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.
National Novel Writing Month is nearly here and this year, the Las Vegas Romance Writers will celebrate with a free event for anyone who wants to write a book!
Writing a book is hard work and it has highs and lows that not many people understand. Our members have published more than 80 novels, so we know what it’s like to pour your heart and soul into what you write. We’ll be on hand throughout the event to share our tips and tricks, talk shop, and give you encouragement and support. Bring your craft questions, plot holes, and writers block, and we’ll help in any way we can. If all you want is a nice place to write, we’ll have that for you, too.
We’ll gather in the upper portion of the Sundance Grill in the Silverton Casino. You’ll have access to Wifi, but make sure your computer is fully charged. Outlets will be scarce. Get there on time to find the perfect spot. The Sundance Grill will provide a special menu if you’d like to buy breakfast or lunch, and many beverages are available with free refills throughout the event.
Everyone will receive a raffle ticket and we’ll have several drawings to win great craft books.
Finally, a note to all the introverts out there. We get you, we really do. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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!
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.
We are thrilled to announce that Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, will join us for the weekend as our featured speaker. She’ll also be offering critiques and will be available throughout the weekend.
This event will be at the lovely Mt. Charleston Resort, only a short distance from Las Vegas. It’ll be a time to take a break from the world and focus on your writing. Rebecca will offer a couple workshops, but there will be plenty of time to write, for critique sessions, and lots of 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! Or sign up for our newsletter and we’ll send you all the details as soon as we have them.
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!
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.
Join us for a full day of craft workshops! We’ll cover all the basics of how to write a book. Whether you’ve written several, or have no idea where to start, this all day workshop will have something for you. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Check back later for all the details, or sign up for our newsletter and we’ll send them to you as soon as we have them. Everyone is welcome!
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.Â 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.