KC Writes

Join me at Writers United this Wednesday, December 4th. I’m hosting Writers United this Wednesday night from 6- 8 p.m. and hope you will join me. We have special guests this month: Tiffany White of Writers Untapped will be offering free query critiques or offer feedback on the first 5 pages of a story for you Whitney Terrell of UMKC will be at the industry insiders table answering all questions MFA related. Whitney also has an extensive publication history as …

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Stealth Edits at Jo Co Library’s Writers Conference 11/16

  If you would like the chance to get four pages of your work edited, for free, by me, here’s what you need to do: 1) Join my writer email list. 2) Format your work in standard manuscript formatting. 3) Print a copy and bring it with you to the Jo Co Writers Conference on Saturday, November 16th. 4) Make sure your e-mail address is somewhere on the submission. (Hand write it, type it, put it in braille, doesn’t matter …

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Connect with KC Writers this month & Client Spotlight on Paula Gleeson

Places to Connect with Kansas City Writers this August Monday, August 5th 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Story Center Critique Group. MCPL’s Woodneath Library, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO 64157. Anyone can show up.  You’re encouraged to bring five copies of your piece. (I believe up to 2,000 words.) The group is divided into groups of four where you learn how to critique and revise based on those critiques. Wednesday, August 7th 2019, 6 p.m. – 8 …

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First Draft Words & Writers United

What are your first draft words? Every time I start a first draft I want to die, because its bad… really, really bad. It is full of lazy verbs, vague descriptions, and brimming with first draft words. First draft words are crutch words–the words I use to get me into a scene or get two characters talking to one another. When I’m starting my 2nd draft, and re-reading that crap-tastic first version, I highlight first draft words and I compile …

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Stealth Edits at Writers United

If you would like the chance to get five pages of your work edited, for free, by me, here’s what you need to do: 1) Join my writer email list. 2) Format your work in standard manuscript formatting. 3) Print a copy 4) Write the secret code word: BREATHER on your submission. (Hand write it, type it, put it in braille, doesn’t matter to me. Just have the code word on there somewhere!) 5) Give your pages to me at …

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Want to meet some Kansas City Writers? Save the Dates!

I’m excited to be partnering with the Johnson County, KS Library for Writers United! Our amazing library is making it a little easier for writers to find one another by having monthly writer meet-ups this summer, and they were kind enough to invite me to be a guest host. If you’re in the KC area and want to meet other writers come join me on Wednesday, June 5th or Wednesday, July 10th! The meet-up takes place from 6 – 8 …

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LitUP

It’s a Saturday afternoon and I’m volunteering at a teen literary conference. I’m sitting at the book sales table talking to my new BFF, who’s name I can’t remember. The night before, she had asked about my shoes, “Were they comfortable when you got them?” In the midst of the very classy mixer, surrounded by very important people of all types, I delivered one of the most emphatic, “No”s of my life. “Oh good. I just got a pair and…” …

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It’s Time for the LitUp Festival-Saturday 5/12/2018

Join me May 12th, 2018 at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s LitUp Festival. This all-day literary event was designed with teens in mind. I love when young fans get direct access to the creative minds that inspire them, and that’s exactly how MCPL set up the day. Teens are staffing the event and interviewing all of the panelists. MCPL’s done a phenomenal job putting together panels that include bestselling authors, screenwriters, poets, and illustrators. I’m fan-girling hard about the night’s keynote …

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On Writing: Q&A with Jessica Conoley

At The Color Eater debut on August 12th, 2017 we did a mini question and answer session.  The crowd at the Uptown Arts Bar had a ton of fantastic questions, and we clearly didn’t have time for me to answer all of them. This post is dedicated to the questions ON WRITING. Check out my OFF WRITING post from October for insight in to my reading behavior and more.   How does writing create order for you? It’s the way …

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Off Writing: Q&A with Jessica Conoley

At The Color Eater debut on August 12th, 2017 we did a mini question and answer session.  The crowd at the Uptown Arts Bar had a ton of fantastic questions, and we clearly didn’t have time for me to answer all of them. This post is dedicated to the questions OFF WRITING, check out my upcoming ON WRITING post for more insight to the writing side of my life. OFF WRITING What is the first book you fell in love …

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