Posted tagged ‘Kansas Writers Association’

EXPLORING THE RIPPLE EFFECT

March 25, 2013

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At the KWA Scene Conference, I had the pleasure of sitting at the table with Molly Wierman, whose story “A Mother’s Love” placed first in the youth division: fiction of KWA’s 2012 writing contest. Since Bonnie had not been able to attend, I quickly engaged Makayla Yokley as interviewer. However, there was too much background noise, so I transcribed the interview. Keep reading to learn more about Molly Wierman, a talented young writer.

Molly Wierman reads from “A Mother’s Love”

Molly Wierman Interview with Makayla Yokley

Makayla: Molly, you’re a senior at Kapaun. How is that going?

Molly: It’s been great. I’ve had the most incredible year with writing and outside writing.

Makayla: Tell us about your contest entry, “A Mother’s Love.” What place did it get and what was it about?

Molly: I received first place in youth division: fiction. At the time I was writing it, there were a lot of teenage suicides. There were a couple where it wasn’t really people I knew, but it was people I knew who knew them. I thought, “How did the suicide impact the people around them? How did their friends react? How did their mothers feel?” I wondered if people would think, “Oh, you’re such a bad mother.” It was an interesting concept.

Makayla: Yes, you do always see just their (the suicide’s) perspective. You don’t see the family members or the ripple effect. You said something earlier about Transcendentalist fiction. What is that?

Molly: Well, normally, when you think of Transcendentalists, you think of somebody like Thoreau, Emerson, and extreme Romanticism, but I would say Transcendentalist fiction is looking at a person, body and soul, and I like to work with the soul aspect and base everything from that. It’s similar to what I’ve heard described as Catholic fiction, taking the spiritual idea of the world into my writing.

Makayla: So that’s how it plays into the Catholic aspect?

Molly: Yes.

Makayla: You also said something about T.S. Eliot.

Molly: Yes. My English teacher had us do a little bit on T.S. Eliot my junior and senior years, and I was reading his writing and thinking that I almost write the same way. I use symbolism and things like that, but it’s also the whole idea of the spiritual world and bringing in the Anglo-Catholic themes, and that’s how I write, too.

Makayla: That’s a cool way to learn—from other writers—and to see what it is that informs how you work with something similar in your writing. It’s been nice talking to you.

Molly: It’s been nice talking to you.

Makayla: And congratulations on winning first place.

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Now that you have some background, check out the excerpts from “A Mother’s Love.” To read the complete story and the stories of other winners in KWA’s 2012 writing contest,  download the anthology.

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KWA in 2013: An Interview with H.B. Berlow

January 23, 2013

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In this Keyhole Conversations interview, H. B. Berlow, president of Kansas Writers Association, discusses the purpose of the organization and reveals details about the 2013 Scene Conference which will be held on March 16, 2013.

MORE ON THE SCENE 2013 

KWA Scene Conference – March 16, 2013
“The Complete Writer”
Visit kwawriters.org to register.
Early Bird Special if you register by February 14, 2013. (What a Sweet Deal!)

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THE TEN MINUTE CHALLENGE

August 13, 2012

This video is the second in a new three-part series on pitches that were filmed at the KWA meeting when H. B. Berlow, our president, threw out a spur-of-the-moment challenge for members to pitch their books in one minute.  Authors had ten minutes to prepare their pitch. They then allowed Keyhole Conversations to video their efforts.

Our next two authors pitching their books are Conrad Jestmore and Darin Elliott.

About Conrad Jestmore

Conrad Jestmore has published short stories, poetry and non-fiction in numerous journals and anthologies, and is a Past-President of the Kansas Authors Association. His first novel, River of Murder is available as an e-book from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.Com, and the publisher, Smashwords.com. He has earned gainful employment as a welfare case worker in the mountains of northern California, an elevator operator when elevators still had them, a bartender, a paint warehouse stocker, a USO performer and a high school teacher. He is a Reiki Master and currently teaches Reiki classes and heals both humans and animals in his central Kansas Reiki practice.

About Darin Elliott

Darin Elliott works as a Laboratory Technician for Leading Technology Composites.  Married for the past twelve years to his wife Misti, he is the father of three children and grandfather to one grandson (with another on the way).  Darin writes in the science fiction and horror genres with a style reflective of Clive Barker and Philip K. Dick. Darin is pitching The Seraphim Protocol.

His writing methods can be found at his literary blog Webgoji’s Ramblings.

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A standard pitch includes the book’s title and genre, a hook (point that grabs the audience), a cliff hanger, and an indication of where the book fits with others that have been published. All of this must be presented in one minute or less. Listen for these points as you watch the video.

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WRITERS ON THE SPOT

July 30, 2012

What do you write? Whether the question comes from the person next to you in the grocery line or from an agent or editor at a conference, a brief description of your book that grabs attention may result in a sale or a contract.

Having made several pitches at recent conferences, H.B. Berlow, president of the Kansas Writers Association, shared his experience and knowledge of standard and high concept pitches at KWA’s July 21st meeting. After a brief presentation of the elements of pitching to agents and editors, he threw out a spur-of-the-moment challenge for members to pitch their book in one minute. Authors had ten minutes to prepare their pitch. They then allowed Keyhole Conversations to video their efforts.

Our hats are off to those seven authors who were put on the spot and brave enough to respond to the challenge.

This video is the first in a new three-part series on pitches that were filmed at the KWA meeting. Our first two authors are Makayla Yokley (writer of  steam punk novels) and April Pameticky (writer of young adult fantasy).

About Makayla Yokley

Makayla Yokley is a sophomore at Butler County Community College. She recently published The Ruby Curse, her first  steam punk novel. Visit her website here

About April Pameticky

April Pameticky received her MFA from WSU in 2006 and became swirled up in the Wichita vortex.  The birth of her daughter has given her new eyes, and her day-gig as a middle school teacher keeps her fresh and grounded.  While she enjoys writing for her middle school audience, her first love is poetry.  Her work can be seen in Mikrokosmos, Naked City, Chiron Review, and Poetry4theMasses.  Her first chapbook collection, Sandriver and Other Places I’ve Been, is currently under consideration at Finishing Line Press. She is also working on a YA paranormal suspense novella, Whirling Waters.  Read more and see samples of her work.

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A standard pitch includes the book’s title and genre, a hook (point that grabs the audience), a cliff hanger, and an indication of where the book fits with others that have been published. All of this must be presented in one minute or less. Listen for these points as you watch the video.

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