June 25th Special Event: Laurie Schnebly Campbell

MEETING VENUE:

Viscount Hotel
4855 East Broadway, Tucson
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
 
Special Event Meeting fee of $30 for members $45 for guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.

Perfecting the Pitch

Part of your job is overcoming the fear most writers feel when it comes to selling themselves and their work. (If we were the naturally outgoing type, we wouldn’t BE writers!) So this session begins with a look at the seven fear-fighting techniques. Next comes the pitch itself, with hands-on work to prepare what you’ll tell the agent or editor during a formal appointment or an elevator meeting. Finally, we’ll cover the tricks for improving your presentation…and following up for the best chances of success. If you’re not planning to pitch anytime soon, you’ll get to choose an editor / agent’s role and play it for all it’s worth!

Letting “Mad Men” Write Your Synopsis

Whether or not you’ve met the editor / agent face-to-face, at some point they’ll need a synopsis to convince their superiors “we want this book.” So you’ll need to put on your Dan Draper hat and use some proven techniques from Madison Avenue that get people wanting to buy a particular product. We won’t get your entire synopsis written during this session, but you’ll learn every step you need for creating a synopsis that makes people eager to see your book.

About Laurie Schnebly Campbell Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves speaking to writers about issues that draw on her background as an advertising copywriter, a counseling therapist and a romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for Best Special Edition of the Year. Along with romance and how-to books for writers, Laurie writes scripts for videos and commercials (some of which feature her voice) at a Phoenix ad agency. She also enjoys teaching a catechism class, narrating at Talking Books, playing with her husband and son in Sedona (the red-rock town named for her grandpa’s mom), and teaching online classes every month except July & December. “People ask how I find time to do all that,” Laurie says, “and I tell them it’s easy.  I never clean my house!”

April 23, 2016: Amylynn Bright, Kellie Hazell & Vicky Loebel

Do You Want to Write a Review?

So, you want to write a review? Or you feel like you should write a review. Or maybe you just want to support your fellow writers. Maybe you read something that was so enjoyable, life altering, paradigm shifting, that you simply must tell strangers about it. You’re saying you can write a book, but a book report scares the bejesus out of you. Amylynn will walk us through the basics. We’ll look at writing a few reviews of well known books and how to hit the highlights. We’ll have fun.

About Amylynn BrightAmylynn Bright

A vigorously voracious reader, and a former literary snob, Amylynn been known to write a few reviews in her time over at The Examiner.  Amylynn’s books take place in Regency England where the lovely ladies and rakish gentlemen of the haute ton weave stories of high passion and true love. And lately Amylynn’s woven romance stories in with contemporary American life.  Welcome to her world where, against all odds, everyone lives happily ever after – if they’re brave enough to see it through.

The Tarot-Designed Plot Bridge

In February, Vicky Loebel shared her plotting techniques to streamline the drafting process for the pantsers among us. In March, Kellie Hazell outlined how to use tarot decks and other cards and kits to brainstorm our way through writing. Now Vicky & Kellie will combine their toolkits to demonstrate how to build your plot bridge using tarot cards. Come prepared to participate with your big brainstorming and outlining questions!

About Vicky Loebel & Kellie Hazell

Vicky & Kellie have endured each others’ company for almost as long as the Saguaro Romance Writers have been around, including serving together on the SRW Board of Directors not once, not twice, but three times – and volunteering together in other ways more than either can recall. Over the years, they took breaks from chapter activities by brainstorming plot snarls, character foibles, and revision speed traps using any card deck they could find and all manner of plotting techniques. They have even been known to watch movies such as The Fifth Element together as an exercise to analyze story structure. Ply them with enough allergen-free chocolate and bourbon, and they may even share the story analysis experiment that was their viewing of Upstream Color.Vicky LoebelKellie Hazell

March 19, 2016: Kellie Hazell and Chloe Gregan

The Writer’s Tarot (& Other Cards)

Pam McCutcheon demonstrated her Writer’s Brainstorming Kit for us last February. While those cards and the accompanying book are tailored for writers looking to flesh out characters and plots, Tarot decks, loteria cards, archetype cards, and medicine cards can also be a great source of inspiration for new stories, saggy middles, and even challenging revisions. Kellie will bring all of the cards, decks, and kits she’s collected over the years to demonstrate how each can be used to kickstart the creative process, at any step of the journey.

KellieAs a clinical research program manager, Saguaro Romance Writer’s Vice President of Programs, and mother of a fourth-grader, Kellie Hazell searches for inspiration in all kinds of places to keep the juggling act of life going while squeezing in time to write – or at least brainstorm her way out of a creative crunch.

 

Authentic Guns & Ammo in Fiction

What does firing a gun actually feel like? What are the most common ways writers get guns wrong on screen and in print? How does gun safety training change the way you look at guns (or how SHOULD it change the way you look at guns)? How have modern guns changed over time and how does that impact the gun wielder? Local firearms aficionado Chloe Gregan will answer these questions and offer tidbits about guns that most folks don’t think about. For those interested, Chloe will also offer an off-site show and tell from her personal (unloaded) collection.

ChloeChloe Gregan has been shooting since the tender age of 7 and has built a steady knowledge base about guns in the process, developing it through her tenure in the military and now as an employee of a firearms manufacturer. In her spare time, she also offers firearms coaching, teaching others to improve their shooting, cleaning, safety, and marksmanship. She hesitates to call herself a gun “expert” but considers herself a lover of the art that is shooting guns and troubleshooting them, er…fixing them.