MMRWA Meeting – February 18, 2017

Lunch beginning at 11:30 am at TGI Friday’s, 5650 W. Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009(269) 349-6010. The February 18th meeting runs from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm with lunch followed by our business meeting and Three-Pages-Reads. RSVP to Nancy Gideon at

Program Info: You only have 750 words to make a great first impression!  Back by popular demand, our February 18th Three-Page-Read is all about “hooking” the reader with your opening teaser (either from Prologue or Chapter 1). 3-P-Rs will be read anonymously to the group by moderators Laurie Kuna and Patty Gordon (former teachers extraordinaire!) for brief, constructive comments after each entry. E-mail your entry by February 16th.

If your last name is A-L to Laurie Kuna at ; M-Z to Patty Gordon at

Make sure you ONLY have 3 double-space pages, approximately 750 words. Please put the GENRE of your entry on the first page! You can also bring your entry on the day of the meeting. You can send (or bring) a second entry but make sure you mark your first choice clearly. The second will be read as time allows. Don’t miss this fast, fun opportunity to test your work’s “grab factor!”


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Laurie had a Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart finalist with her very first novel, A WAR OF HEARTS. She has been a member of the MMRWA since 1988, but has been writing practically since she could hold a pencil.

A high school English teacher in West Michigan for twenty-one years, Laurie holds both a Bachelors degree in English and a Masters degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University.

She speaks to writers' groups across the Midwest, often on her two favorite subjects--grammar and swearing—and has even spoken in New Zeeland on American English.

Laurie is the primary line editor for ImaJinn Books and lists photography and travel as some of her hobbies. Her most recent titles, both from ImaJinn Books and both written as Laurie C. Kuna are: SOME PRACTICAL MAGIC and THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC.


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During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level.

She lives in West Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.