OCC/RWA Meeting Reminder Saturday, September 14, 2013. Doors open @ and the meeting begins at
Ask an Author:
Author First Chapter Critique:
Morning Session: Melissa Cutler â€œMaking Grammar Work for Your Voiceâ€
Cultivating your writer voice is a lot like learning jazz â€“ you have to know the basics of the art form before you can riff on it in a skillful way. To many emerging writers, forcing their creativity to fit into the proverbial round hole of conventional grammar is a daunting challenge indeed. The first half of this interactive workshop will cover such grammar basics as sentence construction and punctuation. In the second half, weâ€™ll learn how to create the perfect artistic harmony between a writerâ€™s unique voice and grammarâ€™s hard and fast rules.
Afternoon Session: Catherine Bybee â€œFrom Rejection to the New York Timesâ€
Catherine Bybee will share her journey of publication from small press, rejections to Indie publishing and beyond. Sheâ€™s forging her own path in publishing, saying yes to deals that make sense and no to six-figure deals from major publishing houses who donâ€™t share the same vision. There is not a better time to be a romance author!
We have new salad lunch options as well as the traditional favorite sandwich lunch boxes! All are only $12 and you donâ€™t have to bring anything except your money, of course.
Online Class: Sept. 16 through October 13 , 2013:
â€œTalking Back to Your Brainâ€
Susan & Harry Squires
Did you ever wonder why one day you get stuck on a project while on another day your writing flows easily? Doesnâ€™t it seem like sometimes your brain is actually fighting you? Well, maybe it is. Recent insights into the structure of the human brain and how the parts work together (or donâ€™t) provide powerful techniques to free yourself and get writing again. You actually have three brains in your skull, and these simple techniques can get them talking to each other. Your brain will work for you, not against you. This class will help you learn how to be more effective in your writing and use these techniques in the rest of your life. Using your current work in progress, Susan and Harry Squires will show you how to solve problems (including writerâ€™s block,), make your characters and plots deeper and more resonant, and create a book that keeps your reader turning pages.