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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October 2018 Online: Angela Knight – Braiding Conflicts to Build the Perfect Climax

Dates: October 1st to October 26th

Cost: Members-$30     Non-Members-$40

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:

Two-week class will be held in October, 2018 (dates TBD)  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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