Saturday Workshop – June 13th

June 13th, 2015 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Marketing Yourself

with Donna Tunney

Presenting yourself in public can be intimidating, especially if you spend most of your time sitting in front of a computer in your PJs, creating imaginary worlds and characters.

More and more, writers are expected to promote their work, and themselves— creating a personae, pitching to editors, speaking on panels, even handling interviews on radio and TV.

“Marketing Yourself” gives you the tricks and tips to do all of that, and how to handle the jitters when speaking in public, with tried and true techniques used by performers.

About Donna Tunney

Before turning her attention to writing, Donna Tunney tread the boards as an actress, appearing on stage, film and TV. She’s also worked as a radio personality, interviewing celebrities—like cartoonist Ben Wicks, and Hal Linden, of Barney Miller fame. Donna writes under the pen name Roxy Boroughs.

Afternoon

As part of this workshop, we are delighted to tell you that we are bringing in photographer Alana Wilner ( alanawilnerphotography.com ) 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.

While members are getting their headshots done, inside will be going over WWC pitches for practice–so bring yours to get ready!

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.