Regular Meetings are on the first Saturday from 10:00 am to noon and the third Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the New Life Presbyterian Church Conference Room located at 5540 Eubank NE, Albuquerque, NM. We also offer 2-hour workshops on select Saturdays after our morning meetings. Go to our Workshops page for details.
For a list of previous speakers and topics , scroll to the bottom of the page.
Saturday March 4th, 10am to Noon
With Paula Paul
“Taking the Scenic Route.”
Paula Paul will be talking about how and why she had to free herself from the structure of “scene and sequel” when writing a story in order to enjoy the story she is writing and take in the “scenery” of it along the way.
Paula Paul, is the author of 28 novels. Books in her Alexandra Gladstone mystery series, are popular with readers and have landed on the Amazon bestseller lists. Paula has also written historical fiction and contemporary women’s fiction. She’s been compared to Anne Tyler for her character development and to Larry McMurtry for her sense of place.
The Gladstone series is set in 1880s England in a small sea-side village in Essex. Not only does Dr. Gladstone solve mysteries with the help of her maid, Nancy, and her dog, Zack, but she also must contend with prejudice against a woman who dares to practice medicine.
A native of West Texas, she grew up on a ranch/cotton farm in Bailey County, Texas, a county named for one of her ancestors who died at The Alamo.
Tuesday March 17th 7pm-9pm
The Writer’s Block Myth, Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom
Presented by Heloise Jones
Every writer’s experienced those moments. . .the work doesn’t flow, ‘real’ life gets in the way of the creative process, or you question yourself. Search Amazon for Writer’s Block and 100 pages come up. The truth is your writing life and your everyday life in the ‘real’ world are linked. Drawing from her recent book, “The Writer’s Block Myth – A Guide to Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom,” Heloise shares the essentials for navigating the snarlies of life so you live, work, and create at your best.
Heloise Jones is an author and editorial coach. She assists writers getting to the heart of what they need to move forward & complete their projects. Her recognitions include a Pushcart Prize nomination for her poem, The Altar of Birds; semi-finalist for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize; and a contributing essay in the bestselling book, “What I Wish for You,” by Patti Digh. Her recent book, “The Writer’s Block Myth – A Guide to Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom” is the culmination of her experience in hundreds of hours of conversations and work with writers, artists, and creatives. As well as interview-conversations conducted with writers of all levels, interests, and experience.
Tuesday April 18th 7-9pm
APRIL IS POETRY MONTH
Find out about this unique poetic tradition, along with other
writing techniques that allow you a glimpse into the world of the poet
Joanne Bodin and Jeanne Shannon
- Tuesday: April 18, 2017 7 pm to 9 pm
- Location: New Life Presbyterian Church
Call the SWW Office (505-830-6034) or sign up at a monthly meeting to register offline.
April is poetry month. And what better way to honor the bards and word-weavers, the poets —the mainstay of cultural preservation—than to come to SouthWest Writers for an interactive experience in the poetic tradition of exquisite corpse, and other playful poetic writing techniques. Bring pens, pencils, a notebook, and your curiosity as you embark on a fun-filled journey into the world of the poet. You do not need to be a poet to participate.
Jeanne Shannon and Joanne Bodin, both award-winning poets, will facilitate this meeting.
Jeanne Shannon’s poetry has appeared in numerous small-press and university journals and anthologies, including Midway Journal, Malpais Review, Cloudbank, Glint Literary Journal and Imagine Peace, an anthology from Bottom Dog Press. She has published four full-length collections of her work and several chapbooks. Her In a Rose Wood Wandering and At the Horizon Line were finalists for a New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in poetry, and her 2016 book, Summoning, was a winner in that category. She has also published short fiction and memoir essays.
Joanne Bodin Ph.D., is an award-winning author, poet, and retired educator. Her book of poetry, Piggybacked, was a finalist in the New Mexico Book Awards. Her novel, Walking Fish, won the New Mexico Book Award and the International Book Award in gay/lesbian fiction. She is past vice president of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, and is on the boards of Southwest Writers and the New Mexico Orchid Guild. Her poetry has appeared in numerous poetry anthologies and literary journals. Her new novel, Orchid of the Night, is a dark psychological thriller about a man running from his troubled past, who finds solace in the gay sanctuary of Ixtlan. All books available on Amazon. Her new website is www.joannebodin.com.
Saturday May 6th, 10am to Noon
Writing Your Way In
With Lynn Miller
We’ll explore the challenges of beginnings: how the opening paragraph and first page sets up a contract with the reader—expectations to fulfill; ways to make the “occasion of the telling” a compelling one, and one that also has consequence. We want our beginning to “knit” the reader into the story so that they feel urged forward to read more. The opening sets up the voice, tone, and pulls the reader into plot and structure. The beginning is a hook, an invitation, and an opportunity.
Lynn C. Miller is the author of the recent novel The Day After Death (UNM Press). Prior novels include The Fool’s Journey and Death of a Department Chair. Co-editor of Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Autobiography, Lynn has performed the work of many women writers, including Katherine Anne Porter, Victoria Woodhull, Edith Wharton, and Gertrude Stein. Co-author of Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir, she’s taught at the University of Southern California and Penn State, and was Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin until 2007. Short pieces have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Hawaii Review, Phoebe, Text and Performance Quarterly, Writer’s Forum, Articulated 2016, and Chautauqua Journal, where her short story “Words Shimmer” was named runner-up to the Editor’s Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. She lives in Albuquerque and edits the literary journal bosque.
Saturday August 5, 10am to Noon
With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 novels and 13 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.
In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.
Previous Speakers and Topics for 2017:
♦ Darynda Jones, SEDUCING THE READER: THE 4 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF AN OPENING
♦Chloe Rachel Gallaway , The Hero’s Journey
♦ Melody Groves, 5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting my Career
♦Dede Feldman, Writing: An Activist’s Guide
♦ Paula Paul, Taking the Scenic Route
♦ Heloise Jones, The Writer’s Block Myth, Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom
Previous Speakers and Topics for 2016:
♦ Slim Randles, How to Release the “Great” in Good Writing
♦ Joycelyn Campbell, Create True-to-Life Characters Using the Enneagram
♦ David Morrell, The Current Climate in the Publishing World
♦ Anya Achtenberg, Finding the Real Story—by expanding our view of story’s essential elements
♦ Sharon Niederman, When Editors and Publishers Work for Free, Then I’ll Think About It
♦ Kristen Clark, 12 Reasons Why Self-publishing May Be the Answer for YOU!
♦ Paula Paul, The Ten Commandments for a Successful Writer
♦ Judy Avila, Full Immersion: Pulling the Reader Into Your Story
♦ Elizabeth Sloan, Unlocking an Untold Story: Research, Images, Dialogue, Persistence, and a Publisher
♦ Loretta Hall, Make a Name for Yourself (And I Don’t Mean Pick a Pseudonym!)
♦Joe Badal, Marketing Tips for Writers
♦John Byram, 10 Common Author Pitfalls in Today’s Publishing Environment
♦Michael McGarrity, The Backstory in Fiction
♦Jonathan Miller , Can Donald Trump Sue Me? Libel Law for Authors
♦Gerald Hausman, How Ideas Shape Literature
♦Sherry Robinson, Meanwhile, back at the ranch… Moving from writing stories to writing books
♦Kristen Fogle , The Importance of Morning Pages and Forming a Daily Writing Practice
♦Ross Van Dusen , Pictures with words vs word pictures
♦JJ Amaworo Wilson, A Day with the Damned
♦Susan Cooper and Gail Rubin, The Art of Branding
♦Richard E Peck, Ask a Playwrite to Revise Your Novel…or Become One!
♦Shannon Baker, Staying the Course
♦Steven Gould, What Hollywood Taught Me about Prose Fiction
Previous Speakers and Topics for 2015:
♦ Steve Brewer, Creating Credible Characters
♦ Kathy Wagoner, Point of View (Brown Bag Session)
♦ Pam Lewis, Building Characters and Settings that Ground Your Fiction
♦ Melody Groves, Putting Emotion into Your Writing—Without Adding “ly”
♦ Rob Spiegel, Writing on the Web (Brown Bag Session)
♦ Katrina K. Guarascio, Finding your Voice: The Help and Hindrance of Peer Review
♦ James McGrath Morris, Using Storytelling Techniques to Breathe Life into Your Writing
♦ Bob Gassaway, Sharpen Your Words to Sharpen Your Stories (Brown Bag Session)
♦ Jim Tritten, Building a Writing Career
♦ Jack Woodville London, Why We Write: Storytellers of Hope for an Uncertain World
♦ Joanne Bodin, Poetry as Inspiration: A Panel Discussion
♦ Mark Stevens, How to Plot Without Plotting
♦ Teresa Ewers, Getting Into a Monthly Magazine (Rogue Writers at Aux Dog Theatre)
♦ Melody Groves, Dialogue Tricks: Making Characters Talk Good
♦ Kirk Ellis, Storytelling: It’s Harder Than You Think
♦ Jeanne Shannon, Tackling the Elusive Art of Poetry (Brown Bag Session)
♦ Steve Brewer, How to Screw up Your Writing Career (Rogue Writers at Aux Dog Theatre)
♦ Irene Blea, Landscape: How Setting Creates Identity & Story
♦ Rob Spiegel, Online Writing Opportunities—An Expanding Universe
♦ Joycelyn Campbell, Networking Isn’t a Four-Letter Word (Brown Bag Session)
♦ Melody Groves, Choosing a Topic for Your Magazine Article (Rogue Writers at Aux Dog)
♦ Jane Lindskold, Making it Real
♦ Jonathan Miller, How to Turn Your Life into a (Successful) Book…And Not Get Sued
♦ Grace LaBatt, Improve Your Language Tools (Brown Bag Session)
♦ William Bolt, How to Turn Personal Stories into Stand-up (Rogue Writers at Aux Dog)
♦ Jeffe Kennedy, Defying Gravity—Writing Cross-Genre and Succeeding Anyway
♦ Robert E. Vardeman, That’s A Great Idea…So What’s the Story?
♦ Zack Wheeler, Developing a Strong Online Presence (Brown Bag Session)
♦ Elise McHugh, What an Editor Looks for in a Manuscript (Rogue Writers at Aux Dog)
♦ Sarah Baker & Loretta Hall, Question and Answer Session
♦ Robin Perini, I Stayed Up Until 4:00 AM: Creating and Maintaining Suspense
♦ Juan Aranda, Technical Can Be Creative (Rogue Writers at Aux Dog)
♦ Shari Tarbet, Myth in Writing
♦ Sharon Oard Warner, The Grand Scheme of Things: On Plot and Point of View in the Novel
♦ Jeanne Shannon, What Makes a Memoir Work (Brown Bag Session)
♦ Stanley Ray, Screenwriting Demystified (Rogue Writers at Aux Dog)
♦ Grace Labatt, On Editing
♦ Lois Ruby, The Devil’s Due—Must We Sell Out to Sell?
♦ Gayle Lauradunn, Poetry: Slam, Spoken Word, Rap (Brown Bag Session)
♦ Lille Norstad, Significant Detail: The Art of Showing (Rogue Writers at Aux Dog)