January (no meeting)
"Structuring Your Romantic Suspense Novel from the Black Moment"
Led by Tanya Stowe
The black moment is the highest emotional scene in your story. Characterization, description and dialogue fill the pages of your story of your romance. But if you’re writing a suspense, where do you fit in the action sequences, the villains POV let alone the clues? Why is writing from the black moment as pivotal in as suspense as it is.
Join author Tanya Stowe as she answers these questions and discusses her method for structuring the black moment, plot points, action scenes and clues.
Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…mysteries and exotic adventures, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey filled with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary. For more information, visit Tanya’s Website, Facebook, or Blog.
Meetings are the second Saturday every month
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Due to COVID, meetings are currently being held online via Zoom.
"De-Clutter Your Website’s HOME Page”
Presented by Laura Christianson
Clutter is the enemy of your website. During this workshop with website specialist, Laura Christianson, we’ll do a live review of each other’s HOME pages and you’ll receive on-the-spot feedback to help you simplify your HOME page so it delivers a powerful first impression.
Laura Christianson helps writers confidently create a polished, professional online presence. She owns Blogging Bistro, a business that builds custom WordPress websites and provides brand, blog, and content development coaching. Laura is the host of The Professional Writer podcast and has authored several books and thousands of articles.
"Character Backstory and Their Dark Moment"
Led by Carrie Padgett
This hands on workshop will focus on finding your character’s backstory, specifically the dark moment in their past that formed who they are, what they want in life, and the lie they believe about themselves. We’ll ask our characters lots of questions and we’ll dive deeply into their psyches. Come prepared to answer lots of “why”s.
Carrie Padgett thinks nuts take up room where chocolate ought to be. She also believes in faith, families, fun, and happily ever afters. She lives in Central California where she writes contemporary women’s fiction with sweet romance, humor, and sass. She’s published a collection of short stories and a novella. Her first full length novel, co-written with New York Times best-selling author Rachel Hauck, will be published in February 2022. Visit her at www.carriepadgett.com
"Dissecting the Dual-Time:
Writing a Time-Slip Novel"
Presented by Jamie Jo Wright
Putting together the puzzle pieces of writing more than one time-line. The plotting, the pacing, and the pivotal moments.
Jaime Jo Wright is winner of the Christy, Carol, Daphne du Maurier, and INSPY Awards. She's also the PW and ECPA bestselling author of three novellas. Jaime brings to life the stories of the past and intertwines them with the present to bring readers award-winning time-slip novels. You can find Jaime at www.JaimeWrightBooks.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
"Pitches and Taglines"
Led by Roh Morgon
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to summarize their stories into a one or two sentence pitch (aka logline) and create taglines (hooks) to use on book covers and in book promotion.
Attendees should bring a two-four paragraph summary of their story to participate in the group exercises.
Roh Morgon writes dark fantasy with a twist of romance. Her series The Chosen includes Watcher: Book I of The Chosen and Runner: Book II of The Chosen, along with the novellas The Last Trace and The Games Monsters Play. Her next novel, Monster: A Prequel of The Chosen, will be released in late 2021. For more about Roh and her books, visit her website www.rohmorgon.com, her Facebook page, or her Facebook group, The Chosen Crew.
"Co-Writing and Working
in a Shared Universe"
Kathryn Cushman, Carrie Padgett, and Michele Mills
Led by Sheri Humphreys
and Carrie Padgett
Special 2-Hour Presentation
"Hidden Emotion & Subtext: Making Dialogue Crackle with What Isn’t Said"
Presented by Angela Ackerman Workshop
Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, and its many sequels. Her books are available in eight languages, are sourced by US universities, recommended by agents and editors, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, and psychologists around the world. To date, this book collection has sold over half a million copies.
Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers, as well as One Stop for Writers, a portal to game-changing tools and resources that enable writers to craft powerful fiction. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
2021 Review &
2022 Planning Meeting