…for visiting Santa Clarita Romance Writers!
Take a look around for information on our Romance Writers of America chapter, meetings, workshops, contests and other news. SCRWA came on line in April, 2016 with a group of dedicated romance writers excited about sharing information, experiences and enthusiasm for the craft!
The SCRWA meets at the Old Town Newhall Library the third Saturdays of each month. The library is located at the corner of Lyons Avenue and Main Street, Newhall, California. Take the Lyons exit off the NB I-5 Freeway!
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“The Pros and Cons of writing in Different Genres”
Prolific romance author Linda O. Johnston shared her vast experience with writing in different genres. Linda is one who sticks with her “real” name across all platforms, but discussed the pros and cons of identifying yourself differently in various genres. She also encouraged our members to branch out and try out other categories–as long as there is passion! Icing on the cake was when Linda decided she liked the atmosphere at Santa Clarita Romance Writers and became a member. Welcome, Linda!
“I’m writing a book. No, wait. It’s a series”
Judy Duarte. Can we just say, “Wow!” ??? Judy brought a wealth of information about the various types of series romance and what the publishers are looking for. For example, who knew about the “continuity” series contract? Many authors, same characters, pre-determined story attributes. We’re so thankful for Judy’s unselfish sharing of her wealth of knowledge and can’t wait to have her back!
Author Mia Hopkins gave us the rundown on self-editing and keeping track of story points as you write. Mia included strategies such as “creating a space between writing and reading,” “Identifying (your) True North,” scene charts, writing lean, and more. Very valuable information! Mia is the author of, among other things, the “Kings of California” series and we were delighted to have her!
“The Query Letter”
Meghan Farrell from Tule Publishing, our April speaker, was absolutely amazing! We got personal attention from a real live editor (and she was super nice and easy to talk to and not so scary – turns out, editors are humans just like us!)
She talked to us about how Tule Publishing got started (by an author) and went over their six imprints and the special calls that Tule is looking for (small town romance and “sweet” romance). She also talked about what they are seeing in “trends” and she talked about the dreaded Query Letter and how best to tackle it. Many thanks, Meghan!
“Romantic Tension in the First Five Pages”
Great meeting today!! Our March speakers, Marina Boone and Lisa Gail Green, gave an amazing presentation on Romantic Tension in the First Five Pages. Who knew that those first five meant so much? We had a full house and LOTS of note taking. Thank you, ladies!
“How to Get the Dang Book Written!”
Thanks to Margaret Brownley for speaking at our February meeting!! We spent the remainder of the meeting after Margaret’s discussion talking about our goals and how we spend our writing time. I think we all learned some new tips and techniques. Thanks again Margaret!!
“First Time for Everything” with Tessa Dare!
Thank you to our fabulous guest speaker at our January meeting. Tessa came prepared to teach us all the importance of that very important “first” in romance: first meet, first kiss, first challenge, etc. Great presentation!
Happy Holidays from the Board of Directors!
Left to right: Bobbie Cimo, Programs Chair
Shelley Winsor, President
Pam Ripling, Treasurer
Lee Ann Souleles, Secretary
Shannon Harley, Director-at-Large
Sharlyn Harley, Vice-President, and
Lisa Gail Green, Membership Chair.
Not pictured, Sarah Skilton, Newsletter Editor.