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Amber Royer Will Speak at our August 24 Meeting via ZOOM

Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series.  She is also the author of Story Like a Journalist: a Workbook For Novelists, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel.  She blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate at www.amberroyer.com.  She also teaches creative writing for both UT Arlington Continuing Education and Writing Workshops Dallas.   If you are very nice to her, she might make you cupcakes.
Amber will speak via ZOOM. The ZOOM link will be emailed to GWB members. Non-members may request the link by emailing Kathryn McClatchy at:
kathrynmcclatchy “at” gmail.com

Have you ever received feedback that your reader doesn’t “connect with” the characters in your writing?  Alternately, have you ever read a novel or series and become so attached to the characters that you were depressed when it was over because you couldn’t share any more adventures with them?  Learn why people get attached to fictional characters and techniques you can use to create the kind of characters people get attached to.

July Meeting – Our Speaker

We are pleased that David Douglas will speak (via Zoom) at our July meeting on the 27th.

BLURB:

Enter Stage Right: Playwriting Basics

Are you more interested in writing dialogue and action than descriptions of settings? Do your favorite stories feature minimal characters and locations? Would you like to write something other than a novel, short story, or screenplay? Then join playwright and Stage Writers founder, David Douglas, for this presentation on the basics of playwriting, which will explore: the differences between stage plays and other forms of writing, the proper formatting of scripts, the role of the playwright in theatre-making, and a variety of other helpful resources that will cue your entrance into writing for the stage.

BIO:

David Douglas is a playwright, award-winning short story author, and the founder & director of Stage Writers — a Dallas-based playwright organization. He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and a past board member of several writers organizations, including the Writers Guild of Texas and WORD (Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas). His full-length play, Railbird, has received readings in the Original Works Series (Fort Worth Community Arts Center), First Impressions Festival (Imprint Theatreworks), and Play Readers Club (Our Productions Theatre Co.). His short plays have been produced by Rover Dramawerks, Sundown Collaborative Theatre, and the Dallas One-Minute Play Festival. When not writing twisting tales of romance and suspense, David loves watching classic and independent films, as well as attending and directing plays. Find him online at OddOccurrences.com.

Summer Workshop – June 13, 2020

Summer Writing Workshop

 Saturday, June 13th, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon

      Online via Zoom

*REGISTRATION info at bottom

 

William Ledbetter’s 9:30 presentation will be on Short Stories. Short story structure, style and markets are very different than those for novels and can be stumbling blocks for writers who are just starting out or only have experience with novels. Come join us for a session with award winning short story writer William Ledbetter and discuss flash fiction, short stories, novelettes and novellas, submission guidelines, how a slush pile works, how to find markets like anthologies, magazines and contests, even some writing tips, shortcuts and useful plot devices.

William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author with more than seventy speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in four languages, in markets such as Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Escape Pod, Baen.com, the SFWA blog, and Ad Astra.

He’s been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense industry. He administers the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society, is a member of SFWA, the National Space Society of North Texas, and a Launch Pad Astronomy workshop graduate. He lives near Dallas with his wife, a needy dog and four spoiled cats.

His novel “Level Five” is now available from Audible Originals. www.williamledbetter.com

 

At 11:00, Jaye Wells will speak about Promises and Payoffs. Good stories don’t happen by accident. To master the art of delivering satisfying tales, writers must learn how to effectively make story promises in Act One as well as how to deliver satisfying payoffs by the The End. This class will explore the types of promises you must make from the first line of your story, demonstrate a variety of tools you can use to make those promises, and offer strategies to avoid cheating your readers out of satisfying payoffs.

USA Today Bestseller Jaye Wells is a former magazine editor, whose award-winning speculative fiction novels have hit several bestseller lists. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and is a sought-after speaker on the craft of writing. When she’s not writing or teaching, she loves to travel to exotic locales, experiment in her kitchen like a mad scientist, and try things that scare her so she can write about them in her books. She lives in Texas. www.jayewells.com

 Note: For more info go to www.GranburyWritersBloc.com

*The GWB Summer Workshop is included in membership dues. If you are a current member, this event is free!

  • If you would like to join, annual membership is $20, and you can do that at http://granburywritersbloc.com/join/
  • If you would like to attend this event as a non-member, registration is $10.

To register for the GWB Summer Workshop:

  • Email Kathrynmcclatchy@gmail.com
  • Put “GWB Summer Workshop” in subject line
  • Kathryn will send you the Zoom details (and a PayPal invoice, if a non-member).