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 Saturday September 18 at La Hacienda for Coach Kyle Draper sharing The Social Media Mindset Social media is already hard…doing it wrong makes it impossible. During our time together I’ll help you unlearn your bad habits and transform them into good ones. You’ll grow more comfortable with video and learn tips and tricks to increase your daily engagement. Don’t miss this opportunity to turn one of your biggest weaknesses into a strength! * * * * * Coach Kyle has helped Realtors and Lenders across North America create over a billion dollars in sales through organically showing up in front of their sphere over and over again. Kyle preaches value-based marketing leveraging relationships first. He uses psychology, humor, and storytelling to teach social media in a fresh way that allows people to feel served and not sold to. He has been married to his wife Lana for almost 12 years and has two kids, Harrison & Everly, and a Chiweenie named Parker. We will be streaming the meeting via Zoom, so you can attend from anywhere. NON-NT Members, pay via PayPal here: PAYPAL PORTAL. Please pay before filling out the form as it required the transaction ID. Thanks. NON-NT Member registration: CLICK HERE.

Join us back at La Hacienda for an in-person Summer Social.

There’ll be no speaker or official meeting. We’re just gonna SEE each other and visit.

Celia has a few things she’d like to say as her tenure as president comes to a close.

We definitely hope to see as many of you as possible.

No GetPublished! programming, so let’s plan to arrive starting at 10:30ish.

Traditionally Published

vs.

Indie Published

vs.

Hybrid Published

 

Our panel, Kathleen Baldwin, Tammy Jo Burns, Elizabeth Essex, Gina Lee Nelson, and Kimberly Packard, will share their decisions and experiences in choosing the publishing path they did.

 

Join us via Zoom on July 17th at 10 am CST for a combo GetPublished! / regular meeting presentation. We’ve combined our meetings to allow for maximum time for questions and conversation.

 

Zoom links will be shared via our Facebook page.

North Texas Romance Writers of America

To join NTRWA you must be a member of Romance Writers of America. Join RWA here.

If you you would like to join NTRWA or renew your membership, CLICK HERE.

Once you’ve paid dues, please fill out the Membership Application. (You’ll need a PayPal transaction ID, that’s why we ask that you pay first…)

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

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September 2021

Kyle Draper

How to leverage social media to further your business.

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!

 

NTRWA Leadership is discussing the return to in-person gatherings. A poll will be published for members to share their wants and needs. More information will be forthcoming. 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 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.