Meetings

Regular meetings alternate between Victoria and Nanaimo and are held on the second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) in January, March, April, May, June, September, October and November.  (February is our annual awards luncheon, July is when we have our summer picnic, and in August, a beach party.)  Please bring a brown-bag lunch; coffee and tea will be available.  Directions can be found here.  Meetings include:

  • Business meeting from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (brown bag)
  • Workshop from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Visitors are welcome to come to two regular meetings before joining.

November 3, 2018

Speaker:  Cora Seton
Topic:   How to Hit a List
Location:  Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

You’ve published your novel…now it’s time to sit back and see if it hits big, right?

Wrong.

Bestsellers don’t happen by themselves. If you want to hit a list, you’ll need to start planning long before you start your first draft. In this workshop, Cora will cover all the steps to success from award-winning high concepts through collaborating with other authors through promotional planning and more. Come ready to look at your writing process in a whole new way!

Cora Seton has appeared on the NYT bestseller’s list three times in box sets and USA Today bestseller’s list eight times in box sets and seven times solo. She has appeared on the Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list solo, as well.

With over one million books sold, NYT and USA Today bestselling author Cora Seton has created a world readers love in Chance Creek, Montana. She has twenty-eight novels and novellas currently set in her fictional town, with many more in the works. Like her characters, Cora loves cowboys, military heroes, country life, gardening, bike-riding, binge-watching Jane Austen movies, keeping up with the latest technology and indulging in old-fashioned pursuits. Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!

December, 2018

No Meeting

January 12, 2019

Speaker:  Bonnie Edwards
Topic:  Scene and Sequel
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

Do you fly into the mist of a new story without a plot? A strong grasp of scene and sequel will make your second draft stronger and your revisions easier. Does your story fizzle out by the end of Chapter Whatever? Scene and sequel can point the way ahead. Or maybe you need a detailed outline before you type a word. Scene and sequel can help your plot stay true, can help raise tension and up the stakes at the plotting stage. Applying scene and sequel to your work is one of the most versatile tools in your writer’s toolkit. This is storytelling in its basic form: it improves pacing, plot, how you reveal character, and can tighten those dreaded sagging middles.

Based on the brilliant work of Dwight Swain and Jack Bickham, Bonnie’s workshop has helped writers come to grips with common problems in their storytelling.

February 9, 2019

Valentine’s Luncheon
Shipyard Restaurant and Pub
6145 Genoa Bay Road, Maple Bay
11 am to 3 pm

March 9, 2019

Speaker: Shereen Vedam
Topic:  Five Ways to Connect With Your Readers and Convert Them Into Your Biggest Fans
Location: Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

So, you’ve now heard how important it is to have an eNewsletter (NL) and have signed up to do so, or are thinking about plunging in.

  • You know you’ll need to set up a welcome email.
  • Tell your subscribers about your latest book.
  • Then begin to send out a NL regularly.

This will require work, and for an author, time is short. With writing, editing, finding good covers and maintaining a website, who has time for newsletter marketing, too?  Your fans are also busy people. Keeping in touch with their favorite author will take work (they’ll have to open a newsletter, maybe read it–hopefully it’s not really long–and follow links). What do they gain from investing all that time and effort? Newsletters are a two-way connection. It’s a lot like making a new friend.

So, how do we do that?

Do we buy something from them? Nope.
Spend time with them? Maybe.
Have fun together? Sure.
Get to know each other better? Definitely!

Now we’re getting closer to what needs to happen between all those people on our mailing list, and us. Just as with making friends, connecting with our readers and converting them into rabid fans requires that we open up a little, share who we are at our core, and maybe even meet up regularly within the pages of a newsletter.

This will be an interactive workshop, so bring pen, paper, a one-page 2019 calendar, and come prepared to schedule in some dates and subjects that will help you stay connected with your fans.

Once upon a time, USA Today bestselling author Shereen Vedam read fantasy and romance novels to entertain herself. Now she writes heartwarming tales braided with threads of magic and love and mystery elements woven in for good measure. Shereen’s a fan of resourceful women, intriguing men, and happily-ever-after endings. If her stories whisk you away to a different realm for a few hours, then Shereen will have achieved one of her life goals. Sign up for her newsletter to stay connected with her: https://www.subscribepage.com/c9u7e6

April 13, 2019

Speaker:  Vanessa Grant
Topic:   Pacing
Location:  Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

May 4, 2019 (AGM)

Speaker:  TBA
Topic:  TBA
Location: Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

June 8, 2019

Speaker:  TBA
Topic:   Cover and Blurb Brush-up
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

 


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