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Dec
2
Sat
Holiday Party! (Members Only)
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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.

Dec
16
Sat
Holiday Plan for Success Party @ Windmill Library
Dec 16 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

LVRW Holiday Party – What’s your 2018 Plan for Success?

 

 

We are celebrating the holidays during our December LVRW Chapter Meeting. Join us for holiday treats 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 later in the year.  Join us for a festive celebration with your fellow authors as we plan for the future. If you like, bring a favorite dish or food item to share.  We’ll also have fun contests and several fabulous door prizes to inspire you in your writing journey. Happy Holidays!

Jan
1
Mon
ONLINE: How to Give a Workshop with Tami Cowden
Jan 1 – Jan 26 all-day

Have you ever wanted to give an online class or present a workshop? This is the class for you!

This class will be held in January 2018, and all the details will be available soon. For all the latest info, sign up for our newsletter!

 

I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a writer but did a lot of other things instead. After practicing law for ten years, I finally started writing fiction. That was in 1997, and I’ve come a long way since then, have published
dozens of short stories and over one hundred articles. My first novel, Cruising for Love, won RWA’s Golden Heart and was released in by Avalon.

Jan
20
Sat
The Plot Thickens with Melissa Cutler
Jan 20 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

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.

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Feb
1
Thu
ONLINE: Heroes and Heroines
Feb 1 – Feb 24 all-day

Join Tami Cowden, author of Heroes and Heroines–Sixteen Master Archetypes, for an online class. The class will be held in February 2018 and all the details will be available soon. Sign up for our newsletter to get all the latest news first.

Tami Cowden:

I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a writer but did a lot of other things instead. After practicing law for ten years, I finally started writing fiction. That was in 1997, and I’ve come a long way since then, have published
dozens of short stories and over one hundred articles. My first novel, Cruising for Love, won RWA’s Golden Heart and was released in by Avalon.

Feb
16
Fri
Writers Retreat @ The Resort at Mt. Charleston
Feb 16 – Feb 18 all-day

REGISTER NOW! Prices will be going up soon.

 

REGISTER NOW! The retreat is only $125.00, but the price will be going up soon. This retreat is limited to 30 participants and spots will fill up quickly. Give yourself the best Christmas present and sign up now!

Once you pay via the Paypal link below, you will be directed to a form that you must fill out and submit. If you have any questions, please contact us at contact@lvrwa.org.


Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive information about how to book your room at the Mt. Charleston Resort.

We can’t wait to see you in February!

 

 

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Mar
1
Thu
ONLINE: Villains with Tami Cowden
Mar 1 – Mar 30 all-day

Join us for a class on villains, given by Tami Cowden, author of Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes.

This class will take place in March 2018. All the details will be available soon. To find out more, sign up for our newsletter.

Tami Cowden:

I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a writer but did a lot of other things instead. After practicing law for ten years, I finally started writing fiction. That was in 1997, and I’ve come a long way since then, have published
dozens of short stories and over one hundred articles. My first novel, Cruising for Love, won RWA’s Golden Heart and was released in by Avalon.

Mar
17
Sat
Annual Spring Tea Party @ Together Forever Receptions
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Spring Tea is our annual event where readers and authors come together to celebrate romance novels. We’ll have many tables, all hosted by a different author, as well as a main speaker. This year, we are very excited to have Joan Johnston, author of more than 50 USA Today and NYT bestselling novels, as our keynote speaker.

So come and bring your friends for a fun-filled afternoon! Dress in your favorite St. Patrick’s Day finery, or dress up for formal tea, and join us for tea with all the trimmings, prizes, and many opportunities to meet your favorite authors.

The tickets are normally $50. Now, for a short time, you’ll receive $5 off! Hurry and buy your tickets before January 1, 2018, to receive this deal. These tickets are an ideal Christmas present for the reader in your life. This event is also a good excuse to gather your friends and enjoy a weekend getaway in Las Vegas. Whatever your plans, get your tickets now!

Writers Retreat
Your Name and Email Address:

Joan Johnston is the top ten New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of 58 novels and novellas with more than 15 million copies of her books in print. Her adventures traveling the world as an Air Force brat–encountering a cobra on the back porch and letting a baby octopus crawl on her hand in the Philippines, getting her teeth straightened by a Danish dentist in Casablanca, watching a camel get slaughtered at the souk in Marrakech, and learning to ride on an Arabian stallion in Morocco—made her curious about the world and gave her a love of travel. That rich upbringing–as one of seven kids–gave her the material to become the writer she is today.

Joan earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, an M.A. in Theater from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Joan has an eclectic background and has worked as a director of theatre, drama critic, newspaper editor, college professor (at Barry University and the University of Miami), and attorney (with Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Miami, Florida) on her way to becoming a full-time writer. She has also raised two really great (fairly normal) kids.

Joan currently has a three-book contract with Penguin Random House (Dell) to write both contemporary and historical romance.

You can find out more about Joan at www.joanjohnston.com, find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joanjohnstonauthor, or tweet her @joanjohnston.

Apr
21
Sat
Going from Love to Lust with Tami Cowden
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This class is for anyone who writes anything with romantic elements.

The details of this meeting will be available soon. In the mean time, sign up for our newsletter to hear it all first.

I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a writer but did a lot of other things instead. After practicing law for ten years, I finally started writing fiction. That was in 1997, and I’ve come a long way since then, have published
dozens of short stories and over one hundred articles. My first novel, Cruising for Love, won RWA’s Golden Heart and was released in by Avalon.

Jul
2
Mon
ONLINE: Piracy for Authors–Understanding the Problem
Jul 2 – Jul 31 all-day

Piracy with Merien Grey

 

This class is for authors who want a working understanding of literary piracy. The class covers how piracy occurs, where readers find pirate sites, how the sites work, and where the files they use come from. It covers what Digital Rights Management is exactly and in what ways it is and isn’t effective. We will discuss the various sides of the issue and why some people feel they have every right to pirate authors work and why some authors don’t bother to worry about it. There are various interviews and comments from best selling authors on what they do or don’t do and why. There are recommendations on what authors can do to lessen the impact of piracy and what they can do to advocate for better enforcement industry wide. Examples of take down notices will be given and various opinions given on how effective they are as well as why they are useless sometimes. An extensive bibliography of articles and websites concerned with literary piracy will be provided at the end of the class.

Merien spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst. She has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology.  She is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. The last ten years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison, webmistress, and conference committee positions. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.

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