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The Guild will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, January 15.
 
Cindy UmanaCindy Umana, author of Blue, wins the 2014 Writers' Guild Grant. More about the young writers' grant
 
Guild member Dr. Edward Richards spoke at the 2014 workshop on Saturday, April 5, in the Covenant Presbyterian Church. His presentation on the research and publication of church histories was excellent. ~ workshop details
 
The Guild will have a table with books for sale at the Marshall Cultural Council's 4th Annual Craft & Arts Fair on Saturday, March 22, from 9 AM to 4 PM at Marshall High School.
 
The Guild presents a skit, "Moments To Remember", to the Marshall Monday Club. More in The Marshall Democrat-News, 2/24/2014.
 
The Guild's annual booklet for 2013, The Late Fifties, Marshall and Elsewhere, is available. More
 
Guild member Carol Mallman Raynor is published in "Recollections", The Marshall Democrat-News, 1/29/2014 print edition. "Saturdays on the Square" was first published in Marshall Moments, the Guild's 2007 chapbook.
 
Guild member Eveleth Hill is published in "Recollections", The Marshall Democrat-News, 11/19/2013 print edition. "A Day in Marshall Remembered", her article on President John F. Kennedy's assasination was first published in Saline County Silhouettes, the Guild's 2009 chapbook.
 
Guild member Carole Kays Schaefer is published in"Recollections", The Marshall Democrat-News, 11/19/2013 print edition. "November Sunlight", her poem on President John F. Kennedy's assasination was first published in Saline County Silhouettes, the Guild's 2009 chapbook.
 
Guild member Melanie Dees Campbell is published in the Faith Column of The Marshall Democrat-News, 11/15/2013 print edition.
 
Guild member Carole Kays Schaefer is published in "Milestones", The Marshall Democrat-News, 10/11/2013 print edition. "Mr. Marshall", her article on J. Leo Hayob was first published in Personalities, the Guild's 2006 chapbook.
 
Guild member Reverend Vernon Maxted is recognized as a community contributor by the Optimist Club. Story by Brent Kalwei, Intern for The Marshall Democrat-News, 10/1/2013.
 
Guild member Carole Kays Schaefer is published in "Recollections", The Marshall Democrat-News, 9/26/2013 print edition. "Marshall Native Son Soared with Eagles", her article on William Forrest "Colonel" Spencer was first published in Saline County Silhouettes, the Guild's 2009 chapbook.
 
The Guild and the Marshall Public Library hosted an informal reception for author Marcia Gorrell. Gorrell spoke with her special brand of humor about farming, farm families and writing. Her book, Semi View, is available from The Marshall Democrat-News. Story in The Marshall Democrat-News, 9/16/2013 ~ Story by Rachel Knight, Editor for The Marshall Democrat-News, 9/20/2013.Sidney Sullivan and Marcia Gorrell
 
SpoFest welcomes new readers, Guild members and Night Writers Melanie Dees Campbell (more) and Jacob Hatfield (more). See The Sedalia Democrat, August 4, for article. The full article is available on line to subscribers or the newspaper is at the Marshall Public Library. The readings are on Youtube: Melanie | Jacob. Like SpoFest on Facebook.
 
Visit Harry M. Porter celebrated by the WWII 376th Heavy Bomber Group citing Andrea Hatfield's interview of Harry Porter for The Forties, the Guild's 2011 publication.
 
Westport Thank You
Guild member Carole Schaefer presenting book to
Westport Assisted Living Center Activity Director Shirley Kays
June 11, 2013 Letter to Westport
Dear Westport Assisted Living Friends,

We of the Marshall Writers’ Guild wish to express our sincere thanks to you for the support you have given us the last three years with our writing projects.

We especially want to thank Mary Mark, administrator, for welcoming us, providing those delicious lunches, and purchasing books for Westport residents.

We also want to thank Shirley Kays, activity provider, for scheduling interviews with Westport residents and for sharing our stories with the residents.

Last but not least, we want to thank those residents who have generously shared their irreplaceable memories with us. We feel this endeavor has been an exceedingly worthwhile project, a win/win collaboration, for all involved.

So we are here today to offer you a small token of our vast appreciation. We are presenting to your library the book, The Feedsack Dress, with the hope it brings back some warm memories of a time when "make do" was the motto.

Westport Assisted Living, thank you, and God bless you all for your work here.

Carole Schaefer for the Marshall Writers' Guild ~ More from Carole
 
Abrea MizerAbrea Mizer wins the 2013 Writers' Guild Grant. More
 
Guild member Reverend Vernon Maxted has published The Restoration of the Church. A book signing sponsored by the Guild is planned for May 30 at 2 PM at the Marshall Public Library. Story by Eric Crump, Editor for The Marshall Democrat-News, 5/28/2013.
 
The 2013 workshop speaker Carolyn Mulford offered sound tips and good advice on writing, marketing and publishing.
 
Guild member Virginia Sprigg, Guest Columnist in "Recollections", The Marshall Democrat-News, 5/8/2013 print edition, interviews and writes about artist and musician Mike Henderson and his early years in Marshall.
 
Guild member Melanie Dees Campbell portrays Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin during a meeting of Marshall's Tea at Two Book Club. Story by Eric Crump, Editor for The Marshall Democrat-News, 2/4/2013. Campbell as Mrs. Charles Dickens, 1/3/2013. The Tea at Two Book Club will meet February 26 at 2 pm in the Marshall Public Library on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
 
The Guild's annual booklet for 2012, The Early Fifties, Marshall and Elsewhere, with interviews from Westport Estates residents, is available. More
 
Megan HagerMegan Hager wins the 2012 Writers' Guild Grant. More
 
Writers' Guild workshop speaker touts meandering memoirs, Sarah Reed for The Marshall Democrat-News, 4/30/2012
 
Kansas memoir-writer and poet to be featured at Marshall Writers' Guild annual workshop, Eric Crump for The Marshall Democrat-News, 4/13/2012 ~ General Workshop Details
 
The Guild's annual booklet for 2011, The Forties, with interviews from Westport Estates residents, is available. See Writers' Guild preserves the 40s through latest project, Maggie Menderski for The Marshall Democrat-News, 9/23/2011 ~ More
 
On April 30 the Guild's annual workshop conducted by Missouri Valley College professor Loren Gruber was well attended and inspiring. Professor Gruber talked about effective words and other means of holding the reader's attention before meeting one-on-one with workshop participants. Night Writer Melanie Dees Campbell led the group with open mike presentations. General Workshop Details
Professor Gruber's freelance writing career began in high school with a publication in "The Upper Room". His appearance in the inaugural edition of "American Haiku" soon followed. "Lyrical Iowa," "Hodgepodge" and "Huginn and Muninn" (Iceland) have also published his poems. American, Viking-era, and local history inspire his award-winning middle grade and young adult fiction. It is published by "Hodgepodge". Gruber's first young adult novel, "Windigo Watchers," is under revision. Set on Minnesota's Cass Lake in 1832, its sequel takes place in 1982. "Big Guns on the Lake" is half-way to completion. "Capper's," "Heartland View," "The Ozarks Mountaineer" and others have published his general-interest articles. Gruber's humor has appeared in Elizabeth Clarkson Zwart's "The Front Row" of "The Des Moines Tribune" and in "Reader's Digest". A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gruber is past president and life member of the Missouri Writers Guild. He is past president of the Bentonville-Bella Vista and the Marshall Kiwanis Clubs. Gruber is a frequent guest on KMMO's "In the Outdoors with Brad and Brian." He is also design consultant and field tester for Jensen Jigs Musky Clatterbaits of Neenah, Wisconsin. More than 40 of his undergraduate students have published over 50 pieces commercially. He is especially proud that some have continued their careers as successful writers. Among them is Mellody R. L. Allee who recently published her first book, "Camping in a Pop-Up Camper is Paradise." Jasmine McDowell Grimm, editor-in-chief of the online magazine Connections, received the Silver Pearl Award for online writing excellence. In 2010, she appeared as the youngest entrepreneur to address the Maastricht Institute on the Missouri Valley College campus. Alayna Palmer Hanneken's short story, "The Cruelest Act" that deals with child abuse, placed 30th in a field of 1,000 entrants who competed in the Writer's Digest short story competition. Her story is anthologized. She is currently enrolled in Spalding University's M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. Gruber joined Missouri Valley College as professor of English and professor of mass communication in 1993, where he served for six years as dean of the Arts and Humanities Division. As reported in the paper edition of The Marshall Democrat-News, 4/15/2011.
 
With much pleasure Guild members presented gifts of The Great Depression BitterSweet Days 1929-1939, to Westport Estates residents who'd been interviewed for the 2010 booklet. (On the interviews -- It was a great experience!! Fantastic stories!! Authorene Phillips) More from The Marshall Democrat-News, Sarah Reed, 11/9/2010.
 
On Thursday, November 18, the Guild learned about "Just Write! A Conference for All Writers" and the many benefits of membership in the Missouri Writers Guild from visiting MWG officers and members. More from The Marshall Democrat-News, Sarah Reed, 11/29/2010 ~ Missouri Writers' Guild.
 
Guild member Carole Kays Schaefer's "Oh, Brother" appears in the October issue of Mature Living.
 
On Thursday, September 16, the Guild sponsored a Self-Publishing Seminar conducted by Sylvia Forbes. The event was valuable and well attended.
 
Columbia, 17 June 2010, Take OneMarshall Writers Guild presented their minutes and manuscripts to directors and staff of the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia in Ellis Library on the University of Missouri campus. The group was treated to a tour of the facility and an explanation of available research possibilities.
Columbia, 17 June 2010, Take Two
 
Lexie McDanelLexie McDanel wins the 2010 Writers' Guild Grant. More
 
In April Mary-Lane Kamberg, an award-winning poet and journalist who has published fourteen books, hundreds of poems and articles, and some short fiction, spoke to students at Bueker Middle School and led and energized the Guild's 2010 Workshop. Kamberg's topic: What's So Funny? Her latest book, The I Love To Write Book: Ideas and Tips for Young Writers, can be purchased from amazon.com. Kamberg is co-leader of the Kansas City Writers Group and belongs to the Missouri Writers' Guild, the Oklahoma Writers' Federation Inc., and the Kansas Authors Club. After lunch she spent one-on-one time with participants desiring publishing suggestions while Night Writer Melanie Dees Campbell led the group with open mike presentations. New faces were present. Guild member and reporter Jacob Hatfield's review: Writers' Guild speaker offers advice on writing humor, Source: The Marshall Democrat-News, 4/29/2010 | General Workshop Details
 
April is Poetry Month and the Guild is celebrating with the Marshall Public Library. On Tuesday, April 6 at 6 PM Night Writer Melanie Dees Campbell will MC an Open Mike for readings. All are welcome.
 
2009 Annual Meeting
2009 Annual Meeting
 
Guild members share recipes. Source: The Marshall Democrat-News, Sydney Stonner, 12/9/2009 and 12/16/2009
 
Guild member Ed Richards publishes rare memoir of college life in the early 1950's. More
 
Guild members salute Lavinia Lower Lile (2/131912-7/16/2009) for her "lifelong devotion to language and the written word." Source: Carole Kays Schaefer in Saline Silhouettes
 
Dr. Mark Adderley educated, informed and charmed those attending the 2009 Workshop. Dr. Adderley, a Missouri Valley English professor and medieval scholar, is writing a fictional series on the Arthurian legend. The first book in the series, The Hawk and the Wolf, is available from amazon.com or visit www.markadderley.net. Both day and night writers were present at the workshop and a good time was had by all. Local author discusses first book, publishing process at Writers' Guild workshop, Source: The Marshall Democrat-News, Jacob Hatfield, 5/1/2009 | General Workshop Details
 
More Marshall MOments, the 2008 booklet from the Guild, remains available. The Marshall Democrat-News, 12/8/2008 | More

The Saturday Writers of St. Charles have announced that Carole Kay Schaefer's essay, "Hobbies I Have Known," has been accepted for publication in their literary magazine, Cuivre River Anthology Volume IV.

Carol Raynor signed her book, Water Carried Up Hill, at Sedalia Book and Toy on Saturday, May 24. More

On April 17 the Guild held its annual Workshop with guest speaker and author Sharon Kinney Hanson. She was inspiring.

Marshall MOments, 2007 booklet from the Guild, and Personalities, 2006 booklet are sold out. More

Guild members gather for a group book signing at Sedalia Book and Toy from 2 - 4 pm on Friday, November 30, 2007.

Guild president Authorene Phillips' Arrow Rock: the Story of a Missouri Village is available. More

Guild member Carol Raynor's Water Carried Up Hill: A Sense of Place and Past is available. More

 
David E. Moore, Associate Director of the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia, University of Missouri, featured speaker at the October meeting. More from The Marshall Democrat-News, Kathy Fairchild, 10/23/2007.

Dr. Ben Nelms featured speaker at Annual Workshop ~ Source: The Marshall Democrat-News, Kathy Fairchild, 4/24/2007.
 
Local educator, Carole Schaefer, was surprised and honored when her teaching project was chosen to appear in the spring issue of School and Community, a Missouri State Teachers Association publication. The article highlights a writing project Schaefer developed and implemented in the classroom to improve student writing skills and help raise MAP test scores.

With encouragement from the local writing group, the Marshall Writers' Guild, Schaefer wrote up her project and submitted it to School and Community.

Schaefer says in addition to having her project in print and being able to share it with educators through out the state, hearing from many teaching acquaintances with whom she had lost touch, has been wonderful. Schaefer has taught in public schools for 30 years. More from Carole
 
Congratulations to Ed Richards who was published in the "Where I've Been" in the travel section of The Kansas City Star ~ More from Ed
 
These letters by Authorene Phillips are included...
 
New Guild member Katherine Bennett invites writers to write about a fictional character who lived in the fictional dollhouse being constructed to be auctioned for the cancer unit at Fitzgibbon Hospital. Guidelines are on the internet -- Fitzgibbon Hospital Dollhouse Project Album.
 
The Marshall Writers' Guild presented this collection of books by Saline County writer, Loula Grace Erdman, to the Saline County Historical Society following a program at the Marshall Public Library presented by Carol Raynor (right). Erdman's cousin, Jean Redford, (left) added personal remembrances.
Jean Redford, Carol Raynor
Erdman's novels often featured Missouri and Missourians. She is buried in Blackburn, Missouri. The donated books are Another Spring, The Edge of Time, Far Journey, The Good Land, Life was Simpler Then, Many a Voyage, Save Weeping for the Night, The Wide Horizon, The Wind Blows Free, The Years of the Locust, A Time to Write (autobiography). Funds for purchases were provided by a grant from the Missouri Writers' Guild and private donations.
Anyone who would like to donate one of Erdman's books, or who has letters or photos from this author is encouraged to contact Amy Crump, Director, at the Marshall Public Library, 660.886.3391. June 2006 Note: Carol Raynor was contacted by a researcher of Erdman who will provide additional materials for the collection to be housed at the Saline County Historical Society. More from The Marshall Democrat-News, Mark Lile, 6/28/2006
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