Vol. 3, No. 19 June/July '04
Revision, the writer's second chance!
Here's a golden opportunity to pinpoint and eliminate the problem areas of your writing before they're seen by a potential publisher. If you're serious about your writing career, mark your calendar for June 20th to hear Stephen Mertz speak about the all-important revision process. With more than 50 novels to his credit, Stephen is an authority on revision and its vital role in the writer's craft.
Stephen will discuss the most common problems encountered by unpublished writers and how to address them before submitting your manuscript. Learn specific ways in which a first draft can be polished to meet professional standards. Writers at every level will benefit from the helpful tips and insights offered in this discussion.
Mertz's novels have been widely translated and sold in the millions of copies worldwide. His most recent novel, Night Wind (2002), has just been reprinted in paperback by Five Star, which also will publish his upcoming hardcover novel, Fade to Tomorrow, in 2004.
Phone in Forum reservations (546-9382) by Wednesday, June 16, 2004.
Trusting Your Creative Radar
Let loose and open to your wild and wondrous talents! Allow your writing to be filled with the fun of natural selfexpression. How? Reserve a spot at the July 18th Forum and get motivated by keynote speaker, Tama Kieves.
"Many of us inhibit our true creativity and just 'play it safe' in our writing and in our lives," says Tama. "Yet it's often creative daring that brings unprecedented success." She invites you to come explore how to unleash your own "writing genius radar," trust it, and follow through with your creative direction. Tama will also reveal the unconventional choices she made in her writing career that led to a generous book deal and the publisher and agent of her dreams.
Bestselling author of This Time I Dance! Trusting the Journey of Creating the Work You Love (2003 Tarcher / Penguin-Putnam), Kieves devotes her dynamic energy to life-work coaching and presenting workshops and retreats nationally. She has helped thousands of individuals find their true callings.
To learn more about Tama's work or to receive her free inspirational newsletter, please visit her at www.AwakeningArtistry.com.
Phone in Forum reservations (546-9382) by Wednesday, July 14, 2004.
Write Now! 2004
co-sponsored by SSA and the Desert Sleuths chapter of Sisters in Crime
Saturday, July 24 th, from 9 am to 4 pm
Presentations and speakers:
Great Beginnings - Hook Your Reader on the First Page by Sharon Magee, award-winning magazine writer and author of Geronimo: Stories of an American Legend
Building Unique Characters by Connie Flynn, author of The Fire Opal, The Shadow of the Wolf and The Dragon Hour
Breaking Into Print by Mark Crockett, author of Turkeystuffer and Dealing With the Dead
Just the Facts - Digging Up Source Material by Elizabeth Gunn, author of the Jake Hines mystery series
Book Promotion Made Easy by Lynn Wiese Sneyd, manager of the Author Promotions Division of the Russell Public Affairs Group in Tucson
Cost, including luncheon, $60 for members of SSA or Sisters in Crime
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The Write Word
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