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Laurie Schnebly Campbell: New Year, New You

January 2 – 26, 2018

Whether it’s the first rejection, the 50th-book slump, or just not getting the story you want, frustration is part of every writer’s life. For some, it’s a nuisance; for others, it’s the end of a career. For anyone determined to make 2018 a Better Writing Year, this class offers both practical and psychological techniques for dealing with rejection, writer’s block, frustration, motivation, and other issues that keep writers from loving their craft.

Class runs January 2 – 26, 2018 and will be conducted via email in a Yahoo group.  Cost is $20 for SRW members, $25.00 nonmembers.

Register HERE, or contact classes@tucsonrwa.org for more information.

About Laurie Schnebly Campbell

SRW favorite 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.

Although she enjoyed writing her own books, including one that beat out Nora Roberts for “Best Special Edition of the Year,” she enjoys teaching even more. That’s why she now has fifteen novels on her bookshelf with acknowledgments from authors inspired by her classes!

About SRW Online Classes

This online class will be conducted via Yahoo Groups, giving you the flexibility to read class lectures and emails online or in your mailbox (individual emails or digests). Your instructor will post lectures and comments on homework assignments on the group loop. We encourage you to actively participate in the classes to get the most benefit from them, but lurking is fine as well.

To register for a class, go Payments and enter your name and name of the class you want to take. Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the class Yahoo 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.

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Marie Force: Secrets to Writing Sequels

February 19-23 , 2018
(Conducted via Facebook Group)

A series can be a great way to launch a career and hook readers on your writing. Keeping readers coming back for more while managing multiple titles, series and genres can be somewhat overwhelming without a clear strategy in mind. As the author of five New York Times bestselling series currently at various stages, Marie Force offers some secrets to keeping multiple balls in the air at the same time. This topic will be useful for authors who have several titles to manage and are looking to grow their following. Marie will share some of the tricks of what works for her and how she’s “trained” herself to write two—and sometimes THREE—books at the same time. Marie likes to say that a successful series is the gift that keeps on giving for an author!

This one week class runs February 19 – 23, 2018 and will be conducted via a Facebook group.  Cost is $20 for SRW members, $25.00 nonmembers.

Register HERE, or contact classes@tucsonrwa.org for more information.

About Marie

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. All together, her books have sold 6 million copies worldwide!
 
Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news. 
 
Join Marie’s mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on FacebookTwitter @marieforce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie’s many reader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.

About SRW Online Classes

This online class will be conducted via Facebook group. You must have a Facebook account to participate.

To register for a class, go Payments and enter your name, Facebook ID, and the name of the class you want to take. Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the Facebook  group. If you have questions, please contact classes@tucsonrwa.org.

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Catherine Chant: Writing the Romantic Novella

Class runs 2 weeks, beginning March 4, 2018

In this workshop you will learn what a novella is, how it’s more than word count that separates it from a novel, and how to successfully craft one of your own.
Lesson topics include: Scope and Pacing, Character Development, Conflict, Plot and Format.
At the end of the workshop, you will have a brief outline of a novella you can start working on this year, a list of prospective publishers to submit your work to, and some tips for self-publishing your novella at Amazon, if you prefer to go the indie route.
The workshop includes exercises with every lesson designed to strengthen the concepts discussed and individual feedback from the instructor.
Presenter Bio
Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year and provides instructional articles on computing, gaming and crafts to different websites.
Catherine is currently working on a new young adult suspense novel, and the next book in her Soul Mates series. You can connect with Catherine at her website, CatherineChant.com, on Twitter @Catherine_Chant or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels.

About SRW Online Classes

This  class will be held on Yahoo Groups, giving you the flexibility to read class lectures and emails online or in your mailbox (individual emails or digests). Your instructor will post lectures and comments on homework assignments on the group loop. We encourage you to actively participate in the classes to get the most benefit from them, but lurking is fine as well.

To register for a class, go Payments and enter your name and name of the class you want to take. Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the class Yahoo 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.

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October 28, 2017: Defying Gravity – Writing Cross-Genre and Succeeding Anyway

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Genre definitions have a profound influence on writers’ careers. From the first queries where we must specify the book’s genre to long-term decisions about pursuing or giving up on a “dead” genre, dealing with what feels like a false construct is a necessary skill. However, following our hearts and inspiration often means tossing aside these considerations. Or chopping them to pieces in a murderous rage.

But shedding conventions can be what sets a book apart—and can take a writer’s career from midlist to break-out.
So… how do you know? More—how do we find the courage to embrace a bold move?

Jeffe Kennedy will discuss how she went from being a “Crack Ho” – being told that her work fell in the cracks between genres – to receiving a nomination for Book of the Year and an RT Seal of Excellence for the one title each month that stands out from all the rest by an innovative twist on a familiar story or pushing genre boundaries. She’ll discuss genres and sub-genres, where they overlap, how romantic storylines can tip the balance one way or the other, and coloring inside the lines and stepping across them.

Jeffe KennedyJeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has been an Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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September 23, 2017: Dangerous Jobs

Tucson Police DepartmentWe’ve heard a lot about these real-life heroes in the news lately.  In September we continue our Dangerous Jobs series by hearing from Brad Pelton, the Sergeant of Tucson Police Department’s Service Dog Unit.

Southern Arizona Rescue AssociationAlso, barring any other natural disasters, the Southern Arizona Rescue Association will be there to talk about swift water rescue, helicopter rescue, and all kinds of dangerous and amazing rescues.

 

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., lunch is included in the fee. For RWA members, the meeting fee is $25 and for guests the fee is $30. Please reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

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August 26, 2017: The Business End of Writing/Navigating Kindle Direct Publishing

The Business End of Writing

So you’ve written a book… now what? It’s not just publishing that book – it’s the entire world that revolves around it, a world of marketing, of business practices, and of branding yourself as an author. All things go hand-in-hand as USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Le Veque tells you what you need to know about what happens ‘after’ you write your novel. Treat your novel-writing as a business – because it is!

Navigating the Kindle Direct Publishing Platform and Kindle Unlimited

Charter Amazon All-Star Author Kathryn Le Veque takes you through the ins and outs of navigating the KDP platform. A large part of this discussion will involve understanding Kindle Unlimited, so bring your questions for this interactive workshop involving all things Kindle Direct Publishing.

About Kathryn Le Veque

Kathryn Le Veque is an American USA Today bestselling independent author of Historical Romance fiction novels. She is the author of over 60 historical romance novels, as well as ten contemporary romance novels. She is most known for writing The Dark One: Dark Knight, Rise of the Defender, The Wolfe, The Savage Curtain, and Island of Glass. Visit her at www.kathrynleveque.com.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., lunch is included in the fee. For RWA members, the meeting fee is $25 and for guests the fee is $30. Please reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

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July 22, 2017: Strip Search Your Prose

Strip Search Your Prose

After an author has honed the big-picture areas in his manuscript—character, plot, stakes—it’s time to take a closer look at the details of the writing. This presentation encompasses an in-depth exploration of “microedit” areas—those places where authors may need to clarify, polish, and streamline their prose prior to seeking an agent or publisher, or indie publishing. This workshop covers the nitty-gritty areas of writing—both fiction and nonfiction—where, in more than twenty years as an editor, Tiffany Yates Martin seen many manuscripts need polish:

  • Tension and suspense
  • Pacing
  • Telegraphing/Stealing your own thunder
  • Show versus tell
  • Point of view
  • Tightening up the flab

She also does “live edits” in this workshop; this has been extremely popular. Authors read a page of their work, and she edits it on the spot, using a projector so that everyone can see the process, and demonstrating in action the concepts she has just presented (many of which almost uniformly turn up in most authors’ work). Anyone who’d like to participate should bring a printed page of their WIP, courage, and a sense of adventure.

About Tiffany Yates Martin

Tiffany Yates MartinTiffany Yates Martin has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years. As a developmental editor she works both directly with authors through her editorial consulting company, FoxPrint Editorial, as well as through major publishing houses. As a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, she has worked with major New York publishers, among them Random House, the Penguin Group, and HarperCollins. She holds a BA in English Literature from Georgia State University and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., lunch is included in the fee. For RWA members, the meeting fee is $25 and for guests the fee is $30. Please reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

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June 24, 2017: Show Up Naked: Writing the Male POV

Show Up Naked: Writing the Male POV

Chris Redding will take you on a funny and fun journey of discovery about men, including why they act the way they do and how they express emotions. She’ll talk about how our society has socialized them and the stages they go through in life. At the end of class you will be able to write more realistic male characters while keeping them larger than life heroes.

Layering: Not Just for Cakes

In this class, you will start with two pages of dialogue and transform it into a fully functioning scene. By adding each element of what needs to go into a story individually, you will see how it all makes the whole. You will also be able to add all the elements seamlessly, including description and character emotions. Instead of deconstructing a scene, you will be constructing a scene from the ground up. I will provide the two pages of dialogue.

Chris Redding grew up in a neighborhood with more boys than girls and learned to love baseball and hate Barbies. She spent much of her life in male dominated professions, including pizza delivery and emergency medical services. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. She has five books published, all romantic suspense.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., lunch is included in the fee. For RWA members, the meeting fee is $25 and for guests the fee is $30. Please reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

 

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May 20, 2017: Creating Your Unique Writer’s Journey

From Aspiring to Professional Author: Creating Your Unique Writer’s Journey

As I journeyed from writing my first crappy draft to publishing five novels, I learned a lot and had to re-do many things, which cost time and money. My goal is to help authors create a strong foundation in preparation for their professional careers. By understanding what your career will look like and require you can establish key components from the beginning.

In Aspiring to Professional Authors: Creating Your Unique Writer’s Journey, you’ll figure out what steps will benefit you most, how to stay focused on your goals without becoming overwhelmed, and set up a supportive framework for when you are a successful author.

Alica McKenna Johnson lives in Southern Arizona with her kids, her cats, and the many voices in her head yammering for their stories to be told. Fueled by her love of people, travel, and cultures, Alica writes emotionally rich stories. Snark, humor, and magic are woven through her books. When not writing, Alica supports other people’s writing dreams. Through individual and group coaching programs she gives back the support, skills, techniques, and passion that other writers gave, and continue to give, to her. During her free time, which you need a magnifying glass to find, she can be found binge watching Netflix, at the movies with friends, or getting her yoga on.

In the afternoon, there will be Table Talks – each table having a discussion lead by fabulous RWA authors.  Rose Ortiz  will be talking about Scapple by Scrivner; Vicki Loebel will discuss some Promo Strategy (what’s worked so far, what hasn’t); Amanda Gordon has hints about Social Media; JC DeLorenzo will give us some insights into branding and new cover trends.

The price for attending is $25 for members and $30 for guests. Please reserve your spot before Wednesday of the week of the meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

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April 22, 2017: Writing the Other

Please join the Tucson RWA for a look at writing characters that are different on April 22, 2017 at the Viscount Suites Hotel in Tucson, Arizona. Guests welcome!

Your characters can represent the essential beauty of the romance world–including its diversity.  Crafting demographically different characters means  more than just avoiding cliches.  In this class we’ll explore in-depth techniques for constructing living, breathing, sympathetic “Others” that won’t make your readers cringe.  Through exercises, lectures, and class discussions, we’ll cover the difference between stereotypes and tropes, and expand your vocabulary for describing the “Other.”

This renowned workshop is the basis for the classic text Writing the Other: A Practical Approach. In it, authors and editors Nisi Shawl and K Tempest Bradford teach students to write sensitively and convincingly about characters of diverse backgrounds. Appropriate for all fiction writers from all backgrounds and any skill level, this seminar combines lectures, discussions, and writing exercises in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

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