AT A GLANCE--OCC GENERAL MEETING – December 14, 2013
Ask-an-Author — Laura Drake & Shauna Roberts
Do you have a question that a published author can answer? Then plan to come to the meeting a little bit early. Each month one or two published authors host an informal round table discussion group and you are welcome to sit in.
Critique of the Month — Shauna Roberts
Free for OCC Members Attending the Meeting--Monthly Critique Drawings! Print out your FIRST chapter and bring it to the monthly meeting! Then add your name to the list of critique hopefuls, located at the membership table.
Meeting begins; Announcements
P.A.W. (Classroom B)
Morning Workshop: Judy Duarte
“TACKLING REVISIONS: With or Without a Quarterback in the Huddle”
In the writing process, every author faces revisions of one kind or another. Usually those changes come by way of self-editing or are triggered by comments made by a critique partner or a contest judge. Sometimes it’s a revision or rejection letter that provides an author with some editorial direction.
USA Today bestselling author, Judy Duarte, will address self-editing, polishing and revising a manuscript. She will also talk about “good rejections” and revision letters, teaching how to decipher what they really mean.
Using sample revision and rejection letters to point out common reasons for rejection, such as unlikable characters, bad pacing, and weak conflict, Judy will show you how to tackle editor-suggested revisions like a pro.
Bio: Judy, a USA Today bestselling author and two-time Rita® finalist, was awarded two Maggies and a National Reader’s Choice Award for her heartwarming stories.
Judy Duarte always knew there was a book inside her, but since English was her least favorite subject in school, she never considered herself a writer. An avid reader who enjoys a happy ending, Judy couldn’t shake the dream of creating a book of her own.
That dream became a reality in 2002, when Harlequin released her first Special Edition. Since then, more than forty of her books have hit the shelves, including four women’s fiction novels and two novellas published by Kensington. When she’s not cooped up in her writing cave, Judy spends time with her family in Southern California.
To order a delicious box lunch from the Corner Bakery in Brea, click here.
To Be Announced
Meeting resumes: Chapter Business, etc.
Afternoon Speaker: Sascha Illyvich
“Writing from the Male POV to Create Stronger Heroes””
In this workshop, learn the ins and outs of character creation from a side of romance we rarely hear from, the male romance reader/writer! Erotic Romance author Sascha Illyvich shares with us tips on how to create more memorable heroes, avoid some common pitfalls and have more fun with our writing!
What you’ll learn from this class
- Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
- How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
- How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story
- How to get your man to express his true “self”
- What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*
- A man’s self view*
- The GAY MALE Viewpoint*
- The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
- A man’s journey in life
- What men really think
A few extras
Using character creations sheets (don’t groan!) that have all the relevant information you’ll need, you’ll be able to craft male characters that are just as deep as your female characters. Getting inside the heads of your male characters is the most important aspect of “how to write” them.
Cross gender writing can make or break an author’s career if they cannot portray the opposite gender clearly and accurately. With the growing popularity of M/M romances, it’s becoming increasingly important for males to be portrayed in the proper light! We’ll cover all that here and a lot more over the next week.
Bio: Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, I started writing fourteen years ago. My erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, as well nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio
Represented by the Corvisiero Literary Agency, I continue to write for Sizzler Editions, Total E-bound and Decadent Publishing. Readers can find my work, plus free reads at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com
I edit for Sizzler Editions Intoxication Erotic Romance line and I’m also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group defining erotica for writers in any genre! Find us at http://www.writesex.net
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Next month’s meeting, will be on Saturday, January 11, 2013
Morning Speaker: Jenny Baranick – “Grammar Is in the Air”
Afternoon Speaker: Sharon Hamilton – “What to Love about Writing Military Heroes”
NO DECEMBER ONLINE CLASS
Special Workshop January 18, 2014
Angela James Presents “Before You Hit Send”
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