February 27, 2016: Vicky Loebel & Michael Petersen

Plot Points for Pansters
(And the Outliners who Love Them)

Morning Session:
Are you confused by story climax and big black moments? Does rising and falling action make you want to shove your characters off a cliff? Do turning points spin your head, and does the thought of filling out pages and pages of scene lists and character questionnaires make your day job look pretty good?

Whether we’re outliners or pantsters who plot as we go, most authors reach the point sooner or later of asking “am I doing this right?” And one of the keys to evaluating your work is understanding classic three-act structure.

In our February morning session,  SRW author Vicky Loebel will draw on her history as honorary “queen of false starts” to show how mastering few basic plot concepts makes novel-writing faster. We will review the basics of plot structure (drawing from K.M Weiland’s Structuring your Novel,  Michael Hauge’s The Hero’s Two Journeys, and James Scott Bell’s Superstructure), banish sagging middles, consider ways to combine plot, character, and setting to make a story stronger, and debate the usefulness of constructing a simple plot grid.

To illustrate plot structure, we’ll do a quick analysis of Romancing the Stone, Pride and Prejudice, and (time permitting) The Wizard of Oz.

About Vicky Loebel

FB PhotoVicky Loebel began her professional life as a systems programmer for NASA and moved through successively more challenging careers before settling in as a writer of tightly-plotted romantic fiction. She lives on the slopes of Mt. Lemmon, AZ with her sister, three dogs, a rotating assortment of offspring, and a husband who has the patience of a saint.

Vicky is the author of two humorous urban fantasy/romances, Keys to the Coven and Speakeasy Dead. Her latest book, Vacation Bride, is a contemporary marriage of convenience set in the tropical paradise of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

It was the subject of several false starts.

Michael Petersen: The Romance Writer’s Business Guide

Afternoon Session:
What is the writer’s cost-benefit analysis of traditional vs self publishing? What advertising avenues give you the best bang for your buck? What is the best price point for your novel series vs your standalone? Is it worthwhile to register as an LLC as a writer? And taxes are coming….how does a writer handle filing taxes best?

Michael Petersen will address these questions and more as he outlines the business side of a romance writer’s life.

About Michael Petersen

headshotMichael Petersen has a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle University and a Masters of Business Administration from Illinois State University. Before retiring from Microsoft at age 35, he worked in various roles including program manager, technical account manager, and technology strategist. He currently manages the business strategy, marketing and production for his wife, USA Today Bestseller Jess Michaels.


Meeting fee of $25 members $30 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on  our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting.

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January 23, 2016: Mary Buckham Teleconference

This January, USA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham will be joining SRW via  projected teleconference to present two of her well-known writing workshops.

Active Settings for All Fiction Genres

WritingActiveSettingCover-2Give your setting an active role in your story. Use Deep POV to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose. Find out if you’re writing passive  or active setting and if you are maximizing the setting possibilities in YOUR story. Also discover:

  •  How does setting impact your story?
  •  What is the difference between active and passive setting?
  •  What exactly is setting in a story?
  •  How can setting show characterization?
  •  How can setting impact your conflict…both internal and external?
  •  What does a reader need from a setting vs. what they don’t need?

WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS or
How Many Hooks Are Enough?

WritingActiveHooksBook1_300pxBased on Mary’s best-selling book series: WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS Book 1 and 2.

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantster (seat-of-pants writer), the simplest way to avoid a sagging middle is to understand how to continually build hooks into your story. So how many hooks are enough and where should you use them? Knowing the answer to that question can be the difference between a compelling story and one that drags.

  • Which types of hooks work best in different genres?
  •  Which are the 5 most universal hooks and why.
  • What exactly is a hook and how do they work?
  • Where should you place your hooks in a manuscript?

Based on Mary’s best-selling book series: WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS Book 1 and 2.

About Mary Buckham

MaryBuckhamphotoUSA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham writes the Amazon best selling WRITING ACTIVE series for writers – WRITING ACTIVE SETTING and WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS. She is also the co-author of BREAK INTO FICTION with NYT author Dianna Love and has taught online and live writing workshops to writers of all genres around the US and Canada. Her next non-fiction release: A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting: How to Enhance Your Fiction with More Descriptive, Dynamic Settings published by Writer’s Digest will be released in January, 2016.

Mary doesn’t just teach writers though, she practices what she preaches, writing Urban Fantasy w/attitude. Love romance, danger & kick-ass heroines? Find it in her Alex Noziak or Kelly McAllister series! Her Sci-Fi, Adventure YA novels are co-authored with Dianna Love under the pen name Micah Caida.

Meeting fee of $25 members $30 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on  our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting.

 

Reminder: SRW Dues Deadline is November 30

November 30 is the end of our SRW dues year, which runs from December each year through November of the  following year.

This schedule was adopted to give the outgoing treasurer plenty of time to get our books ready for the incoming board.  Members must renue their dues in order to attend the (regular fee) December holiday awards party at the Clarion on December 12.

Dues for the upcoming year remain unchanged at $25 regular members, $20 Charter members who have remained current since our founding in 2005.

Your hard-working Board of Directors thanks you!

Annual General Meeting & 2016 Board of Directors Election

Nominations are now closed for candidates for our 2016 Board of Directors. Because the positions are all uncontested, voting will be conducted by show of hands during teh business portion of our Annual General Meeting, November 21, 2015.

Anyone wishing to vote in advance by proxy may do so by emailing their choice of candidates to  elections@TucsonRWA.org before November 18. Write-in candidates are still permitted on the ballots.

Candidates for 2016 Board of Directors:

  • President:             Rose Ortiz
  • VP Programs:     Kellie Hazell
  • Treasurer:             Linda Jesionka
  • Secretary:             Ann Bellomo
  • Director of Membership:   Amanda Gordon
  • Director of Communications:  Christy Gridley

Huge thanks to these ladies for volunteering to step forward!

 

December 12, 2015: Holiday Awards Party

CHANGE OF VENUE: We will be holding our December party at the VISCOUNT HOTEL 4855 East Broadway.

December is the month when we all come together to thank our volunteers with service awards, bestow The Barbara Award and generally socialize.

Join us December 12th to welcome SRW’s new Board of Directors and  ring out the 2015 writing year!

Due to the fact we are holding our December party at the Vicsount Hotel and serving lunch, the regular meeting fee applies.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on  our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting

This meeting will include a taco-bar lunch.

 

Nov. 21: Kerri Buckley Acquiring Editor for Carina Press & Chapter Elections

In November, Kerri Buckley, editor with Carina Press, will be presenting two talks:

Carina Press 101/An Introduction to Carina Press

An in-depth look at the Carina Press publishing schedule, publishing plan, and team, as well as insight into what Carina has to offer authors, the marketing and promotion they invest in, and answers to your questions.

Self-Promotion for Authors: A Primer

Learn the main points authors can focus on to improve your marketing and publicity skills as you build your readership and sales.

About the Speaker

Kerri Buckley got her first taste of the great editorial adventure during an internship at The Feminist Press in 2001. Thoroughly hooked, she joined Bantam Dell where she edited both fiction and non-fiction for eight years. She was thrilled to go to work for Carina Press in May, 2013, which is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction single-title imprint, publishing first in digital, with releases in audio and print as well.

Kerri, on behalf of Carina Press, is actively acquiring across all genres. In particular, is interested in:

  •  Super Sexy Contemporary
  • Erotic Romance – 70,000 words and up
  • Male/Male Romance
  • Romantic Suspense: Real danger, high stakes, and/or total alphas
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Mysteries
  • New Adult
  • Historical Romance

For more information, visit  http://carinapress.com/blog/author/kerri_buckley/

November General Meeting & Elections

November is Saguaro Romance Writer’s official annual general meeting. It is also the month we will be adopting the new (mandatory) uniform RWA bylaws and holding elections for the 2016 SRW Officers and Directors.

See the member’s-only section of our website for more information.

Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins includes lunch selected from a menu of three items during Saturday morning check-in. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Walk-ins are welcome, but whenever possible, please guarantee your spot by reserving on our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting  .

LUNCH ORDERS ARE COLLECTED AT 10am. If you plan to be late, contact reservations@tucsonRWA.org so we will be prepared to order on your behalf.

This event takes place at our regular venue, the Clarion Hotel, 4550 S. Palo Verde Rd., Tucson & will include a chapter business meeting.

October 24: Rod McKenna Johnson on Special Forces (program change)

Due to an emergency, Special Forces will be taking over the Saguaro Romance Writers meeting this Saturday!

In the morning, Rod McKenna Johnson will save the day by talking about what types of men become and survive Special Forces. What sort of outlook and focus will they have? What are the different types of special forces? Every branch of our military, even the Coast Guard, has at least one.

Afternoon talk: Fight Workshop

The first rule is we don’t talk about Fight Workshop…. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)  We will indeed be talking about planning and blocking fight scenes.

  • Bring your fight scenes that need help.
  • Ask about which style of Martial  art or weapon your character should use.
  • Learn why a shoulder shot will irritate anyone who actually knows weapons and anatomy.

October Fundraising Raffle

October is also our big fundraising raffle. Every year, chapter members donate amazing goodies that can be won (potentially) for the price of a one-dollar ticket. In the past we’ve had weekend vacations, alpha-smarts, exquisite jewelry, and many fun baskets.

The raffle is 100% member supported and goes to fund chapter speakers and activities, so if you’ve got something special to donate, bring it along. Contact  waysmeans@tucsonrwa.org with any questions, and bring cash!

Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins includes lunch selected from a menu of three items during Saturday morning check-in. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Walk-ins are welcome, but whenever possible, please guarantee your spot by reserving on our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting  .

LUNCH ORDERS ARE COLLECTED AT 10am. If you plan to be late, contact reservations@tucsonRWA.org so we will be prepared to order on your behalf.

This event takes place at our regular venue, the Clarion Hotel, 4550 S. Palo Verde Rd., Tucson & will include a chapter business meeting.

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