RECENT D1 MEETING: Sat., Nov. 19, 2017
“Celebrating NaNoWriMo, National Novel-writing Month” McFarland's Restaurant, 4133 Gage Center Drive, Topeka 11:30 AM, ordered lunch; 12:30 PM, short business meeting & program. Members who have published, or plan to publish, novels were invited to read to attendees from their work. Readers who shared their work included Agnes Kazminski, Annabelle Corrick, Jan Stotts and Duane Johnson. Margaret McGillivary also entertained us with a brief limerick.
KAC District 1 meets on the third Saturday of each month. Most meetings are held at McFarland's Restaurant, 4133 Gage Center Drive, Topeka, unless otherwise noted. We will meet in a side room at street-level when that room is available to us. (Check for us meeting upstairs before walking down the staircase to the basement!) Writers may network and order lunch from the McFarland's menu at 11:30 a.m. Those not wishing to have lunch may arrive by 12:30 p.m. for a short business meeting and to listen to our scheduled speaker. Meetings are usually over sometime between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. All writers are welcome to attend our meetings.Get involved!
Conspiracy report: The deadline for teams to submit both artwork and written matching work (deliver to TAG at the west end of Fairlawn Plaza Mall) no later than on Friday, January 27, 2018. Writers will be responsible for producing their written work on letter-sized paper (8.5x11") or on legal-sized paper (8.5x14") if necessary for longer work. Ideally, written work should be easily read at an arms-length with type of no smaller than 12 pt.—and larger than 12 pt. if possible. Writers should include the work's title and the individual's name as author at the top of the page. The title should be large (16 pt. or 18 pt., in bold typeface). If the work has no title, we ask that it be titled "Untitled." The January 27th deadline should allow for the Conspiracy team to mount all written work onto black cardstock and offer the first few days of February for all artwork to be hung in display with appropriate written work mounted to the wall beside matching visuals. Writers are urged to set up any new team-plans before the end of December, 2017, and contact Duane—with writer's name, name of written work, artist's name and name of artwork—by the beginning of the New Year. Duane Johnson recently sent writers on the "teams-list" a listing of teams and what he had available as titles of the works. He is asking teams to look at the materials he shared and get back to him with needed edits as soon as possible. [Duane's email link is below]
Please note that we have created a private "Artistic Conspiracy" Facebook page where you can view the work of Art Guild artists.
You can also collaborate with a friend who is a painter or photographer who is not a member of the Art Guild. You have until the end of December, 2017 to team and contact Duane with your plans; the Artistic Conspiracy will be held in the month of Feb., 2018 at the Art Guild, with opening on First Friday, Feb. 2.
Have a look! at this sample of a collaboration shared in the NYTimes. It may inspire you to consider becoming involved. 7/16/2017
Area movie premiere of Te Ata, the story of Mary Thompson Fisher, best known as Te Ata, who was an actress and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation known for telling Native American stories. Free public showing at The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on Tues., November 28, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM. This film was written by Topeka movie-script writer Esther Luttrell.
Exclusive screening of Native American historical film
History, social studies, theater and media teachers may want to attend and encourage students to attend a library movie screening and Q&A with the screenwriter of the nationally released film Te Ataon Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Marvin Auditorium 101BC, TSCPL. The film is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time.
Born in Indian Territory and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw culture, Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminated in performances for a U.S. president, European royalty and audiences across the world. Yet, of all the stories she shared, none are more inspiring than her own.
Mary Thompson Fisher is best known by her stage name, Te Ata, which means “Bearer of the Morning.” It’s an apt name for a woman who shined light on the stories of her people, sharing their voices with the world. Her story helps us appreciate Chickasaw culture, and allows us to see history from a different, often underrepresented, perspective.
Further, attendees will have an opportunity for a Q&A with the film's screenwriter, Esther Luttrell, who lives in Topeka. Luttrell welcomes questions about her writing process, working with a film team, and seeing her words brought to life on film. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with Hollywood, right here at home.
The film is not showing at the Topeka theaters. View the official trailer on the movie’s site http://www.teatathemovie.com/ and please share this information with your teachers. The film is approved by the Dove Foundation for family viewing.
Great Writers Right Here
Sat., Dec. 9, Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library, 1-4 PM. This free event encourages the public to meet talented authors face-to-face and meet representatives from publishers, literary magazines, and writing groups at our fifth annual Great Writers Right Here author fair. Add signed books to your own collection and pick out fantastic gifts for family and friends. District 1, and a number of District 1 members will have tables at this event. PLEASE COME!
First Wednesday Open Mic! poetry-reading is an open mic event held the first Wednesday of every month at NOTO Burrito , 822 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka.
This event was started in September, 2013, by Annette Billings, District 1, Topeka, and another Topeka poet, Sue Edgerton.
Reading sign-up begins at 6:30 PM and readings begin at 7:00 PM. Open to all.5/29/2015
Women Writers Group meets every third Monday of each month at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 5:45 PM. Check library schedule for room. There is no charge to attend. Bring 8 to 10 copies of your writing. Be prepared to read your work and make comments on the work of other writers. 6/3/2011
Writer's Group meets weekly on Wednesdays, at Blackbird Bistro in Fleming Place, 10th & Gage, Topeka, 6:00 PM.
Write Stuff meets weekly on Tuesdays at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, 9:30 AM.
Kansas Writers, Inc. meets every fourth Saturday of the month at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Av. Topeka, 2nd floor, 10 AM, Noon lunch on trays from Millennium Cafe, 12:30 PM business meeting; 1 PM program. Come for all or part of meetings.
Do you have an event to announce? E-mail Carol Yoho with web site content.
Recent 2017 Meeting Minutes:
D1 Meeting was held Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, McFarland's Restaurant, with 9 members present.
The business meeting started at 12:25 PM. The October secretary's report has not been yet been made available.
Reaona Hemmingway gave the November treasurer's report.
President Duane Johnson offered a slate of District Officers that will begin duties as of January 1, 2018, and continue through the year. Nominations included Duane Johnson to continue for another year as president, Margaret McGillivary as vice-president, Annabelle Corrick as secretary, and Reaona Hemmingway continuing as treasurer. The slate was approved when voted upon later in the meeting.
Next Duane Johnson reported that a committee, comprised of himself and Fred Appelhanz, do have done research on the possibility of a new venue for monthly District 1 meetings. Options included The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, The Blue Moose in SW Topeka, The Brownstone in North Topeka, and Brickyard Barn Inn in North Topeka. Details of rules and cost considerations put the focus on our library, with access to meals available for purchase at Millennium Café. Duane warned, however, that book sales are not allowed inside the library, so members who wish to promote sales of their published materials would have to do business outside of the library. Those in attendance suggested that we might plan our January, 2018 meeting at TSCPL. Details will be announced as plans fall into place.
Duane Johnson next reported on plans to bring about our Artistic Conspiracy with Topeka Art Guild members, with a deadline for teams to submit both artwork and written matching work to TAG no later than on Friday, January 27, 2018. Writers will be responsible for producing their written work on letter-sized paper (8.5x11") or on legal-sized paper (8.5x14") if necessary for longer work. Ideally, written work should be easily read at an arms-length with type of no smaller than 12 pt.—and larger than 12 pt. if possible. Writers should include the work's title and the individual's name as author at the top of the page. The title should be large (16 pt. or 18 pt., in bold typeface). If the work has no title, we ask that it be titled "Untitled." The January 27th deadline should allow for the Conspiracy team to mount all written work onto black cardstock and offer the first few days of February for all artwork to be hung in display with appropriate written work mounted to the wall beside matching visuals. Writers are urged to set up any new team-plans before the end of December, 2017, and contact Duane with writer's name, name of written work, artist's name and name of artwork—by the beginning of the New Year. Duane recently sent writers on the "team list" a listing of teams and what he had available as titles of the work. He is asking teams to look at the materials he shared and get back to him with needed edits as soon as possible.
Our December, 2017 District 1 meeting will be held at Studio 831, 831 N. Kansas Av., in the NOTO Arts District, where owner and KAC member Barbara Waterman-Peters will lead attendees in producing their own handmade cardstock booklets, in which individual's written work and/or chosen images could be pasted, and books then given as holiday presents. There is no meal planned as part of this event, but there are a number of places in the NOTO Arts District where attendees could eat before or after our December meeting. Details concerning meeting-time will be provided so attendees can plan ahead.
We were also reminded that The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is having an event, “Great Writers Right Here,” on Saturday, December 9, from 1-4 PM. Deadline to sign up for this year's event has passed, but the event is free, open to the public, and this year's event planner, Miranda Ericson-Kendall, has warmly welcomed KAC District 1 to have our own table at this event. Our presence will offer us the opportunity to get out word our organization and recruit new members. Any member who did not sign up to be a part of this year's event is urged to plan to attend this library event. You can tell Miranda in person that you would like to take part in the 2018 event!
Our meeting adjourned at 1:25 PM. Afterward, several members chose to read to the group from novels they have written, honoring November as NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Readers included Agnes Kazminski, Annabelle Corrick, Janet Stotts and Duane Johnson. Margaret McGillivary also entertained us with a brief limerick.
—Respectfully submitted: Carol Yoho, Secretary Pro Tempore of District 1
District 1 generally meets on the third Saturday of each month at McFarland's Restaurant,
4133 SW Gage Center Dr., Topeka.
Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Club business intertwines with ordering the meal, and eating, with program after lunch, starting around 12:30 p.m.Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 1
2nd Vice President:
2650 SE Lake Ter
Topeka, KS 66605-2222 785-845-4859
Margaret McGillivary Sandi Smith