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Writers Roundtable – May 2020

Writers Roundtable 

(Join us for our monthly discussion where we talk about topics relevant to today’s working author.)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

from 6-7:15 PM 


(if you did not receive the dial-in instructions contact us and we will be happy to send them to you)

Topic: “Elsewhere: Writing About The World Far From Home”

Join us for our monthly discussion where we talk about topics relevant to today’s working author. 

Ready to get out? We can help you, in the virtual sense!

Join Writers of Southern Nevada and Olympian Creative

at 6 p.m. on May 19 on Zoom for our first-ever WSN Virtual Writers Roundtable.

This month’s theme is “Elsewhere: Writing about the world far from home.”

Literature has always transported readers to faraway places and alternative corners of the soul.

And we all need a little of that right now.

 Zoom in to share and discuss your short stories or excerpts (1000 words or less, please)

that explore settings that are distant in space and time.

UNLV writing professor and Olympian Creative director Greg Blake Miller will moderate.

(FREE!!! FREE!!! FREE!!!)

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Writers Roundtable – February 2020

“How to Breathe Life into Your Characters”

with Morgan St. James

Creating characters doesn’t have to be daunting. It is important to remember that the reader

sees events through the eyes of the players in your story.

Morgan St. James will lead us in a discussion about drawing on our own

emotional experiences and using a notebook as a personal databank

to tap into our own impressions and avoid cliches.

Tuesday February 11, 2020 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM

inside the Coffee Press

at the Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley Ranch, Henderson.

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Writers Roundtable: January 2020

Writers Roundtable 

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

from 6:30-7:30PM 

(inside the Coffee Press at Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley Ranch)


Topic: “Putting Distractions To Work For Us”

(The Upside of Meg-xit, WW3 And Other Rabbit Holes)

Join us for our monthly discussion where we talk about topics relevant to today’s working author.

This month, in the wake of Meg-xit, is a great time to look at the fragility and the solace of our writing routines. After almost two full months of holiday after holiday where are we at with our new 2020 Resolutions? Are we still returning gifts? Are we still trying to figure out what just happened? Is the news not making any sense at all anymore? Should we be pooling our money to buy a small fleet of RV’s to go live in northern Canada together for five to ten years? (where of course there’s still good internet access so that we can still upload our new novels and update the keywords on our Amazon pages?). Join us for a lively discussion about getting sh*^ done even in the midst of chaos and carving out our own little refuges every time we sit down to write. Time permitting, we’ll also talk about turning distractions into (sometimes lucrative) inspirations.

Feel free to bring something that you are currently working on to share with the group if you like.

Open Forum, with WSN Members Diane Taylor and Eric Miller kicking off the discussion.

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

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December 2019 Writers Roundtable

Topic: “Holiday Stories”

(What Makes Them Sell?)

Join us for our annual discussion and reading of holiday stories. We’ll start out with a discussion of what makes a memorable holiday story—referring back to some classics (feel free to bring examples)—and then read and discuss excerpts from our own holiday-themed work.

Greg Blake Miller, UNLV writing professor and author of the story collection Decemberlands, will lead the discussion.

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

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Writers Roundtable – August 2019

Our next Writers Roundtable

will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Topic: TBD


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2019: June Writer’s Roundtable

Tuesday, June 11, 6:30-7:30PM

(inside the Coffee Press at Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley Ranch)


John Pirillo has been publishing mystery-adventure and sci-fi titles on Amazon since 2014. He is going to discuss recent changes he has noticed in the world of Amazon and other book sites, discuss his experience, look at a few other successful self-published authors and and provide a hand-out of links and resources he finds useful. Everyone will be invited to join in on the discussion and share their own self-promotion ups and downs.  This promises to be an open, honest and insightful conversation!

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2019: May Writers Roundtable

This one is a little different, but should prove interesting:

“Analogue Writing About a Digital World”

How do we portray a screen-based world in our fiction and nonfiction?

Moderator Greg Blake Miller is going to bring some essays (including a great one by Oliver Sacks)
to discuss and as always we invite attendees to share examples of artful portrayals of the modern wired age
(such as “Black Mirror” and the recent movie “Searching”).

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2019: April Writers Roundtable


Tuesday, April 9, 6:30-7:30PM

(inside the Coffee Press at Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley Ranch)

Topic: The Hook & the Cliffhanger: How To Keep Readers Hanging On

We will discuss examples from books that aren’t mysteries to illustrate the importance of hooks

and cliffhangers in all types of writing. Moderated by WSN Member Suzanne Munshower.

Suzanne is the author or ghostwriter of more than 30 books. Her work has been published by major houses in eight countries and six languages. Her books include a biography of Princess Margaret, Promote Your Way to Success (a self-help business book), the popular Simply Sophisticated: What Every Worldly Person Needs to Know, and the best-selling 2015 thriller, Younger (Thomas & Mercer).  A former public relations consultant and magazine editor, she has ghostwritten for people ranging from fashion designers to psychiatrists. She currently ghostwrites independently and through three leading ghostwriting agencies. Don’t miss what promises to be a very entertaining and informative discussion! Bring your favorite examples of hooks and cliffhangers from either your favorite authors or your own work.

This is going to be an open forum discussion where everyone will be encouraged at the end to talk about their favorite hooks and cliffhangers (bring examples!) and how they use them in their own writing.

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

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Writers Roundtable – October 9, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 6:30-7:30PM Writer’s Roundtable discussion group

Inside the Coffee Press at Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley Ranch.

This month’s conversation starter: “Into the Dark: The Art of the Scary Story.” 

Expectation, trepidation, the strange sense that something is not quite right, the calm before the 
storm, the sudden slash, the uncomfortable laughter to remind ourselves that all is well—isn’t it? 
We’ll explore all this and more at the next Writers of Southern Nevada Roundtable where WSN Board 
Member & UNLV Professor Greg Blake Miller will moderate this fun, freewheeling discussion. Bring 
examples from your favorite works, and excerpts from your own stories, too. See you there!

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

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Writers Roundtable August 14, 2018


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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