Calendar

Aug
18
Sat
Conference-in-a-Day @ Windmill Library
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This year, our annual Conference-in-a-Day will be all about arcs – story arcs, character arcs, series arcs, and every other kind of arc you can think of. Put this one on your calendar now!

Redemption Arcs – Bringing Your Characters Back from the Brink – Elizabeth Spaur

Whether it’s a hero or a villain, sometimes you have a character that needs to be redeemed. In this workshop we’ll look at the specific things that go in to building an effective and believable redemption arc.

Series Arcs – Telling a Story Across Multiple Stories – Elizabeth Spaur

Series are very popular among readers today. In this workshop we’ll look at the best way to build a series arc that will compel readers to follow you from book 1 to the end, and allow other readers to discover you in the middle of your series and want to go back to the beginning.

Character Arcs – Lies and Voids – Mia Heintzelman

People are shaped by the events that happen to them, the lies they tell themselves, and the voids that haunt them. In this workshop we’ll look at the specific things that go in to building a transformative character arc.

Relationship Arcs – The Relationship Journey – Tami Cowden

 Ultimately, a romance is about the journey of discovery taken by two people, whose destination is each other.  In this workshop, we will explore the trajectory and necessary stops on that journey.

Story Arcs – Bringing it All Together – Wolf O’Rourc

 

Whether you’ve written several books, or have no idea where to start, this all day workshop will have something for you. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Everyone is welcome!

 


 

Sep
14
Fri
ONLINE: Twenty Rules of Storytelling
Sep 14 – Oct 5 all-day

Twenty Rules of Storytelling

with Barb Wilson

 

Writing a book is a blast – when the words fly out of your fingers, the characters won’t stop talking to you, and the plot hums along like a well-oiled machine. Nothing can bring you down…until the words stop flowing, the characters get laryngitis, or the plot vanishes into the ether.

In this workshop, you’ll:
– Learn valuable tips for getting your story out of your head and onto the page
– Devise exercises to help bust through a nasty case of writer’s block, and
– Discover the three essential decisions everyone should make before beginning to write.

Classes will be held from 9-14 through 10-5. New lessons will be posted 9-14, 9-21, 9-28, and 10-5. Homework will be assigned and feedback will be provided throughout, depending on when exercises were given to editor.

Cost for the class: $20 for LVRW members, and $25 for non-members

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Barb Wilson is a professional editor, with 20+ years of experience and over 300 books and ten million words edited to date.

She is also a published author (fiction and non-fiction), currently writing under multiple pen names.

Her latest writing venture is a monthly column for a regional motorcycle publication, augmented with her real-life adventures with her hubby on their Harley trike.

Storytelling and words were always important to her, and she spent her childhood with her nose in a book and a blue pencil in her hand. Now she enjoys working with clients and helping polish their work for eventual publication.

In 2015, she met Judith Briles, aka The Book Shepherd®, at the Las Vegas Writer Conference, and has since stepped up to become a part of Judith’s work team.

Check out Barb’s webpage for pricing and services information. www.editpartner.com

 

Sep
15
Sat
Marketing Insights with Michael Peterson @ Windmill Library
Sep 15 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Whether you’re traditionally published, self published, or aspiring to be – it’s more than just writing a book – you are expected to market your books.  This session will focus on the business perspective of publishing, approach to marketing, and discuss author platforms. We’ll start with consumer behavior, competitors and a marketing framework.  Then, we’ll focus on building the right author platform for success.  Then we’ll go over easy and free marketing techniques that everyone should be using.

Bio: Michael Petersen has a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle University and a Masters of Business Administration from Illinois State University.  Before retiring from Microsoft at age 35, he worked in various roles including program manager, technical account manager, and technology strategist.  He currently manages the business strategy, marketing and production for his wife, USA Today Bestseller Jess Michaels.

Oct
1
Mon
ONLINE: Get Ready for NaNoWriMo
Oct 1 – Oct 31 all-day

Check back soon for more information about his class. Please sign up for our newsletter and we’ll let you know all the details as soon as we have them.

Oct
20
Sat
Plot Party! (get ready for NaNoWriMo) @ Windmill Library
Oct 20 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Plotting with the LVRW tribe:

Have an idea or a character in mind for a book that is driving you crazy? Are you in the middle of your novel and stuck? Are you thinking of writing your first book? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then bring your ideas and we’ll work together to flesh out those ideas and get you started on plotting your novel.

No need to bring anything other than an open mind and the willingness to help others who’d like to share their own plotting ideas. We’ll provide some guidance to get you started, then we’ll  break out into small groups for the beginner writer, intermediate, and master levels. Share as you wish or just listen to others and let your mind soak in all the creativity. What are your hero and heroine’s greatest fears? What are their greatest desires? How does this create moving and believable conflict that carries your readers away? We encourage our seasoned published authors to attend and participate. When was the last time you exchanged plot ideas in a fun, creative environment with your peers?

Nov
3
Sat
NaNoWriMo “Write-In” @ Windmill Library
Nov 3 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a “Write-In”.  What’s that?  Bring your laptop and type away on your work-in-progress.  There will be experienced authors on hand to answer any writing related questions you might have.

What’s NaNoWriMo?

Find out all about it:  https://nanowrimo.org/

 

Nov
10
Sat
NaNoWriMo “Write-In” @ Windmill Library
Nov 10 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a “Write-In”.  What’s that?  Bring your laptop and type away on your work-in-progress.  There will be experienced authors on hand to answer any writing related questions you might have.

What’s NaNoWriMo?

Find out all about it:  https://nanowrimo.org/

Nov
17
Sat
NaNoWriMo “Write-In” @ Windmill Library
Nov 17 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a “Write-In”.  What’s that?  Bring your laptop and type away on your work-in-progress.  There will be experienced authors on hand to answer any writing related questions you might have.

What’s NaNoWriMo?

Find out all about it:  https://nanowrimo.org/

Dec
15
Sat
Holiday Plan for Success Party @ Windmill Library
Dec 15 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

LVRW Holiday Party – What’s your 2019 Plan for Success?

 

We are celebrating the holidays during our December LVRW Chapter Meeting. Join us for a holiday brunch as we all share and celebrate our successes from 2018 and start planning for 2019. What are your goals? Are you finishing a book or two? Putting together a marketing strategy for a new release? We’re going to document our writing goals and dreams for 2019, seal them in individual envelopes and we’ll return them to you later in the year.  Join us for a festive celebration with your fellow authors as we plan for the future. Bring a favorite dish or food item to share. Drinks, paper plates and plastic utensils will be provided. We’ll also have several fabulous door prizes to inspire you in your writing journey. Happy Holidays!

 

Apr
20
Sat
Writing Multiple Series with Marie Force
Apr 20 all-day

Writing Multiple Series Workshop

A series can be a great way to launch a career and hook readers on your writing. Keeping readers coming back for more while managing multiple titles, series and genres can be somewhat overwhelming without a clear strategy in mind. As the author of five New York Times bestselling series currently at various stages, Marie Force offers some secrets to keeping multiple balls in the air at the same time. This topic will be useful for authors who have several titles to manage and are looking to grow their following. Marie will share some of the tricks of what works for her and how she’s “trained” herself to write two—and sometimes THREE—books at the same time. Marie likes to say that a successful series is the gift that keeps on giving for an author!

This will be a half day workshop. Please come back later for more details on time and cost, or better yet, sign up for our newsletter!

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. In 2019, her new historical Gilded Series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception.

All together, her books have sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for romance fiction.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Join Marie’s mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie’s many reader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.