For you and for your writing
There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who knows what to do next. Don’t let an unexpected emergency stop you or your heroine in your tracks. Information and practical exercises will help you be prepared, even if your emergency is between the pages of the book you’re writing.
Presenter Kathryn Jane, is a certified Public Safety Communicator, trained in Emergency Preparedness, as well as Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Airport dispatch.
Join us for this fun and informative class!
Award winning author, Kathryn Jane is known for rising to a challenge, whether it’s training for a pilot’s license, facing down cancer, training cantankerous horses or writing that first novel.
Her personal tales of adventure include momentarily misplacing a thoroughbred filly inside a 747 at thirty thousand feet, planning the evacuation of over fifty horses in the path of an approaching wildfire, and being volunteered to represent her peers in a public speaking venue.
In the novels she writes, Kathryn keeps her heroines busy surviving life threatening adventures, or soul searching personal journeys, while they are doggedly determined to not fall in love with men they really don’t need. Think modern-day white knights, and reluctant, self-sufficient damsels.
In spite of ridiculous odds, every story has a happy ending, with both halves of a couple coming to terms with love and all its complications.
Kathryn lives in a cozy cottage in the Pacific Northwest with a pair of tuxedo cats, and a faithful dog to keep the man of her dreams company as she writes page turning, steamy tales of love, mystery, and adventure.
Dream Up An Answer
with Kristina Mull
Are you stuck like a fly on flypaper? Like gum on your shoe? Like a bad song jingle in your head? Or worse? Is your editor breathing down your neck waiting for you to finish your next bestseller? Or, are you your own worst enemy, and expect everything that flows out of your fingertips to be perfectly brilliant from the start?
Don’t you wish you could just…sleep on it?
You can, and you should. Your dreams are the key to unlocking all the creativity that’s bottled up inside you. You just need to figure out where you hid the lock.
In this 4 week course, you will get an overview of what dreams are, how to keep a dream journal, how to use your dreams to enhance your creativity and suggestions on implementing your dreams into your writing. There will be some fun dream projects to work on, and a couple of prizes.
So, get in your jammies, grab a blanket and dream up a solution to that plot dilemma!
Since a young age, I’ve been able to lucid dream (be “awake” in a dream). I didn’t know everyone else wasn’t doing it and when I found that out, I wanted to help them so they could do it too. I’m simply amazed by the power of our minds, and the magic we all manifest when we close our eyes.
I worked in the Casino Gaming world as a graphic artist for almost twenty years, but am now a freelance graphic artist and romance author (I write under Kay Phoenix). I have degrees in both Graphic Arts and Psychology.
I hope that sharing my personal journey and creative methods help you along your path inward. Please contact me with any questions or comments about anything that you find on this site or in the materials.
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is an annual event that brings together readers and authors in all genres and age groups. It’s lots of fun and there’s something for everyone in the family. Mark the date on your calendar and plan to make a day of it!
The Las Vegas Romance Writers will have a booth at the festival, so keep an eye out for us. We’ll be spotlighting our many authors throughout the day, signing books, and giving away lots of fun stuff. We’re a friendly group who love to geek out about anything romance. Have a favorite book boyfriend? Come share him with us! Want to know what it takes to write a romance? Come ask! We’d love to meet you. 🙂
The VVBF is also where the LVRWs will announce the winners of the 2017 I Heart Indie Contest. The IHI contest is an international contest of book covers and back cover blurbs that is judged by book clubs all over the world. Stop by and check out the winners!
For more information about the Vegas Valley Book Festival, including the schedule of events (and there are a bunch!), you can find out more here.
Plotting Party with the LVRW Tribe
Join us as B A McIntosh facilitates our 1st LVRW Plotting Party. 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 to our October LVRW Chapter Meeting where we will work together to flesh out those ideas and get you started on plotting your novel.
Even our seasoned authors struggle with plotting. 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 a tip sheet and questionnaire to get you started on plotting your next novel and 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, 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?
Celebrate National Novel Writing Month with the Las Vegas Romance Writers!
We’ll gather at the Sundance Grill in the Silverton Casino. There will be prizes, sprints, camaraderie, and the shared goal of getting words on the page. Everyone is welcome! It’s a free event, but food and drinks will be available for purchase.
So put this event on your calendar now and plan to join us! We don’t bite and we’d love to meet you. If you happen to be an introvert, no worries! We get you, we really do. In fact, many of us are introverts, too. Don’t let that stop you. Suck it up and come join us. It’ll be good for you and we promise not to bite. 😉
This meeting promises to be fun and interesting with two such terrific presenters! Check back for more details. We’ll post them as soon as we have them.
Elizabeth Spaur’s Bio:
When her physics teacher gave her detention for reading a romance novel during class, Elizabeth Spaur knew she was destined to be a romance writer. Her journey from physics class to published author has gone from coast to coast and led her through multiple industries, including film and television, banking, and the law. Every step along the way has enriched her life and helped her tell stories that always come with a happily ever after and, usually, a side of snark. Elizabeth writes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. She lives with the love of her life and two pairs of cats and dogs, all of whom are named after television crime fighters. She enjoys hearing from her readers at email@example.com
Kay Phoenix’s Bio:
Ms. Phoenix is a rare bird herself…a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. She belongs to Las Vegas Romance Writers and has served on the board for several years. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America with PAN status. Prior to writing, Kay was a Graphic Artist for fifteen years in the casino industry and holds degrees in both Graphic Arts and Psychology. In her spare
Prior to writing, Kay was a Graphic Artist for fifteen years in the casino industry and holds degrees in both Graphic Arts and Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling, and photography. She is also involved in several Las Vegas non-profits and is the current Chairman of a popular, long-running, local art show.
Kay has been blessed to be able to travel many places, which inspired her to host a weekly author spotlight called “Midweek Escapes” on her blog. It features guest author’s favorite vacation destinations, their travel tips, and, of course, information about their book releases and occasional giveaways.
To celebrate the holiday season, we’re having a Plot Luck! Bring one of your character’s favorite dishes and join us to share some holiday cheer. Spouses and significant others are welcome and we’ll have the ever-popular white elephant gift exchange.
This event is for our members only. All the details, including time and place, can be found on our members’ email loop.
LVRW Holiday Party – What’s your 2018 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 2017 and start planning for 2018. 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 2018, seal them in individual envelopes and we’ll return them to you at our February Writers Retreat. 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. Happy Holidays!
The Plot Thickens with Melissa Cutler
Are you new to writing and the idea of plotting a book feels like a daunting task? Or perhaps you’re a veteran writer with the growing sense that you’ve already used every possible plot point under the sun in your previous books and you need a fresh shot of inspiration. Most of us have a natural instinct about how to craft a story’s plot—after all, we’ve been reading, hearing, and watching stories our whole lives. But what might seem at first like second-nature can come to a screeching halt—or a lackluster fizzle—partway through writing your own fictional story. In this plotting masterclass, participants will learn practical tools for plotting stories that they can put into action immediately to banish their story’s saggy middle and create a plot that sizzles all the way to THE END.
This Workshop Will Cover:
- Central Conflict
- Character Arcs
- Incorporating Secondary Characters and Plots
- Strategies for Making Fresh and Dynamic Plotting Choices
- How to Incorporate Backstory Without Boring Your Readers
- Plotting Tips for Pantsers
- Building Your Own Plotting Dream Team
Melissa Cutler is a former high school English teacher turned published author with St. Martin’s Press, Berkley, Kensington Books, and Harlequin. After many years of honing her romance writing skills and racking up more than 150 rejections from agents and editors, she sold four books in five days to two separate New York publishers and landed her dream agent. In the five years since, she’s gone on to sell seventeen books and she’s just getting warmed up. Her latest release is ONE WILD NIGHT in her popular ONE AND ONLY TEXAS Series from St. Martin’s Press. You can learn more about Melissa and her books at www.melissacutler.net.
This event will be at the lovely Mt. Charleston Resort, only a short distance from Las Vegas. We’re still working on the details, but we envision this weekend as a break from the world to let you focus on your writing. We will have a speaker on Saturday, along with plenty of time to write, critique sessions, and opportunities to collaborate with others about the plot of your next book, among other things.
You can find out more about the Mt. Charleston Resort here.
Check back soon for more detail, including the cost!