The KWA is on Facebook

The KWA is on Facebook

You can join our Kansas Writers Association Facebook group by clicking here. 

http://www.facebook.com/groups/KansasWritersAssociation/593337830694731/?notif_t=group_activity 

It’s one way to keep up to date on what we’re up to as an organization. It’s also a good place for our president and members to post useful information about the craft of writing! Many of the KWA members also post information on their books, articles, blogs etc that they are promoting here. We also use this Facebook page to toss around ideas and ask one another’s advice.

Our KWA group is pretty diverse. We have writers of all ages, experience levels, and genres. Some are writing sci-fi, steampunk, fantasy, true crime, memoirs, mystery, historical non-fiction, religious-themed novels, etc. Some people have published many books and do this writing thing for a living, some like me are still on their first book. Some people have won NaNoWriMo every year, some have done it some years, some just don’t care. But there’s something for every writer in the KWA, I promise! 

–Heather Larson 

Early bird registration for the Kansas Writers Association Scene Conference ends tomorrow

I am on the board of the Kansas Writers Association and our annual Scene Conference is coming up on March 16 here in Wichita. Early bird registration ends tomorrow — at midnight on Valentine’s Day. So sign up here!

Read more and see our video on my friend Samantha LaFantasie’s website. (As she is a fantasy writer, she’s got a decent last name).

Please join the KWA if you’re based anywhere in or near Wichita. We have a meeting on the 3rd Saturday of each month filled with educational and networking opportunities. We’re a fun, laid-back group of creative writers who love to support one another. You’ll find published authors of every genre, age, interest — whatever. Everyone is welcome.

We hold a contest at the end of every year. Winners will be published in our anthology, which will be freshly printed and available at our Scene Conference next month. The conference theme this year is “The Complete Writer” and will feature the following presenters:

  • Stan Finger of the Wichita Eagle 
  • Jarrod Acquistapace, writer & poet
  • Roy Wenzl of the Wichita Eagle 
  • Jenna Blum, New York Times best seller
  • Esper, poet and performance artist
  • John Jenkinson of Butler Community College, poet & writer

Read their full bios here. Better yet, come to our Scene Conference and hear them speak, meet them, and ask them questions! We are here for you! 

I’m going to run a marathon

As a writer, I’ve always struggled with one hazard of the job. There are so many hours I have spent sitting on my ass! So I took up running last fall. I’ve run over 100 miles since October 30th. I signed up to run the San Diego Rock N’ Roll Marathon through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training. I will run 26.2 miles in San Diego on June 2! Wow!

Check out my story, updates, and fundraising page here.

No, I don’t want an MFA in creative writing!

Actually, I applied to WSU and I wasn’t accepted. In the time between sending in my materials to the school and having the rejection letter arrive in the mail, I was stressing. I was wondering how to handle my very busy radio career while in a three-year MFA program. I began to realize it was too much of a commitment for someone whose job takes more than 40 hours a week, most of which happen before the sun rises and on weekends… So although I was disappointed to not make it into WSU, I was relieved that I didn’t get in.

Some writer friends have told me the MFA is only truly for those who want to teach. If you want to write, skip the MFA. If you want to write, just write. What a novel idea…

So I’m just going to write my novel on my own. No MFA program to push me. No MFA program in which to gain experience. And I’m OK with this. Maybe I’ll do it at some other point in life. For now, I have a book to write.