2015 Meetings

2015 Meetings

January 3, 2015

Topic: Short Stories

Speaker: Lois Brandt

Location: Bellevue Library, Room 1

Workshop Details: Short stories and novellas are all the rage in eBooks with continual releases bumping the visability your backlist. Join us as Lois Brandt discussed the fine art of crafting a short story to help keep your brand in the public eye.


February 7, 2015

Topic:  Cherry Adair talks revisions and the editing process

Location: Marriott Redmond Town Center, workshop will be in Salons 3 & 4 of the ballroom.

Workshop Details: We are proud to have Cherry Adair present a special all-day workshop on the revision process for GSRWA members in good standing.


March 7, 2015

Time: 11:45am-1:45pm**

Topic: Newsletters- What, Why and How

Speaker: Danielle Monsch

Location: Redmond Library

Workshop Details: Social media changes constantly, but email addresses rarely do. Join USA Today best selling author Danielle Monsch as she explains how and why your newsletter is the cornerstone of your marketing platform. **please note different time


April 4, 2015

Topic: The Ins and Outs of WordPress

Speaker: April Rickard

LocationMercer Island Library

Workshop Details: April will take us behind the scenes of the GSRWA website to show how to make wordpress work for you, showing the tips and tricks so we can spend more hours writing and less fighting with our websites.


May 2, 2015

Topic: Doing and Dreaming: Craft and Business

Speaker: Lucy Monroe

Location: Auburn Library

 Workshop Details: There is a quote by Gossip Columnist, Liz Smith,  “You can’t build a reputation on what you intend to do.”  I love the quote so much because it is absolutely true and never more so than for the writer.  A lot of people want to write a book, a few people will and even fewer will have the courage to submit their work to an editor.  Dreams remain dreams until we give them feet.  Then they become goals. Join Lucy as she talks about turning your dreams into goals and launching your writing career.

 June 6, 2015

Topic: Subtext and Plot Twists

Speaker: Rebecca Zanetti

Location: Shoreline Library

Workshop Details: Join NYT Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti for an engaging workshop on how to keep your readers turning that page and skipping dinner. Stating the obvious is boring for both the author and reader.  Regardless of genre, every book should have tension and suspense, which can be accomplished by using subtext and twisting your plot, among other devices.  We’ll have an exciting powerpoint with concrete examples from books and film.  No questions are off limit!

September 5, 2015

Topic: The Art of Handselling

Speaker: Alicia Aho/Olivia Waite

LocationShoreline Library

Workshop Description: Writing is a solitary job, but publishing is not. There comes a time when you have to put your book — and yourself — in front of readers. This workshop is the result of my ten years’ of experience as a bookseller, where the idea of handselling (the right book for the right reader) remains vital. Whether you’re pitching to editors and agents, signing books at a book fair, or interacting on social media, this course will give you tools and techniques for reader engagement that are painless, productive, and endlessly adaptable to your unique personality and author brand.


October 3, 2015

Topic: The Secrets of Writing a Series

Speaker: Susan Mallery

Location: Mercer Island Community Center: Groveland Meeting Room

Workshop Description: There’s more to writing a successful series than coming up with a family of brothers or creating a town. Whether paranormal, historical or contemporary romances, series sell because readers love them. # 1 NY Times bestselling author Susan Mallery will talk about creating a series that readers can connect with on every level and what practical steps an author can take to make her stories unforgettable.


November 7, 2015

Topic: Tackling Taxes with Mr. Greye

Speaker: Mr. Greye–the husband to our amazing Chapter Treasurer, Heather Greye

Location: Renton Library

Workshop Description: Not sure if you can count that corset as a tax deduction? Or if your mileage to the chapter meetings and lunch afterwards will really make a difference? How about all those books we buy? Mr. Greye will walk us though basic taxes for our writing business so we don’t miss anything come tax time.