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  • 7 Aug 2019 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    My Story:
    Why The Writers Place was Critical to my Success as a Writer

    By Alan Robert Proctor

     

                I began writing as a child – stories of flying snowmen, poems to convince my mother to stop smoking:

                            I wish you would

                            I truly do

                            Stop smoking that awful brew

                            Of tobacco, filter, smoke and trash

                            That simply does nothing but fall to ash…

     

                It continues that like in sing-song rhyme. I began publishing poems in college and became a humor columnist in the 80s. Many friends in Oklahoma, where I lived for 22 years, helped me in my writing endeavor, but it wasn’t until I moved to Kansas City in 2006 that my writing really took off. Soon after arriving, I joined The Writers Place (TWP) and began to enroll in workshops and seminars – many of them. I was so active that TWP recruited me for the board where I served for three years. My first book, The Sweden File, Memoir of an American Expatriate, a hybrid memoir which I co-authored with my late brother, Bruce, was published in 2015. I workshopped early versions of it at TWP and credit Jo McDougal particularly for helping me finalize it in her memoir workshop.

                My second book, Adirondack Summer, 1969, published in 2018 was again workshopped at TWP. Most notably, I remember Brian Shawver’s fiction seminar in which he (and some of the participants) made very helpful comments on content. Then, during a seminar at TWP with the late Bob Chrisman, Bob suggested that we “turn a fairy tale on its head.” That got me started on Grinn’s Fairy Tales: Out Loud Stories which I self-published. I’ve already started a Volume II.

                My debut book of poetry, Abacus, is currently on submission and owes its existence to many poetry workshops at TWP and many fellow poets – too numerous to name – who provided suggestions and guidance. After a poetry seminar with Denise Low, the group and I were so impressed with her insight, I asked her to continue meeting with us in my home – which she did. I attended her TWP-inspired workshops for almost two years! Abacus would never have come to be without her counsel and those of my fellow poet-participants.

                Finally, The Other Day Ago, a book of fiction, old essays and humor which I am still compiling contains several newer short stories I wrote and published after workshopping them at TWP.

                The Writer Place has been an invaluable asset to me. And here is my way of thanking TWP: for every book TWP has helped me complete (whether published or not), I pledge $10.00 to TWP general fund; for every essay/and or short story I have published in part with TWP guidance, I pledge $2.00; and for every poem workshopped at TWP and subsequently published, I pledge $1.00. In all, I am pledging $71.00.

                I urge all friends of TWP who have taken seminars, workshops or attended lectures or readings that influenced work which you have published or of which you are particularly proud, to pledge likewise. If you value what TWP offers to aspiring writers, please follow my lead. This community asset deserves our support.

                Thanks,

     

                Alan Robert Proctor 

               

    Alan's specific challenge to us all is simple, "If you value what TWP offers to aspiring writers, please follow my lead. This community asset deserves our support." 

    Click here to make a donation that represents the value TWP has brought to you.

  • 27 May 2019 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    The Writers Place will host a Gallery Show opening on Sunday, July 7th at 2:00pm at the Nonprofit Village, 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108. Artists Nano Nore and Carlyle Raine will be featured. 

    For more information on the event, visit the Gallery Show page on our website. 


  • 1 Jan 2019 8:24 PM | Anonymous

    The Writers Place has a new home! As of December 1st, our office is located in the Nonprofit Village at 31 W 31st Street, KCMO, between Main and Broadway. We look forward to serving the greater Kansas City area through more community outreach, including exploration of new venues and making more connections with writers and supporters of the literary arts. Please consider renewing or signing up for a membership and volunteering today.


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