Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MWG 2015 Conference

From beginning to end, the conference that purported to get the Missouri Writers Guild back on track was a success.

The first day, the members spent the time with intros and the next day’s agenda. 

We all agreed that new blood and a fresh outlook is needed in the organization.

The members decided on nine subjects:

Contests
Conference Planning
Membership Qualifications
Resources
What can the Guild do for the Chapters
What the Chapters can do for the Guild
Obligations
Communications
Leadership Development

The attendees were instructed to pick two topics to attend on Saturday. This member chose Contests and Membership Qualifications.

Contests. Our discussion about contests covered several different topics, from establishing qualifications to entering the state contests and opening contests to those living outside Missouri.

Qualifying entries was discussed as well as how judges are determined and vetted. It was determined that judges need to enjoy the genre they are judging for a contest.

Many chapters hold contests involving the local youths. The St. Louis chapter is especially focused in this endeavor. Anthology contests were encouraged to bring in revolving funds for prize money.

Membership Qualification. This subject was a hot topic in this member’s view, the differences between Full and Associates. 

One very outspoken young lady told of her self-published books. She became a full-time writer on her sales and expressed her dissatisfaction with the term “associate”. Her book sales were substantial. But because she wasn't a traditional author—Agented or Small Press—she didn’t qualify for the “full” designation. Although the difference in benefits were small, she felt ostracized by the title Associate.

This member brought up the recent change in membership qualifications for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, SFWA. This organization now allows self-published authors who are making a certain amount of revenue with their books to join. 

In addition, the conference included: 
  • Discussion about how and when yearly dues should be collected.
  • Traditions, locations and dates for future conferences
  • Grants and how to advertise them
  • Support for the individual chapters.
  • Surveys
  • Website improvement.


Clearly, this member is working hard
Historian Paul Bass was superb. He gave the members a thorough talk about MWG’s hundred years and encouraged chapters to write their own history as well.

Overall, it was a fine event for this fledgling author to attend. I thank the members and the Guild for the opportunity.

4 comments:

  1. PS. I took sick late in the afternoon on Saturday and was unable to attend that evening or Sunday. :(
    *hangs head*

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  2. Thanks for attending. We are looking forward to hearing your notes from the conference at the next writer's meeting. It sounds like it was a productive meeting time. Hope you're feeling much better.

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  3. If I'm the sower, we plant the Seed; if I'm an artist, we RITE the symphonies heard Upstairs ☆IF☆ you accept His lead withe orchestra...

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    Q: But [gulp] can anyone tell me the difference between K2 plus IQ? A: Nthn. In Heaven, we gitt'm both for eternity HeeHee Need a few more thots, ideers, wild wurdz (whoa, Nelly! easy, girl) or ironclad iconoclasms?

    VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI: As an ex-writer of the sassy, savvy, schizophenia we all go thro in this lifelong demise, I wanna help U.S. git past the ping-pong-politics, the whorizontal more!ass! we're in (Latin: words to wise).

    "This finite existence is only a test, son," God Almighty told me in my coma. "Far beyond thy earthly tempest is where you'll find tangible, corpulent eloquence". Lemme tella youse without d'New Joisey accent...

    I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET! any moe curly, party-hardy-endorphins, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs (in [the] end without end -Saint Augustine) when my o-so-beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girly passed-away due to those wry, sardonic satires.

    "Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness as bright as stars for all eternity" -Daniel 12:3, NJB

    Here's also what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

    Go gitt'm, girl. You're incredible. See you Upstairs. I won't be joining'm in the nasty Abyss where Isis prowls
    thesuperseedoftime.blogspot.com
    infowars.com
    -YOUTHwitheTRUTH
    -------------------------------
    PS Need summore unique, uncivilized, useless names? Lemme gonna gitcha started, brudda:

    Oak Woods, Franky Sparks, Athena Noble, Autumn Rose, Faith Bishop, Dolly Martin, Willow Rhodes, Cocoa Major, Roman Stone, Bullwark Burnhart, Magnus Wilde, Kardiak Arrest, Will Wright, Goldy Silvers, Penelope Summers, Sophie Sharp, Violet Snow, Lizzy Roach, BoxxaRoxx, Aunty Dotey, Romero Stark, Zacharia Neptoo, Mercurio Morrissey, Fritz & Felix Franz, Victor Payne, Isabella Silverstein, Mercedes Kennedy, Redding Rust, Phoenix Martini, Ivy Squire, Sauer Wolfe, Yankee Cooky, -blessed b9...

    God blessa youse
    (trust-N-Jesus)
    -Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL

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  4. If I'm the sower, we plant the Seed; if I'm an artist, we RITE the symphonies heard Upstairs ☆IF☆ you accept His lead withe orchestra...

    Wanna find-out the fax, Jak, in a wurld fulla the 'power of cowards'? Wanna wiseabove to help a 'Plethora Of Wurdz' [POW!] which are look'n for a new home in thy novelty??

    Q: But [gulp] can anyone tell me the difference between K2 plus IQ? A: Nthn. In Heaven, we gitt'm both for eternity HeeHee Need a few more thots, ideers, wild wurdz (whoa, Nelly! easy, girl) or ironclad iconoclasms?

    VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI: As an ex-writer of the sassy, savvy, schizophenia we all go thro in this lifelong demise, I wanna help U.S. git past the ping-pong-politics, the whorizontal more!ass! we're in (Latin: words to wise).

    "This finite existence is only a test, son," God Almighty told me in my coma. "Far beyond thy earthly tempest is where you'll find tangible, corpulent eloquence". Lemme tella youse without d'New Joisey accent...

    I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET! any moe curly, party-hardy-endorphins, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs (in [the] end without end -Saint Augustine) when my o-so-beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girly passed-away due to those wry, sardonic satires.

    "Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness as bright as stars for all eternity" -Daniel 12:3, NJB

    Here's also what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

    Go gitt'm, girl. You're incredible. See you Upstairs. I won't be joining'm in the nasty Abyss where Isis prowls
    thesuperseedoftime.blogspot.com
    infowars.com
    -YOUTHwitheTRUTH
    -------------------------------
    PS Need summore unique, uncivilized, useless names? Lemme gonna gitcha started, brudda:

    Oak Woods, Franky Sparks, Athena Noble, Autumn Rose, Faith Bishop, Dolly Martin, Willow Rhodes, Cocoa Major, Roman Stone, Bullwark Burnhart, Magnus Wilde, Kardiak Arrest, Will Wright, Goldy Silvers, Penelope Summers, Sophie Sharp, Violet Snow, Lizzy Roach, BoxxaRoxx, Aunty Dotey, Romero Stark, Zacharia Neptoo, Mercurio Morrissey, Fritz & Felix Franz, Victor Payne, Isabella Silverstein, Mercedes Kennedy, Redding Rust, Phoenix Martini, Ivy Squire, Sauer Wolfe, Yankee Cooky, -blessed b9...

    God blessa youse
    (trust-N-Jesus)
    -Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL

    ReplyDelete