August Meet-ups. Instead of a regular meeting in August, we are having three “genre” meet-ups, where members will meet at three different locations throughout Columbia, to work on their writing. Members should have received an email to let them know where the meet-ups are, and when. If you are a member, and haven’t yet received an email about the August meet-ups, contact one of the board members. If you plan to attend one or more of the meet-ups, make sure to RSVP to the host of that meet-up, so they know how many to expect. —July 26, 2016

Registration for ShowMe Writers Masterclass, our fall conference, is now underway. Register by August 31 and get earlybird pricing. Register at You can also go here to find out the schedule, and who the speakers will be. It’s shaping up to be an unforgettable conference! —July 26, 2016

Launch of Well Versed 2016! This upcoming meeting will be one of our best, because we will launch our beautiful new anthology, Under Lock and Key! Invite all your friends to come celebrate with us and hear our authors read works from our newest anthology, on Sunday, June 5, at 2:00 p.m., at the Unity Center at 1600 W. Broadway, in Columbia —May 26, 2016

Fall Conference Registration Opens
Registration for Show Me Writers Masterclass Nov. 5-6 is now open at Twice as big as last year’s conference, it has now become a 2-day event!

May 1st Meeting
Poets who attend our Sunday, May 1st meeting (2-4 p.m. at Unity Church), will have the wonderful opportunity to discuss poetry and poetic devices with Walter Bargen, previous Missouri Poet Laureate. Bring one of your own poems to read and discuss.
For those who write fiction and nonfiction, we will split into critique groups, so bring 6 copies of your work, which is no more than 5 pages long (or is an excerpt). We’re looking forward to seeing everyone! —April 26, 2016

101st Missouri Writers’ Guild Conference
The Missouri Writers’ Guild Conference is coming up fast, on April 29-May 1. This is the conference of our own guild, so if you go to any conference this year, THIS is the one to attend! The conference committee has outdone themselves in creating a lineup that will help advance writers at whatever stage they are in their writing careers. Five agents, along with 4 editor/publishers will give attendees a chance to pitch their books and writing, while talks will help with writing skills. Three New York Times bestselling authors will give their insights. Many other speakers, and lots of opportunities for children’s writers as well as fiction writers, poets, memoirists, travel writers, and more. We’re coming down to the wire, so get your registration in NOW! You’ll be glad you went! The registration fee, $175, is a great deal, and includes Saturday lunch and the banquet. Compare that with many other writer conferences out there, which cost $400 and more and don’t provide nearly as many speakers or opportunities! I hope to see all of you there! —April 18, 2016

Quarry Heights Writers Workshops
Quarry Heights has just announced their summer workshops. Take a look in the “Personal Growth” section of this website (under the “writing’ tab) for details. —April 18, 2016

Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship
The Missouri Film Commission has just announced the new dates for their scriptwriting fellowship competition. The competition will be open to accept both movie scripts and TV scripts from September 5 to November 28, 2016. More info about this opportunity at —March 21, 2016

Interpretations IV
Have you sent your entry in yet for Interpretations IV, at the Columbia Art Gallery? Diana Moxon, Director at Columbia Art League, says “We are approaching the deadline for Interpretations IV – Friday April 1st is the last day for submissions. Here’s the link to the online version of the poster:, which has all the entry information.” —March 15, 2016

Party for Agnes Smedley
CCMWG member Marlene Lee has come up with a creative way to celebrate her book. She’ll be holding a party for Agnes Smedley, the main character in her book, No Certain Home, a historical novel. Help Marlene celebrate, by attending the party on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the State Historical Society of Missouri (the east wing of Ellis Library on the M.U. campus). Gary Kremer, director of the Society, will introduce the novel, and Marlene will read a few passages and answer questions about the five-year process of researching and writing the book. Refreshments will be served. Metered street parking is free on Sundays. There is also a parking garage (free on Sundays) on University Avenue near College, a short walk from the library. If you miss this event, you can also catch Marlene at these upcoming events —March 15, 2016

Quarry Heights Writers Workshops
Two classes are coming up soon in Columbia with the Quarry Heights Writers Workshop. A 6-week poetry class will be held starting in April, and a 5-week novel-writing class will be held starting in June. For details, head to —March 12, 2016

Congratulations to Suzanne Connelly Paulter for winning the Flash Fiction Time Capsule Contest, in which writers were asked to depict life in Missouri 50 years from now. Also congratulations to close runner-up Debbie Sutton. The time capsule is is a project of the Missouri Arts Council, the state agency supporting arts in Missouri. The locked steel box will be stored in the MAC offices in the Old Post Office in St. Louis, at 815 Olive Street.

Suzanne’s and Debbie’s works will be stored in a time capsule to be open in June 2066. Both will also appear in the 2016 edition of Well Versed. Interviews and bios of both will accompany the winning entries and will appear on the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild website.

Meeting on Sunday, February 7
. We hope to have a good turnout for our fabulous speaker, Milbre Burch. We’ll also be voting on bylaws revisions, so come and make your opinion count. –February 4, 2016

Well Versed 2016 submission deadline is officially extended to January 15, 2016. 

Saturday January 9th , 2016 – Novel Intensive Critique 9000. Critique session – bring 9000 words of your latest work.  All genres are welcome. Members:  no charge.  Friends of members:  $5.00.  Location:   Cambridge Place Clubhouse at 1925 Scarborough Drive, Columbia, MO, (south of Nifong, near The Crossing).   Time:  9:30 to 2:00
Snow date:  Sat Jan 16th.
Send an email to to indicate interest.

Sunday, January 10th, 2016   —Iowa Writers Workshop, archived video class on Fiction Writing followed by our normal critique session of 5 poems or 3000 words or less (See below).  We will introduce the idea of “Co-Presidency” in which a second leader is found to divide the responsibilities of president, covering the year of meetings and Masterclass preparation. Voting on this proposal as well as an additional gift to Unbound Festival is scheduled for February.

Open Mic! December 1st we shared OUR writing with the rest of the group. We enjoyed 25+members present. Nearly 15 of us shared our work at the mic.

Thanks, Lori Y, Jim C, Frank M, Carolyn M, Sue D, Terry A, Larry A, Eva R, Kathy K, Joe P, Walker H, Karen D, Joe P, Nancy Jo C, and Sylvia F      –December 1, 2015

Show Me Masterclass a huge success! We did it! The first Show Me Writers Masterclass turned out to be the wonderful day we hoped it would be. Be sure to tell us how your mentor critiques went. Were you satisfied customers?
Several speakers commended us on our organization and the smooth delivery of the entire day. Perhaps we didn’t follow the schedule exactly but hopefully there was flexibility within your tracks and you gained all the inspiration you could get from the 50 minute sessions. Many speakers volunteered to mentor next year and one (Tim Vandehey) is willing to teach a 2-3 hour block of marketing our work. He gave me a practical plan for my body of short stories so I came away pleased. Jeannie Eddy was extremely positive and is networking this week to build momentum behind the MU Film Office’s desire to join us in 2016 for more of Masterclass.

Certainly, we still need to run the numbers, write official reports and get your personal stories, and hard core feedback. In any case, we call it a success.
I’ve posted my thanks on the website to all our guild member team and now I invite you to… —November 8, 2015

Mark Your Calendar! Our conference is coming up soon! Don’t miss our MASTERCLASS conference coming up on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 – it’s going to be one of the big highlights of the year for CCMWG. The board has been planning this conference for months! And for the first time, we are partnering with the University of Missouri, which should benefit both them and us. We’ll have four tracks – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and playwriting/screenwriting, in this information-packed event. You can sign up online, or print of the registration form and send it in. Don’t come alone – bring a writer friend, too! We’re counting on ALL our members to help spread the word. —-October 20, 2015

Grant received for Conference. Great News! CCMWG has recently received a $750 grant from the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs, to help pay for our fall MASTERCLASS conference! Thanks to the board for their hard work in planning a information-packed conference with FOUR tracks, and for filling out the application. —-October 20, 2015

Start a local writing/critique group. Want to get a little help with your story? Want to meet more regularly for inspiration? When you’re working on a writing project, often, it’s nice to have supportive writers read your work and give advice. Veteran Columbia writer and long-time Columbia Chapter member Amy Christianson knows – she started a weekly writers’ group seven years ago. Those writers have not only helped each other improve their work, but they’ve become good friends, too! Amy is willing to donate her time to help other members start groups. If you are interested in starting a group, and would like her advice on how to structure it, or find out what works and what doesn’t, contact Amy at —-October 17, 2015

Interview with Camille Faye. VOX Magazine, published by the MU Journalism School, has done a recent interview with Camille Faye (10-8-15), a paranormal fiction writer who will be speaking at our upcoming writer’s conference on November 7. Camille will also be doing critiques. Visit to read the interview by Margaux Scott. —-October 9, 2015

Novel Intensive Critique 9000. Critique session – bring 9000 words of your latest novel. All members are welcome. Happening Jan 9 and 16th, 2016, Cambridge Place, no charge. More info to follow. Send an email to to indicate interest. —-October 9, 2015

Well Versed 2016. The submission guidelines are now up on our website for Well Versed 2016. Take a look, and be sure to submit! -October 5, 2015

Our Leadership for 2016. The Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild is so fortunate – the current officers have all agreed to serve again for the next year! This means that we have seasoned veterans returning in all the roles, guiding our chapter. Many thanks to ALL our officers for their generous donation of time and expertise to help keep our writers’ guild humming along. And remember, they’re always looking for help on the many projects. If you want to volunteer, contact one of them. The returning slate that was voted in on October 4 is: Lori Younker, President; Liz Schulte, Vice President; Marlene Lee, Secretary; Suzanne Pautler, Treasurer; Brianna Boes, Administrative Secretary; Debbie Cutler, Membership Chair; and Frank Montagnino, Board Member-at-Large. Be sure to thank them for their efforts to make our chapter a great place for writers to gather! -October 4, 2014

Writing Workshop on October 10. The Missouri Writers Hall of Fame in Springfield is hosting a writing workshop called Connecting with Your Creativity, on October 10. Cost is $35. Find out more at —-September 20, 2015

Member Spotjulie tiny biolight. When not in Columbia, Julie Pimblett, winner of our flash fiction challenge, lives in the mountains of Spain with her husband and two dogs. She writes about every day people facing life’s challenges. She is very grateful to Bridget Bufford and the students of her Columbia workshop for encouraging her writing. —-August 18, 2015

Conference Keynoters. Two writers with exceptional stories have been chosen as keynote speakers for our upcoming conference on November 7, 2015. Click on the “Conference” tab and then on “Speakers” to read all about it! —-July 20, 2015

Flash Fiction Winner! Congratulations to Julia Galosy, for being the overall winner in our summertime 4-week flash fiction contest. She managed to win over some strong competition. —-July 20, 2015

Annual Conference: Our upcoming annual Conference, Saturday November 7th, 2015 called Write Direction has a new face and a new name as we partner with Mizzou Publishing, with the new name of Show Me Writers: Masterclass. This is an all day event rich with talented instructors on Four Tracks (Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting/Playwriting) as well as two key note speakers, a Panel Discussion with the name “Write Direction” to honor our history) and a mentorship program. Not to mention the consignment and book signing opportunities for our members to sign up for. —-June 27, 2015

Book Tables: Plans for the 2105 fall conference are rapidly falling into place. Members can now reserve a book table to sell and sign their books during the conference. Cost is $15. There are only 25 slots, so email right away if you are interested in a table being RESERVED for you! —-June 26, 2015

Nominating Committee: We are looking for volunteers to serve on our volunteer committee to elect officers for 2016. Contact our current President, Lori Younker, if you are willing to help out. —-June 26, 2015

Flash Fiction Challenge: We’ve had great participation all four weeks of our June Challenge. As soon as the last weekly winner is determined, the four weekly winners will go head to head in a final challenge! —-June 26, 2015

2015 Conference Plans: We are partnering with MIZZOU Publishing for our fall conference which will be located on the MU Campus entitled Show Me Writers: MASTERCLASS. This event will give us all a chance to sit under many master-teachers who will help us to improve our craft. Committee Members from CCMWG are Brianna Boes, Lori Younker, and Liz Schulte. At this time they meet monthly with Heather Tearney of Mizzou Publishing. —-June 17, 2015

Photographs: We are seeking quality photography for our website banner at 940 x 198 pixels. We welcome photos of nature, the passing of the seasons, historical sites, writing or reading related scenes. Please send your original work to —-June 17, 2015.

Website: We are adding more info to our website all the time. Sylvia Forbes has volunteered to carry some of the web-master responsibilities for the next six months to lighten our president’s load during the preparation of the annual conference. Thank you, Sylvia! —-June 17, 2015

Anthology Launch: The Launch of our annual anthology was a marvelous event in which nearly 50 members and friends were in attendance to see the contributors read their work and the place winners to receive their prizes. All of our thanks goes to Liz Schulte (editor) and her crew which produced such fine work. The judges graded the contributions on a point system, thus keeping the caliber of the entries at a high level of craft. —-June 7, 2015

Leadership Conference: We sent 4 delegates to the Missouri Writers’ Guild LEADERSHIP Conference. April 10-12, 2015 held in Columbia, MO. Liz Schulte, Briana Boes, Lori Younker, Judy Stock, Liz Davis, and Von Pittman represented us at this pivotal event in the MO Guild history. —-May 1, 2015


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