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.
Topics are sometimes about the craft of writing, other times about the business of writing, but always intended to both inform and inspire.
WHEN: The WSN Writers Roundtable has changed its regular meeting time from
the first Tuesday of every month to the SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH.
WHERE: 6:30-7:30PM at The Coffee Press inside the Paseo Verde branch of the Henderson Public Library across from The District.
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)
Our 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.
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:
“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.