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  • 10 May 2024 9:43 AM | Anonymous

    The 2023 edition of the Writers Place yearbook showcases the poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction written by fifty-one of our members. Subjects range from the whimsical to the poignant. Our authors draw on the past while they imagine the future. This collection has everything from beehive burglaries to the Doobie Brothers. One poet doesn’t want “to take a hike,” in every sense of the phrase. Another writer remembers reading as solace after her first resume finds rejection. Many poets reflect that death comes for us all eventually. “Though, I'll hang on for now and lie about my age,” one poet concludes.

    To purchase a copy on Amazon, visit Writers Place Yearbook Volume 3: Board, Writers Place, Gulley, Beth: 9798325111198: Amazon.com: Books

    You can also download a PDF version here: Writers Place Yearbook 2023 Vol 3 Amazon download.pdf

  • 3 Apr 2024 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    Eve Ott passed peacefully on March 1, 2024. Eve Ott was a member of the Writers Place for many years and made our writing community all the better for knowing her. She served for over ten years on the programming committee and helped with readings, receptions and special events. Many will miss her genuine and radiant spirit. She was a joyous and happy person despite any adversity and lightened up a room with her wonderful laugh. R.I.P. Eve. 

    A memorial service for Eve was held Saturday, March 16th at The Pilgrim Chapel

    3807 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64111.

  • 23 Nov 2023 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    The Writers Place celebrated the life and work of Cameron Morse at the November 17th reading. Below are a few videos from the reading. 

  • 20 Jul 2023 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    The Writers Place shares office space with a wonderful organization - Lead to Read KC. Their mission is to create a community of readers, one lunch period at a time. They accomplish this by placing volunteers in schools once a week for just 30 minutes to read one on one with an elementary student in Kansas City area schools. Children who can read proficiently by third grade are more successful in school, and their important work aims to increase the number of proficient readers in our community. 

    The Writers Place board is excited to partner with this organization and as an initial effort, we would like to challenge our membership to become volunteer readers with Lead to Read KC. 

    The process is simple:

    1) Complete a volunteer application at www.leadtoreadkc.org and a required background check (cost of $15). 

    2) Watch a short training video.

    3) Commit to a schedule of reading with one student one day a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between the hours of 11am - 1pm). You may also share a weekly shift with another volunteer if you can commit to volunteering 2x a month, or volunteer as a flex volunteer on a once-a-month basis.

    4) Donate new and gently used children's books or make a donation to Lead to Read for the purchase of books.

    We know you understand the value of reading and that writers need good readers! We invite you to join us as volunteers with Lead to Read KC. Please make sure to let them know you are with The Writers Place when you complete your application. Thank you for your support of this worthwhile project!

  • 15 Jun 2023 6:10 AM | Anonymous


    Open June 1 – July 31, 2023

    MO Humanities magazine is interested in technology, discovery, and innovation!

    MO Humanities is encouraging Missourians to reflect on the intricate relationship between discovery, innovation, and the human experience. Submissions should ideally consider how Missouri has played a role and may choose to explore how technology-driven change can be an opportunity to build empathy and create a more connected future for Missourians.

    Writers are invited to submit work that speaks to this topic in the past, present, and future, especially as it pertains to Missouri and Missourians. MO Humanities is accepting personal, historical, and nonfiction essays, as well as memoirs, poems, digital art, and photography.

    For more information and to submit your work, please visit mohumanities.org/magazine-submission. 

  • 30 Apr 2023 8:28 PM | Anonymous

    The Writers Place advisory board member Michael Pritchett is  writing a newsletter for writers -- a craft newsletter for fiction. 

    As Pritchett explains in his recent post, "This newsletter is about craft so if you aren’t into writing craft, get out while you can.  More specifically, this newsletter is about scene counting, that vice of novelists and perhaps almost nobody else."

    To view the newsletter, How It’s Made (for Writers) (michaelpritchett.co)

    To subscribe, visit Blog — Michael Pritchett

  • 7 Jan 2023 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    The Writers Place is pleased to announce the release of its 2023 audiobook, featuring authors reading their original works. The recordings were curated by James Benger and is available for download at http://twpaudiobook.fieldinfoserv.com/

  • 20 Sep 2022 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    Calling all members! The Writers Place wants to include your work in the 2022 Yearbook. Send one poem, one short story, one excerpt from a longer work of fiction or play, or one piece of creative nonfiction. Prose piece should be no longer than 1500 words, and poetry should not exceed two pages. When you submit your work, include a 50-100-word bio.

    To submit, your membership in the Writers Place must be current. If you have let your membership lapse, then you can renew it online at writersplace.org or by mailing a check. Submissions may be previously published provided you have the rights returned to you. All submissions are due by December 31, 2022. Please send your writing as word document in an email attachment to bgulley@jccc.edu.

    This collection will be published on the Writers Place website and publicized through our email and social media network. We look forward to highlighting your words.


    The Writers Place Board

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