Monthly Archives: May 2016

July Speaker

Author John Garth will be the guest speaker on Monday, July 25, at Community Lutheran Church.

Shadow of the Past: How the ghosts of World War I came back to haunt The Lord of the Rings.

Exactly 100 years after Tolkien fought in the Battle of the Somme, it’s time to see how it shaped The Lord of the Rings trilogy. John, author of the award-wining Tolkien biography, Tolkien and the Great War, reveals how the return of long-suppressed memories of the battle, and of friends lost there, sparked an outpouring of creativity that ended a year of writer’s block and put the war at the heart of his masterpiece.

Garth is well-known for Tolkien and the Great War, and winner of the Mythopoeic Award for Scholarship 2004. He has written for newspapers and websites, ranging from The London Times to The Daily Beast. He is a Fellow in Humanistic Studies at Black Mountain Institute, UNLV, working on a book of Tolkien’s creative development within the context of his times. Learn more: John Garth



Get painted

PAINTEDSTORIESWriters of Southern Nevada is looking for a local traditional/indie/self published author for it’s next PAINTED STORIES event on Sunday July 31st at the Jewel Box Theater!

The theme this time is Endless Summer so adventure, romance, travel all fits. Read an excerpt from your book and watch your words inspire artists to paint! $50 stipend and opportunity to sign/sell copies of your books afterwards.

Preference given to WSN Members.

Write to: nevadawriters at gmail dot com for more info!

A contest with critique

Writer Advice,, has been running contests for over 10 years. They are known for their feedback and have cut fees this year. Plus, this year, they’re running four contests instead of two.

Enter a piece of flash fiction. Or a short story.
Dazzle, delight, mesmerize, or enlighten us. Do all four if you can. Writer Advice’s Flash Fiction Contest, seeks your best short-short stories. There is a small $10 fee in exchange for for detailed feedback.
Deadline: June 1. Details and Submittable Link:

Book launch party

Alabama Blue BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! Saturday May 28, 2016 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.

P T’s GOLD Pub | 6570 S Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89113

Toni will read brief excerpts from Alabama Blue throughout the event, and each guest will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing of Vintage books and glassware!

Four drawings – 5:00 ~ 6:00 ~ 7:00 ~ 8:00 P.M. One special door prize will be given at 8:00 P.M. Tickets for this drawing will only be given to people on the RSVP list.

PT’s Gold offers a spacious private room, plenty of parking, great food and drink, reasonable prices and super service. There’s a full lovely bar if you want to stay and party after the party!

RSVP to:  “Toni Pacini” at

Kauai Conference

The 2016 Kauai Writers Conference event will take place this coming November, just when the weather starts to turn, and will feature a great line-up of presenters including bestselling authors
(partial list):

Christina Baker Kline (The Orphan Train)
Luis Urrea (Pulitzer finalist)
Jonathan Maberry (Bram Stoker awardee five times)
Larry Barber (scriptwriter for the X-Files, Francis Ford Coppola)
Priya Parmar (Vanessa and Her Sister)
Nicholas Delbanco (former National Book Award Committee chair),
Literary agents Andy Ross, Stephanie Cabot (Gernert Company), Jeff
Kleinman (Folio Literary Agency), Susan Golumb (Writers House), Laurie
Fox (Linda Chester Agency), and Amazon expert Terry Persun.

These faculty members have all been chosen for both their accomplishments as writers and their exceptional ability to help other writers improve their craft. Because we keep the conference small (150 attendees) and the master classes intimate (15 attendees each),
there’s plenty of opportunity to network with authors, agents, and peers. The master classes are filling up fast (particularly fiction) so if you’re interested, reserve your spot soon.

The event will take place in a very nice and quite affordable hotel on a beautiful beach. For the four days preceding the conference, there will be intensive workshops by masters of four genres: fiction, memoir, screenwriting, and thriller. The location of these workshops
is perhaps even more beautiful than that of the conference itself, a lovely secluded and elegant facility in a private botanical garden.

For more information, see or call our organizer, Dave Rosenberg, at 808-639-4517. Just remember that Hawaii is six hours behind the East Coast so you don’t call at 3 a.m. Or, you can email me at

Hope to see you in November!

David Katz
Conference Organizing Team