Lori has enjoyed some form of writing ever since her 7th grade teacher introduced her to the world of poetry writing. Through the years she has enjoyed a good book, mostly literary works for grades 6 to 12 for her younger students. For two decades writing has been in the form of curriculum and short plays for school settings. In recent days, she realized that she has spent so much time teaching English as a second language at MU that her writing skills were slipping. In order to revive her first love she dove into her first novel and into the world of writing professionally.
Linda Fisher collected and edited the stories for Alzheimer’s Anthology of Unconditional Love: The 110,000 Missourians with Alzheimer’s. She won first place in the 2006 Sedalia Book and Toy Short Story Contest, honorable mention in Bylines for flash fiction, and two honorable mentions in the 74th Annual Writer’s Digest Contest in the feature articles category. Her short stories and essays have been published in Alzheimer’s Anthology, Early Onset Blog: Essays from an Online Journal, Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned From the Cat, A Cup of Comfort for Families Touched by Alzheimer’s,Well Versed, Echoes of the Ozarks II and III. Linda has a BS in Business Management from William Woods University and is the office manager of an electric cooperative. She enjoys traveling, writing, and spending time with family. She is a dedicated volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Secretary – Bob Ackerman http://bobackerman.blogspot.com/
After spending several years in the US Army, Bob started a 30+ year career in IT and is currently the IT Support for a local manufacturing plant. Bob has written many non-fiction articles for various clubs over the years and held the position of newsletter editor in most of those organizations. Bob decided to start writing fiction a few years ago and only recently had his first paid publication in the 2013 Well Versed, and winning 1st place in the fiction category for his efforts. Bob has also dabbled in poetry with one of his pieces also in the 2013 Well Versed publication.
Suzanne Connelly Pautler started dabbling in writing in her childhood years. She is a life-long learner who enjoys researching a variety of topics, particularly related to history. Suzanne is an avid reader, often gravitating toward youth and children’s novels. She delights in genealogy while archiving, investigating, and unraveling puzzling details in her family’s history.
Liz Schulte is a self-published author in mystery and paranormal romance with ten novels, one short story, one box set, and has been in three anthologies. She is a member of RWA and her local chapters in Missouri, the Missouri Writer’s Guild, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers of America. Though success in publishing didn’t happen overnight, like she envisioned it would, the journey has been worth the trials along the way. Liz became a self-supported full time author in 2013 and wouldn’t trade her hard begotten knowledge or the wonderful friends she has made along the way for anything.
Liz has a degree in psychology from the University of Missouri and a minor in philosophy. She has taken numerous forensic and writing classes and attended several symposiums on writing. She believes that with any craft, you should constantly work on honing your skills and improving your output.
Membership Chair – Alice Reese
Larry allen, a three time President of Columbia Chapter Missouri Writers Guild, has had poems published in Main Street Rag, Fine Arts Discovery, The Griffin, Now, and Well Versed. His book of Lizzie Borden poems “Do Come In” was published by Pear Tree Press.