Category Archives: Kansas City

KC Voices: A Celebration!

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  Come support Whispering Prairie Press as we raise funds to publish the next volume of Kansas City Voices! You’ll be entertained by past KCV contributors doing readings of poetry and prose! Plus, we will have a silent auction for bidding on items donated by past artists and local businesses. Tickets are $5 at the Uptown Arts Bar. Come support… Read more »

KCVY Submissions extended!

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In response to overwhelming interest, we’re happy to announce that we have extended the submission deadline for Kansas City Voices Youth Vol. 2! Submissions are currently open through December 15, 2018 through our Submittable page. Art, Poetry, Prose…show us your work! Accepted pieces will be featured in Kansas City Voices Youth Vol. 2 published in Spring 2019. Check out the… Read more »

Where Do You Create?

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When you picture Art (with a capital “A”) being created, it’s perhaps common to picture the stereotypical writer alone in their home, hammering away at a keyboard with a roaring fireplace going in the background, steaming tea nearby, and a dog asleep around their feet. Or you might envision a painter alone in their studio with nothing around them except… Read more »

Welcome writers!

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Greetings writers, readers and creative folks! It is late summer and the tall grass glows golden in the August heat. After a few quiet months here at Whispering Prairie Press, we are happy to be back, basking in the light and the new blood that holds our project. Our newly infused board now includes Tom, Spencer, Sandy and Lindsay. If… Read more »

Seventeen Steps to a Clean Copy

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“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon,” Robert Cormier, author of The Chocolate War. The editing process can be intimidating. Like any art form, it’s also a craft that can be learned and improved with practice. My experience as managing editor of a medical journal… Read more »

Someday This Will Be Useful to You (As a Writer)

We’ve all heard it: Write what you know. Famous authors have made their careers writing novels and ongoing series about the worlds they work in, especially in the crime and thriller department. But you don’t have to be Kathy Reichs or Robert Ludlum to use your own life experience to enhance your writing. Scenery and Set Dressing. Searching for the… Read more »

Enough About You, Let’s Talk About Me: Writing Your Memoirs

It’s the most dreaded interview question of all time: Tell me about yourself. At best, your answer sounds like a parroted version of “What I Did On My Winter Vacation”; at worst, you remind your new boss of their Uncle Vernon at Thanksgiving dinner, endlessly championing his own achievements. But what if you really do have a story to tell?… Read more »

How to be an Adult Writer Person

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Being an adult is hard. Being an adult in charge of a creative career can be even harder. Artists are often told to “release their inner child,” but that child is going to eat candy and wander away to watch cartoons unless you’re willing to play bad cop and set some boundaries.   Plan Ahead. Invest in a planner or… Read more »

Becoming Your Own Cheerleader: Self-Promotion and Self-Motivation

It would be so easy to never talk about our work. The image of the writer as a hermit is pervasive, but the truth is, our livelihood depends on selling our work to other people, and occasionally selling the idea of work to ourselves. Bring It On. Networking—it’s not just for business majors anymore. Now there’s two fronts to tackle:… Read more »

Enter Stage, Write: Performance Practice for Writers

Whether it’s open mike night or an interview, your first reading or your fiftieth, speaking in front of an audience of any size can be daunting, if not downright anxiety-inducing. But with a little knowledge and more than a little preparation, you can be well on your way to staring down stage fright and giving a poised performance. Repeat After… Read more »