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Feb
7
Tue
Gambling for Writers @ Online Class
Feb 7 – Feb 24 all-day

There are 20 states in the United States that allow commercial casinos and many amazing vacation spots around the world have casinos. Whether you want to write a professional or occasional gambler, in this workshop we will go over the basic rules for some of the most popular casino games, and the basics of sports betting. In addition, we will cover the basic differences in gaming laws within the United States. Finally, this workshop will give you a basic cast of characters that can be found at most casinos and their basic job descriptions.

This is an online class. It will be conducted on an email loop through groups.io. No registration with groups.io is required before being invited to join the class loop two days before the class begins.

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LVRW Members – $10; Non-LVRW Members – $15


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The workshop will be presented by Elizabeth Spaur, President of Las Vegas Romance Writers. She writes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance, as well as mysteries with romantic elements. A resident of Las Vegas for ten years and a visitor for more than a decade before, Elizabeth has both won and lost her fair share at the tables and slots. With family and friends working for various casinos, she has also had a chance to look behind the curtain at the day to day operations of casinos.

Mar
6
Mon
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:

Website: http://www.daughersofavalonpublishing.com
Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Tambra-Kendall/e/B002G84988/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tambra.kendall
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/TambraKendall
Blog: https://tambranicolekendall.wordpress.com
Fine Art America: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/tambra-sas.html

Mar
18
Sat
Creating a Treasure Map to Your Story @ Green Valley Library
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Creating a Treasure Map to Your Story with Sara Fujimara

Do you have a dozen story ideas that start out strong and then promptly die? Do you have a tantalizing opener and kick-butt ending, but have no idea how to get through the sagging middle? Let Sara teach you how to create a map for your brilliant story idea and increase your chances of being published.

c27bf314f0ced44d32c50b523823e1aeAbout Sara: I’m the American half of our Japanese-American family. I spend about a month each summer at my in-laws’ house in rural Japan with my teen-aged children. So it will be no surprise that I’ve written about Japanese culture and raising bicultural kids for such magazines as APPLESEEDS, LEARNING THROUGH HISTORY, EAST WEST, RAISING ARIZONA KIDS, and MOTHERING, as well as, writing travel-related articles for the book TO JAPAN WITH LOVE. I have been a professional freelance writer and creative writing teacher for over a decade. Along with school visits, I have done presentations for SCBWI-Arizona, SCBWI-Japan, Girl Scouts, Desert Rose Chapter RWA, ONEBOOKAZ, TechPHX, Phoenix Comicon, and at several anime/manga/Japanese culture conventions. I’m passionate about literacy and supporting the next generation of writers. I’m proud to be the organizer of Rock the Drop-Phoenix, a guerrilla literacy event to support YALSA’s Teen Read Week.

 

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
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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The cost is $15 for LVRW members; $20 for non-members


 

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
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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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.

Jun
17
Sat
To Be Announced @ Green Valley Library
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Check back soon! We’ll have all the details right here, as soon as we know them.

Aug
1
Tue
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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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.