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We meet at beforehand (at 5:00) at Angelo’s in the banquet room (ask for Eastside RWA). If you would like to join us for dinner, please email dana@danadelamar.com by Monday, February 8th. For more information about dinner, see "Dinner Details" below.

Laura Navarre -- Amp Up the Emotion:  Tips and Tricks from the Hunger Games
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 


Do you want to power up your manuscript with a visceral punch? Irrespective of genre, one of the most effective techniques for grabbing your reader’s interest is to pump up your characters’ emotions. In romance, writing emotion is even more critical. We’ll discuss techniques for writing an emotion-packed story, using gut-grabbing examples from The Hunger Games, in this seminar taught by a multi-published, award-winning author of historical, fantasy and sexy spy romance. To get even more from this session, please watch or read The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins. 

Optional Reading:

St. John, Cheryl. Writing with Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel.  

Iglesius, Karl. Writing for Emotional Impact: Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, and Fascinate the Reader from Beginning to End.  


In her other life, Laura Navarre is a diplomat who specializes in issues involving weapons of mass destruction. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men. Inspired by these sinister realities, she writes dark Tudor and medieval romance. Her winning entry for the PNWA romance award, Magick by Moonrise, was acquired by Harlequin in a three-book deal. Laura holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. 

Laura’s “sinister twin” Nikki Navarre is an award-winning author of sexy spy romance. The Russian Seduction (Affluent Press) reached #1 on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list for spy thrillers.

  • Do not feel obligated to buy dinner at the restaurant. However, since the restaurant is giving us the space for free, it would be nice of us to have dinner there when feasible (no pressure though; we know some folks don't have the time or have budgets to stick to).
  • The restaurant can accommodate gluten-free or other special dietary requests; just ask the server. 
  • If you can't make it at 5:00 for dinner, you can still order dinner if you get there later; just please be there to place your order by 6:40ish so that we don't interrupt our speaker.

We'd love to see you there! :)

Crista McHugh
Eastside RWA President

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