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Nov 16, 2019 SRW Table Talks

Every writer’s journey is different. In November, some of our own SRW members will present table talks where they will share something of their own writing process, what has worked and not worked for them, and what their plans are for the future.

In our morning session, we will be having table talks, three rounds of twenty minutes each, hosted by and highlighting some of our own members.

  • Merrillee Whren will talk about her journey from traditional to indie publishing.
  • Rebecca Jenshak will discuss interconnected, standalone series and how to hook readers so you have a high read-through rate, and those readers will be eager to buy your next book.
  • Patricia Knoll will discuss the book 2,000 to 10,000 How To Write Faster, Write Better, And Write More Of What You Love by Rachel AaronIt teaches a tried and true method for increasing words written per day.

In our afternoon session, Karen Bryson will show us how to adapt our work for the screen.

About our Afternoon Speaker

KAREN MUELLER BRYSON is an award-winning/optioned screenwriter and USA TODAY bestselling novelist.

Her award-winning biopic, MONSOON SEASON, based on Amy Arnold’s fascinating career as a female football coach as featured in USA TODAY, was previously optioned by Minor Distractions Entertainment. Her faith-based family-drama, THE MUSTARD SEEDS, which was a Top 50 selection in the Kairos Prize Screenwriting Competition for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays, was acquired by Believe Entertainment.

Karen was hired to write two other biopics: MOM ON A MISSION, based on Shelby Rodriguez’s story, which was featured in PEOPLE magazine, and HANGING ON TO MY DREAMS, which was based on Arnold Henry’s bestselling memoir. She is also the author of HELL ON WHEELS, the authorized biography of Rookie Roller Derby Queen Cindy McCoy.

Some of her other notable screenwriting accomplishments include:
Official Selection in the 2019 LA Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script
Festival (TOP 100 entry); Winner of the 13horror.com Contest; Winner of the Exposurama Screenplay Contest (Family Category); TOP 200 in the Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest; Top 24 in the Phoenix Film Festival Screenplay Competition; Finalist in the Scriptoid Writer’s Challenge; and Finalist in the Screenplay Search Screenwriting Competition. She was also a winner of the prestigious Writers Boot Camp Fellowship.

Karen is a graduate of the SCREENWRITING U ProSeries, Master
Screenwriting Certificate, and Bingeworthy TV Bootcamp.

Karen is a USA TODAY bestselling novelist and the author of over 50
books. She often adapts her own novels for the screen as well as writing novels based on her screenplays. She is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry as well as the RWA Lone Star Writing Contest. She is a KINDLE SCOUT winner, which earned her a publishing contract with Amazon’s Kindle Press. She also made the TOP 10 in the Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

When she not computer creating new stories, Karen works as a tenured university psychology professor. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

Meeting Information

Meeting fee of $30 for SRW members $35 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Visit SRW.rwa.org to register.

Sept 28, 2019 Willow Sanders – What Comes Next?

You Wrote a Book, Now What?

Congratulations! You finished a novel.  Whether it’s your first or your fourth (or beyond), you may wonder “what should I do next?”

The answer is market.

While posting it to your social network and asking your friends and family to purchase might equate to a few ticks in the sales column, what else can you do to establish a loyal following and successful release strategy?  Join author Willow Sanders as she details intermediate strategies for building a lasting readership.   

Come prepared to take notes, as this discussion will be chalk full of information detailing things like building distribution lists, engaging with bloggers to attain reviews, advanced social media marketing, and much more!

About our Speaker

Willow Sanders

A marketer by day and author by night,  she writes sweet with heat Contemporary Romance as well as Romantic Suspense.  This year she had a dual release Romantic Suspense, I Will Always Find You and Found.  Her debut novel, Dirty Little Secret won breakout author of the year in 2012 from AuthorsDatabase.com and was the Book Buzz PR – Romance Novel of the year.  

She has been a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) since 2004, both in Chicago and now in Phoenix so if you participate you’ll be seeing a lot of her in October and November.  She is also the Vice President of Desert Rose RWA and the publicity chair for Valley of the Sun. 

When not writing you can find her torn between her loyalty to the Fighting Illini and her husband’s loyalty to Michigan State, bemoaning traffic, feeding her caffeine addiction at the Green Mermaid (otherwise known as Starbucks) and trying to find the connection between her and the Gilmore Girls–because she is certain she is a long-lost family member.  

Connect with Willow at https://www.facebook.com/WillowSandersAuthor/

Meeting Information

Meeting fee of $30 for SRW members $35 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Doors open 9:15. Program runs 10am – 2pm.  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.

Sherri Shackleford – Using a Kanban Board (Online Class starts Sept 9)

Using a Kanban Board to Increase Productivity

A Kanban board is a way to visualize workflow. Goals are broken down into tasks which are organized by ‘waiting’, ‘in-progress’ and ‘completed.’ In this class, I will demonstrate the basics of organizing a Kanban board, and how the board can be personalized for individual use. Visualizing workflow is an excellent way for authors to stay focused on the tasks at hand while ‘parking’ tasks that can distract from the primary goal. The boards can be as simple or as complex as needed for the user. While Kanban boards are available as computer programs, I will be using the old-fashioned method of a dry erase board and post-it notes.  By the end of the class, participants will have an overview of how to use a basic Kanban board to increase productivity. 

About the Instructor

A former naval reservist with a top-secret security clearance, Sherri Shackleford writes rapid-fire suspense featuring captivating characters and heart-pounding romance. She’s authored more than a dozen novels for Harlequin publishing, including both historical and contemporary suspense.

How to Register:

This three-week class begins September 9, 2019 and is conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30.09 SRW members, $40.09 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.

Alicia Rasley – Channeling Your Characters (Online Class Starts Aug 5)

Channeling Your Characters

In this interactive workshop, you’ll be exploring your main characters’ journeys, strengths, conflicts, and values. From these discussions and exercises, you can deepen your scenes and your plot with an emotional arc. And you’ll be able to individualize your plot events by determining where the characters start, where they end up, and how they get there through interacting with the other characters in the story events. Every exercise will apply directly to your own story, and Alicia will respond to each exercise individually with suggestions and feedback. Channel your characters, and deepen and individualize your story with insightful counsel!

About the Instructor

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 the fifth of the month and is conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30.08 SRW members, $40.08 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.

Peter Andrews – Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction (Online Class July 1-29)

Worldbuilding for Everyone

Every story can benefit from an authentic, fully realized setting. By 
asking the right questions, the writer can immerse readers in a specific environment, time period, and culture. Whether it’s a galaxy far, far away or your own backyard, a detailed setting can engage your reader and sharpen your conflict.

Make contemporary stories as exciting and surprising as SF and fantasy by moving past assumptions. Make invented worlds as real and believable as the town you live in. The class will explore settings from a variety of perspectives and apply what’s learned to storytelling.

What catches readers’ imaginations? How do you explore the environment and use what you learn to raise the stakes? What needs to be there, and what should be left out? Using the tools of fantasy and SF writers, discover how society, geography, history, and economics can make your story fresh, believable, and compelling.

About the Instructor

Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer who has written
speeches, articles, radio shows, plays, books, and short stories. He
teaches for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, and the Westchester Center for the Arts and and several chapters of the Romance Writers of America. His weekly posts to http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com attract 8,000 views each month.

How to Register:

Class begins the first of the month and is conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30.07 SRW members, $40.07 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.

June 22, 2019 Author Tina Radcliffe

Motivation for Writers

Get a kick of motivation and inspiration in this workshop by RWA Honor Roll member and hyperactive, super achiever Tina Radcliffe that is guaranteed to have your fingers smokin’ at the keyboard.

She’ll cover:

  • What’s standing between you and your writer dreams?
  • How to leverage your special talents.
  • Just for today tips for time management.
  • Learn how to get more done by noon than most people do all day.
  • Writer apps to speed up your day. fffffff

Writing for Women’s World Magazine

Tina Radcliffe has sold over three dozen romances to Woman’s World Magazine. She’ll share her insider tips for writing romantic fiction for WW, the number one magazine sold at retail.

We’ll cover:

  1. Why demographics matter
  2. Who’s Who
  3. Tips for Writing for WW
  4. Why Your Story was Rejected
  5. Submission Basics
  6. WW Unplugged

About our Speaker

A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina Radcliffe is an RWA Honor Roll member and a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist. Her 11th book for Harlequin Love Inspired, Her Last Chance Cowboy, released in February 2019. She has a new four-book series with Harlequin debuting in 2020. In addition to novel-length fiction, Tina has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. A former library cataloger, Tina is a frequent presenter on writing topics and an online instructor. She currently resides in Arizona, where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. Visit her on the web at https://www.tinaradcliffe.com/

Meeting Information

Meeting fee of $30 for SRW members $35 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Doors open 9:15. Program runs 10am – 2pm.  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.

August 24, 2019: National Conference Recap

Every year, 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? This month SRW members who’ve been to nationals 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.

Melinda Curtis – Amazing Characters (Online Class Starts June 3)

Amazing characters – the kind that stick with you – have backstories that color their view of the world and keep them from finding their happily-ever-after. Coincidentally, psychologists have identified ten painful pasts that can prevent real people from finding their happily-ever-after. Using these backstories can help writers shape character behavior, motivation toward external goals, and character arc.

About the Instructor

Although Melinda Curtis has lived in Georgia and Texas, she’s a California girl at heart. Her earliest memories are of life on an isolated 50-acre sheep ranch in rural Sonoma County, California. Picture rolling hills covered in brown grass, a eucalyptus forest, a long gravel driveway lined with plump sheep and no sidewalks. It was a big deal to drive into town on a one-lane road in a ramshackle, bubble-fendered pickup for an ice cream.

Flash forward to this century. Melinda lives in California’s hot central valley with her husband – her basketball playing college sweetheart. With three kids the couple has done the soccer thing, the karate thing, the dance thing, the Little League thing and, of course, the basketball thing.
Melinda writes sweet to medium heat contemporary romances as Melinda Curtis and red hot reads as Mel Curtis.  She loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love – because, really, who lets the man have the last word?

How to Register:

Class begins June 3 and is conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30.06 SRW members, $40.06 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