Midwest Fiction Writers meets on the second Saturday of every month
Our typical schedule includes:
09:00 - 9:45 - Critique / Craft Session
9:50 - 10:30 - Journey of a Novel ($8-$11)
(If you have previously purchased the JoaN book, we invite you to bring it along and join us as the author takes on their Journey of a Novel.) )))
10:30 - 11:20 - Business Meeting
11:30 - 12:30 - Program
We meet at the Edina Community Center.
November 10, 2012 - Room 351
Craft - Writing Sexy Sex Scenes - Laura Break
Laura Breck will guide the participants through the steps of writing romantic, sensual love scenes, starting with building sexual tension, ending with afterglow snuggling, and covering all the special moments in between. The class will focus on building sexual tension throughout a book, which keeps readers turning pages, producing physical love scenes and how to make it emotional, unique, and unforgettable. Then focus on the climax and afterglow, and the ways to give readers the impact they crave during the quiet moments.
Journey of a Novel - $11
Flirting With Fangs by Peg Pierson
Join us as Peg Pierson shares the story to her first publication with The Wild Rose Press.
Vampire romance novelist Bailey Hamilton thinks her life is over. Her two-timing husband dumped her, she has a paralyzing case of writers’ block, and her big toe is bleeding. Torin Kane, fictional Vampire Hero, is miserable. Chapter after chapter he has battled dragons, demons, and despicable villains, but his secret desire is to find true love and a tan.
December - Members Holiday Party
Members can find information in the Midwest Muse newsletter or on the Yahoo! loop.
Past 2012 Meetings
January 14, 2012 - Room 351
Craft - Discussion with Members Who Participated in NaNoWriMo.
Journey of a Novel - $8
A Win-Win Proposition by Cat Schield from Harlequin Desire
Sebastian Case relies on his irreplaceable assistant for everything. But since arriving in Vegas for a conference, mousy Missy has transformed herself. From ordinary to ravishing.
Program - E-Reader Comparison
Barb Longley wrote the last segment of articles about e-readers. Liz Selvig and Amy Hahn both wrote about their Nooks. Liz had the color version, and Amy has the no frills version. Michele Hauf wrote on the iPad.
We invite all of you to bring your favorite e-reading devices with you to the January meeting. Those of us who wrote articles will bring our devices as well. We'll spend some time sharing and getting to know what's out there.
February 7, 2012 - Washburn Library - 6:00 p.m.
Andrew Baker, Hennepin County Medical Examiner
This informational event is being co-sponsered by MFW and the Twin Cities Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The Washburn Library is located at: 5244 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, 55419. Phone: 612-543-8375
If you wish to join Sisters in Crime, they will also be discussing the book, VEIL OF LIES by Jeri Westerson during the evening.
February 11, 2012 - Room 350
Craft - Cat Schield - Save the Cat®
The Save the Cat!® 15 beat system for screenwriting can be adapted to provide story structure for a novel. This method is used by Alyson Noël, Nina Bruhns, Kristan Higgins, Marilyn Brandt, Kieran Kramer and Jessica Brody. You can start with an idea for a novel and in a few short hours create the 15 key beats that will serve as the story’s foundation.
Save the Cat!® was developed by screenwriter and producer Blake Snyder, author of three Save the Cat!® books.
Journey of a Noval - $11
Voyance by Rhonda Brutt
Emma Patterson was born with clairvoyant and telepathic abilities. But, for as talented as Emma is, she feels very alone in the world. No one she knows shares her gifts, or understands what it's like to be different; but, that all changes when her mother sends her away for her senior year of high school. Hidden along the Florida coast is Voyance, an institute for students with extrasensory talents.
Here, Emma must learn how to navigate in a new environment, make friends, and rise to the challenges that being psychic present for her and her fellow classmates. She soon finds herself falling hard for the school administrator's only son, Alex.
As their relationship grows, Emma and Alex discover that not everything is always the way it appears.
There is more going on at the school than meets the eye. And sometimes, even being psychic doesn't give you the answers you need.
Together, they uncover the school's secrets that some would do anything to keep hidden. They must find a way to uncover the truth about Voyance, without risking the bond they share...their future depends on it.
If you were psychic, what choices would you make? Outcomes can change.
Love does not.
Welcome to Voyance.
Program - Laurel Riedel, Nurse-Midwife at Hennepin County Medical Center
Growing up the daughter of an Obstetrician I took for granted the telephone sitting on the dinner table and developed a curiosity about the sudden trips in the night. During my first career as a psychologist I specialized in women's health and was asked to lead cesarean support groups. In 1982 this led me to develop VBAC childbirth classes (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) for women who did not want to schedule a repeat cesarean. I soon returned to school and completed my masters in nurse midwifery. For the past twenty-four years I have worked as a nurse midwife at Hennepin County Medical Center. I have the privilege of disappearing into the night to help women and their families welcome a new baby into the world. My Day.Midwife means "with woman". I will share how on a typical day I go in and out of the lives of women on their journey to motherhood. It is my job to understand their personal and cultural beliefs about birth while helping them have a safe delivery. The focus is on empowering women and families while being open to the surprises along the way. Growing up the daughter of an Obstetrician I took for granted the telephone sitting on the dinner table and developed a curiosity about the sudden trips in the night. During my first career as a psychologist I specialized in women's health and was asked to lead cesarean support groups. In 1982 this led me to develop VBAC childbirth classes (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) for women who did not want to schedule a repeat cesarean. I soon returned to school and completed my masters in nurse midwifery. For the past twenty-four years I have worked as a nurse midwife at Hennepin County Medical Center. I have the privilege of disappearing into the night to help women and their families welcome a new baby into the world. My Day - Midwife means "with woman". I will share how on a typical day I go in and out of the lives of women on their journey to motherhood. It is my job to understand their personal and cultural beliefs about birth while helping them have a safe delivery. The focus is on empowering women and families while being open to the surprises along the way.
****March 10, 2012 - South View Middle School****
For this month we will be using the LIBRARY at Edina's South View Middle School. Please use Entrance Door Number 4. The school is located a few short blocks from the Edina Community Center.
4725 Southview Lane, Edina, MN 55424
From the South
- Take US-62 (Crosstown) EAST or WEST to US-100 North Exit.
Take US-100 North to Eden Ave/Vernon Ave/W 50TH St Exit.
Turn Right on Grange Rd.
Continue on E. Frontage Rd/Willson Rd.
It will become Normandale Blvd/Normandale Rd
Left on South View Lane and continue for just over a block
South View Middle School will be seen on your RIGHT.
From the North
Take US-100 Sorth to Benton Ave
Exit Right onto W. Frontage Rd.
Turn Left on Benton Ave. to Normandale Rd.
Turn Left on Normandale Rd. to South View Lane
Turn Right on South View Lane and continue for just over a block
- South View Middle School will be seen on your RIGHT
Critique with Barbara Longley
Program: Lisa Hendrickson - Call That Girl!
Call That Girl (CTG) is owned and operated by Lisa Hendrickson, and around the metro area Lisa is affectionately referred to as “the IT girl” or “that computer girl”, hence the snappy website: www.callthatgirl.biz. CTG originated in Minneapolis in 2003 as an at home computer repair company focused on supporting women users. As of today, Lisa owns three retail stores, has 20 employees and owns the largest LinkedIn group in Minnesota.
Lisa will be speaking on what is important to know about your computer to keep it running smooth and how to do a few things yourself, how viruses infect computers and the best ways to prevent getting them. Lisa will also discuss what firewalls are, modems and routers and will be available for questions. Bring any of your technical questions along.
April 14, 2012 - Room 33444332332
Craft - Jody Vitek - How to Make a Book Trailer
Have you seen a book trailer and wondered how you could make one of your own? Jody will walk us through the steps and show us how to create a simple trailer, to a trailer with pictures and how to include music too. Jody is not a professional and doesn’t claim to be, but has created her own book trailer and made a couple home DVD’s. If you have a laptop with Windows Live Movie Maker or Power Point, please feel free to bring it to the session for your own hands-on experience.
JoaN - Lizbeth Selvig - The Rancher and the Rock Star
Haper Collins/Avon Impulse Books
Have you ever looked at Missing poster and wondered: what would happen if ... she escaped her captor? What if she got away then had a chance to confront him again, not in a courtroom but with a gun in her hand? Have you ever looked at Missing poster and wondered: what would happen if ... she escaped her captor? What if she got away then had a chance to confront him again, not in a courtroom but with a gun in her handTo the world, Gray Covey is a rock superstar. But to his runaway son he's simply the father who never has any time for him. To prove that he's more than his rock star lifestyle for the next few weeks Gray must put aside his fame and become a farmhand?
Abby Stadtler has built the perfect, quiet life for herself. Neat and orderly is the name of the game for her and her beloved farm. When Gray shows up on her doorstep, looking like he stepped straight off the front cover of a magazine, she is determined that he won’t upset her routine.
But what neither counts on is the love that springs up between them. Abby knows that life on a ranch in Minnesota can never compete with an exciting world tour. But for Gray, it’s time to decide what’s really important in life. With Abby’s help, will he be able to decide, once and for all, that love and family are the answer?
Program - Rosanne Bane - The Writing Habit
What makes a writer is consistently showing up to write, right? Well, almost. There’s a lot more to writing than fingers on the keyboard. Learn and practice threehabits that will support and challenge you to write the way you truly want to write. Consistent practice with the three writing habits will help you maintain momentum not just for one book, but throughout your writing career.
Bio: Rosanne Bane is a Creativity Coach and author of AROUND THE WRITER’S BLOCK: USING BRAIN SCIENCE TO SOLVE WRITER’S RESISTANCE (INCLUDING WRITER’S BLOCK, PROCRASTINATION, PARALYSIS, PERFECTIONISM, POSTPONING, DISTRACTIONS, SELF-SABOTAGE, EXCESSIVE CRITICISM, OVERSCHEDULING, AND ENDLESSLY DELAYING YOUR WRITING) (Tarcher/Penguin, August 2012). She’s coached hundreds of established, emerging and aspiring writers and encouraged, inspired and challenged thousands in her twenty-plus years as a Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.
May 12, 2012 - Room 351
Craft - Panel Discussion with MFW Members - April RT Conference
Our own members, who attended the RT Conference in April, will share their experiences and answer questions about the conference.
JoaN - Sky Robinson - Bermuda Triangle (No Charge) - - ((((No
A plane crash leaves pilot Paige Williams stranded on an island in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle with sexy twin brothers Dalton and Cooper Thompson.
Books will not be available for purchase due to time constraints.
Program - Beth Wright - Self-Publishing
Beth Wright is co-owner of Trio Bookworks, which was founded in 2005 and provides book production and consulting services to publishers and independent authors. She has more than thirteen years of experience in book publishing, both inside a publishing company and as a service provider. Her skills include copyediting, book design, and helping authors find their way through the self-publishing maze. She finds the publishing world to be a fascinating universe of quirky personalities and dedication to the book arts.
In her presentation, Beth will talk about book publishing options, including traditional, royalty-based publishers and the ever-expanding world of self-publishing. She’ll discuss the process of how a book is produced and what roles and tasks are involved, including how an author can help her book look its best.
June 9, 2012 - Room 351
Craft: Brainstorming with Susan Sey
Interested in furthering your writing career via speaking and/or teaching? Brainstorm and imagine how MFW can help you do just that. We’ll be discussing the possibility of creating an MFW Speakers Bureau, aimed at creating an avenue to connect writers with a community that wants to hear from and learn from them.
Journey of a Novel - $11 - Almost Everything by Tate Hallaway
The Third and Final in the Vampire Princess of St. Paul series.
Whoever said vacations were relaxing?
To say half-vampire, half-witch Ana Parker has boy trouble is putting it lightly—something her text messaging bill can attest to. Her rocker ex-boyfriend Nikolai is trying to heat things up again, and high school hockey star Mathew wants her to try out with him for the Renaissance Festival. At least her sort-of boyfriend Elias isn’t hounding her cell—considering the vampire knight is currently living in her basement.
Ever since her father banished Elias and Ana from the court of the Northern vampires, Ana has been trying to live a normal life. But when the Prince of the Southern Region vampires informs Ana that they’re on the brink of war and she accidentally offers up Elias as a peace offering, the princess knows that she’s going to need some help to get out of the situation.
Program: Tara Rose Daun - Marketing Yourself
From what I've seen, there's a wealth of poor people out there who don't know how to use their computer and the Internet to their full advantage. That's too bad, because there are plenty of free tools on the Internet and your computer to help authors and publishers market themselves. Some people will charge a pretty penny to do this for you, but I'd like to teach you the basic skills so that you can stop bothering your kids with questions they find stupid. As someone from the Flux generation, I'm pretty comfortable with the techno revolution, but I'm not a certified geek so I won't go off on jargon that makes you want to curl up and die.
Tara has worked for the past year on digital presence analysis of small businesses in Minnesota. She’s also been putting together covers, book trailers, websites, newsletters, and social media for authors and small businesses.
July 14, 2012 - Room 351
Craft - Superbad: how unleashing your villain can unlock your story - Susan Sey and Tamara Hogan
Superbad is a three part, interactive workshop on how building an exquisitely evil villain can help a writer shape a rough draft into something worth polishing. (This is a dress rehearsal of the presentation Susan and Tammy will give at the RWA conference.)
Part I: Tammy will argue that villains need to be powerful, worthy, and BAD. This section includes a slide show of memorable baddies and an audience participation piece in which we compile a list of our favorite villainous qualities. She will then demonstrate the benefits of creating a superbad villain, including compelling conflict, increased sales and how fabulous it can feel getting in touch with your inner sociopath.
Part II: Susan will explain how to use your shiny new villain to create a fabulous hero. She will first demonstrate that the very best villains have more in common with heroes than one might think (again using a slide show full of yummy eye candy and lists of our favorite heroic qualities). She will then argue that it’s easier to write a vicious villain than a heroic hero, which is why revising means stealing shamelessly from your villain. She’ll also speak about honoring the romance contract by always providing a HEA and an opportunity for the hero to distinguish himself from the villain by demonstrating commitment to a principle larger than himself--love, justice, country, faith, family, etc.
Part III: Guided Practice. Tammy and Susan will walk participants through an exercise in which they create a list of their top 3-5 favorite characteristics of both heroes and villains. They will then switch the headings so the hero list contains their favorite villainous qualities and vice versa. They will then spend 5-10 minutes writing a scene from a villainous or heroic POV.
Tamara Hogan (Taste Me, March 2011 and Chase Me, June 2012, Sourcebooks)
Susan Sey (Money, Honey, July 2010 and Money Shot, June 2011, Berkley Sensation)
Journey of a Novel - $8 - Chase Me by Tamara Hogan
The secrets she’s uncovering will be his to keep…
Centuries ago, when their ship crashed to Earth, paranormals of all types settled secretly into our world, quietly going about their business with humans none the wiser. Self-ruling and careful to stay below humanity’s radar, all is threatened when Valkyrie archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and her werewolf geologist partner Gabe Lupinsky in advertently draw evil attention to Earth and its treasured natural resources.
As the threat intensifies, Lorin and Gabe struggle to contain the chaos they’ve unleashed, and to resist their explosive mutual attraction…
Program - Dean Hyers of SagePresence - WINNING PRESENCE FOR MAKE-OR-BREAK MOMENTS
Bringing Out Your Best When You Need It The Most
We all experience them – those “in the spotlight” make-or-break moments where success or failure seems to be entirely on our shoulders. We might be pitching our books, talking with customers, or presenting to readers. We feel the pressure of these moments, and don't know how to consistently handle them with confidence and influence.
Join us at WINNING PRESENCE FOR MAKE-OR-BREAK MOMENTS. In this game-changing presentation, Dean Hyers of SagePresence will address this challenge from his unique vantage as a filmmaker who specializes in helping performers deliver optimal performance in high-pressure scenarios.
He will deliver:
A powerful new paradigm for thinking about high-pressure moments
A unique technique for transforming anxiety into excitement
A process for organizing your thoughts to keep your message focused and on-track
You will walk away from this presentation with a new understanding of how you can consistently pilot those moments that historically have challenged you the most, and win over any audience in any scenario.
Bio: Dean Hyers believes he can help anyone be calm, dynamic and influential under pressure. Whether directing films, training U.S. and Canadian under-cover agents be believable, or sales teams “win” multimillion-dollar business pitches, he uses techniques from the movie set to direct professionals beyond their fears. In 2001, Dean co-founded SagePresence, a company set up to help clients master professional roles with excitement and motivation, and win over even their most challenging audiences. Prior to directing Bill's Gun Shop (an independent full-length feature, distributed by Warner Bros), Dean co-founded Digital Café, a leader in theinteractive media arena. Dean's company put the first CD-ROM in Rolling Stone Magazine, the first computer game in a cereal box, and marketed movies like Godzilla, Die Hard II, and Jumanji, before its acquisition by Campbell Mithun Advertising.
An engaging and charismatic speaker, Dean has entertained and informed audiences throughout the US and in far-away places including Mexico, England, Ireland, and Australia. Dean is author of BEYOND THE VELVET CAGE, due to be released spring 2012.
August 11, 2012 - Room 351
Critique - Nancy Evertz
Journey of a Novel - $11 - Florida Heat by Jody Vitek
Maggie Carlisle thought she left her ex-husband’s drug life behind in Texas. Left with a physical scar, she struggles to shed the emotional pain and falls in love with Trent Randall. But, Kevin Shaw, a man from her past, looks for revenge through Maggie. Emotional blackmail forces her to choose between true love with Trent or a life based on lies and deception with Kevin.
Trent Randall, a boarding and breeding ranch owner and offshore powerboat driver, loses focus of his racing when Maggie enters his life. Trent contemplates whether Maggie’s worth the danger after he is involved in a racing accident. Trent can’t help but let his heart lead the way when he finds out Maggie’s in trouble.
Program - RWA Conference and Pot Luck
Were you unable to attend the RWA National Conference? Would you like to hear all the juicy details of what happened before, during and after the conference? Join us as fellow members share their stories about the conference.
September 8, 2012 - Room 3511
Craft - Writing Faster
Tired of how long it takes you to crank out a book? Have you ever wished you could write faster? In this craft session, we will explore what is slowing you down and determine if there are ways to pick up the pace. Everyone’s trouble spots are different, so we will cover a wide variety of obstacles and brainstorm how to overcome them.
JoaN - $11 - Twistered by JL Wilson
My name is Dorothy. I live in Kansas. I've seen a few tornadoes in my day, but nothing like the one that dropped my dead ex-husband, Wade, on my doorstep in a crushed motor home. Wade looked almost as beat up as the RV when he spilled from the back door, his red sneakers sticking out.
That was just the beginning of a crazy Memorial Day weekend when I won a big contest (complete with cash and a car), was accosted by a studly FBI agent, uncovered an old case of blackmail, discovered my ex-love might still love me, dealt with the Wickeds motorcycle gang, managed the annual charity dog show...and nearly died from a gunshot wound.
I almost had the feeling that I wasn't in Kansas anymore....
Program - Andrew Baker, MD, Hennipin County Medical Examiner
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner(HCME) provides death investigative services and forensic autopsy services for deaths that occur under Hennepin jurisdiction. All deaths that are sudden or unexpected or occur from other than natural causes must be reported to the Medical Examiner. The HCME is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Baker will be providing a virtual tour of his office during his presentation.
As of January 1, 2013, Dr. Baker will also be the Medical Examiner for Scott and Dakota counties.
Associate Medical Examiner, Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC, 1998-1999
- Deputy Medical Examiner, Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC, 1999-2001
- Staff Pathologist, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, 2000-2001
- Chief Deputy Medical Examiner, Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC, 2001-2002
- Assistant Chief Medical Examiner, Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2002-2004
- Chief Medical Examiner, Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2004-present
October 13, 2012 - Room 351
Craft - The Creative Break
Skip the basic stress fracture and move straight to the more creative compound-complex spiral break in this workshop. It presents playful ways to generate new ideas and/or further develop story and characters for works-in-progress. The workshop will provide new ways to approach the familiar using tools such as tarot cards and storytelling decks. Work with those tools or a variety of other kits such as The Storymatic and ActionMuse. Challenge yourself to break the routine and take a creative break to try something new.
Journey of a Novel - $11
Chrysalis by Michel Prince
YA paranormal romance (released April 17th) from Rebel Ink Press
In the annals of dysfunctional families, the Chisholm’s are working their way to the top. Drug abuse, an unwed mother with multiple fathers, and the questionable cash flow for the 'pretty one'. All this from a seemingly normal, two parent middle class family. But were the choices truly made of their free will?
Bad choices are a Chisholm family trait, one that confounds the youngest child, Ellie, who's trying to separate herself by making smart decisions. And falling for Oscar Jeffreys, the hottest guy at school, would be number one on the list of Chisholm family disasters. Yet the crazy part is it’s not a one sided attraction. Somehow Ellie has caught Oscar Jeffreys’ eye. Sure she could see the barriers between them. Race, age, popularity. They were at opposite ends of the spectrum. But a demon set to destroy her family? She can't see that.
Oscar provides security and acceptance Ellie never imagined she deserved. As the passion of first love grows, Ellie honestly believes she has a chance to beat the odds and live a happy, normal life. Then her world collapses around her. With the help of a guardian angel, Ellie learns of a world that has unknowingly surrounded her for years. And she'll have to find strength buried deep inside to save not only her future, but flush out and stop the demon in her midst.
And Ellie will have to learn that sometimes the hardest lesson about growing up is accepting that you're worth more.
Program: Tim Johnson - Funeral Directors Timtim
Tim Johnson spent his first 21 years of his life learning about the funeral business. His father and two brothers were all funeral directors (the preferred term over undertaker or mortician). He will speak about the funeral business and answer questions from a family perspective.Tim chose not to go into the family business. He trained as an Electronics technician. So far during his work career he has done some cool things. He has worked with the control systems for water treatment.
He has work in the laser printer and the ID card printer industry. While working for a ID card manufacturer he started as a technician, then moved to technical writer and trainer. As a trainer he became a world traveler, visiting Europe, Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. Currently, he is a technical writer in the silicon inspection wafer industry.
Tim has been married for 24 years. He has one daughter. The family chose to extended their numbers by hosting foreign exchange students. This year is the fifth time and their newest daughter is from China. In his spare time Tim likes to do wood working and builds props for the musicals his daughter has been in.
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