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Writing Conference

Last week for early registration discounts.  Sign up today!  Deadline is September 30th

Learn to create better characters!

November 7, 2015
Avondale City Hall
Benefits Friends of Avondale Library and Recreation
Six incredible 3-hour workshops & Keynote Speaker Tom Leveen all in one day!

NEW!  – We are thrilled to announce a special poetry performance at lunch byWintana Yohannes, Jahnez Wong, and Daniela Acosta of Speak EZ Poetry.  

Featured workshop speaker:

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Connie Flynn wrote her first short story in the fourth grade for a wonderful teacher named Mr. Ryan who encouraged her vivid imagination and strong storytelling skills. She has taught creative writing and founded an online novel writing school but writing itself is her true love. Now busy with her next novel, she knows how lucky she is to have found out what she wants to be when she grows up.

Workshop: Character Alchemization – Make Them Live and Breathe
Characters are people and people are complex. The trick of believable characters is to simplify them by discovering what they want most of all and why and building from there. A character wants a good job for obvious reasons- they want the rewards of comfort and respect. But what if the job is lost? What deeper, hidden from the world and self, reward have they lost? Was it the fear of disappointing a loved one, of losing ones own self-respect, or being deserted by a partner? What will this person do to restore the shattered self-image that this kind of loss brings on. The catalyst can be anything, small or large, but if it shakes the characters own faith in who they are . . . well, now you have a story.

This workshop will concentrate on pulling these needs and anxieties from your character and through those you will find out who they are and what your story is really about.

This workshop will concentrate on pulling these needs and anxieties from your character and through those you will find out who they are and what your story is really about.

Other workshops include:

  • Don’t miss these great workshop topics:
  • Keynote / Lunch: What No One Else Will Tell You About Publishing – Tom Leveen
  • Writing the Contemporary Novel – Betty Webb
  • Becoming a Content Marketing Writer – Drew Eastmead 
  • The Business of Writing – Kris Tualla
  • Expand Your Research – Expand Your Writing – Rita Ackerman
  • Writing is a Team Sport – from Editors to Critique Groups, how to compile the right players to help you succeed- Jacob Shaver, Lori Beasley Bradley & Cody Wagner

Registration Options: 

  • Full-Day includes:  two – 3 hour workshops, lunch and the Keynote speaker.
  • Half-Day includes: one – 3 hour workshop only (choose either morning or afternoon).
    Lunch & the Keynote speaker may be added for an additional $10.
  • Early Registration price:    Half-Day $40    |    Full-Day $85 (*best deal)
  • Late Registration Increases:   Half-Day $50    |    Full-Day $95

Early registration ends September 30th
Late registration begins October 1st

REGISTER NOW!

For questions contact: Stacey Lindsay or visit
www.swvwc.org

Thank you to Virginia G. Piper Foundation & Changing Hands Book store for their support of the conference.

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Southwest Valley Writers Conference

Join us Saturday, November 7, 2015 for the Southwest Valley Writers Conference
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Southwest Valley Writers Conference
November 7, 2015
Avondale City Hall
You asked, we listened!

  • The Southwest Valley Writers Conference has changed it’s format to provide  more in-depth 3 hour workshops instead of brief hour long sessions.
  • The conference will have three tracks: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Business of Writing.  Attendees do not have to stick with one tract, you may attend whichever workshop fits your need.
  • Each workshop will be 3 hours
    is structured to

    provide improve your writing,

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    valuable feedback and interactive activities.

  • Each workshop will be limited to 30 people so sign up today to reserve your spot!

The first 50 registrants will be entered into a drawing for an opportunity to have your writing reviewed by a professional editor!  

Lunchtime Keynote Speaker:
Tom Leveen

After seven novels with traditional publishers and experiments with independent publishing, author and writing teacher Tom Leveen presents several of the pitfalls, traps, and realities of the full-time fiction-writing life…and encourages everyone to keep on trying.

Workshops: 
8:30 – 11:30

  • (Fiction track) Character Alchemization – Make them Live and Breathe – Connie Flynn
  • (N0n-Fiction track) Becoming a Content Marketing Writer – Drew Eastmead 
  • (The Business of Writing track) The Business of Writing – Kris Tualla

1:30 – 4:30

  • (Fiction track) Writing the Contemporary Novel – Betty Webb
  • (Non-Fiction track) Expand Your Research – Expand Your Writing – Rita Ackerman
  • (The Business of Writing track) Choosing an Editor – Why it is important to choose an Editor who understands your genre and you.
    – Jacob Shaver, Lori Beasley Bradley & Cody Wagner

Visit www.swvwc.org for speaker bios and full descriptions of all the workshops.

Registration Options: 

  • Full-Day includes:  two – 3 hour workshops, lunch and the Keynote speaker.
  • Half-Day includes: one – 3 hour workshop only (choose either morning or afternoon).
    Lunch & the Keynote speaker may be added for an additional $10.
  • Early Registration price:    Half-Day $40    |    Full-Day $85 (*best deal)
  • Late Registration Increases:   Half-Day $50    |    Full-Day $95

Early registration ends September 30th
Late registration begins October 1st

REGISTER NOW!

For questions contact: Stacey Lindsay or visit
www.swvwc.org

Thank you to Virginia G. Piper Foundation & Changing Hands Books store  for their support of the conference.

 

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Billi Joy Carson Gives Advice

Billi Joy Carson made a repeat performance at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore last week. She began by announcing she had just finished updating her “grammar supplies” page on her web site at: Editing Addict. (Thank you Billi Joy. This is a fantastic resource!)

Billi Joy’s talk was an energetic pep talk for writer with grammar thrown in. Her first point was to read, read, read; especially in the genre you want to write in.

If you are held up by not feeling adequate in some area like spelling or grammar take the time to learn. Build a toolbox of knowledge. Visit Billi Joy’s site for ways to do this.

Some of the books Billi Joy shared with us were:

The Handbook of Good English by Edward D. Johnson
Writer To Writer by Cecil Murphy (She said to also check out his newsletter.)
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide.
Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
The Chicago Manual of Style

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Billi Joy Carson and friend, Madison Farrell, who writes young adult fantasy. Visit her blog here.

And one of my favorite quotes as a genealogist/researcher that I didn’t expect to hear from a grammarian. lol
“You don’t have to know everything; you just have to know where to find it.”

Author Barbara Hinske Will Be Speaker

Barbara Hinske will be the guest speaker at Dog-Eared Pages Used Books in north Phoenix on July 10. Friday Night Writes meets most Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30. The cost is $5.00 which can be applied to the guest speaker’s books.

July first was the release date for Barbara’s latest novel. The series is about Maggie Martin, a forensic accountant who inherits Rosemont, a beautiful home in the Midwest. She moves there and finds corruption, a furry friend, and new love. That’s all in the first novel.

Barbara has given a number of talks around the Phoenix area on her promotional strategy. She has a strong internet presence and also depends on word-of-mouth.

Her first book, Coming to Rosemont, earned her the title of top debut author at her first appearance at the Tucson Festival of Books. It was also named the best in women’s fiction by BookBub.

Barbara Hinske at a recent talk and signing at Phoenix Writers Club.

Barbara Hinske at a recent talk and signing at Phoenix Writers Club.

My review of Weaving The Strands follows:

It is always hard to wait for the next volume in a series you love. Waiting for the latest Rosemont novel was especially difficult. I have thoroughly enjoy the first two, and the author carries parts of the mystery throughout.

The heroine, Maggie Martin, is a strong woman who doesn’t back down. Yet she isn’t afraid to be taken care of by her special man or to fret over a litter of motherless kittens.

When I found myself wanting to yell at the bad guy, and tell Maggie to “Watch Out!” I knew for sure this novel was a winner.

 

 

Alan Black Helps Writers Find Their Own Feet With Figures of Speech

Multi-genre author, Alan Black, spoke at Dog-Eared Pages Used Bookstore last week. His subject was “figures of speech.”

Whenever this came up during my school days I tuned out; boring. That is until the teacher had to say “onomatopoeia” a few times.

I always learn interesting things from Alan, but this time I had fun too. I had no idea focusing on figures of speech could bring so much interest to writing.

There are 240 figures of speech in the English language with numerous variations on many of those. Alan Black

Some of the ones you may be familiar with are personification, simile, metaphor, implication, allegory, hyperbole, and oxymoron. Alan mentioned many more and gave fun examples to go with them.

I went on the internet to check some of my spellings and was overwhelmed by the number of Web sites that focus on figures of speech. I’m going to make an effort to study more of these.

Thanks, Alan, for making writing a bit more fun and interesting.

 

 

Author: Steven P. Wyner

Steven P. Wyner spoke at Dog-Eared Pages Used Books a couple of weeks ago. He writes fiction set in the Phoenix area, where he has lived since 1981. One of his pet peeves is inconsistencies in books and movies and he set out to write well-researched stories that Google searchers won’t be able poke holes in.

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As a paralegal and ghost writer Steve draws on a number of cases he has viewed over the years. He uses various characters and composites of people he has known to develop the characters in his series of books.

Murder on Camelback Mountain was a fun read about a private detective caught up in a local murder as a suspect. Herb Nash introduces himself and the city to the reader in a fast-moving story.

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When Steve sat down to write the characters started “jumping out of the keyboard.” He then moved on to interview them just like he would the clients he interviews for the lawyers he works for.

He suggests that writers visit the place and “inhale” it.

Murder on Camelback can be found on Amazon or through his Web site.  The second novel in the series will be available soon. He has already started writing the third.

 

Speaker – Ann N. Videan

Full of energy and ideas,  Ann N. Videan was the guest speaker at the Friday Night Writes at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore recently. The good news is she will be speaking for the Writer’s Connection Workshop at Desert Foothills Library, in Cave Creek, Arizona on June 5 from 1:00 to 3:00.

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Ann opened with the advice, ” Don’t ignore your intuition.”

She gave us a list of resources and ideas for all aspects of writing, publishing, and marketing.

Some of her suggestions included:

Read what you love and what informs you.

Start networking through local and national clubs.

Join critique groups on-line and in person.

Make time to write.

Market while you are writing. Use social media, the press, and word-of-mouth.

Her favorite books on writing are: Goal, Motivation & Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction by Debra Dixon and The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler.

Ann also explained the differences between ISBN numbers, Barcodes, and Library of Congress numbers.

Ann’s books include Song of the Ocarina and Rhythms & Muse.

To learn more about Ann Narcisian Videan, her books, and her services for writing, editing, self-publishing and word-of-mouth marketing visit her blog here.

To learn more about the Writers Connection at Desert Foothills Library and find out how to register for Ann’s free workshop visit here.

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