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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 

VIRTUAL ZOOM MEETING (in 2-parts)

(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 – March 2020

Writers Roundtable 

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

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

from 6:30-7:30PM 

(inside the Coffee Press at Paseo Verde Library

in Green Valley Ranch across from The District)

Topic: “The Art and Anxiety of the First Page”

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

This month’s discussion will be moderated

by Greg Blake Miller of Olympian Creative.

To writers, “the first page” means two very different things—the first page we actually write, and the first page of the completed story. Both can provoke anxiety—the former is our entry into the story as writers (the anxiety of the blank page); the second is our reader’s entry into the world we’ve created (the anxiety of communication). At the Roundtable, we’ll discuss these dual points of entry, from the choice of narrative moments to the development of voice, and how the notion of “beginning” changes between the first words we write and the first words our readers read. We’ll finish the session with a discussion of the importance of the ultimate “first page” when sending out queries and story submissions.

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

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

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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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Writers Roundtable – September 2019

NOTE: WE ARE MEETING THE THIRD TUESDAY THIS MONTH

 

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-7:30PM

(the THIRD Tuesday of the month this month)

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

Topic: “Life, Literature and the Pursuit of Publication”

(Building the confidence to send your work out into the world!)

Do you have work that’s ready for a readership? Need an extra jolt of motivation to get you to send it out there? Join us at our next WSN Roundtable.  Bring in one story or essay you would like to see published in the coming months and be prepared to discuss it with the group. You’ll have the opportunity to read a passage, get feedback from your fellow writers and discuss target markets for your work. We look forward to seeing you for good coffee, great conversation and your next writing credit!

Moderated by Greg Blake Miller.

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

WSN's roundtable discussions are informal, but informative. Everyone will have the chance to share their thoughts and
ask questions about various aspects of being a working writer.  As always, the conversation is likely to
morph and evolve in different directions depending on what everyone brings to the table with their favorite cup of 
elixir.

We look forward to seeing you for compelling conversation and great coffee!

 

Free for members and first-time visitors,

$5 for non-members.

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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

NEXT 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 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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August 1st Writers Roundtable

Topic: Choosing What To Do Next

Authors have to make a lot of decisions. What story do they want to tell? What characters do they want to bring to life? Should they self-publish or try to find an agent? How to carve out time to write when you’re in a relationship or have a family? What can they do to sell more books? Our discussions are informative, but informal. Everyone will have the chance to share their experiences and ask questions about various aspects of being a working writer.  As always, the conversation is likely to morph and evolve in different directions depending on what everyone brings to the table with their cup of joe, latte, or tea.

We look forward to seeing you for good company, good conversation and good coffee!

 

WHERE:  The Coffee Press inside the Paseo Verde branch of the Henderson Public Library across from The District.

WHEN: Tuesday August 1, 2017, 6:30PM

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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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