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Firey Orange AudienceIn-person meetings are normally held on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to noon and the third Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living located on the northwest corner of Louisiana and Claremont — two blocks north of Menaul — at 2801 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Go to the map on the bottom of this page for directions. If you’d like to check out one of our in-person meetings but you’re not a member yet, please read our visitor policy.

Until it’s safe to meet in person again, we’ll schedule meetings using the Zoom platform. See a schedule of all our events, and visit our YouTube Videos page for a listing of the recorded speakers from 2016 to the present.


Zoom Meetings

♦ Our monthly meetings, May through October, took place via Zoom.
♦ Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am: Geoff Habiger. Details below.
♦ Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 pm: Elizabeth Layton & Jacqueline Murray Loring: Screenplay Writing as Creative Magic. Details below.
♦ Saturday, December 5, 10:00 am: How to Succeed with Writing Contests! Details TBA.

Meeting Postponed — Poetry Share

April’s Tuesday meeting was cancelled, but signup for the Poetry Share is ongoing. Go to this link to add your name to the list.


ATTEND a ZOOM MEETING

Saturday, November 7
10:00 am – noon

Speaker: Geoff Habiger

WHAT DO PUBLISHERS REALLY WANT?

Every publisher is different, from the genres they publish to how they work with authors. So what is an author to do as they navigate the murky publishing waters? What is a publisher looking for in a manuscript, and how can you pitch your story so that it stands out? And should you make a connection with a publisher, what should you expect to see in the contract? Geoff Habiger, managing editor for Artemesia Publishing, will discuss the publishing business from a small independent publisher’s perspective and answer your burning questions about publishing and the steps you can take to improve your chances of standing out in an increasingly crowded field.

Bio:
Geoff Habiger is an author and managing editor at Artemesia Publishing. He has eight books and multiple short stories that have been published, and he has been the managing editor at Artemesia Publishing for 16 years.

Geoff grew up in the wild hinterland of the Flint Hills of Kansas. He would awaken in the morning to the sounds of peacocks and roaring lions (no, really – we lived below the city zoo) and would trudge to school, walking up hill both ways. (Again true, since we lived at the bottom of a hill, and the school was also at the bottom of a hill. Welcome to the Flint Hills.) He attended Kansas State University and got a B.S. degree in geology, which really helped him work varied careers in fast food, retail, pharmaceuticals, and publishing. He has lived in New Mexico since 2005.

Since its start in 2004, Artemesia Publishing has strived to publish quality books by quality authors that will educate, inform, and entertain the reader. Artemesia Publishing has published 45 titles from over 20 different authors. Our focus is primarily on fiction titles, though we occasionally publish non-fiction as well. We have two imprints: Kinkajou Press focuses on early reader and middle grade fiction, while Shadow Dragon Press focuses on horror, fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction. As a small, independent traditional publisher we work in partnership with our authors to bring their books to the public. Website: http://apbooks.net

Zoom Meeting Information:
Topic: SWW Saturday Meeting – November 2020
Time: Nov 7, 2020 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 832 7834 8196
Passcode: 523086

If you have not used Zoom before, we suggest giving yourself 10 minutes prior to the meeting to get signed in. Although using a computer is the best way to join a Zoom meeting, you can sign in to Zoom on your cellphone by calling this meeting phone number 669-900-6833. When calling in you will only be able to listen to the workshop. You can also download the Zoom App on your cell phone for all of the Zoom tools (video and audio).

Joining a Zoom meeting through a web browser on a desktop, laptop, or tablet is simple by following the directions listed below:

Here are some tips on how to get into ZOOM via a web browser:
1. Click on the Zoom link –> www.zoom.us
2. Click on the “Join Meeting” located near the right top corner of your web browser.
3. Type 832 7834 8196 into the meeting ID box and click Join Meeting. A password box will appear and you will type in 523086.
4. Select your audio options. We will not be using video for all attendees, as the video option has a tendency to slow down connections. You will be able to see a shared screen of information we will be discussing within the meeting.


Tuesday, November 17
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Speakers: Elizabeth S. Layton and Jacqueline Murray Loring

SCREENPLAY WRITING as CREATIVE MAGIC

Elizabeth S. Layton and Jacqueline Murray Loring are professional screenplay writers who will share the creative magic of screenplay writing as an overall successful writing exercise. A screenplay writer has limited amounts of text to create characters, setting, and conflict. Learning to be this creatively precise can help all writers in the organization and implementation of their storylines.

Bios:
Elizabeth S. Layton has been a Freelance Writer for 20+ years. In 2012, Elizabeth continued her desire to enhance her writing by completing a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing with a specialty in Film, Television, and Gaming at Full Sail University. Elizabeth wrote a feature film script, Winds of Enchantment, which won her the award as a “Master Screenwriter” during her MFA program. She has also written several short film scripts and animated television scripts. Website: ElizabethLaytonWriter.com

Jacqueline Murray Loring is an award-winning poet, a produced playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, and educator who teaches classes in memoir, screenwriting, and publishing. Loring works as an editor and book consultant. Her two recent books, KiMo Theatre Fact & Folklore and Vietnam Veterans Unbroken Conversations on Trauma and Resiliency were published in 2019. Website: JacquelineMurrayLoring.com/

Zoom Meeting Information:
Topic: SWW Tuesday Evening Meeting – November 2020
Time: Nov 17, 2020, 6:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 843 9626 0833
Passcode: 415717

If you have not used Zoom before, we suggest giving yourself 10 minutes prior to the meeting to get signed in. Although using a computer is the best way to join a Zoom meeting, you can sign in to Zoom on your cellphone by calling this meeting phone number 669-900-6833. When calling in you will only be able to listen to the workshop. You can also download the Zoom App on your cell phone for all of the Zoom tools (video and audio).

Joining a Zoom meeting through a web browser on a desktop, laptop, or tablet is simple by following the directions listed below:

Here are some tips on how to get into ZOOM via a web browser:
1. Click on the Zoom link –> www.zoom.us
2. Click on the “Join Meeting” located near the right top corner of your web browser.
3. Type 843 9626 0833 into the meeting ID box and click Join Meeting. A password box will appear and you will type in 415717.
4. Select your audio options. We will not be using video for all attendees, as the video option has a tendency to slow down connections. You will be able to see a shared screen of information we will be discussing within the meeting.


Previous Speakers and Topics for 2020:

♦ Melody Groves, 10 Dialogue Tricks to Make Your Characters “Talk Good”
♦ Jacqueline Murray Loring, International Publication Opportunities (or My Magical Tour of Ireland)
♦ Sherri Burr, Synchronicity and Perseverance: Two Elements to Finishing a Project
♦ Chris Allen, Brenda Cole, Charlene Dietz, Mary Therese Ellingwood, Evelyn Neil, Jim Tritten, Readings from the 2019 SWW Winners Anthology
♦ David Morrell, Getting Through It: How To Create A Storyline
♦ Chris Eboch, Myths about Writing for Children (watch on Youtube)
♦ Rose Marie Kern, Niche Markets: A Pathway to Multiple Streams of Income
♦ Bennett R. Coles, Inside the Mind of a Publisher
♦ Sarah Baker, Jacqueline Loring, Kathy Schuit, Writing Through Lock Down: Importance of Literature in the Face of Fear and Uncertainty
♦ Kathy Louise Schuit, Illustrative Ideas For Standout Memoir, Poetry, and Prose
♦ Dan Wetmore, The Skinny on the Short-line Stuff
♦ Hakim Bellamy, “Flash” Fiction: Pictures and Poems
♦ John Rember, Writing, Teaching Writing, and Worrying about Happy Endings at Three in the Morning
♦ Corrales Writing Group, Building and Sustaining an Effective Writing Group
♦ Steve Brewer, Using Humor to Hook Readers
♦ Kathy Kitts, NaNoWriMo: How and Why You Might Want to Participate

Speakers and Topics for 2019:

♦ Steve Brewer, I’ve Looked at Books from Both Sides Now
♦ Kirt Hickman, Write Realistic Dialogue
♦ Jacqueline M. Loring, Creating the KiMo Book
♦ Sarah H. Baker, Critique Groups: How and Why
♦ Dan Wetmore, The Pros and Cons of Non-Prose
♦ Jeanne Shannon & Rob Spiegel, Great Poets of New Mexico
♦ Don Bullis, Adventures in Research
♦ Rose Marie Kern, How to Copyright Your Book
♦ Johnny D. Boggs, The Modern World of Publishing
♦ Judith Avila & Patricia Conoway, Memoir Panel
♦ Brian Stinar, WordPress for Writers
♦ Betsy James, Evoking and Organizing the Fiction Draft
♦ Jonathan Miller, Planning Your Own Epic Series
♦ Robert Vardeman & Melody Groves, Writing Authentic Historical Fiction
♦ Jeffe Kennedy & Robin Perini, Romantic Elements and Tropes
♦ Bob Kidera, Margaret Tessler, & Patricia Smith Wood, What Makes a Mystery Writer?
♦ Gail Rubin, How to Market Your Expertise
♦ Loretta Hall & Susan C. Cooper, Writing Nonfiction
♦ Elise McHugh & Bryce Emley, UNM Press Panel

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


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