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Villains, Victors & Vixens: OCC/RWA’s Birthday Bash

September 21, 2017 by in category Apples & Oranges, Events, Writing Conferences tagged as , , ,

Villians, Victors & Vixens: OCC/RWA's Birthday Bash | A Slice of OrangeYou’re Invited to Join OCC/RWA in celebrating our Birthday Bash!

We’re having the Birthday, but we want to give everyone the presents.

 Villains, Victors & Vixens

Come for the day and/or join us Friday night for the Write In and Saturday Night for the Pajama Parties

October 21, 2017
Embassy Suites – Brea
900 East Birch Street
Brea, California, 92821

Cost is $50 for OCCRWA Members

$60 for All other Guests

$30 for Past Presidents

Signup HERE.

Keynote Speaker: Damon Suede

Bestselling Author, Renowned Speaker, and member of the RWA National Board of Directors

Reader’s Block:

Damon’s talk focuses on the modern romance industry, the radical shifts in readership and fandom and how they’re altering what success looks like for professional authors. Genre fictioneers often grouse about writer’s block but more and more what we encounter is something more akin to reader’s block: an unwillingness to step beyond our ruts or move past the shadow of our steeples.

Romance is the literature of hope, simultaneously the most traditional and most provocative of genres. Our industry is evolving, but not necessarily in the obvious ways. Tribalism and division cost us marketshare and media access. In a world expanding and connecting at an exponential rate, where do books land? Who are the readers of tomorrow? What is the future of love stories and genre fiction careers? Join us for a free-range discussion of the art of heart and the business of happy endings.

Bestselling author Panel : Debra Holland, Maggie Marr, Brenna Aubrey, Damon Suede

What Made the Difference!

Lunch will be served

Auction! Auction! Auction!

Incredible auction prizes from Scrivenver, RWA, Embassy Suites, Amazon, Major Publishers and authors

Come in Costume!

There will be Prizes. Dress as your favorite book character.

Book Cover Contest!

Enter your favorite covers for prizes. And help judge the winners.

(you can enter on the OCC website)

Awards for the Orange Rose and Book Buyer’s Best Contests

Friday night Write-In

At least one hour with Damon Suede

Saturday Night Pajama Parties — Damon Suede, Louella Nelson, Maggie Marr and more.

Cost is $50 for OCCRWA Members

$60 for All other Guests

$30 for Past Presidents

Signup HERE.

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Deb Dixon’s Book In A Day Hosted by Music City Romance Writers

August 8, 2017 by in category Writing Conferences tagged as , , , , , , ,

Debra Dixon | Music City Romance Writers | A Slice of Orange

 

Deb Dixon’s Book in A Day

 

September 16, 2017

 

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 

$45 for MCRW Members, $55 for all other RWA Members

 

Registration Deadline: August 31, 2017

 

https://musiccityrwa.blogspot.com/2017/08/september-2017-all-day-workshop.html

 

Mark your calendars for September 16!

 

Join us and spend the day with the one and only Deb Dixon, author of the classic GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict and publisher of Belle Books. Deb will lead us through her Book In A Day program.  This full-day workshop includes GMC  and the Hero’s Journey.  It’s affectionately called “Book In A Day” because the workshop provides all the tools a writer needs to pull a book together.  Whether you’re a new author or a veteran, you can benefit from her insights!

 

On August 8th, registration opens to all RWA members.

 

Space is limited, so register today.

Deb Dixon’s Book in A Day

 

September 16, 2017

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

$45 for MCRW Members, $55 for all other RWA Members

Registration Deadline: August 31, 2017

https://musiccityrwa.blogspot.com/2017/08/september-2017-all-day-workshop.html

 

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California Dreamin’ Is Right Around the Corner

February 2, 2017 by in category Writing Conferences, Writing: It's a Business

Only seven weeks to go until the California Dreamin’ Conference, March 24-26, 2017 at the beautiful Embassy Suites in Brea, California.

There’s still time to register!
Here’s an update from your conference committee:

  • We’ve opened the signup for book cover advertising. For $25, you provide the artwork, we’ll produce the slide. If you’re an author, you just need to provide your photo and one book cover image and we’ll do the rest. The slide show runs during certain portions of the conference for all attendees. Add additional covers if you wish for just $20 each. Deadline is March 1st. Sign up here.  
  • Want a chance to win free registration at the 2019 California Dreamin’ Conference? Sign up to be a volunteer here. Remember, the conference is a non-profit endeavor of the four Southern California RWA chapters, and it can’t happen without the help of many generous volunteers.
  • Our Conference Extras page is open for business. Need a marketing consultation? A professional headshot? A massage break at the conference? Check out all the good things being offered as Conference Extras and sign up here
  • Do you want to be part of the official conference thumb drive that will go to every conference attendee? If you’re registered for the conference, you can take advantage of this fabulous promotional opportunity sponsored by Smashwords by putting up to three of your books on the 4GB drive at no cost to you. Find more information here. Deadline is March 3rd. [When you’re ready to submit your book, be sure to look for the registration confirmation notice you received when you signed up for the conference and retrieve the registration ID that was sent to you.]
  • Our slate of special Saturday Night Tales events has been announced. Tickets to these exclusive events will be drawn at the Saturday keynote dinner. Find out more information at https://caldreaminwriters.com/

Spots are still open for Debra Dixon’s Book Camp on Friday, March 24, 2017, and for the conference itself. It’s not too late to join your chapter mates for an educational, inspiring, and fun weekend! 
Alina K. Field
Jann Audiss
Your OCCRWA Conference Committee Reps

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Update on the California Dreamin’ Conference

January 2, 2017 by in category Writing Conferences tagged as ,

Happy New Year! 

The Twelve Days of Christmas have almost passed, but there’s still time for you to register for the California Dreamin’ Conference, at the regular rate, before prices go up on January 15, 2017. 

Your California Dreamin’ Committee is working hard to make this year’s conference the best ever. We’ve lost some presenters for business and personal reasons, including OCC member Kitty Bucholtz who is now residing in a beach front home in Wellington, New Zealand (tough life, right?!). 

But, we’re excited to announce we’ve added a new speaker, Robin Blakely, a top business coach, who’ll present a workshop STORYography Cards: From Big Idea to Marketing Success. 

Here’s part of the blurb for her workshop:

Writers, you CAN make a solid living from your talent. But first, you have to write or re-write the storyline for the success of your talent-driven brand. Top business coach Robin Blakely, CEO of Creative Center of America and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, shows you how to bring structure–and a sense of peace–to the common chaos of your creative career. 

And there are still spots available for Debra Dixon’s Book Camp on Friday, March 24, 2017. 

 This pre-conference add-on provides valuable tools a writer needs to pull a book together. The intensive workshop covers the three most important elements of popular fiction-goal, motivation and conflict (GMC), and how those elements work with the mythic structure of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to help writers conceive and create strong plots and compelling characters.

Book Camp is available as a single purchase for those not attending the conference. Writers from any genre will benefit and are most welcome.  

If you have questions, check out the conference FAQ page, or come speak to me or Jann Audiss at the January OCC meeting. 

Alina K. Field 




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