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February 27, 2016: Vicky Loebel & Michael Petersen

Plot Points for Pansters
(And the Outliners who Love Them)

Morning Session:
Are you confused by story climax and big black moments? Does rising and falling action make you want to shove your characters off a cliff? Do turning points spin your head, and does the thought of filling out pages and pages of scene lists and character questionnaires make your day job look pretty good?

Whether we’re outliners or pantsters who plot as we go, most authors reach the point sooner or later of asking “am I doing this right?” And one of the keys to evaluating your work is understanding classic three-act structure.

In our February morning session,  SRW author Vicky Loebel will draw on her history as honorary “queen of false starts” to show how mastering few basic plot concepts makes novel-writing faster. We will review the basics of plot structure (drawing from K.M Weiland’s Structuring your Novel,  Michael Hauge’s The Hero’s Two Journeys, and James Scott Bell’s Superstructure), banish sagging middles, consider ways to combine plot, character, and setting to make a story stronger, and debate the usefulness of constructing a simple plot grid.

To illustrate plot structure, we’ll do a quick analysis of Romancing the Stone, Pride and Prejudice, and (time permitting) The Wizard of Oz.

About Vicky Loebel

FB PhotoVicky Loebel began her professional life as a systems programmer for NASA and moved through successively more challenging careers before settling in as a writer of tightly-plotted romantic fiction. She lives on the slopes of Mt. Lemmon, AZ with her sister, three dogs, a rotating assortment of offspring, and a husband who has the patience of a saint.

Vicky is the author of two humorous urban fantasy/romances, Keys to the Coven and Speakeasy Dead. Her latest book, Vacation Bride, is a contemporary marriage of convenience set in the tropical paradise of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

It was the subject of several false starts.

Michael Petersen: The Romance Writer’s Business Guide

Afternoon Session:
What is the writer’s cost-benefit analysis of traditional vs self publishing? What advertising avenues give you the best bang for your buck? What is the best price point for your novel series vs your standalone? Is it worthwhile to register as an LLC as a writer? And taxes are coming….how does a writer handle filing taxes best?

Michael Petersen will address these questions and more as he outlines the business side of a romance writer’s life.

About Michael Petersen

headshotMichael Petersen has a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle University and a Masters of Business Administration from Illinois State University. Before retiring from Microsoft at age 35, he worked in various roles including program manager, technical account manager, and technology strategist. He currently manages the business strategy, marketing and production for his wife, USA Today Bestseller Jess Michaels.


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 emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting.

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January 23, 2016: Mary Buckham Teleconference

This January, USA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham will be joining SRW via  projected teleconference to present two of her well-known writing workshops.

Active Settings for All Fiction Genres

WritingActiveSettingCover-2Give your setting an active role in your story. Use Deep POV to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose. Find out if you’re writing passive  or active setting and if you are maximizing the setting possibilities in YOUR story. Also discover:

  •  How does setting impact your story?
  •  What is the difference between active and passive setting?
  •  What exactly is setting in a story?
  •  How can setting show characterization?
  •  How can setting impact your conflict…both internal and external?
  •  What does a reader need from a setting vs. what they don’t need?

WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS or
How Many Hooks Are Enough?

WritingActiveHooksBook1_300pxBased on Mary’s best-selling book series: WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS Book 1 and 2.

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantster (seat-of-pants writer), the simplest way to avoid a sagging middle is to understand how to continually build hooks into your story. So how many hooks are enough and where should you use them? Knowing the answer to that question can be the difference between a compelling story and one that drags.

  • Which types of hooks work best in different genres?
  •  Which are the 5 most universal hooks and why.
  • What exactly is a hook and how do they work?
  • Where should you place your hooks in a manuscript?

Based on Mary’s best-selling book series: WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS Book 1 and 2.

About Mary Buckham

MaryBuckhamphotoUSA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham writes the Amazon best selling WRITING ACTIVE series for writers – WRITING ACTIVE SETTING and WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS. She is also the co-author of BREAK INTO FICTION with NYT author Dianna Love and has taught online and live writing workshops to writers of all genres around the US and Canada. Her next non-fiction release: A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting: How to Enhance Your Fiction with More Descriptive, Dynamic Settings published by Writer’s Digest will be released in January, 2016.

Mary doesn’t just teach writers though, she practices what she preaches, writing Urban Fantasy w/attitude. Love romance, danger & kick-ass heroines? Find it in her Alex Noziak or Kelly McAllister series! Her Sci-Fi, Adventure YA novels are co-authored with Dianna Love under the pen name Micah Caida.

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 emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting.

 

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Reminder: SRW Dues Deadline is November 30

November 30 is the end of our SRW dues year, which runs from December each year through November of the  following year.

This schedule was adopted to give the outgoing treasurer plenty of time to get our books ready for the incoming board.  Members must renue their dues in order to attend the (regular fee) December holiday awards party at the Clarion on December 12.

Dues for the upcoming year remain unchanged at $25 regular members, $20 Charter members who have remained current since our founding in 2005.

Your hard-working Board of Directors thanks you!

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December 12, 2015: Holiday Awards Party

CHANGE OF VENUE: We will be holding our December party at the VISCOUNT HOTEL 4855 East Broadway.

December is the month when we all come together to thank our volunteers with service awards, bestow The Barbara Award and generally socialize.

Join us December 12th to welcome SRW’s new Board of Directors and  ring out the 2015 writing year!

Due to the fact we are holding our December party at the Vicsount Hotel and serving lunch, the regular meeting fee applies.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on  our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting

This meeting will include a taco-bar lunch.

 

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September 26th, 2015: Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

September 26th, SRW welcomes bestselling author Brenda Novak for our full day Special Event
This special event takes place at the Visount Hotel (4855 East Broadway) from 9:30 am-2:30 pm. Cost is $30 members, $45 nonmembers and includes a deli buffet.

Come and learn from New York Time and USA Today Best Selling Author Brenda Novak with her full day special event.
Recharge Your Creative Battery
Learn Brenda’s secrets for Enhancing Creativity, how to bring more creativity in your life, to enrich your writing and your characters, and help overcome writers block.

Emotion = Reader Participation
In Brenda’s second session Emotion: The Heart of the Novel learn tips to add emotion to your novel’s plots, to enhance your characters relationships and authenticity, and to weave your way into your readers hearts.

Be prepared to take notes, share ideas, laugh, and learn.

Brenda Novak, Tucson Writers Workshop, Tucson Writers Groups
About Brenda
It was a shocking experience that jump started Brenda Novak’s author career. “I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then I decided that I needed to do something from home.
Many of Brenda’s books have been designated an RT Book Review Magazine “Top Pick” and have gone on to place in contests such as the Romance Writers of America RITA™ Award, the National Readers’ Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best.

Brenda has given writing workshops at various RWA events, RT Book Review Magazine conventions, California Fiction Writer meetings, women’s groups and library events. She’s also
done television and radio, including GOOD MORNING AMERICA, YOUNG ICONS, a nationally syndicated show she did with her son, Thad, Fox 40 News, News 10, KCRA, GOOD
DAY SACRAMENTO, GOOD DAY ARIZONA, Booklover TV and KFBK News Talk Radio.

Publishers Weekly says Brenda’s novels are “richly dramatic.” According to Library Journal,
“Her work will appeal to those who like their romances with a “sophisticated touch.” In addition,
RT Book Review Magazine says, “Brenda Novak skillfully blends richly developed characters
and emotionally intense issues to create a powerful romance. This is an author destined for
stardom.”

For more about Brenda, visit www.brendanovak.com, where you can find excerpts of her work, prize drawings and information about her online auctions for diabetes research, which she holds most years in the month of May in honor of her son and the many others who face this terrible disease.
This event takes place at the Viscount Hotel (4855 East Broadway). from 9:30 am-2:30 pm. There will be no chapter meeting, and there is no restriction on guest attendance.
Special Event fee of $30 members, $45 guests and walk-ins includes a sandwich buffet lunch. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Walk-ins are welcome, but whenever possible, please guarantee your spot by reserving on our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the event.

 

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