Sign up for East Valley Authors’ Annual Writing Retreat

This year we’ll hold the annual EVA Retreat on June 3, 2017, at the historic La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena, California. Put this date on your calendar, because our presenter will be the fabulous Chris Marie Green, who’ll lead two workshops:
 
“Pied Piping the Muse: An Interactive Music Brainstorming Session”
 
Do you ever find yourself at a creative standstill, needing to “fill the well,” but lacking the inspiration to do so?  By using music as a tool for creation, Chris Marie Green (AKA Crystal Green) will help you to conjure up a story premise or enliven a scene that’s dead on arrival.   You’ll be going into deep brainstorming territory, using a serious focus on music to stimulate your neurons and shake up that creativity, so get ready to roll!
 
and
 
“From Small Town, Texas, To A Colony On Mars: World Building For Whatever You’re Writing”
 
Whether you’re constructing a paranormal setting full of were-creatures, bringing to life a fictional, quirky, small-Texas contemporary town, or pulling together the details of a historical, world building is a skill that will make your story come alive.  In fact, Chris Marie Green has found that piecing together the environment that your characters inhabit is her favorite part of writing a book; it’s an ongoing, flexible, “living” process that reaches beyond brainstorming and can shape the story and characterization going forward.
 
By the end of the day, you should have the framework and inspiration for a new story!
 
Chris Marie Green and her alter ego Crystal Green have written eighty works in total. “Chris Marie Green” writes everything from hot contemporary romance to new adult to thrillers to paranormals. Some of her series include Rough and Tumble, Aidan Falls, Final Girls, and Vampire Babylon. RITA nominated “Crystal Green” writes “sweet” romance, namely the Heroes of the West historical Western series for Debra’s Holland’s Montana Sky Kindle Worlds series. 
Registration for the retreat is $50 and includes a boxed lunch from Corner Bakery. Here’s how to register:
 
RWA members, log in to myRWA and go to https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=621
 
Here are the lunch choices: 
 

1) Corner Bakery Cafe Signature Salad – Spinach Sweet Crisp

Baby spinach tossed with freshly slices strawberries, oranges, red grapes, dried cranberries, green onions, creamy goat cheese and raisin pecan sweet crisps, drizzled with our homemade pomegranate vinaigrette. Includes freshly baked focaccia bread.
 
2) Corner Bakery Boxed Lunch – D.C. Chicken Salad Sandwich*
 
All natural chicken, green apples, currants, red onions, celery, mayo and toasted almonds with lettuce and tomatoes on steakhouse rye. 
 
3) Corner Bakery Boxed Lunch – Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich*
 
Roast Beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and cracked pepper balsamic mayo on sesame bread.
 
*Sandwiches include: Corner Bakery chips, fresh seasonal fruit and freshly baked cookie
 
After registering, please email your lunch choice to eastvalleyauthors@gmail.com 
 
Here’s that registration link again: https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=621

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 with instructions.

Let us know if you have questions!
 
Mary Kozlowski
VP Communications
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2016 Annual Writers Retreat

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It’s time again for the East Valley Authors Retreat! Each year, EVA members set aside the day-to-day distractions in order to focus on their craft and writing, and to the the creativity flowing.

We will be meeting in our cabin in the woods at the Monrovia Canyon Park in the Los Angeles foothills. This year we are lucky to welcome Jess Michaels and Michael Petersen to come share their knowledge with us in two sessions of workshops.

WORKSHOPS

In the morning, Jess will be presenting two of her more popular workshops. Write Like You Mean It and The Unskippable Love Scene.

  • Write Like You Mean It or Writing Like a Full-Time Writer Even If You Can’t Write Full-Time – Are you trying to increase your output? This workshop gives applicable tips to get closer to finishing your next book. Also explore why you might want to write faster.
  • The Unskippable Love Scene – Explore the necessary components of an unskippable love scene and how to be more comfortable writing love scenes in general.
In the afternoon, Mike will talk to us about marketing, building an online platform and how to make them work for you.

Have a book coming out soon?  Or already have one out that you’d like to improve sales?  This session covers the key steps to marketing your book online.  We’ll discuss:

  • Building the Right Author Platform Infrastructure for Success
  • The Free Marketing Techniques you Should be Using
  • Quick Tips and Tricks for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads
  • Top Recommendations for Launching a Book

Location, Location, Location!

The retreat is held in a little cabin in the woods at the Monrovia Canyon Park. This is a beautiful, natural setting and the cabin is situated near trails and surrounded by oak trees. Due to the natural – and dry – environment, there is absolutely NO SMOKING once inside the park grounds.

Parking at the cabin is limited, but a carpool will be arranged from our meeting place in a nearby shopping center. There are tables and chairs available (you may want to bring a seat cushion!), and outlets to plug in computers. The cabin is air-conditioned and can become chilly, a sweater is recommended.

Since this is the foothills, there is limited to no Wi-Fi access, so if you have a mobile hotspot, you may want to bring it, but there are no guarantees it will work.

Water and coffee will be provided and there will be a break between sessions, but attendees will be responsible for bringing their own lunch.

Date, Time, and Registration

This year’s retreat is Saturday, June 4th from 8am – 4pm. We will meet at a local shopping center to arrange a carpool up to the cabin. There is a grocery store and several eateries for anyone who needs lunch, and we will most likely be meeting at the nearby coffee shop in order to be properly caffeinated before getting to work.

The actual workshops will start after we arrive and get settled, around 9am.

Cost is $35 for EVA members and $45 for non-members.

To register for the EVA retreat, click here.

About Our Presenters

JESS MICHAELS

Jess Michaels is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 60 books under 3 different names. She has written for HarperCollins, Pocket, Hachette, Red Sage, Samhain and is now fully independent. She lives in Tucson with her husband and their cat.

Picture1Michael Petersen has a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle University and a Masters of Business Administration from Illinois State University.  Before retiring from Microsoft at age 35, he worked in various roles including program manager, technical account manager, and technology strategist.  He currently manages the business strategy, marketing and production for his wife, USA Today Bestseller Jess Michaels.

Annual Writers’ Retreat


Once a year EVA members get together for a daylong workshop with a guest presenter. It is a time to set aside the day-to-day distractions and just focus on writing and getting the creativity flowing.

We will once again be meeting at the Monrovia Canyon Park in the foothills of Los Angeles and are lucky enough to have Laurie Schnebly-Campbell visiting us presenting three of her workshops.

Workshops

Morning Session
Plotting Via Motivation Any of us could write a book in which the characters set out for a three-hour tour and get shipwrecked on an uncharted desert isle. But if you nail down the character’s motivation, it doesn’t matter whether the ship capsizes or lands safely three hours later. Your characters will create a plot from WHATEVER happens, because you’ve got their motivation built in from the very beginning…and here’s how to do it.

From Plot to Finish Once a writer knows the elements that belong in her characters and her plot, she’s all set…right? Well, actually not always. Making the move from a few basic answers to a manuscript which is actually ready to type involves a series of steps that people have called “incredible…a plotting system which truly RESPECTS that I’m a pantser” and “the easiest way I’ve ever seen of getting from Basic Idea to Finished Book.”

Afternoon Session
Letting Mad Men Write Your Synopsis If you’ve ever had trouble writing a synopsis, here’s a hint: pretend you’re writing an ad.  An advertising copywriter for 25 years, Laurie was amazed to discover that the same skills which helped her sell bikes, bouquets and birdbaths ALSO helped her sell books. Discover how to use those “Madison Avenue” techniques to interest editor-agent “buyers” in your product!

Congratulations to the Synopsis Makeover winner
Brenda Marshall!

Location, Location, Location!

The retreat is held in a little cabin in the woods at the Monrovia Canyon Park. This is a beautiful, natural setting and the cabin is situated near trails and surrounded by oak trees. Due to the natural – and dry – environment, there is absolutely NO SMOKING once inside the park grounds.

Parking at the cabin is limited, but a carpool will be arranged from our meeting place in a nearby shopping center. There are tables and chairs available (you may want to bring a seat cushion!), and outlets to plug in computers. The cabin is air-conditioned and can become chilly, a sweater is recommended.

Since this is the foothills, there is limited to no Wi-Fi access, so if you have a mobile hotspot, you may want to bring it, but there are no guarantees it will work.

Water and coffee will be provided and there will be a break between sessions, but attendees will be responsible for bringing their own lunch.

Date, Time, and Registration

This year’s retreat is Saturday, August 1st from 8am – 4pm. We will meet at a local shopping center to arrange a carpool up to the cabin. There is a grocery store for anyone who needs lunch, and we will most likely be meeting at the nearby coffee shop in order to be properly caffeinated before getting to work.

The actual workshops will start after we arrive and get settled, around 9am.

Cost is $35 for EVA members and $45 for non-members.

Registration is now open. To register, click here.

We are fast approaching full capacity. Register soon to ensure your spot!

If you have any questions, email EVA at EastValleyAuthors@gmail.com