Calendar of Events



Unless listed otherwise, all events take place at The Writers Place. Admission for readings is $5 / $3 members. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


The Writers Place Closing

The Writers Place office will be closed from December 20, 2013 - January 3, 2014. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Have a wonderful holiday!


The Writers Place New Year's Day Open Mic & Potluck


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

12:00 PM 

Sharon Eiker hosts the annual 12-hour open mic and potluck at The Writers Place. Free. 

Write On Poetry

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

After-school writing workshops for teens in grades seven through twelve. Free, but registration required. Email for more information.


Riverfront Reading: Mary Bunten & Gary Lechliter

Friday, January 10, 2014

8:00 PM

Fiction writer Mary Bunten and poet Gary Lechliter and read from their work. Mary Bunten’s work has appeared in SAVEUR, The Houston Press, Art Lies, The Austin Chronicle, and elsewhere.  A native of Houston, Texas, she currently works as the director of The Writers Place.  Gary Lechliter’s poetry has recently appeared in Main Street Rag, New Mexico Poetry Review, Straylight, Tears in the Fence, and Wisconsin Review.  He is the editor and publisher of the I-70 Review.  


Creative Nonfiction 101

Sunday, January 12, 2014

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Instructor: Kate Meadows

This class focuses on the basics of creative nonfiction, how it differs from traditional nonfiction, and why it is a genre that is quickly gaining in popularity. We will talk about what creative nonfiction is (telling a true story in a creative way using elements of fiction such as plot, setting, character development) and what it isn't (using creative license to the point in which a true story is no longer true). We will talk about how and why creative nonfiction can be a powerful form of writing, and will look at works by some of the genre’s greats, including Lee Gutkind, Joan Didion and Jean Marie Laskas. Participants are welcome to bring a work-in-progress, if the particular draft has a creative nonfiction bent or if the writer wishes to turn the piece into a work of creative nonfiction. All participants are encouraged to come with questions relating to the genre.

$30 / $23 members


Marchel Denise Alverson and Kate Meadows

2:00 PM

Novelist Marchel Denise Alverson memoirist Kate Meadows read from their work.

Marchel Denise Alverson’s novel Kissed by Madness is a fictional account of domestic violence.  She is a communications specialist for Unity World Headquarters. Kate Meadows’ memoir Tough Love: A Wyoming Childhood explores growing up among the grisly and sometimes uncivilized characters who call western Wyoming home.  


Blue Monday at the Uptown Arts Bar

Monday, January 13, 2014

8:00 PM

Enjoy five minutes of fame at our open mic, hosted by David Arnold Hughes.

Location:  3611 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111, 816-960-4611


Write On Poetry!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

4:00 PM

After-school writing workshops for teens in grades seven through twelve. Registration required. Email for more information.


Jan Duncan-O'Neal, Janet Sunderland, Jeanie Wilson

Friday, January 17, 2014

7:00 PM

Part of The Writers Place Reading Series.  Poets read from their work.  Janet Sunderland is a memoirist and poet whose chapbook At the Boundary was released by Finishing Line Press in May of 2013. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Rockhurst Review, Lalitamba, Touch: A Journal of Healing, and Kansas City Voices.  The Kansas City Star listed Jeanie Wilson’s book The Door into the Dream—co-authored with her husband Thomas Zvi Wilson—as one of 100 Most Noteworthy Books for 2006. Jeanie hosts the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading series co-sponsored by The Writers Place and Johnson County Central Resource Library.  A Pushcart nominee, Jan Duncan-O’Neal, is a native of the Kansas City area, with 12 books to her credit including her chapbook Voices: Lost and Found.  She is an editor for I-70 Review.


Sunday Salon

Sunday, January 19, 2014

2:00 PM


Music + Poetry + Art 

Friday, January 24, 2014

7:00 PM

Lea Eliot, David Hughes, Michelle Pond, and Jason Sierra read with River Cow Orchestra at the Downtown Neon Gallery.  Hosted by Rick Malsick.

Location:  Downtown Neon Gallery, 1921 E Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64127, (816) 472-1190


Workshop:  Writing Your Hero’s Journey

Saturday, January 25, 2014

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor:  Barbara Bartocci


From Odysseus to Oz, the greatest stories describe the hero's journey of discovery, showing how life's events—both the good and the bad—can bring the gift of heightened self-awareness and inner power. 

Whether you want to write your hero's journey for publication, for a family legacy, disguised as fiction, or for your own self-discovery, this class is for you. 

  • Look at the six archetypes that make up the hero’s journey: Innocent, Orphan, Wanderer, Warrior, Martyr, Magician 

  • Examine where you are on the hero’s journey 

  • Discuss how to structure your story to find its message and meaning.

Free, but registration is required.  Click here to register.

Location: Woodneath Library Center, 8900 N Flintlock Rd, Kansas City, MO 64157, (816) 883-4900


The Writers Place Salon

Monday, January 27, 2014

7:00 PM

Open mic hosted by Sharon Eiker.

Write On Poetry!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

4:00 PM

After-school writing workshops for teens in grades seven through twelve. Registration required. Email for more information.

Hadara Bar-Nadav, Wayne Miller, and Corey Marks

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

7:00 PM

Poets read from their work.  Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of three collections of poetry: Lullaby (with Exit Sign), The Frame Called Ruin, and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight.  She is co-author, with Michelle Boisseau, of Writing Poems, 8th edition, and is associate professor of English at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Wayne Miller is the author of three poetry collections:  The City, Our City, The Book of Props, and Only the Senses Sleep.  He  lives in Kansas City and teaches as the University of Central Missouri, where he edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.  Corey Marks is the author of collections The Radio Tree, which won the Green Rose Prize, and Renunciation, which won the National Poetry Series. He teaches at the University of North Texas and serves, with Bruce Bond, as Poetry Editor of American Literary Review.