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PAINTED STORIES “Endless Summer”

Join us in the Sonoma Room inside the Southpoint Casino (upstairs next to the movie theaters) for another exciting edition of PAINTED STORIES!

The “Endless Summer” theme is open to all short stories or excerpts from longer works that involve romance, travel, adventure, or exploration (including sci-fi).

We are still in open call for submissions so if you are a writer send your submission (1000 – 2500 words) to

nevadawriters (at) gmail (dot) com with the Subject: Painted Stories submission

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“Finding Your Audience”

Join us Thursday evening March 16 for a panel discussion about finding your audience featuring three successful authors who have employed multiple different and useful strategies for finding their readers.

Featuring YA author Jessie Humphries, true crime maven Morgan St. James and romance writer Stephen Murray, this promises to be an inspiring and creative hour.

Presented as part of the monthly Las Vegas Writers Group meeting. $5 at the door / free for current WSN Members.

“Finding Your Audience”
The Tap House on Charleston
Thursday, March 16 from 7-9PM, (doors open at 6)

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PAINTED STORIES – “Love Is In The Ink”

Join us Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 from 2-4PM in the private dining room at the Bootlegger Bistro (7700 S. Las Vegas Blvd., just north of Blue Diamond) for the next installment of Writers of Southern Nevada’s PAINTED STORIES series.

We are going back to our original format for this one. There will be three Featured Authors and one Guest Artist up on stage doing pen & ink sketches as each author reads a 10-12 minute excerpt of their work. A Q&A with the authors and the artist will follow each segment and we’ll be auctioning off the artwork at the end.

Our Guest Artist this month is: Audrey Fox (www.audreyfox.com) a multi-talented multi-media artist who will be creating detailed sketches with pen & ink and colored pencil.

Our Featured Authors are: Morgan St. James reading a short story entitled “The Second Time Around”, Tonya Todd reading a chapter from her w-i-p novel and singer/songwriter Tim Veazey reading/performing “After Riverside”.

Shorts readings from the works of Scott & Zelda, Walt Whitman and Megyn Kelly also featured. (yes, that Megyn Kelly!)

$5 at the door / free for WSN Members

Doors open at 1PM for lunch.

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PAINTED STORIES VII

Lucky seven!

Come join us for our “Spooky Autumn” edition of our author/artist reading series PAINTED STORIES!

 

FEATURED AUTHORS:

MERCEDES YARDLEY

and

PAUL ATREIDES

 

GUEST ARTISTS:

MEEGAN BOIROS

and

CHARLOTTE FOX

 

WHEN:  Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 2-4PM (doors open at 1:30)

WHERE: The Jewel Box Theater on the north end of the Clark County Library on Flamingo just east of Maryland Pkwy)

COST: FREE!

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Writers Roundtable

Join us for the next WSN Roundtable from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at The Coffee Press inside Henderson’s Paseo Verde Library.
This month’s topic is “Bringing Life (and Lives) to the Page: The Joy and Challenge of Creating Memorable Characters.”
WSN board member and UNLV writing instructor Greg Blake Miller (OlympianCreative.com) will host the discussion, focusing on the attention to detail, contextual understanding and empathy that go into bringing unforgettable characters to life in your work, whether fiction or nonfiction.
We’ll look at examples from Vladimir Nabokov, Joan Didion and Joseph Mitchell; feel free to bring excerpts in which your own favorite authors develop characters.
This casual, interactive session will also address the ways that character-creation is a great growth experience for authors themselves, an exercise in empathy that provides fresh energy and perspectives.
Have you been wrestling with a writing/creativtiy/business question you’d like to have discussed at an upcoming Roundtable? Send it to nevadawriters (at) gmail (dot) com  and state whether you would like to be the discussion moderator, or have someone else moderate.
(WSN’s Writers Roundtables are intended for WSN Members but we welcome visitors interested in joining our community of working writers.)
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PAINTED STORIES IV

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Library FlyerCome on down to the Jewel Box Theater inside the Clark County Public Library on the corner of Flamingo & Paradise Sunday January 31, 2016 from 2-4PM for a very special fourth installment of Writers of Southern Nevada’s popular PAINTED STORIES series.

In honor of Mob Month, we will be featuring authors Randy Sutton, a retired Las Vegas Metro police officer, and Vito Colucci, a private investigator who made a name for himself investigating mob activities in Stamford, CT.

For the first time, we will be featuring two artists on stage with each author to double illustrate the fact that not only is a picture worth a thousand words, a thousand words (or so!) can be worth more than just one picture.

Our professional Guest Artists for this very special event will be Michael Davies and Meegan Boiros so be sure to circle your calendars for this very exciting blend of literature and art!

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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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