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!

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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