East Valley Authors 2018 Meeting Workshops

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Thanks to East Valley Authors Vice-President, Programs, Janna Roznos, we have an outstanding line-up of 2018 workshops for EVA members:

  • January 6: Author and writing teacher, Kitty Bucholtz will talk about Planning and Time Management
  • February 3: Christine Ashworth will present her “Four Questions to Character Workshop”
  • March 3: Author Melissa Crismon will discuss Research in her workshop “Freaking Mermaids”
  • April 7:  Professional Editor, Katie McCouch will speak on Craft
  • May 5: Romantic Suspense Author, Kathleen Rowland, will give a Craft Workshop, “Make Your Writing Resonate with Readers”
  • June 2: EVA’s full-day Writing Retreat will be led by New York Times Bestselling Author, Susan Squires who will present her workshop “From ‘Okay’ to ‘Wow’–How to Make Your Story Irresistible”
  • August 4: Multi-published author Z.A. Maxfield will talk about Burnout
  • September 1: Bestselling author Brenna Aubrey will discuss “Book Reviews–How to Get Them”
  • October 6: Rebecca Corona-Nickerson will present her workshop “Birth Order–Unlocking how Birth Order Influences the Writer”
  • November 3: NaNoWriMo Write-In
  • December 1, 2018: Local expert, Paul Hoag, will present a workshop on Forensics

Come Join Us!

With the exception of February 2018 and June 2018, our regular meetings will be held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. The February location is TBD, and the June Writing Retreat is scheduled for Pasadena. More information to follow!

The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

First time visitors are welcome. 

East Valley Authors is a proud chapter of Romance Writers of America. RWA members in good standing are welcome to join.

 

 

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EVA’s Dec. 2, 2017 Workshop is Getting the Words on the Page

Struggling to get words on the page? Join East Valley Authors members on December 2, 2017 for a workshop entitled “Getting the Words on the Page” presented by author, Sabrina Sol.

About the Presenter, Sabrina Sol, in Her Own Words

This chica loves love. I write spicy romance stories featuring smart & sexy Latina heroines. I live in sunny Southern California with my husband, three kids, two Beagles and one Bulldog.

I’m part of a large, extended Mexican family and we love to laugh almost as much as we love to eat! Because of this, family and food are strong themes behind many of my stories.

But if any of my tias or cousins ask, they are definitely NOT the source of inspiration for some of my characters. Okay?

 

Come Join Us!
Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

 

EVA’s Nov. 4, 2017 Workshop is Herstory: Writing and Researching the Historical Novel

 

Herstory: Writing and Researching the Historical Novel

Thinking of writing a historical novel, but daunted by the research? Come join us at our November 4, 2017 meeting. Author Linda McLaughlin will discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of historical research and why historical romance still matters in the 21st century.

About our Presenter

Linda McLaughlin grew up with a love of history fostered by her paternal grandmother and an incurable case of wanderlust inherited from her father. A native of Pittsburgh, she now lives in Southern California. A long-time member of OCCRWA, Linda writes historical and Regency romance, and pens steamy romance under the name Lyndi Lamont. Her first published novel was Worth The Risk, contemporary romance written in collaboration with Anne Farrell under the name Lyn O’Farrell.

Website: https://lindalyndi.com

Come Join Us!
Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

Join EVA Members on Oct. 7, 2017 for a Workshop on Writing Description

 

October Workshop

East Valley Author’s October 7, 2017 meeting workshop is Making Description Work Hard for You, presented by award-winning author Beth Yarnall.

Description in a novel can be as dry as bone dust or treated like a laundry list. But done tight, description can draw the reader deeper into a character’s point of view and deeper into the story. Using description to achieve deep point of view is one of the most powerful tools’ in an author’s toolbox.

Learn how to use description to achieve deep point of view and to create stories and characters readers will remember long after the last page is turned.

About our Presenter

Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person ‘died’ in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and even owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her novels please visit her website- http://www.bethyarnall.com.

Come Join Us!
Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

EVA’s Sep. 2, 2017 Meeting Workshop is all about Contracts

East Valley Authors’ September 2017 Workshop is What Every Author Needs to Know about Contracts with Agents and Publishers, presented by author and attorney Maggie Marr.

Even with indie publishing taking the world by storm, authors both hybrid and traditional sign contracts every day. What clauses are deal breakers? Which will tie up your career for years? Maggie Marr will discuss contracts with agents, agreements with publishers, and what every author needs to know to protect their intellectual property.

About our Presenter

Many PathsMaggie Marr is the author of hot contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She writes smart, sexy, women and the men they love. Still working in Hollywood, she got her start pushing the mail cart at ICM where she became a motion picture literary agent.

She is a member of RWA and Past President of her local chapter the Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA) and legal counsel for Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA).

Maggie maintains a boutique literary practice dedicated to the needs of entrepreneurs and creatives. She loves all things pop culture and when she isn’t writing she can be found reading or exercising her rescue pup.

Come Join Us!
Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

 

Meet East Valley Authors’ Member, Author Libby Waterford

Former East Valley Authors’ Vice President, Communications, joins us today to talk about EVA.

Why I joined

I joined East Valley Authors in 2012, right after I made a pledge to myself to buckle down and get published, already. I remember my first EVA meeting well—I was pregnant with my first child, had never attended an RWA chapter meeting before, and the women I met were the warmest, most welcoming group of writers.

Though my spirit was willing when it came to romance writing, I soon learned my craft was weak. EVA’s monthly meeting topics helped jump-start my education. My path to publication was heavily influenced by my participation in RWA, EVA, and the California Dreamin’ Writers Conference. I pitched for the first time, and eventually sold my first book based on that pitch at the very first California Dreamin’ conference in 2013. Through EVA I’ve found beta readers, critique partners, and lifelong friends. My two sons have grown up with a whole gaggle of satellite aunts.

I’ve since moved across the country, so I don’t get to see the Evettes every month, but the wonders of social media keep us connected. My love for the group can withstand thousands of miles of distance. I’m a former EVA board member and strongly urge all EVA members to volunteer—it’s the best way to give back. You get much more than you give in terms of relationship building, networking, and satisfaction in a well-run chapter. Thanks to EVA, I presented a workshop on newsletter marketing at the 2017 California Dreamin’ conference.

I treasure my EVA milestones, and always look forward to hearing about my fellow members’ accomplishments. We’re a small chapter, but a strong one. If you live in SoCal, what are you waiting for? Join EVA today!

About Libby:

Libby Waterford writes steamy contemporary romances where lust always leads to happily ever after. She recently transplanted from Southern California to Southern Connecticut with her husband and two small sons. She has adjusted to the weather, but still misses In-N-Out. Libby is a member of Romance Writers of America, CTRWA, and East Valley Authors. Sign up for her newsletter to hear about appearances, new releases, and the occasional jam recipe at libbywaterford.com. Follow me on Twitter @libbywaterford and on Instagram @libbywritesromance.

Libby’s Weston University novella trio is now available from Decadent Publishing wherever eBooks are sold. Second chances abound during Weston University’s reunion weekend. In Passionate History, Bree reconnects with her favorite professor—and the best sex of her life. In Sweet Imperfection, Nate and Emma take their decade-old friendship to a brand new level. In Endless Devotion, Katya’s engagement to another professor won’t stop her ex from proving he’s the right man for her.

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The East Valley Authors’ Chapter of Romance Writers of America is made up of a wonderful group of writers who have a vast and varied knowledge of the writing world. So take some time and treat yourself  to the best kept secret in Southern California. Your first meeting is free.

Come Join Us!
Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

EVA’s September 2, 2017 speaker will be U.S.A. Today Bestselling author and attorney Maggie Marr, talking about What Every Author Needs to Know about Contracts with Publishers and Agents.

EVA’s Diane Benefiel Wins the National Reader’s Choice Award!

Congratulations to East Valley Authors’ Treasurer Diane Benefiel, winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense!

Diane won the NRCA for her latest release, Solitary Man, a contemporary romantic suspense.

Here’s the blurb for her award-winning story:

My wife is in danger, take care of her.

Caught in a Taliban ambush, Sgt. Ryder Bronson makes a promise to his dying friend. Ryder will keep an eye on Brenna McMurtrey, but he’ll do it from a distance. He’d lost his heart to her long before – just one more weight in his load of guilt. But the police shooting of an unarmed migrant, cars speeding dangerously toward Brenna, and repeated break-ins at her house force him to abandon his hands-off policy.

Brenna is reeling, blindsided by her strong attraction to Ryder. She’d loved her husband, so how can the emotions Ryder pulls from her be so intense? A rogue cop kidnaps Brenna, forcing her and Ryder to work together. They must come to terms with the past if there’s any hope of a future together.

Find Diane at:

http://www.dianebenefiel.com/

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The East Valley Authors’ Chapter of Romance Writers of America is made up of a wonderful group of writers who have a vast and varied knowledge of the writing world. So take some time and treat yourself  to the best kept secret in Southern California. Your first meeting is free.

Come Join Us!

Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

Our next meeting is August 5, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. Instead of a workshop and speaker, we’re holding a Write-in, so bring your latest Work in Progress, your synopsis, your blurb, your query, and any other brain doodles for input from fellow authors. Guests are most welcome!