Helping young writers

Hi everyone,

We still need to sell 50 tickets or so to the Writers Hall of Fame Quill Award event this coming Saturday night. Many of our usual college crowd supporters are on spring break so ticket sales are suffering from their absence.

We’ll be honoring Hank Billings, a veteran columnist with Springfield News-Leader so it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet Hank and congratulate him for his decades of service to the community of readers. He’s billed as the fastest two-finger typist in the business.

But there’s another reason to buy a ticket or a table for the event, and that’s to help Writers Hall of Fame meet it’s second mission — to encourage and support young people who are interested in becoming writers.

Each year we assist collegebound high school seniors with scholarships ranging from $500 – $2,000, and all the money comes from the Quill Award ceremony, a second event that honors young writers for their work, and the annual Writers Workshop.

At this moment our sales are down and we need to attract more people to come and enjoy the fine evening this Saturday evening. I posted all the details yesterday so scroll down one for more information. Please come if you can and tell others who might want to attend and/or support the cause with a donation.

Those of us who find joy in writing need to remember those early days when we, too, were falling in love with the sound our words made on paper. Encouraging the next generation of writers is, I think, part of our responsibility.

David

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Writers Hall of Fame Quill Award

Hi everyone,

If you live anywhere in the Springfield, Missouri area, you might want to put this upcoming event on your calendar. I’m printing the news release as written by Kathleen O’Dell. I hope to see some of you there!

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2014
Contact: Kim Flores, Writers Hall of Fame President, 417-655-3557

Veteran Journalist Henry “Hank” Billings To Receive 2014 Quill Award March 15

The public is invited to attend a gala dinner Saturday, March 15, at the Tower Club in Springfield, when the Writers Hall of Fame honors veteran Springfield News-Leader reporter Henry “Hank” Billings with the annual Quill Award.

Hank Billings may be the fastest, two-finger typist on the planet, and continues to be a regular columnist for the News-Leader.

Despite never having learned to type and never attending college, Billings has touched hearts and funny bones of readers since 1943 with his readable, popular feature stories and columns. Among his favorite topics were aviation, the pitfalls of childrearing as told by local parents, and Ozarks lore.

The event begins with a social and silent auction at 6 p.m. in the main dining room of the Tower Club, 901 St. Louis St. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the presentation of the Quill Award. The evening will conclude with a live auction by professional auctioneer Mike Easterly. Proceeds from the auctions fund Writers Hall of Fame college scholarships for high school seniors.

Tickets to the dinner gala are $35 per person and can be reserved by calling Kathy McQueen at 417-368-1231, or order tickets online through brownpapertickets, at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/555594 . Reservations requested by March 11. The Writers Hall of Fame can accept only check or cash for auction items.

The Writers Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization that encourages writers of all ages. Proceeds from various events fund college scholarships for talented high school seniors, and recognizes students in grades 5 to 12 for their writing skills.

To fulfill its mission, the volunteer board of directors each year selects a professional writer to receive the Quill Award for making significant contributions to the written word.

Past Quill Award recipients include young adult authors Sandy Asher and Kate Klise; producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason; children’s author and poet David Harrison, songwriter Johnny Mullins and novelist Daniel Woodrell. (David’s note: Kathleen O’Dell is also a past inductee.)

Please “Like” the Writers Hall of Fame on Facebook and see more about the March 15 event and auctions.

Still seeking Quill Award nominees

Hi everyone,

I posted this notice a few days ago but want to make sure that everyone sees it. Each year the Writers Hall of Fame selects a distinguished writer with ties to Missouri to receive its highest honor – the Quill Award. This award serves as a reminder of the importance of writing, and encourages young people to develop their own joy for writing.

At this time, the Writers Hall of Fame board is gathering names of Missouri writers to consider for the 2014 Quill Award.
 Candidates may be from any field or genre of writing
 Anyone can nominate a candidate
 Nominations must be received by June 3, 2013

To submit a nomination, please provide the following information:

1. The writer’s name and how he/she qualifies as a Missouri author

2. Describe briefly (2 or 3 sentences) what makes this writer a deserving candidate for the Quill Award

You may mail your nomination to: Writers Hall of Fame, 1036 W Hovey, Springfield MO 65802 or send it via email to: writershalloffame@gmail.com  (please put Quill Award on the subject line).  Here’s the link to Writers Hall of Fame website: http://www.writershalloffame.org . You can also like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WritersHallOfFame

The 2013 recipient is Ridley Pearson, author of PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS among many. A complete list of all previous honorees can be found on the website.

David

It’s Quill Award nomination time

Hi everyone,

Each year the Writers Hall of Fame selects a distinguished writer with ties to Missouri to receive its highest honor – the Quill Award. This award serves as a reminder of the importance of writing, and encourages young people to develop their own joy for writing.

At this time, the Writers Hall of Fame board is gathering names of Missouri writers to consider for the 2014 Quill Award.
 Candidates may be from any field or genre of writing
 Anyone can nominate a candidate
 Nominations must be received by June 3, 2013

To submit a nomination, please provide the following information:

1. The writer’s name and how he/she qualifies as a Missouri author

2. Describe briefly (2 or 3 sentences) what makes this writer a deserving candidate for the Quill Award

You may mail your nomination to us at: Writers Hall of Fame, 1036 W Hovey, Springfield MO 65802 or send it via email to: writershalloffame@gmail.com  (please put Quill Award on the subject line).  Here’s the link to Writers Hall of Fame website: http://www.writershalloffame.org . You can also like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WritersHallOfFame

The 2013 recipient is Ridley Pearson, author of PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS among many. A complete list of all previous honorees can be found on the website.

David