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Writing Weekend 2016

  • The Story Center at Woodneath Library 8900 Northeast Flintlock Road Kansas City, MO, 64157 United States (map)

Everyone has a story. Is yours ready for pen and paper? If you have always wanted to craft an enduring love story, an epic quest or even your own memoir, then you are in luck!

 We are hosting a free, weekend mini-conference with 17 sessions in partnership with Story Center and MidContinent Public Library. The mini-workshops will cover genre basics, publishing, book design and more. Registration for individual events is recommended as space fills quickly. Register for workshops and events at


Weekend Agenda

Story Crafting 101: Creating a Blueprint for your Short Story

10/15/2016 at 10:00 AM

In this session, writer and storyteller Anthony Clark will help participants develop a firm understanding of story structure, as well as guide them through the process of developing a structure for a new story or a story in progress. Click here to sign up.


Print-on-Demand for Income with Aaron Barnhart

10/15/2016 at 10:00 AM

Working from his own experience, Aaron Barnhart, founder and owner of Quindaro Press and author and local publisher, walks through the steps to starting a publishing business from incorporation through sales and distribution. Click here to sign up.


How to Write and Sell Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

10/15/2016 at 10:00 AM

Author and editor Robin Wayne Bailey leads a wide-ranging discussion about writing and selling in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Learn about character, plot and setting, developing ideas, marketing your work, and more. Click here to sign up.


Romance Writing 101

10/15/2016 at 10:00 AM

Author Bryn Donovan reveals the expectations and must-haves of the romance genre. Learn approaches, tools, and resources for beginning your work, as well as information on the revision process and about the current state of the industry. Click here to sign up.


Writing the Spiritual Journey

10/15/2016 at 10:00 AM

You don't have to be a faith leader to tell an inspiring story about your spiritual journey. Author Shirley Fessel explores types of treatments and structures that engage and benefit your readers and resources to guide spiritual journey writers. Click here to sign up.


Now What? Resources for Life after NaNoWriMo

10/15/2016 at 1:00 PM

Take a tour of the resources The Story Center has available to help improve, share, print, or publish your work. Learn about MCPL’s eBook platform, SELF-e, as well as printing with the Espresso Book Machine, and publishing with the Woodneath Press. Click here to sign up.


Memories to Memoirs, Writing the Journey

10/15/2016 at 2:30 PM

The backbone of our life stories are the memories we possess. In this interactive workshop, we will identify key moments in our lives, organize them into a coherent and engaging story, and learn tips and tricks on how to give life to your characters. Click here to sign up.


Narrative Nonfiction for Beginners

10/15/2016 at 2:30 PM

Book-length narrative nonfiction combines the research principles of journalism with creative prose in order to transform real events into compelling stories. Workshop exercises will focus on the most critical ingredient of narrative nonfiction, namely, creating "scenes." Click here to sign up.


Editing Alone, Editing Together

10/15/2016 at 2:30 PM

Language can enhance or fail narrative nonfiction prose or poems. Learn how to recognize clutter and other diction problems in your own writing and others. Reading The Narrow Gate by Robert Stewart is recommended prior to attending this workshop. Click here to sign up.


Reading for Writers

10/15/2016 at 2:30 PM

To write well you have to read everything. Join Mid-Continent Public Library Readers’ Advisory Specialist Angie Strathman for some serious book talking and personalized reading recommendations for your writing projects. Click here to sign up.


Dialogue and Character Development that Leap off the Page

10/15/2016 at 2:30 PM

Even the most compelling plot can fall flat if it lacks characters who are authentic and relatable. Fiction writer Stephen Roth will share tactics and exercises that can help summon vividly memorable personas who bring short stories and novels to life. Click here to sign up.


First Pages Reading

10/15/2016 at 5:30 PM

Get the chance to test your first page in a fun and informative atmosphere. All excerpts are read anonymously. (Participants: Please bring the first page of your manuscript in 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, titled, with its genre (fiction, memoir, or nonfiction only, please) marked clearly at the top. Email your first page, as above to Click here to sign up.


Caffeinate and Conversate

10/16/2016 at 12:00 PM

Mix and mingle with Kansas City area authors, editors, and writing groups.  Coffee from Barista De Casa will be provided.  Make sure you bring your business card! No sign up needed. 


Great Book Design DIY with Aaron Barnhart

10/16/2016 at 1:30 PM

Nothing stumps the new self-publisher like the book design. An ugly cover or an unsophisticated book interior can scare off readers, but paying someone to do your design can eat up your profits. Aaron Barnhart shares techniques for turning out impressive book designs. Click here to sign up. 


Is It Funny Yet?

10/16/2016 at 1:30 PM

Humor is a necessary and effective tool in any genre. It defuses tense situations, keeps readers engaged, and makes your work more memorable. Share a few laughs with author Jen Mann, and learn how to use humor in your writing. Click here to sign up.


STORYography Cards: Choreographing Your Next Big Idea and the Marketing

10/16/2016 at 1:30 PM

Success is in the cards! Brainstorming meets strategic planning straight from the get-go. Learn how to plot the choreography between your next big idea and its marketing. Click here to sign up.


Pitch Perfect

10/16/2016 at 1:30 PM

A focused one-page story synopsis is the single most important writing you will ever do, more important than the book itself. Learn the fundamentals all writers must master before creating their first draft and definitely before a book idea is pitched to agents, editors, or publishers. Click here to sign up.