Monthly Archives: October 2013

Newsletter Two

About thirty people gathered this Monday at the coffee shop to hear and critique five readers. Here’s a bit about the meeting:


There is only one week remaining to submit entries to the Henderson Writers’ Group Anthology. Please email submissions to Audrey at audrey101 [at] aol [dot] com. Make sure to have them in before midnight of October 28th! If you didn’t receive the submission guidelines, email Audrey and she’ll get them to you.

NaNoWriMo is coming up (that’s November, also called National Novel Writing Month). The goal is 50,000 words in 30 days. Hundreds of folks from Nevada have signed up (including me!). You can check out the national website at

The Battle Born Book Festival, December 7th, is open to anyone with a book referencing or set in Nevada. Email Gregory (gregory [at] kompes [dot] com) for the rules & application information. Also, if you’re a member of the group, send your updated bios of up to 200 words to Gregory for the website.
Congratulations to Alba Arango on the release of her newest book to Amazon, “The Secret of the Lady Ghost.”
Congratulations to Ray Katz on the release of his book to Amazon, “My Enemy’s Enemy.
Congratulations to Darlien Breeze on a great time at the book festival in Utah, where she gave a good presentation (and was invited to return next year).
Congratulations to Laura Alton on good feedback on her book.
WRITING TIP from Jo Wilkins:
A tip about story arcs. If you write opposing characters that all have a strong story to tell, try writing them in story arcs. Write each story as a standalone around the same plotline, and when finished weave them together throughout the manuscript. If, or when, the story lines merge write from the point of view of the character that will be affected the most from the scene or chapter.
HWG member Judy Logan write this about the Writer’s Digest Tutorials, a great resource:

Writer’s Digest (WD) Tutorials:

For those who’ve read the Writer’s Digest, you know what a valuable resource it is for trending, craft information and development, and tips and help on publishing, etc.

Did you also know that WD provides tutorials on their website at very reasonable costs?  A one month subscription costs only $25.00 for unlimited viewing 24/7 of any or all of the 132 tutorials covering a wide-range of topics.  You can also preview any tutorial before deciding to subscribe.

This month’s tutorial is on writing a synopsis by Chuck Sambuchino, who’s been a very popular and successful presenter at our LV Writers’ Conference in the past.

According to WD, in this tutorial “Chuck Sambuchino gives a clear, step-by-step process for tackling your synopsis, no matter what the length requirement, as well as examples of good and bad synopses.”

These tutorials are an excellent way to learn more about our craft – at our own pace – and, for very little money.

Check them out!

Judy Shine Logan


Next week’s weekly meeting is at 6:30 in the Lutheran Church on Tropicana. Donald Riggio will be giving a presentation about using facebook. To see more about our upcoming meetings and other local events, please visit our calendar.


That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

-Jenny Ballif, Newsletter editor

Newsletter One

HWG Official LogoWelcome to the new site of the weekly newsletter of the Henderson Writer’s Group!

We enjoyed a good meeting this Monday at the Lutheran Church on Tropicana. Five readers shared their material, there was a book drawing (as always), and a good handout about suffixes.


There are only TWO WEEKS remaining before the deadline for anthology submissions. Please email Audrey at audrey101 [at] aol [dot] com with your submission. Remember, only ONE submission per member. It should be 4,000 words or less, and it can be any genre (poetry, nonfiction, excerpt from novel, essay). Standard formating please: word document, 12 pt font double spaced, one inch margins…

There is a free MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP coming up at the Las Vegas Family Search Library at 509 South and 9th Street. It’s a four week course held from 10:30 to 11:30 on Fridays, starting on the first Friday of each month.


Congratulations to Sydnee Elliot on the recent release of her book, which is available as a free download on Kindle this weekend.


“It’s a metaphor, so just live with it.”

“This was the end of my novel, which I then made the beginning of my novel, and then decided that I didn’t know if it should even be in my novel.”


Next Monday (October 21st) is the regular Monday meeting, at 6:30 p.m. in the Coffee Shop on Water Street. Next Wednesday (October 23rd) is the West Side meeting at Skinny Dugans.


Do you want to make better use of facebook as an author to promote your book? Don’t miss our last meeting in October! Donald Riggio (HWG member and facebook guru) will speak about using facebook as a marketing tool.


To see our lovely and up-to-date calendar, click here.