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Dec 1 Annual Raffle & Holiday Party Free to Members

The board of directors has voted to once again make this year’s holiday party free to members. Guests are welcome at the reduced price of $30 (payable on our payments page.). The Viscount has promised us extra goodies in exchange for moving our date to December 1.

In addition to chapter awards, we will hold our annual BIG raffle at the party.  This is when we pull out the stops and donate our fanciest baskets and other items. People pick individual prizes to “bet” their tickets on, and you take home every single item you win!

To make sure there’s enough room for everyone, it is essential to  reserve no later than Wednesday, November 27th.

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November 17, 2018: Literary Agent Kristin Nelson & Chapter Elections

Literary Agent Kristen Nelson

This month SRW is excited to welcome back well-known literary agent Kristen Nelson.

Morning Session:  News from RWA Denver 2018
Kristin will cover what is happening with romance publishers, trends, etc. She’ll be talking about the state of romance, what’s new, what’s hot, etc.
Afternoon Session: Cold Reads:
Kristin will read out loud and comment on the first two pages of selected chapter members’ current Work in Progress. If you would like to submit pages, contact programs@tucsonrwa.org as soon as possible!

About Kristin Nelson.

My goal as an agent is simple: I want every client of mine to make a living solely from writing and 90% of my authors do without help from any other source of income. I established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade+ of my career, I’ve represented over forty New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. Although I’m a very nice Midwesterner, I’ve heard through the grapevine that editors call me “a hard-working bulldog agent that will fight for you.” What a compliment!

When not busy selling books, I’m quite sporty. I attempt to play tennis and golf. I also love playing Bridge (where I’m the youngest person in the club). On weekends my husband Brian and I can be found in the mountains hiking with our 14-year old rat terrier, Chutney.

My client list is eclectic as I’m looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category.

2019 SRW Board of Directors Elections

We will be electing next year’s officers during our November business meeting. Currently positions are uncontested, but if you’d like to submit your name for office, contact elections@tucsonrwa.org.

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.

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Board of Directors Election

November 17, 2018 is the revised election date our 2019 board of directors.

The 2019 Candidates for SRW office are:

  • President: Amanda Gordon
  • Treasurer: Rebecca Jenshak
  • VP Programs: Patricia Knoll
  • VP Membership: Linda Jesionka
  • Communications: Paula Stuht
  • Secretary: Vicky Loebel

A big thank-you to these members for volunteering to serve.

It’s still possible to run for office! Candidates are accepted on a write-in basis, so if you want more information about a position or are interested in running,  contact elections@tucsonrwa.org.

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October 27, 2018: Cathy McDavid & Pamela Tracy – NaNoWriMo Launchpad

2018 AGM and Chapter Elections

October 27, 2018 will be our annual general meeting, and we will be holding in-person elections for the 2019 Board of Directors.

Please contact elections@tucsonrwa.org for more information.

Cathy McDavid: Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo – Essentials for Writers Who Hate (or Love) to Plot.

The idea of writing fifty-thousand words in a month can be daunting for most of us, especially if you’re not a plotter by nature. But NaNoWriMo doesn’t have to be scary. Would you leave on a trip without packing clothes, putting your mail on hold, and arranging for a pet sitter? No, so don’t start your NaNoWriMo adventure without some sensible advance preparations. Oh, and for you pantsers, be just a little open to “some” plotting. Be sure and bring your ideas and techniques. This is a sharing workshop!

Learn more about NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Cathy McDavid at CathyMcDavid.com

Pamela Tracy: The Price is Write!

Wanda Writer, come on down!  You’re the next contestant on The Price is Write.  Who is Wanda Writer?  Is she a brand new prepublished author, a newly published author, a midlist author, or a New York Times bestselling author?  What is she doing doing to battle writers’ block (which you can suffer from during NaNoWriMo), organizational skills (which you greatly need during NanoWriMo), as well as “Do I edit yesteday’s work or forge ahead” (you don’t get to waffle during NanoWriMo.  There are so many choices on The Price is Write.  Which choices will you make?

Learn more about USA Today bestselling author Pamela Tracy at PamelaTracy.com

What is NaNoWriMo?

“One part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party,” National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place every  November and will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018,

Participants in NaNoWriMo sign up to write a 50,000 word manuscript (completely private to them)  and have access to a variety of tracking and encouragement resources on the official website. It’s a great way to turn off your inner critic and write that first draft as fast as you can!

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.

Check out these SRW online classes:

Classes are conducted via Yahoo Group, which lets you read the and participate at your convenience (and even start late).

September 29:  Alicia Rasley – Dialogue Dynamics Intensive

October 1:  Angela Knight – Braiding Conflicts to Build the Perfect Climax

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Holiday Party Date Changed to Dec 1, 2018

The date of our Holiday Party and Big Raffle has changed to December 1, 2018

Because of a scheduling conflict on the part of the Viscount we have been asked to change our holiday party and big raffle to Dec 1st. We have been promised a glass of wine for everyone and an upgraded holiday buffet. Plus Alica has been told that we will be in the big front room with the windows.  Please make a note of the date change!

Don’t forget our Annual Raffle!

As part of the holiday party, we’ll be holding our special Annual Raffle – the time when we ask members who are able to bring in something extra special to donate to our chapter fundraiser. In the past we’ve had Computers, Gift Certificates, Weekends on Mt. Lemmon,  Manuscript Critiques, and Luxurious Gift Baskets Galore, so stuff your pockets with dollar bills and be prepared to take home piles of loot!
We’ll also be awarding our annual chapter service thank-yous, including the coveted Barbara Award.

So make a reservation, load a gift basket, and get ready to have fun!

Party Information

Meeting fee $30 members $35 guests.  Party 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.

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Online Class: Angela Knight – Braiding Conflicts to Build the Perfect Climax (Oct 1-26)

Cost $30 for SRW members, $40 nonmembers.

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:

Class runs October 1-26 and is 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 OnlineClassModerator@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
Do You Have an Online Class you’d like to offer through SRW? We’re always looking for the best educational opportunities to offer our members. Contact OnlineClassProposals@TucsonRWA.org
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Online Class: Alicia Rasley – Dialogue Dynamics Intensive(Starts Oct 29)

Cost $30 SRW members, $40 nonmembers.

Dynamic dialogue can sell a book that might otherwise be ignored. That’s because dialogue reaches right out to the human in us all, the one that wants contact and conversation, and if you do that well, the reader will overlook a host of other faults. So in this interactive workshop, we’ll explore practical techniques to make sure your dialogue forcefully conveys the individual voices of your characters, and purposefully pushes your plot.

In this intensive two-week class, we’ll discuss:

  • Dialogue as characterization
  • Dialogue as plot-action interaction
  • Listen up now (The Sound of Your Dialogue)
  • Make it move, set it up

Dialogue isn’t just speech. It’s conversation– action and interaction, cause and effect, stimulus and response. In this class, you’ll learn how to turbocharge those exchanges between characters with background action, introspection, judicious pauses, quote tags, and of course, vivid and individual speech.

Make your dialogue dynamic. Make it move. Make it meaningful. Make it matter.

NOTE: This is an intensive class, with a lot of material and optional assignments–great for beginners and experienced students alike, but not for writers who want quick and easy solutions.  You can interact as little or as much as you like, but for those who participate, Alicia will review each assignment and provide feedback. Fun, fast, and fruitful feedback. :)

Instructor Bio

Alicia Rasley is the author of The Power of Point of View and The Story Within Plotbook. Her novel, The Year She Fell, was released from Belle Books and became a Kindle bestseller. She earned her MA in English Literature from Butler University, with the thesis The Family Vault: Women Buried Alive in Poe’s Short Fiction.

Some other accomplishments:

  • RITA-award-winning and best-selling author
  • Writing instructor, University of Maryland
  • Former Popular Fiction visiting faculty, MFA Program
  • Writing advisor, University of Maryland.
  • Nationally known writing workshop leader
  • Experienced content and acquisition editor
  • Editing blogger: www.edittorrent.blogspot.com
  • Craft of writing author: www.aliciarasley.com
  • Writing blogger: www.plotblueprint.com

How to Register:

Class begins October 29, runs two weeks, 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 OnlineClassModerator@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.
Do You Have an Online Class you’d like to offer through SRW? We’re always looking for the best educational opportunities to offer our members. Contact OnlineClassProposals@TucsonRWA.org
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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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