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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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Tuesday, 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.

Saturday, March 2
10:00 am–Noon

Speaker: Jacqueline M. Loring


Come celebrate the publication of KiMo Theatre: Fact & Folklore presented by SouthWest Writers and writer/editor Jacqueline Murray Loring. The PowerPoint presentation will highlight the book’s 100 photographs and the stories behind them.

Jacqueline Murray Loring is President, Yucca Branch, of the National League of American Pen Women. She’s the author/editor of Vietnam Veterans Unbroken: Conversations on Trauma & Resiliency (McFarland Books, 2019), KiMo Theatre: Fact & Folklore, The History of Bearing Children (2012 winner of Doire Irish Poetry Prize), contributor to War Child: Lessons Learned from Growing Up in War, and finalist in New Mexico Film Foundation’s Let’s Make a Western. Short Film Credits: “The Importance of Being,” “Trains, Tracks, & Aliens,” and “The House on Normal Street.”

Tuesday, March 19
7:00–9:00 pm

Speaker: Sarah H. Baker

How and Why

Sarah H. Baker will introduce the topic of critique groups and talk about different options for how they can be set up, and why you might want to join one. Then a few of The Story Whisperers, a 10-person critique group out of Alegria in Bernalillo, will discuss their operations and the lessons they’ve learned about critique groups, and take questions from the audience.

Sarah H. Baker is the author of more than 20 published novels, and teaches classes for UNM and SouthWest Writers. The critique group The Story Whisperers contains 10 members with 725 combined years of life experiences. They have just completed their first anthology, Stories and Poems.

Saturday, April 6
10:00 am–Noon

Speaker: Dan Wetmore


This talk looks at challenges that poetry readers and writers both face, owing to poetry’s form and typical content. At the same time, the unique demands of poetry offer a means of honing skills not always afforded by prose, and so can enhance anyone’s ability to communicate on paper and in person, whether they’re writers of verse pursuing poetry as an end in itself, or writers of prose who engage in it simply as an exercise.

Dan Wetmore is a retired Air Force Officer who, finding himself with time on his hands, is working to transform a lifelong avocation into a second vocation. He’s been a member of SouthWest Writers for three years. He has published one book of poetry, My Mother’s Gentle Unbecoming – The Absentings of Alzheimer’s (which was in a four-way tie for first place in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards), and has had poems and short stories appear in various collections, including high school and college literary anthologies, the Saint Andrews Review, and most recently the SouthWest Writers Sage Anthology. He is currently working on his first novel.

Previous Speakers and Topics for 2019:

♦ Steve Brewer, I’ve Looked at Books from Both Sides Now
♦ Kirt Hickman, Writing Realistic Dialogue

Previous Speakers and Topics for 2018:

♦ Jack Woodville London, Stick to the Story
♦ Marc Calderwood, Celluloid Aspirations
♦ Steve Brewer, Nuts & Bolts: The Mechanics of Clear Writing
♦ Lorena Hughes, To Err is Human, To Learn Divine
♦ Melody Groves, Don’t be Afraid to Cry: Putting Emotions into Writing
♦ Judith Avila, Can You Relate? The importance of diverse relationships in your writing
♦ Benjamin Radford, A Personal Path to Publication
♦ Joanne Bodin & Jeanne Shannon, The Passion of Poetry
♦ Matthew Yde, The Irresistible Writer
♦ John Cousins, Enter the Matrix
♦ Michael Backus, Practical Tips To Improve Your Writing Gleaned from 15 Years of Teaching Creative Writing
♦ James McGrath Morris, “What I learned about writing from the novelists Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos.”
♦ Marcia Fine, Marketing, Research and Fortitude for Authors
♦ RJ Mirabal, Research Between the Ears
♦ Jonathan Miller, From Start to Finish: How to Start and End Your Books, and Take Your Characters Along for the Ride
♦ Loretta Hall, The Writing Right Rite: How to Avoid Distracting, Credibility-Destroying Factual Errors
♦ Jane Lindskold, Work Habits for the Successful Writer
♦ Jim Tritten, Short Stories are Fun!
♦ Gerald Hausman, Zen and the Art of Writing
♦ Rose Marie Kern, CUT IT OUT! Editing Makes it Better!
♦ 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
♦ Lynn Miller, Writing Your Way In
♦ Bob Kidera, Overcoming a Late Start to Your Writing Career
♦ Joe Badal, The Key Elements of Fiction
♦ Jonathon Miller, How to Create Realistic Characters (and not get sued)
♦ Jeffe Kennedy, Friends and Enemies: How to Talk to and Deal with Agents and Editors
♦ Julie Dunlop, Healing Writing with Ayurveda
♦ 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 Rubin, How to Knock ’em Dead, Public Speaking for Writers
♦ Betsy James, Thought Experiments
♦ Chris Eboch, Cliffhangers: Keep the Pages Turning
♦ Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl, The Science and Magic of Creativity in Fiction Writing
♦ Sean Murphy, Dimension in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Memoir

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