WSN’s Writers Roundtable is a monthly forum for members, prospective members and guests
to gather, discuss, and/or diverge from a general topic of discussion
in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
Most topics are centered around either the craft of writing, or the business of writing,
and presented by published fiction and non-fiction authors.
Whatever the topic, they always aim to both inform and inspire.
WHEN: The WSN Writers Roundtable usually meets the SECOND TUESDAY of every month from 6-7:30 PM.
WHERE: Usually at The Coffee Press inside the Paseo Verde branch of the Henderson Public Library across from The District in Green Valley Ranch.
HOWEVER, during the recommended stay-at-home directives,
we will be meeting virtually via ZOOM until further notice.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 6-7:30PM
(A monthly, informal discussion where we talk about topics relevant to today’s working author.)
September’s topic: “WHAT’S IN A TITLE?”
(How To Come Up with the Ideal Handle for Your Stories and Books)
We will be talking about how titles lure the reader in, teasing a story with a title,
and open a forum for authors to discuss the titles they are considering
for what they are working on now.
And since last month’s open reading at the Roundtable went so well,
there will be time for those in attendance to
READ SOMETHING FROM YOUR CURRENT WORK
again, this time to see how it delivers what your title teased!
This will be another virtual meeting via Zoom.
(FREE!!! FREE!!! FREE!!!)
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!
Regular (non-virtual) meetings are free for members and first-time visitors,
$5 for non-members. Virtual meetings are free for everyone.
The WSN Writers Roundtables launched after one of our board meetings and a discussion about the ethics of celebrity journalism, specifically the Rolling Stone Sean Penn/El Chapo article. It evolved into a lively discussion about the trend towards celebrity journalism in general … and thus the Roundtable was formed.
WSN’s first Writers Roundtable, Tuesday March 1, 2016 at The Coffee Press
Our official inaugural Roundtable happened on Tuesday March 1, 2016 and was led by UNLV professor and new WSN Board Member Greg Blake Miller. It evolved into a spirited discussion about using personal travel experiences and emotional memory in our writing. We closed the joint and the conversation spilled into the parking lot. The same thing has happened every time so far.
So if you’re interested in talking about writing with other writers,
stop by and visit us next time!
(TOPICS: If you would like to suggest a topic, or offer to lead a discussion, please send an email to: ‘nevadawriters(at)gmail(dot)com’
with the Subject: Writers Roundtable Suggestion.)
Past Topics Include:
Readings of Current Work
“Doubles Partners: Writers and Editors as Creative Partners”
“The Facts of Life: Adding Research To Auto-Biography”
“Your Author Business: Success Strategies For The New Year”
“Publishing During The Pandemic II”
“Writing About The Week After The Day After Tomorrow”
“Publishing During The Pandemic”
“Writing About The History We Are Living”
“Elsewhere: Writing About Worlds Far From Home”
“The Art and Anxiety of the First Page”
“How To Breathe Life Into Your Characters”
“Putting Distractions to Work for Us”
“Life, Literature and the Pursuit of Publication”
“Social Media And You – The Challenges and Pitfalls of Social Media”
“Bringing Life (and Lives) to the Page: The Challenge of Creating Memorable Characters”
“Home: What It Means To You And What It Means To Your Characters”
“Imbuing Your Life Experiences Into Your Writing, Your Characters and Your Stories”
“Saving Your Darlings” – what you love about your own writing and why you write
“Beginnings” – a discussion of how to grab your readers from page one
“Welcome to the rest of your life – telling the coming of age story at any age”
“Writing the City: Putting urban spaces, histories and memories to work in your storytelling”
“Let’s Talk: Deploying Dialogue In Your Stories”
“Contracts! Contracts! Contracts! (and Legal Terms Every Writer Should Know)”
“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? How do you choose what to do next?
“Authors Voice” – when it intrudes, when it enhances your story.
The Use of Pets (and other animals) to show character traits and help define settings and scenes.
Revolution and Change: Telling stories of transformation, from the personal to the global
Holiday Stories – Writing About Them To Add Realism To Your Narratives
Goal Setting for Authors
Heartbreak: Telling Tales of Lost Love
Pacing: The Art of Suspense on Page and Stage
Dreaming of Elsewhere: The Art of World-Building in Fiction (and, yes, even in nonfiction)
Writing About Movies: The Art of Turning Pictures Back Into Words.
Adding Wit and Humor to Non-Fiction Writing
Crafting Twists and Dropping Clues, Not Just For Mysteries!
Tips on Using Research to Add Authenticity To Your Writing
Interviewing for Storytellers
Into The Dark: The Art of the Scary Story
Common Myths of Being A Writer
Heating Up During The Holi-daze – Goal-setting for 2019!
What’s Love Got to Do With It: Writing About Relationships, Minus the Mush.
The Hook & the Cliffhanger: How To Keep Readers Hanging On
Analogue Writing About A Digital World
Anticipating the Hurdles to Your 2020 Writing Goals
How Stormy Was It? (a professional meteorologist’s POV on writing about the weather)
Holiday Stories: What Makes Them Sell