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October 27, 2018: Cathy McDavid & Pamela Tracy – NaNoWriMo Launchpad

2018 AGM and Chapter Elections

October 27, 2018 will be our annual general meeting, and we will be holding in-person elections for the 2019 Board of Directors.

Please contact elections@tucsonrwa.org for more information.

Cathy McDavid: Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo – Essentials for Writers Who Hate (or Love) to Plot.

The idea of writing fifty-thousand words in a month can be daunting for most of us, especially if you’re not a plotter by nature. But NaNoWriMo doesn’t have to be scary. Would you leave on a trip without packing clothes, putting your mail on hold, and arranging for a pet sitter? No, so don’t start your NaNoWriMo adventure without some sensible advance preparations. Oh, and for you pantsers, be just a little open to “some” plotting. Be sure and bring your ideas and techniques. This is a sharing workshop!

Learn more about NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Cathy McDavid at CathyMcDavid.com

Pamela Tracy: The Price is Write!

Wanda Writer, come on down!  You’re the next contestant on The Price is Write.  Who is Wanda Writer?  Is she a brand new prepublished author, a newly published author, a midlist author, or a New York Times bestselling author?  What is she doing doing to battle writers’ block (which you can suffer from during NaNoWriMo), organizational skills (which you greatly need during NanoWriMo), as well as “Do I edit yesteday’s work or forge ahead” (you don’t get to waffle during NanoWriMo.  There are so many choices on The Price is Write.  Which choices will you make?

Learn more about USA Today bestselling author Pamela Tracy at PamelaTracy.com

What is NaNoWriMo?

“One part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party,” National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place every  November and will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018,

Participants in NaNoWriMo sign up to write a 50,000 word manuscript (completely private to them)  and have access to a variety of tracking and encouragement resources on the official website. It’s a great way to turn off your inner critic and write that first draft as fast as you can!

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.

Check out these SRW online classes:

Classes are conducted via Yahoo Group, which lets you read the and participate at your convenience (and even start late).

September 29:  Alicia Rasley – Dialogue Dynamics Intensive

October 1:  Angela Knight – Braiding Conflicts to Build the Perfect Climax

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August 25, 2018: Rebekah Ganiere – Writing for the Darkside: Villains, Antagonist and Monsters

Have you ever watched a movie and rooted for the villain? Do you read books where you cringe and are yet delighted by the awfulness of the bad guy? Have you ever seen a villain transform before your eyes as you realize their motives are not that far gone from what you yourself believe? These are great villains! Contrary wise – Have you ever read a villain sitting in a oversized chair stroking his longhaired cat? Or giving a long winded explanation to the hero of what he is going to do next right before he attempts to kill said hero? Or how about a bad buy who strides down the street all in black his menacing look scaring everyone in sight? Big difference right?

Villains, bad guys and monsters can make or break your book. In this class you will learn exactly what you need to write a believable and memorable bad guy. You will learn how to make them tick, how to make them real and how to get your readers cringing and still wanting more. From motivations to backstory and minions to stereotypes you will leave the class with the tools necessary to create your own worst (or best) villain yet.

About the Speaker

image035Rebekah Ganiere  is an Award Winning Bestselling Author and Screenwriter. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings hit the bestseller list on release day. Her Fairelle Series, released in 2014 and has won several awards for both writing and screenwriting, including the Golden Palm and a finalist for Rone Award as well as Best Fantasy Series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her trilogy The Society was released by Kensington and her series Wolf River released in 2016. Rebekah is a prolific author releasing upwards of five books a year and is currently working on six different series.

Rebekah is the previous President Elect of the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA as well as a member of several local and online chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing, you can find her teaching and cosplaying with her family as a guest speaker and panelist at San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, Salt Lake Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze and several other Comic Cons on the west coast as well as LTUE, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, InD’Scribe, and Authors After Dark.

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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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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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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April 22, 2017: Writing the Other

Please join the Tucson RWA for a look at writing characters that are different on April 22, 2017 at the Viscount Suites Hotel in Tucson, Arizona. Guests welcome!

Your characters can represent the essential beauty of the romance world–including its diversity.  Crafting demographically different characters means  more than just avoiding cliches.  In this class we’ll explore in-depth techniques for constructing living, breathing, sympathetic “Others” that won’t make your readers cringe.  Through exercises, lectures, and class discussions, we’ll cover the difference between stereotypes and tropes, and expand your vocabulary for describing the “Other.”

This renowned workshop is the basis for the classic text Writing the Other: A Practical Approach. In it, authors and editors Nisi Shawl and K Tempest Bradford teach students to write sensitively and convincingly about characters of diverse backgrounds. Appropriate for all fiction writers from all backgrounds and any skill level, this seminar combines lectures, discussions, and writing exercises in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

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