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October Meeting

October Meeting is a fellowship of WORKERS as we meet to work out details related to the our Write Direction Conference to be held Saturday, October 18th

Writing in Shadows and Fog
Terry Allen (Keynote Address)

The French named it “film noir” or “black film”.  The style was a kind of tone poem, a poem of complexity, ambiguity and style.  Great writers of classic noir had to work within the production code and figure out subtle ways of conveying all the sexuality, greed and lust of a dark world through innuendo, double entendre, nuance and humor.  Even today, there’s something special going on in noir and there’s a lot to learn from the masters of darkness and light.


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The remainder of 2014 at a glance

Our October meeting is a meeting of volunteers in preparation for the Conference.
2:00 pm October 5th.

Flyer for the Oct 18th Write Direction Conference is here.Write Direction Program 2014
Register online at with PayPal.

Deadline for SUBMISSIONS for flash fiction (150 words), prose (2 narratives at 2000 word maximum) and poetry (5 pieces total) are due November 15th for our 2015 Well-Versed anthology.  Let’s get to writing. Official guidelines to come out soon on this website and by email for members.

November Mtg:  critiques, no business meeting, help with formatting
December Mtg:  Read Aloud anything (limit 5 minutes each), short business meeting, andnrefreshments

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the low-down on our history…

CCMWG was organized in 1959. Missouri Writers’ Guild is celebrating 100 years in 2015, I believe. If I remember correctly, MWG started in Columbia.

  January 1997 was the first Well Versed Poetry quarterly and September 20, 1997 was the first Writing Workshop (the forerunner of the conference). It was held at the library and 55 people attended. In February 1998, Amy Christianson named the newsletter “The Write Stuff.”
I noted those important dates so long ago  that I don’t remember where I got that information.