Eastside Romance Writers Association, Eastside RWA

Eastside Romance Writers
Serving Seattle's romance needs since 1992!
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Meetings

Do you want to speak at Eastside? Don't be afraid, we are a friendly bunch!

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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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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 presentation 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 <<--note different time
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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2018 SPEAKER SCHEDULE 
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Thomas Greye, CPA - Taxes for Writers
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION


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Pam Binder - Atmosphere:  Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 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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MEETING CANCELLED - March Saturday Workshop Instead
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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James Thayer - Writing the Riveting Scene
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10am - 4:00pm (hours to be confirmed)
Location: Bellevue College, D-106  (location to be confirmed)

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: 

E.M. Forster said,“Qua story, it can only have one merit: that of making the audience want to know what happens next.”  

How does a writer do that?  How does an author make sure the reader will keep turning the pages to learn happens next?  A critical key is knowing how to write a compelling scene.  This workshop will focus on scene structure:  how to use elements that will enthrall a reader, and how to avoid elements that will stall the story and tempt the reader to put down the book.

Among the topics that will be covered:
  • What is a scene?
  • The vital ingredient of every scene. 
  • The pattern of the successful scene.  
  • Where to begin a scene, and where to end it.  
  • Moving the scene forward. 
  • The point of view in a scene.   
  • Techniques to give the scene a gripping ending to launch the reader into the next scene.  
  • Scene killers and how to avoid them.  
  • The last lines of a scene.   
The workshop will include about ten handouts and several fun exercises.

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

James Thayer is the author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels.  Clive Cussler has called him a “master story-teller,” and his novels are “highly original and absolutely riveting” (Irish Independent), “heart-thumping” (Boston Globe), and “electrifying.”  Detroit Free Press.  The New York Times Book Review has said that his "writing is smooth and clear. . . . It wastes no words, and it has a rhythm that only confident stylists achieve.” 


Jim is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington State University and the University of Chicago Law School.  For ten years he taught novel writing at the University of Washington extension school where in 2015 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award in the Arts, Writing and Humanities.  He is a member of the International Thriller Writers.


James Thayer is the author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels.  Clive Cussler has called him a “master story-teller,” and his novels are “highly original and absolutely riveting” (Irish Independent), “heart-thumping” (Boston Globe), and “electrifying.”  Detroit Free Press.  The New York Times Book Review has said that his "writing is smooth and clear. . . . It wastes no words, and it has a rhythm that only confident stylists achieve.” 

Jim is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington State University and the University of Chicago Law School.  For ten years he taught novel writing at the University of Washington extension school where in 2015 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award in the Arts, Writing and Humanities.  He is a member of the International Thriller Writers.

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Jeffrey Watson - Military and Police Missions
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION


INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Jeff Watson has over 13 years of civilian law enforcement experience. He has a wide range of experience ranging from Patrol Officer, Detective, and Crisis Negotiator. During his time as a Police Officer, Jeff had years of success dealing with consumers experiencing a mental health crises and assisting consumers in need of services via Florida’s mental health and substance abuse acts.  Jeff was one of the founding members of his Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team, was a team trainer, and founded the departments first Peer Support Team and Critical Incident Stress Management Team and was the Teams Coordinator.
 
He taught mental health classes to law enforcement officers including general and high liability classes at a local Department of Public Safety, including the Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.).  
Jeff assisted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (F.D.L.E.) to update the statewide C.I.T. Curriculum and Hostage Negotiations Curriculum and is considered a Subject Matter Expert in the respective areas by F.D.L.E.
 
Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in P.T.S.D. and Trauma.
 
Jeff is currently a Doctoral Student at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education where he is working towards a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
 
Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, Jeff served his country for 12 years in the U.S. Army including Military Police Officer and Apache Helicopter Crew Chief.

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TBA - TBA
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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Delilah Marvelle - TBA
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 


DESCRIPTION




INSTRUCTOR BIO:

USA TODAY best-selling author Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name Forever and a Day one of the Top 10 Romances of 2012. She loves researching the grittier side of history that gets omitted by too many historians and collects vintage and out-of-print books that allow her to delve into the underbelly of forgotten history. Aside from writing, she is also the co-founder of the Historical Romance Retreat, which brings the world of history and romance alive for readers! You can visit her website at www.DelilahMarvelle.com or visit the Historical Romance Retreat at www.HistoricalRomanceRetreat.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 10th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670
August 14th, 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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TBA - TBA
Tuesday,  September 11, 2018, 7pm
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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Ross Allison (A.G.H.O.S.T.) - Stories of Paranormal Investigations
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

A.G.H.O.S.T. is the most advanced technical paranormal research group in the Pacific Northwest. During paranormal investigations, the team combines hi-tech equipment with qualified psychics, research and training for successful results. Each member of our investigation team has been thoroughly trained in their areas of responsibility. AGHOST has earned the respect of some of the most important names in the paranormal field.

As the ghost hunters, they’ve made it their quest to provide substantial evidence that we are not alone in the dark. What is it that goes bump in the night and gives you the feeling of being watched when you’re all alone?

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Ross Allison has been investigating the paranormal for close to 30 years. His work as an investigator, author and expert in the field has taken him all over to some of the most renowned sites in the world.

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TBA - TBA
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL WINTER FUN PARTY -- Our end-of-year celebration! 
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6:30 pm <<-- note different time
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
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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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