May Chapter Meeting: Your Story Begins At Home with Christine Ashworth

First a little news:
  • Congratulations to the winners of the Out Write Janet challenge, and huge thanks to Janet Tronstad for setting the bar so high for us once again!
  • Don’t forget that Book In A Year (BIAY) 2013-2014 comes to a close on May 31 and winners will be announced at the June meeting. BIAY 2014-2015 starts May 1st.
  • Collectively, EVA members donated 9 copies of Tattoos on the Heart to the Azusa Library for the One Azusa One Book program. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Now, read all about our May speaker and see you at the May meeting!

Your Story Begins At Home

Do you have an idea, but not sure how to flesh it out? Do you want to write characters who feel like real people? Come listen and learn in this fun interactive workshop to award-winning paranormal romance author Christine Ashworth as she divulges the four things you absolutely, positively need to know about your characters before you start writing your next book.  Perfect for the plotter, even better for the pantser, these four areas can either be lightly touched upon to give you a springboard to writing, or you can delve as deeply as your plotter heart desires.
Christine AshworthBIO: I’m old enough to know better and young enough to enjoy breaking some rules. I love cats, demons, witches, vampires and some angels. And gardening. Oh, and cooking, and wine. And I totally adore teenagers.
For some reason, I’m constantly drawn into conversations that start with protecting ourselves from a zombie apocalypse, and spiral out from there. So you can see why I’m a writer.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:15AM at Azusa City Library @ 729 N. Dalton Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

Annual membership with EVA is only $30 and $5 per month meeting fees. With your membership, you receive the benefit of participating in the critique group which meets directly after our monthly meetings.

Please join us, and feel free to bring a friend (or two, or three).

Remember, guests are welcome to attend their FIRST EVA meeting free!

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April Meeting: The Automatic Writer’s Blog – How to Get Your Blog to Blog for You So You Can Write More with Erica Barton

Our April meeting topic is The Automatic Writer’s Blog – How to Get Your Blog to Blog for You So You Can Write More with Erica Barton. More info coming soon!

Also, the winners of Out Write Janet will be announced – plus prizes!

Saturday, April 5, 2014
10:15AM at Azusa City Library @ 729 N. Dalton Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

Annual membership with EVA is only $30 and $5 per month meeting fees. With your membership, you receive the benefit of participating in the critique group which meets directly after our monthly meetings.

Please join us, and feel free to bring a friend (or two, or three).

Remember, guests are welcome to attend their FIRST EVA meeting free!

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March Chapter Meeting: Secondary Characters with Anne Cleeland

We’re delighted to welcome Anne Cleeland to EVA for our March chapter meeting. Don’t forget that March is Out Write Janet month -so sharpen your pencils/boot up your computers and keep track of that word count March 1-31. We’re also trying to collect as many copies as possible of Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle to donate to the Azusa Library for their One Book One Azusa program. Please bring one to donate if you can!

Deplorable Relatives and Scheming Rivals: How Minor Characters Enrich a Story

In this power point presentation, we discuss famous secondary characters from romance novels and the movies, and show how minor characters can be used to add dimensions to a story. For example, Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice is the same character as the Baroness von Schroeder in The Sound of Music and the same character as the wicked stepsisters (either one) in Cinderella. The heroine’s journey to happily ever after is even more satisfying if there is a Mean Girl getting her comeuppance.

We look at other classic minor characters, too,  and discuss what purpose they serve to make the heroine more sympathetic and more compelling. Examples will include The Kindly Benefactor, The Staunch Supporter, The Impossibly Good Person (who’s going to die, of course) and the Villain in Disguise.

Anne CleelandBIO: Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a degree in law from Pepperdine University, and is a member of the California State Bar.  She writes a historical romance series set in the Regency period as well as a contemporary mystery series set in New Scotland Yard.  A member of Romance Writers of America, The Historical Novel Society and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children.  www.annecleeland.com; @annecleeland.

 

Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:15AM at Azusa City Library @ 729 N. Dalton Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

Annual membership with EVA is only $30 and $5 per month meeting fees. With your membership, you receive the benefit of participating in the critique group which meets directly after our monthly meetings.

Please join us, and feel free to bring a friend (or two, or three).

Remember, guests are welcome to attend their FIRST EVA meeting free!

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