November 8th WHRWA All Day Meeting Presents Jodi Thomas

Please, join us for our all day meeting as we welcome New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas!

Jodi will present three workshops throughout the day focusing on writing a series. Her first presentation is World Building in which she will explain how to create a story and characters that come alive. Next is Staying Alive in An Ever-Changing Environment where Jodi will tell us how to write for today’s market with all its changes. And last, World Building: A Career which entails how to create and write a book series.

The price is $15 for West Houston RWA members and $25 for everyone else. A delicious lunch of pasta and salad will be provided by Cafe Express!

Please pre-register here.
Jodi Thomas

A fifth generation Texan who taught family living, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.

     The stories Thomas has committed to paper have earned her an impressive list of distinguished awards, including being inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame. Here are just a few of the latest:

• In 2010, The Lone Texan won the Reader’s Choice 2009 Best Western Romance from Love Western Romances.com.

• In 2011, Jodi won a RITA for Welcome to Harmony (2010) and the Booksellers’ Best Award for Somewhere Along the Way (2010), Romantic Times’ Romance Pioneer Award, Reviewers’ Choice Award and Best Western Romance for Texas Blue (2011)

• In 2013, Jodi won a Holt Medallion for Wild Texas Rose (2012) and the West Texas Books Festival’s A.C. Green Award

• In 2014, Jodi Thomas won the National Readers’ Choice Award’s Contemporary Single Title for Can’t Stop Believing (2013)

     With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence.

For more information, please check Jodi’s website at www.jodithomas.com.

 

 

October 11th – Lynn Lorenz Presents Frontend Loading Your Manuscript for Success

Using corporate techniques, Lynn will show how to gather all the elements of your novel together before you start writing, to insure your manuscript’s success. Using a questionnaire, you’ll walk through all the elements of your story that most writers don’t think about before they start writing, helping you to understand your story and characters and avoiding rewrites and weak characters.

Lynn Lorenz

Lynn Lorenz lives in Texas, where she’s a fan of all things Texan, like Longhorns, big hair, and cowboys in tight jeans. She’s never met a comma she didn’t like, and enjoys editing and brainstorming with other writers. Lynn spends most of her time writing about hot sex with even hotter heroes, plot twists, werewolves, and medieval swashbucklers. She’s currently at work on her latest book, making herself giggle and blush, and avoiding all the housework.

Saturday, September 13: DiAnn Mills – CREATING THE ESSENTIAL BACKSTORY

Join us Saturday, September 13 when we welcome DiAnn Mills, who will be teaching us about CREATING THE ESSENTIAL BACKSTORY.
diann mills
This hands-on workshop shows the importance of how everything that happened to your character before chapter one, line one, motivates you character into fresh and compelling action. By learning the backstory of a character, actions in the present are easier for the writer to predict according to experiences and lessons learned.
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than sixty books published.  Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational ReadersChoice, and Carol award contests. DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2014 president of the Romance Writers of Americas Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.  DiAnn is also a craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.  She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. Visit her website atwww.diannmills.com and connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DiAnnMills), Twitter (@DiAnnMills), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/DiAnnMills), and Goodreads(www.goodreads.com/DiAnnMills).
We meet the second Saturday of the month at:
8:30 AM – Doors open and check in
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – WHRWA Business Meeting
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Break and Networking
10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon – CREATING THE ESSENTIAL BACKSTORY

August 9th – Tera Lynn Childs and SCRIVENER 101 (AND BEYOND)

bdvlfkpbm.690[1]Are you frustrated by Microsoft Word? Do you have folders so full of research and notes and images that you can never find what you’re looking for? Have you lost track of which version of a story you’re on? Are you surrounded by stacks of index cards and sticky notes? The amazing developed-just-for-writers program Scrivener may be the answer to all your organization (and production) needs.

Imagine having all your documents, images, notes, web pages, edit letters and more in one easy-to-navigate place. The only thing Scrivener can’t do is write the book for you. Whether you’ve never even heard of this crazy program or you think you’re an old pro, longtime Scrivener convert Tera Lynn Childs will show you how to get it, use it, and make it do things you’ve only dreamed of being able to do. From choosing a template to plotting on the corkboard to writing on the go to exploring ebook formats, this workshop will give you the skills to make Scrivener work for you.


Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My.Gods.and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Schedule for August 9th

8:30 AM – Doors open and check in
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – WHRWA Business Meeting
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Break and Networking
10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon – SCRIVENER 101 (AND BEYOND)