March 23, 2019: Harlequin Editor Dana Grimaldi

Ever wanted to hear from an experienced editor? Wanted to find out what they look for in a submission? What makes a compelling story that gets an editor’s attention, or what makes them say ‘this story doesn’t work for us’? Come and meet Harlequin editor Dana Grimaldi to learn a few answers to these questions. She will be speaking at both our morning and afternoon sessions, and will is willing to listen to your story idea afterwards.

About our Speaker

Dana GrimaldiDana Grimaldi is an associate editor for Harlequin Dare and Harlequin Heartwarming. She also manages the Worldwide Mystery and Suspense program. Dana loves photography and can often be found outdoors, taking pictures of local wildlife. Her bookshelves have a special place for the works of Isaac Asimov, Margaret Laurence and Nnedi Okorafor, not to mention the largest collection of CDs since the invention of the mp3. When she’s reading submissions, Dana is on the lookout for sexy contemporary romance as well as wholesome contemporary romances that celebrate strong communities, family connections and true love.

Follow Dana on Twitter @DanaGrimaldi.

Meeting Information

Meeting fee of $30 for SRW members $35 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Doors open 9:15. Program runs 10am – 2pm.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on our payments page or by contacting reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting. Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Chapter Dues are Now Live!

We’ve all been waiting anxiously to pay our 2019 dues via the new RWA nationals web portal, and it’s finally live! If you haven’t received an email from RWA prompting you to pay SRW dues, please contact president@TucsonRWA.org as soon as possible.

Please pay dues by March 31, 2019 in order to maintain your chapter membership.

May 18, 2019: Author Tanya Stowe

Finding the Black Moment

Hold on to your hats! Our morning interactive workshop is going to cover a lot of territory. Whether you’re a Plotter or Pantster, structuring your characters can help avoid the dreaded pitfalls of lifeless characters and too little or too much conflict. But most importantly, structuring leads to finding the dramatic high point of the story, “The Black Moment.” Structuring your characters requires answering essential story questions like who, what, why and why not. Putting those answers in a grid can help you avoid those dreaded pitfalls and lead you to the dramatic moment YOU and YOUR READERS want. So bring your pencils (yes, with erasers!) and let’s get started!

Structuring Your Novel for Suspense

Characterization, description and dialogue fill the pages of your story as you develop the romance between the hero and the heroine. But if you’re writing a suspense, where do you fit in the action sequences, the villains POV, and those essential suspense scenes…let alone the clues?

For our afternoon session, join Tanya as she discusses how she uses a chart to structure her plot points, action scenes and clues.

About our Speaker

Tanya Stowe

Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…mysteries and exotic adventures, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey filled with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary.

To learn more, visit Tanya’s Website, Facebook, andBlog.

Meeting Information

Meeting fee of $30 for SRW members $35 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Doors open 9:15. Program runs 10am – 2pm.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on our payments page or by contacting  reservations@tucsonRWA.org  no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting. Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Chapter Dues are Live!

If you haven’t received an email from RWA prompting you to pay SRW dues, please contact president@TucsonRWA.org as soon as possible. You must pay dues by March 31 in order to attend chapter meetings or participate in events.

April 27, 2019: Laurie Schnebly Campbell: Braiding your Book

Weaving the different strands and levels of your story is trickier than making a simple braid, but the idea is the same — you need to pay attention to every separate element that’s part of the finished creation. Whether you’re braiding the plot, characters and resolution of a romance, thriller, fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, or any other journey of discovery, your readers want a certain balance between factors that aren’t always equally important.

Bring a work in progress or one you’d like to revisit, and with hands-on exercises you’ll see how to:

  • Build a braid strong enough to support your entire story
  • Maintain the balance of tension among each of your characters
  • Make sure the plot twists don’t unravel in later chapters
  • Enrich the three-way blend with individual “extras”
  • Incorporate as much action or emotion as your readers expect
  • Keep your plot from overshadowing the characters, or vice versa
  • Tie off the braid for a satisfying conclusion

About our Speaker

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops that draw on her background as an advertising copywriter, a counseling therapist and a romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for RT’s Best Special Edition of the Year. Her favorite books are those created during her classes, with 42 First Sales so far.

By day she writes for McDonald’s, Massage Envy and other clients at a Phoenix ad agency. She also enjoys recording for the blind, playing with her husband and son, mentoring a teenager, vacationing in Sedona (the red-rock town named for her grandpa’s mom), and running WriterUniv.com.

“People ask how I find time to do all that,” Laurie says, “and I tell them it’s easy. I never clean my house!”

Learn more at www.booklaurie.com

Meeting Information

Meeting fee of $30 for SRW members $35 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Doors open 9:15. Program runs 10am – 2pm.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on our payments page or by contacting  reservations@tucsonRWA.org  no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting. Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Chapter Dues are Live!

We’ve all been waiting anxiously to pay our 2019 dues via the new RWA nationals web portal, and it’s finally live! If you haven’t received an email from RWA prompting you to pay SRW dues, please contact president@TucsonRWA.org as soon as possible.

Please pay dues by March 31, 2019 in order to maintain your chapter membership.

February 23, 2019: Six Stages of Love

The 6 Stages of Love and How to Write Them into your Manuscript
Presented by Anabelle Bryant

The French call it frisson (free-sawn), that sudden rush of excitement when an attraction begins. It’s intense, uncontrollable—a rare, exhilarating feeling that has inspired countless love songs, poems and romance novels. A feeling that hopefully leads us to love.

Love, in its many forms, is the lifeblood of what we do. As romance authors we recognize that no matter the genre, love composes the complicated journey which brings our characters to their happily ever after and every precious stage should be written into your manuscript. While the order and intensity of each stage may vary, no romance is complete without some representation of the six stages of love.

 About Anabelle

USA Today Bestselling author, Anabelle Bryant began reading at age three and never stopped.  Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born.  Happy to grab a suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel, especially imaginary jaunts into Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey.  Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn’t want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?

Learn more at www.anabellebryant.com

Meeting Information

Meeting fee $30 members $35 guests and walk-ins.  Program runs 10am – 2pm (doors open 9:15) and includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on  our payments page or by contacting reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting. Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Chapter renewals are (still)  moving to RWA.org

SRW is still waiting for RWA national to get our chapter dues renewal process up and running. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready, and you’ll have 30 days minimum to log in and pay. Thanks to everyone for their patience!

Upcoming 2019 Meeting Information

January 26, 2019: Care and Feeding of your Favorite Writer

Start the new year off right. For this very special meeting, we will be presenting strategies to make your writing life both more productive and more satisfying.  There will a mini session on meditation to refill the creative well, a personal trainer to teach some ergonomic techniques and the importance of staying fit to stay creative, a virtual assistant to help us make the most of our time, and  someone with personal experience with Dragon Talk to Text software and researching techniques on OneNote.

Make your reservation today!

Remember – Chapter renewals are moving to RWA.org

It’s not ready, yet, but starting soon chapter dues will be paid through RWA org and will renew on the individual’s chapter anniversary rather than on the calendar year.
This functionality will be up and running, soon. In the meantime, your 2018 dues are good through the end of January 2019, so…BONUS!
Meeting Information

Meeting fee $30 members $35 guests and walk-ins.  Program runs 10am – 2pm (Doors open 9:15) and includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on  our payments page or by contacting reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting. Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Upcoming Meeting February 23 2019: The Six Stages of Love

Check back soon for more information.

Dec 1 Annual Raffle & Holiday Party Free to Members

The board of directors has voted to once again make this year’s holiday party free to members. Guests are welcome at the reduced price of $30 (payable on our payments page.). The Viscount has promised us extra goodies in exchange for moving our date to December 1.

In addition to chapter awards, we will hold our annual BIG raffle at the party.  This is when we pull out the stops and donate our fanciest baskets and other items. People pick individual prizes to “bet” their tickets on, and you take home every single item you win!

To make sure there’s enough room for everyone, it is essential to  reserve no later than Wednesday, November 27th.

November 17, 2018: Literary Agent Kristin Nelson & Chapter Elections

Literary Agent Kristen Nelson

This month SRW is excited to welcome back well-known literary agent Kristen Nelson.

Morning Session:  News from RWA Denver 2018
Kristin will cover what is happening with romance publishers, trends, etc. She’ll be talking about the state of romance, what’s new, what’s hot, etc.
Afternoon Session: Cold Reads:
Kristin will read out loud and comment on the first two pages of selected chapter members’ current Work in Progress. If you would like to submit pages, contact programs@tucsonrwa.org as soon as possible!

About Kristin Nelson.

My goal as an agent is simple: I want every client of mine to make a living solely from writing and 90% of my authors do without help from any other source of income. I established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade+ of my career, I’ve represented over forty New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. Although I’m a very nice Midwesterner, I’ve heard through the grapevine that editors call me “a hard-working bulldog agent that will fight for you.” What a compliment!

When not busy selling books, I’m quite sporty. I attempt to play tennis and golf. I also love playing Bridge (where I’m the youngest person in the club). On weekends my husband Brian and I can be found in the mountains hiking with our 14-year old rat terrier, Chutney.

My client list is eclectic as I’m looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category.

2019 SRW Board of Directors Elections

We will be electing next year’s officers during our November business meeting. Currently positions are uncontested, but if you’d like to submit your name for office, contact elections@tucsonrwa.org.

Meeting Information

Meeting fee $30 members $35 guests and walk-ins.  Program runs 10am – 2pm (Doors open 9:15) and includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on  our payments page or by contacting reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting. Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Board of Directors Election

November 17, 2018 is the revised election date our 2019 board of directors.

The 2019 Candidates for SRW office are:

  • President: Amanda Gordon
  • Treasurer: Rebecca Jenshak
  • VP Programs: Patricia Knoll
  • VP Membership: Linda Jesionka
  • Communications: Paula Stuht
  • Secretary: Vicky Loebel

A big thank-you to these members for volunteering to serve.

It’s still possible to run for office! Candidates are accepted on a write-in basis, so if you want more information about a position or are interested in running,  contact elections@tucsonrwa.org.

October 27, 2018: Cathy McDavid & Pamela Tracy – NaNoWriMo Launchpad

2018 AGM and Chapter Elections

October 27, 2018 will be our annual general meeting, and we will be holding in-person elections for the 2019 Board of Directors.

Please contact elections@tucsonrwa.org for more information.

Cathy McDavid: Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo – Essentials for Writers Who Hate (or Love) to Plot.

The idea of writing fifty-thousand words in a month can be daunting for most of us, especially if you’re not a plotter by nature. But NaNoWriMo doesn’t have to be scary. Would you leave on a trip without packing clothes, putting your mail on hold, and arranging for a pet sitter? No, so don’t start your NaNoWriMo adventure without some sensible advance preparations. Oh, and for you pantsers, be just a little open to “some” plotting. Be sure and bring your ideas and techniques. This is a sharing workshop!

Learn more about NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Cathy McDavid at CathyMcDavid.com

Pamela Tracy: The Price is Write!

Wanda Writer, come on down!  You’re the next contestant on The Price is Write.  Who is Wanda Writer?  Is she a brand new prepublished author, a newly published author, a midlist author, or a New York Times bestselling author?  What is she doing doing to battle writers’ block (which you can suffer from during NaNoWriMo), organizational skills (which you greatly need during NanoWriMo), as well as “Do I edit yesteday’s work or forge ahead” (you don’t get to waffle during NanoWriMo.  There are so many choices on The Price is Write.  Which choices will you make?

Learn more about USA Today bestselling author Pamela Tracy at PamelaTracy.com

What is NaNoWriMo?

“One part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party,” National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place every  November and will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018,

Participants in NaNoWriMo sign up to write a 50,000 word manuscript (completely private to them)  and have access to a variety of tracking and encouragement resources on the official website. It’s a great way to turn off your inner critic and write that first draft as fast as you can!

Meeting Information
Meeting fee $30 members $35 guests and walk-ins.  Program runs 10am – 2pm (Doors open 9:15) and includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on  our payments page or by contacting reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting. Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis.

Check out these SRW online classes:

Classes are conducted via Yahoo Group, which lets you read the and participate at your convenience (and even start late).

September 29:  Alicia Rasley – Dialogue Dynamics Intensive

October 1:  Angela Knight – Braiding Conflicts to Build the Perfect Climax

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