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
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
Location: Mercer 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
Location: Shoreline 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.