Category Archives: Chapter Meetings

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.

Oct 26, 2019 Melinda Rucker Haynes – Story Compass

Find Direction and Get Your Story on Track with STORY COMPASS©

STORY COMPASS© is a creative development process and tool Melinda developed and uses on every book she writes. She has given SC trainings and workshops online, to RWA chapters (first was to Romance Writers of New Zealand), Arizona State Library Assn., Novelists, Inc., writers organizations, community colleges and many other venues.

For our morning workshop, Melinda will supply practice STORY COMPASS© for our members play with and come up with some great story ideas. Everyone from beginning writers to NYTimes/USA Today best-selling authors love to use STORY COMPASS© to stimulate creativity and explore uncommon, unpredictable combinations of fiction elements than can be used to create distinctive and interesting stories. Using STORY COMPASS©, a writer can work with any or all of the elements of fiction–plot, character, setting, and theme to find direction and get their story on track.

Afternoon Session: Personal Time Travel -Find Your Story in the Past

For most readers and writers time travel is entertaining conjecture. Some, such as best- selling author Taylor Caldwell, have actually experienced the past through regression hypnosis and used the information gained in her best-selling novels.

Millions of people have discovered that it is not necessary to accept the theory or philosophy of reincarnation to experience a “past life” during safe, relaxing and always interesting regression hypnosis.  Often the trance time travel experience is so vivid and the information so detailed that many have been able to verify dates, places, events and existence of the person and/or the past life experienced.

 Writers who have traveled time via regression or progression hypnosis often discover a time period, characters and setting detail that either support their current work in progress or inspires them to investigate and create something new.

About our Speaker

Melinda Rucker Haynes, M.Ed., CH, served as a university lecturer and adult education research project director. She jokes she learned to write fiction as a research grant writer who moonlighted as a corporate trainer of fascinating people working at an area in the Nevada desert that didn’t exist. Finally escaping academe, she joined Seattle romance writers in their pursuit of writing awards and readers. Her paranormal and suspense novels have won over twenty awards and more than that number of readers in some universe. Given her singular interests and education research background, Melinda produced STORY COMPASS©, a creative development process and tool, and became a certified hypnotherapist specializing in creative development for writers with her Personal Time Travel© regression hypnosis process.  

After gypsying around the world, living in four foreign countries—most recently Washington D.C. and Tucson—Melinda’s current interests and hobbies include magical thinking, frequent fantasy flying, and chronicling the shocking confessions of a menopausal vampire in Seattle.

For more information, visit www.melindaruckerhaynes.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.

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.

May 18, 2019: Author Tanya Stowe

Finding the Black Moment

Hold on to your hats! Our morning interactive workshop is going to cover a lot of territory. Whether you’re a Plotter or Pantster, structuring your characters can help avoid the dreaded pitfalls of lifeless characters and too little or too much conflict. But most importantly, structuring leads to finding the dramatic high point of the story, “The Black Moment.” Structuring your characters requires answering essential story questions like who, what, why and why not. Putting those answers in a grid can help you avoid those dreaded pitfalls and lead you to the dramatic moment YOU and YOUR READERS want. So bring your pencils (yes, with erasers!) and let’s get started!

Structuring Your Novel for Suspense

Characterization, description and dialogue fill the pages of your story as you develop the romance between the hero and the heroine. But if you’re writing a suspense, where do you fit in the action sequences, the villains POV, and those essential suspense scenes…let alone the clues?

For our afternoon session, join Tanya as she discusses how she uses a chart to structure her plot points, action scenes and clues.

About our Speaker

Tanya Stowe

Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…mysteries and exotic adventures, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey filled with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary.

To learn more, visit Tanya’s Website, Facebook, andBlog.

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.

Chapter Dues are Live!

If you haven’t received an email from RWA prompting you to pay SRW dues, please contact membership@TucsonRWA.org as soon as possible. You must be current with 2019 dues to participate in chapter events.

April 27, 2019: Laurie Schnebly Campbell: Braiding your Book

Weaving the different strands and levels of your story is trickier than making a simple braid, but the idea is the same — you need to pay attention to every separate element that’s part of the finished creation. Whether you’re braiding the plot, characters and resolution of a romance, thriller, fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, or any other journey of discovery, your readers want a certain balance between factors that aren’t always equally important.

Bring a work in progress or one you’d like to revisit, and with hands-on exercises you’ll see how to:

  • Build a braid strong enough to support your entire story
  • Maintain the balance of tension among each of your characters
  • Make sure the plot twists don’t unravel in later chapters
  • Enrich the three-way blend with individual “extras”
  • Incorporate as much action or emotion as your readers expect
  • Keep your plot from overshadowing the characters, or vice versa
  • Tie off the braid for a satisfying conclusion

About our Speaker

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops that draw on her background as an advertising copywriter, a counseling therapist and a romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for RT’s Best Special Edition of the Year. Her favorite books are those created during her classes, with 42 First Sales so far.

By day she writes for McDonald’s, Massage Envy and other clients at a Phoenix ad agency. She also enjoys recording for the blind, playing with her husband and son, mentoring a teenager, vacationing in Sedona (the red-rock town named for her grandpa’s mom), and running WriterUniv.com.

“People ask how I find time to do all that,” Laurie says, “and I tell them it’s easy. I never clean my house!”

Learn more at www.booklaurie.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.

Chapter Dues are Live!

We’ve all been waiting anxiously to pay our 2019 dues via the new RWA nationals web portal, and it’s finally live! If you haven’t received an email from RWA prompting you to pay SRW dues, please contact president@TucsonRWA.org as soon as possible.

Please pay dues by March 31, 2019 in order to maintain your chapter membership.

March 23, 2019: Harlequin Editor Dana Grimaldi

Ever wanted to hear from an experienced editor? Wanted to find out what they look for in a submission? What makes a compelling story that gets an editor’s attention, or what makes them say ‘this story doesn’t work for us’? Come and meet Harlequin editor Dana Grimaldi to learn a few answers to these questions. She will be speaking at both our morning and afternoon sessions, and will is willing to listen to your story idea afterwards.

About our Speaker

Dana GrimaldiDana Grimaldi is an associate editor for Harlequin Dare and Harlequin Heartwarming. She also manages the Worldwide Mystery and Suspense program. Dana loves photography and can often be found outdoors, taking pictures of local wildlife. Her bookshelves have a special place for the works of Isaac Asimov, Margaret Laurence and Nnedi Okorafor, not to mention the largest collection of CDs since the invention of the mp3. When she’s reading submissions, Dana is on the lookout for sexy contemporary romance as well as wholesome contemporary romances that celebrate strong communities, family connections and true love.

Follow Dana on Twitter @DanaGrimaldi.

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.

Chapter Dues are Now Live!

We’ve all been waiting anxiously to pay our 2019 dues via the new RWA nationals web portal, and it’s finally live! If you haven’t received an email from RWA prompting you to pay SRW dues, please contact president@TucsonRWA.org as soon as possible.

Please pay dues by March 31, 2019 in order to maintain your chapter membership.