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Meghan Pinson to Speak at February Meeting

February Meeting feature: Developmental Editing for Critique Groups


In this editing seminar, you’ll learn how to make the most of your critique partners in 2019. 


Meghan Pinson of My Two Cents Editing will show you how to adapt for your critique group the tools developmental editors use to analyze, assess, and develop unfinished and imperfect manuscripts. 


She’ll teach you to:

  • Set writing and publishing goals so your partners can help you pursue them
  • Identify and convey your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, reader, and subject-matter expert
  • Communicate your concerns about your work in progress to focus your readers’ responses and use their time wisely
  • Establish effective processes for conveying useful critique
  • Do triage with outlining, market research, and gut checks so you can plan strategic revisions


2:00-4:00 Sunday, February 3, 2019

Unity Center

1600 W. Broadway

Columbia, MO


The cost of the seminar is $125 and will be paid by CWG. If you’re a member of the Columbia Chapter of The Missouri Writers Guild, this feature event is included in your membership. This is a great incentive for you to join if you’re not already a member. Annual dues are $25.00. You can join or renew here


If you’re an author or a member of a critique group and are considering a one-on-one session, feel free to request an introductory phone call ahead of time to see if it makes sense for you and/or your group. You can book a free phone session through Meghan’s online calendar here:


Meghan is available before and after the seminar to meet with critique groups and individual authors for private consultations. You don’t have to be a CCMWG member for this. To schedule, email


One-on-one author consultations: $99/hour

10:00-10:50 a.m.

11:00-11:50 a.m.

12:00-12:50 p.m.


Genre-specific critique group consultations: $99

5:00-5:50 p.m. Fiction writers

6:00-6:50 p.m. Narrative nonfiction writers (includes memoir)

7:00-7:50 p.m. Prescriptive nonfiction writers (how-to, inspirational)

8:00-8:50 p.m. Poetry writers


Location for individual and group consultations: 

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

3306 W. Broadway Business Park Ct.

Columbia, MO 65203



Debra Sutton

Columbia Chapter of The Missouri Writers Guild

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CCMWG Writers Take to the SKYlark

On January 9, 2019, CCMWG sponsored a reading at the Skylark Bookshop in Columbia for local authors to showcase their writing.

(Left to right) Steven Wiegenstein, Rexanna Ipock-Brown, Melinda Hemmelgarn, Aaron Fox, and Stephen Paul Sayers

Sharon Feltman

Rexanna Ipock-Brown

Stephen Paul Sayers

Melinda Hemmelgarn

Steve Wiegenstein

Aaron Fox

Thank you to the presenters for their terrific photos, and thank you to the Skylark Bookshop for hosting this event. Click on the link above to check out this great downtown asset. The next CCMWG sponsored reading will take place on April 4, 2019 at 7 pm at the Yellow Dog Bookshop and will be a poetry showcase. See you there!

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Critique 9000 Returns

Dear CCMWG Members:
It is time again for our Critique 9000! This critique group will meet 3 times. Once each month in January, February, and March. You can bring up to 9,000 words to critique each time. That gives you the potential to have 27,000 words critiqued. You do not have to participate each month. There is a small fee of $5 each month you wish to attend. The time and place will be determined once we have an idea of how many people are interested. Please let us know if you are interested in participating this year. Send email inquiries to Deb Sutton at if interested.
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Get Your Work Heard With These Reading Opportunities

Attention all CCMWG Members:

Are you looking for an opportunity to read your work? Have a new poem or story you can’t wait to share? Sign up for one of two guild readings at local bookstores located in Columbia.

Sign up by January 2 to read at Skylark Bookshop on January 9, 2019. This reading opportunity accepts all genres.

Want to stick with poetry? Sign up by March 28 to read at Yellow Dog Book Store on April 4, 2019. Please do keep in mind this date is for poetry only.

Do we have your attention? Great! Send your sign up information or inquiries to Include your full name, the date you are signing up for, your contact phone number, and email address.

Signing up early is vital so we can include all readers in publicity materials. Also, if you have a published book, you may sell it during the reading in the bookshop inventory.

Enjoy this terrific opportunity brought to you by your local bookstores and the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild.


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Well Versed 2019 Submissions



Well Versed 2019 is now accepting submissions in the fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres! We are looking forward to reading your submissions! Please read below for important information regarding submission guidelines and rules.


We are looking for stories, essays and poems that bring subjects to life with well-developed characters, compelling voices, and carefully chosen details.


All entries must be received via the 2019 Well Versed Submission Form by 11:59 CST on January 31, 2019. You will need to use a Google account to fill out the form. You can create a free account here.


Entry Fees for members are included with paid membership. For nonmembers, entries are priced below. Nonmembers can visit to pay by PayPal or Credit Card.

  • Each prose (fiction/non-fiction) entry = $15 (max of 2)
  • Poetry bundle (3 poems) entry = $15 (max of 1)

General Guidelines

  1. DO NOT put your name or contact information on your document/manuscript. Failure to follow this rule will disqualify your submission.
  2. Submissions that demean people or groups of people based on appearance, gender, sexual orientation, beliefs, practices, politics or any other category or generalization will be disqualified.
  3. Submissions that include graphic or gratuitous violence/sexual content will be disqualified.
  4. Please proofread your work. Consider finding a professional editor to help you.

Prose (Fiction/Non-Fiction) Guidelines

  1. Prose (fiction/non-fiction) categories are limited to 2 submissions per person.
  2. Maximum length of submissions is 2000 words.

Poetry Guidelines

  1. Poetry is limited to 3 submissions per person.
  2. Poetry may be in any style.
  3. Poems are limited to 50 lines.
  4. Lines should be single-spaced, with a double-space between verses.

For additional information about the judging process and awards, please visit the CWG website. If you have questions, please email us.



Drew Robinson

Editor, Well Versed 2019



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