We have a lot to discuss, brainstorm, and plan… but primarily we want to know – what do you want out of your local chapter? More online courses? Informal social events? More speakers?
In addition, we will be discussing:
1) Our new website… Amy Quinton will provide mock-ups for new and improved screens for our website. We’re looking for your ideas for Frequently Asked Questions, our Chapter Benefits, and the site’s usability.
2) New member programs… Do you want new member programs such as a critique group, mentorship program, write-ins/sprints, or writing challenges/prompts? Do any of these topics interest you? Do you have better ideas? Let’s figure this out. Let’s make this chapter be what we need to further our careers as authors.
3) Our mission statement… We need to refresh our mission statement. RWA has changed the way we do things, our mission statement needs to reflect those changes. Once we have a new statement it has to be approved by RWA National.
4) Our online courses… What topics would you like to see as an online course? Annual membership includes one free course, but no one takes advantage of this benefit. Why? What new way can we promote our online courses? How can each member help?
5) The possibility of creating an Anthology of writing techniques or romance short stories written by our members… We need a coordinator to assign or accept entries from each member. This will be an income producing project for the chapter. What techniques would you like to see? Plotting, characterization, research, dialogue – which one can you write about? Or would you rather have an Anthology of our chapter member short stories in their own genre? Let’s discuss and create a timeline. Is it feasible to do this in a year? Two years?
Presented By Amy Quinton
In today’s self-publish market, the name of the game appears to be writing fast with an eye toward increased production. So how do you do that? There are many ways to approach writing a novel. As writers, we are all different, and we must use whatever method works best for our writing style…whether it be panstering, plotting, or both. Not to mention, if you’re a plotter there are different ways to approach plotting and/or outlining your book… regardless of when or if you do it.
Many people say plotting to some level before writing increases production. This month, I’ll be presenting one such method, that may or may not work for you. In addition, I’ll be discussing writing sprints and how to make the most out of them… And finally, we’ll be having a couple of our own writing sprints – with prizes up for grabs to whoever manages the most number of words per sprint!
So be prepared with your laptop or a notepad (so long as you can determine how many words you’ve written), your WIP, and lets sprint!
Presented by our very own Angela Mizell.
Nina Bruhns will discuss plotting your novel the Save the Cat way…based on the book Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder.
Nina Bruhns is an editor at Entangled Publishing, Inc and a New York Times best selling author with over 35 published books.
*This month’s meeting is at a member’s house. If you are not a member and would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Members, please be on the lookout for an email from me regarding the specific details for this month’s meeting.
**This month’s luncheon is a pot luck style. Members are asked to bring an appetizer to share.
We have an exciting line up of authors soon to be announced!
Presented By: Sylvia Vandertulip, Librarian
A legislative attorney and former law librarian, Paula Gail Benson’s short stories have appeared in Kings River Life, the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Mystery Times Ten 2013 (Buddhapuss Ink), A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder (Dark Oak Press and Media 2014), A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman (Mozark Press 2014), and Fish or Cut Bait: a Guppy Anthology (Wildside Press 2015). Her latest short story, “A Matter of Honor,” co-authored with New York Times Bestselling thriller writer Robert Dugoni, appears in Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded (2015). She regularly blogs with others about writing mysteries at the Stiletto Gang and Writers Who Kill.
Her personal blog is Little Sources of Joy and her website is http://paulagailbenson.com.
Presented By: Amy Quinton
Only 11% of authors participating in NaNoWriMo complete a novel in November! Let’s talk about how to be one of those 11 percenters.
After discussing NaNo 2016, we’ll be having open round table discussions about publishing/writing. Let’s discuss marketing strategies that work/don’t work, what tools you use to write, balancing marketing versus writing, etc. Let’s pick some published author brains.
*No zombies were harmed in the making of this workshop. 😛