STORYMASTERS: NOVEL WRITING SUPER GRP—Critique, Inform, Promote, EPub, Support!

THE NOVEL — Writing Great Fiction — Novel Writing Made Simple!

Writers of fiction, attention!


Description, Imagery and Setting the Scene:

Why you MUST give the reader a sense of "place"

Denny's Restaurant (meeting room)

9001 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Mission, KS 66202

What’s holding you back from writing the very best stories possible? Are you stuck? Do you even know where and how to start? Do you have a complete understanding of how to plot and write dialogue, POV, drama and comedy? And what about more advanced fiction-writing notions and techniques like: psychic distance, seeding, suspense and dramatic question?

Would having a mentor help?

How about getting someone to help you who has put millions of words on paper (and not all of them were the same), has had publishing contracts, big-shot agents and can whistle "Into the Wild" backward? Okay, I can't whistle ... but I can help you write better fiction!

How much will you pay to be the very best at your craft?

  • $1000s
  • $100s
  • Nothing! I want it for free!

All right, then, you cheap scoundrels — it’s FREE!

Every 3rd Saturday 1:00 – 4:30 PM, (location to be announced)

About Your Meeting Leader:

Gordon Kessler is a thriller novelist, independent editor and ePublishing consultant living in the Kansas City metro area with his golden retriever, Jazmin (a.k.a. Jazzy Brass — her stage name). He's  been a "Master Instructor" at Johnson County Community College and for the National Academy of Railroad Sciences and has taught novel writing for several community colleges. He worked for more than twenty years for the BNSF Railway, and is a former US Marine Recon Scout, Super Squad team leader, parachutist and troop handler. He enjoys SCUBA, sailing, snow skiing, taking his golden retriever Jazzy Brass to the dog park and sharing time with his kids and grandkids.

His thriller novels Jezebel, Dead Reckoning and Brainstorm are all in both paper and eBook. His latest men's action/adventure thrillers; Knight's Ransom, Knight's Big Easy and Knight's Late Train were released in 2012. Another three or four more in "The E Z Knight Reports" series are scheduled for release in 2013. These novels are about half the size of his big thrillers and are fast, fun reads.

Gordon has also published two short story eBooks: a humorous piece called "Toothpick for Two" and a nostalgic romance called "Jack Baron". Please check them out.

As a consultant and editor on numerous book and eBook projects over the past twenty years, Gordon has published three books for writers. Novel Writing Made Simple is a great primer for beginners and an excellent refresher for the experienced wordsmith. EBook Writing Made Simple focuses on the actual writing of eBook novels and how they can be crafted more effectively for the eBook novel reader rather than as a work written for the traditional publishing industry. How to Write a Novel--Storytelling, the Writer and the EBook Novel is his latest work, published especially with the beginning eBook novelist in mind.

Gordon is a founder and past president of the Kansas Writers Association, a sixteen-year-old organization of some very special people. Last year, he started a group to help support independent authors called the Indie Writers Alliance--another group of great people.

Find out more about Gordon on his website and blog, at:

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  • Liz Schumacher Craig

    I thought it would be more about writing well. It was mostly about publishing.

    July 20, 2013

    • Deidre

      That sounds like a good plan. It works for me. Thank you.

      July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Perfect plan. Works for me.

      July 23, 2013

  • Peter Theoharis

    Well organized and very informative.
    I was impressed with the intellectual depth of the participants.
    Thank you

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since I am not ready to publish yet, the long discussions about this were lost on me. That said, I did get some handouts that will be helpful when the time comes. Thanks Gordon! I am wondering if it would be feasible to have a narrower agenda to meet the needs and interests of this diverse group. Authors who have more of an interest in publishing/ marketing could meet one Saturday and newbies (like me) more interested in improving the mechanics of novel writing, the next Saturday. This would reduce the time for each meeting from 4 hours to two since the agenda would be more specific.

    2 · July 22, 2013

    • Deidre

      I agree with Shirl as I'm not ready to publish yet either.

      July 22, 2013

    • Gordon Kessler

      This is fine if someone else wants to do it. I don't have that kind of time to organize and prep for two separate meetings--I've been doing way too many. I mentioned at the meeting that I will be separating the segments by a scheduled time for those who want to attend partial meetings. That's the best I can do.

      July 22, 2013

  • Maria D'Marco

    tho't maybe some folks might like the post on this link:­-

    July 21, 2013

  • Deidre

    Very informative

    July 20, 2013

  • Melissa

    Thanks Gordon for another insightful and informative meeting.

    July 20, 2013

  • Melissa

    I see where the plan for Story Masters is going. However the fact that only three of us were at the first meeting, it makes it hard to have things repeated. Gordon, if you want any help please let me know. I have complete faith that I will learn from each and every meeting. I can't wait for the next one. And I am working on putting together a critique group, geared for us. See you next month!

    July 20, 2013

  • robert sherwood

    Too general. Wide river not deep.

    July 20, 2013

  • Gordon Kessler

    Great! Wonderful, passionate group!

    July 20, 2013

  • Maria D'Marco

    Nicely balanced group - diverse backgrounds offering excellent writing and publishing resources. I hope it moves into a more structured approach to a few segments of interest to authors. Looking forward to proposed off-shoot groups. Would prefer to see it less a critique group and more a group that tackles the elements of novel writing, getting your book completed and published, marketing your book, and learning what's new in the publishing world. Gordon gave excellent information and got the group involved. Maybe break members into small groups for critiques?

    July 20, 2013

  • CMRainey

    I won't be able to make it after all. Hope to join you guys again soon.

    July 19, 2013

  • Maria D'Marco indie conference? anxious to hear more about that...

    July 14, 2013

  • Kim

    Thank you so much! It was great to meet you this evening. I'm looking forward to it especially since it's FREE.

    July 6, 2013

  • Gordon Kessler

    Denny's, 9001 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Mission, KS 66202
    This will be a great one, folks! Lots of info, news, writing discussion--and an indie conference coming soon to KC that you'll have input with the planning!

    July 6, 2013

  • Melissa

    are we meeting at the same play or somewhere different?

    June 28, 2013

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