2019 Meetings

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Our regular meetings are from 1:00 - 3:00 pm every month on the 2nd Saturday (except April this year). We meet at the Bonner Springs Public Library at 201 N Nettleton, Bonner Springs, KS 66012.

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January 12, 2019 - Cancelled due to weather

February 9, 2019 - Lacy Lovett, “Contests and Critiques”

March 9, 2019 - Bob Johnson, “An Old Man Writer in a Young Man’s World”, multi-published author

April 6, 2019 - Bob Hostetler, Author & Literary Agent with The Steve Laube Agency (Q&A): Do you need an agent? What does an agent do, anyway? What types of things will you be responsible for if you don’t have an agent? Get your questions answered and learn more about the publishing industry. Bob is a thirty-year veteran of Christian publishing. He has been a writer, magazine editor, freelance book editor, and author of fifty books, both fiction and non-fiction. A frequent speaker at writers conferences and retreats around the world, he has encouraged and coached numerous writers to publishing success. His 2017 book The Bard and the Bible was named the Selah Awards Book of the Year. Click here to see his books.

May 11, 2019 - Amy Green, Fiction Publicist for Bethany House: Do you have questions about traditional publishing? What does a publisher expect of a writer? What does a fiction publicist do? Get your questions answered by an expert. Amy Green has been the fiction publicist at Bethany House Publishers since 2013. Her typical day might involve planning book tours handling media requests, interacting with reviewers, answering author questions about marketing, and other tasks designed to introduce readers to great books. She blogs every Thursday.

June 8, 2019 - Lori Roeleveld, Soul Care for the Creative Christian: multi-published author, speaker, and disturber of hobbits, blogger, and Jesus-follower. Making comfortable Christians continually late for dinner. Part-time giant-slayer, she says this of herself. “ I write for all of us who have been unsettled from comfortable places and moved to follow Jesus into the adventure of our times. I, like you, seek the courage and confidence to carry on for Christ.”

July 13, 2019 - Kathy Perry, “Must-Haves for Author Websites”, multi-published children’s book author and builder of several websites. Kathy uses traditional watercolor for her books’ illustrations and she has her own publishing company, Chickadee Words. Her blog, Chickadee Cheer, is an interactive blog for parents and teachers to share with kids. She is thrilled to speak with kids at author visits and workshops in local elementary schools.

August 10, 2019 - Delia Latham “The Art of Description”: Is there a way to paint feeling into describing a setting, a person, the weather? The simple answer is yes. It is an art. But it is one that is easily learned with a few simple tricks and pointers. A multi-published inspirational romance author, Delia writes heaven’s touch into earthly tales. She puts her characters through the fire of earthly trials to bring them out victorious by the hand of God, His heavenly messengers, and good, old-fashioned love.

September 28, 2019 - Edie Melson, “Social Media for Writers”, multi-published author: Edie will answer your questions about how you should and shouldn’t be using social media. She is a woman of faith whose first advise is always “Find your voice, live your story.” She’s a leading professional within the publishing industry and travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor, and mentor. Her blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month and is a Writer’s Digest Best 101 Websites for Writers.

October 12, 2019 - Dan Schwabauer, “Conflict: How Understanding Levels of Conflict Can Help Generate Story Ideas”, multi-published author, speaker, instructor: Dan is an award-winning author and teacher. He is the creator of The One Year Adventure Novel. His professional work includes stage plays, radio scripts, short stories, newspaper columns, comic books, and scripting for the PBS animated series Auto-B-Good. His young adult novels, Runt the Brave and Runt the Hunted, have received numerous awards, including the 2005 Ben Franklin Award and the 2008 Eric Hoffer Award.

November 9, 2019 - Stephanie Morrill, “Writing Beyond the Novel”, multi-published author: We’ll cover the craft of writing pitch sentences, back cover copy, blog posts, social media posts, professional emails, and synopses. Stephanie writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world. She is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as a 1920’s mystery, and a WWII era romance. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers on her website, GoTeenWriters.com.

December 14, 2019 - Christmas Party, “Looking Back & Looking Forward”: Come prepared to discuss how you’ve done with your writing in 2019 and what your writing goals are for 2020.