Category Archives: workshops

Conference Prep

If you’re attending the Las Vegas Writers’ Conference (you are, aren’t you?) you’ll want to attend the first three Monday evening meeting at Community Lutheran Church, 6:30pm. We’ll be refreshing everyone’s memory about Log Lines, Elevator Pitches, and Synopsis, and then helping members with those items. Then, we’ll have practice pitch sessions.

These meetings are extremely helpful in preparing for pitching to the agents and acquisition editors at the conference. Practice builds confidence. Practice helps you present your best effort. Practice helps you look and sound like the professional writer those agents and editors are searching for.

And, HWG members will be voting on Board positions on Monday, April 3.

LV Romance Writers conference

The Las Vegas Romance Writers announce their annual Conference-in-a-Day program.

Saturday, February 18
9am-4pm
Findlay Chevrolet Community Room
6800 S. Torrey Pines
LV, NV 89118

This year, the Las Vegas Romance Writer’s Conference in a Day will cover all aspects of your novel, from inspiration to publication!
We’ll cover such things as finding your inspiration, research, coming up with a killer opening, fixing the saggy middle, creating a memorable “black moment” and publishing options for your masterpiece once it’s finished.
This event is open to the public, so save the date and plan to be there! Everyone is welcome
The cost is $25 for LVRW members, and $30 for non-members. It’s an all day workshop and will include lunch as well as snacks, coffee and tea throughout the day.
For tickets: LVRW

Nationally hailed Beat Poet Michael McClure

The Poetry and Thought of Michael McClure

As part of the Poets of National Stature reading series organized by Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson the following is offered with famed poet, playwright and songwriter, Michael McClure:

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Where:Winchester Cultural Center,
3130 S. McLeod Drive, Las Vegas, NV
What: Michael McClure will read from his poetry

When: Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Where: Clark County Library,
1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV
What: McClure will present a poetry workshop

Michael McClure was a founding member of the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance, having given his first reading at the famed Six Gallery in 1955, along with Allen Ginsberg, who gave his first reading of his famous poem, “Howl,” and four other poets. On that occasion, McClure read his “For the Death of 100 Whales,” signaling his pioneering concern for and interest in the marine animals.

In the 1960s, McClure’s play The Beard became a huge cause when it was repeatedly censored in San Francisco and Los Angeles, then moved to New York, where McClure won an Obie Award. Noted playwright Sam Shepard cited that play as an important precursor to his work, which radically transformed the theater in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the early 1970s, McClure’s writing began to popularize the movement to Save the Whales, and his poems and activism have been important to ecology movements ever since. A noted American Buddhist, McClure has written some of the most beautiful and profound poems in that genre. His relation with elders who inspired the San Francisco poetry renaissance, such as Robert Duncan and Charles Olson, has made him a key progenitor of modern writing.

McClure’s research into evolutionary biology, biophysics, neurology and other sciences has done as much as any living writer to draw the link between art and science in profound ways, which are of interest to both artists and scientists. McClure’s work has been cited by a variety of leading scientific thinkers, such as Francis Crick, who received a Nobel Prize for his discovery of DNA.

McClure has also been prominent in the world of rock music. He authored the lyrics to the song “Mercedes Benz,” popularized in the classic performance by Janis Joplin. He worked closely with members of The Doors, including encouraging Jim Morrison to publish his poems and performing extensively with Ray Manzarek, the band’s keyboardist. McClure has also worked with other notable musicians, including jazz bassist Christian McBride and new music composer Terry Riley.

McClure’s books have been produced by the most important publishers of the era including: “Huge Dreams: San Francisco and Beat Poems” (Penguin), “Scratching the Beat Surface” (Penguin), “The Beard” (Grove Press & Evergreen), “Mysteriosos” (New Directions), “Rain Mirror” (New Directions), “Touching the Edge” (Shambhala), “Rebel Lions” (New Directions), “Of Indigo & Saffron” (U.C. Press), and “Ghost Tantras” (City Lights).

Janelle Evans to speak

Janelle Evans will be the next 5th Wednesday speaker; Skinny Dugan’s, March 30.

London2015_bookTourJanelle M. Evans graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing. She has since published multiple erotic thrillers under pen name, and one young adult novel, HeartShadows, with its sequel, HeartStuck, to be published shortly. In addition to writing novels, Miss Evans is an award-winning screenplay writer, and short story author. She is currently a teaching graduate assistant at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) while pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree.

She will be discussing the hidden market of commissioned writing: the various fields in which one can write, how to tap into those markets, and how to fit this side business into your current creative schedule.

A love letter from Big Sur

That’s right: today’s the day when we gently encourage you, fans of Big Sur Writing Workshops, to tell seven friends about the upcoming Dec 4 – 6 Big Sur Writing Workshop to be held at the world-famous Big Sur Lodge.  Why, you ask?  Here’s why:

1.  You love your friends. And naturally, you want the best for them. So why wouldn’t you tell any aspiring children’s writer about the greatest workshop of it’s kind — in arguably the world’s most beautiful location — in the known universe?  It’s common sense!

2.  All sorts of other reasons pertaining to how much you love your friends. They include the possibility of landing a publishing deal with co-sponsor Andrea Brown, incredible one-on-one and small-group feedback, countless satisfied alumni across the past 18 (!) years, and working with the most accomplished authors, editors, and agents in the industry.

3.  It will sell out. They always do, and then people get sad (and sometimes mad.) And do you want your friends to be sad?  Or mad?  Or — God forbid — both? Of course not.

Now you’re probably thinking, “OK, fine, I’ll tell at least, oh, three friends. But how?”

Here’s how!  Forward them this link: http://bigsurwriting.wordpress.com/

…or simply have them call us at 831-667-2574.

Lastly, you’re also wondering: why seven friends?

The answer is a bit more difficult to articulate.  Seven just seems right.  For example, in China, the number 7 is considered lucky because it sounds similar to the Chinese words for ‘arise’ and ‘life’. It is also symbolic of togetherness and, as a result, is seen as a good omen in relationships.

Togetherness….good omens…healthy relationships. That’s what friends — and the Big Sur Writing Workshops — are for!

Thanks!

Big Sur Writing Workshops