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RECENT D1 MEETING:Sat., Sept. 19, 2017
“Guess-Who (???) Read Around”

McFarland's Restaurant, 4133 Gage Center Drive, Topeka
11:30 AM, order lunch; 12:30 PM, short business meeting & program. Come for lunch, if you'd like. Come for meeting & program only, if you prefer.
   Those who wanted to share something they'd written, brought their prose or poetry, 3-5 minutes long. Some work was read first by authors who'd brought their work in printed form in books. They shared first, including one writer's work as read from her diary. Next, typed pages where turned face-down on a table, work mixed, and then distributed randomly to participants. Readers each read work other than their own and listeners tried to guess who wrote what. THe mix-up was a fun event!

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!

The Artistic Conspiracy
Conspiracy report:
   After a series of false starts, the Artistic Conspiracy finally got off to a great start on Tuesday, Aug. 15 and also Monday, Aug. 28 and Wednesday, Sept. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Topeka Art Guild, located in Fairlawn Plaza across from the Lazy Toad bar and grill. We have also created a private "Artistic Conspiracy" Facebook page where you can view the work of Art Guild artists. page.
   You can also collaborate with a friend who is a painter or photographer who is not a member of the Art Guild. You have plenty of time; the Artistic Conspiracy will be held in the month of Feb., 2018 at the Art Guild, with opening on First Friday, Feb. 2.

Artistic Conspirators

“You may find someone whose work inspires you, and collaboration can take off from that point,” says Dorethy Hancock, a TAG member. “If enough interest is generated, we will plan more future meetings (between the two groups) with the intention of creating an exhibit for the public.”
TAG map

Have a look! at this sample of a collaboration shared in the NYTimes. It may inspire you to consider becoming involved. 7/16/2017

Member News 2017:

Sept.: Duane R. Johnson
Aug.: Janet Jenkins-Stotts
Feb.: Yvonne Evie Green
Jan.: Annette Billings | Roy Bird |

Do you have Member News for District 1? Contact Carol Yoho with web site content.

Upcoming Events:

open micFirst 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.

2017 Meeting Minutes:

Sat., Sept, 16, 2017
D1 Meeting was held Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, McFarland's Restaurant, with 18 members and guests present.

  • The business meeting started at 12:20 PM. There had been no business meeting at the August meeting at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, so there was no secretary's report for August.
  • Reaona Hemmingway gave the September treasurer's report.
  • President Duane Johnson reported that the joint KAC meeting with TSCPL, including a library-planned Writers Workshop and the August KAC meeting, went well. He estimated that over 40 writers stayed after the morning's Writers Workshop to hear cowboy poet Don Welborn speak as our KAC D1 guest speaker after lunch. In the month since the meeting, he has received reports from the KAC state New Members chair that District 1 has added several new members generated from the August encounter.
  • President Duane Johnson also gave an update report on the Topeka Artist Conspiracy being held between KAC District 1 and the Topeka Art Guild. A final August meeting and one in September were held at TAG, and a number of new teamings have been recorded. There is still time to work tigether and report a teaming before the late-January deadline. Conspiracy details are available on this site.
  • Duane Johnson reminded attendees that the State KAC Convention will be in October in Coffeyville. Details are available on our KAC Convention page. People can save money by registering online by September 16th, but can also register any time between now and when the convention begins on Fri., Oct. 13. Our October 21st District 1 meeting will feature readings by District 1 winners of Writing Contest, to be announced in October at the convention.
  • Duane Johnson indicated he'd like to create a committee to look into the possibility of having future KAC D1 meetings at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library or some public location other than McFarland's Restaurant. He is inspired by how the library's meeting environment introduced our club to visitors who chose to attend the August meeting as guests, and then chose to officially join our organization. If any meeting changes are made, we will continue to inform all members about meeting place/date/and time, on an ongoing basis, at our D1 News page and via monthly meeting reminder emails.
  • Our business meeting concluded at 12:35 PM.
  • Our program was introduced as a Guess-Who Read Around, and members and guests read work by one another as the group tried to guess who had written each piece read.

Our meeting adjourned at 1:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted: Carol Yoho, Secretary Pro Tempore of District 1

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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
for 2016-2017:



2nd Vice President:

Duane Johnson
    2650 SE Lake Ter
    Topeka, KS 66605-2222

Margaret McGillivary

Sandi Smith
Reaona Hemmingway

To add your news to our KAC web site contact Carol Yoho.

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