About Writers Groups

I have belonged to several writers groups over the years, and they are usually very worth the time and effort. Aside from honing your skills, they provide like-minded friends and associates.

Currently, I belong to Blackwater Literary Society, a group I founded several years ago with Joann Hunt, a dear friend who is no longer with us. Our group is limited in size and by category: we generally only handle novels, atlhough occasionally we read stories and scripts by current members.  We meet regularly to read and discuss each other’s work, and to attend public events, readings, etc. The group has a WordPress page at http://blackwaterliterary.wordpress.com.

There is also a very active writers group that meets twice monthly (once during the day and once during the evening) at the Warrensburg branch of Trails Regional Library.  Contact the library for info.

Open Mic Nights

We also support the Open Mic Nights at The Tranquility Shop in Warrensburg, MO. These events occur the first Thursday of each month, 6-8 pm, except on rare occasions such as New Year’s. Writers, poets, musicians, dancers, and others are welcome to sign up to perform their works. An eclectic mix of students from the local university, and others from all ages, walks of life, and local towns support the events. It’s always a fun evening. Everyone is welcome to participate and to perform, so come join us!

Another local open reading event is SPOFEST (Spoken Word Festival) which I believe is based in Sedalia, MO but has events throughout the year across the region.  I’m not sre of the website if they have one, so try Googling it or watch for postings around Warrensburg and Sedlaia, MO.

My Readings on YouTube

A few years back I did several readings locally to get used to being in front of people and talking about my writing.  To see/hear some of my readings, go to Youtube and search on Chanda Zimmerman.

Chanda reading from her short story, Perchance to Dream,

Resources for Writers


I’m always looking for info on writing, publishing, agents, etc., so here’s a sampling of some pages I find interesting. Although I list them, I do not necessarily endorse or support everything these pages and their owners do, but I do find them interesting sources of information—and you may as well!

Preditors and Editors: http://pred-ed.com/

This site lists agents and editors with some information about any problems that are associated with them, or complaints from writers and others about them. .

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America http://www.sfwa.org/

This is a professional site with a membership of published sf and fantasy writers, but there are a wealth of resources info on agents and editors handling fantasy.

Agent Query.com http://agentquery.com/

A nice searchable listing of agents with info about what they handle, how to contact, if they’re open, etc.

Publishers Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/

The main trade magazine of publishing. Gives business news, reviews, interviews with authors, info about digital publishing deals, etc. Twice a year, the paper version has a huge section on new books coming out.

World Fantasy Convention Official Site http://www.worldfantasy.org/

This is the annual gathering, the place to be to meet and greet all the other fantasy writers, listen to panels about the industry, talk with agents and editors, etc.

Duotrope! https://duotrope.com/

This is an online resource for finding markets for your fiction. It’s apparently become a paying stie, but has a free trial period and the payment is only $5 a month.

National Novel Writing Month official site http://nanowrimo.org/

This is a great way to get started or force yourself to be disciplined about writing every day. You commit online to writing a novel in one month — 50,000 words. In reality, it’s a short novel or the start of a longer one. Many people have used this to jumpstart their writing focus, and many have gone on to publish what they started during this month.

© Chanda K. Zimmerman, 2012-2019