Ankeny Writers–Saturday January 20 2018

Readers of Kurt Sparks (pen name: Francis Sparks) say his recent book MADE SAFE compares to novels by James Patterson and David Baldacci. (“…a gripping thriller that involves crime and a gritty investigate”). Kurt will visit with Ankeny Writers on January 20 at the Kirkendall Public Library. Come to the library this Saturday and participate in an amazing workshop about using on-line social media to connect with authors, promote your book and find a publisher. A published author, Sparks found his publisher using the methods he’ll be sharing with us. BTW. Warmer weather is predicted for Saturday!!

Bring your laptop or electronic notebook for this workshop at the library. Free to the public, funded by the Kirkendall Library.  


  • Plot Twist Bookstore “One of the reasons people enjoy reading so much is because they can get lost in the world of the story, whether they are going to Hogwartz or Narnia, traveling through space, or visiting a foreign city.” There will be a Writing Workshop focused on “World Building,” led by Author Chad Michael Cox on February 10th from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the bookstore. Click the bookstore’s webpage for details. Bring a copy of Cox’s novel to the workshop.
  • From our leader Dorthy Mathis: Join Ankeny Kiwanis Club on February 3rd for Pianopalooza (yes – Dueling Pianos!), and Channel 13’s Megan Reuther for a camping-theme, music-filled fundraising gala!…The 6th Annual ‘A Night for Miracles: Camping for Kids’ gala will feature Formal Flannel suggested dress, silent auction with online bidding by BidPartner, live auction, fabulous upscale camping-inspired food by Hy-Vee Catering, and open bar.  Funds raised will support Ankeny Miracle League, send Ankeny kids to Camp OK, and send kids to Easter Seals Iowa & Camp Sunnyside… helping kids go to camp! Purchase tickets now at and join Ankeny Kiwanis Club  for a fun-filled evening on Saturday, February 3rd!
  • Upcoming writers workshops at Iowa Writers’ House in Iowa City: Great weekend opportunities! Click HERE for information about schedule.
  • Ames Poet Dennis Maulsby has poem accepted for publication by the Illinois State Poetry Society was chartered in 1991 at the yearly convention of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies held in Madison, Wisconsin. ISPS was formed “to encourage the crafting and enjoyment of poetry in the State of Illinois. Check the website for 2018 contest opportunities. Dennis’ poem is entitled “Cameo Dream State,” A soldier ankle-deep in delta mud, / carved on the back of his Rolex / a woman’s profile in cameo. / Outbound currents reshuffle // diamond-winking gulf waves. / Passing clouds turn the sea salt-white. / A pod of bottlenose dolphins spin stories of the ancient // landmass of Laramidea.* They swap / short-lived tales with island-bound / Komodo Dragons. The reptiles’ claws / dig up fossil-rich wetlands, resurrect // stone-turned bones and mottled leather / of parasauraus, kosmoceratop, velociraptor. / The last dragons wrap serrated teeth / in the lost fat of ancestors. The wave-feathered // night-gulf becomes quiet, unsinkable / India ink. The face on the watch-cameo / smolders, a coup de foudre occurs, the soldier / falls suddenly in love again. *Laramidia was an island continent that existed during the Late Cretaceous period. The area is rich in dinosaur fossils.
  • Note: This poem was written by sewing together random images from old National Geographic magazines as a writing assignment at one of the Muscatine/Burlington retreats.

Author: iowagerry

Retired gentleman living with his wife and yellow lab in central Iowa. Charter member of Iowa Partners in Learning and the Ankeny Writers Workshop.

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