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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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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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September 22, 2018 Special Event: Deb Dixon – Goal Motivation and Conflict

Goal, Motivation, Conflict and The Hero’s Journey 

This special event runs from 10 am to 5 pm and is open to the general public.

September’s intensive workshop  covers the three most important elements of popular fiction: goal, motivation and conflict (GMC), and how these elements work with the mythic structure of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to help writers conceive and create strong plots and compelling characters.

If you’ve ever struggled writing  a book, this event is a must.

The Book-In-A-Day workshop provides the tools every writer needs to shape a story and create a road map to writing it.

About Deb Dixon

GMC: Goal, Motivation, and ConflictDebra Dixon is the President and Publisher of BelleBooks and its imprints—Bell Bridge Books and ImaJinn Books, which tackle a broad spectrum of genres. Their titles have been picked up in translation and by major publishers in subrights deals for mass market paperback, book club, audio and large print.

Early in her career, Debra Dixon published with major publishers, wrote ten books, contributed to twelve anthologies, and served as Vice President of RWA.  Her popular GMC:Goal, Motivation, and Conflict workshop spawned a book that has become a how-to bible for writers.

Click here and register early! The entrance fee is tiered.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT Tiered pricing increases to $135 for everyone on 9/19/18. Walk-in fee $145.

  • Tucson RWA members: $75
  • All other RWA members: $100
  • General admission: $125

Refunds requested before September 10, 2018 are subject to processing fees. Sorry, no refunds after September 10.  For more information, contact reservations@tucsonrwa.org.

Meeting Information

This special event runs 10am – 5pm (Doors open 9:15) at the Viscount Hotel and includes a single-entree buffet lunch.   Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Register here

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June 23, 2018: Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson

This month we will have intimate sit-down sessions with New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author  A.L. Jackson

Morning session: Tips and discussion on building a compelling, consumable series, including plotting, packaging, marketing, and long-term sales.

Afternoon session: Indie publishing questions and answers.

Meeting Information

Our venue costs have gone up. Please note increased meeting fee.

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.

October Online Class:  Alicia Rasley – Dialogue Intensive

While you’re registering this month, check out SRW’s  October online offering in which  Alicia Rasley  will teach a two-week intensive class on  Dialogue Dynamics.  This class will be offered as a Yahoo email loop with exact dates to be determined. Cost is $30 for SRW members, $40.00 nonmembers. No Refunds except in the event class is cancelled.

Please note: 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.

 

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May 19, 2018: NYT Bestselling Author Jennifer Ashley

Our May speaker will be New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley.

Jennifer Ashley / Allyson JamesJennifer Ashley  has written more than 100 novels and novellas in paranormal, contemporary, and historical romance; mystery; and fantasy. She has been published since 2002, is both traditionally published and self-published, and has had her books translated into at least 20 different languages. When she’s not writing she plays with dollhouses (loves Tucson’s Mini Time Machine!), and plays guitar, or is in the pool to cool down from the summer heat.

Meeting Information

Our venue costs have gone up. Please note increased meeting fee.

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.

Online Class: Angela Knight – Writing Paranormal Short Stories
Begins May 7

While you’re registering this month, check out SRW’s May online class: Angela Knight – Writing Paranormal Short Stories. This four-week class runs from May 7 through June 1, 2018, and will be conducted via Yahoo email group.  Cost is $30 for SRW members, $40.00 nonmembers. No Refunds except in the event class is cancelled.

Please note: 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.

 

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April 28, 2018: Melinda Curtis – Conflict & Character

Morning Session: Writing Conflict

Writing conflict hurts — not just because it makes your characters suffer, but also because it’s painful to create and carry through on a page. However, conflict drives story and holds an editor’s attention, which means it sells books. Conflict also entices readers to turn the page, which helps create a satisfying experience (plus repeat purchases). Bring a story idea to this interactive course and learn how to build, refine or edit your stories by creating compelling conflict and stronger plots, one element at a time. Takeaways include: an understanding of internal and external conflict and how to summarize it on the page, how to deepen character through conflict, and how to use conflict to create scenes so you don’t stare at a blank page.

Afternoon Session: Unforgettable Characters

Tips, Tricks & Hacks to develop unforgettable characters. Psychologists have identified ten traits people have that make it hard (or impossible) to have a healthy romantic relationship. Using one of these traits in your character to develop internal conflict will provide a believable and relatable foundation for a great character. Each trait will be brought to life by examples from movies and TV, and used to build upon work in the morning session.

About Melinda

Melinda Curtis is an award-winning USA Today bestseller of over 40 romances. She writes sweet romance for Harlequin, sweet romantic comedy and sexy contemporary sports romances. She has two marketing degrees and is fascinated by human behavior, being one course shy of a psychology minor (don’t tell her mother or she might make Melinda go back and finish). Before writing full-time she was a junior executive at a Fortune 500 company, which meant on trips in the corporate jet she was relegated to the jump seat, otherwise known as the plane’s potty. Her latest release is Marrying the Wedding Crasher from Harlequin Heartwarming.

Meeting Information

Our venue costs have gone up. Please note increased meeting fee, effective immediately.

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.

Online Class: Angela Knight – Writing Paranormal Short Stories
Begins May 7

While you’re registering this month, check out SRW’s May online class: Angela Knight – Writing Paranormal Short Stories. This four-week class runs from May 7 through June 1, 2018, and will be conducted via Yahoo email group.  Cost is $30 for SRW members, $40.00 nonmembers. No Refunds except in the event class is cancelled.

Please note: 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.

 

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Angela Knight: Writing Paranormal Short Stories (Starts May 7)

Paranormal Brainstorming to Revision

During our May online workshop, Angela Knight discusses the techniques she uses to brainstorm, plot, write and revise a 50-page paranormal romance short story. She dissects each step of the process in detail so you can feel confident using the same techniques to write your own books. She also explains how to use the same principles to write a novel of any length. In the series of lessons, she covers characterization, the creation of romantic, internal and external conflicts, and how to write fiction that excites readers and editors alike.

Topics include

  1. Introduction
  2. Brainstorming the initial idea; how I decide what kind of story to write, how long it will be, and which publisher to target it to.
  3. Designing the hero (and villain, if there is one.) This lesson will discuss how to construct the three forms of conflict for the hero: inner conflict, external conflict, and romantic conflict. I’ll also provide a character template I use.
  4. Designing the heroine (same structure)
  5. Brainstorming the plot and the paranormal world
  6. Beginning – How to establish sympathetic heroes and heroines, while simultaneously putting them in conflict with each other and the villain (if there is one).
  7. Middle – How to ensure their efforts to resolve their conflicts only make matters worse.
  8. Climax – Resolving the conflict in a believable way that doesn’t result in an anticlimax.
  9. First rewrite – The methods I use for the first rewrite, including adding sensual detail, plugging logic holes, etc.
  10. Grammar, comma placement and working with editors – Why you can’t assume an editor will fix your grammatical mistakes – and what to do when the editor requests changes.
  11. Novels: expanding this technique for novel length works. How to construct conflicts and characters complicated enough for 100,000 words.
  12. Summing everything up. I’ll also touch on how to submit your work to publishers, and how to deal with publishers in a professional way.
 Instructor Bio:

Angela Knight PicAngela 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.

Learn more at www.AngelaKnight.com

How to Register:

Class runs May 7-June 1, 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 by contacting  classes@tucsonrwa.org  before class begins.
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March 24, 2018: Denise Agnew

Morning Session:
Maintaining Your Creative Life

Every creative individual begins their journey with a sense of excitement and enthusiasm. Remember the first time you were thrilled with the idea of writing a book? When that feeling and drive was so strong you couldn’t wait to get started? You might have enjoyed that enthusiasm for creation for many years. Until one day you didn’t. Maybe you stumbled through a rough patch and felt like Luke Skywalker before he discovered Yoda’s wise council. Writers can often deep six a writing project or stop writing forever after this first sign of trouble.

Perhaps you encountered what is called a Meaning Crisis.

How does a writer fall into a Meaning Crisis? Discover what it is and what you can do about it. Author, screenplay writer, and Certified Creativity Coach Denise A. Agnew will explain what a Meaning Crisis is and how you can battle it.

Afternoon Session:
Paranormal Investigation – What It Is and What It Isn’t.

 Paranormal investigation? Maybe you’ve always wanted to search for paranormal phenomena, and after seeing ghost hunting shows on television you think you know what it is and how to do it. Maybe you do know, but maybe you don’t. Paranormal Investigator Denise A. Agnew will give her take on what paranormal investigation is and how you can pursue it safely and enjoy yourself!

About Denise Agnew

Denise A. Agnew is the award-winning author of over 67 novels and several screenplays.  Romantic Times Book Review Magazine called her romantic suspense novels Dangerous Intentions and Treacherous Wishes “top-notch” and her erotic romance Primordial received a TOP PICK from Romantic Times Book Review Magazine. She was nominated twice for an EPPIE Award and won the 2001 EPPIE award for Best Historical Romance in 2001 with Love From The Ashes. She has been nominated for a RIO award, presented with a JERR Gold Star Award, and also received an eCataromance Reviewer’s Choice Award. Denise’s novels Love From The Ashes and Blackout were optioned for film/TV by Where’s Lucy? Productions, Bright Frontier Films and MDR Entertainment.

Denise’s record proves that with paranormal, time travel, romantic comedy, contemporary, historical, erotic romance, romantic suspense and horror writing under her belt, she enjoys writing about a diverse range of subjects. The fact she has lived in Colorado, Hawaii, and the United Kingdom has given her a lifetime of ideas.  Her experiences with archaeology and archery have crept into her work, as well as numerous travels through the UK and Ireland.

Denise is also a Writer/Producer (Happy Catastrophe Productions/Where’s Lucy? Productions/Bright Frontier Film), a paranormal investigator (SOS Paranormal Investigations), Reiki Master, Certified Creativity Coach (Creative Pen Coaching), and RT Academy Mentor. As a Creativity Coach, Denise assists anyone in the creative arts, including writing and acting, to maintain lifelong creativity. Denise lives in Arizona with her husband and a Mini Schnauzer.  You can find her at www.deniseagnew.com

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Meeting Information

Meeting fee $25 members $30 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.

March Online Class: Writing the Romantic Novella

While you’re registering this month, check out SRW’s March online class: Catherine Chant presents: Writing the Romantic Novella. This two-week class begins March 4, 2018 and will be conducted via Yahoo email group.  Cost is $20 for SRW members, $25.00 nonmembers.

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Marie Force: Secrets to Writing Sequels (Feb 19-23)

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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February 24, 2018: Astrologer Dawn Falbe

Morning Session: The Itty Bitty Sh***y Committee – the head we get stuck in and how to get out

In February, we’re setting aside time to do a little writer care with  astrologer Dawn Falbe, who will talk about: Intuition, The Itty Bitty Shitty Committee and the Astrological Energies of now!

In this Presentation you will learn:

  • Where your intuition lies in your body
  • The difference between your intuition and your head
  • What the IBS Committee sounds like
  • Tools and Resources to combat the voices of the IBS Committee
  • Information about what’s going on astrologically that can help or hinder your professional and personal lives.

 

About Dawn Falbe

Astrologer Dawn

Astrologer Dawn, born in England and now living in the USA was fortunate to grow up in a family who understood the metaphysical world. From a young age, Dawn was exposed to a wide variety of experiences and lifestyles that allowed her to observe people and tap into her natural intuition.

Dawn studied Astrology with Julian Lee, Eugene Moore and many others. She was trained in Natal and Relocation Astrology, Advanced Tarot as well as an understanding of the basics of the Venus Sequence, Human Design and Numerology. Dawn is a past President of the American Tarot Association.

Astrologer Dawn believes that when you follow who you are at your core, which can be seen in your Astrological and Human Design Charts, you can customize a life experience that works for you!

Discover more at AstrologerDawn.com.

Afternoon session: The Joy of Critique

During our afternoon session, SRW president Alica McKenna Johnson will talk about the joys, benefits (and challenges) of working with a critique group.

About Alica McKenna Johnson

Alica McKenna Johnson, AuthorAlica 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.

Discover more at AlicaMcKennaJohnson.com.

Meeting Information

Meeting fee $25 members $30 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.

February Online Class: Secrets to Writing Sequels

While you’re registering this month, don’t forget to sign up for SRW’s February online class: Marie Force presents: Secrets to Writing Sequels. This one-week class runs February 19-23, 2018 and will be conducted via Facebook group.  Cost is $20 for SRW members, $25.00 nonmembers.

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