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Writers Roundtable August 14, 2018

TOPIC:  “TIPS FOR USING RESEARCH TO ADD AUTHENTICITY TO YOUR WRITING”

From travel writing to memoir, journalism to fiction, research plays an important role in keeping readers glued to your words. Most best-selling books teach us about something or somewhere we didn’t already know about. Readers love to learn something new and usually respect those authors that subtly teach them a new thing or two. Research can also inspire us as writers. Citing a few examples from my recent literary tour of Switzerland, I’ll bring pictures of and talk about:  the waterfalls where Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes; the chateau/pension where Mary Shelley came up with the idea for “Frankenstein”, the town that inspired Rivendell for Tolkien; and of course a few of the places Mark Twain visited and talked about in his travel memoir “A Tramp Abroad”. I’ll also pass around copies of in-flight magazines to open the floor up for discussion about using travel writing, or other areas of researched expertise/experience, as a way to supplement your other writing income to help those in attendance feel good about, or at least ponder (and potentially monetize!) what they already know. As always, feel free to to bring a short, 500-1000 word excerpt of either your work, or the work of an author that you admire, that exemplifies the use of research. Moderated by Eric James Miller.

Come out and see what your local writing community has to offer!


WHEN: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 6:30-7:30PM

WHERE:  Coffee Press, Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley Ranch across from The District

(free for WSN Members and first time guests / $5 non-members)

 

(if you have an idea for a topic, or would like to moderate a discussion on a topic of your choice, please write to:

nevadawriters (at) gmail (dot) com with the Subject Line: Roundtable Topic

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Writers Roundtable July 10, 2018

TOPIC:

CRAFTING TWISTS AND DROPPING CLUES – NOT JUST FOR MYSTERIES

Twists and clues are MOST COMMON in mystery novels, although we see them in other genres such as romance, sci-fi, Westerns, YA novels. Actually, twists and clues work in almost every sort of story you can think of.  They intrigue the reader…challenge them and keep those pages turning. The important word here is “CLUE.” It is imperative to drop clues so that when the twist is revealed, the reader will have had the opportunity to try to figure out if there is a twist and what it might be.

This fun discussion explores how the same clues can produce different twists in different genres or even in the same genres.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 6:30-7:30PM

WHERE:  Coffee Press, Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley Ranch across from The District

(free for WSN Members and first time guests / $5 non-members)

 

COME OUT AND SEE WHAT YOUR LOCAL WRITING COMMUNITY HAS TO OFFER!

The Art Of A Twist

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March 2018 Writers Roundtable

“Pacing: The Art of Suspense on Page and Stage.”

Moderated by UNLV Professor Greg Blake Miller.
(Bring examples of suspense passages from your favorite
novels, films, or passages from your own work to share.)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 6:30-7:30PM Writer’s Roundtable discussion group

at the Coffee Press inside the Paseo Verde Library across from The District in Green Valley Ranch

(free for WSN Members and first time guests / $5 non-members). This month’s topic:

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Oct 3, 2017 Writer’s Roundtable

Feed the cat, feed the dog!

The next Writer’s Roundtable is set for this coming Tuesday, October 3rd at the Coffee Press inside the Paseo Verde Library across from The District in Green Valley Ranch from 6:30-7:30PM

This month’s topic: Using pets (or other animals) to reveal character and add to scene descriptions.

Hosted by Greg Blake Miller

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Writer’s Roundtable

Join us for the next Writers of Southern Nevada Writers Roundtable, “Beginnings: The Fine and Frustrating Art of the First Page,” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, at the Paseo Verde Library’s Coffee Press Cafe, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway.

UNLV Narrative media professor Greg Blake Miller hosts this fun, freewheeling discussion; bring openings from your favorite books, articles, and stories—fiction and nonfiction—as well as from your own work.

This event is free to all Writers of Southern Nevada members and $5 to guests. Proceeds go to Writers of Southern Nevada, a local 501(c)3 literary non-profit dedicated to bringing together and enhancing the literary community of southern Nevada.

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