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Storycrafting Fundamentals

Sat, Apr 20 2019
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Writer and storyteller Anthony Clark will guide participants through developing a basic structure for a new or in-progress story during this five-hour workshop.

ReadLOCAL Author Event: James J. Heiman

Sat, Apr 20 2019
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Join The Story Center as we celebrate the book launch of Woodneath Press author James J. Heiman. "Front Lines to Headlines: The World War I Overseas Dispatches of Otto P.

Introduction to Personal Storytelling (Rescheduled from 1/9/19)

Wed, Apr 24 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Everyone has a story to tell. Learn to mine your experiences for developing story ideas and learn interviewing skills for family stories.

Front lines to Headlines: The World War I Overseas Dispatches of a Kansas City Star Reporter

Fri, Apr 26 2019
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Join local historian and author of "Voices in Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials" James J.

Publishing Panel: Traditional, Self-Publishing, or Hybrid?

Fri, Apr 26 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
This panel discussion explores the different publishing options available to authors, including the pros and cons of each.

The Art of the Query: Get Noticed by Agents

Sat, Apr 27 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Most literary agencies receive at least a hundred query letters each week but respond positively to only a select few.

Writing Prompts for Memoirists

Sat, Apr 27 2019
10:30am - 1:00pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Use brief writing exercises and class discussions to learn new skills in theme, structure, and craft to use in both memoir and nonfiction writing.

How to Find an Agent

Sat, Apr 27 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Do you have a solid pitch? Regardless of how amazing your story may be, the agent is the gatekeeper between your book and the best-seller list.

Introduction to Traditional Publishing

Sat, Apr 27 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Discover the ways to make your book stand out to an agent or publishing house and what it takes to be a successful traditionally published author.

Memoir: What’s Your B Story?

Sat, Apr 27 2019
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
A successful writer once said, "You don’t have an idea for a story until you have two ideas." This might seem contrary to the point of a memoir, but a personal story needs context.

Introduction to Self Publishing

Sun, Apr 28 2019
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
The landscape of publishing options is always changing. Learn what being a self-published author means as well as tips and tricks to make your book successful.

Learning from Others: Pathways to Publication

Sun, Apr 28 2019
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Join literary agent Sorche Fairbank for an interactive presentation that explores various pathways to publication.

Small Steps to Big Books: Reach Your Publishing Goals

Sun, Apr 28 2019
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Can an unknown, unpublished writer emerge from behind the home computer and take the publishing world by storm? It’s unlikely.

The Story Center Speaker Series: Martha Hall Kelly

Mon, Apr 29 2019
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Join bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly as she discusses her latest book "Lost Roses." Kelly’s bestseller "Lilac Girls" introduced readers to real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday.

Story Center Critique Group

Mon, May 6 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Learning how to give, receive and evaluate criticism, and participate in a writing community are all parts of an essential toolkit for an author.

Poetry Playhouse: Exploring the World of Poetry

Tue, May 14 2019
6:30pm - 10:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
More information to come. Draw from your life experience, learn more about the craft of powerful poetry, and discover what you have to say to yourself and the world.

The Story Center Speaker Series: Celeste Ng

Thu, May 16 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Join author Celeste Ng for the paperback release of the top book of 2017, "Little Fires Everywhere." Ng will discuss the movie adaptation of the book, her writing process, and take questions from the

Social Media and Marketing

Sat, May 18 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Learn how to sell your work and connect to your audience by exploring effective marketing tactics, networking, and social media platforms.

Introduction to Organizational Storytelling

Sat, May 18 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Every business has a story to tell. This workshop will help you develop different kinds of stories for different kinds of businesses and their customers.

Intensive: Telling Difficult Stories

Sun, May 19 2019
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Sharing stories of adversity and challenges gives us a chance to heal and help others heal, but how we tell these stories and where makes the difference between something harmful and something transfo

Woodneath Writers

Mon, May 20 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Story Center Event
If you are an aspiring or seasoned writer wanting support and encouragement, then this writing group is for you!

Story Center Critique Group

Mon, Jun 3 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Learning how to give, receive and evaluate criticism, and participate in a writing community are all parts of an essential toolkit for an author.

Telling for Tellers

Tue, Jun 4 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
You have a great story to tell, and the Library wants to help you tell it! Learn tips and tricks for brainstorming story ideas and discover resources in your community to help you grow your craft.

The Business of Writing and Authorship

Sun, Jun 9 2019
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Story Center Event
Registration Required
Discover what it takes to be a successful writer and author in this three-hour workshop covering logistics, setting up your business, recordkeeping, and finding your readers.