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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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Special Event November 18, 2017: Michael Hauge

Story Mastery Workshop

During this special, all-day seminar (9 a.m. until 4 p.m.), Michael Hauge will present his unique approach to creating compelling stories for film and fiction.

Drawing on his decades as a Hollywood script consultant, author and lecturer, he will show the most powerful methods for eliciting emotion in your readers and audiences through story concept, plot structure, character development and theme.

Michael will then reveal his proven method for getting the people in power to read your manuscript.Michael Hauge

You will learn:

  • The primary goal of all story
  • Turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a simple, powerful tool you can easily apply to every story
  • The power of desire, need, longing and destiny
  • The essential conflict all characters must face
  • Novel structure vs. movie structure
  • The single key to creating character arc and theme
  • The secret to creating unique, believable and fulfilling love stories
  • The single biggest mistake writers while pitching their work
  • The key components of a powerful pitch

If you want to elevate your novels to the highest possible level, this event is a must.

This entrance fee for this event is tiered.
For Tucson RWA members, until June 30th:  $75   After: $100
For RWA members (not Tucson chapter), until June 30th: $100  After: $125
All other guests, until June 30th: $125  After: $150

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November 19, 2016: Liz Pelletier

Edit a Bestseller Like a Pro

I’m going to share a little secret with you… Editors typically consider the mechanics of your writing only if they’re truly horrible, but that’s only after they decide if they can sell your story, if they love your voice. In the history of publishing, I don’t think anyone has ever lost a book deal due to a missing comma or over-usage of adverbs. If you can write a story that a reader can’t put down, even despite grammatical errors… Now that’s a bestseller.

With that in mind, during this workshop we’re going to focus on both the big picture and line edits, but we’ll be focusing on concepts that will help you craft a bestseller: How to review your book through the standard three pass editing structure used by professionals, how to evaluate character growth arcs and story structure, how to peel away those bad writing habits to reveal your voice, and how to refine your writing style so a fluid and engaging story emerges. By the end of the day, I hope everyone will have the tools they’ll need to “Edit a Bestseller Like a Pro.”

Query Letter Cold Reads

Liz will bring her bestseller editor skills to practical application as she reviews query letters from Saguaro Romance Writers. These cold reads will be open to other event attendees as time allows.

About Liz Pelletier

Liz PelletierLiz Pelletier co-founded Entangled Publishing in 2011. Over the past 4 years, Entangled has gone from a small start-up to a bestselling romance publisher, with more than 17 NY Times bestsellers and 39 USA Today bestsellers. Her out-of the-box approach to everything from pricing strategies to marketing to editorial allows Entangled to be both disruptive and agile within a dynamic publishing landscape. Liz continues to disrupt the publishing business with her launching of Entangled Music in 2015, where stories come to life through the extension of music. You can find her on Twitter at@Liz_Pelletier.

 

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March 19, 2016: Kellie Hazell and Chloe Gregan

The Writer’s Tarot (& Other Cards)

Pam McCutcheon demonstrated her Writer’s Brainstorming Kit for us last February. While those cards and the accompanying book are tailored for writers looking to flesh out characters and plots, Tarot decks, loteria cards, archetype cards, and medicine cards can also be a great source of inspiration for new stories, saggy middles, and even challenging revisions. Kellie will bring all of the cards, decks, and kits she’s collected over the years to demonstrate how each can be used to kickstart the creative process, at any step of the journey.

KellieAs a clinical research program manager, Saguaro Romance Writer’s Vice President of Programs, and mother of a fourth-grader, Kellie Hazell searches for inspiration in all kinds of places to keep the juggling act of life going while squeezing in time to write – or at least brainstorm her way out of a creative crunch.

 

Authentic Guns & Ammo in Fiction

What does firing a gun actually feel like? What are the most common ways writers get guns wrong on screen and in print? How does gun safety training change the way you look at guns (or how SHOULD it change the way you look at guns)? How have modern guns changed over time and how does that impact the gun wielder? Local firearms aficionado Chloe Gregan will answer these questions and offer tidbits about guns that most folks don’t think about. For those interested, Chloe will also offer an off-site show and tell from her personal (unloaded) collection.

ChloeChloe Gregan has been shooting since the tender age of 7 and has built a steady knowledge base about guns in the process, developing it through her tenure in the military and now as an employee of a firearms manufacturer. In her spare time, she also offers firearms coaching, teaching others to improve their shooting, cleaning, safety, and marksmanship. She hesitates to call herself a gun “expert” but considers herself a lover of the art that is shooting guns and troubleshooting them, er…fixing them.

 

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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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