Our Meetings

The Basics

When?

3rd Saturday of each month

Where?

via Zoom until further notice

Times?

10:00 AM -- Get Published! Workshop

11:00 AM -- Speaker

12:00 PM -- Business Meeting

 

Zoom links are sent via direct email to those eligible to participate.

2021 Meetings

 

Mar 20th

Martha Engber--The Road to Flaming Great Dialogue Starts With Growing Great Characters!

There’s no way your character can authentically voice a fabulous comeback, desperate plea or brilliant courtroom argument until you know exactly how s/he operates! Through discussion and writing exercises in which you’ll actively work on your own characters and scenes, Martha Engber, author of GROWING GREAT CHARACTERS FROM THE GROUND UP will first explain how to grow your characters, whether for a memoir, novel, screenplay or other project. Then she’ll teach you the secret to fantastic dialogue that leads to exciting, unforgettable scenes where your characters truly speak for themselves!

Apr 17th

Becca Syme--Seven Productivity Myths and Why You Should Stop Believing Them Right Now

Every writer has roadblocks and freeways. Things that hold us back/slow us down, and places that allow for freer, faster, easier driving along this road of author life. This workshop is meant to address both the blocks (productivity myths) and the freeways (subconscious processes that could ease your path). It is an introduction to the "better-faster" life and an application of systems alignment and decision-making for writers.

May 15th

TBD

June 19th

C.S. Lakin--The 10 Keys Scenes that Frame Up Your Novel

Novels are made up of dozens of scenes, and regardless of genre, time-tested structure dictates what key scenes are needed and where. Most writers are familiar with some of those scenes: the Inciting Incident, the Midpoint, and the Climax, to name a few.

But novelists need more than a few landmarks to find their way across the tricky terrain of novel plotting.

Come visit us at one of these upcoming meetings

North Texas Romance Writers of America
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Join us June 19, 2021 from 11-12:30 CST for C.S. Lakin discussing the 10 Keys Scenes that Frame Up Your Novel.

Novels are made up of dozens of scenes, and regardless of genre, time-tested structure dictates what key scenes are needed and where. Most writers are familiar with some of those scenes: the Inciting Incident, the Midpoint, and the Climax, to name a few.
But novelists need more than a few landmarks to find their way across the tricky terrain of novel plotting.
In this course, you’ll learn these crucial elements of novel structure:

What the 5 major turning points are and where they’re placed in your novel
How to know exactly where to start your story and how to set up your premise
What the ten key scenes are that serve as the framework for your novel
What pinch points are and why you need them
How to craft those essential twists and where they’re placed in your story for greatest impact
Why your protagonist’s goal is the key to great storytelling
What the six stages of character transformation are and where those specific scenes go

About Susanne:
C. S. Lakin is the award-winning author of thirty books and blogger at Live Write Thrive, a top-ten site for writers. She works as a copy editor and writing coach in the book publishing industry, specializing in manuscript critiques. Her writing craft book series, The Writer’s Toolbox, teaches aspiring and experienced novelists how to write terrific stories. She loves nothing more than to help writers craft stellar novels and experience success and joy in their writing journey.

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If you’re not a member of NTRWA, but would like to hear our speaker, please pay and register.

Please pay first: PAY HERE.

After making your payment, REGISTER HERE.

Join us May 15 from 11-12:30 CT to hear Jeff Shaffer, cyber-security specialist, 25-year veteran of federal law enforcement, retired secret service.

Learn industry leader interview techniques, behavioral analysis, polygraph info, and even hear some cyber crime stories. Come prepared with your questions! You do not want to miss Jeff!

 

If you’re not a member of NTRWA, but would like to hear our speaker, please register.

Please pay first: PAY HERE!!

After making your payment, REGISTER HERE!!

JOIN US APRIL 17 AT 11AM

“Seven Productivity Myths and Why You Should Stop Believing Them Right Now”

Every writer has roadblocks and freeways. Things that hold us back/slow us down, and places that allow for freer, faster, easier driving along this road of author life. This workshop is meant to address both the blocks (productivity myths) and the freeways (subconscious processes that could ease your path). It is an introduction to the “better-faster” life and an application of systems alignment and decision-making for writers.

Becca’s program is free for members, but will cost $10 for non-members.

Please pay first! PAY HERE!

After making your payment, REGISTER HERE!

 

Join us March 20, 2021 ~ 11am for

Martha Engber

The Road to Flaming Great Dialogue Starts With Growing Great Characters!

There’s no way your character can authentically voice a fabulous comeback, desperate plea or brilliant courtroom argument until you know exactly how s/he operates! Through discussion and writing exercises in which you’ll actively work on your own characters and scenes, Martha Engber, author of GROWING GREAT CHARACTERS FROM THE GROUND UP will first explain how to grow your characters, whether for a memoir, novel, screenplay or other project. Then she’ll teach you the secret to fantastic dialogue that leads to exciting, unforgettable scenes where your characters truly speak for themselves!

Martha Engber is the author of The Wind Thief, a literary novel, and Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up: A Thorough Primer for the Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction. A freelance editor and workshop facilitator, she’s had a play produced in Hollywood and fiction, poetry and essays published in Watchword, the Berkeley Fiction Review, Iconoclast and other literary magazines. She received her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri — Columbia before working as a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other national publications. She currently resides in Santa Clara, CA, and also works as a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

Martha’s program is free to NT members, but will cost $15 for non-members.

PLEASE PAY FIRST! PAY HERE!

After making your payment, REGISTER HERE.

June 2021

~ C.S. Lakin ~ The 10 Keys Scenes that Frame Up Your Novel

Please Note: June programming is free for NT members and will cost $10 for non-members. Registration and payment info will be available in May.

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July 2021

~ NTRWA Member Panel: Trad, Indie, Hybrid ~ the pros, the cons, the experiences

Please note this will be a combo program with GetPublished!

Meeting will start at 10am CST and last approximately 2 hours, depending on questions, etc…

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August 2021

TBA

For the health and safety of our membership,

NTRWA programming will be presented via Zoom

for the first half of 2021 at least. Thanks.

Program information, including Zoom info, is sent out via mailing list and via Facebook group.

If you’re interested in joining RWA/NTRWA, go here.

Join us February 20th for

Angela Ackerman

Hidden Emotion & Subtext: Making Dialogue Crackle with What Isn’t Said

NOW SOLD OUT

 

Join us on Saturday, January 16 for

Nicole Flockton & Abigail Owen

Sprinting can be one of the strongest tools in an authors toolbox for getting words on paper in a consistent manner. In this workshop, authors (and sprinting partners) Abigail Owen & Nicole Flockton will talk about what sprinting is, different ways to sprint, the importance of a sprinting partner, how sprinting can increase your output, and more.

Bring Your Own Brunch!

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Join us on Saturday, December 12 on Zoom from 10AM to 12PM.

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We’ll have a brief business meeting, followed by general chatter.

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There will be door prize drawing as per usual and we’ll be playing a clean game of “Never Have I Ever.”

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Zoom info will be sent out via the mailing list and the Facebook group. If you are new to the group, contact the programs director (programs @ ntrwa . org) to request the info.

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See you on December 12!