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

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 $$ for non-members. PLEASE PAY FIRST! PAY HERE! After making your payment, REGISTER HERE.

March 2021

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

Please Note: March programming is free for NT members and will cost $20 for non-members. Registration and payment info will be available in February.

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April 2021

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

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

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May 2021

TBD

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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.

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.

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.

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!

Join us November 14 on Zoom for the

Cheapskates Guide to

Advertising and Promotion

This is a combo GetPublished! / general meeting program so we have a lot of time to ask questions and share our success and maybe some failures too…

Panel includes Audra Lewandowski, Susie Sheehey, Chrissy Szarek, and Jen FitzGerald.

Zoom Meeting links will be sent out the week of the meeting via mailing list and will be posted to the Facebook Group.

Join us Saturday, October 17 at 11AM

Block-Busting: Putting the Joy Back in Writing


At some point, almost all writers suffer from the inability to tell the story they want. Part of writer’s block is a lack of joy in the process. So counselor Laurie Schnebly Campbell looks at the causes — including exhaustion, boredom and fear of success — and the benefits of this block. Writers take home new awareness of what works for them, and renewed inspiration for returning to the craft they love.

In our September meeting, Kathleen Baldwin will encourage us to “Explore why you write–examine your hidden motivations. Get an honest look at what to expect as far as the money, realistic career expectations. Gain a clear picture of what a writing career entails, the ups and downs of the business, where to make extra cash in the business, and other key survival tactics.”

Let NTRWA energize you to keep working on your writing goals

Topics and Speakers for Fall

Upcoming regular meeting programs include:

September ~ Kathleen Baldwin: The Truth About the Writing Life and Money
October ~ Laurie Schnebly Campbell: Block-Busting: Putting the Joy Back in Writing
November ~ meeting status to be determined
December ~ Holiday Party status to be determined

Upcoming GetPublished! programs include:

September ~ Jennifer Looft: Staying on Track with Your Writing Goals During Trying Times
October ~ Amanda McMurrey: Crafting Attention-Getting Back Copy Blurbs
November ~ meeting status to be determined
December ~ none