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News, Events, & Announcements

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list of Guild news.
Critique Groups
Recently St. Louis Writers Guild announced the launch of a unique initiative to establish Cycle Critique Groups for its members. These groups are genre-focused and located throughout the Greater St. Louis area. Led by moderators in rotation, they run for 10 weeks, during which each member sets goals and works intensively to advance a specific writing project of his/her own choosing. You must be a member of SLWG to participate in a Cycle Critique Group. Registrations for Cycle One are now closed, but Cycle Two is slated to begin in April. If you would like to participate in a group in April, you must complete the Critique Groups Questionnaire.
Want some ideas for books to buy at our upcoming Book Fair or through our website affiliate links to Left Bank Books and Barnes & Noble? Both will provide needed funds to help us help writers (and we all love writers!). We will have a book exchange at our upcoming holiday party on December 3. Members are asked to bring a wrapped, new or gently used book on writing. Here’s a handy list of the Top Selling Books on Writing.

You might also like this list. It’s a Compilation of the Reading Lists of Top MFA-Creative Writing Programs:

Of course there are plenty of other great books in our online bookstore, just click on the Shop Our Books icon on our Home page! Thank you for supporting St. Louis writers!

Collaborative Book Project
We are taking submissions through May 31, 2007 and expect to publish our book on your reflections on the Mississippi River late next year. Give us your opinion—is it muddy or…? For details and guidelines, visit our Blog.
SLWG Upcoming Events
Check our Calendar for a full list of events.

To facilitate event preparations, please pre-register for SLWG workshops, lectures, and Open Mic Nights at
Event Registration and obtain handouts, if applicable.

Sat., Feb. 3 Workshop:
Who-Dunnit Mystery Workshop
On Sat., Feb. 3, we are proud to present a WHODUNNIT WORKSHOP led by novelist, nonfiction writer, Family Circle magazine columnist, speaker, and humorist, SUZANN LEDBETTER (www.SuzannLedbetter.com). SUZANN is a Writers Hall of Fame of America inductee who received a Western Writers of America Spur Award for her biography, NELLIE CASHMAN, PROSPECTOR & TRAILBLAZER. Suzann was an editor-at-large for Family Circle for over a decade and is a current columnist for the magazine. In April 2006, her short story “How To Murder Your Mother-in-Law” appeared in Avon’s DEADLY OUSEWIVES anthology. May marked publication of her latest suspense/caper, ONCE A THIEF (Mira), and in August, SHADY LADIES, a biographical collection of 19th century nonconformists was released by Tor/Forge. Register in advance.
Sat., Feb. 3 Volunteer Luncheon
Also on February 3, immediately following the workshop, SLWG is hosting a Members Only GET INVOLVED IN 2007! LUNCHEON in the meeting room at Barnes & Noble-Crestwood. This luncheon will include brief informational presentations by our board and committee members aimed at filling our members in on the organization, its goals, potential, and the many opportunities for members. It’s a great chance to meet your fellow members and learn all about the inner workings of SLWG and the various ways you can be part of furthering the area’s oldest and largest writers’ organization. Did you know we can help you build your writers’ portfolio? And you can help take SLWG to new heights in 2007! We are 249 members strong and already one of the largest writers’ organizations in the U.S. Come find out how we can collectively and individually serve our members and community even better. (No one’s going to pressure you to sign up for anything!)

Please register for this special event so we can accommodate everyone: Register in advance.

Tues., Feb. 6 Open Mic Night (Date Change)
Open Mic Night will be a week early in February. On Tues., Feb 6 from 7 to 9 pm, join us for our open mic event. Register in advance.
Thur., Feb. 15 Lecture:
“Literary Symbolism in Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily,'”
Lecture Series: Richard Burgin presents “Literary Symbolism in Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily,’ ” Richard is a five times Pushcart Prize winner and author of twelve books, including his latest short fiction collection, The Conference on Beautiful Moments, from which he will read and sign books for attendees. Burgin is founding editor of the internationally-acclaimed literary magazine, Boulevard, and a writing instructor at St. Louis University. Lecture takes place from 7 to 8 pm at Barnes & Noble – Ladue. Register in advance.
Apr. 20-22 Missouri Writers Guild Conference
Missouri Writers Guild’s 92nd annual conference, “Get Inspired, Get Writing, Get Published!,” will be Apr. 20-22. This year it will be at the St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Missouri (30 miles west of St. Louis). See the MWG Conferencewebsite for more info.
SLWG Announcements
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2007 Members of Distinction


Elaine Abramson
Faye Adams
Will Bereswill
Meg Bergmann
Marianne Blake
Julia Gordon-Bramer
Kathi Buescher
Rebecca Carron
Peggy Chumbley
Pat Detrick
Dianna Graveman
Peggy Haldeman
Fran Hamilton
Maurice L. Hirsch
Doreen Hulsey
Gerry Mandel
Dane Marti
Connie McIntyre
Mary Menke
Jud Miner
David Motherwell
Linda O’Connell
Donna Springer
Robin Theiss
Thelma Urich
Paul Wittmer

These members are honored for outstanding contributions made in 2006 to support SLWG and/or further our Midwest literary heritage.

Community News

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Readings @ The Schlafly Tap Room- 2006-2007 Schedule
St. Louis & St. Charles Counties Women’s Journals Author’s Page
THE ST. LOUIS AND ST. CHARLES COUNTY WOMEN’S JOURNALS HAVE CREATED AN AUTHOR’S PAGE for each bi-monthly issue. They release 6 issues a year. This is a new segment of the paper that will highlight local book authors (and they don’t have to be women)!…
Be Featured on the Radio!
WOMEN AUTHORS… WANT TO BE FEATURED ON THE RADIO? Now is your chance! AM 920 WGNU is spotlighting…
Courses, Seminars, & Workshops

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NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK’S NATIONAL STORYTELLING CONFERENCE July 12-15, Westport Sheratons, St. Louis. Storytellers, story listeners, story users, and story advocates are cordially invited to attend! The theme is Reflecting Our Past–Creating Your Future. Early Bird registration rates apply until April 30, 2007…

Contests forum is for Members Only. Join Us!

Members, check our Discussion Board for a full list.

Market News

Market News is for Members Only. Join Us!

Members, check our Discussion Board for a full list.

Feb. 1, 2007 (Deadline)
Calls for Submission: Grant Opportunity
Check out the market…
Calls for Submission: Poetry & Prose
Check out the markets listed..
Travel Writing
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Looking for an Agent, Publisher, etc.?
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Magazines and Journals
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Teen Writers News

Check our Teen Writers page for a full list of events.


Get Involved!

There are currently many fun, and some particularly rewarding, opportunities for members who want to become more involved in the Guild. Everyone can be involved and services to the Guild can range from simple one-time tasks to leadership roles. For a list of current opportunities, go to our Members Only page and click on GET INVOLVED!

Become a Member of Distinction

At our January workshop we handed out information on our exciting new MEMBER RECOGNITIONS PROGRAM. You can print out the Self-Nomination Form from our Members Only page and track your contributions in 2006—everything counts! We’ll be requesting the forms in November and will hold a rewards ceremony for our Significant Contributors in December. Our top contributors will be honored and rewarded as the Guild’s 2007 Members of Distinction. (See our WHO ARE WE? page for the list of 2006 Members of Distinction.) We also announce additional rewards and benefits as the year rolls on.

Our Members Are Busy!

Check our Guild Announcements and Courses, Seminars, & Workshops for a full list of events.

Upcoming Events:

Sat., Mar. 3 at 2 p.m. — Bruce A. Raisch will be signing books at the Sunset Hills Borders.

Sun., Mar. 4 at 2 p.m. — Bruce A. Raisch will be signing books at the Brentwood Borders.

(Ongoing) Every Fri. 1-2 p.m. — Join SLWG member Lisbeth Tanz and Connie Mitchell for fresh and intriguing discussions about current books with the people who write them.”Authors on the Air” is on every Friday from 1-2 PM on AM 920 WGNU. Or, you can listen online on the website, or download the pod casts at iTunes and take the broadcasts with you!

Congratulations to…

Doris Mueller just had another book published–M. Jeff Thompson: Missouri’s Swamp Fox of the Confederacy.

Julie Earhart had a short story “Hunger Pains” published in the Cuivre River Anthology. Also, she will be reviewing local authors’ books that have only been out a few months. Additionally, she is co-launching “Writer’s Words of Wisdom” at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

Elaine Abramson was the featured Cartoonist/Designer in the winter issue of THE PEN WOMAN, the national publication of the National League Of American Pen Women (NLAPW).

Richard Burgin’s book THE IDENTITY CLUB was selected by Times Literary Supplement (the equivalent of the New York Times Book Review in London), as a 2006 Best Book and “Vacation,” a story included in this book won Richard’s 6th Pushcart prize! Richard’s new book, THE CONFERENCE ON BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS, will be available in stores in January. You can pre-order it on our website!

Dianna Graveman will have a few stories published.

Rebecca Carron won first prize in the Editor’s Delight 3-3-1 Contest at the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, AR. The contest evaluated the first three chapters, a three page synopsis, and a one-page back cover copy for her novel-in-progress, The Full Moon Hotel. She took home a $50 check!

These are the six most recent kudos. See our Kudos page for more SLWG member news and accomplishments!

Our Members’ New Books within the Past 12 Months!

Check our online bookstore for a full list books.

United States Submarine Men Lost During World War II by Paul Wittmer (Dec. 2006)

Transparent Lion by Michael Castro (Sept. 2006)

The Light at the End of the Tunnel: Coming Back to Life After a Spouse Dies by Mary Ward Menke (paperback — July 2006, )

Cookies and Blackberry Wine by Faye Adams(hardback, poetry & nonfiction — July 2006, )

What’s So Great About Sex? by Terrance K. Gibson (paperback & hardback, novel — June 2006)

Orchids in the Cornfield: Collected Writings of the Heartland Women’s Writers Guild co-authored by Meg Bergmann (May 2006)

Slaappillen kopenCover the Butter by Carrie Kabak (May 2006 — paperback)

Sacred Secret by Robert William (Robert Kennalley) (Apr. 2006)

While the Daffodils Danced by Cathi LaMarche (Feb. 2006)

$elf-Publish for Profit (by avoiding booby traps) by Jack Simpson (Jan. 2006)

Members, if your book is not listed, contact the Webmaster.