Festival of Books

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South Dakota Festival of Books! Fri. – Sun. Sept. 26-28

  • Stop by our table and say hi!
  • Join or renew your membership.
  • Donate to support the SDAA.
  • Request a date for Member Activities.
  • Offer your talents and skills for a Workshop.

We’d love to meet you and talk about “writerly stuff” with you (such as the proper use of “ly” in words perhaps?)

See you there!

Writers Rendezvous: Coming This Fall!

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What is Writers Rendezvous?

A Writer’s Event coming this fall – Date to be announced.

Come and meet other writers, attend a workshop, and stay for supper and a special treat!

You can even bring your books and reserve a table for a book signing if you want.

More to follow . . . If you’re not on our mailing list, be sure to sign up so you can get all the details.

Sign up for our mailing list through Twitter or by emailing us at SDAuthors@gmail.com with your request to be added.


Workshop a Success!

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What a blast we had last week at the Storytelling 101 Workshop!  A BIG THANK YOU to Nancy Steedle and also to our keynote speaker, Tom Roberts!  Both were informative and entertaining.  We all learned some things we can use in our own writing and had a great time in the process.

If you missed it – be sure to watch for the next one and pre-register for a discount in exchange for letting us know how much interest in the topics there will be ahead of time.

Also keep your eye open for the soon-coming 1st issue of the Savvy Scribbler – the South Dakota Authors Association Newsletter – launching soon.

Event – Storytelling 101

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Event Registration

Click the banner above to learn more and register to attend

South Dakota Authors Association is proud to present

our first of many workshops:

“Storytelling 101”

May 18, 2013 10am – 3:00pm

at the Ramkota Inn, Sioux Falls



Tom Roberts, Keynote Speaker

Author of: ‘Twas The Night Before Christ, Santa’s Prayer,

and The Little Lost Sock

with Nancy Steedle

Author of: Layer of Lies, Winter Kill, and Grievous Offense

Storytelling can be important in almost any type of writing.  Developing this skill trains writers to focus on details and strengthens their ability to bring their story to life for their readers.

  • SDAA members receive a substantial discount on Registration fees.

  • Lunch is included in ticket price.

Click HERE to register and attend.

A Little about the speakers:

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts

South Dakota author, storyteller and performer, Tom Roberts, offers participants an interactive and amusing experience as they explore the art of Storytelling.

Through the use of games, exercises and demonstration, Roberts shares his unique insights by engaging workshop attendees in a fun and creative journey of bringing words to life.

With nearly 30 years of experience as an actor, writer and storyteller, Roberts has authored three Christmas books (‘Twas The Night Before Christ; Santa’s Prayer & The Little Lost Sock) and is launching a new one this fall.  His life’s work and volunteerism was featured in the book, “Turning Dreams Into Success”.

Roberts has written and performed several theatrical one-man shows including Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Badger Clark, Theodore Roosevelt, Gutzon Borglum and Ernest Hemmingway. He has worked with tens of thousands of students of all ages throughout his career and continues to be a much requested speaker throughout the state.

 Nancy Steedle

Steedle Nancy

Local author, Nancy Steedle lives in Sioux Falls and is member of the South Dakota Authors Association.

She has authored three novels: Layer of Lies and the first two books in the Donovan Burke series, Winter Kill and Grievous Offense. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and lived for a time in Des Moines, IA, which is the setting for much of her writing.


Click HERE to register and attend.  See you there!

Writers’ Groups

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Below is a listing of South Dakota Writers’ Groups that we are aware of.  At present we only know of groups in Sioux Falls.

Please post a comment on this page if you learn of any writing groups meeting anywhere else in the state and we will happily list them. 

Check back often for new listings of group meetings or other events.


Sioux Falls Writers’ Groups:

Group Name



Meeting Place

Meeting Dates

Meeting Room

Meeting Times


Mixed Genre

Sioux Falls

Main Library

1st & 3rd Thurs.

Conf. Rm.

2 – 4 pm


Fiction (Novel & Screenplay Emphasis)

Sioux Falls

Oak View Library

2nd & 4th Thurs.

Mtg. Rm. 3


The Writer’s Ore

Mixed Genre

Sioux Falls

Ronning Library

1st & 3rd Sat.

Mtg. Rm. A

10am to 1:00pm


Fiction & Poetry

Sioux Falls

Main Library

1st & 3rd Tues.

Mtg. Rm. B



Non-Fiction & Memoir

Sioux Falls

Main Library

2nd & 4th Tues.

Conf. Rm.


Hello South Dakota!

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Welcome to the SDAA’s official website!

We serve authors across the state and we want to hear from you.  We have LOTS of exciting things going on and we State Seal of South Dakota.want to know if there is something YOU would like to see happen for authors in South Dakota.

We are in the process of obtaining our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status to become a public charity.   Tax-deductible donations will allow us to offer more and better programs, events, and opportunities for authors in South Dakota.

The literary world is experiencing a lot of new things and we want South Dakota to have a large part  in that.  We are not a political organization or special interest group.  We advocate for authors across the state and  seek to promote and provide opportunities for authors and writing groups to grow and expand their horizons.

We offer special promotions and programs to encourage, support and promote authors and their groups and events.  These include exciting writing events, special promotions, contests, grants, and many, many other things to assist and encourage South Dakota’s writers  . . . to simply write!  South Dakota Writers, our nation and our world needs to hear from you – and that is why we are here – to give you a voice and a platform from which to be heard.

We hope you will enjoy your membership in SDAA and look forward to serving you.  If you have ideas about things you think would benefit South Dakota’s writers, please let us know and we will consider EVERY suggestion for development.

You can email us at SDAuthors@gmail.com or post a public comment below in the “Leave A Reply” box.

While the website is under construction you will undoubtedly see changes in layout and content.  We ask for your patience during this process but we thought you might appreciate having access to it during the growth period, rather than waiting for the big “tah dah”.  We hope we were right.

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