Sept 28, 2019 Willow Sanders – What Comes Next?

You Wrote a Book, Now What?

Congratulations! You finished a novel.  Whether it’s your first or your fourth (or beyond), you may wonder “what should I do next?”

The answer is market.

While posting it to your social network and asking your friends and family to purchase might equate to a few ticks in the sales column, what else can you do to establish a loyal following and successful release strategy?  Join author Willow Sanders as she details intermediate strategies for building a lasting readership.   

Come prepared to take notes, as this discussion will be chalk full of information detailing things like building distribution lists, engaging with bloggers to attain reviews, advanced social media marketing, and much more!

About our Speaker

Willow Sanders

A marketer by day and author by night,  she writes sweet with heat Contemporary Romance as well as Romantic Suspense.  This year she had a dual release Romantic Suspense, I Will Always Find You and Found.  Her debut novel, Dirty Little Secret won breakout author of the year in 2012 from AuthorsDatabase.com and was the Book Buzz PR – Romance Novel of the year.  

She has been a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) since 2004, both in Chicago and now in Phoenix so if you participate you’ll be seeing a lot of her in October and November.  She is also the Vice President of Desert Rose RWA and the publicity chair for Valley of the Sun. 

When not writing you can find her torn between her loyalty to the Fighting Illini and her husband’s loyalty to Michigan State, bemoaning traffic, feeding her caffeine addiction at the Green Mermaid (otherwise known as Starbucks) and trying to find the connection between her and the Gilmore Girls–because she is certain she is a long-lost family member.  

Connect with Willow at https://www.facebook.com/WillowSandersAuthor/

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.

Oct 26, 2019 Melinda Rucker Haynes – Story Compass

Find Direction and Get Your Story on Track with STORY COMPASS©

STORY COMPASS© is a creative development process and tool Melinda developed and uses on every book she writes. She has given SC trainings and workshops online, to RWA chapters (first was to Romance Writers of New Zealand), Arizona State Library Assn., Novelists, Inc., writers organizations, community colleges and many other venues.

For our morning workshop, Melinda will supply practice STORY COMPASS© for our members play with and come up with some great story ideas. Everyone from beginning writers to NYTimes/USA Today best-selling authors love to use STORY COMPASS© to stimulate creativity and explore uncommon, unpredictable combinations of fiction elements than can be used to create distinctive and interesting stories. Using STORY COMPASS©, a writer can work with any or all of the elements of fiction–plot, character, setting, and theme to find direction and get their story on track.

Afternoon Session: Personal Time Travel -Find Your Story in the Past

For most readers and writers time travel is entertaining conjecture. Some, such as best- selling author Taylor Caldwell, have actually experienced the past through regression hypnosis and used the information gained in her best-selling novels.

Millions of people have discovered that it is not necessary to accept the theory or philosophy of reincarnation to experience a “past life” during safe, relaxing and always interesting regression hypnosis.  Often the trance time travel experience is so vivid and the information so detailed that many have been able to verify dates, places, events and existence of the person and/or the past life experienced.

 Writers who have traveled time via regression or progression hypnosis often discover a time period, characters and setting detail that either support their current work in progress or inspires them to investigate and create something new.

About our Speaker

Melinda Rucker Haynes, M.Ed., CH, served as a university lecturer and adult education research project director. She jokes she learned to write fiction as a research grant writer who moonlighted as a corporate trainer of fascinating people working at an area in the Nevada desert that didn’t exist. Finally escaping academe, she joined Seattle romance writers in their pursuit of writing awards and readers. Her paranormal and suspense novels have won over twenty awards and more than that number of readers in some universe. Given her singular interests and education research background, Melinda produced STORY COMPASS©, a creative development process and tool, and became a certified hypnotherapist specializing in creative development for writers with her Personal Time Travel© regression hypnosis process.  

After gypsying around the world, living in four foreign countries—most recently Washington D.C. and Tucson—Melinda’s current interests and hobbies include magical thinking, frequent fantasy flying, and chronicling the shocking confessions of a menopausal vampire in Seattle.

For more information, visit www.melindaruckerhaynes.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.

Sherri Shackleford – Using a Kanban Board (Online Class starts Sept 9)

Using a Kanban Board to Increase Productivity

A Kanban board is a way to visualize workflow. Goals are broken down into tasks which are organized by ‘waiting’, ‘in-progress’ and ‘completed.’ In this class, I will demonstrate the basics of organizing a Kanban board, and how the board can be personalized for individual use. Visualizing workflow is an excellent way for authors to stay focused on the tasks at hand while ‘parking’ tasks that can distract from the primary goal. The boards can be as simple or as complex as needed for the user. While Kanban boards are available as computer programs, I will be using the old-fashioned method of a dry erase board and post-it notes.  By the end of the class, participants will have an overview of how to use a basic Kanban board to increase productivity. 

About the Instructor

A former naval reservist with a top-secret security clearance, Sherri Shackleford writes rapid-fire suspense featuring captivating characters and heart-pounding romance. She’s authored more than a dozen novels for Harlequin publishing, including both historical and contemporary suspense.

How to Register:

This three-week class begins September 9, 2019 and is conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30.09 SRW members, $40.09 nonmembers) on our Payments page.  No Refunds, except in the case class is cancelled.

Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the group. The invitation will be sent to the email shown on your PayPal payment, so if you wish to use a different email address or have questions, please contact  OnlineClassModerator@TucsonRWA.org.

Alicia Rasley – Channeling Your Characters (Online Class Starts Aug 5)

Channeling Your Characters

In this interactive workshop, you’ll be exploring your main characters’ journeys, strengths, conflicts, and values. From these discussions and exercises, you can deepen your scenes and your plot with an emotional arc. And you’ll be able to individualize your plot events by determining where the characters start, where they end up, and how they get there through interacting with the other characters in the story events. Every exercise will apply directly to your own story, and Alicia will respond to each exercise individually with suggestions and feedback. Channel your characters, and deepen and individualize your story with insightful counsel!

About the Instructor

Alicia Rasley is the author of The Power of Point of View and The Story Within Plotbook. Her novel, The Year She Fell, was released from Belle Books and became a Kindle bestseller. She earned her MA in English Literature from Butler University, with the thesis The Family Vault: Women Buried Alive in Poe’s Short Fiction.

Some other accomplishments:

  • RITA-award-winning and best-selling author
  • Writing instructor, University of Maryland
  • Former Popular Fiction visiting faculty, MFA Program
  • Writing advisor, University of Maryland.
  • Nationally known writing workshop leader
  • Experienced content and acquisition editor
  • Editing blogger: www.edittorrent.blogspot.com
  • Craft of writing author: www.aliciarasley.com
  • Writing blogger: www.plotblueprint.com

How to Register:

Class begins the fifth of the month and is conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30.08 SRW members, $40.08 nonmembers) on our Payments page.  No Refunds, except in the case class is cancelled.

Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the group. The invitation will be sent to the email shown on your PayPal payment, so if you wish to use a different email address or have questions, please contact  OnlineClassModerator@TucsonRWA.org.

Peter Andrews – Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction (Online Class July 1-29)

Worldbuilding for Everyone

Every story can benefit from an authentic, fully realized setting. By 
asking the right questions, the writer can immerse readers in a specific environment, time period, and culture. Whether it’s a galaxy far, far away or your own backyard, a detailed setting can engage your reader and sharpen your conflict.

Make contemporary stories as exciting and surprising as SF and fantasy by moving past assumptions. Make invented worlds as real and believable as the town you live in. The class will explore settings from a variety of perspectives and apply what’s learned to storytelling.

What catches readers’ imaginations? How do you explore the environment and use what you learn to raise the stakes? What needs to be there, and what should be left out? Using the tools of fantasy and SF writers, discover how society, geography, history, and economics can make your story fresh, believable, and compelling.

About the Instructor

Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer who has written
speeches, articles, radio shows, plays, books, and short stories. He
teaches for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, and the Westchester Center for the Arts and and several chapters of the Romance Writers of America. His weekly posts to http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com attract 8,000 views each month.

How to Register:

Class begins the first of the month and is conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30.07 SRW members, $40.07 nonmembers) on our Payments page.  No Refunds, except in the case class is cancelled.

Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the group. The invitation will be sent to the email shown on your PayPal payment, so if you wish to use a different email address or have questions, please contact  OnlineClassModerator@TucsonRWA.org.

June 22, 2019 Author Tina Radcliffe

Motivation for Writers

Get a kick of motivation and inspiration in this workshop by RWA Honor Roll member and hyperactive, super achiever Tina Radcliffe that is guaranteed to have your fingers smokin’ at the keyboard.

She’ll cover:

  • What’s standing between you and your writer dreams?
  • How to leverage your special talents.
  • Just for today tips for time management.
  • Learn how to get more done by noon than most people do all day.
  • Writer apps to speed up your day. fffffff

Writing for Women’s World Magazine

Tina Radcliffe has sold over three dozen romances to Woman’s World Magazine. She’ll share her insider tips for writing romantic fiction for WW, the number one magazine sold at retail.

We’ll cover:

  1. Why demographics matter
  2. Who’s Who
  3. Tips for Writing for WW
  4. Why Your Story was Rejected
  5. Submission Basics
  6. WW Unplugged

About our Speaker

A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina Radcliffe is an RWA Honor Roll member and a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist. Her 11th book for Harlequin Love Inspired, Her Last Chance Cowboy, released in February 2019. She has a new four-book series with Harlequin debuting in 2020. In addition to novel-length fiction, Tina has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. A former library cataloger, Tina is a frequent presenter on writing topics and an online instructor. She currently resides in Arizona, where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. Visit her on the web at https://www.tinaradcliffe.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.

August 24, 2019: National Conference Recap

Every year, Romance Writers of America puts on one of the best writing conferences in the world,  with hundreds of classes, editor and agent appointments, and an unparalleled opportunity for romance writers to bond with our tribe.

But what if you can’t make it? Or you didn’t manage to attend six amazing workshops every hour of the day? This month SRW members who’ve been to nationals will take over our monthly meeting to share the information and enthusiasm they’ve soaked up at the conference.

This is always a hugely fun meeting. Come join the crowd and bask in the glow of what Romance Writers of America is all about.

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.

Merien Grey – The Actual How of Making Time to Write (Online Class May, 2019)

Class is just getting started. Join through May 10 and learn how to manage your time!

Are you tired of people telling you if you want to write bad enough you will make time? Most of us would do that on our own if we knew how or even where to start. You are not lazy or unmotivated and you know you want it bad enough. You just need someone to give you some hints on how to actually do it.

With a corporate and military background in process, project and time management Merien will present specific, do-able proven ways to make minor changes and create more time to write. She will also teach you how to assess your situation and personal practices to see how to get the most out of the time you already have for yourself, your family and your career.

About the Instructor

Merien Grey writes dark Regency romance to captivate readers who want stories about passionate affairs between alluring women and men of science and substance.

How to Register

Class runs May 1-31, 2019 and is conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30.05 SRW members, $40.05 nonmembers) on our Payments page.  No Refunds, except in the case class is cancelled.

Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the group. The invitation will be sent to the email shown on your PayPal payment, so if you wish to use a different email address or have questions, please contact  OnlineClassModerator@TucsonRWA.org.

Registration requires 48 hours to process. It is your responsibility to mark your calendars and iron out any difficulties joining the Yahoo group.

Do You Have an Online Class you’d like to offer through SRW? We’re always looking for the best educational opportunities to offer our members. Contact OnlineClassProposals@TucsonRWA.org

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 membership@TucsonRWA.org as soon as possible. You must be current with 2019 dues to participate in chapter events.

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