2020 Meeting Schedule
REMAINING MEETINGS ARE NOT IN PUBLIC. MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE HELD VIA ZOOM. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SITTING IN ON A MEETING, LEAVE AN EMAIL ON THE CONTACT PAGE.
Meetings are 1-3:30pm unless otherwise noted. All events are also posted on the chapter Facebook page.
January 4: Kyrsten Bell: Tips and tricks for using Dragon software to dictate fiction and nonfiction at Smoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.
February 1: Kate Baray discusses using her Search and Rescue experiences in fiction. Kate volunteered with a wilderness SAR team in Texas for over three years, during which time she certified a trailing dog, was K9 Unit Leader, and participated in rescue and recovery searches as a K9 flanker and ground unit member.
Kate Baray’s Lost Library series and the Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy Mysteries series, written under Cate Lawley, utilize these experiences.
March 7: Kathleen Sweeney from Book Brush: How to (easily) create marketing graphics with Book Brush.
DUE TO THE IN-SHELTER RESPONSE TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS 19, PUBLIC MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR NOW.
April 4: Cancelled
May 2 ZOOM meeting: Kevin Platts: Q&A with former US marshal. He has had more than 29 years of experience with the United States Marshals Service as a Chief Deputy U. S. Marshal; Assistant Chief; Supervisory Criminal Investigator; Inspector for the Federal Witness Protection Program; and a Criminal Investigator. He was a Combat Firefighter, Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician, and during his college years a Reserve II Deputy Sheriff in the patrol, detective, and jail bureaus. He is currently the Director of Public Safety Programs at the College of Western Idaho with oversight on the implementation, maintenance, and evaluation in the areas of Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Fire Service Technology, and is working on the development of other public safety programs.
June 6: Business Meeting Only
June 11-15: CANCELLED Members Only Summer Writing Retreat in Cascade, Idaho.
July: No meeting due to 4th of July weekend
August 1: Krysten Bell: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Authors. ZOOM MEETING. LINK WILL BE SENT TO MEMBERS AND FACEBOOK GROUP.
September 5: Victoria Benson: Writing Fashion – Eras, Adjectives, Images. Victoria will be presenting “writing fashion” into your novels. Via Zoom. Link will be sent soon. If not a member, send message through our contact page.
October 3: Laurie Schnebly Campbell – Because of scheduling we will be having the presentation at 1:00 pm and the business meeting at 2:00 pm.
Your Plot/Character/Story Braid: Weaving the different strands and levels of your story is trickier than making a simple braid, but the idea is the same — you need to give equal attention to every separate element that’s part of the finished creation. Whether you’re braiding the conflict and resolution of a thriller, a romance, a fantasy, a mystery, or any other journey of discovery, your readers want a certain balance between factors that aren’t always equally important.
~ Build a braid strong enough to support your entire story
~ Maintain the balance of tension among each of your characters
~ Make sure the plot twists don’t unravel in later chapters
~ Enrich the three-way blend with individual “extras”
~ Incorporate as much action or emotion as your readers expect
~ Keep your plot from overshadowing the characters, or vice versa
~ Tie off the braid for a satisfying conclusion
Via Zoom. If not a member, send a message through our contact page.
November 7: Sherry Briscoe: Strategic Planning for Authors—Review, Plan, and Evaluate LOCATION OR FORMAT TBA
December 5: Members Only Holiday Party