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** 2014 Venue: Doubletree Hilton Reid Park**
445 S. Alvernon Way
Between 22nd & Broadway, directly across from Reid Park
Tucson Festival of Books
Check out the amazing ROMANCE TRACK that has been put together for the Tucson Festival of Books by SRW's own Patricia Knoll. There are over twenty romance discussions and workshops to choose from featuring best-selling authors from around the country.
While you're at TFoB, come visit the Saguaro Romance Writers booth. We will once again be giving away bags and bags of free romance books, thanks to the tireless efforts of our booth coordinator, Jan Harris.
A big thank you to all our chapter members who are moderating panels, looking after speakers, and staffing our booth.
Chapter Meeting March 22, 2014:
Bestselling Author, Kara Lennox
In March, Saguaro Romance Writers welcomes bestselling Kara Lennox, who is working on her 66th romance novel, has been published by Silhouette and Bantam Books as Karen Leabo, and currently writes for the Harlequin American Romance, Silhouette Desire and Signature Select lines as Kara Lennox.
Prior to writing romance, Kara was a freelance writer with hundreds of magazine articles published, as well as brochures, press releases, advertisements and business plans. She has also earned a paycheck at various times as a magazine art director, a typesetter, an exercise instructor, a sales clerk for a boutique that was a front for laundering Mafia money (she found out later), a telephone survey-taker, and a blackjack dealer. But she's happiest now, living her dream as an author.
Kara's books are often cited for their groundbreaking, quirky or otherwise unusual subject matter. She has written about ostrich ranching, Mayan archeology, brain tumors, child abandonment, jewel theft, witchcraft and storm chasing--in addition to a full complement of cowboys, brides and babies.
Morning Session - Romance Novel Gestalt
The most satisfying novels are the ones written so tightly that every word, every description, every piece of dialogue is there for a specific reason, everything working in harmony. There are no loose plot threads, no extraneous scenes or pointless characters, no filler dialogue. But how do you achieve that seamless texture? We read books and attend workshops on plot, theme, voice, characters, setting, research etc., but how do you put it all together? This workshop will help you smooth over the rough spots and hide your craftsmanship so your reader gets pleasantly lost in the story rather than stumbling over the building blocks.
Afternoon session - Yes, You Can Quit Your Day Job
Do you dream of working at home every day, sitting at your computer in your sweats communing with your muse? It's not an impossible dream no matter what your situation. With some careful planning and a lot of self-discipline, you, too, can look forward to Monday morning as a stay-at-home writer. In this workshop, we'll discuss making the transition to self-employment while meeting financial and familial obligations, from both a published and unpublished perspective. We'll talk about finances, time management, and how to compromise with dignity. Be prepared to think outside the box!
For more information, visit karalennox.wordpress.com.
March 22 Business Meeting Agenda:
- There is currently no new chapter business
Walk-in guests are welcome. However, walk-ins and reservations received after 5pm Friday must pay the visitor meeting fee.
Space may be limited. Reservatons and advance payment are strongly recommended.
PLEASE SPECIFY one of the following lunch selections (and any special requirements, like "gluten free") with your advance reservation.
March Lunch Selection:
- Bacon Cheese Burger
- Grilled Turkey Burger
- Turkey Bacon and Havarti Sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise
- Chef's choice Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegetarian dish [DEFAULT]
Anyone who hasn't specified a lunch choice by the 8.00 a.m. the Wednesday before the meeting will enjoy the DEFAULT dish. More details about the menu are available on our payments page.
Monthly Meeting Information
We meet on the fourth Saturday of the month (with some exceptions). Reservations are recommended by 8.00 a.m. the Wednesday before the meeting. Cost is $25 for chapter members, $30 for non-members. Lunch is included.
See the Meetings page for additional information.
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