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Where to write and share your work in Kansas City

From slam poetry to narrative workshops, KC is the spot for writers.

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Get your slam on.

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As writers ourselves, one might say we feel passionate about this topic. If you have ever felt inspired to write, are looking to share your work, or are just looking to brush up on some skills — look no further. These resources have you covered.

Share your work

Poetic Underground | Locations vary | With weekly open-mic poetry and special slam events, this organization focuses on providing a sense of community among writers in KC.

One Mic Stand KC | Locations vary | Get creative at an open-mic night, or try out a poetry-focused events.

The Speakeasy | Swordfish Tom’s, 210 W. 19 Terr., KCMO | Every first Sunday | 7 p.m. | One drink minimum | This monthly poetry and spoken word review will transport you back to the Prohibition era — featuring signature cocktails and artists from around the nation.

Rhyme House | 1000 E. 9th St., KCMO | Every Thursday | Times vary | $10 | With a different host each week, you always can expect something new and different at these poetry events.

All Sorts Open Mic | PH Coffee, 2200 Lexington Ave., KCMO | Every second Friday | 7 p.m. | Free admission | Bring your newest work and collaborate with fellow creatives. Plus, there’s coffee and beer.

Zine Club | Locations vary | Once a month | Want to make the jump straight to publishing? Join this monthly workshop blends writing with other art forms to make DIY readables — hosted by KC Zine Con, which takes place Saturday, June 22-Sunday, June 23.

Refine your craft

Writing Workshop KC | $15, or monthly subscription | Hosted by Salt Tooth Writers, WWKC’s prompt-based format encourages writers to step out of their comfort zone with positive feedback only.

The Writers Place | Prices vary | Learn how to write a haiku, find out more about nonfiction writing, or share your own work at an open-mic night.

Library Writing Workshops | Free, RSVP | Go over the basics of professional writing, or try deep diving into a family essay with these online classes.

The Kansas City Writing Workshop | Keep your eyes peeled for the return of this yearly conference.

Kansas City Authors Club | Prices vary | This members-only group welcomes writers of all backgrounds — plus, it offers monthly programs and an annual writing retreat.

Pro Tip: If you’re looking to cast a wide net, Flying Ketchup Press’s KC Regional Resources page lists opportunities from across the metro.

For young authors

Editor Dayten here — this one goes out to the 13-year-old writer who emailed KCtoday, and anyone else coaching a child or teenager with a passion for words.

The resources listed here are mostly for adults, who won’t make the best workshop partners if you’re just starting out. Right now, think of yourself as an explorer: dabble in improv and playwriting at The Coterie, or try out a sonnet workshop at your local library. (Dungeons & Dragons was a huge inspiration for me as a young writer.)

Try everything. And while you’re at the library, the most important thing you can do right now is read. Sooner or later, you’ll get to turn everything you’ve read into something new — and we can’t wait to read it.

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