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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Online Class: Angela Knight – Braiding Conflicts to Build the Perfect Climax (Oct 1-26)

Cost $30 for SRW members, $40 nonmembers.

The basic building blocks of romance fiction are conflicts: internal, external, and romantic. Strong conflicts drive readers to keep reading in order to discover who wins.

No matter how beautiful the writing is, if the conflict isn’t strong enough, the reader will get bored and go read something else. Great conflicts, on the other hand, can turn a book into a bestseller and an author into an autobuy.

New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight explains how she designs conflicts for maximum punch, then uses them to construct a climax that is both unpredictable and powerful. She provides students with worksheets they can use to design their own conflicts, then determine how to resolve them in an emotionally satisfying way.

Lessons in this month-long online class will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They include:

  • Introduction: The importance of Conflict
  • What is Conflict?
  • The Three forms of Conflict in Romance
  • Conflict as the Building Blocks of Character
  • Internal Conflict as the Key to Three-Dimensional Characters
  • Romantic Conflict as the Spine of the Romance
  • External Conflict as the Bones of the Plot
  • Using Each type of Conflict to Complicate the Others
  • Building the Plot from Conflict Events
  • Writing powerful Turning Points for Conflicts
  • Writing Conflict Resolutions
  • Using the Resolutions of the Internal and Romantic Conflicts in the External Climax.
  • Conclusion

Angela Knight PicAbout the Instructor

Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, and Changeling Press. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Dove and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name.

In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company’s Secrets 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas in Secrets before editor Cindy Hwang discovered her work there and asked her if she’d be interested in writing for Berkley. Not being an idiot, Angela said yes.

Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county’s Sheriff’s Office. The couple have a grown son, Anthony.

How to Register:

Class runs October 1-26 and is conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30 SRW members, $40 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. No refunds, except in the case of class cancellation
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
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August 25, 2018: Rebekah Ganiere – Writing for the Darkside: Villains, Antagonist and Monsters

Have you ever watched a movie and rooted for the villain? Do you read books where you cringe and are yet delighted by the awfulness of the bad guy? Have you ever seen a villain transform before your eyes as you realize their motives are not that far gone from what you yourself believe? These are great villains! Contrary wise – Have you ever read a villain sitting in a oversized chair stroking his longhaired cat? Or giving a long winded explanation to the hero of what he is going to do next right before he attempts to kill said hero? Or how about a bad buy who strides down the street all in black his menacing look scaring everyone in sight? Big difference right?

Villains, bad guys and monsters can make or break your book. In this class you will learn exactly what you need to write a believable and memorable bad guy. You will learn how to make them tick, how to make them real and how to get your readers cringing and still wanting more. From motivations to backstory and minions to stereotypes you will leave the class with the tools necessary to create your own worst (or best) villain yet.

About the Speaker

image035Rebekah Ganiere  is an Award Winning Bestselling Author and Screenwriter. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings hit the bestseller list on release day. Her Fairelle Series, released in 2014 and has won several awards for both writing and screenwriting, including the Golden Palm and a finalist for Rone Award as well as Best Fantasy Series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her trilogy The Society was released by Kensington and her series Wolf River released in 2016. Rebekah is a prolific author releasing upwards of five books a year and is currently working on six different series.

Rebekah is the previous President Elect of the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA as well as a member of several local and online chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing, you can find her teaching and cosplaying with her family as a guest speaker and panelist at San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, Salt Lake Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze and several other Comic Cons on the west coast as well as LTUE, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, InD’Scribe, and Authors After Dark.

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.

Check Out SRW’s Upcoming Online Classes

August: Sandy Vaile – Treat Backstory Like a Pungent Spice 

  • Dates: August 20th – September 16th, 2018
  • Fee: Members – $30 and Non-Members – $40
  • This workshop gives writers the tools to be able to determine which parts of backstory are relevant and how to release it to support and drive the main story. Click here for more information.

October:  Alicia Rasley – Dialogue Dynamics Intensive

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

Online class registration requires 48 hours to process.

It is your responsibility to mark your calendars and iron out any difficulties joining the Yahoo group by contacting  classes@tucsonrwa.org  before class begins. NO REFUNDS except in the case of class cancellation.

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August/September 2018 Online: Sandy Vaile – Treat Backstory Like a Pungent Spice

Dates: August 20th to September 16th

Cost: Members-$30     Non-Members-$40

Sprinkle and blend the flavours of your character to achieve an irresistible aroma….

Have you been accused of too much telling or information dumps? Does your character have a fascinating history, but you’re not sure how best to convey it to readers? Avoid the pitfalls of backstory by peeling back the layers one at a time to discover the most effective delivery methods, how much to use, and how to make it drive the main story.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how to use backstory to develop tension and engage readers.
  • Know where your character came from and is headed, so the backstory is consistent and relevant.
  • Determine which parts of the backstory are important, and which are just filler.
  • Be able to identify where backstory isn’t working.
  • Learn techniques to reveal backstory as part of the story, instead of information dumping.
  • Know when to release backstory for maximum effect.
  • Avoid backstory taking over the whole story.
  • Use backstory as a baseline from which to show character growth.

This popular workshop combines colourful handouts, tailored feedback, videos and live chats to engage participants. There will be plenty of opportunities to apply the learnings to individual work.

Sandy is a strong believer that learning outcomes are increased through collaboration and sharing, so she encourages this in a safe and nurturing environment; however, those who aren’t comfortable with sharing, are welcome to email their homework separately.

What people are saying about Sandy’s workshops:

“Helpful, practical and inspirational, Sandy’s workshop took my writing to the next level.”

“I loved Sandy’s dedication to giving the best feedback possible. It’s made a huge difference to me already.”

​“I liked the friendly nature of the learning experience.”

“The workshop was well structured, with information provided at an appropriate pace to enable participants to absorb it and apply it to their own work.”

How to Register:

Online class runs from August 20th to September 16th, 2018, and will be conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30 SRW members, $40 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 classes@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. No refunds, except in the case of class cancellation.
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July 28, 2018: National Conference Recap

Every July, 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? Fear not – on July 28, SRW members who’ve been to national 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.

Check Out SRW’s Upcoming Online Classes

August: Sandy Vaile – Treat Backstory Like a Pungent Spice 

  • Dates: August 20th – September 16th, 2018
  • Fee: Members – $30 and Non-Members – $40
  • This workshop gives writers the tools to be able to determine which parts of backstory are relevant and how to release it to support and drive the main story. Click here for more information.

October:  Alicia Rasley – Dialogue Dynamics Intensive

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

Online class registration requires 48 hours to process.

It is your responsibility to mark your calendars and iron out any difficulties joining the Yahoo group by contacting  classes@tucsonrwa.org  before class begins. NO REFUNDS except in the case of class cancellation.

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September 22, 2018 Special Event: Deb Dixon – Goal Motivation and Conflict

Goal, Motivation, Conflict and The Hero’s Journey 

This special event runs from 10 am to 5 pm and is open to the general public.

September’s intensive workshop  covers the three most important elements of popular fiction: goal, motivation and conflict (GMC), and how these elements work with the mythic structure of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to help writers conceive and create strong plots and compelling characters.

If you’ve ever struggled writing  a book, this event is a must.

The Book-In-A-Day workshop provides the tools every writer needs to shape a story and create a road map to writing it.

About Deb Dixon

GMC: Goal, Motivation, and ConflictDebra Dixon is the President and Publisher of BelleBooks and its imprints—Bell Bridge Books and ImaJinn Books, which tackle a broad spectrum of genres. Their titles have been picked up in translation and by major publishers in subrights deals for mass market paperback, book club, audio and large print.

Early in her career, Debra Dixon published with major publishers, wrote ten books, contributed to twelve anthologies, and served as Vice President of RWA.  Her popular GMC:Goal, Motivation, and Conflict workshop spawned a book that has become a how-to bible for writers.

Click here and register early! The entrance fee is tiered.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT Tiered pricing increases to $135 for everyone on 9/19/18. Walk-in fee $145.

  • Tucson RWA members: $75
  • All other RWA members: $100
  • General admission: $125

Refunds requested before September 10, 2018 are subject to processing fees. Sorry, no refunds after September 10.  For more information, contact reservations@tucsonrwa.org.

Meeting Information

This special event runs 10am – 5pm (Doors open 9:15) at the Viscount Hotel and includes a single-entree buffet lunch.   Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Register here

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June 23, 2018: Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson

This month we will have intimate sit-down sessions with New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author  A.L. Jackson

Morning session: Tips and discussion on building a compelling, consumable series, including plotting, packaging, marketing, and long-term sales.

Afternoon session: Indie publishing questions and answers.

Meeting Information

Our venue costs have gone up. Please note increased meeting fee.

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.

October Online Class:  Alicia Rasley – Dialogue Intensive

While you’re registering this month, check out SRW’s  October online offering in which  Alicia Rasley  will teach a two-week intensive class on  Dialogue Dynamics.  This class will be offered as a Yahoo email loop with exact dates to be determined. Cost is $30 for SRW members, $40.00 nonmembers. No Refunds except in the event class is cancelled.

Please note: online class registration requires 48 hours to process. It is your responsibility to mark your calendars and iron out any difficulties joining the Yahoo group by contacting  classes@tucsonrwa.org  before class begins.

 

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May 19, 2018: NYT Bestselling Author Jennifer Ashley

Our May speaker will be New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley.

Jennifer Ashley / Allyson JamesJennifer Ashley  has written more than 100 novels and novellas in paranormal, contemporary, and historical romance; mystery; and fantasy. She has been published since 2002, is both traditionally published and self-published, and has had her books translated into at least 20 different languages. When she’s not writing she plays with dollhouses (loves Tucson’s Mini Time Machine!), and plays guitar, or is in the pool to cool down from the summer heat.

Meeting Information

Our venue costs have gone up. Please note increased meeting fee.

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.

Online Class: Angela Knight – Writing Paranormal Short Stories
Begins May 7

While you’re registering this month, check out SRW’s May online class: Angela Knight – Writing Paranormal Short Stories. This four-week class runs from May 7 through June 1, 2018, and will be conducted via Yahoo email group.  Cost is $30 for SRW members, $40.00 nonmembers. No Refunds except in the event class is cancelled.

Please note: registration requires 48 hours to process. It is your responsibility to mark your calendars and iron out any difficulties joining the Yahoo group by contacting  classes@tucsonrwa.org  before class begins.

 

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April 28, 2018: Melinda Curtis – Conflict & Character

Morning Session: Writing Conflict

Writing conflict hurts — not just because it makes your characters suffer, but also because it’s painful to create and carry through on a page. However, conflict drives story and holds an editor’s attention, which means it sells books. Conflict also entices readers to turn the page, which helps create a satisfying experience (plus repeat purchases). Bring a story idea to this interactive course and learn how to build, refine or edit your stories by creating compelling conflict and stronger plots, one element at a time. Takeaways include: an understanding of internal and external conflict and how to summarize it on the page, how to deepen character through conflict, and how to use conflict to create scenes so you don’t stare at a blank page.

Afternoon Session: Unforgettable Characters

Tips, Tricks & Hacks to develop unforgettable characters. Psychologists have identified ten traits people have that make it hard (or impossible) to have a healthy romantic relationship. Using one of these traits in your character to develop internal conflict will provide a believable and relatable foundation for a great character. Each trait will be brought to life by examples from movies and TV, and used to build upon work in the morning session.

About Melinda

Melinda Curtis is an award-winning USA Today bestseller of over 40 romances. She writes sweet romance for Harlequin, sweet romantic comedy and sexy contemporary sports romances. She has two marketing degrees and is fascinated by human behavior, being one course shy of a psychology minor (don’t tell her mother or she might make Melinda go back and finish). Before writing full-time she was a junior executive at a Fortune 500 company, which meant on trips in the corporate jet she was relegated to the jump seat, otherwise known as the plane’s potty. Her latest release is Marrying the Wedding Crasher from Harlequin Heartwarming.

Meeting Information

Our venue costs have gone up. Please note increased meeting fee, effective immediately.

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.

Online Class: Angela Knight – Writing Paranormal Short Stories
Begins May 7

While you’re registering this month, check out SRW’s May online class: Angela Knight – Writing Paranormal Short Stories. This four-week class runs from May 7 through June 1, 2018, and will be conducted via Yahoo email group.  Cost is $30 for SRW members, $40.00 nonmembers. No Refunds except in the event class is cancelled.

Please note: registration requires 48 hours to process. It is your responsibility to mark your calendars and iron out any difficulties joining the Yahoo group by contacting  classes@tucsonrwa.org  before class begins.

 

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Angela Knight: Writing Paranormal Short Stories (Starts May 7)

Paranormal Brainstorming to Revision

During our May online workshop, Angela Knight discusses the techniques she uses to brainstorm, plot, write and revise a 50-page paranormal romance short story. She dissects each step of the process in detail so you can feel confident using the same techniques to write your own books. She also explains how to use the same principles to write a novel of any length. In the series of lessons, she covers characterization, the creation of romantic, internal and external conflicts, and how to write fiction that excites readers and editors alike.

Topics include

  1. Introduction
  2. Brainstorming the initial idea; how I decide what kind of story to write, how long it will be, and which publisher to target it to.
  3. Designing the hero (and villain, if there is one.) This lesson will discuss how to construct the three forms of conflict for the hero: inner conflict, external conflict, and romantic conflict. I’ll also provide a character template I use.
  4. Designing the heroine (same structure)
  5. Brainstorming the plot and the paranormal world
  6. Beginning – How to establish sympathetic heroes and heroines, while simultaneously putting them in conflict with each other and the villain (if there is one).
  7. Middle – How to ensure their efforts to resolve their conflicts only make matters worse.
  8. Climax – Resolving the conflict in a believable way that doesn’t result in an anticlimax.
  9. First rewrite – The methods I use for the first rewrite, including adding sensual detail, plugging logic holes, etc.
  10. Grammar, comma placement and working with editors – Why you can’t assume an editor will fix your grammatical mistakes – and what to do when the editor requests changes.
  11. Novels: expanding this technique for novel length works. How to construct conflicts and characters complicated enough for 100,000 words.
  12. Summing everything up. I’ll also touch on how to submit your work to publishers, and how to deal with publishers in a professional way.
 Instructor Bio:

Angela Knight PicAngela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, and Changeling Press. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Dove and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name.

In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company’s Secrets 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas in Secrets before editor Cindy Hwang discovered her work there and asked her if she’d be interested in writing for Berkley. Not being an idiot, Angela said yes.

Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county’s Sheriff’s Office. The couple have a grown son, Anthony.

Learn more at www.AngelaKnight.com

How to Register:

Class runs May 7-June 1, 2018 and will be conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30 SRW members, $40 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 classes@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 by contacting  classes@tucsonrwa.org  before class begins.
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