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Firey Orange Audience
Regular Meetings are on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to noon and the third Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living located on the northwest corner of Louisiana and Claremont—2 blocks north of Menaul—at 2801 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

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Saturday, January 5
10:00 am–Noon

Speaker: Steve Brewer


Steve Brewer has been writing books and hanging out in bookstores for more than 30 years, but this year he’s moved to the other side of the sales counter—he and his family have opened Organic Books in Nob Hill. Steve will discuss what it’s like to run a bookstore, and how authors can make best use of local booksellers.

Steve Brewer writes books about crooks. His 31st published book, the crime novel Cold Cuts, came out last April. He’s scheduled to have short stories in three different anthologies in 2019. A former journalist, Steve teaches in the Honors College at UNM.

Tuesday, January 15
7:00–9:00 pm


SWW Office Manager Larry Greenly has thrown up his hands and shouted “enough!” After a couple decades of looking after all of us at SWW he is ready to stay home and spend all his time pestering his wife and playing the piano. We cannot allow such a singular individual to fade quietly into the night!

In honor of Larry’s years of service, SWW is turning the Tuesday evening meeting into a Blow Out Retirement Party.

Join us for food, games, and literary fun.

Saturday, February 2
10:00 am–Noon

Speaker: Kirt Hickman


Realistic dialogue is one of the most difficult things for some writers to achieve. It’s also one of the most important. Many editors and agents, when they receive a submission, will read a section of dialogue first. If it’s good, they’ll consider the manuscript. If not, they’ll reject it without a second thought.

Learn to transform your characters’ spoken words into dialogue that is taut, dynamic, tension-filled, and––above all––realistic.

Kirt Hickman, author of the award-winning science-fiction thrillers Worlds Asunder and Venus Rain was a technical writer for fourteen years before branching into fiction. His methodical approach to self-editing has helped many make sense of the mass of advice available to the novice writer. He teaches self-editing classes through SouthWest Writers. He has been a mentor in the SWW mentoring program, has spoken at numerous conferences, and contributes a monthly column titled “Revising Fiction” to the SouthWest Sage. He has also written Mercury Sun, the fantasy novel Fabler’s Legend, and two children’s books. His writer’s guide, Revising Fiction—Making Sense of the Madness won a New Mexico Book award for Best How-To and was a finalist in the international Ben Franklin Awards.

Saturday, February 19
7:00–9:00 pm

Speaker: Brian Stinar

How to Use WordPress to Promote Your Work, Sell Your Products, and Build an Audience

During this presentation, Brian and the rest of the Noventum team will show you how WordPress has helped many of their customers sell their writing, their writing workshops, their products, and build an audience. We will cover the basics of what WordPress is, how to use it, and what it costs for professionals like us to help you with this ‘free’ tool. We will have actual, fully functioning, WordPress demo sites available for the audience to follow along with during the more hands-on section of this presentation.

Brian Stinar has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and has led Noventum for six years. Noventum provides web development and design, primarily using WordPress, and hardcore software engineering services using a variety of other tools. In his free time, he plays a mean handball game, practices Russian with his beautiful fiancée, and works on home improvement projects.

Previous Speakers and Topics for 2018:

♦ Jack Woodville London,  Stick to the Story
♦ Steve Brewer, Nuts & Bolts: The Mechanics of Clear Writing
♦ Judy Avila, Can You Relate? The importance of diverse relationships in your writing
♦ Benjamin Radford, A Personal Path to Publication
♦ Laura Mixon, The Care and Feeding of your Beast: A Writer’s Wilderness Guide
♦ Patricia Smith Wood, Permission to Write
♦ Betty Moffett, Writing Down Your Family Stories

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
♦ Kirk Hickman, Create Multi-Dimensional Characters Your Reader Can Relate To
♦ Jeanne Shannon and Joanne Bodin, Poetry Month: Exquisite Corpse
♦ Bob Kidera, Overcoming a Late Start to Your Writing Career
♦ Jeffe Kennedy, Friends and Enemies: How to Talk to and Deal with Agents and Editors
♦ Jodi Thomas, Secrets of a Successful Writer
♦ Christina Squire, “And then the Murders Began”
♦ Kimberly Little, The Deep Point of View
♦ Susan Cooper and Gail Ruben, How to Knock ’em Dead, Public Speaking for Writers
♦ Betsy James, Thought Experiments
♦ Chris Ebock, Cliffhangers, Keep the Pages Turning

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—expanding 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…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

Upcoming Events

  1. Loretta Hall: Researching Your Writing Project

    January 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - January 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


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