- 3 poems
- 3000 words of fiction or non-fiction
- 10 pages or 10 minute script for play/screenwriting.
Gordon Sauer received his MFA from Columbia University, where he was a Teaching Fellow. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in Narrative Magazine, Columbia College Today, and Boulevard Magazine. He's taught creative writing at the college level for the past seven years, and he currently directs the Quarry Heights Writers' Workshop here in Columbia and is a reader for the Baltic Writing Residency.
Reinhardt Suarez is a writer, teacher, and editor who has worked in all manner of publishing (from educational, to children's, to academic) over the last eighteen years. He holds a MFA from The New School in New York City. Along with the invisible contributions he has made to various publications both online and off, he has written one YA novel and is working on a second. He's also lived in Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, and now Columbia, Missouri, where he lives with his partner Kristin and their feline overlord, Karl.
Eric Praschan is the author of the suspense novels, The Burden of Silence, Blind Evil, and The James Women Trilogy, which includes Therapy for Ghosts, Sleepwalking into Darkness, and The Reckoning. The Burden of Silence was awarded first place in the 2016 Open Book Contest of the Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri. He has been writing suspense fiction for more than 20 years. He holds a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Theological Studies. He has many years of experience in drama, music, teaching and higher education. Eric has served as a fiction writing mentor for the past two years at the Show Me Writer's Masterclass. He currently lives in Columbia, Missouri, with his wife.
Connect with Eric: ericpraschan.com
Sunday Morning Breakout Session - Getting Hooked and Keeping Up the Pace
-We'll discuss how to hook readers with your opening pages, including character introduction, inciting incident, and the crucial first line/paragraph.
-We'll also discuss tips for developing the flow of your story so it keeps the pages turning, including narrative hooks and character conflict
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 was the Marketing Speaker for the Fiction Track at the 2016 ShowMe Writers Masterclass.
For the 2017 ShowMe Writers Masterclass, you may register for a mentorship with Leanna and she will also be taking pitches at the PitchFest.
Be sure to visit her table in the booksigning area!
Leanna resides in Smithville, Missouri.
A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. Some of his stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He is the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court trilogy. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas include Buffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. He is the co-editor of Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. His gaming work includes writing for the Marvel Super-Heroes, Leverage, and Firefly role-playing games as well as working as a consultant on Watch Dogs 2.
Learn more about him at MauriceBroaddus.com.
Jocelyn Cullity's short stories have been published in journals and anthologies that include Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53 / International Book Award Finalist), Blackbird, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her novel, Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons, will be published by Inanna Press in the Fall of 2017. She is the Director of the BFA in Creative Writing Program at Truman State University, consistently rated as one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the country.
Connect with Jocelyn at jocelyncullity.com
Mentor for mysteries and for YA historical novels
Carolyn Mulford worked on five continents as a nonfiction writer/editor before turning to fiction. Her award-winning Show Me mystery series features Phoenix Smith, a former CIA covert operative who returns to rural Missouri and adapts her tradecraft to solve crimes with old friends and a K-9 dropout. In Show Me the Sinister Snowman, the fifth book, a blizzard traps Phoenix in an isolated antebellum mansion with an armed abusive husband outside and an unknown killer inside. You can read the first chapters of her five mysteries and her two historical novels, The Feedsack Dress and Thunder Beneath My Feet, on her website: http://CarolynMulford.com.
Sunday Breakout Session - 11-11:50 a.m
Polishing Your Manuscript
A good writer becomes an editor on the final draft. This session offers techniques for spotting weak writing, finding and correcting common errors, and strengthening the manuscript word by word. Participants may bring two pages of their own work to use in applying the techniques.
Amy Woods Butler found her calling when she discovered she could make a living asking people about their lives. Since 2011, she has operated The Story Scribe (thestoryscribe.com), a memoir-writing service that helps people preserve their personal life stories and family and business histories. She has also served as a coach and mentor for people new to the growing field of personal history.
In addition, Amy has published interviews, essays and reviews in a number of publications, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Kansas City Star and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
He was born at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, farther back than he wants to admit. As a result of his father’s military career, he has lived in many places including, Germany, Switzerland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Missouri. He wrote his first poem when he was a senior in high school. He taught himself how to write by two simple processes, reading and writing. He reads not only to enjoy what others write but to learn how others write, and he firmly believes that reading and writing teach writing. He has lived outside Ashland, Missouri, since he graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BA in philosophy. He later earned a M.Ed in English education from the same institution and then became distracted—again.
Connect with Walter: www.walterbargen.com
Sunday Breakout Session: 9-9:50am
Robert Frost wrote, “No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” The novelist, John Updike, said something similar, that writing was like driving a car at night, you can only see as far as the headlights. So when James Tate, the contemporary poet, says, “I stare at the blank page because I want to travel to a new place. I want the language to be new. The ideas to be new,” he is looking for that surprise. How does a writer surprise him or herself in the first line of a poem and how does that contribute to the trajectory of a successful poem. What makes a good first line, its characteristics, and how can a first line can lift up a poem or leave it lying flat on the page? We will read many good first lines and examine how they resonant through an entire poem.
Genevieve A. Howard is a writer, speaker and communications professional with more than 10 years in digital communications experience. She earned her undergrad degree in language studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in education from Mizzou. She is a published author and a lifelong fan of relaxation, hot tea and houseplants.
She believes poems have a life of their own. It's the poet's job to guide them on their way as they become part of the world. Her philosophy includes the idea that poetry, songs and art are human birthrights.
Connect with Genevieve: http://genevievehoward.com
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.