This Saturday, August 24, the St. Louis Writers Guild brings a breath of fresh air to the usual writers conference held in windowless hotel meeting rooms. The annual Writers in the Park mini-conference is in Kirkwood Park under tall, shady oaks whose leaves may whisper poems to those who care to listen. The free plein air presentations and workshops run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. around the Lions Amphitheater area.
Historical fiction writer Nicole Evelina, represented by Jen Karsbaek of Foreword Literary, will start the event off discussing the finer points of querying a literary agent. Mary Menke of Word Abilities will offer editing tips while Robin Tidwell of Rocking Horse Publishing will talk about book design. Other speakers include “Joe the Crab” author Tim Hill on writing for kids and The Book Professor Nancy Baumann on publishing nonfiction books.
Children are invited to Writers in the Park. From 11:00 a.m. to noon, author-poet Susan Grigsby will present a poetry-writing workshop for kids in grades 4-8. Grigsby teaches creative writing in schools and wrote the award-winning children’s book “In the Garden with Dr. Carver.”
Books by area authors will be for sale and lunch available for purchase. Kirkwood Park is bounded by Geyer and Adams Road. Parking for the Lions Amphitheater is near the water tower, towards the western end of the park. In case of rain, the event will move indoors to the community center.