylvia Adams was selected for her piece Hands A Choice, and Jennifer Roe championed the Short Fiction category with Roses are Red.
Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing loved by audiences internationally including literary students and fellow writers, a selection of inspirational books from our competition partners and £500 prize money.
Visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting for more information and to register your entry today. Entry is £10 and the deadline to submit your work is 31 August 2014. One entry permits the submission of two works into any one category.
Looking for literary inspiration? Read last year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.
WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight. Finalists receive responses from all judges. First prize is $200. You may submit up to three entries at $15 each. Submission deadline for the 9th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest is April 18, 2014. Complete details are at www.writeradvice.com 3/7/14
Whispering Prairie Press Annual Writers' Contest
Open through June 30th, 2014. Do you have an award worthy poem, essay, or flash fiction piece? Whispering Pairie Press wants to see it!
The annual writers' contest is a fundraiser that helps keep the entirely volunteer, not-for-profit press operating. For as little as $5 you can enter a piece with a chance to win recognition as well as prize money. They accept contest entries online and via hard copy. Visit their web site for full details. 3/5/14
D2 Writing Contest. See flyer for categories, fees, submission details, deadline. 2/27/14
The Highlights Foundation offers workshops from January to December near Honesdale, Pennsylvania, on the property of the former home of the Founders of Highlights for Children. Workshops include a wide range of programs that offer instruction in writing middle-grade and young adult novels; fantasy, speculative, and historical fiction; nonfiction; poetry; writing and illustrating picture books; writing for the children's magazine, educational, religious, and inspirational markets; and more. Scholarships are available. Visit this non-profit's web site for more details. 2/5/14
36th Annual Nimrod Writing Awards. Contest begins Jan. 1, 2014, with a postmark deadline of April 30, 2014. Rules are available on the Nimrod web site. 1/24/14
Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop will be July 14-18, 2014. Details are online at www.occbww.com. This twelvth annual workshop well be held in the Oregon coastal town of Oceanside. 1/4/14
Submit your prose writing to Glimmer Train. Categories, deadlines and prize amounts are posted on the Glimmer Train web site. Deadlines and catergories vary throughout the year and extend from year-to-year. 10/19/2013
'Darker Times Fiction, a monthly short story competition for stories of 3,000 words and less in the horror genre or on the subject of 'darker time.s. All submission information can be found on the website - www.darkertimes.co.uk . It's open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month. There is a £5 submission fee, payable through PayPal on their "Submissions" page. 9/20/2012
www.knowonder.com is a good market for writers who write for children up through age 10. They need a new story for every day of each month. One story each month becomes "Editor's Choice" -- always good publicity. Read submission guidelines online. 8/31/2012
The History Press celebrates local and regional identity with books on Kansas's fascinating history. We are actively seeking residents to tell the stories of their home counties and towns. As a traditional publishing company we handle all parts of the publishing process. Our book series include Brief History, American Chronicles, American Heritage, Landmarks, Food and Beverage, Haunted America, True Crime, Forgotten Tales and Hidden History, as well as several non-series books. To learn more and to view our seasonal catalogue please visit www.historypress.net. 8/27/2012
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