Writing can be a severely isolating activity, but writers need feedback. It’s basically miracle-grow for your work. Regular attendance at workshops and writers groups doesn’t just help writers meet other writers. It helps writers meet editors, literary agents, and even publishers. Without further delay, here are five places in Kansas City to help you find some feedback:
Located in the historic Valentine District, the Writers Place functions as a literary community center. They host several events and workshops each month for poets, storytellers, and even improv groups for Kansa City writers.
This meetup group host several weekly and bi-weekly critique circles for Kansas City authors to receive feedback on their work. They also host monthly meetings with publishers, agents, and bestselling authors.
In the heart of Midtown, UAB hosts comedy open mics every Monday, poetry open mics every Wednesday, with poetry and storytelling workshops scattered throughout each month.
A branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, the Story Center offers regular workshops and meet-ups for writers and storytellers. They also host panel discussions and showcases from successful authors across several genres.
Though it’s located on the UMKC Campus, the Writing Studio’s services are available to community members free of charge. One-on-one consultations are available in 25 or 50-minute blocks. Non-UMKC students must call to book an appointment.