SATURDAY, march 4, 2017

6:00pm - 9:30 pm


Being a writer usually doesn't just happen - the journey requires patience, intentional learning, and being open to instruction. The purpose of Writer's Workshop is to encourage and equip writers of all skill levels through the experiences of authors and consultants. Writer's Workshop will feature four local professionals who are involved in literature, either as a writer or illustrator, who will speak on topics like finding resources, pacing your writing, and research. Following the speakers, participants will have the option of a personal consultation with professionals in editing, illustration, writing development and more. The price of Writer's Workshop also includes cocktails and refreshments and a coupon for 30% off one available book, courtesy of Main Street Books. Workshop is limited to 50 people, reserve your space today!

Brad R. Cook is a historical fantasy writer. An award-winning short story writer, he began as a playwright, and joined the board of St. Louis Writers Guild in 2008, guiding the organization as President from 2011 to 2015. He learned to fence at thirteen and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with his cat and a centuries’ old classic. He writes during the witching hour when his muses are most active, and asks everyone to preserve our historical treasures for future generations. 

Ann Hazelwood is the author of Missouri travel books with Reedy Press and fiction novels with AQS Publishing. Ann lives in historic St. Charles, Missouri and is the founder of The Wee Writer's Group.

Victoria Cosner has spent the better part of 30 years poking around graveyards and digging for lost pieces of history. She is especially fond of delving into missing pieces of women's history. She co-authored a book, Women under the Third Reich (Greenwood Publishing) and now has turned her attention to the infamous Madame LaLaurie and her incredible family. A longtime member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, she has worked in public history facilities for over 25 years and has her master's degree in American Studies, specializing in cultural landscapes of garden cemeteries. Her newest book with her co-author Lorelei Shannon, Missouri's Mad Doctor McDowell looks at another fascinating and macabre character who is best known for body snatching, anatomical surgery and body preservation experiments on his daughter's corpse.

Chris Sharp is a self-taught illustrator of over 200 children's books for both large and small publishing companies and co-owner of Smart Kids Publishing headquartered in San Diego, CA. He is busy working on children's prints, posters, more books and other funny stuff now under the Ahha Studios banner. Chris primarily works in pen/ink and watercolor as well as acrylic and pencil, for both traditional and digital material.

Kent Sanders is a writer, creative consultant, editor, and college professor. He is the author of two books and works with others to unlock their creative potential.