Thursday Workshop – September 25th

September 25th ARWA Workshop 7:00pm, St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Good to Unforgettable Fiction

We all have to be skillful, competent, literate and ultimately unforgettable in the stories we write. But how do you do it?

Sherile Reilly will discuss new methods she learned at the James Scott Bell workshop in May.

See you there!

Reminder!

If you haven’t already, please pay your 2014-2015 membership dues! You can click here for more information about how to join or renew your membership at AWRA.

Saturday Workshop – September 13th

Saturday, September 13th, 10:30am, St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Novel Marketing – ARWA edition!

by Kate Larking

To sell books, you need to market your fiction. But you don’t want to market if you come off like a smarmy used-car salesperson. What is the best way to market your fiction? Relationship and content marketing. When should you start building your fiction marketing platform? ASAP! Let’s talk author branding, identifying your target audience, and author platform building. Come prepared with pen and paper or a laptop for exercises.

Lecture will be based off of Kate’s book, Novel Marketing.

Novel Marketing

Available on KoboKindle, & Smashwords

Connections Newsletter Resumes after Summer Hiatus!

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Attention ARWA members! If you have an article or book launch you would like included in the Connections Newsletter, the deadline for content to be included in the first issue of fall is coming up on September 5th!

Did you have a book launch over the summer? Or did you write a great writing article on your blog that you want all ARWA members to see? Send it on over to evoday [at] outlook.com!

We look forward to hearing from you!

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If you don’t have anything to send, make sure you have purchased your 2014-2015 membership and take a look at the fall programming schedule.

ARWA Members at When Words Collide – Part 5!

ARWA is delighted to introduce both members who will be participating in this year’s When Words Collide conference in Calgary August 8-10th, 2014 and also other ARWA sponsored panels.

Members activities include sitting on panels, offering workshops and reading at the ARWA Social, held in the Yorkshire 1 room at the Carriage House Inn, on Friday evening, 8-11pm.

You must be registered with the conference to attend workshops, but the social is open to members of the public. Please join us and check out our group and the programs we offer to aspiring and published authors.

Our last introduction!

Sunday 4pm. Yorkshire 3 – Your Novel, A Movie?
Screenwriter Carol Mulholland is currently in preproduction with a feature with
Kris Kristofferson and Peter Stormare attached. Originally from Scotland she writes for both the UK and North American markets.

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Tomorrow is the workshop for creating depth in your writing! So today is the last day to preregister–or you can pay at the door!

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Sign up here!! http://albertaromancewriters.com/wwc-2014-workshop/

ARWA Members at When Words Collide – Part 4!

ARWA is delighted to introduce both members who will be participating in this year’s When Words Collide conference in Calgary August 8-10th, 2014 and also other ARWA sponsored panels.

Members activities include sitting on panels, offering workshops and reading at the ARWA Social, held in the Yorkshire 1 room at the Carriage House Inn, on Friday evening, 8-11pm.

You must be registered with the conference to attend workshops, but the social is open to members of the public. Please join us and check out our group and the programs we offer to aspiring and published authors.

BETA READERS, CRITIQUE PARTNERS AND MORE – Sunday, 11am.

ELISA O’DAY

 Elisa O'Day

 

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“It’s never easy allowing your creative work to be dissected. I’ve always equated it with stripping your skin off in public, but it must be done. Over the course of my fledging writing career, I’ve allowed this phenomenon happen to me time and again because it allows me to grow. I’ve been using beta readers before I knew that I was using friends and family as test subject. And, with three years of creative writing classes at the University of Calgary under my belt, as well as a creative writing thesis completed, I’ve learned how to cope with any criticism thrown at me.” Elisa

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KATE LARKING

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“I have been writing for almost twenty years and I never stop learning and growing. My first book is called NOVEL MARKETING, available today! I’ve never been more exhilarated in my life to have a book available.

At When Words Collide, I will not only be on the Beta Readers panel, but I will also be hosting a Novel Marketing presentation in the very first time-slot on Friday! I love marketing almost as much as writing so I knew I needed to bring those passions together to help people understand that artistic works, like writing, can embrace marketing and be all the better for it.”

Her book, NOVEL MARKETING MAKING YOUR AUTHOR BRAND WORK FOR YOU & YOUR BOOKS, is available today on KoboKindle, and Smashwords!

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THE HEROINE’S JOURNEY – Sunday, 11am.

DIANA CRANSTOUN

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“It seems that once a decade I come upon a concept that makes me look at writing in a whole different light. In the 90s it was Michael Hauge’s take on Three-Act Structure. In the ‘noughts’ – the Importance of Theme. And in 2014…I found a feminine alternative to The Hero’s Journey that I’m excited to share.” Diana

You can also see Diana at the Friday morning ARWA Pre-Festival workshop where she will be talking about theme and at Friday ARWA social when she will read from her book IN MY FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS.

In May 1940, Jack Cranstoun, a young soldier in the defeated British Expeditionary Force, was plucked to safety from the bloodied beaches of Dunkirk. Sixty-nine years later, Diana Crantoun returned to Dunkirk in search of her father’s past, determined that somewhere along that beach their footsteps would cross.

ARWA Members at When Words Collide – Part 3!

ARWA is delighted to introduce both members who will be participating in this year’s When Words Collide conference in Calgary August 8-10th, 2014 and also other ARWA sponsored panels.

Members activities include sitting on panels, offering workshops and reading at the ARWA Social, held in the Yorkshire 1 room at the Carriage House Inn, on Friday evening, 8-11pm.

You must be registered with the conference to attend workshops, but the social is open to members of the public. Please join us and check out our group and the programs we offer to aspiring and published authors.

WRITING GROUPS – Sunday 12pm. DEE VAN DYK

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Website: deevandyk.com

Blog: deevandyk.wordpress.com

“I owe all of my writing success to writers’ groups generally and ARWA specifically. We live in a great time, a time when writers don’t have to work in isolation.

I’m new to the world of self-publishing and have enjoyed every twist and turn in the process. Even if you ultimately choose to go the traditional route, self-publishing gives a terrific insight into the whole process.” Dee

You can also hear Dee on the Self- Publishing panel, join her as she moderates Romance Writing Unplugged, Sunday at noon and at the Friday evening social where she will be reading from her latest book SIN EATER.

Seventeen year-old Sara Shaughnessy has spent most of her life on the fringes of society, the sister of a convicted serial killer. Bullied or ignored, at least her life has an element of predictability to it.

But when her father’s death thrusts her into the care of her strange Irish grandmother, the danger to Sara is no longer child’s play.

 

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MAKENZI FISK

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“As a new author, I recently joined ARWA and was able to complete, edit and publish my first novel with members’ support.”

At the Friday social, Brenda will read from her first book JUST INTUITION, a murder mystery set in a remote Northern Minnesota community.

JUST INTUITION - After a suspicious fire, two women use police work and a bit of intuition to unmask a shadowy killer.

On Sunday at 12 noon, Makenzi will offer her experiences with the group on the panel, Writing Groups.

ROMANCE WRITING UNPLUGGED – Sunday, 1pm.

Are you thinking about writing romance? Come and join this panel to find out what they wished they’d know before they started. Launch your romance writing with some extra insight.

BOOMER LIT – Sunday, 3pm.

MAHRIE G. REID. (Moderator)

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Mahrie is a founding member of ARWA and has served as President, VP and Treasurer. She has studied the writing craft and presented workshops for writing and editing groups as well as at international conferences. Her current passion is Boomer Lit and she’s organized, and will be moderating, the Boomer lit panel.

On Friday morning she is one of the presenters for the Monochrome or Tapestry workshop on enhancing your writing by adding depth and texture.

On Friday at 5:00 pm, she’ll be on the panel, Self-Publishing Ventures:

Self-publishing allowed me control over my book and process and the group educated and supported me as I finally published. There are a few pitfalls though.”

She is also moderating or sitting on the following panels.

  • Murder Most Fair (Sunday at 12)
  • Alpa vs Beta Heroes (Friday at 4)
  • Blogmance (Friday at 2)
  • For Love of The Craft (Sunday at 10 am.)

“With all the controversy about self-publishing, there are those that fear the books for sale are inferior. IT IS UP TO US TO PROVE THEM WRONG. We can do that by knowing our writing craft from plot to punctuation and using it appropriately.” Mahrie

Mahrie has published two books in the Caleb Cove Mystery Series this year SHELDON HARRIS CAME HOME DEAD and KATYA BINKS CAME HOME FROM AWAY and will be reading from one of them at the Friday evening ARWA social.

ARWA Members at When Words Collide – Part 2!

ARWA is delighted to introduce both members who will be participating in this year’s When Words Collide conference in Calgary August 8-10th, 2014 and also other ARWA sponsored panels.

Members activities include sitting on panels, offering workshops and reading at the ARWA Social, held in the Yorkshire 1 room at the Carriage House Inn, on Friday evening, 8-11pm.

You must be registered with the conference to attend workshops, but the social is open to members of the public. Please join us and check out our group and the programs we offer to aspiring and published authors.

ALPHA VS BETA ROMANCE HEROES – Friday, 4pm.

JESSICA L. JACKSON

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Jessice is ARWA’s current president. She’s been a member for about three years. Jessica says, “ARWA helps me maintain focus and I get ideas and learn craft skills. I participate in the Writing Challenge Groups which gives me feedback on my current projects.

Jessica has published three novellas, a collection of short stories, five novels over 100,000 words each and recently added Julian’s Chance to her credits as part of the ARWA publishing venture.

In addition to presenting the character portion of the Monochrome or Texture workshop on Friday morning, she is appearing on or moderating the following panels. Alpha-Beta Romance Heroes, Self-Publishing Venture, Writing Groups, For Love of the Craft?

“I’m telling you straight out now, honey, that I’m the most selfish bastard you will ever know.” Julian’s Chance

 

SELF-PUBLISHING GROUP VENTURES– Friday, 5pm.

SHERILE REILLY

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There’s nothing like an enthusiastic group of writers to kick-start a self-publishing venture. Join Sherile and the panel to discover how 31 people came together to publish the Bandit Creek Series.

Sherile will be reading from her new release JAMIE’S CHOICE, her first book in the Bringing Jamie Home trilogy, at the Friday Social

No kids! No pets! No men!

It’s the perfect life for uptight, career-woman Rachel McGivney. Her existence is turned upside down when she becomes the guardian of the mischievous ten-year-old Jamie Sorenson and his clever English sheep dog, Scooter.

Complications multiply when lawyer Garrett Yates returns to town and triggers suppressed passion.

Rachel’s fears and goals collide when past secrets are exposed and Jamie’s in danger.

WRITING HOT – Friday, 6pm.

TAMMY LYN CARBOL

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How hot should it be?

Tammy Lyn is a long time member and past president of ARWA. As a writer of erotica, Tammy knows the importance of Writing Hot. Through her writing and presentation of workshops, she’s acquired a lot of information and she’s willing to share. Come hear what she and the other panelists have to say.

Why writing hot? “It’s of special interest to me as I write paranormal romance and erotica, and writing hot and getting the reader into it is very important.”