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May 21, 2016: Rose Ortiz

The Art of Writing Body Language
Pulling readers into our stories is vital. We want them to fall in love with our characters and our world, because if they don’t, they won’t read what we’ve written. There are many tools we have to draw readers in, and body language is one that too many authors fail to use. Rose Ortiz will talk about body language, its components, and how writers can use it to add depth to characters, dialogue, and emotions. We will look at how other authors have used body language, and how we can use it to make our writing stronger.

About Rose OrtizRose Ortiz2b
At the age of ten, Rose was given access to the Young Adult room of the library. That’s when she fell in love with Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, and—when no one was looking—Rosemary Rogers. The result was a love affair with books, especially romance novels. After retirement, Rose split her time between reading and writing. She has won awards for her writing and currently is writing two series, one contemporary set in Minnesota and the other historical set in Georgian England.

Block Busters & Creative Prompts
So far in 2016, we’ve had talks about writing active hooks & settings, about building plot bridges, about using Tarot and other cards to brainstorm, and writing reviews. For our second session in May, we’ll work as a group and at our tables to devise character arcs, plots, story ideas, and all manner of creative inspirations to keep you engaged in your writing. Come prepared to tie all this year’s meetings together with the help of chapter member facilitators.

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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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June 27, 2015 Special Event: K.M. Weiland, Structuring & Outlining Your Story


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. (See below.)


Structuring Your Novel: Discover the Proven Blueprint for Creating Stories That Sell

Why do some stories work and others don’t? Is there some unspoken secret for success that famous authors are aware of and you’re not? If you’ve struggled to write consistently solid novels, only to repeatedly realize something isn’t working, then you’re ready to discover story structure.

An understanding of proper story structure will help you to perfectly time your story’s major events and give you an unerring standard to use in evaluating your novel’s pacing and progression. Structure allows authors to create timeless stories that resonate with readers. More than that, structure provides authors with valuable guidance in understanding how story theory works and in planning novels, chapter by chapter.

In this presentation, you will discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plots, learn how to create solid plot points, and gain an understanding of how proper structure guarantees a solid foundation for your stories.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to implement a strong three-act structure, using ten important plot elements.
  • How to time your acts and your plot points.
  • How to determine the best methods for unleashing your unique and personal vision for your story.
  • How to identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths.
  • How to eliminate saggy middles by discovering your “centerpiece.”

Outlining Your Novel: Create a Roadmap to Storytelling Success

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. Won’t outlines limit your creativity and rob the joy of discovery from your first draft? Why spend all that time preparing for a story when you could be writing it?

But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. K.M. Weiland, author of Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, will help you learn how to choose the right type of outline for you, brainstorm plot ideas, and discover your characters.

Outlines ensure cohesion and balance in the finished story. They prevent wasted time pursuing dead-end ideas, allow you to craft resonant foreshadowing, and, most importantly of all, provide you a foundation of confidence and motivation.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to choose the right type of outline for you
  • How to brainstorm plot ideas
  • How to discover your characters
  • How to organize your scenes
  • How to format your finished outline
  • How to put your outline to use

About the Instructor

K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success and Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys to Writing an Outstanding Story, as well as three novels. She mentors other authors through her award-winning blog HelpingWritersBecomeAuthors.com. She makes her home in western Nebraska.

Who Should Attend?

  • Writers needing help writing or finishing solid first drafts
  • Writers who know how to create fabulous characters but who struggle with plot.
  • Writers who want to learn how to create the unique, personally structured writing process that will best for them.
  • Writers who want to take full advantage of their stories’ premises.
  • Writers who want to learn the secret to creating consistently good stories.
  • Writers who want to spot and fix story problems before they start writing the first draft.

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 taco-bar 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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March 21, 2015 Special Event: Five Keys To Finishing Your Story


NOTE: This extended workshop takes place at the Visount Hotel (4855 East Broadway) from 9am-3pm. Cost is $45 members, $55 nonmembers. (See below.)


Do most of your stories start with a bang and end with a whimper? Do you have drafts with squishy middles and no “The End” in sight? Nancy Ellen Dodd is here to help with her workshop, The Five Keys to Finishing Your Story.

This interactive workshop will explain the basic concepts of story mapping and how to take your work to the next level. It will help you recognize:

  1. Where you are in the story development,
  2. Which voice to write in,
  3. How to punch up your characters,
  4. How to know where your story should begin,
  5. What you need to finish your story.

Nancy will talk to writers in-depth on story writing elements and how to apply them more effectively to their individual work.

What You Will Learn:

Two individuals will be chosen to bring up to three (3) basic story problems they need to solve in order to finish their novel, short story, or screenplay.

Nancy will talk about ways to answer story problems. She will also give the two individuals feedback on their pages in a way that will enable the whole class to learn from the process.

About The Writers Compass:

Ms. Dodd teaches advanced screenwriting at Pepperdine University, and wrote “The Writer’s Compass: From Storymap to Finished Draft in 7 Stages.” This workshop includes material not in her book.

Instructor: Nancy Ellen Dodd

nancy-ellen-doddNancy Ellen Dodd is a writer, a university instructor, and an editor. She received her master’s in Professional Writing from the University of So. California with a concentration in dramatic writing/screenwriting and her MFA in playwriting at USC’s School of Theatre. Having studied writing for more than 25 years, Dodd currently teaches screenwriting at Pepperdine University for undergraduate and graduate students.

She also studied writing with several successful, award-winning writers: Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Paul Zindel; playwrights Velina Hasu-Houston, Oliver Mayer, David Milton, and Lee Wochner; screen and television writer Sy Gomberg; and international poet James Ragan.

Dodd has received numerous awards for her writing, which include screenplays, plays, short stories, short films, and novel-length works, as well as inspirational writing. She has also published more than 130 articles in local and national publications including interviews with celebrities and business leaders.

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Please note that this is a special event and will not take place in our usual venue. This workshop is at the Viscount Hotel (4855 East Broadway) and there is no Chapter meeting this month.

Meeting fee of $45 members, $55 guests and walk-ins includes a sandwich-bar 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 8am Wednesday before the meeting.

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