Thursday Meeting – May 28th

May 28th, 2015 at 7:00 pm at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Character Flaws

with Angela Ackerman

Angela discusses the importance of hobbling a protagonist with flaws to establish believability, create friction opportunities with other characters, and of course, to sabotage the hero’s greatest strengths, making it difficult for him to achieve his goals and emerge whole (character arc).

Angela Ackerman is a writing coach and bestselling co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character ExpressionThe Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes and The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws. A Canadian and a fan of paying it forward, she blogs at Writers Helping Writers, a description hub filled with innovative tools for writers.

Angela will also have her books available for purchase at the event! If you are interested, please bring cash or cheque.

Special Opportunity at Saturday June 13th Workshop!

On Saturday June 13th, ARWA is hosting a workshop focusing on Marketing Yourself. As part of that workshop, we are delighted to tell you that we are bringing in photographer Alana Wilner ( ) who will take head shots for those members who wish them. Photos will cost $50 and must be paid for by the member purchasing them.

Alana says:

Weather permitting, the photos will be taken outside near the ARWA location. Each session will be 15-30 minutes depending on how many people would like to participate. The cost will be $50 per person, and after the shoot I will put up a separate gallery for each person with 5 or so images that they can choose from. They can pick their favourite image and I will edit it fully and upload it into their gallery in both black and white as well as colour. They will be free to download their image and print it or put it on the web as much as they would like. They will be provided with both a print quality image for any print publications they’d like to use it for, as well as web quality for blogs and websites etc. Additional images may be purchased for $20 per photo (a black and white version as well as colour will be provided for all additional images purchased as well).

Although these are headshots, Alana suggests the most effective upper clothing/make up to wear on the day of is something that you’re comfortable and confident in. Try not to wear any shirts with words or logos on them, and layering is a great way to get a variety of looks in a short amount of time without having to change clothing. Scarves are also a nice easy way to give some diversity to your photos since they’re easy to remove for a different look.

Payment is by cash (exact please) or cheque made payable to Alana Wilner Photography. Alana will offer receipts as ARWA members can claim this as a business expense. Receipts will be uploaded to your personal photo gallery after the shoot.

Click here to check out Alana’s website to see examples of her work.

If you are interested, please contact Diana as soon as possible so we can get an idea of possible numbers.

Saturday Workshop – May 9th

May 9th, 2015 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Synopsis Writing and How to Deal with Rejection

with Victoria Smith

Join Victoria Smith for a hands-on workshop to help you get over your fear of writing a synopsis. We’ll discuss the difference between a synopsis, a blurb and a proposal, as well as when each should be used. Come prepared to draft the synopsis of your chosen work in the morning. In the afternoon we’re going to tackle how to deal with rejection. Wait, but we’ve just crafted a winning synopsis, what? Regardless of how amazing your work is, not every agent is right for every piece of work. This session will be partly inspired by Sarah Wendell’s 2014 Surrey workshop, and we will encourage members to share their own experiences and coping mechanisms.

Thursday Meeting – April 23rd

April 23rd, 2015 at 7:00 pm at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Writing for Young Adults (YA)

With Suzy Vadori

How does writing for young people differ from other genres? Is YA a genre in itself? YA Writer Suzy Vadori brings you into the world of young adult novels – one of the most popular sections of the bookstore. This workshop will explore writing for different age groups, voice, perspective, character building, plot development and romance for young readers in an interactive format. Bring a notebook to try your hand at writing for YA and discover your youthful voice.

Suzy Vadori is an executive by day, Writer by night. Her first YA novel, “The Fountain”, is expected to be published later in 2015. She is working on the second book in the Fountain series, as well as writing a psychological thriller for adults on the side. Suzy has been the Program Manager for When Words Collide (WWC) Children’s, Middle Grade and Young Adult since 2013. When Words Collide is a festival for Readers and Writers held in Calgary each year in August. Suzy currently lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and three kids.