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 and other times about the business of writing and intended to both inform and inspire.
WHEN: The WSN Writers Roundtable meets (usually) the first Tuesday of every month.
(NOTE: FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS JUNE – AUGUST 2018 we will be meeting on the SECOND Tuesday)
WHERE: 6:30-7:30PM at The Coffee Press inside the Paseo Verde branch of the Henderson Public Library across from The District.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:30-8PM
Topic: CRAFTING TWISTS AND DROPPING CLUES – NOT JUST FOR MYSTERIES
Our 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 cup of elixir. If you have a 500-1,000 word excerpt of something you'd like to read, whether it's yours or one of your favorite authors, that fits the theme, please feel free to bring it to share and discuss.
We look forward to seeing you for good company, good conversation and good 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 inaugral 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 want to talk 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:
“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