members are encouraged to share events they attend and recently
I attended WRITE TOUCH, the Wisconsin RWA conference held in
not a writer, Im a guest
will I feel welcome? A
what to expect? These were the
main thoughts before I arrived to a hearty welcome and a great
A bunch of giggly women ogling cover models and discussing men?
NOT! But, there was a session on Writing REAL Men
by Michele Jerott; not to mention Jaye Roycrafts Cop
Characters and Judith Lyons Your Characters
Pains & Joys
Roycraft and Ann Voss Peterson
A boring bunch of literary minded people intent on 1-upping
with their knowledge? NOT! There was a session on Fame,
Fortune & Reality by Liz Hunter and Barbara Raffin.
Macombers session Plotting with a Partner &
a Plan was entirely about working together to help each
other develop your stories. I am sorry to say I missed the talk
on Lies that Hold You Back from Publishing as Debbie
was such a cheerful and enthusiastic speaker even a non-writer
as myself enjoyed hearing her talk.
Macomber & Michele Patrykus
Potters luncheon speech was titled Top 10 list for
being a Romance Writer and each point ended with which
is why I love Romance Writers. I hope she excuses these
quotes on being a writer: Writers are the only
people who can admit to hearing voices without being carted
off and on being a romance writer: Romance writers
appeal to the very best in people rather than the worst.
She also talked on 10 Steps to Publishable Book.
Patricias belief that Its all about Heart
showed through in her talks.
led by Ann Voss Peterson [Love & Murder], Ana Schmidt/Willa
[Know What You Know], Isabel Sharpe [Get Outta There], Layla
[Nurturing Your Imagination], Jane Toombs [Manuscript Right
& Wrongs] Shari Anton & Victoria Hinshaw [Researching
Historical England] were all set in a friendly manner and shared
SO MUCH to help others to excel. Their enthusiasm for their
career as writers showed through.
Hinshaw and Shari Anton
Hendricks session was titled BUILDING A FANTASY WORLD
FROM SCRATCH. I attended this with Michele Patrykus, owner of
Book Isle who won the door prize that Elysa offered. More than
just a world building discussion,
Elysa gave handouts of her reference resources [a bibliography]
with encouragement. Even as a reader not a writer, the processes
described fascinated me. Since this was to be shared with PNR
members, she has given me permission to do a brief summary.
She gave me a copy of her notes so I could answer further questions
for those interested or you may email
her if you wish. firstname.lastname@example.org
where besides our fertile writers imagination do our characters
. . Something of the world and characters you create must speak
to what your readers know about the human condition. To do this,
even if your characters arent recognizably human they
must reflect human characteristics, cultures, values and experiences.
. . Use the 5 senses sight, taste, touch, smell and sound
to ground the reader in your fantasy world. . . Remember
all 3 environmental factors physical, social and emotional
are closely tied together. . . In fantasy romance, be
careful not to let the fantasy elements overshadow the relationship
between the hero & heroine. Elysa Hendricks
Macomber has donated a Pocket Calculator and an
Autographed copy of DAKOTA BORN as prize for Book Isles
nothing to buy to enter, just email from the special link on
the web page.