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Past Meetings

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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 

NOTE: Pam was unable to attend the meeting, so we had an alternate speaker.


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 
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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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 Cafe1130 Bethel Ave, Port Orchard, WA 98366, 360.876.5695

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 

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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 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 
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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2016 SPEAKER SCHEDULE 
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Susan Kelly -- Beginnings and Endings
Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Susan covers the opening and ending of a story. You will learn:

* The power of a linked opening and ending
* The secret to fulfilling the contract with the reader

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Susan Kelly is a developmental editor, writing coach and teacher. She is at her happiest when she has other writers to evangelize. Her website is www.gombocwords.com

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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 

DESCRIPTION

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.  

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

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.

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Pam McCutcheon  -- Workshop: Writing the Fiction Synopsis & Brainstorming Using the Plotting Board
Saturday, March 12th, 2016, 10am - 4:00pm
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

MEMBERS ONLY

DESCRIPTION

Writing the Fiction Synopsis Workshop: Most writers hate writing synopses, and no wonder.  After you've agonized over several hundred pages to make your prose absolutely perfect, how could you possibly distill that down to a measly ten or twenty pages?  Or, worse yet, one or two?  By the time you've written the book, everything seems important, and it's difficult to know what to put in and what to leave out. To help with that problem, Pam came up with a method that she details in her book, 
Writing the Fiction Synopsis, A Step by Step Approach. She’ll share her process to help you put together a selling synopsis and write a back cover blurb.
 
Brainstorming Using the Plotting Board
: One of the problems with brainstorming is that it’s difficult to gather your friends together when you need help. And, when plotting alone, it’s difficult to break out of your conventional mode of thinking to come up with fresh new approaches to plotting and characterization. In this workshop, Pam will build on the structure you learned in the synopsis class to help you brainstorm a new book using a combination of tools such as The Writer’s Brainstorming Kit and the visual plotting board. Whether you brainstorm alone or in a group, these techniques will help you find a way to bust your way out of writer’s block.

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Pam McCutcheon is the author of romance novels and how-to books for writers under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. Pam’s latest releases are an updated e-book version of her popular Writing the Fiction Synopsis, as well as e-book versions of her romance backlist. Parker’s sixth Demon Underground book, Catch Me, came out in early 2015 from Bell Bridge Books. Pam/Parker recently quit her day job and is now working full-time as a writer, editor, and speaker. She can be found on the ’net at pammc.com or parkerblue.net.


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Pat White -- How to Critique
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

NOTE: Attendees should bring 5-7 pages for critique. 

Critiquing is an art—both giving and receiving!  After all, how do you offer an effective critique to help a writer improve without changing her story?  And as the writer receiving feedback, how do you sift through the comments to determine which suggestions make your book better versus which ones derail your core story?  In this interactive workshop, writers will learn the skill of critiquing and how to successfully incorporate notes to make their stories shine!   The workshop will start with tips for critiquing, then we’ll launch into offering critiques on members pages.   Members are encouraged to bring a short scene (5 – 7 pages). 

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Pat White is a multi-published author of more than 20 books (Harlequin, Dorchester).  She received the RT award for Best Contemporary Romance for “Ring Around My Heart” and won the Page International Screenplay Competition with her young adult script “Escape.”  She learned the art of giving and receiving feedback after joining the Chicago-North chapter of RWA, a chapter that offers critiques twice a month.  Pat has presented writing workshops and has taught classes at Bellevue College, University of Washington, and RWA National, along with local conferences in Seattle in Chicago.  (www.patwhitewriter.com / www.hopewhiteauthor.com)

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MAY MEETING IS CANCELLED
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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Gina Robinson & Gerri Russell -- Pitching
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Learn from authors Gina Robinson and Gerri Russell how to pitch to editors and agents!


INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Gina Robinson is the award-winning author of the popular Switched at Marriage romantic comedy serial, featuring a billionaire in a surprising marriage of convenience, the Reckless and Rushed contemporary new adult romance series, and the Agent Ex series of humorous romantic suspense novels. Her books have delighted readers and received praise in 
Publishers WeeklyBooklist, and Romantic Times Book Reviews. Learn more at http://www.ginarobinson.com/.

Gerri Russell is an award-winning and bestselling author of ten novels and one novella. You can find her most days splitting her time between writing adventurous and emotionally intense novels set in 13th and 14th Century Scottish Highlands and fun and flirty contemporary novels set in the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, Gerri is a living history re-enactor with the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire. A two-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award and winner of the American Title II competition sponsored by 
RT Book Reviews Magazine, she lives in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and children.

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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 12th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670
August 9th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670 

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Malena Crockett -- Play to Your Strengths: The Care and Feeding of Your Personal Muse
Tuesday,  September 13, 2016, 7pm
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Whether we're rookies or NYT Best Selling authors, we all face the “I need new material” challenge more regularly than we would like to.  What do you do when you get to that point? Panic? Shut down? Go manic? Phone a friend? There's an easier way to keep your idea pipeline full and useful ideas close at hand for when you need them.  Play to your strengths, leverage your inner quirks, and coddle your personal muse. If you’re looking for ideas for a new series, a way to fill a plot hole, or a solution for a characterization issue, Malena will discuss methods for accessing your own "intellectual reserves" for unique and interesting, effective ways to overcome your writing hurdles.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: 

I am a recovering fairy tale princess. There. I said it. I know I am not alone, but I didn't always know that. It's actually a big club, but as far as I know, no one has laid out a series of twelve steps to recovery, so I muddle along  as well as I can. I am also a story keeper. I weave fictional stories taking inspiration from personal  experience, published family histories, pioneer journals, and other public sources. These memoir-style novels let readers look inside the complex, messy, and often humorous lives of humans who are doing the best they can to live according to their sometimes conflicting and confusing beliefs. My characters, like most humans, can be naïve, vulnerable and flawed, but they are more often strong, smart, and courageous, relying on inspiration and compassion to work through the challenges life presents. I write stories about the women of yesterday and today to preserve them for the women of tomorrow.  We all have to do something while we're waiting around to get into heaven, don't we? When I'm not writing, I'm outside exploring, shooting photographs, working in other artistic media, making music, cooking, hanging out with my family, reading, or watching old movies. I've done time in both the Mormon corridor and the Bible belt, and now live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my beloved human, canine, and feline family.

My debut novel/series - Melody Joy's Personal Mysteries - (starting with Fool Me Once, September 2015, from Bumbershoot Press) is contemporary - set between 1977 and 2003 - and introduces Melody Joy Provence. MJ's story is one of epiphany, grief, joy, sorrow, mystery, stupidity, brilliance, paranormal moments (because that happens, too) and - yep - even some actual romance. The mystery is life-in-general. Oh - and there may be a dead body in there somewhere.  Book Two in the series - Love Me Twice - is due out any day now, and book three - Kiss Me One Last Time is scheduled for release in early 2017.  My second series will have similar themes, but with an historical twist. Set in pioneer era Salt Lake City, Idaho, Montana, and southern Alberta, the key players will be Melody Joy's ancestors. I am so excited to be able to write these stories, and Melody Joy can't wait to introduce you to her great-grandmother! www.MalenaCrockett.com

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Samantha Saxon -- What NOT to Write: An Alfred Hitchcock Approach to Writing a Compelling Story
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

As writers we spend a great deal of time discussing what to write. But often a great story is not about what is written, but about what is NOT written. Join Romantic Times Award Winning Author Samantha Saxon in exploring methods used by master storyteller Alfred Hitchcock to engage your readers in an interactive story that will have them on the edge of their seats until the very last page! 

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Samantha Saxon's debut novel, originally titled The Lady Lies won Romantic Times followed by the equally regarded books, The Lady Killer and The Lady's Code. These books are being offered for the first time as e-books under their new titles; Napoleon's WomanEngland's Assassin, and King's Code.
 
Today, Samantha lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two beautiful children and one crazy English Bulldog where she spends her days writing, drinking coffee, and desperately trying to stay warm. Learn more at www.samanthasaxon.com



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Wendy Delaney -- Conflict–It’s Not Exclusive to Our Characters
Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Conflict is a critical component in genre fiction. Combined with our characters’ goals and motivations, conflict fuels our stories. It gives our stories legs to carry us through to our characters’ happy endings. Then, why do we often hear, when the writer has such a story, that she couldn’t get past chapter three? Or, she got stuck and never finished it. 

In this interactive workshop, learn how to build a solid foundation of conflict for your characters while fueling your creativity. And if you’re stuck, learn how to get unstuck!

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Wendy Delaney writes fun-filled romantic mysteries and is the award-winning author of the Working Stiffs Mystery series. A long-time member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and Mystery Writers of America, she's a Food Network addict and pastry chef wannabe. When she's not killing off story people she can be found on her treadmill, working off the calories from her latest culinary adventure. Wendy makes her home in the Seattle area with her husband and has two grown sons.
Learn more at www.wendydelaney.com


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NON-DENOMINATIONAL WINTER FUN PARTY -- Our end-of-year celebration! 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 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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2015 SPEAKER SCHEDULE 
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Darlene Panzera -- Solid Story Structure
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

The key to writing any great story begins with character. But after you create a 3-dimensional cast complete with specific views, motivation, goals, and personality traits--then what? Learning to develop solid story structure will keep your characters on track as they change and grow and make decisions that will affect the ultimate success of their story journey. This intensive, deep-story class includes a template and 5 page handout. To lock in the elements discussed, the last part of the workshop will analyze story structure of several prominent movies and show how all parts fit together to move character, emotions, and plot. Beneficial for any level of writer but especially geared for the intermediate writer who wants to advance to the next level.

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Merien Grey -- Hardwired for Hot
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

The science behind what people instinctively find attractive in the opposite sex and why. Why do we choose the mates we do? Is it hardwired instinct, cultural conditioning or something else entirely? And how can you use this knowledge in your writing?

Ever wonder why, we as humans, find the things we do attractive? There are biological reasons we enjoy sex but what about before we get to that part? As humans, we are hardwired to find certain things "hot". This workshop examines the newest innovative theory behind what determines what we find attractive and why. It will cover what catches our eye in the first place and why we immediately have the urge to leave or stay. There will be an extensive list of traits and mannerisms the average human female instinctually finds hot, with scientific explanations why. The material is based on cutting edge anthropological, biological and sociological concepts that are beginning to unravel the mysteries of initial human attraction.

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Cherry Adair 
-- Workshop: Creating Three-Dimensional Characters
Saturday, March 21st, 2015, 10am - 4:00pm
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

MEMBERS ONLY

Schedule: 10-12:30, lunch 12:30-1:15, then 1:15-4:00pm (participants can order lunch from restaurant)

DESCRIPTION

Join Cherry for her spin on characterization, action and dialogue. This workshop will include tips on body language, portraying emotion, and staging to make your characters leap off the page and into the hearts of your readers.


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Northwest Independent Editors' Guild -- So You Think You're Done: An Editor’s Red Flags and Warning Signs That Your Manuscript Might Need Another Look
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTIONThink you’re ready to submit or publish? Take one more look at that manuscript before you push the button. Professional editors share the most common mistakes they see, from plotting problems to grammatical gaffes, boring introductions to disorderly organization, and help writers take their writing to the next level.
 
You’ve written draft after draft of your Work In Progress. But is it time to start pitching to agents, or to push the “publish” button yourself? We will talk about what we've learned from editing hundreds of books. What are the common mistakes that trip up writers? And what do editors love to see? From plotting problems to grammatical gaffes, the panel will give attendees advice on how to identify and fix common issues to take their writing to the next level. We will also offer tips for getting a second opinion about your work, and advice for when (and how) to hire a professional editor.

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Heather Greye -- Falling in Love with Research
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Love it or hate it, research will provide an added layer of authenticity to your story and help ground your readers. This workshop will cover starting a research project, identifying sources and other tips and tricks of the trade from a professional researcher. It will also examine how to think about your research needs and explore the variety of resources available to writers. The processes covered in the workshop are appropriate for writers of all genres.

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Rose Lerner -- Making Your Protagonist's Job Work for You
Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Our jobs shape us. Whether your heroine is a scientist, a homemaker, a fast food worker, or a demon hunter, she spends countless hours every week working and thinking about work, and she has for most of her life. If you take the time to really think about how your protagonist’s profession affects her personality and worldview, you’ll see the results in the added depth, naturalism, and uniqueness of your characterization.

In this workshop, Rose will give you a detailed guide to using your protagonists' jobs as a lense while writing. We'll do interactive exercises and brainstorming sessions, ranging from job skills and the economic nitty-gritty to deep POV and story structure.

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CLOSED for RWA® NATIONAL CONFERENCE 
July & August 2015 
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 14th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670
August 11th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670 


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Dana Delamar & Kristine Cayne -- Self-Publish Like a Pro
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Dana Delamar and Kristine Cayne will share their experiences with self-publishing, both in e-book and print on demand (POD) format. They'll provide tips to save money and get your books up easily and will share what they've learned about promotion and marketing. This is a nuts-and-bolts, how-to presentation appropriate for beginners to intermediate self-publishers. Bring your questions!

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Katherine Grace Bond -- Jump Start Your Novel
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Do you have a novel-in-progress that needs a good jolt of electricity? A manuscript sitting in a drawer that you’ll get back to “someday?” A novel in your mind that has not made its way to the page? In this workshop you will find connections between character and plot that will surprise you – and get your book moving.


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Kristina Libby - Social Media 101
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Have you ever seen the words social media and thought "ugh, confusing time suck?" We all have but it doesn't have to be that way. Social media is a tool in our arsenal that should help us deliver real results - the trick is in thinking about and planning for the delivery of exactly what we need. This class will focus on planning and driving big results on social media; there will also be ample time for Q&A to debug your biggest social media conundrums.


INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Kristina Libby leads Consumer PR for Microsoft, serves on the board of the University of Florida, teaches classes at General Assembly and helps entrepreneurs of every shape and size craft their story. She is a serial entrepreneur, a writer and an educator. Prior to working at Microsoft, Kristina ran her own company in NYC focusing on the nexus between social media and PR. 


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NON-DENOMINATIONAL WINTER FUN PARTY -- Our end-of-year celebration! 
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 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. 




2014 SPEAKER SCHEDULE 

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Security Expert -- Cybercrime
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

This presentation will provide an introduction to cybercrime, the biggest threats to information security, the reality vs. fiction in cybercrime, tools of the trade, different types of attacks, the biggest mistakes individuals and businesses make, a view of cybercrime by region, and more. Bring your questions! 


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Jodi Ashland and Dana Delamar -- Deep POV: Take Your Novel from Good to Great!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Tired of getting feedback from contests, critique partners, agents, or editors regarding "showing versus telling" or "deep POV"? The concepts of deep point of view (POV) elude many authors, whether they're preparing their first contest entry or are indie or traditionally published. Learn how applying the concepts of deep POV can take your novel from "pretty good" to "OMG, I can’t put it down!" 

* What is point of view?
* Importance of white space
* What "show" versus "tell" really means
* "Telling" keywords to search and destroy
* Using strong verbs instead of weak adverbs
* Using active description/setting to deepen POV
* Developing your distinctive voice
   * Dialogue
   * Character tics/traits/flaws
   * Body language
   * Visceral responses
* A list of useful resources for further reading. 


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Mary Buckham -- 
Workshop: Set Up to Characters, Down & Dirty Ways to Create Stronger Characters, Primal Branding, Body Language
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10am - 4:30pm
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

SET UP TO CHARACTER:  Knowing certain things before the character steps into the story provides Checks and Balance on the characters as you write to assure your character stays “in character” and does in fact grow internally, and intentionally by the end of your story.

DOWN AND DIRTY WAYS TO CREATE STRONGER CHARACTERS: Strong characters create strong stories. But creating strong characters is not necessarily easy. Come prepared to understand how to create “the same but different” characters editors and agents are always talking about, and how to bring YOUR characters to life.

PRIMAL BRANDING: What is it and how does it impact your longevity as a writer. This goes beyond your website color scheme or your tag lines to analyze why some writers become iconic and others are less visible. 

BODY LANGUAGE:  The differences between men and women on the page and how to make sure your men are men and your women are women. Also some tips and techniques to use body language to enhance the emotion in your writing.


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Crista McHugh -- Medicine and Trama for Writers
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Sound medical facts and terms will add a new level to your medical and trauma scenes.  A real-life doctor will go over basic injuries, recovery times, common medical treatments, and give you the real low-down on what life is like in an ER.

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Elizabeth Boyle -- Hooks: Baiting Your Story to Catch a Reader
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 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

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Jeannie Dunlap -- Scams, Trends, Identity Theft, and Organized Retail Crime
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Online Retail Loss Prevention Professional Jeannie Dunlap will discuss current scams and trends, identity theft, and Organized Retail Crime (ORC) in the online business world.


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CLOSED for RWA® NATIONAL CONFERENCE 
July & August 2013 
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 8th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670
August 12th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670 

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Bernadette Pajer -- Triggers! Trust your Triggers, Engage Your Readers
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Triggers unleash the reader’s imagination. They build castles in the reader’s mind, they instill fear, or hope, or love, in the reader’s heart. Best of all, triggers engage the reader by allowing them the extreme pleasure of participating actively in the story. In this workshop Bernadette Pajer will share her hard-earned “aha” moment that led her to coin the term “Triggers” and will show how you can use this powerful tool to engage your readers.

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Laron Glover -- Graphics design do-it yourself tips and fun ideas/strategy for book promotion
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Graphics design do-it yourself tips and fun ideas/strategy for book promotion.   What works?  What doesn’t?  What’s changing in the market?   Learn how to create a marketing plan that works for your book and your situation.  In addition to strategy, she’ll share her market observations and (between now and the workshop) interview her clients and writing-friends to uncover real-life, in the trenches experiences.  From new ideas to perennial favorites, from no-cost options to tap-the-401K-expensive, she’ll share what successful authors are doing to promote their books, the lessons they’ve learned, the things they’ll definitely do again . . . and the things they won’t.

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Kim Hornsby -- Channeling Your Inner Rock Star
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

In the age of self-promotion, physical presentation with a polished social patina is paramount, especially when you come out from behind your computer to greet your public. Learn how to channel your inner rock star (find the confident side of you) to present the best version of yourself to your agent, publisher, and reader.
In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to evolve into the public version of you—the one that commands a room’s attention, the one that screams success and approachability, and the ‘you’ who enjoys the spotlight.

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL WINTER FUN PARTY -- Our end-of-year celebration! 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 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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2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE 

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Joanne Jones -- Scrivener
Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Scrivener was created for writers and has a plethora of features that are flexible enough to bend to different creative processes. For example, Scrivener provides different views of the same information, including a note card view and a chart view in addition to the standard (verbal) view.Whether you are a plotter or pantser, straight romance writer or a mixed genre writer, Scrivener has features for you.   

This class will attempt to demonstrate ways Scrivener can be used to:
Plot the book
Make templates for your character and location backstory forms
Track research including photos, websites and more
Track turning points, and other key plot elements

It will help you with editing issues such as:
Formatting the book (or screenplay or other document)
Identifying frequently used words
Version control (multiple draft tracking)
Scrivener can also help with productivity issues, such as setting writing goals and tracking daily progress.

For those who want to get started early, Literature and Latte (the makers of Scrivener) allow you to download the software for a free 30-use trial. Their website has a great tutorial for getting started (http://literatureandlatte.com/). The Scrivener Facebook page contains links to authors’ blogs describing how they use Scrivener in their own creative processes.  

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Christy Karras and Jim Thomsen -- Self-Editing Tips from the Pros: How to Find and Fix Common Manuscript Mistakes
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Everybody needs a professional editor. Why? If you’re self-publishing, as one author put it, “your family and friends love you too much to be honest with you.” These days, most traditional publishers don’t offer full editing services, either. Other authors hire editors to give their work a thorough scrubbing before handing it to their agents for submission or directly to the publishing house if they have deals.

With authors spending their own money on editing, they’re naturally looking to keep costs down. One of the best ways is to do as much self-editing as possible.

What should you be looking for that you haven’t already seen? In this entertaining and lighthearted look at common grammar, punctuation, and usage errors, Jim Thomsen and Christy Karras will show you how to spot common problems they’ve come across as they’ve edited novels for dozens of authors. More important, they’ll show you ways to fix those issues on your own — so you can pay your editor to just focus on the big stuff.

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Bob Dugoni--Writing Workshop (Plotting, Characters, Tension and Suspense)
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 10am - 4:30pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

MEMBERS ONLY

DESCRIPTION: 

This workshop will be divided into two-hour segments devoted to the following topics:

Creating Plots for Page Turners
From your initial query letter to your published novel, the writer must convey that she understands classic story structure. Bob will teach the fundamental relationship between good stories and journeys and use in-class exercises and assignments to help students better understand story structure so they can evaluate their novel s plot. Students will also be better equipped to make educated choices on such things as the opening chapter, to make critical judgments about the middle of their book, and to ensure that the ending brings into collision the forces the writer has set in motion to deliver an emotionally satisfying conclusion.

Creating Memorable Characters
What is it about certain books that when we finish the final page the characters stay with us for days? What is it about those characters that has made them so memorable? Using examples from his own and other writers, Bob will teach techniques to make your characters well-rounded individuals that will keep readers wondering about them long after they have finished your book.

Maintaining Tension and Suspense
What is it that keeps us biting our nails and turning the pages? Tension and Suspense. Bob will teach techniques employed by established writers to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
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Theresa Meyers--Writing Killer Back Cover Blurbs
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

More and more writers are taking on the skills that contribute to selling their work in a larger market. Research by Bowker has shown that backcover copy continues to be a pivotal point in purchases by readers. But writing killer backcover copy is more than just words, it’s marketing, writing skill and emotion designed to hit the target every time. Learn from former nationally known book publicist, now full-time multi-published author, Theresa Meyers how to craft killer backcover copy that can attract and convert reader interest into reader purchase.
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Joanna Gregson & Jen Lois -- Craft and Career: The Gendered Culture of Romance Writers
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Professors Joanna Gregson and Jen Lois will discuss some preliminary findings from their three-year sociological research project, “Craft and Career: The Gendered Culture of Romance Writers.” Jen and Joanna are studying the romance-writing industry through a method known as participant-observation: they attend romance conferences and meetings, interview writers and other industry professionals, visit websites, read romance, and have even tried to write some themselves. The goal is to understand the subculture of romance writers by allowing writers themselves to show what is important.  

Joanna and Jen have found that the feminization of the romance genre is the most important factor underlying many of the struggles romance writers experience along the career path, such as outsiders’ perception of the genre, writers’ family responsibilities, and the ways they deal with criticism and rejection. The feminization of the genre, however, also provides a buffer against these challenges by providing a culture of optimism and inclusiveness. This talk will highlight how the prevalence of women in the romance industry is the determining factor in how writers experience their careers.


Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how romance writers’ experiences are both positively and negatively shaped by gender, and how the industry can respond—at the individual and group levels—to enhance or mitigate these effects.
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Jami Davenport -- No Geeks Allowed: Computer Tips for Organizing Your Book and Increasing Your Efficiency
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Computer Tips for Organizing Your Book and Increasing Your Efficiency
 
Do you use a three-ring binder to organize your book details? Do you wade through countless notes and folders in an attempt to find a snippet of information needed in your WIP? Do you spend too much time searching for information you’d previously seen? In this course, we explore the use of IT tools to increase your efficiency in the areas of researching, plotting, organizing, and accessing book details so you have more time to write the actual book. Also covered will be quick backup methods, creating a filing system for your electronic documents, and creating electronic notebooks. The tools we'll be using are mostly free and available to anyone.
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April Rickard -- The Business Side of Writing
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Is your writing considered a business or a hobby? If you spend money to further your writing as a career or make any income from it, it may be time to explore the business side of writing. While incorporating a business has several benefits, it’s not always the right choice. How do you know?


In this workshop, we’ll discuss if incorporating is right for you and how to go about wading through the sea of federal, state and local paperwork. We’ll also sort through the start-up and annual expenses and how to draw up your corporate documentation. Attendees will leave with small business resources from Washington State and federal associations.
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William Barbour -- Death Expert
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 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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Alan Davis - OMG – What Do I DO NOW!?!? - Survival Skills for Wilderness and Disaster Events
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

Whether your car is stuck in a snowbank, your plane has crashed in the jungle, an earthquake has struck your region, an EMP has devastated our nation, or the Four Horseman have just ridden by… there are common fundamental skills to help you, your family, and the characters in your novels survive. This evening session will cover as many of those skills as possible in our time together.
 
Possible Scenarios:
 
Individual – Isolated Problems
  • Car stalled in remote setting
  • Small plane crash
  • Lost hiking
Regional Disasters
  • Hurricanes
  • Floods
  • EARTHQUAKE
  • Winter storms
National and International Disasters
  • Economic meltdown
  • EMP or solar storm decimates power grid
  • The Four Horsemen or whatever YOUR apocalyptic concern is….
Necessities
  • Shelter – Depending on the geography and the time of year, shelter is likely to be a main priority... either to keep you warm, to keep you dry, or to keep you off the jungle floor.
  • Fire – Used to provide heat, make water safe to drink, and to provide psychological comfort.
  • Water – Gotta have it… one to three days without it and you are dead.
  • Food – You can last a few days without it… but after a few days you become ineffective and eventually unable to function.
  • Security – FROM? Animals? Criminals? Other Victims that want what YOU HAVE? Zombies? What can YOU do to Protect YOURSELF?

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2012 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
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Elizabeth Boyle
-- Motivation 
Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777

DESCRIPTION: 

Writing can get tough and the New Year is always a great time to make all kinds of resolutions as to how you are going to get your book done in 2012. Elizabeth will walk you though 12 creative steps (one for every month) that will help you find your best motivating tools to keep the creative pages flowing.

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Jon Fine
-- Q and A with Amazon's Director of Author Publisher Relations, John Fine
Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 7pm <--Note 1st Tues of the month
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Join us for a discussion of the resources and programs that Amazon offers for authors. Learn about Author Central, Author Pages, Search Inside the Book, the Associates program and more. Bring your questions!

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Susan Juby
-- She Said, He Said: Writing Dialogue Workshop
Saturday, March 10, 2012, 10am-3pm <--Note different day/time
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

MEMBERS ONLY

DESCRIPTION: 

This full day workshop will look at how effective dialogue can transform a piece of writing from ordinary to extraordinary and bring characters and stories to life. We will go over the basic types of dialogue and examine the growing importance of well-written dialogue in contemporary fiction. We will also examine how writers can develop that all-important "ear" in order to convey specific diction. Through a combination of discussion and exercises, as well as reference to examples from film and television and fiction and creative non-fiction, the workshop will give participants a comprehensive overview of the elements that go into crafting unforgettable dialogue.

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Sarah Jio -- Q&A
Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777

DESCRIPTION: 

Sarah Jio is a local writer getting national attention for her books, which combine romance, mystery, and history into a potent mix that has won rave reviews from critics and readers. She has a five-book deal with Penguin. Her first book, The Violets of March, was chosen as a Best Book of 2011 by the prestigious Library Journal and is in its seventh printing. The Bungalow (Sarah’s second book, with a 12/27 release date) is back at press for a fourth printing. Blackberry Winter, Sarah’s third novel, will be a lead fall 2012 title for Penguin (Plume).

Sarah will discuss her writing, revising, and querying process and her experience working with Penguin and anything else you care to ask. Bring your questions!

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Dr. Christina Graham -- Psycho Killers and Other Personality Types: Infusing Your Writing with Accurate Psychological Profiles
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

This presentation will cover personality disorders, including diagnostic criteria, clinical features, and overall personality presentation of individuals with these disorders. All ten types, including Borderline, Narcissistic, Dependent, Antisocial, and Paranoid personality disorders, will be covered. Goals for this presentation include knowledge of the various clinical features of disordered personalities, as well as greater understanding and compassion for those who struggle with these disorders. 

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Eileen Cook -- "But I Thought I was Done....": Manuscript Revision
Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Congratulations you've finished a draft of your manuscript! Now what? Nora Roberts says "you can't fix a blank page." You're ahead of the game, you have hundreds of filled pages, but now you need to tackle how to fix them. Revisions make the difference between a polished manuscript and one that misses the mark. This workshop will discuss different revision approaches, how to decide if you should kill your darlings, and how to know when you're done.

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Laurie London -- Twitter 101
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Want to try Twitter, but not sure how to get started? Already on Twitter, but not sure you're making the best use of it? Laurie London's Twitter 101 class will cover the following: setting up a Twitter profile and bio, how to “read” a tweet (RTs, @ mentions, DMs, etc.), working with third-party clients (Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Tweetcaster), finding people to follow, basic Twitter etiquette, working with lists, scheduling tweets, whether to link to Facebook, using link shorteners, and good hashtags for writers.

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CJ Redwine -- The Dreaded Synopsis
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Need help with the dreaded synopsis?  Author C.J. Redwine will teach you how to write a compelling, concise synopsis. The workshop will cover formatting, identifying your manuscript's voice, which plot elements to include, how to break up your plot into three key areas, how to identify plot arcs and emotional landmarks, and how to pace your synopsis.

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Dana Delamar & Kristine Cayne -- Self-Publishing
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Dana Delamar and Kristine Cayne will share their experiences with self-publishing, both in e-book and print on demand (POD) format. They'll provide tips to save money and get your books up easily and will share what they've learned so far about promotion and marketing. Bring your questions!

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EASTSIDE RWA 2011 SPEAKER SCHEDULE 

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Jacquie Rogers -- Focus on Success 
Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777

DESCRIPTION: 

The publishing industry is changing by the minute. Many of us have had to reevaluate our goals and five-year plans because of the recent developments within several large publishers. Add Smashwords and Kindle, and a few big-name authors trickling toward self-publishing into the mix, and the result is a bunch of confused writers. We can't control or change the industry, but we can control our own careers, and that's what the workshop covers. First, the focus is on quality and quantity of works; and second, we focus on building the foundation for a solid platform. Result: Great Finished Manuscripts + Solid Platform = Success in 2011 and Beyond! 

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Marcella Burnard -- Acting on the Words 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Adapt an actor's tools to help you draw readers into your characters' lives and heads. Explore techniques to deepen point of view, uncover your voice, and build story tension. 

Bring the first few pages (3 should do) of your current WIP and be prepared to experiment with your characters. 

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Mary Buckham -- Power Writing Workshop 
Saturday, March 12, 2011, 9AM-4PM <-- note different day and time
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777


MEMBERS ONLY

DESCRIPTION & SCHEDULE:

Mary Buckham's BREAK INTO FICTION® "Power Writing Day" workshop, which has never been offered in the Pacific Northwest and includes segments on Hooks, Power Openings, Scene Analysis and Settings.

1st Half of morning: HOW MANY HOOKS ARE ENOUGH? 

Whether you're a plotter or seat-of-the-pants writer, the simplest way to avoid a sagging middle is to understand how to continually build hooks into your story. So how many hooks are enough? Knowing the answer to that question can be the difference between a compelling story and one that drags. 

Each Attendee Brings to Workshop: Ten pages of their manuscript to analyze for hooks. 

2nd Half of morning: SUPER POWER OPENINGS 
Can you sell your book based on your opening alone? Agents, editors and thousands of readers are going to decide to choose your book based on your opening. Is yours ready? 

Each Attendee Brings to Workshop: TWO copies of their opening [up to 150 words max] with only 3 initials and a zip code in the header [no full names on pages]. 

~ LUNCH ~ 

1ST Half afternoon: ANALYZE THIS: SCENE SURVIVAL TEST: Test the Strength of Your Scene Submissions live or die by the strength of scenes. Are your scenes loaded with key elements or bloated with filler? 

Each Attendee Brings to Workshop: Any scene from your manuscript to analyze [name on pages is fine]. Any length is fine since you will be working on your own page, but if you want a suggestion then choose a scene with 5-12 pages so you can easily locate the elements we will be going over. 

2nd Half afternoon: ACTIVE SETTINGS Setting can bog down pacing. Give your setting an active role in your story. Use Deep POV to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose. 

Each Attendee Brings to Workshop: One excerpt/passage of setting from their manuscript of approximately 100 words at the most to analyze. 

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 March Bonus Meeting! 
William Barbour -- Death Expert
 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 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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Gerri Russell -- Researching Your Topic 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

The two basic things any researcher will need are the right sources and the right tools. Finding the right sources, reliable and trustworthy ones, is not always straightforward. And finding the right tools on the web is becoming harder to do as the Internet becomes more complex. "How to Research Your Topic" offers basic tips to guide your quest for information and authenticity as you endeavor to make your fiction writing come alive with facts. 

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Delilah Marvelle -- Pitch Writing 101 and Nationals Q&A 
Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Would you like to learn how to sell your story in twenty five words or less? Or just have a ready answer for anyone who asks "what's your story about?" Delilah Marvelle will share examples about what makes a pitch work and give us the basic tools for successful pitch writing. With RWA Nationals and PNWA this summer (not to mention 2011 ECWC), crafting a pitch is a must for today's writer. Ms. Marvelle will also discuss tips on how to navigate Nationals (she's attended since 1998). She'll give us the inside scoop on workshops, panels, networking, and most importantly what shoes to wear. Come join us for a fun and informative evening! 

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Bob Mayer -- Outlining, Plot, Conflict and Writing Scenes: The Events of Your Story: Before you begin Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Writing your book, you should spend some time outlining and developing your story. We'll discuss types of outlines along with techniques for efficiently developing the strongest possible story based on your original idea. The creative process before the actual start of the book will be covered. From the exciting opening that grabs the reader through the escalating conflict to the climactic scene and ending with the resolution--the entire structure of the novel with be covered with emphasis on hooks, the remote control effect, building suspense, and having satisfying endings. 

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Shannon McKelden -- Mining Ideas for Fun and Profit 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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Where do writers get their ideas? Everywhere! This workshop will show you how to mine ideas from unusual sources, using them as idea sparkers for unique plots, characterization and settings. We'll have some hands-on activities (with a little bit of prep work a week or so before the workshop) and make it all as interactive as possible. Everyone should walk away with new tools and ideas to make brainstorming their next manuscript even easier! 

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Christine Fairchild -- Getting Sassy with Subtext 
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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Often in life what we say and what we mean are two different things. And much of what we garner from conversation is never spoken. So too, good dialogue in fiction doesn't always say things directly. Indirect is more interesting because it creates questions, tension of what's to come. Suspense. Because what the reader doesn't know is as interesting as what they do know about the character. Those questions will keep them turning the page. That's why Subtext is so effective in storytelling and is the sign of a master writer. We'll discuss how to layer it in dialogue and where you get the most bang for your, uh, phrase. 

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Serena Robar -- Redefining Success: Marketing for Pre and Post Publication 
Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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A good marketing plan is a lot like clothes shopping. What looks good on your neighbor might not look good on you. One size does not fit all. Join Serena Robar as she outlines what a marketing plan should do for you and then shows you how to customize and modify those basics to fit your own personal style. Come prepared to answer some hard quetions about yourself, your writing and your goals. This is not your 'I've heard this all before' marketing talk.
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Eastside RWA Speakers for 2010
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Julia Hunter — Body Language
Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 7pm
Newport Way Library

DESCRIPTION: 

Julia Hunter will explain how body language can speak volumes even when people are silent. Gain insight on how to read your spouse, kids, or boss, and how to give readers subtle clues about your characters between lines of dialogue.

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Marie-Claude Bourque — Yes, They Are Your Friends: Cyber-Promo Made Easy!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 7pm
Lake Hills Library

DESCRIPTION:

Straight from the American Title V promotion trenches, Marie-Claude Bourque shares her experience and tips to promote your work effectively online and touches on balancing promotion with your creative side.
Learn how to draw on your own strengths to create an effective promotional campaign, determine what level of promotion is most effective at this stage in your career, and learn to deal with the effects your public promotion life has on your private creative writer life.
Marie-Claude will specifically touch on differentional strategies to use for each social network, including what to do with book trailers, how to touch readers at a personal level, and how to avoid the over-promoting syndrome.

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A.G.H.O.S.T. — Paranormal Investigations by Ross Allison
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 7pm
Issaquah Service Center 

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?

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Delilah Marvelle — History of Sex and Writing a Hot Sex Scene
Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7pm
Lake Hills Library

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Sex Throughout History:  Delilah Marvelle will be expore history in the context of sex.  Set aside everything you thought you knew about history and get ready to find yourself re-educated.  From dildos to condoms, this class will cover everything from prehistoric times to the Edwardian Era.
Writing a hot sex scene:  Tired of writing slot A goes into slot B?  We all are.  This class will “undress” a love scene, reintroduce what really should be going on beneath the sheets and prove that sex isn’t just sex.  It’s all about emotion and motivation.


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Anthea Lawson — Critique and Collaboration
Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 7pm
Redmond Library

DESCRIPTION: 

It’s a tricky art– being able to give and receive critique while you work to write the best story you can. It can be even more challenging when you’re writing with a co-author, especially if you happen to be married to one other! Come find out how the RITA-nominated team of Anthea and Lawson work together. We’ll include basics of critiquing, how to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses, the pleasures and pitfalls of writing together, and some ground rules that every critique group should have.

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Serena Robar — Writing By Process
Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 7pm
Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue, 98005

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Exploring the why’s, what’s and how’s of your writing to keep you focused, motivated and moving in the right direction.
How do I create? Is there a right or wrong way to write? What’s my motivation?  This workshop helps the writer (new or experienced) get a better understanding of their individual writing process and why they do what they do, so they can maintain their productivity, creativity and motivation over the long haul.  Engaging, interactive and full of surprises, refill your creativity well with Serena Robar.

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April Rickard—Be Your Own Spielberg
Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 7pm
Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777

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Some authors pay hundreds to thousands of dollars for exciting mini-movies to attract readers. Those that don’t, generally tackle the project themselves, but for some, the idea of producing a book trailer can be daunting. You don’t have to be a professional movie producer to create a dynamic and enticing video. We’ll review the “rules” of online videos, learn how to tame the most common movie programs, how to budget and if it’s even worth the effort. You’ll also leave with a list of free or low cost options for stock photos and music, as well as distribution channels for your newly created trailers.

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Lucy Monroe — Weaving in Backstory
Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 7pm
Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777
SPECIAL BONUS MEETING AND SPEAKER!!!

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We all know how clunky a story can become when we try to “dump” all the character’s important backstory in the first chapter or so.  And yet, that information needs to be there for the reader to understand and/or appreciate the mounting conflict and tension in our characters’ current lives.  The skill of weaving in what is necessary and doing so in a way that does not send our readers to sleep, is one each of us as authors must work on continually to perfect.  Lucy Monroe will be discussing her favorite techniques for doing this, the pros and cons of using prologues and what it means to actually write a prologue, rather than what really should just be another chapter of the book.  Join us for a lively talk and discussion time afterward, with Lucy Monroe, who never limits herself to answering questions on the current topic at hand.  

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Theresa Meyers — Character Development
Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7pm
Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777

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It’s been said before, characters are the heart of your story. But how can we create characters so well developed from the very first page that they seem to walk in and take over, pulling in the reader? Multi-published author Theresa Meyers shares her tips and techniques for a quick way to get to know who your characters are and what motivates them so your story has both internal and external conflict from the very beginning. We’ll look at resources for creating quick character sketches that work and talk about what to do when secondary characters demand their own stories.

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Ann Charles & Wendy Delaney — Plotstorming!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7pm
Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777

DESCRIPTION: 

During this month’s meeting, we’ll be group brainstorming, led by Ann Charles and Wendy Delaney. During the meeting, we will help two authors build a strong, conflict-laden plot for their next novel, and have fun in the process! In case you haven’t attended a Plotstorming Party, it consists of several people and the two hosts (Wendy and Ann–one a left-brained plotter and the other a right-brained pantser). Not only will it help the authors to define the structure of their plot, including the story arc and romance arc, but it will also give the authors lots of story and plot ideas from which they can pick and choose.


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