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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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January 27, 2018: NYT Bestselling Author Julia Quinn

Morning Session: Dialogue – It’s More Than What You Say 

Dialogue affects every corner of your manuscript, from characterization to voice, pacing to point-of-view. In this lively workshop, Julia Quinn will help you learn how to make your dialogue shine.

Afternoon Session:  Chat with Julia Quinn

After lunch, Julia will be available to chat with fans and writers about her experience as a New York Times bestselling author of much-beloved historical romance.

Bring your questions and your sense of humor!

About Julia Quinn

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Discover more about our speaker at juliaquinn.com

Meeting fee of $25 members $30 guests and walk-ins 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.

While you’re registering, don’t forget to sign up for SRW’s FEBRUARY online class: Marie Force presents: Secrets to Writing Sequels. 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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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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Catherine Chant: Writing the Romantic Novella (Starts March 4)

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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December 9, 2017: Holiday Party (Free to Members)

Note: Spouses and other special guests are invited to attend along with a member upon paying the $20.00 cost of lunch.

Thanks to the enthusiastic response to our Michael Hauge special event, SRW is delighted to provide this year’s MEMBERS-ONLY holiday party FREE of charge. You must pay or renew your 2018 dues before December 8th in order to attend this event.

As part of the fun, 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!

Meeting fee: Members only – NONE, Guests $20.00. (Use the “Miscellaneous Payments” box at the bottom of our payments page to pay via paypal.)  Please let us know you’re coming by posting on our chapter loop or emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting.

Have a safe and fun holiday season!

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