Category Archives: Chapter Meetings

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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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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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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October 28, 2017: Defying Gravity – Writing Cross-Genre and Succeeding Anyway

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Genre definitions have a profound influence on writers’ careers. From the first queries where we must specify the book’s genre to long-term decisions about pursuing or giving up on a “dead” genre, dealing with what feels like a false construct is a necessary skill. However, following our hearts and inspiration often means tossing aside these considerations. Or chopping them to pieces in a murderous rage.

But shedding conventions can be what sets a book apart—and can take a writer’s career from midlist to break-out.
So… how do you know? More—how do we find the courage to embrace a bold move?

Jeffe Kennedy will discuss how she went from being a “Crack Ho” – being told that her work fell in the cracks between genres – to receiving a nomination for Book of the Year and an RT Seal of Excellence for the one title each month that stands out from all the rest by an innovative twist on a familiar story or pushing genre boundaries. She’ll discuss genres and sub-genres, where they overlap, how romantic storylines can tip the balance one way or the other, and coloring inside the lines and stepping across them.

Jeffe KennedyJeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has been an Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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September 23, 2017: Dangerous Jobs

Tucson Police DepartmentWe’ve heard a lot about these real-life heroes in the news lately.  In September we continue our Dangerous Jobs series by hearing from Brad Pelton, the Sergeant of Tucson Police Department’s Service Dog Unit.

Southern Arizona Rescue AssociationAlso, barring any other natural disasters, the Southern Arizona Rescue Association will be there to talk about swift water rescue, helicopter rescue, and all kinds of dangerous and amazing rescues.

 

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., lunch is included in the fee. For RWA members, the meeting fee is $25 and for guests the fee is $30. Please reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

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August 26, 2017: The Business End of Writing/Navigating Kindle Direct Publishing

The Business End of Writing

So you’ve written a book… now what? It’s not just publishing that book – it’s the entire world that revolves around it, a world of marketing, of business practices, and of branding yourself as an author. All things go hand-in-hand as USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Le Veque tells you what you need to know about what happens ‘after’ you write your novel. Treat your novel-writing as a business – because it is!

Navigating the Kindle Direct Publishing Platform and Kindle Unlimited

Charter Amazon All-Star Author Kathryn Le Veque takes you through the ins and outs of navigating the KDP platform. A large part of this discussion will involve understanding Kindle Unlimited, so bring your questions for this interactive workshop involving all things Kindle Direct Publishing.

About Kathryn Le Veque

Kathryn Le Veque is an American USA Today bestselling independent author of Historical Romance fiction novels. She is the author of over 60 historical romance novels, as well as ten contemporary romance novels. She is most known for writing The Dark One: Dark Knight, Rise of the Defender, The Wolfe, The Savage Curtain, and Island of Glass. Visit her at www.kathrynleveque.com.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., lunch is included in the fee. For RWA members, the meeting fee is $25 and for guests the fee is $30. Please reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

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July 22, 2017: Strip Search Your Prose

Strip Search Your Prose

After an author has honed the big-picture areas in his manuscript—character, plot, stakes—it’s time to take a closer look at the details of the writing. This presentation encompasses an in-depth exploration of “microedit” areas—those places where authors may need to clarify, polish, and streamline their prose prior to seeking an agent or publisher, or indie publishing. This workshop covers the nitty-gritty areas of writing—both fiction and nonfiction—where, in more than twenty years as an editor, Tiffany Yates Martin seen many manuscripts need polish:

  • Tension and suspense
  • Pacing
  • Telegraphing/Stealing your own thunder
  • Show versus tell
  • Point of view
  • Tightening up the flab

She also does “live edits” in this workshop; this has been extremely popular. Authors read a page of their work, and she edits it on the spot, using a projector so that everyone can see the process, and demonstrating in action the concepts she has just presented (many of which almost uniformly turn up in most authors’ work). Anyone who’d like to participate should bring a printed page of their WIP, courage, and a sense of adventure.

About Tiffany Yates Martin

Tiffany Yates MartinTiffany Yates Martin has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years. As a developmental editor she works both directly with authors through her editorial consulting company, FoxPrint Editorial, as well as through major publishing houses. As a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, she has worked with major New York publishers, among them Random House, the Penguin Group, and HarperCollins. She holds a BA in English Literature from Georgia State University and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., lunch is included in the fee. For RWA members, the meeting fee is $25 and for guests the fee is $30. Please reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

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June 24, 2017: Show Up Naked: Writing the Male POV

Show Up Naked: Writing the Male POV

Chris Redding will take you on a funny and fun journey of discovery about men, including why they act the way they do and how they express emotions. She’ll talk about how our society has socialized them and the stages they go through in life. At the end of class you will be able to write more realistic male characters while keeping them larger than life heroes.

Layering: Not Just for Cakes

In this class, you will start with two pages of dialogue and transform it into a fully functioning scene. By adding each element of what needs to go into a story individually, you will see how it all makes the whole. You will also be able to add all the elements seamlessly, including description and character emotions. Instead of deconstructing a scene, you will be constructing a scene from the ground up. I will provide the two pages of dialogue.

Chris Redding grew up in a neighborhood with more boys than girls and learned to love baseball and hate Barbies. She spent much of her life in male dominated professions, including pizza delivery and emergency medical services. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. She has five books published, all romantic suspense.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., lunch is included in the fee. For RWA members, the meeting fee is $25 and for guests the fee is $30. Please reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

 

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May 20, 2017: Creating Your Unique Writer’s Journey

From Aspiring to Professional Author: Creating Your Unique Writer’s Journey

As I journeyed from writing my first crappy draft to publishing five novels, I learned a lot and had to re-do many things, which cost time and money. My goal is to help authors create a strong foundation in preparation for their professional careers. By understanding what your career will look like and require you can establish key components from the beginning.

In Aspiring to Professional Authors: Creating Your Unique Writer’s Journey, you’ll figure out what steps will benefit you most, how to stay focused on your goals without becoming overwhelmed, and set up a supportive framework for when you are a successful author.

Alica 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. During her free time, which you need a magnifying glass to find, she can be found binge watching Netflix, at the movies with friends, or getting her yoga on.

In the afternoon, there will be Table Talks – each table having a discussion lead by fabulous RWA authors.  Rose Ortiz  will be talking about Scapple by Scrivner; Vicki Loebel will discuss some Promo Strategy (what’s worked so far, what hasn’t); Amanda Gordon has hints about Social Media; JC DeLorenzo will give us some insights into branding and new cover trends.

The price for attending is $25 for members and $30 for guests. Please reserve your spot before Wednesday of the week of the meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

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