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In Case You Missed April’s Meeting

Hi CCMWGers! In case you missed April’s meeting, here are some notes for you so you can stay on top of the happenings of the guild.

If you caught the Spring quarterly newsletter, you may have caught onto the fact that we are naming a new column in the newsletter for guild successes. So far I have only gotten one suggestion, but would like to get more input. I know we are a creative body of writers and can come up with something snappy. Feel free to comment on this post with your suggestion. I would love to hear from you.

I also have been revamping the website. I would like the guild members to have more input into the blog contents. If you have a 1000-word post dying to get out, please send it my way at with the words “Blog Post” in the subject line. Newsletter material can be sent to the same address with “Newsletter” in the subject line. Posts should have appropriate content (no religion, politics, sexual content, etc) and should be about writing. This can include writing advice, where you are in your writing journey, things you have learned in life that apply to your writing, etc. If you want to send a proposal, feel free to do that as well.

The Missouri Writers’ Guild’s annual conference is coming up May 17-19. You may find more information about it here. We are once again participating in Basket Wars at the conference. Deb is trying to theme the basket this year for the win. The theme is The Write Stuff and should include items that encourage writing. Items to consider donating are writing craft books, nice notebooks and pens, wine, chocolate, etc. Please bring your items to the meeting on May 5th to be included in the basket.

Art in the Park is coming up June 1-2. Signups for working our table will be going out in email shortly. Please try to find a time to sit at the table. It is a great way to connect with our community and bring new members into the guild. Plus, it is fun to interact with young writers, and a LOT of them approach our table during that weekend. This year we will have a handout in either paper or bookmark form to make it easier to provide information.

The next quarterly meeting will be at the Skylark Bookshop in June or July and will be an all-genre reading. Stay tuned for further information and sign-ups to read. Thank you, Sharon for setting these up for us!

Last, if you have been looking for a writing software to try, one of our members mentioned that Write Way Pro is free to download and register. I haven’t looked at it yet, but I am just putting it out there as a suggestion.

Have a great month, folks! May your words be plenty!


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April is National Poetry Month

Happy National Poetry Month! If you missed April’s meeting, you missed a great presentation on National Poetry Month and some readings by Terry Allen and other members of CCMWG along with a brief discussion following. Fear not. You still have the chance to contribute! One of my favorite quotes from poetry is by Mary Oliver:
“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”

This quote moves me as a writer and as a human being. What is your favorite poet, poem, or poetry quote? Please feel free to share! Meanwhile, Deb will be assembling a list of the poets read yesterday and send that in a separate email. Enjoy the balmy temps!

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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