Category: The Catch-all

Thursday, March 22, 2018 – NaNo Prep, Planning For Success



March 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM at St Mark’s Lodge. Members and Invited Guests only.

Sarah Kades & Darlene Maynard – Nanowrimo Prep

Have you participated in either Camp NaNo or NaNoWritMo and want to hone your process? Maybe it is on your to-do list and more information would help you jump in? Join us as we go over strategies and tips we like to use from manuscript planning, to preparing your desk and head space, to what food you have in the house. We’ll cover some expected, and not so expected bases to inspire you to achieve your writing goals.

Saturday Workshop – March 10, 2018


February 10th, 2018 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. For members and invited guests.

Board Meeting starts at 9 AM.

All members are welcome to join the board for the meeting.

The Organized Creative: planning your writing (creative and business) year – quarter – month – year – and finally day
Writing Erotica (Plus Late Valentine’s Social)  with M. Jane Colette

Planning out your writing is an acquired skill. Setting priorities and keeping to a schedule. M Jane Colette takes us through her process of planning that allows her to be a fairly prolific writer. AND, since we had a snow day for our last workshop, M Jane will also be presenting her snowed out presentation on Writing Erotica. Can’t be missing that.

M Jane Colette writes tragedy for people who like to laugh, comedy for the melancholy, and erotica for men and women who like their fantasies real. She believes rules and hearts were made to be broken; ditto the constraints of genres. The result? “A whole new sub-genre of her own… social realist erotica that’s frenetic and complex and often funny and very well observed.”

Also, smoking hot. Which is still the most important thing in erotica, romance… and, life?

A poster child Gemini, she is, most of the time, at least two people. Her left-brain persona sold out long ago. She wears severely-cut suits of black, blue and only that shade of green (“No, not that shade—have you seen the colour of my hair and eyes? Please. Let’s coordinate.”) and spends a lot of time in board rooms, offices, and “war rooms” (what a name!) parsing lies. It’s a living.

(But, oh, what a plethora of source material…) Her right-brain persona longs to be an iconoclast and an artist. When nobody’s looking, she writes poetry.

Book Signing – B.G. Cousins, March 10, 2018


Book Signing at the Indigo Signal Hill, Calgary

Come out and meet ARWA writer B.G. Cousins on  March 10 as he signs copies of his historical novels, The Locket and his new release, The Great Celt, the first two books of his series, The Rainey Chronicles.

The Locket: A woman in search of her father. A soldier in search of a future. A journey through the Maelstrom of the Russian Revolution.

The Great CeltMuscovy 1460. After years of combat, veteran mercenary Connor Rainey heads into the Land of the Rus in search of a peaceful new home. What he finds is anything but peaceful.

B.G. Cousins will be at the store from 11 AM to 4 PM.


Thursday February 22, 2018 – Change in program, Turning You Book Into an Audiobook with Jenny Hoops


February 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM at St Mark’s Lodge. Members and Invited Guests only.

How to Turn Your Book into an Audiobook

Due to personal reasons, our schedule speaker has had to reschedule her talk on turning your book into a movie script. Instead, we will be bringing you Jenny Hoops, Narrator, who will be explaining how to turn your book into an audiobook and reach a wider audience. There have been lots of developments in the audiobook world, particularly for Canadian writers who can now register as a publisher (rights-holder) on ACX (the Audiobook Creation Exchange, Amazon’s audiobook production site for independent authors and narrators).  She’ll chat about the pros & cons of going through ACX, how to find a narrator that fits your book, the audiobook production process, royalty-share vs. per-finished-hour fees, and how to promote your audiobook alongside your e-book and printed book.

Jenny Hoops is a full-time professional narrator who lives and has a recording studio in Bragg Creek, Alberta. Her narration work includes several genres, both fiction and non-fiction, which are all available on-line through Audible, Amazon and iTunes. She narrates under her own name, Jenny Hoops, as well as Georgia Bragg (for the racier genres!). In addition to long-form narration (such as audiobooks), Jenny is also the weekend voice of The Washington Post, on Audible Channels. Visit her website,, or visit her on Facebook.