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September Guest Speaker: Megan Edwards

Monday, Sept. 11th at the Community Lutheran Church, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Las Vegas locals know that “literary Las Vegas” sounds oxymoronic to the rest of the world. Outsiders are convinced that the only books to be found in Sin City are sports books, and literacy is not a requirement for excelling at blackjack, playing the slots, or even holding down a job – because everybody in Vegas is a dealer, a showgirl, or a monosyllabic gangster. While the stereotypes persist, awareness is emerging that Las Vegas merits recognition for its vibrant literary community. Megan Edwards will speak about the unique world of letters thriving in southern Nevada and the players – er – writers, philanthropists, activists, archivists, and entrepreneurs – contributing to its growth. Discussion follows – be ready to share your thoughts and observations.

About Megan

When Megan Edwards arrived in Las Vegas to do some quick research for a novel, she had no idea she was on a blind date with her new hometown. Now, nearly two decades later, she’s still in love. As founder and executive editor of Living-Las-Vegas.com, Edwards writes about real life in the shadow of the Strip. Her fiction draws on the city’s fascinating history, inhabitants, and ebullient, ever-evolving personality.

Life is full of surprises, as Edwards discovered earlier, when a wildfire destroyed her home and all her possessions in the hills above Pasadena, California. Suddenly “stuffless,” she, her husband and their dog decided to take a six-month road trip while they figured out what to do next. Nearly seven years later, they arrived in Las Vegas for what they thought would be a few weeks. Clearly not good at predicting their own travel plans, they’re still here.

A former Latin teacher, Edwards has lived in Costa Rica, Italy, Germany, and Greece. She is the author of a travel memoir, a humor book, a mystery, and a literary romance. Full Service Blonde, another mystery, will be released in November. She’s currently working on her next novel, which has a time travel element and features Julius Caesar as a major character.

For more information, visit meganedwards.com or connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads.

Writing to Theme with Johnny Worthen—August 30th

August 30th at Skinny Dugan’s from 6:30-8:30

Raise your work to literary levels by consciously incorporating themes. Learn how to identify what you’re trying to say and actively nurture the subtler but greater questions you’re addressing. Enhance your writing with symbols as signposts, layers of grays and depths of meaning. Give the literary reader something to enjoy,

Class will also consider the therapeutic qualities of writing and ask the author to consciously incorporate ideas of theme into their work, exploring the human condition through parallel plots, symbols, conflict, and alternative points of view to address lingering questions and personal issues.

From the lighthouse of intent, to hard questions, symbols, subplots and echoes, the class will encourage the writer to plumb the depths of meaning, bleed a little and create multiple strands of meaning in their work.


JOHNNY WORTHEN is an award-winning, best-selling author, voyager, and damn fine human being! He is the tie-dye wearing writer of the nationally acclaimed, #1 Kindle best-selling ELEANOR, THE UNSEEN. Among his other excellent and very read-worthy titles are the adult occult thriller BEATRYSEL, the award-winning mystery THE BRAND DEMAND, and the genre bending comedy-noir THE FINGER TRAP, winner of the Diamond Quill for best book of the year. And of course the continuation of THE UNSEEN Trilogy, with CELESTE and DAVID which also have won awards.

Johnny’s newest novel takes a dark journey in WHAT IMMORTAL HAND; What begins as a routine investigation of a hijacked truck turns into a desperate and personal quest for memories, faith, and meaning. The answers to these, for Michael Oswald, like the strangled cries of a thousand murdered travelers, is found in the dark heart of an ancient cult of killers. “Michael was called of God, just not THAT God.” 

Trained in stand-up comedy, modern literary criticism and cultural studies, Johnny is a frequent public speaker, teacher and blogger. He’s an instructor at the University of Utah and an acquisitions editor for Omnium Gatherum, a publisher of unique dark fantasy, weird fiction, and horror.

August Guest Speaker: Stephanie Storey

Acting for Writers

Actors inhabit other people for a living.  They develop strong points of view. Uncover hidden motivations. Use gesture to convey emotion. Speak in subtext. Nurture quirks. Live in the messy truth of human relationships. Actors make fake people real. Sounds a lot like a writer, doesn’t it?

By studying the craft of acting, writers can learn to write better dialogue, get in touch with their characters’ emotions, develop strong points of view, and choose character details that are specific and important. Join Stephanie Storey—actor, producer, writer—for an introduction to the world of acting that will change your writing forever.

Join us on August 7th at the Community Lutheran Church (3720 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas) at 6:30pm.

About Stephanie

Stephanie Storey’s debut novel, Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo was released on March 1, 2016 and quickly became a Los Angeles Times bestseller. The New York Times called it “tremendously entertaining” and compared her to Irving Stone, the writer of such classics as The Agony and the Ecstasy. Storey is also an award-winning national television producer for shows like Tavis Smiley on PBS, The Arsenio Hall Show for CBS, and The Writers’ Room for the Sundance Channel, and has studied acting in the best schools in Los Angeles. She has her degree in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and attended a PhD program in Art History—before leaving to get her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She has studied art in Italy and been on a pilgrimage to see every Michelangelo on display in Europe. When not writing novels or acting for the stage, she can usually be found traveling the world — with her husband, an actor and Emmy-winning comedy writer — in search of her next story.

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Speaker James Kelly on July 10th

On Monday, July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., writing radio talk show host James Kelly, will speak before the Henderson Writers’ Group at the Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana Avenue. His topics are: How to Present Yourself When a Guest Speaker, and How to get on a Radio Talk Show.

James Kelly was born in Missouri, and raised in Oklahoma. He spent twelve years in Atlanta, Georgia before relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada. His first book The Emblem was released in 1995. Several more books are scheduled for release in 2017.

His desire to become a writer was not always lucrative. He has been a mailman, a server, and currently a radio talk show host. The title of the show is “Aspects of Writing” ( http://www.aspectsofwriting.com/ ).

You can listen to the broadcast every Friday at 6:00 P.M. (PST) on amfm247.com with co-host Janet Coursey.

Each week we discuss the various aspects of writing – screenwriting, novels, magazines, newspapers, music, marketing, editing, publishing vs. self-publishing, presenting yourself to the public, and more.

http://www.authorjameskelly.com/
http://www.mammothstarpublishing.com/
https://www.facebook.com/aspectsofwriting

Stories From the Heart Call for Writers

 

Everyone has a good story to tell or would like to hear told.
We’ve launched Stories from the Heart for anyone who wants to read or write an uplifting story.
If your story gets the most ‘likes’, you’ll win an award from one of our sponsors.
There is no limit to the number of stories you can publish.
Click HERE to register and submit your stories, or click here for more information.

Call For Submissions From Writer’s Relief

From: Ronnie L. Smith, President, Writer’s Relief, Inc.

RE: Deadline Thursday, June 22

Here’s my personal invitation: Submit your work for our consideration TODAY.

We want to add a few new clients to our list. We are accepting work in the following genres only: novel/memoir, poetry, and short prose (fiction or personal essays). Please do not send children’s books or poetry collections. Thursday, June 22, is the deadline.

Hire us to do the research and the legwork involved in making submissions, and you’ll have more time to write. We have a service for every budget. However, entering our Full Service client list does require Review Board approval, and fewer than 20% of applications are accepted, so send your strongest work.

Submit your work today using our quick and easy online form. Click this link: http://www.writersrelief.com/review_board

Deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 22.

Admission to our client list is by invitation only, so please send your best writing. Please note: Not all work is accepted.

Submission guidelines may be found at this link: http://www.writersrelief.com/submission-guidelines-for-review-board

We’ve been helping creative writers find the best markets for their work for over 20 years. If your writing is strong, we may be able to help you too.

QUESTIONS? Give us a call today.

We look forward to reading your writing sample!

Sincerely,

Ronnie L. Smith
President, Writer’s Relief, Inc.
(866) 405-3003 (toll-free)
www.WritersRelief.com/Review_Board

P.S. Whether or not our reviewers send an invitation to join our client list, every writer who applies to our Full Service will receive a FREE copy of our digital workbook, The Goal-Oriented Writer: How to Define and Organize Your Writing Goals, once they’ve submitted work for Review Board consideration. We love this workbook, and we think it will help you become a better writer.

P.P.S. This is a great time of year to get started. The majority of agents and editors in our database read through the summer months. Regular submissions = more acceptances. Submit your strongest writing samples to our Review Board today, and we’ll find the best markets most likely to be interested in accepting your work. Deadline is Thursday, June 22.

If you have already submitted for this Review Board call, we thank you. Our readers will respond to your submission shortly.

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“A deadline puts you up against the wall. That’s how I do all my writing. If I don’t have a deadline from someone else, I make a deadline.” ~Natalie Goldberg

“Make your characters live, make them real. If your readers do not empathize with your characters, your story, no matter how clever, must surely fail. Make them love your characters or hate them. Let the reader be envious of them or repelled or fascinated; but make the reader believe. There is only one way to do that: YOU must believe.” ~Sidney Sheldon

Message from Nancy

MY DAUGHTER, CHRIS, IS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER AND IS IN CHARGE OF READING WEEK AT HER SCHOOL. EACH YEAR, I HELP HER BY RECRUITING PEOPLE TO READ TO THE KIDS.
THIS YEAR IT IS THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH. THE READERS CAN PICK A DAY AND HOW LONG THEY WISH TO STAY. THE LIBRARIAN PROVIDES BOOKS OR THOSE WHO WRITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS CAN READ THEIR OWN.

CHRIS NEEDS TO HAVE THE VOLUNTEERS CONTACT HER ASAP BUT NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 23. LOUIS E WIENER SCHOOL IS LOCATED AT WARM SPRINGS AND BURMUDA.

CONTACT CHRIS AT – CHRISTINEBOYLE at COX.NET

Local Author Showcase

 

 

libraryPaseo Verde Library Local Author Showcase
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Paseo Verde Library, 280 South Green Valley Parkway, Henderson NV.
• There is no charge to participate. The event is free and open to the public. We kindly ask that you donate 1 copy to the library if your book is not in our Local Author Collection. Your book will be searchable systemwide in our library catalog and can be checked-out and reserved by library patrons.
• Approximately 20 tables will be set up in the showcase space and authors will be asked to share a table. Two authors will be assigned to one six foot table. You are welcome to bring promotional materials, but please keep in mind that you must share the space.
• Participating authors can sign-up for one 2 hour slot, 9:30am-1130am OR Noon-2:00pm.
• Exhibit space is limited, so authors who wish to participate are encouraged to apply early.
Please fill out the following information and email it to Caroline Hoover at choover@hdpl.org or drop it off at the Paseo Verde Reference Desk by February 21st, 2015. Once reviewed, library staff will confirm with authors by February 28th.

Name:

Phone:

Email:

Website:

Address:
Please indicate your preference for exhibit time. We will try our best to accommodate your preference; however we cannot make any guarantees.
☐ 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ☐ Noon – 2 p.m.
As a part of your application, please email us a high-resolution image of your book jacket cover/s and author photo. Additionally, please include a short author biography and your book titles with genres.
An example of what we are looking for:
Gayle Bartos-Pool
Damning Evidence [Mystery]
A former private detective and reporter for a small weekly newspaper, Gayle Bartos-Pool has several books in print including The Johnny Casino Casebook series. She is the former Speakers Bureau Director for Sisters In Crime/LA and teaches writing classes on the Short Story, Writing a Killer Opening Line, and Writing Convincing Dialogue. Website: www.gbpool.com

Name:

Book Titles with Genres:

Website:

Brief Bio: