Kansas Writers, Inc
“KS Writers Inc. supports and educates writers, no matter where they are on their writing journey. Whether you’re learning your craft or are a multi-published author, KWI creates an environment that enhances your writing skills and expands your network of people who find joy in the written word.”(http://kswritersinc.com)
KS Writer’s Inc meetings meet at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library on the 4th Saturday of every month. Potential members are invited to attend a couple meetings before making the decision to join. There is an application and $20 fee to join the KWI. This fee will give you access to the KWI monthly newsletter, the annual KWI writing retreat as well as the Topeka day long writing retreats. By associating with other published members you will get an in depth look at how the publishing process works.
KWI maintains a blog at www.kswriters.wordpress.com entitled KWI Word Warriors. This blog contains valuable information from members on writing as a profession, advice, writing technique and general blogging comments.
The Kansas Writer’s Inc website contains information on the activities of its members as well as information regarding the association and information on how to join. They also provide resources such as links to the Romance Writers of America website and the Mystery Writers of America website. Contact information for Kansas Writer’s Inc can be found on their website at http://kswritersinc.com.
Kansas Author’s Club
Founded in Topeka in 1904, the Kansas Author’s Club is a valuable resource for writers in Topeka, KS. Once you have joined the Kansas Author’s Club, you are eligible to participate in workshops, contests, monthly meetings and receive critiques from fellow members. The Kansas Author’s Club also publishes a newsletter outlining important information featuring information such as welcoming new members, outlining changes in the management of the club and discussing upcoming events and contests.
According to their website at http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/kac/, anyone interested in joining the Kansas Author’s Club can apply for membership. Their memberships are valid for the calendar year (January 1 through December 31) and there is an annual fee of $25 for adults and $10 for high school students.
This website contains numerous resources for writers including a schedule of author appearances, book signings and news of upcoming events for current members. They also provide numerous links to other helpful websites such as the Kansas Writer’s Association.
Kansas Writer’s Association
According to their website http://www.kwawriters.com/, the Kansas Writer’s Association’s mission is to “inform, support, encourage and promote the writer.” This association offers yearly memberships to applicants that includes a monthly newsletter and offers discounts to their programs and seminars by way of a membership card.
There are several benefits to joining the Kansas Writer’s Association. The biggest benefit would be support from other writers. You can participate in and receive objective criticism by way of their critique groups. The opportunity to network with other writer’s is a compelling reason to joining this association. Their monthly newsletter has many resources in it such as advice and publishing news.
The Kansas Writer’s Association website provides detailed lists on contests and markets for writer’s to submit their work to. They also provide link to the website addresses for their members as well as publish member news. Browsing their website you can find workshops that are available as well as links to other valuable websites such as Writer’s Weekly and the Kansas Author’s Club. They provide an extensive list of resources for publishing, self publishing, support for writing certain genres and websites for helping the writer in their craft.