2016 Meetings

2016 Meetings


January 9, 2016

Topic: Elements of Good Fiction Writing-from a judging perspective

Speaker: Wendy Delaney

Location: Kirkland Library

Workshop Details: Set yourself up for success in 2016, whether you are preparing to enter your first contest, thinking about starting to judge or want to get a head start into the Golden Heart and Ritas.


February 6, 2016

This all day workshop (9am-3:30pm) is open to members in good standing only.

Topic: Do You Sculpt or Do You Carve?

Speaker: Anna DeStefano

Location: Redmond Town Center Marriott

Workshop Details: Join #1 best-selling, award-winning author and freelance developmental editor Anna DeStefano, and delve into the creative art of drafting. Learn whether your crafting technique is more sculpting or carving story into vivid life—and then how to use that paradigm to set your muse free!


March 5, 2016

Topic: Paths to a Law Enforcement Career: Making your character have the right background

Speaker: MA Taylor

LocationValley View Public Library

Workshop Details: This will be a virtual meeting, with MA using Zoom to remote into our meeting.

MA Taylor will give us an overview of the types of law enforcement, training, and the general career of a Law Enforcement Officer–everything from patrol to various types of investigations.


April 2, 2016

Topic: The Romance Marketplace

Speaker: Sabina York

Location: Auburn Library

Workshop Description: Join New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Sabrina York in an open discussion of trends and strategies in the Romance world. Come with your specific questions and queries about anything from marketing strategies, topics & tropes or connecting with the right publisher. *NOTE* This workshop will NOT be recorded.

Topics will include: Indie/Traditional/Hybrid — pros and cons, Value of Agents, Collections and where they are going, Trends for 2016 and changes in Amazon that aren’t helping and how to combat them.

We expect other attendee generated topics, and Sabrina will openly share what has worked and not worked for her in the Romance arena.


May 7, 2016

Topic: Editing for the Indie Author

Speaker: Julia Ganis

Location: Mercer Island Community Center

Workshop Description: Join Julie Ganis, experienced Hollywood script analyst and founder of JuliaEdits.com, as she reviews editing tips every author needs to know—from NYT bestsellers with hybrid careers, to emerging self-pub authors and absolute beginners. What to know, what to look for and what to avoid on your path to self-pubbing. Plus tips on self-editing for all authors, from absolute beginners to the multi-published.

12:30-2:00 Annual Status of the Chapter Meeting


Members Only: After Julia’s class GSRWA members are invited to remain at the Mercer Island Community Center for the annual Status of the Chapter Meeting. The board will be providing lunch for those who stay. More information will be provided as we get closer to the meeting date.


June 4th, 2016

Topic: World Building:

Speaker: JC Hay

Location: Shoreline Library

Workshop Details: Breathing Life into your Setting

Every writer is a world builder, whether that world is a small, coastal town or a worlds-spanning galactic empire. Too often, though, this development is left to chance, or worse taken for granted, resulting in characters who move in front of your setting like a backdrop rather than inhabit it.

Join SFR writer JC Hay as he draws from a career in games writing and world creation to discuss new ways to approach world building and how to use that world to inform your characters, and further tie them into your story.


September 10th, 2016

Topic: Help! Author Support Panel

Speaker: Dar Albert, Wicked Smart Designs, Ada Wong, Attorney, Janet Juengling Snell, JJS Marketing & Design LLC

Location: Richmond Beach Library

Workshop Details: Have you thought about self-publishing? Or going hybrid? Join a Cover Artist, Attorney, and Author Assistant as they shed light on the services available to make your journey into the world of self-publishing as painless as possible.


October 1st, 2016

Topic: Series Bibles from A to Z

Speaker: Jami Davenport

Location: Federal Way Regional Library

Workshop Details: Do you use a three-ring binder to organize your series? Or do you use nothing at all and wade through countless notes and books in an attempt to find one tiny bit of description of a former secondary character who is now the main character of your current WIP? Do you spend too much time searching for information you know exists somewhere? All this wasted time takes away from your writing time.

In this course, we explore how build a series bible, what items to put in it, and how to increase your efficiency in the areas of researching, plotting, organizing, and accessing book details so you have more time to write the actual book.

USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport is an IT professional with twenty-seven years of experience. Jami has degrees in Business and Education and was formerly a high school teacher. Jami ruthlessly uses series bibles to organize herself and her writing in order to find time for the actual writing and also have a life.


November 5th, 2016

Topic: Tea Discovery Class *10:00am-12:00pm*

Speaker: Roberta Fuhr

Location: Experience Tea

Workshop Details: Join 25 of your fellow chapter members for a tea tasting while local tea expert, Roberta Fuhr,  points out the subtle differences in the varieties of tea and the history of this delicious libation that created an empire!

NOTE: The meeting will be held from 10:00-12:00 and is limited to 25 participants. Sign ups will be announced later this year!


December 3rd, 2016

Topic: GSRWA White Elephant Christmas Party

Speaker: Our lovely members!

Location: Mercer Island Community Center

Workshop Details: Exchange gifts with your fellow GSRWA members to celebrate the triumphs of the past year while plotting the successes of the next!