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We’ve started something GOOD!

When the guild was formed, say 50 years ago, someone correct me if I’m off by a decade, something GOOD emerged in central Missouri.  The CCMWGuild made a goal to  encourage budding writers of our area.  Each new set of officers keeps the love of writing alive, tries to keep the guild as organized and productive as possible, adhering to the by-laws with yearly elected officers.  Well, this September meeting is an essential part of the guild’s longevity.  What is that exactly?  Members actively voting and participating.

So, at our meeting on this coming Sunday, we will make a motion to accept the by-laws edits as proposed at the July meeting and to accept the new slate of officers.  I sure hope you will be there with us. In fact, that part of our meeting may slide by quickly so we can get to our critique session (poetry/narrative).  As always bring items to share for fellow readers/writers t0 give valuable input.

Finally, let’s put your hearts and minds into making a smooth and sucessful Conference and WRITE for our annual anthology (Well-Versed) whose deadline for submissions will be November 15th, 2014.

Guild meets September 7th , 2:00 pm Unity Center, West Broadway in Columbia.
See you on Sunday!
Lori Younker
2014 President

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Flash Fiction Challenge is a HIT

Dear Lori and Alice,

I cannot express how pleased I was to come back from my vacation and find that the last thing I did before I left, post a flash fiction for week 4, had won me a first. The writing in this five week exercise has been extraordinary, inventive, and thought-provoking. I really hadn’t ever expected to win with such competition. Moreover, the photos we had to work with had tremendous range. It’s was all excellent.
Thank you for taking the time to run this weekly exercise. I’m sorry that I was out of town and not able to participate in Week 5, but the three weeks I was able to participate in have helped me get back to my real love, writing.
Best regards to you and all the other participants,

Marilyn Hope Lake
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spreading the word

Hello Everyone from
the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Missouri team,

In order to reach the widest possible audience, the SCBWI MO team would appreciate it if you shared the follwing information on Twitter, Facebook, and/or your own personal website. Thanks for helping spread the word!

Missouri Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)

Fall Conference to be held

September 6 & 7

Lindenwood University, St. Charles


ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI – The Missouri Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ annual fall conference will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, September 7, at Lindenwood University’s Spellmann Center, 209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, 63301.  The theme is “Seeds of Success.”

Scheduled speakers and panelists include local Young Adult author Heather Brewer, art director Giuseppe Castellano, editor Deborah Halverson, agents Nancy Gallt and Jodell Sadler, and authors Nancy Pollette and Steve Sheinkin.  Sheinkin recently received a Boston Globe-Horn Book award for nonfiction at BookExpoAmerica.  Curriculum specialist Debbie Gonzales also will discuss Common Core Standards and incorporating them into school visits.

The cost of Saturday’s full-day conference is $150 for SCBWI members and $175 for non-members.  Three-hour intensive workshops with speakers on Sunday are only $45.  For more info see  the last day to register is August 20, 2014.