October 25, 2014: Kristi Jenkins & Jess Michaels

NOTE: We will be meeting in ballrooms ABC (around back) this month.

Morning Session: NaNoWriMo Bootcamp

Bring a notebook and pen, and come prepared to write! Kristi Jenkins, one of our fabulous new members, will walk you through a pre-National Novel Writing Month bootcamp so that you– and your novel– will be whipped into shape before the big event. Kristi has 10 NaNo “wins” under her belt, and served as Tucson’s official NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for six years. She’ll share her best tips and tricks for not only surviving, but thriving during your most challenging month of writing yet. Whether you’re doing our chapter’s 25,000 word challenge, or the full 50k NaNo, Kristi will help you reach the finish line with a solid first draft and your sanity intact.

Afternoon Session: Book Bub and the Writing Life

Jesse Petersen (writing as Jess Michaels) will cover the infamous Book Bub– what it is, what it does, and what happens when you get the chance to use it. She will open the floor up to questions about the process and share her insights about the experience. Jesse will also tackle a discussion about what the schedule of a full-time writer
looks like, including a schedule of how she balances her time between writing and social media/marketing. You won’t want to miss it!

Jess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish) nearly 50 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.

She and her awesome husband live in Tucson where she enjoys playing video games, exploring the beautiful desert, spending time with her nephews, reading and spending petting her two old lady cats.

October Fundraising Raffle

Once again it’s time for our special Annual Raffle – the time when we ask members who are able to bring in something special to donate to our chapter fundraiser. In the past we’ve had Alpha Smarts, Gift Certificates, Weekends on Mt. Lemmon,  Manuscript Critiques, and Luxurious Gift Baskets Galore!

So mark your calendars, make a reservation, and get ready to have fun!

Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins applies. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Please specify your lunch on our PAYMENTS PAGE, or email membership@tucsonrwa.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting to make a reservation.

Anyone who does not reserve by 8 am the Wednesday before the meeting will receive this month’s DEFAULT meal.

Menu for October 25, 2014

Option A: Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger
Angus Burger (cooked medium to medium well) w/smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. French fries. DoubleTree  Cookie Plate. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

Option B: Grilled Plain Turkey Burger
Grilled Turkey Burger. French fries. DoubleTree  Cookie Plate. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

Option C: Chef’s Choice: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian
(Item subject to change. Chef will provide a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian meal)  Grilled Vegetables with Pomidono Sauce and Gluten Free Pasta.  DoubleTree cookie plate (contains gluten). Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

Option D: TAMARIND BBQ CHICKEN  *  Walk-in DEFAULT
Tamarind BBQ chicken breast served over field greens, citrus segments, granny smith apples, and blue cheese served with honey mustard dressing. Fresh rolls and butter. DoubleTree cookie plate. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

November 1, 2014 – Special Event with Laurie Schnebly Campbell

How to Create Compelling Characters

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves speaking to writers about issues that draw on her background as a therapist and in advertising. Having published half a dozen award-winning novels plus non-fiction, she teaches classes on creating plots & characters, and marketing books.

On November 1, Laurie will present a special workshop open to both RWA members and anyone else who wants to improve their understanding of characterization.

How to Create Compelling Characters Will Cover

  • Shaping a character’s journey
  • Choosing their psychological type
  • Making conflict come naturally
  • Blending plausible personalities
  • Finding (and fixing) the fatal flaw

Along with the presentation there will be some hands-on exercises as well as extensive handouts, and — for every 25 people who attend — a door-prize gift of free registration to one of Laurie’s online classes.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • Place: Viscount Hotel: 4855 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ
  • Time: 9am to 3pm. Includes lunch
  • Price: $45 – RWA members (any chapter), $55 nonmembers. (includes a deli lunch buffet with salad, cookies, coffee, and tea)

Register early! Space is limited and we expect this event to fill up.

About Laurie

Laurie Schnebly Campbell photo
Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops for writer groups about “Psychology for Creating Characters,” “Making Rejection WORK For You,” “Building A Happy Relationship For Your Characters (And Yourself)” and other issues that draw on her background as a counseling therapist and romance writer.

In fact, she chose her website (www.BookLaurie.com) so people would find it easy to Book Laurie for programs.

But giving workshops — for students from London and Los Angeles to New Zealand and New York — is just one of her interests. During weekdays, she writes and produces videos, brochures and commercials (some of which feature her voice) for a Phoenix advertising agency. For several years she would turn off her computer every day at five o’clock, wait thirty seconds, turn it on again and start writing romance.

It finally paid off. Her first novel was nominated by Romantic Times as the year’s “Best First Series Romance,” and her second beat out Nora Roberts for “Best Special Edition of the Year.” But between those two successes came a three-year dry spell, during which Laurie discovered that selling a first book doesn’t guarantee ongoing success.

“What got me through that period,” she says, “was realizing that the real fun of writing a romance is the actual writing. Selling is wonderful, sure, but nothing compares to the absolute, primal joy of sitting at the computer and making a scene unfold and thinking ‘Wow! Yes! This is great!'”

After six books for Special Edition, she turned her attention to writing non-fiction — using her research into the nine personality types to help writers create plausible, likable people with realistic flaws. Her other favorite activities include playing with her husband and son, recording for the blind, counseling at a mental health center, traveling to Sedona (the Arizona red-rock town named for her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly) and working with other writers.

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