Announcing a writers’ workshop

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Hi everyone,

In May of this year, Writers Hall of Fame planned a one-day writers’ workshop in Springfield, Missouri for people with an interest in learning more about various aspects of writing. Unfortunately, our timing was in conflict with several other area events and our price ($85) was thought to be a bit much by some of those who responded. We had a number of people register, but not quite enough to make the workshop jell. Sadly, we cancelled and voted to try again in the fall, and with a lower price. The reason for the event, in part, is to raise money to fund our college scholarships for graduating high school students who want to pursue a career in writing. Naturally, we want the workshop to be successful financially as well as for those who attend the event.

So now we’re set to go again. The date is Saturday, October 13. The event, called AWAKENING THE WRITER WITHIN, will be held in Lay Hall on the campus of Drury University. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Subjects covered during the day include:

What You Need to Get Started: The Simple Nuts and Bolts of Writing.
Writing What You Know and Love
Ways to Earn a Living as a Writer
Are You a Children’s Writer? Here’s How to Find Out (Guess who’s teaching that one?)
Who Are You? Where Did You Come From? (Genealogy)
What Do You Want Your Family to Remember? Capturing Your Wonderful Stories
Writing by Ear: Words that Sound Just Right
Sounding Off — and Other Letters to the Editor
Self Publishing
Trade Publishing
Agents: What Does It All Mean?
Is Betty White Right? Learn About Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and Why
Wrapping It Up! With the Section Leaders

Speakers include Kaye Calkins, Shellie Foltz, George Freeman, Jonathan Groves, David Harrison, Sara Eaker, Todd Parnell, Maryann Wakefield, Wayne Groner, Patti Hobbs, and Resa Willis. Collectively they represent many years of experience and success in their various fields of writing. We’re proud of our slate and are confident that those who attend will find much to learn and enjoy.

The price is only $50 and it includes a morning snack, a box lunch, and coffee/soft drinks/water throughout the day.

Registration Deadline is Friday, October 5. The workshop is limited to 75 registrants. Fur further information or to register, contact Gail Gourley (417-616-0554) or

I realize that most of you who normally visit my blog live too far away to join the fun on October 13, but a good number of you live closer. I hope that you’ll register for the day if you spotted anything on the program that might appeal to you. Also, many of you have your own blogs so please help by passing along this link and/or posting to Facebook, Twitter, etc. I will appreciate it!