A Partnership Between
Columbia Writers Guild
& Mizzou Publishing


3rd Annual ShowMe Writers Masterclass October 28-29, 2017

Check back for schedule information as it is added.



The Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild and Mizzou Publishing have partnered to create a dynamic event for writers of all genres. The ShowMe Writers Masterclass strives to nurture authors through networking, education and support.


There will be a multitude of opportunities to engage with fellow writers throughout both days of the ShowMe Writers Masterclass. Through networking socials, book signings, pitch fest and more, you will have the opportunity to connect with many literary agents and writers.


The 3rd annual ShowMe Writers Masterclass will take place at the MU Student Center located on the University of Missouri Campus. 911 E. Rollins Rd Columbia, MO 65211

We can't thank our partners enough. We love working with them, and think you will, too!



Chuck Sambuchino

Chuck Sambuchino

Writer’s Digest Editor and Author

Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for Writer’s Digest Books, a bestselling humor book writer, and a freelance editor. He works for Writer’s Digest Books and edits the annual Guide to Literary Agents as well as the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog is one of the biggest blogs in publishing, averaging more than 300,000 page views each month. He was recently named by Forbes as one of the top influencers in publishing in recognition of his personal Twitter.

His first humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, was released in Sept. 2010 and has been featured by Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the New York Times and AOL News. The film rights were optioned by Sony and director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future). His newest humor book is When Clowns Attack: A Survival Guide, which was released in fall 2015. In addition, Chuck’s also written three other writing-related titles: the third edition of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript (2009), as well as Create Your Writer Platform (fall 2012). His latest writing guide is Get a Literary Agent (Jan 2015).

Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines—most notably Writer’s Digest. During his tenure as a newspaper reporter, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. He is a produced playwright, with both original and commissioned works produced. During the past decade, more than 700 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books.

Besides that, he is a husband, sleep-deprived new father, cover band guitarist, chocolate chip cookie fiend, movie lover, retro gamer and owner of a flabby-yet-lovable dog named Graham.
Leanna Brunner

Leanna Brunner

Marketing - Fiction Speaker

Leanna Brunner is a college professor, writer, and editor who strives to help other writers fulfill their dream of publishing their own manuscripts. She has taught high school and college writing classes at various schools for more than twenty years in the Kansas City area.


In 2014, she conducted the Write the Dream conference in Kansas City in an effort to educate aspiring writers about the writing and publishing realm. Since then, she has worked with more than two dozen writers and assisted them with making their publishing dreams come true. She has written and published four suspense novels, a short non-fiction book, and a series of workbooks and interactive classes on writing; she is soon to release her first children's book about a spider. In addition to teaching and writing, Leanna owns a business, Write the Dream, which offers curriculum, classes, coaching, editing, and design services for those who are interested in writing and/or publishing.


Leanna resides in Smithville, Missouri.

Tim Vandehey

Tim Vandehey


Tim Vandehey is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction ghostwriter and co-author with more than 50 books to his credit, including 17 with major New York publishers. His latest is the New York Times bestseller The Wait (with DeVon Franklin & Meagan Good, Simon & Schuster, 2016). Tim also consults with authors on building their marketing platforms, and is the co-author of How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform (with Naren Aryal, Mascot Books, 2016). He’s an avid baseball fan, blues musician, and sailor, and though he lives with his wife and daughters in Kansas City, Missouri, he hopes that climate change will one day enable his dream of sailing across the Midwest to come true.
Marcus Wicker

Marcus Wicker

Poet, and Editor of Southern Indiana Review

Marcus Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series. Wicker's awards include a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Ninth Letter, and many other magazines. Currently, he is an assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review. He also serves as director of the New Harmony Writers Workshop. marcuswicker.com
We were happy to welcome these speakers to the 2016 ShowMe Writers Masterclass.
Cole Closser

Cole Closser

Eisner-nominated graphic novelist - Visual Storytelling Presenter

Cole Closser is the author of two published graphic novels, Little Tommy Lost (nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award and featured in Best American Comics 2015) and his most recent work, Black Rat (featured in The Globe and Mail and on The New Yorker). Cole is an Assistant Professor of Art & Design at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.


Connect with Cole: www.coleclosser.com

Mary Buckham

Mary Buckham

USA Today best-selling author - Fiction 'Craft of Writing' Track Leader

Mary Buckham is a USA Today best-selling author of urban fantasy, young adult, and romantic suspense novels, as well as nonfiction writing craft books. Her latest book for writers, A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting, was published in January, 2016 by Writer’s Digest Books. When she isn’t writing fiction touted for its unique voice, high action, and rich emotion, Mary travels around the country and works with writers of all genres to craft stronger stories and understand the constantly evolving publishing landscape. She has been an article writer, a regional magazine editor, the co-founder of an online writing venue, and a sought-after writing instructor.


Watch our interview with Mary Buckham at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=birGn1KYxJM


Connect with Mary: www.marybuckham.com

Jim Henry

Jim Henry

Award Winning Playwright, Screenwriter, and Actor

Jim Henry is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America


Mr. Henry is an actor and writer in the Chicagoland area and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Literary Manager at Chicago Street Theatre.  Jim is the winner of more than 20 screenplay and playwriting awards.  He has had 60+ productions and public readings in the United States and Australia. His play 7th Monarch had a 3 month run off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre on 42nd St.  - 7th Monarch is the winner of three playwriting awards: Plays for the 21st Century (Dallas, TX), DramaRama 2000 (San Francisco, CA), and The Panowski Award (Marquette, MI). Other productions include The Road Theatre - North Hollywood CA, Chicago Street Theatre, LaCrosse Community Theatre and Missouri Valley College.


Mr. Henry’s first play, The Angels of Lemnos has been produced throughout the US and in Australia.  Angels world premiered at Chicago Dramatists where Jim is a Resident Playwright and he won Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work.  The play ran for five months in Los Angeles receiving an L.A. Times Critic's Choice, rave reviews from Variety, and a Robby Award for Best New Play.  The Angels of Lemnos is published by Chicago Dramaworks.


His Screenwriting credits include:   Jupiter in Vegas, Young Again, Moon Shadows, The Seventh Monarch, Eternal Patrol, and The Angels of Lemnos.  Moon Shadows won 4th place in the Final Draft Screenplay Competition (out of over 2500 entries).  The Angels of Lemnos won Third Place at the Hollywood Film Festival and was a finalist in the Sundance Feature Film Project two years in a row.  Mr. Henry has optioned two screenplays with Producer Ian Bryce (Transformers I, II & III, Savings Private Ryan, Spiderman, Almost Famous).


Jim is also an award winning actor with numerous theatre credits over the past 25 years.  He is the winner of NIETF’s Best Actor in a Play for three years in a row.


Jim and his wife, Dona, have been married thirty-eight years and are blessed with eight children and nine grandchildren.



  • 911 E. Rollins Rd.
    Columbia, MO 65211

  • November 5th & 6th, 2016

  • $160.00 Bundle
    Early bird through September 19th

  • 8:30 - 9:15am: Sign-in

    University of Missouri Student Center

    Please check-in to receive your program book, badge and swag bag.
  • 9:15 - 9:30am: Welcome

    Allen Auditorium

    Get ready to spend the day with us! Join us for a quick introduction to the day’s events.
  • 9:30 - 10:00am: Morning Keynote

    University of Missouri Student Center

    Morning Keynote Speaker: Mary Buckham
  • 10:10 - 12pm Craft of Writing

    Specific track room locations

    It’s time to break into your specific track! Learn from experts in the Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Playwriting/Screenwriting genres.
  • 12 - 12:30pm: Lunch

    MU Student Center Center

    Take a break! Lunch will be provided during this time. You can also take this time to check out our wide selection of books and network!
  • 12:30-1:30pm: Book signings and Lunch continued

    MU Student Center

    Take this time to meet our speakers and authors and get your books signed. Make sure to browse our books selections, too!
  • 1:30 - 3pm Visual Storytelling - Speaker: Cole Closser


  • 1:30-3pm: Round table with mentors (concurrent with Visual Storytelling keynote)


    Meet with our outstanding mentors to answer any questions or review your work!
  • 3:10-5pm: Editing

    Specific track room locations

  • 4:15-5:15pm: Afternoon Keynote – Chuck Sambuchino

    Allen Auditorium

    ‘Professional Writing Practices: 10 Tips to Guide Your Career’
  • 5:15-6:30pm: Networking social

    In front of The Mizzou Store

    Round out the day with complementary appetizers, networking and continued book sales and signings!
  • 6:30 - 8pm: Saturday night special keynote – Chuck Sambuchino

    Allen Auditorium

    ‘Social Media/Branding Yourself’
  • 8:30-9am: Sign-in

    MU Student Center

    Welcome back! Check in and get ready to learn.
  • 9-10:30am: Morning Keynote — Chuck Sambuchino

    Allen Auditorium

    ‘Publishing Options Today: Reviewing Both Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing’
  • 10:30-10:45am: Break

    Time for a break! Grab a quick snack, or rest your feet.
  • 10:45-11:45am: Afternoon Keynote – Chuck Sambuchino

    MU Student Center

    ‘Art of the Pitch: Pitching to an Agent/Query Letters’
  • 11:45-12:15pm: Lunch

    MU Student Center

    Take a break! Lunch will be provided during this time. You can also take this time to check out our wide selection of books and network!
  • 12:15-1pm: Book signings and lunch continued

    In front of Kate and Emma’s

    Take this time to meet our speakers and authors and get your books signed. Make sure to browse our books selections, too!
  • 1-2:30pm: Marketing

    Specific track room locations

    It is time to get break into your genre-based track! You will learn how to market your work to potential publishers and readers.
  • 2:30-2:40pm: Break

    Time for a break! Rest your feet, or check out our book selections.
  • 2:40-3:45pm: Marketing Panel

    Allen Auditorium

    Learn how to market yourself, and your work, from our experts in the marketing field.
  • 4-4:45pm: Pitchfest with agents and editors

    MU Student Center 2205 A&B

     Meet with agents and editors and pitch your stories! NOTE: The pitchfest will occur on a first-come, first-serve basis at the day of the event.(We've limited seats available)


Find out what people said about the 2015 ShowMe Writers Masterclass!

“Easy access to interesting speakers. Really great speakers.”

“Very well planned and orchestrated. Speakers were engaged and interested in participating. Everyone was friendly and approachable.”

“Had a blast. I’ll be back next year.”

“I LOVED IT!!! Thanks so much! I can’t wait to come again next year!”


 If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us

Is there a deadline to register by?

Early bird pricing ends on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. This pricing change excludes student-pricing, which will remain at the discounted rates.

What is the cancellation policy?

Prior to Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, each bundle or ticket will be 75% refundable. After this deadline, each bundle or ticket becomes non-refundable.

Where can I park?

We recommend parking in the Virginia Avenue parking garage as there will be golf carts shuttling attendees at the beginning and end of both days. There is also a metered parking lot located directly behind the MU Student Center that provides free handicap parking.

What should I wear?

Please dress comfortably as the MU Student Center has multiple floors and you will be switching locations throughout the day.

What should I bring?

Please bring multiple copies of any completed or partially completed work you have. This is essential if you are meeting one-on-one with a mentor or would like to have your work reviewed throughout the day. In addition, we advise you to bring a refillable water bottle as there are many fountains located throughout the Student Center. If you have any food allergies or want to snack between lunch times, we also recommend to bring some extra food and snacks. For networking purposes during the socials, we advise you to bring your business cards or contact information. The Student Center can sometimes vary in temperature, so bring a light sweater if you’re prone to getting cold easily. You will also want a laptop, iPad, notebook, etc to take notes during sessions.

What are the food options for lunch?

Lunch is included with your registration. Please email us at showmewriters@gmail.com if you have specific food allergy or dietary restrictions.

When and where can I purchase books for the book signings?

There will be books available for purchase in the book signing area throughout both days. Most book purchases will take place during free time at lunch or the networking social, however, you are also free to purchase any books or materials during any breaks you may have throughout both days!

Can I register the day of the event?

Yes. You may register the day of the event by bringing cash or check to the sign-in table payable to the “Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild.” However, you may not receive all ‘Swag Bag’ items as we give our donors an estimated number in advance.

Can I attend the poetry craft of writing session and then switch to the fiction editing session later in the day?

Although we encourage you to stick with your track to get the most out of it, we do allow switching of tracks depending on space availability in the designated room. Please arrive early to the track you wish to switch into to see if there is enough space, otherwise we ask you return to your original registered track choice.

Do you accommodate special needs?

Yes, we make sure our facility has total accessibility, and we do whatever is needed to make attending ShowMe Writers Masterclass as convenient as possible for all attendees. There are several elevators located throughout the MU Student Center and we will have volunteers stationed accordingly.  If you have a special need, please email showmewriters@gmail.com after you have registered and we will make special arrangements if necessary.



Get Directions


Parking is free behind the Student Center or at Virginia Ave parking garage. For your convenience, golf carts will be shuttling attendees from the Virginia Ave parking garage at the beginning and end of both days.


—   MU Student Center        911 E. Rollins Rd        Columbia, MO 65211 —   October 28th & 29th, 2017 —   Time: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM


—   MU Student Center        911 E. Rollins Rd        Columbia, MO 65211

—   October 28th & 29th, 2017 —   Time: 8:30 AM to 6:00 pm


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