UPCOMING Meeting: Jan. 9th

Bonnie Phelps: “Amazon Advertising — Not as Scary as it Sounds” Have you ever wanted to set up an Amazon Advertising campaign for your book but the thought of slogging your way through the set-up process scared you silly? Help is on the way. This presentation uses screen shots, examples, and step-by-step instructions to guide … Read more

Dec. 12th, Roundtable, Holiday Fun

In the November newsletter, Tina O’Reilly contributed a thoughtful article about the challenges of trying to balance the varied demands of publishing and marketing books, from cover design and formatting to investing time on social media, and time and money on ads on many platforms with actually writing those books. Our December meeting will be … Read more

Nov. 7th – Piper Huguley, Authenticity Sells

If you are able to open yourself up and connect to an audience to show the truth of who you are, that’s authenticity. It sells. Reflecting the authentic in your work is a crucial skill. I will share my journey of how I excavated my truest self and found passion for what I wanted to write. … Read more

Meeting Oct. 3rd

Debra Spark: Writing in a Time of Disaster “Why write?” Alex Chee asked after 9/11, questioning not the content of his writing but the very point of putting pen to paper.  How do we understand our vocation or make any sort of meaning when confronted with the tragedies of our times, the daily horrors that seem … Read more

Meeting: Sept. 12th, 2020

Gail Eastwood & Liberty Blake: Sources for Building Memorable Characters Since ancient times, people have tried to understand and categorize the aspects that make up character –the traits, behaviors and psychology of fellow human beings—or even animals! Today, after a discussion about the foundations and added layers that give both depth and contrasting variety to … Read more

Meeting: June 6th

June 6th Carolyn Betensky: Badass Women & the Nineteenth-Century Novel (via ZOOM) The Victorian era is commonly thought to be a time of extreme prudery and rigidly defined gender roles. Yet novels from the nineteenth century — especially those by women writers such as the Brontë sisters, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon — suggest … Read more

Meeting: May 2nd

Getting the Most Out of the May Write-In (via ZOOM) Intrigued by NaNoWriMo (or any fast-writing challenge), but not sure if it’s for you? Here’s your chance to learn more about it. Deb Noone, Carolyn Sullivan and Kenneth Henry will share their experience with and tips for getting the most from your NaNoWriMo or Write-In experience, … Read more

Meeting: April 4th

Gwen Hernandez: A Webinar via ZOOM: A Writer’s Toolkit: Free and Inexpensive Apps to Keep You on Track Can’t find that amazing idea in your pile of sticky notes? Distracted by blog posts, social media, and email? Looking for an easy way to write on the go? Gwen will introduce you to handy—and often free or … Read more

Meeting: March 7, 2020

J.M. Griffin & Gail Eastwood: Publishing Options – Which are for you? Traditionally published, but wondering what it might be like to go indie? Indie published, but thinking your next book might be better suited for a traditional publisher? Not yet published and wishing you had a good grasp of the advantages and disadvantages of each … Read more

Meeting: Jan. 4, 2020

Judith Arnold How to Write Your 101st Novel Sustaining a long and productive career as a writer can be exhausting, rewarding, or both. To do it, you need flexibility, a thick skin, the ability to set goals and prioritize, a willingness to write inside your comfort zone and outside your comfort zone, and a determination of … Read more