Firey Orange AudienceJoin us for our free monthly programs.

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 for 2015 and 2016, scroll to the bottom of the page.


 Tuesday October 18, 7pm to 9pm

The Art of Branding

Gail Rubin and Susan Cooper

 The Queen of Mold, a.k.a. Susan Cooper, and The Doyenne of Death®, Gail Rubin, have a reputation around SWW. Why? Because they’ve built their brands and they’re not afraid to use them!

Susan and Gail will share their tips about making your writing a brand to better market your expertise – applicable to both nonfiction and fiction writers! Topics include:

    • Live your truth in the words you write
    • There’s riches in the niches
    • Speaking helps you market your writing
    • Blog your book and build your fan base with social media
    • How to build an email list
    • Selective branding, if nothing else works

susan-cooperSusan Cooper is the author of The Truth about Mold (now in its third, expanded edition), as well as the award-winning Football Facts for Females, or If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em and the forthcoming novel, Moment of Death, co-written with her husband Randy Cooper. She’s also an artist at Cooper Creations, Inc. Her website is


Gail Rubin is the author of three upbeat books about planning for end-of-life: the award-winning A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, and her newest, KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die (Rio Grande Books, October 2016). She’s a professional speaker on end-of-life issues, using humor and funny films to teach about serious subjects. Download a free planning form from her website,

Saturday November 5, 10am – Noon


Fewer than a quarter of the local area theater groups…have ever staged (an original play). When they do, it’s likely to have been written by Richard E. Peck.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

To many, Richard E. Peck is:

  • a former university president
  • a popular entertaining speaker
  • an untalented but devout golfer

and for the 30+ theater groups who’ve produced one of his brilliant comedies… he’s:

  • a talented playwright
  • a creative theater director, and
  • and accomplished actor.

Richard E. Peck



Tuesday November 15, 7pm to 9pm

Staying the Course

shannonbsmall21-700x400Shannon Baker

Persistence pays off. How to keep motivated or at least keep writing when your publishing dreams aren’t coming true. Tricks and mind games to use when failure closes in.

 Shannon Baker writes the Nora Abbott Mystery Series, a fast-paced mix of murder, environmental issues and Hopi Indians published by Midnight Ink. Tattered Legacy, the third in series, is set in the iconic red rocks of Moab, UT. Broken Trust, released March 2014, takes place in Boulder, CO. A lover of western landscapes, Baker can often be found backpacking, skiing, kayaking, cycling, or just playing lizard in the desert. 

Tainted Mountain, the first in the series is set in Flagstaff, AZ and is a New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards finalist. Shannon is Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2014 Writer of the Year. She serves on the board of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and is a member of SinC, MWA, and TWA. Shannon is pleased to announce a new series that will release in September 2016. The Kate Baer Mystery Series will kick off with Stripped Baer. Billed as Longmire meets The Good Wife, it’s about a woman sheriff in the Nebraska Sandhills.

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 WilsonA Day with the Damned  
♦Susan Cooper and Gail RubinThe Art of Branding


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)

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