Next Meeting: September 6, 2014

Barbara Keiler: The Writer’s Journey

In “The Hero’s Journey,” Chris Vogler outlines the nine stages a hero goes through to get from the beginning to the satisfying conclusion of a story. In “The Writer’s Journey,” Barbara discusses how our journeys as writers parallel the journeys of the heroes and heroines we create, and also how our journeys are very different from those of our heroes and heroines. She has come up with nine lessons of her own that guide writers from the first step they take onward.

Since her first publication thirty-one years ago, USA Today bestselling author Barbara Keiler, who writes as Judith Arnold, has sold more than ninety traditionally published novels and several original indie-published novels. She’s been a multiple finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Rita Award, as well as the EPIC Award for electronic fiction, and she’s won RT Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Awards for best Harlequin American Romance, best Harlequin Superromance, best Series Romance and best Contemporary Single Title Romance. She has also won the New England Readers Choice “Bean Pot” Award for Long Contemporary Romance. Publishers Weekly named her novel Love in Bloom’s one of the best books of the year, and her novel Barefoot in the Grass has appeared on recommended reading lists at hospitals and breast cancer support centers. Married and a mother of two, Barbara lives near Boston in a house with four guitars, three pianos, a violin, an electric keyboard, a balalaika and a set of bongo drums.

Upcoming Meeting:

October 4, 2014

November 1, 2014

December 6, 2014

 

Next Meeting: June 7

Jeanne Paglio: Promotion

Daunted by promotion? As creative people, we tend to dislike stepping out of our comfort zone to bring our work to public attention. Cursing over Facebook and shying away from Twitter because you aren’t comfortable with either of them or how they can work for you, you can take a stand and figure out what types of promotion is painless (or mostly painless). It’s imperative to consider marketing and what you can do to make your mark in the world of readers. There’s more to marketing than Facebook and Twitter.

This informal, and interactive workshop explores the possibilities available to those who seek to increase sales, and to become adept at the what, where,to whom, and the how of promotion. Marketing is as important to you, the author, as it is to breathing air. We mustn’t all be experts at marketing, but we certainly need to be proficient and take every opportunity to promote ourselves and the work we do.

Instead of giving away our work, repeatedly slamming people with our book(s) on Facebook, we’ll discuss various venues that are free or have some cost attached to them and take less time than we ever imagined. In view of the reader’s marketplace, there are a number of efficient and less “time” costly ways to use promotion as a way to acquire readers.

Bring your notebook, have your questions ready, and plan on sharing the most effective way you’ve found to promote your work.

Jeanne Paglio writes fiction as J.M. Griffin, and non-fiction as Jeanne Paglio. She is a hybrid author, and an artist, who has been down the business road many times and still manages to find new and interesting ways of promoting her work. Published in magazines and having taught at RISD and at art conventions throughout the country, Jeanne is the author of ten published novels and eight art books.

As a business oriented author, Jeanne has spent many years perfecting ways in which to reach the public and make them aware of her work. While she has no business or marketing degree, Jeanne is tenacious and avid student in the art of business and how to market her work. She has been the President and also served as the First Vice President of The Little Rhody Rembrandts painting group in Rhode Island.

Jeanne currently lives in Scituate, Rhode Island and spends her time working on the next project or two, whichever one strikes her fancy.

Upcoming Meeting:

No meetings in July and August

Next meeting: September 6, 2014

 

 

Next Meeting: May 10, 2014

Estate Planning for Authors

Have you ever thought about what will happen to your stories after you’re gone? What about your website, social media accounts and contracts with digital distributors like Amazon and Smashwords?

At our May meeting, Gin Jones will share the basic steps you can take to protect your intangible assets after you’re gone, including the seventy-year lifetime of your copyrights, and your “digital afterlife” (your on-line presence).

The workshop will cover the basics of estate planning, while focusing on the unique elements of an author’s estate: the seventy-year life of copyright, appointment of literary representatives and management of the author’s digital afterlife.

Gin Jones is a licensed attorney with more than ten years’ experience in the general practice of law. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and a member of Sisters in Crime. She has written two non-fiction books, Estate Planning For Authors and Business Planning For Authors. Gin’s first cozy mystery,Nursing A Grudge (Gemma Halliday Publishing), will be released in June 2014. For more information, visit thewritegin.blogspot.com

NOTE: This month’s meeting is being held on the second Saturday rather than the first so as not to conflict with the RWA New England Chapter Conference on May 3.

Upcoming Meeting:

June 7

 

Next Meeting: April 5, 2014

Mary Rubino, CH: Visions, Vision Boards and Hypnosis: Tools for Success

Ever think of your mind as a tool?

An ally that can learn to help you achieve your highest potential?

Join Mary Rubino, Certified Hypnotist, as she guides you through this process of using vision boards to create your ideal vision and put you on the fast track to reaching your goals.

***** Raffle for free private hypnosis session with Mary *****

NOTE: Instructions on how to create vision boards, no materials provided.

Mary Rubino

Mary Rubino

Mary R. Rubino, CH (Certified Hypnotist) is a 2010 graduate of Thomas Institute of Hypnosis. She is certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists. Mary believes her services can work in partnership with mainstream medical care in providing a pathway to greater health, wholeness and healing. Mary holds private sessions nights and Saturdays at her office located in Franklin Back and Joint Care in Franklin. Mary is a resident of Medway, has two grown daughters Colleen and Frances, and a grandson Jared.

Upcoming Meetings:

May 10
June 7

 

Next Meeting: March 1, 2014

Cynthia D’Attilio: Writing under the Skin: going beneath the surface of your character’s experience

Have you ever gotten a rejection letter (or a review) that reads something like:

“The writing is solid, and your characters are well-drawn, but I just didn’t fall in love with it”?

After cursing the writer of the letter/review out, did you ask yourself: How do you make a reader fall in love with your story? One answer: by letting them be a part of it.

Many writers (experienced as well as newbies) write good scenes and call them complete. But further exploration reveals they’ve missed the opportunity to go deeper into the good stuff that hooks a reader—and creates a compelling story they’ll want to recommend to others.

This interactive workshop explores how to bring a character’s experience to life for your reader by using tips on points of view as well as a discussion of action and reactions. It attempts to teach writers how to get under a character’s skin and into their heads so that readers can live in them and through them and more fully immerse themselves in their story world. Bring a pen, some paper, and be ready to write and share in small groups!

Cynthia D’Attilio has too many pseudonyms. She writes as Cynthia Selwyn for Breathless Press, has edited as Cynthia Blackburn, Cynthia Brayden-Thomas and Veronica Swift, and is currently working on a book to be self-published under the name Marnie Blue. She also writes fanfic under the name GrammarDemon.

Besides a tendency towards multiple personalities, she is the mother of three,(under the name “Mom”) pack leader of two (as “Wuff”) and wife of one (as “Hey Honey, Have You Seen My Car Keys?”). She’s been a sporadic member of RIRW (see motherhood, previous sentence) since 1995 and has served the group as Newsletter Editor and as President. Cynthia currently lives in Cranston, and spends most days trying to remember what to call herself.

You can email her at cynthiablackburned@gmail.com; it’s the only email address programmed into her phone.

Upcoming Meetings:

April 5
May 3
June 7

 

Refresh Your Spirit Retreat

Join us January 31 through February 2, 2014 at the Comfort Inn in Newport/Middletown, Rhode Island for workshops, socializing, and writing.

Preregistration required.

There is no regular meeting in February. The next meeting is March 1.

Upcoming Meetings:

March 1
April 5
May 3
June 7

Next Meeting: January 4, 2014

Dawn Quesnel, CPCC, PCC: Taming Your Whirlwind Life

  • Do you feel like you are always running?
  • Are you tired of feeling like people walk all over you?
  • Sick of feeling obligated to say yes, too much, or you commit to things you later regret?

Take care of your life, you only have one!

In this intense exploration of understanding why we do the things we do, you’ll identify your top values, learn a new formula for managing your choices, and walk away with strategies for taming Whirlwind Tunnel Syndrome. -

“The all of the time, and sometimes most of the time, shuffling, shifting, chasing, and running on over drive, so you can catch up syndrome!”

Dawn Quesnel, CPCC, PCC, aka, Coach DQ is bold, innovative, passionate, fun, and stands out from the crowd! Her motto is: “Life is too short! Do what you love!” Her work has been recognized by industry leaders including being named by the International Coach Federation New England “Career Coach of the Year”. Certified as both a Career, and a Life Coach, her company Career Life Balance, specializes in working with top performing sales, marketing, and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their career so they can love their life with a little more balance. Building upon her previous background and experience as a Top Performing Executive Recruiter, DQ created The B.R.I.D.G.E. Method, a six step process designed to help you reach your goals 50% faster. Developed to coach job seekers find and negotiate the right job in half the time, The BRIDGE Method has been published in the book “101 Ways to Enhance Your Career” by Michele and David Riklan, Founders of SelfGrowth.com and featured on ABC-TV, FOX-TV, WBZ-TV, and in various new publications throughout New England.

When she is not coaching clients, speaking, or conducting workshops, she hosts & co-produces a monthly radio show called, “Brain Talk Radio” a show created to help you see the profitable connection between business and your intuition, your Left and Right brain. In this role, Dawn has recruited some of the biggest names in coaching and business success to appear on her show, including Michael Gerber, “e-Myth” Rick Hanson, “The Buddha’s Brain”‘ Dan Pink, “D.R.I.V.E.”, and David Rock, “Your Brain at Work”. Brain Talk Radio airs on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 12n EST on (www.blogtalkradio.com/coach-dq).

Upcoming Meetings:

February 1
March 1
April 5
May 3
June 7

 

Next Meeting: December 7, 2013

Stacy Juba: How To Turn Your Author Blog Into A Powerful Marketing Tool

Topics include:

Evaluating How to Get the Most From Your Blog – Effective plug-ins, widgets, spam control, and security measures

Syndication – Syndicating your blog through sites such as Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Feedburner, and other outlets

Writing Compelling Content – Writing posts that tie-in to your brand or book subjects, working with guest bloggers in an efficient and effective manner, where to get images and fun graphics, and planning strategies.

Blog Hops and Blog Tour Companies – Where to find blog hops, how to sign up for ready-made blog posts, and how to get free review copies.

Giveaways and Rafflecopter – Ways to make giveaways worth your time and investment and an introduction to Rafflecopter.

Using Triberr, Twitter and Pinterest to Drive Traffic – Introduction to the blog sharing community Triberr, what to expect from it, and ideas to make the most of Twitter and Pinterest.

Becoming An Affiliate – Earn commissions from sales to sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBookstore, and Smashwords.

Can You Turn Your Blog Into A Book? How to take your blog content and turn it into an e-book for retail sale or a freebie for your newsletter subscribers.

Here’s a link to Stacy’s workshop page, where you can find more info and testimonials from past online class members.

http://stacyjuba.com/blog/workshops/

Stacy Juba loves to write stories about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them. She has made numerous bestseller lists including GalleyCat’s Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and GalleyCat’s Mystery and Thriller Bestsellers. Stacy has written about reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer investigating a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, twin high school hockey stars battling on the ice, and teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag. She has had a book ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. Her popular Characters at a Crossroads blog has a reach of over 2 million on Twitter. Browse her website www.stacyjuba.com for more information on her mystery, romance, and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens, and children, and resources on how to build your own “character.”

Upcoming Meetings:

January 4
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 3
June 7

 

Next Meeting: November 2, 2013

Judy Roth: The Art of Self-Editing

Our manuscripts are our babies. We give birth to them and nurture them along. By the time we’ve finished that first draft, we are nearly as invested in our words as we are in our own children. We are also a little too close, making it hard not only to see the forest for the trees but equally challenging to get a clear view of each tree.

So how does one take a step back and really grasp the entire forest? Its height, its density, its color, its fragrance? Yet also appreciate each tree for its uniqueness, for what it brings to the forest—or not. Because let’s face it, while a few dead trees or broken limbs will only marginally mar the view, an invasive species can smother the entire forest.

When editing our manuscripts we need to step back, and with an objective eye, take in our work as a whole. We need to be sure our story and characters are entertaining and consistent, our structure and word choices are vibrant, while also keeping an eye out for bad habits, grammatical glitches and spelling errors.

But how do we do this, and when do we know it’s time to let our baby fly on her own? Judy will help us plot a strategy for looking at these big picture items, and she will also point to some of the smaller items that can potentially undermine our story. As to when to let the baby fly free—that’s a tough one—but Judy will discuss some support systems to help guide your baby into a fully blossomed manuscript.

Judy Roth has been writing and editing for seventeen years. She currently works as a freelance editor for three publishing houses and a diverse group of authors looking to self-publish or spruce up their manuscripts for submission. She is a member of RWA and her local chapter, CTRWA. In her spare time—oh wait, she doesn’t have any—but if she did, she would love to read even more than she already does, soak up the sun and spend more time with her family and friends.

 

Upcoming Meetings:

December 7
January 4
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 3
June 7

Next Meeting: October 5, 2013

Liz Boardman: Meet the Press

We all know the print world is in flux, but print still matters to many of your readers and you can’t afford to ignore it. Liz will offer tips and advice for successfully pitching the print media.

Liz Boardman is the managing editor of Independent Newspapers, which includes the South County Independent and Northeast Independent newspapers, and South County Life magazine. She is an award-winning journalist, novelist and playwright.

 

Upcoming Meetings:

November 2
December 7
January 4
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 3
June 7