Award winning western author and historian Ellen Gray Massey will speak on “Never Give Up” at the Springfield Writers’ Guild meeting on Saturday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Since 1990 Massey has given over 350 talks about the Ozarks and about writing. In 1995 she was inducted into the first Writers Hall of Fame of America and has won 25 awards from the Missouri Writers Guild; she was three times finalist in the Western Writers of America’s Golden Spur Awards. Massey has published numerous articles, short stories, essays, a musical play, as well as 14 novels and eight non-fiction books. She now teaches Elderhostel classes for the YMCA of the Ozarks at Potosi and for Ozark Adventures, Inc. in Branson.
Massey’s recent non-fiction books include “Family Fun and Games” and “The Bittersweet Ozarks at a Glance.” Her recent novels are “New Hope,” “The Burnt District” (Hard Shell Word Factory, an online and print publisher), “Brothers, Blue and Gray” and “Her Enemies, Blue and Gray” (Goldminds Publishing).
Preceding the presentation will be the regular mentor/critique hour beginning at 11 a.m. A lunch break will follow at 12 noon. The one o’clock presentation and the critique hour are both open to visitors. Only SWG members can submit work for critique, however the session has proved to be a valuable learning tool for all who attend.
The SWG meets at the Heritage Cafeteria on the corner of Fremont and Battlefield streets in Springfield Missouri on the forth Saturday of every month except December.
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