Eastside Romance Writers Association, Eastside RWA

Eastside Romance Writers
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Meetings

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Want to come but not a member? Not a problem there either!

We realize that you want to check things out before making a final decision about becoming a member. You can come for free to two meetings a year - excluding any dates marked "Members Only" of course. After that, we ask that you become a member and avail yourself of all membership benefits!

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2017 SPEAKER SCHEDULE 
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Pam Binder - Atmosphere:  Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Stephen King tells us that atmosphere or setting is what makes the reader a sensory participant in the story.  Description begins with visualization of what it is you want the reader to experience.  It ends with your translating what you see in your mind into words on the page.  Setting is where your story takes place.  Description is how you bring it and the characters who populate it, to life.  Learn how to translate the story you’ve visualized into a living, breathing world on your page.

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Binder and her husband of 33 years are the parents of three grown children. When not writing, she enjoys snow skiing, reading and hiking. Currently, she is working on her fourth novel, NOW AND FOREVER, a romantic time travel set in medieval Ireland.

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Libbie Hawker - Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Better, Faster, Writing
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7pm <<--note different day
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Libbie Hawker explains the benefits and technique of planning a story before you begin to write. She’ll show you how to develop a foolproof character arc and plot, how to pace any book for a can’t-put-down reading experience, and how to ensure that your stories are complete and satisfying without wasting time or words.

Hawker’s outlining technique works no matter what genre you write, and no matter the age of your audience. If you want to improve your writing speed, increase your backlist, and ensure a quality book before you even write the first word, this is the meeting for you. 

Take off your pants! It’s time to start outlining.


INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. She is the author of more than twenty-five novels under three different pen names, as well as the best-selling how-to guide for writers, Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. She lives in the San Juan Islands with her husband and two naughty cats.

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MEETING CANCELLED - March 11th Workshop Instead
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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Samuel Bruce - Private Security and Investigation Workshop: Anti-Stalking, Witness Protection, Investigations, Skip Tracing, Executive Protection, and more!
Saturday, March 11th, 2017, 10am - 4:00pm
Location: Bellevue College, D-106 

FREE TO MEMBERS -- or pay $25 to attend without joining the chapter

If you'd like to attend this workshop, please RSVP on the chapter loop alias. If you aren't currently a member of Eastside RWA and would like to attend this meeting without joining the chapter, email EastsideBoard@yahoogroups.com. A $25 fee will be charged for nonmembers.


DESCRIPTION: 

Sam Bruce from Seventh Battle Investigations (https://www.seventhbattle.com/) will be giving a presentation for our annual workshop. A fellow writer contacted us about Sam after he helped her with a serious stalker issue. Sam will be drawing on years of experience at Seventh Battle to give us presentations on a variety of subjects including:

Anti-Stalking
Witness Protection
Investigations
Skip Tracing
Executive Protection
….and more!
 
We’ll also have private investigator show & tell! Sam will bring some tools of the trade (including deactivated weapons) and go over their use and common inaccuracies that come up in fiction.


INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Samuel Bruce is a seasoned field agent with over 10 years of experience providing executive protection, armed security, protective intelligence, covert surveillance, operations training, and investigative services to discerning clients worldwide. Mr. Bruce has received awards for excellence in the protective and investigative disciplines, is the author of several articles and professional training programs, and holds certifications in Executive Protection, Investigations, and Operations Management from Special Investigative University and Executive Security International.

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William Barbour - Death Expert
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Come chat with William Barbour, a Forensic Medicolegal Death Investigator who has performed somewhere between 1,200 and 1,600 death investigations. Hear what it's like to respond to the scene of the death and all about the responsibilities of a death investigator. In addition, William has worked as a Forensic Autopsy Assistant, where he has assisted in close to 1,000 autopsies.

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Elizabeth Boyle - Hooks: Baiting Your Story to Catch a Reader
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Hooks are not just that “I-can’t-believe-it” line at the end of the chapter and in this workshop we will examine a very non-traditional view of those “Aha!” moments in story that can be used to reveal, expand and entice a reader to keep turning every page. Participants will examine:
  • The use of hooks from cover to cover: not just at the end of chapters but inside scenes, as a means for character revelations, and story movement.
  • Mining theme, setting, and story plot for hooks: using all the elements of your story to find all the possible hooks
  • What hooks can and shouldn't do.
  • Plotting with hooks. Examining a story as a series of hooks.
  • Writing to hooks. Using character hooks and deve lopment like story bread crumbs to lure a reader through your story
  • How to extend the reach of your story hooks: back copy blurb, promo materials and query letters

INSTRUCTOR BIO: 

Elizabeth Boyle's passions include her husband and two sons (or as she calls them, "her heroes in training"). In between the kids's activities, camping and gardening and trying to keep up on her ever-growing knitting pattern collection, she continues to write new and exciting romances.

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Dana Delamar - The Secrets of Immersive Storytelling
Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 


DESCRIPTION

Why does one book grab you while another doesn’t? It could be the story itself, but it’s most likely the way the book was written. Readers love books that mostly “show” instead of “tell”; have variable, often fast, pacing; are loaded with compelling hooks; feature strong, clearly defined conflicts; have unique, well-developed characters; and make a deep emotional impact. Learn the single writing technique to immerse readers in your story and keep them flipping pages well into the night.


INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Dana Delamar has over twenty-eight years of editing experience and has worked with everyone from newbie writers to experienced pros. She is also the author of the "Blood and Honor" Mafia romance series. Her first book, REVENGE, was a Top Pick at The Romance Reviews and was a double-finalist for Best First Book and Best Romantic Suspense in the 2013 Booksellers Best Awards. Dana is a co-owner of By Your Side Self-Publishing, a company that provides editing and other services to self-publishers. Learn more at http://www.danadelamar.com or http://www.ByYourSideSelfPub.com.

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Debbie Macomber - Field Trip to Port Orchard!
Saturday, July 22, 1pm
Location: The Grey House Cafe, 1130 Bethel Ave, Port Orchard, WA 98366, 360.876.5695

If you'd like to attend, please email eastsideboard@yahoogroups.com no later than July 10. Space is limited. Event is open to nonmembers.

DESCRIPTION

Debbie will be giving a presentation (topic TBA) to attendees, and we'll be having afternoon tea at The Grey House Cafe. 

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Twelve of these novels hit the number one spot. Learn more at: https://debbiemacomber.com

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CLOSED for RWA® NATIONAL CONFERENCE 
July & August 2016 
Have Fun Everyone!!!! 


Social dinners in July and August: Open to everyone!
Since these were so popular last year, we'll do them again. These are informal get-togethers (not official meetings) and are a chance for you to socialize with your fellow writers and catch up with each other during the summer. And hey, if you're struggling with your plot or characters, why not brainstorm with us over dinner? 

July 11th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670
August 8th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670 

Note different times. 

If you'd like to join us for dinner, email dana@danadelamar.com by noon the day prior. Reservations will be under "Eastside RWA."


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Merien Grey - The Actual How of Making Time To Write - Project Management For Writers
Tuesday,  September 12, 2017, 7pm
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Are you tired of people telling you if you want to write bad enough you will make time? Most of us would do that on our own if we knew how or even where to start. You are not lazy or unmotivated and you know you want it bad enough. You just need someone to give you some hints on how to actually do it. With a corporate and military background in process, project and time management Merien will give a full hour of specific, do-able proven ways to make minor changes and create more time to write. She will also teach you how to assess your situation and personal practices to see how to get the most out of the time you already have for yourself, your family and your career.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: 

Merien writes dark Regency romance to captivate readers who want stories about passionate affairs between alluring women and men of science and substance. Learn more at: http://meriengrey.com


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Eilis Flynn - Ghosts Along the Silk Road
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Ghosts are everywhere, in more ways than you can imagine! Well, maybe you can imagine it. We have examined quite a few forms of mythological creatures in our journeys along the Silk Road, and it wasn’t that surprising that sometimes we wouldn’t be able to find a true example. We found that native stories about vampires are scarce in China (the hopping vampire myth was the best of it), while werewolves couldn’t be found in native form a lot outside of Europe, faeries by that name were thin on the ground also outside of Europe (but then there were plenty under other names), and there were dragons in many variations, but ghosts … ghost mythologies can be found anywhere and everywhere. Where there is death, there is a ghost myth. There are feetless ghosts in Japan and hungry ghosts in China and the Americas (complete with festivals to go along with it), a friendly ghost named Casper in American kiddie entertainment, and séances in any number of forms in every culture that has a ghost legend for the living to speak with the dead. Intrigued by ghosts? Lets take you on a walk around the world to examine those myths, and see how they shift, change, and evolve as we travel.

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Eilis Flynn has spent a large chunk of her life working on Wall Street or in a Wall Street-related firm, so why should she write fiction that’s any more based in reality? She spends her days aware that there is a reality beyond what we can see and tells stories about it. Published in other genres, she lives in Seattle with her husband and the ghosts of spoiled rotten cats. Learn more at: http://eilisflynn.com

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Sabrina York - The State of the Market
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Sabrina York will update us on the state of the publishing market at the time the meeting is given. 


INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & steamy to scorching romance. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. 

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL WINTER FUN PARTY -- Our end-of-year celebration! 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6:30 pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777  

MEMBERS ONLY! 

The white elephant gift exchange is always a blast! Please limit the cost of your gift to $20-$25. 

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So Now, Where are these Meetings Being Held Again?

Starting June 2010, Eastside has a permanent meeting spot! We now meet at Angelo's Restaurant in Bellevue in the banquet room. The meetings start at 7:00, but you can join us for dinner starting at 5:00 (if you wish to order dinner, please arrive no later than 6:30 so that we don't disturb our speaker).

Angelo's Restaurant

1830 130th Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, 98005
425.883.2777
http://angelosofbellevue.com/

Occasionally, we may have to meet at another location. Here are the most common ones we'll use:

Lake Hills Public Library

Location Address: 15590 Lake Hills Blvd, Bellevue, WA 98007
Location Phone Number: (425) 747-3350
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Newport Way Public Library

Location Address: 14250 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, 98006
Location Phone Number: 425-747-2390
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Redmond Public Library

Location Address: 15990 N.E. 85th, Redmond, 98052
Location Phone Number: 425-885-1861
Location: View Map

North Bellevue Community Center

Location Address: 4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98009
Location Phone Number: 425-452-7681
Location: View Map
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