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Mar
6
Mon
ONLINE: Characterization and Plotting: Weaving Them Together to Make Your Story Come Alive @ Online Class
Mar 6 – Mar 31 all-day

Presented by Tamara Nicole Kendall

 

Join us for this intermediate level on-line course. The lessons will be posted throughout the month of March, 2017. You’re welcome to review them at your convenience, then post any questions and comments to the instructor, and see those posted by fellow students. You’ll soon be reaping the benefits of these lessons in your own writing.

Lessons include: Brainstorming, Character Profile Questions and Interviewing Characters, What is Plot, Plot Sketches and Backstory, GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict, Writing Strong Characters and Viewpoint, No Sagging Middles, Scene and Sequel, Plotting Methods, Creating Three Dimensional Characters, Adding Tension and Danger, Mini Workshop on Writing Hot, Basic Worldbuilding.

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The cost is $20 for LVRW members; $25 for non-members


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72fa81d834d74a84f0fac7a3961edb1fTambra knew from the time she was 12 years old she wanted to write romance. All those summers spent at the public library reading Nancy Drew, historical romance and category romance infused her love of the romance genre. Authors who have influenced her writing are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Angela Knight, Deidre Knight, Christina Dodd, Arnette Lamb, Kerrelyn Sparks, Kimberly Raye and Jim Butcher.

In 1994, she joined Romance Writers of America (RWA). Through years of study and hard work, she became a multi-published author writing for epublishers and small press.

Tambra also writes nonfiction.  Her work has been published in magazine, newspaper and trade publications.
In 1990 she illustrated, wrote and self-published a specialty children’s book on ADHD focusing on behavior modification.  A few years later, she took the Institute for Children’s Literature course keeping learning more about writing for children while soaking up all of the information on the craft of romance writing.

Teaching is Tambra’s way to give back to other writers. She’s given workshops to various RWA chapters and for Savvy Authors and occasionally at her local college.

You can connect with Tambra at these social media places:

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Apr
15
Sat
Dynamic Story Creation with Maxwell Alexander Drake @ Green Valley Library
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Before you start writing your story, you need a clear idea of what your job is as a Story Creator. Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he presents his class, “Dynamic Story Creation – The Philosophy of Story Creation.” This class gives you insight into the theory of story creation, generating a strong foundation for you to build upon and ensuring readers will be captivated from the very first page. From why readers read stories, to understanding how stories must be created so readers will read yours, this class will help you understand the psychology of what it means to create stories for others, leaving your readers hungry for more.

 

drakeDrake wrote his first novel nearly thirty years ago when he was twelve. A lovely piece of fiction titled The Warlord’s Dust. While the world will never see this work (it was, after all, written by a twelve-year-old), the love of storytelling never left him. He’s been professionally writing for about ten years, working for both large and small companies. He’s done everything from being the Lead Fiction Writer for a massive video game from Sony titled EverQuest Next, all the way down to self-publishing some of his own work. He’s worked as a novelist, graphic novelist, been a playwright for movies, TV, and stage, as well as being a tie-in writer for both the video and table-top gaming markets.

Always one of the highest-rated presenters, Drake has been teaching creative writing classes since 2009 at fan conventions, book festivals, writers’ conferences, as well as locally for the Clark County Library District.

Learn more about Drake at www.maxwellalexanderdrake.com

Apr
22
Sat
First Annual Spring Tea with Jodi Thomas @ Together Forever Receptions
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Sign up now for this incredible event! Meet Jodi Thomas, a truly incredible lady, and many other fantastic romance writers. Tickets are going fast, so grab yours now while you still can!

 


With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 novels and 13 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.

In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.

Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at  West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.

When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.

May
8
Mon
ONLINE: Writing Believable Reporters with Anna Hague @ Online class
May 8 – May 19 all-day

“The fist pounding on my desk dissipated my tropical daydream into the stark reality of how near I stood to the unemployment line. “Damn it, where’s that story,” my editor screams into my face—coffee and cigarette breath causing my stomach to revolt. “If you don’t get me something by 5 p.m., start looking for another job.”

 

Gag. Eye roll. OMG. I’ve read the scenario in countless novels and watched the whole ridiculous scene in too many movies.

Reporters are generally portrayed as two types: 1. Low-life, obnoxious human who will do anything for a story, or 2. The reporter’s very existence depends upon the completion of a story that will forever change his or her life.

Both types are usually inaccurate.

The path to create a reporter as a believable and interesting character is to understand what really happens in newsrooms, both dailies and weeklies, cities and small towns. All are different. All serve a different audience. All have different needs. All have different rules.

In this class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to write a believable reporter, including:

  1. Learning why reporters do what they do. The pay is worse than teacher’s salaries.
  2. Establishing the difference between dailies and weeklies.
  3. Understanding the job descriptions of reporters, photographers, editors, copy editors, and freelancers.
  4. Learning the nuts and bolts of a reporter’s daily life.
  5. Establishing working relationships with sources.
  6. Understanding how a woman reporter differs from a man, and how to navigate that forest.

Sign up now for this exciting and informative class.

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Anna Hague is the instructor for this course. For the last twenty-five years Anna has worked as a reporter for various newspapers including a mid-sized city daily, several small-town weeklies, and she currently works as a freelance sports reporter. Her resume runs the gamut from hard news, police beats, and community news. She has extensive experience in sports reporting which includes all levels of competition from high school to professional sports.

May
20
Sat
Walk in My Boots with Holly S. Roberts @ Findlay Chevrolet Community Room
May 20 all-day

Walk in My Boots: A comprehensive study of law enforcement for writers.

Do you write mystery, romantic suspense, or have police professionals in your novels? If the answer is yes, join Holly S. Roberts for an exciting adventure in law enforcement to learn about the rigorous training required to wear a badge and the ins and outs of how police professionals handle intricate cases.

What about police *gear: **gun, **Taser, ballistic vest, and handcuffs? Have you ever geared up, practiced your draw, and felt the actual weight a police officer carries each day on shift? You’ll find out with Holly’s hands-on approach to teaching you what it’s like to walk in the boots of a patrol officer and detective.

In 2009, Holly was the lead detective in a serial murder case and worked with the FBI to bring down a man whose final victim was a 16-year-old boy from her jurisdiction. She offers a case study of his crimes and an inside glimpse into the mind of a serial killer.

*Comfortable clothes recommended.

**Simulated training weapons only

h-roberts2-500USA TODAY Best-Selling Author, Holly S. Roberts, has penned more than 30 romance books. She writes paranormal romance as D’Elen McClain and writes police procedure and an award winning police blog as her alter ego Suzie Ivy. She’s repped for film, television, audio and international book rights by Lane Heymont with the Tobias Agency.

During her younger years, Holly owned a popular independent bookstore in Phoenix, AZ. She eventually sold the store and decided to live her dream by attending the police academy at the age of 45. She spent 10 years in law enforcement and retired as a specialist in sex crimes with the occasional homicide thrown in. After Hollywood snagged up her life rights, she decided to retire and fulfill her second dream as a writer. She now lives high in the Arizona Mountains with her husband and two spoiled dogs. For more information about Holly and her books visit www.wickedstorytelling.com or www.badluckdetecive.com

 

 

 

 

 

Jun
5
Mon
ONLINE: What to Do When a Horse Shows Up? @ Online Class
Jun 5 – Jun 30 all-day

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN A HORSE SHOWS UP?

 

Do you panic? Hit the brakes? Inform your heroine she can’t have a horse?  Not if you take this course filled with basic horsemanship, in-depth equine knowledge, critical terminology and a bonus list of don’ts to save you from looking like a rooky and making readers toss your book at a wall.
Presenter Kathryn Jane has extensive experience riding in the show ring, on the racetrack, over jumps, cross-country chasing cattle, training horses and assisting veterinarians.

 

Join us for this fun and informative class.

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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.

Jun
17
Sat
Did They Mean to Say That? @ Green Valley Library
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Did They Mean to Say That?

Tips for Writing Successful Dialogue

Presented by Elizabeth Spaur

Dialogue is one of the most critical elements of a story. At its best, it develops character, moves the action forward and makes your story shine. At its worst, it slows the pace of your story, confuses the reader or takes them completely out of the story. In this workshop we’ll look at why dialogue is so important to your story, what makes it work and how to fix it when it isn’t doing its job.

When her physics teacher gave her detention for reading a romance novel during class, Elizabeth Spaur knew she was destined to be 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 elizabeth@elizabethspaur.com

Aug
1
Tue
ONLINE: Self-Publishing: “Where the Heck Do I Start?” @ Online Class
Aug 1 – Aug 29 all-day

SELF-PUBLISHING  “WHERE THE HECK DO I START?”

 

You’ve written the book. You’ve decided to jump into the pond and self-publish. But you have no idea what to do next, how to send your baby off into the world alone. Relax. That’s what this class is here to share with you. Four weeks of lessons that will set you up to take the next steps.

Lessons will include: definitions of terms you’re going to hear; explanations of subjects such as branding and distribution; how to use social media, loops, signature lines and peripherals; what to expect from the industry professionals you decide to hire; covers and copyright pages explained; series vs serial vs stand alone; and much, much more.

Give yourself a step up and sign up for this informative class!

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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.

Aug
19
Sat
Editing and Publishing with Tara Taylor Quinn @ Green Valley Library
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

As a traditional author with over 80 books in print, Tara Taylor Quinn offers insight into the world of editing and publishing.

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Having written over eighty novels, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA TODAY bestselling author with more than seven million copies sold. She is known for delivering intense, emotional fiction. Tara is a past president of Romance Writers of America. She has won a Readers’ Choice Award and is a five-time finalist for an RWA RITA® Award, a finalist for a Reviewers’ Choice Award and a Booksellers’ Best Award. She has also appeared on TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning. She supports the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

Sep
4
Mon
ONLINE: Emergency Preparedness with Kathryn Jane @ Online Class
Sep 4 – Sep 29 all-day

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

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!

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The cost is $20 for LVRW members; $25 for non-members


 

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.