Meetings

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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

♦ May through September’s monthly meetings took place via Zoom.
♦ Saturday, October 3, 10:00 am: Annual Meeting. Details below.
♦ Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 pm: Kathy Kitts. Details below.

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, October 3
10:00 am – noon

Annual Meeting

Host: Rose Marie Kern

The 2020 SWW Annual Business Meeting will take place during the regular membership meeting. The agenda will include: results of the Executive Committee election and announcement of the winners of the 2020 Annual Writing Contest. A free workshop — Critique Group Conversations via Zoom — will follow at 12:15.

Zoom Meeting Information:
Topic: SWW October Annual Meeting
Time: Oct 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:
Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 881 4585 9725
Passcode: 541455

If you have not used Zoom before, I 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 881 4585 9725 into the meeting ID box and click Join Meeting. A password box will appear and you will type in 541455.
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.


ATTEND a ZOOM MEETING

Tuesday, October 20
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Kathy Kitts

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH (NaNoWriMo):
How and Why You Might Want to Participate

Dr. Kathy Kitts shares with us all things NaNoWriMo. On November first, 450,000 people worldwide will set out to become novelists. National Novel Writing Month is the world’s largest writing challenge where participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month. Learn how and why you might want to participate.

Bio:
Dr. Kathy Kitts, a former president of SWW, served as a science team member on the NASA Genesis Discovery Mission. Her latest short fiction has appeared in Amazing Stories, James Gunn’s Ad Astra, and Mad Scientist Journal. Her short story collection Getting What You Need is available on Amazon. Born and raised in the Southwest, she is currently living in the high desert of New Mexico.

Zoom Meeting Information:
Topic: SWW Tuesday Evening Meeting – October 2020
Time: Oct 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 812 9675 9042
Passcode: 236230

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 812 9675 9042 into the meeting ID box and click Join Meeting. A password box will appear and you will type in 236230.
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

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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