EVA’s Mar. 3, 2018 Workshop is “Freaking Mermaids”, with Urban Fantasy Romance Author, Melissa Crismon

 

Are you a freak for mermaids?

Come hear Melissa Crismon present a history of mermaids from mythology, to Christianity, to sightings. Dive deep into the abyss to find out if mermaids are real. Discover mermaids possibly being angels and aliens. How will the dying oceans affect mermaids and marine life? And what is climate change and is it real? Find out how to research mermaids, aliens, and other paranormal phenomena. Fasten your seatbelts—it’s going to be a bumpy dip in the ocean!

About Melissa

Author Melissa Crismon published her first urban fantasy romance in 2016 by swimming great depths where few have explored. Her stories reflect compassion for animals, people, and the environment. With a degree in Visual and Performing Arts, her books include musical elements. Melissa glides with her winsome sailor, a sea creature, and rescued pets through the waves of sunny California.

 

Come Join Us!
East Valley Authors is a proud chapter of Romance Writers of America. All EVA members must be members in good standing of RWA, but first-time visitor are welcome!
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. The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

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Sign up for East Valley Authors’ Annual Writing Retreat

Join East Valley Authors on June 2, 2018 for an all-day retreat program presented by New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Squires. Spots are limited, so sign up now for just $25!

This year we’ll again hold the annual EVA Retreat on the first Saturday of June, June 2, 2018, at the historic La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena, California. Put this date on your calendar, because our presenter will be New York Times Bestselling Author, Susan Squires:

From “Okay” to “Wow!” —How to make your story irresistible (Expanded Version!)

Following standard writing advice will get you a perfectly acceptable book. But whether you want to be published by a New York house, a small press or self-publish your story, you must engage the editor or agent and your readers to accomplish your goals. How do you stand out from the crowd? How do you have your audience clamoring for more?

This day-long seminar by New York Times bestselling author, Susan Squires will focus on all those “extra credit” techniques that make your book irresistible and create an audience for your stories for years to come. With hands-on advice about your WIP, and recommendations on how to use your brain to help your efforts, we’ll spend the day bringing your writing from Okay to Wow.

About the Presenter

NYT Bestselling author Susan Squires published seventeen novels and novellas with Dorchester Publishing and St. Martin’s Press, a division of McMillan, as well as self-publishing six books in her new Magic Series. She’s won the Golden Heart and the Holt Medallion as well as many regional contests, been a finalist in the Rita contest, and garnered several Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times BookReviews. Publisher’s Weekly named Body Electric and One with the Shadows Best Books of Year. She lives at the beach in Southern California with her husband, who is also a writer, and two Belgian Sheepdogs who help her by laying their chins on the keyboardddddddd.

The Location

The historic La Casita del Arroyo is located at 177 S. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105.

The Time

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. on June 2, 2018, and the workshop presentations will begin at 9 a.m. and run through 4 p.m., with a break for lunch.

What about Lunch?

Attendees may bring their own lunches or go out to one of the nearby restaurants during the break. La Casita offers a full kitchen, tables and chairs.

RWA members, log in to myRWA and go to https://www.rwa.org/p/pr/vi/prodid=1439

If you are not a member of RWA and would like to attend:

You are most welcome! Email us at eastvalleyauthors@gmail.com and a board member will contact you within a few days with instructions.

Let us know if you have questions!

EVA’s Feb 3, 2018 Workshop is Four Questions to Character, with Christine Ashworth

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE FOR THIS MEETING ONLY!!!

Your Story Begins at Home

Christine Ashworth will take you on a journey to find your character’s traits using only 4 questions. If you’re a plotter, you can dig deep into those four questions and figure out everything your plotter heart desires. If you’re a pantser, hey – it’s only four questions! How hard can it be? Follow these guidelines, and you, too will never have a character that acts ‘out’ of character – unless and until the plot you create forces them to. Bring your pencils, as this will be an interactive workshop.

About Christine

Christine Ashworth is the daughter of Chet Cunningham, a novelist who published over 350 novels before his death in March of 2017. You can still find his work on Amazon.

Writing since 2001, she is published with City Lights Press for her paranormal Caine Brothers series, Demon, Human, and Fae heroes and the women strong enough to love them. With Boroughs Publishing Group, she has her StarTide Agency series, contemporary romances set in a talent agency located in Hollywood. In August of 2017, her novella, Wolf’s Heart, hit the USA Today Bestseller List in the Venom and Vampires box set. In 2018, she’s launching her first Urban Fantasy series, not yet titled.

Come Join Us!

East Valley Authors is a proud chapter of Romance Writers of America. All EVA members must be members in good standing of RWA, but first-time visitor are welcome!

Please Note Location Change for February’s Meeting!

Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following.

We normally meet at the Azusa Public Library, but for this meeting only, we will meet at:

YMCA of Greater Whittier

12510 Hadley Street

Whittier CA 90601-3942

Community Engagement Room, 2nd floor

Please note:

Parking: Parking is available in the front of the YMCA. There is an overflow lot across the side street (Whittier Avenue). Street parking on Whittier Avenue is also available but may be time restricted.

 

EVA’s Jan. 6 2018 Workshop is Going the Distance: Time and Project Management for Writers with Kitty Bucholtz

Kick off your Writing Year with some strategic planning!

Are you stressing out about how much you didn’t get done last year? Are you worried about how to accomplish more without losing your family or your mind?

Wherever you are in your career, time management is often one of the biggest challenges. The first step is to understand that most creative people have more on their To Do list than they can accomplish in their lifetime. So time and project management becomes all about making choices.

The second step is to stop trying to do it all, alone, with a plan you have in your head.

Join us as Kitty Bucholtz helps us to create a personalized plan for the year, a plan that will work for you!

Kitty will present a variety of ways to look at time and project management specifically designed for the writer. Whether you are a plotter or a pantser, this interactive workshop will help you design a game plan to make this year your best ever.

A few of the topics that will be covered include:
• breaking down your goals
• organizing your calendar (physical and/or electronic)
• tracking your accomplishments
• choosing rewards

It’s a new year! We can forget the mistakes and disappointments of the past and focus on what we can do now to change the future.

About the Presenter

Kitty Bucholtz writes superhero urban fantasy and romantic comedy, often with an inspirational element woven in. After earning her M.A. in Creative Writing, she formed Daydreamer Entertainment and began self-publishing. Founder of the WRITE NOW! Workshop and the new WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast, she loves to teach in person and online. Learn more at https://www.writenowworkshop.com.

Come Join Us!

East Valley Authors is a proud chapter of Romance Writers of America. All EVA members must be members in good standing of RWA, but first-time visitor are welcome!

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

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.

 

 

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.