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A Community of Writers Without Boundaries: The Making of Southeast Missouri Writers’ Guild

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by Donna Essner As writers we know that creating memorable prose is sometimes frustrating, fraught with starts and stops, accompanied by moans and groans, hair pulling, and gnashing of teeth.  Sometimes in response to that frustration—at least for this writer—our vocabulary digresses to verbiage not fit for, well, anyone. So, for the most part, I…

SLWG Author Series on YouTube

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By Lisa Miller The Saint Louis Writers Guild (SLWG) does so much for our literary community.  It is part of our history, our present, and is sure to be part of our future.  For us today, the SLWG presents monthly writing workshops at he Kirkwood Community Center, sponsors weekly Open Mic nights at the Kirkwood…

Sitting Down with Kathryn Davis

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by Lisa Miller Kathryn Davis was gracious enough to answer a rather long list of questions about her writing, her awards, and what it’s like to be a “Hurst Writer in Residence” at Washington University.  Ms. Davis will be reading from, discussing, and signing her book Duplex at Left Bank Books on November 6th.  Please click…

Ellen Stimson’s Mud Season

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by Diana Davis If you’d like to meet Ellen, hear her read from her book, and perhaps purchase signed copies of the first edition to give as Christmas presents, then go the Barnes and Noble at Ladue Crossing this coming Friday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m.  Come and meet this modern day Thoreau. You’ll be…

Writing in Nature: Hope Cemetery and Mausoleum

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by Jennifer Adele www.jenniferadele.com For the happily haunted and harvest-centered month of October, I thought I would focus my article for the Writing in Nature feature on a local St. Louis cemetery that exceeds in lush green space, historic provisions, and an essence of autumn… Mount Hope Cemetery and Mausoleum. Whether it is actually located…

I Heart James Patterson!

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James Patterson is one of the most prolific writers out there, hitting the bestseller list over and over again. His success shows through recent reports, including Forbes’ Celebrity 100 (he sits at #44) and Top Earning Authors, where he was only recently knocked off the #1 slot to #2 by E.L. James (50 Shades of…

Matt Freeman Remembers Ken Brown

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I first met Ken Brown soon after we both came out of the poetry closet and started meeting other poets.  We were hitting open mics, giving readings, and generally trying to “do something.” I was sitting in the back of Loudmouth (a legendary open mic sponsored by the Writers Guild and billed as rather risque,…

Pen Names – Why or Why Not?

In August, one of the biggest stories in the written world broke, exposing the debut author Robert Galbraith as the one and only, J.K. Rowling. The exposure was not supposed to happen, yet it did, and the books started flying off the shelves. This got me thinking.  Why did Rowling (or any author for that…

Writing in Nature: Cahokia Mounds

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Written by Jennifer Adele www.jenniferadele.com For our excursion into creative green space this month, we venture a little bit outside of the St. Louis area, to an area many native St. Louisans will visit time and time again… Cahokia Mounds. My very first trip to this impactful location happened as a child at around age…