<![CDATA[Central Oregon Writers Guild - Upcoming Events & Meetings]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:44:25 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[JUNE MONTHLY MEETING 6/15/17 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Aspen Ridge Retirement Center in Bend]]>Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/june-monthly-meeting-61517-630-pm-to-830-pm-at-aspen-ridge-retirement-center-in-bendPicture
The Unvarnished Truth About Marketing: What Works and What is a Waste of Time with Maggie Lynch
Most authors are emotional people. They become best friends with their characters and that leads them to craft wonderful books that tell those characters’ stories. The problem is that marketing cannot be an emotional journey for the author. To be good at marketing you have to be analytical. You have to be the person who can look at your book and honestly decide if your baby is ugly. If it is ugly—defined as not an easy sell because it doesn’t meet the general criteria—then you have to convince the reader that your baby has a special value they can’t live without.
Book marketing is about convincing your potential readers of the value of your book. That value is not the story, not the price, not the genre.  That value is the experience of reading your book. You need to understand what experience your readers want to have and capitalize on that.
This workshop will discuss how to identify that value in your own book(s) and then how to use specific techniques to exploit that value. The top three proven techniques to actually sell books will be demonstrated with examples and timelines. Specifically: 1) Building a mailing list of true fans; 2) Continuously engaging your readers; and 3) Properly using FB Advertising.
Maggie Lynch is the author of 20+ published books, as well as numerous short stories and non-fiction articles. Her fiction tells stories of men and women making heroic choices one messy moment at a time. Maggie is also the founder of Windtree Press, an independent publishing cooperative with over 150 titles among 20 authors.  
Her love of lifelong learning has garnered degrees in psychology, counseling, computer science, and education. These led her to pursue careers ranging from Counselor to Software Developer, and eventually 15 years in Academia. Maggie also had many opportunities to consult in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Maggie and her musician husband have settled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she now enjoys the luxury of writing full-time. Her adult fiction spans romance, suspense, and SF titles under the name Maggie Jaimeson. She writes YA Fantasy under the name Maggie Faire. Her non-fiction titles are found under Maggie McVay Lynch.

<![CDATA[MAY MONTHLY MEETING 5/18/17 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Aspen Ridge Retirement Center in Bend]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/may-monthly-meeting-51817-630-pm-to-830-pm-at-aspen-ridge-retirement-center-in-bendPicture
 Panel:  Q & A with Professional Editors Denice Hughes Lewis, Mike Lankford, and Trish Wilkinson
So I have written a manuscript What’s next?  A panel of three professional editors will be on hand to answer questions about finding an editor and what to expect from working with an editor.  Besides editing for others, all three panelists are published authors who have worked with editors on their own projects, so are in a unique position to speak to both sides of the writer/editor relationship.  Be sure to bring your questions! 
Denice Hughes Lewis owns 3 in 1 Editing and specializes in proofreading, copy/text and story structure. She recently edited Otakara Klettke’s Amazon bestseller, Hear Your Body Whisper: How to Unlock Your Self-Healing Mechanism. Denice writes children’s literature and screenplays and is well acquainted with the writing process in fiction and non-fiction. 

Mike Lankford is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, a published author, editor, award-winning newspaper columnist and finalist for the Pushcart Prize for short fiction. Mike has ghostwritten thirteen books, both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent project is the historical biography of Leonardo Da Vinci. Mike has been teaching for 25 years, the last nine here in Bend at the Central Oregon Community College. He teaches Creative Prose Fiction and Writing Academic Essays.
Trish Wilkinson is a writing coach, freelance editor, novelist, and author of blog Tenacity to Triumph: The Bad Ass Code.  A credentialed, mentor teacher of 23 years, Trish has helped numerous writers find their voices and move on to publication.  www.write-to-win.com​

<![CDATA[´╗┐APRIL MONTHLY MEETING 4/20/17 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Aspen Ridge Retirement Center in Bend]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/april-monthly-meeting-42017-630-pm-to-830-pm-at-aspen-ridge-retirement-center-in-bendPicture
You Published; Now What?  with Paty Jager
After publishing a novel, novella, or short story, if you want exposure or to make money, you need to know how to attract attention to your work. This presentation will show you how to make a brand for yourself or your work and the ways to market your work. I'll give examples of the ways to market and promote to your readers. Handouts and examples will be available. 
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 30+ novels, novellas, and short stories of murder mystery, western romance, and action adventure. She has garnered a RomCon Reader’s Choice Award for her Action Adventure and received the EPPIE Award for Best Contemporary Romance and the RONE Mystery Award. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters.

<![CDATA[MARCH MONTHLY MEETING 3/16/17 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Aspen Ridge Retirement Center in Bend]]>Mon, 06 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/march-monthly-meeting-31617-630-pm-to-830-pm-at-aspen-ridge-retirement-center-in-bendPicture
Staying in the Room with Jane Kirkpatrick
More than anything, a writer has to show up and ‘assume the position’ of a writer. After 30 books, Jane has discovered ways to keep herself in the room to write. She’ll share a few of those tips to keep you writing despite the distractions or discouragement.
Jane Kirkpatrick is the author of 30 books with over 1 million copies sold. Her titles have been New York Times and Pacific Northwest and CBA bestsellers. She's won numerous writing awards including the WILLA Literary Award and the Wrangler from the Western Heritage Center, USA BestBooks and the Carol Award. A mental health professional, she speaks around the world about the power of stories in our lives. Her latest book, This Road We Traveled received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist.  She lives between Bend and Redmond with her husband of 40 years and two dogs.  Visit her at www.jkbooks.com and sign up for her monthly Story Sparks newsletter.

<![CDATA[SATURDAY WORKSHOP with TRISH WILKINSON, Author and Writing Coach 3/18/17 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Aspen Ridge in Bend]]>Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/saturday-workshop-with-trish-wilkinson-author-and-writing-coach-31817-1000-am-to-100-pm-at-aspen-ridge-in-bendPicture
Write Short Stories and Get Them Published! 
Come join author and writing coach Trish Wilkinson on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a workshop to give you the know-how to get your short stories published. You can expect to: 
1. Learn what makes a compelling short story.
2. Pick up tools you’ll get to practice at the workshop to take your writing to a new level.
3. Find out how to query editors to consider your work for publication, and
4. Go home with a list of publishers to submit your work.
This workshop couldn’t be coming at a better time to prepare you to submit your best short story to the 2017 Central Oregon Writers Guild Harvest Writing Contest for possible publication in the annual COWG anthology.
Cost of Workshop: Nonmembers $35.00; COWG Members $25.00; and Students and Youth $15.00

If you would like to reserve a spot now, please sign up using the Submittable button on the “Workshops” page.  http://centraloregonwritersguild.com/workshops.html

<![CDATA[´╗┐SATURDAY WORKSHOP with LINDA STIRLING CRITIQUE WORKSHOP Saturday May 13, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Aspen Ridge, 1010 SE Purcell, Bend, OR]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://centraloregonwritersguild.com/upcoming-events--meetings/saturday-workshop-with-linda-stirling-critique-workshop-saturday-may-13-100-pm-to-500-pm-aspen-ridge-1010-se-purcell-bend-orPicture
Learn to Self-edit and Polish your writing – Class includes live critique of work submitted by 7 registrants
Read on for instructions to submit your work for critique in class.
Instructor: Linda Stirling, international best-selling author, coach, agent, editor.
Learn how to self-edit and evaluate your work so it's in the best possible shape before sending it to a professional editor. Linda coaches hundreds of writers every year, as well as edits several books a year for publication. Linda was named one of the best editors in the United States in the second edition of Editors On Editing - What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do, written by the esteemed Gerald C. Gross.
During this workshop, Linda will provide critiques for samples of work sent in previously from seven registrants. Participants will also engage in critiquing, both giving and receiving, under her guidance. Tip sheets and other materials that focus on improving your manuscript will be provided, as well.
Want your piece critiqued in class? If you would like to be one of the seven participants to have a sample of your work critiqued in this workshop, register now then send THREE PAGES, DOUBLE-SPACED, 11 PT. TYPE of your manuscript to Linda@ThePublishingAuthority.com. Linda will accept the first seven pieces she receives and will reply letting you know whether you are one of the seven.
Linda Stirling has worked with hundreds of writers, helping many achieve their dreams of creating residual income and visibility for their heart-based projects. Using strategies she refined, she helped author Lorena Angell relaunch her books and each book in the series went from an average of 6 sales per day to 60. Lorena’s now selling books in 40 countries. Linda also got the series optioned for film and television. She’s taken many first-time authors to bestseller status within weeks, even days. Known as the Relaunch Expert, Stirling also helps authors whose books are no longer ranking to get their books visible again. An international bestselling author herself, she has worked in publishing for decades and is the author of 54 books in various genres. As an editor, she was named in the 2nd edition of Editors on Editing as one of the top editors in the U.S. You can find out more about her and her programs at www.ThePublishingAuthority.com.

​If you would like to reserve a spot now, please sign up using the Submittable button on the “Workshops” page.  http://centraloregonwritersguild.com/workshops.html