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!



We are pleased to welcome these speakers to the 2017 ShowMe Writers Masterclass.
Trudy Lewis

Trudy Lewis

Fiction Track

Trudy Lewis is the author of the novels The Empire Rolls (Moon City Press) and Private Correspondences, which was awarded the Goyen Prize from TriQuarterly/Northwestern. Her short story collection The Bones of Garbo won the Sandstone Prize from the Ohio State University Press. Trudy’s stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, Cimarron Review, Cold Mountain Review, Cream City Review, Chattahochee Review, Meridian, New England Review, New Stories from the South, Shenandoah and others. She is the recipient of the Lawrence Foundation Award and the Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner. Trudy is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri.

Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore

Creative Non-Fiction

Dinty W. Moore is author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir, the memoir Between Panic & Desire, and many other books. He has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, and The Normal Schoolamong numerous other venues. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, Moore lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.


Dinty W. Moore

The Story Cure

 “Moore’s signature wit and wisdom are once again on display in this useful guide for writers of all levels of experience." —Poets & WritersMagazine

Susan Mroz

Susan Mroz


Sue Mroz is an award-winning filmmaker and Associate Professor of Instruction in Cinema Art and Science at Columbia College Chicago. Prior to Columbia, she was Program Director of the Chicago International Film Festival and worked as an actor and filmmaker with Wild Life Theater and Rococo Rodeo. She has an MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago, and studied extensively at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Her areas of specialization are mythology, dreams, and the psychology of creativity. Classes taught and/or created include Project Development, PreProduction and Preparation; Myth, Dream, and Movie; Directing 1; Screenwriting 1, 2, and 3; Adaptation; Directing for Character; and Creativity: Vision and Process. Current works include the experimental exploration There Was No Proof, and the short narrative The Scary Ham, based on the story by Ellen Klages. In 2011 Sue received the Excellence in Teaching Award for full-time faculty at Columbia College Chicago.

Nancy Allen

Nancy Allen

Mystery - Breakout Session

Nancy Allen practiced law for 15 years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She tried over 30 jury trials, including murder and sexual offenses, and is now an adjunct law professor at Missouri State University.

Nancy is an author of legal thrillers. Her newest novel is Juror #3, with James Patterson. It will be released by Hachette/Little, Brown in 2018. Nancy also writes a series of courtroom thrillers for HarperCollins, set in the Missouri Ozarks and starring prosecutor Elsie Arnold.


Juror #3 (with James Patterson), Hachette (2018)
Trafficking the Country Girls, HarperCollins (2017)
The Wages of Sin, HarperCollins (2016)
A Killing at the Creek, HarperCollins (2015)
The Code of the Hills, HarperCollins (2014)


  • 911 E. Rollins Rd.
    Columbia, MO 65211

  • October 28th & 29th, 2017

  • $160
    Early Bird Bundle Pricing will be available until August 31st

Click on one of the date oblongs below to see that day's schedule. It will turn RED once you have clicked on it. Please visit the full schedule for more information.

**Schedule is subject to change.

  • 8:30 - 9am : Check-In

    University of Missouri Student Center

    Please check-in to receive your program and badge.
  • 9 - 9:15am: Welcome


    Get ready to spend the day with us! Join us for a quick introduction to the weekend's events.
  • 9:15 - 9:45am: Morning Keynote


    Morning Keynote Speaker: Nani Fudge
  • 10 - 12pm: Craft of Writing

    Check program for room location

    It’s time to break into your specific track! Learn from experts in the Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, 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: TBD


  • 3:10-5pm: Editing and Craft of Writing continued

    Same as Craft of Writing earlier - check program

  • 5:15-6:30pm: TBA

    In front of The Mizzou Store

  • 9-9:50am: Breakout Sessions

    Check Program

     Seating is limited per session.
    • -Walter Bargen-Poetry
    • -Jim Henry-Playwriting/Screenwriting
    • -Nancy Allen-Mystery
    • -Maurice Broaddus-World Building
  • 9-10:45am: Large Breakout Sessions

    Check Program

    Seating is limited per session.
                  • -Marketing Pannel- Query letters, ect.
                  • -Christopher McKitterick-SciFi-Fantasy/
  • 10-10:50am: Breakout Sessions

    Check Program

    Seating is limited per session.
          • -Ted Mathys-Poetry
          • -Dayne Sislen-working with an illustrator
          • -Eric Praschan-TBD
  • 11-11:50am: Breakout Sessions

    Check Program

    Seating is limited per session. 
                  • -Maurice Broaddus-topic of his choice
                  • -TBD
  • 11-12:30pm: Large Breakout Sessions

    Check Program

    Seating is limited per session.
                  • -Nehman-Kodner-Marketing
                  • -C. David Milles - Save the Cat
  • 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.  Visit with our agents and vendors. And make sure to browse our books selections, too!
  • 1-3:30pm: TBA


  • 3:10-4pm: Large Breakout Sessions

    Check Program

    Seating is limited per session.
          • -C. Davis Milles-Ya
          • -TBD
  • 3:15 - 4:45pm: Pitchfest with agents and editors

    Check program

     Meet with agents and editors and pitch your stories! Check back about specific 'How To'


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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The St. Louis Publishers Association - SLPA has an event next month with Book Marketing expert Judith Briles. If... https://t.co/fJ5DcSTwD7
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