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  • 13 Apr 2021 8:00 PM | Anonymous

    This month, The Writers Place is featuring Wayne Courtois. Wayne has been involved with The Writers Place since 2010, has served as a board member and is currently a member of the TWP Programming Committee.

    Wayne is author of the award-winning memoir A Report from Winter, the literary novel Tales My Body Told Me, and the gay erotic novels My Name Is Rand and In the Time of Solution 9. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The Shining Years, I-70 Review, Hibernation and Other Poems by Gay Bards, and Assaracus (poetry) and Jonathan (fiction) from Sibling Rivalry Press.

    Wayne is owner and sole proprietor of The Art of Grants, LLC, and as a grant writer has raised millions for HIV/AIDS services, hospice care, and the arts. He lives in Kansas City with his husband of 32 years, author and translator Ralph Seligman.

  • 18 Mar 2021 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    This month TWP is featuring member William Trowbridge.  Bill has served as a Writers Place board member and is currently a member of TWP programming committee.  William Trowbridge’s ninth poetry collection, The Complete Fool, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2022. His latest, Oldguy Superhero: The Complete Collection, came out from Red Hen in 2019. His other collections are Put this on, Please: New and Selected Poems, Ship of FoolThe Complete Book of Kong, Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger. His poems have appeared in more than 40 anthologies and textbooks, as well as on The Writer's Almanac, AnAmerican Life in Poetry,  and in such periodicals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, Plume, Columbia, Rattle, The Iowa ReviewPrairie Schooner, Epoch, and New Letters. He lives in the Kansas City area and teaches in the University of Nebraska Low-residency MFA in Writing Program. He was Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2012 to 2016.

    If you are a Writers Place member and would like to be featured, please contact Cory Unrein or Maryfrances Wagner. 

  • 30 Nov 2020 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    The Writers Place is happy to announce a call for submissions for our first audiobook! We’re looking for writers to share their words, be they fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or uncategorizable.

    Submissions are free for Writers Place members. There is a $5 per submission fee for non-members. Multiple submissions are welcome.

    Once completed, the audiobook will be free to Writers Place members and contributors, and will be available for purchase worldwide.


    Please submit 1-3 .wav files of you reading your work.

    Please make sure that each file does not exceed 5 minutes.

    At the beginning of each file, please state the title, the author, and then begin reciting your work.

    For an example, please visit: https://thewritersplace.bandcamp.com/releases.

    Send your submissions to: writersplacesubmissions@gmail.com. All questions can also be sent to that email address.

    Payment for the submission fee can be sent by check to:

    The Writers Place

    31 W. 31st St.

    Kansas City, MO 64108

    or electronically via: https://thewritersplace.wildapricot.org/Donate

    Once finished, this audiobook will be available for purchase internationally via bandcamp.com.

    By submitting, authors grant The Writers Place permission to publish and sell this work for the purposes of this audiobook. Authors retain all rights for their pieces. We only ask that in future publications, authors acknowledge the previous publication of their work in this audiobook.

    Good luck! We can’t wait to hear your voices!

  • 27 Jul 2020 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    The Reading Series Zoom event on July 23rd featuring Mike James, Shawn Pavey, and Alarie Tennille is now available to view on our YouTube channel. 

  • 18 Jun 2020 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    The board of directors at The Writer's Place stands together in this moment of national reckoning and commits itself to the work of change that lies ahead for each of us and for our nation. 

    We know that we cannot go back to life as it was before a Minneapolis police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds, or back to the way life was before Louisville police shot Breonna Taylor eight times while she slept in her bed in her apartment. We can never accept the vigilante justice that allowed white men in Georgia to hunt and kill Ahmaud Arbery in cold blood while he was jogging. 

    We invite you to join us in this collective journey toward change, to help us educate ourselves and each other toward anti-racism, to inspire each other with our art, to embrace all people of all groups with shared dignity, care, and concern.

    We say the names of those we’ve lost to the brutality of racial injustice, we speak out against systems that uphold White supremacy, we acknowledge that we can do more to support diverse voices within our own Kansas City community, we are committed to justice and equity for all, and we believe that Black Lives Matter. 


  • 10 Jun 2020 1:44 AM | Anonymous

    This was the 9th year for In Our Own Words, a youth outreach program sponsored by The Writers Place to provide writing and publishing opportunities for young people in grades 7-12 who are underserved. TWP sent teachers into the schools to provide lessons to over 500 students in 7 schools.  The teachers chose the best student poems for an anthology, and each student and school received a copy. The first week in March, TWP held a writing conference and reading by these students with area writers presenting workshops.  The students read their work for parents, teachers, and the public at The Plaza Library.  Copies of this student anthology are available at TWP. The voices in this book are powerful and heard only because of this program by TWP. 

  • 13 Mar 2020 10:05 AM | Anonymous

    In light of recent events and growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, The Writers Place Board of Directors has decided to cancel all events scheduled for the months of March - May. This was a difficult decision to make, but in an effort to practice caution and limit the amount of public gatherings in the city, we felt it was the responsible decision to make as an organization. If you have any questions, please check our website for further details.


    Read a few books. Write a story or two.

    We look forward to seeing you at our events when it is safe to do so.



    Board of Directors

    The Writers Place


  • 26 Feb 2020 7:32 AM | Anonymous

    Let the beautiful roses in the historic Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden inspire your child/student to write an original poem!  The Kansas City Rose Society is now accepting submissions for its Poetry Contest. 
    How to write: 

    • Each original poem MUST include the word “rose” at least once. 
    • The poem must be typed or legibly hand-written on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. -- *Be sure to keep a copy for your child!
    • Only one entry per child, please.
    • The child’s name, school, grade, and city must be included. 
    • Parent’s phone number and email address should be included on the back side of the paper.  

    Who can enter / 3 categories: 
    Open to children in the greater KC area.

    • Grades 3 and 4,
    • Grades 5 and 6
    • Grades 7 and 8​


    • There will be one winner for each category. 
    • Each winner will receive a cash prize of $50.00 and a certificate   
    • Winning poems will be published on the KCRS website in mid-May!


    Judges:  poets from Kansas city Writers Place

    For more information and to enter, visit https://www.kansascityrosesociety.org/2020-poetry-contest.html. 

  • 16 Feb 2020 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    With regrets, The Writers Place bids farewell to another of Kansas City's great literary figures, Dan Jaffe.  Jaffe was Professor Emeritus of UMKC and founded BkMk press where he was its longtime managing editor until he retired.  He also was one of the founders of the Mark Twain Creative Writing Summer Workshop.  Although he wrote many books of poetry and gave many reading around the country, he combined his poetry with his love of music and became known around Kansas City as the Jazz Poet.  At the Blue Room and other venues around the Greater Kansas City area, Jaffe performed his work with local jazz celebrities.  His wife, Jo Ann Jaffe was an accomplished classical pianist, and the two of them put their talents together to present a number of recitals and special events around town before her death.  Many of Kansas City's talented writers were once students of Dan Jaffe, and The Writers Place honored him with its first Kansas City Writer Award in the early 1990's. 

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