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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 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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Writers Roundtable July 10, 2018



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)



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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WSN Member Mixer Holiday Party

In conjunction with the Las Vegas Writers Group, WSN will be holding its Holiday Member Mixer Tuesday December 8, 2015 from 7-9PM at Bahama Breeze (located in the center of town at Flamingo & Paradise).

Free appetizers and plenty of good cheer so come on down and mingle with fellow writers in the local Las Vegas literary community.

Ask questions, eaves drop, brag, boast and raise a toast to your 2015 writing accomplishments with other writers in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

Free for WSN Members. $10 for Guests.  One free drink coupon for new members.

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Painted Stories III – Sunday October 11, 2015



WHEN:   Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 1-3PM

WHERE:  The Writer’s Block (1020 Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas – plenty of free parking!)


Writers of Southern Nevada proudly presents:




Tami Cowden – “Once In A Blue Moon”

Regan Woods – “So Far and Yet So Close”

Eugenia Cor – “The Moon & Cheese”

Trina Kurilla – “A Green Thumb”


Guest Artist: Andy Williams of Pinot & Palettes.


If you like funny, creepy or whimsical tales you don’t want to miss PAINTED STORIES III and how they inspire our Guest Artist to turn blank pieces of canvas into works of art right before your eyes!

Don’t forget to stick around for the auction afterwards!


FREE for members, $10 for non-members.


Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

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If you would like to share this event with your friends or colleagues in the writing community, here’s a pdf link to the flier >>> PS3 Flier


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Do You Need a Writers Group?

By Richard Warren


Stephen King once said that “writing is a lonely job.” It certainly is, just you and the pen or keyboard. Unless you are a true loner, it is important to have contact with other people regularly. Though any human contact is helpful, connecting with others who understand what you do can help you maintain your sanity. Fortunately most cities and towns have writers groups where you can socialize and network with other writers while you enhance your knowledge about various aspects of the craft and business of writing.

Groups range from a handful of writers meeting in a coffee shop to large national organizations such as the Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, etc.. Some groups may cater to a specific genre while others are more general. Some groups are great for those just starting out with others being geared to more experienced writers. Search for a group that offers what you are looking for, if you aren’t sure what that is go to different groups until you find one that feels right.

You will discover many different formats as you explore the groups. Some are created more for socializing and networking, others are geared toward education and will usually feature speakers on various writing related topics, groups exist that deal primarily with craft and writing techniques and still more focus on critiquing the work of their members. Attend the group or groups that offer what you need or want the most and see if they will be a good fit for you.

To get the most out of any group you should get involved. Offer to help out or join the volunteer team. This will allow you to get to know more people and increase your own visibility within the group. Being involved may also allow you to have a voice in the direction of the group. Your role in the group may also open doors for you in the local writing community as you become known as an active participant rather than simply a spectator.

Perhaps the most valuable benefit of joining a group is the connection you are able to make with other writers and people in the literary community. You may be able to find a mentor or a sounding board for your ideas and will probably make new friends. That’s why it’s important to feel comfortable and welcome in whatever group you choose. So find one or more local groups and join but remember, the more you put into it the more you will get in return. It’s a wise investment.


Want more of Richard Warren’s prose? Check out his column in The Vegas Voice, or check out the writers’ group he’s organized right here.


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Las Vegas Writing Thrives

As our founding fathers were signing the Declaration of
Independence, Benjamin Franklin was staring at a chair. On the back was carved an image of the sun; Dr. Franklin was trying to ascertain whether the sun was setting or rising and if that was a portent of doom or a beacon of hope for the fledgling nation.  More than two centuries later many Americans  are deploring the upheaval in world of the printed word. But are these changes a harbinger of literary decline, or the dawn of a new age?

Throughout history technological advancements have altered the literary landscape. Gutenberg’s printing press was a quantum leap for the written word and quill pen-wielding monks in monasteries were no longer the primary means of reproducing manuscripts. Without the printing press literary works such as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales would never had been so widely read, nor would they have inspired a whole new generation of writers resulting in a marked transformation in the evolution of literature. Today the word processor and personal computer have made it even easier and a whole new pool of writers have joined in.

Many of us in the older generation have been lamenting the loss of our literary traditions. Bookstores are closing, publishers are struggling, and newspapers are seeing readership decline. While we are bemoaning the sea changes wrought by the technological revolution, a new generation has been embracing its advances. Rather than shrinking the literary marketplace, the internet has created an unprecedented need for content. Literature is not dying; books such as the Harry Potter series have enthralled legions of young readers. Interest in writing is not declining, it is thriving.

Here in Las Vegas there are many local writers groups including the Henderson Writers Group and the Las Vegas Writers Group, which has an active roster of more than three hundred members. Creative writing courses at the University of Nevada Las Vegas were so much in demand this spring that extra classes were added in both basic and advanced writing. UNLV also boasts one of the country’s most highly regarded creative writing programs at the Masters Degree level. Attendance at the Vegas Valley Book Festival seems to grow every year and many successful authors call the Las Vegas area home.

Writing and literature are not dead; they are changing just as they always have. Rather than mourn the loss of what is gone or fading into the past, embrace the wonders that are yet to come. As Benjamin Franklin said those many years ago, “now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.”

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