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Events Calendar

CCWA Calendar of Events


WORLD BUILDING: It’s Not Just for Fantasy Writers
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

WORLD BUILDING: It’s Not Just for Fantasy Writers

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP

WORLDBUILDING: It’s Not Just for Fantasy Writers

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason has created a different “world” for each of the six series she writes (paranormal, steampunk, historical fiction, dystopian fiction, and more). Every editor she’s ever worked with (e.g., at Penguin, HarperCollins, Harlequin, and others) says that a compelling world is what engages readers and brings them back for more. Join her for her most popular workshop—an interactive one—where she takes you through the steps of building a compelling world that readers can step right into.

ABOUT COLLEEN

Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes in a number of genres. She’s written for HarperCollins, Penguin Group, Harlequin, Chronicle Books and Kensington. Throughout her career, she's created many different worlds in her fiction writing—including a dystopian Las Vegas, a steampunk Victorian England, a small lake town in Michigan, and a steeped-in-history mystery series set during the Lincoln presidency. Find out more about her at www.colleengleason.com.

 

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Empathy Over Experience: Writing Convincingly from Someone Else’s Shoes
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Empathy Over Experience: Writing Convincingly from Someone Else’s Shoes

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP

Writing only from one's own limited experience can result in some colossally pedestrian stories. It's the kind of advice that causes writers to yearn for a crippling heartbreak, a lengthy deployment in a war-torn country, or addiction to some terrible habit that will eventually destroy them. Wait, what? You don't want to experience those things? Then how will you write about them?  Simple. You employ the greatest skill that any writer can have: empathy. This workshop offers tips and techniques that writers can cultivate in order to tell the stories that are outside of their own realm of experience.

ABOUT ERIN

ERIN BARTELS is a copywriter and editor by day, a novelist by night, and too many other things in between. She has been a finalist for both the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. She is the author of This Elegant Ruin: and other stories and The Intentional Writer and is represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency. Her debut novel is scheduled to release in January 2019 from Revell Books. Find her at www.erinbartels.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter @ErinLBartels.

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2nd Annual Summertime Scrawl
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

2nd Annual Summertime Scrawl

THIS EVENT IS CCWA and MMRWA MEMBERS-ONLY.  Details will be provided to members via email and private Facebook group. 

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Between the heat and the hectic pace of summer, we know you need a boost. Rejuvenation. A kick in the teeth. A day set aside for you and your novel. A day of intense writing and fun with your fellow members of the Capital City Writers Association. You need Summertime Scrawl!

This free members-only event will get you out of the summer slump and push you over that writing hump. All you need to do is bring writing instruments and some enthusiasm. There will be a sandwich spread, snacks, caffeine and camaraderie. Also, hand massages for those word warriors who choose to join us!

This event is brought to you in conjunction with the Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America

 

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A Night with Pulitzer-Winner Jim Schaefer
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

A Night with Pulitzer-Winner Jim Schaefer

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP

Join Capital City Writers Association for a Q&A conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Jim Schaefer of the Detroit Free Press on bringing real voices to life, telling true stories, and what it's like to win journalism's highest honor.

 

ABOUT JIM

JIM SCHAEFER is an award-winning investigative reporter at the Detroit Free Press. His work has included sexual abuse among clergy, sports investigations, and projects focusing on former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. In 2009, he and colleagues, M.L. Elrick and David Zeman, won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.  Jim is also the co-author of, The Kwame Sutra: Musings on Lust, Life and Leadership, from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. 

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The Secrets of Killer Suspense
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Secrets of Killer Suspense

Creating a powerful thriller means blending the puzzle elements of a mystery with compelling characters, tension that keeps readers turning pages, and an ending that makes them anxious for the next book! Join critically-acclaimed and award-winning suspense romantic suspense writer ELIZABETH HEITER as she details the key elements of a killer suspense novel and how to make your suspense stand out!

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Birthday Write-a-Thon!
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Birthday Write-a-Thon!

It's party time!

Capital City Writers Association will celebrate its 5th anniversary bash on April 26, and we're partying the only way we know how: WRITING!

Join us for food* and friendship, followed by a three hour write-a-thon, in a private room at Jimmy's Pub in East Lansing. Prizes will be awarded for competitive writing sprints, and we'll honor some of the amazing accomplishments of our members over the past year!

And if that's not enough incentive: You'll also be the first to know who the amazing headliner is for the 2018 Write on the Red Cedar Conference!!

PLEASE RSVP HERE!!

*Cake and appetizers provided. Dinner and drinks will be available for purchase on your own.

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High-Stakes Conflict: Writing Page-Turning Tension
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

High-Stakes Conflict: Writing Page-Turning Tension

What makes a reader care about a story? What makes them keep turning the pages and stay up late for just one more chapter? The secret is conflict. The higher the stakes in your story, the more your readers will care about it. In this workshop, CCWA Founder and author Louise Knott Ahern will teach you how to increase the stakes to write a book readers can't put down. 

**NEW THIS MONTH: Join us at 6 p.m. in Schuler's Chapbook Cafe for an informal, one-hour write-in before the workshop. You're out anyway...why not get some writing done? ***

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Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

From Good to Great: Taking Your Writing to the Next Level

This hands-on workshop by an author whose fourth novel sold in multiple auctions around the world will teach you how to push yourself further and stimulate your creativity to find those irresistible, "break out" stories that get agents, editors, and readers excited.

Bio: Karen Dionne is the author of The Marsh King’s Daughter, a dark psychological suspense which will publish June 2017 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons, and in 20 other countries. She is cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, and is a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors as VP, Technology. Karen has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar for her body of work as an author, writer, and as cofounder of Backspace. She enjoys nature photography, and lives in Detroit's northern suburbs.

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You Wrote a Book! Now What? Marketing and Branding for the Modern Author
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

You Wrote a Book! Now What? Marketing and Branding for the Modern Author

  • Schuler Books and Music at Eastwood Towne Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP

Authors today have a lot of competition for reader attention.  How do you breakthrough the noise and make sure readers find your book?  At this month’s workshop, You Wrote a Book. Now What?, presenter Whitney Spotts will talk about how to proceed once your book is finished- including physical book design, self-marketing, and author events.

Bio:
Whitney Spotts has been a member of Schuler Books marketing department for 10 years. Whitney is currently Author Tours Coordinator for all three locations and has worked with such authors as Caroline Kennedy, Mitch Albom, Khaled Hosseini, and David Sedaris. She earned a B.A. in English from MSU and an M.A. from Goldsmiths University in London, England. She is the owner of Spotts Light Photography and on weekends she sings in the ’80s band “Starfarm”.

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WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN
Nov
26
10:00 AM10:00

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN

  • Espresso Royale on Lake Lansing Road (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ONE SMALL STEP TOWARD A NOVELLA, ONE GIANT LEAP TOWARD A WRITING CAREER!

It's that time of year when you can DREAM about writing a book...or you can frantically scribble out 50,000 words on an intense deadline to prove to yourself that you CAN write it! Join us every Saturday in November for an informal write-in to get those words on the page! Bring your laptop, notebook, or whatever else you need to turn on the muse and spend a few hours dedicated to nothing but your writing. Come and go whenever you can during the three hours.

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WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN
Nov
19
10:00 AM10:00

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN

  • Espresso Royale on Lake Lansing Road (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ONE SMALL STEP TOWARD A NOVELLA, ONE GIANT LEAP TOWARD A WRITING CAREER!

It's that time of year when you can DREAM about writing a book...or you can frantically scribble out 50,000 words on an intense deadline to prove to yourself that you CAN write it! Join us every Saturday in November for an informal write-in to get those words on the page! Bring your laptop, notebook, or whatever else you need to turn on the muse and spend a few hours dedicated to nothing but your writing. Come and go whenever you can during the three hours.

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WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN
Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN

  • Espresso Royale on Lake Lansing Road (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ONE SMALL STEP TOWARD A NOVELLA, ONE GIANT LEAP TOWARD A WRITING CAREER!

It's that time of year when you can DREAM about writing a book...or you can frantically scribble out 50,000 words on an intense deadline to prove to yourself that you CAN write it! Join us every Saturday in November for an informal write-in to get those words on the page! Bring your laptop, notebook, or whatever else you need to turn on the muse and spend a few hours dedicated to nothing but your writing. Come and go whenever you can during the three hours.

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WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN
Nov
5
10:00 AM10:00

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN

  • Espresso Royale on Lake Lansing Road (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


ONE SMALL STEP TOWARD A NOVELLA, ONE GIANT LEAP TOWARD A WRITING CAREER!

It's that time of year when you can DREAM about writing a book...or you can frantically scribble out 50,000 words on an intense deadline to prove to yourself that you CAN write it! 

Join us every Saturday in November for an informal write-in to get those words on the page! Bring your laptop, notebook, or whatever else you need to turn on the muse and spend a few hours dedicated to nothing but your writing. Come and go whenever you can during the three hours.

 

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WRITE ON FIRE -- HOW TO WRITE 50,000 WORDS IN A MONTH
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

WRITE ON FIRE -- HOW TO WRITE 50,000 WORDS IN A MONTH

  • Schuler Books and Music, Eastwood Towne Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP

November is right around the corner, and that means… NaNoWriMo Season!  Does the prospect excite or intimidate you?  Whether the answer is either or both, join us to discuss strategies for keeping the words flowing while staying sane during the months ahead.

Tricia Warren is a mid-Michigan native who loves stories, cheese, and pets in equal measures.  She writes young adult speculative fiction featuring LGBTQ+ characters and her first novel is presently out on submission.  You can find her on Twitter @triciawarren_ or at her blog, One Writer Writing, at triciawarren.net.

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REWRITE RIGHT -- SELF EDITING FOR THE NOVEL WRITER
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

REWRITE RIGHT -- SELF EDITING FOR THE NOVEL WRITER

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP

It has been said that in your first draft, you tell the story to yourself.  During the revisions, you start telling it to your readers.  But does the thought of editing and revising your book make you cringe? It doesn't have to be hard.  Join us to learn how to edit and revise your work efficiently and bring your real story to life.

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WRITE IN
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

WRITE IN

LET'S FINISH THE DAMN BOOK!

You can dream about writing....or you can write. Join us for an informal monthly write-in to get those words on the page! Bring your laptop, notebook, or whatever else you need to turn on the muse and spend a few hours dedicated to nothing but your writing. Come and go whenever you can during the three hours.

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Location, Location, Location – Creating Fictional Settings that Sell
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Location, Location, Location – Creating Fictional Settings that Sell

LOCATION CHANGE: THIS WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE MERIDAN MALL SCHULER'S BOOKS IN OKEMOS.

Whether you’re writing about a dystopian future or a contemporary romance, your job as a writer is to craft a believable world in which your story lives. Join us and discover what elements are necessary to create fictional settings that captivate your reader and bring your story to life.


Alyssa Alexander's Bio:
Alyssa Alexander is an award-winning author who survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. Her debut release, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, was awarded 4.5 Stars and Top Pick by Romantic Times and nominated for the RT 2014 Best First Historical and the 2015 Best First Book RITA. Her second book, IN BED WITH A SPY received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic times. She has been called a “talented newcomer” and “a rising star you won’t want to miss.”

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WRITE IN
Sep
3
10:00 AM10:00

WRITE IN

LET'S FINISH THE DAMN BOOK!

You can dream about writing....or you can write. Join us for an informal monthly write-in to get those words on the page! Bring your laptop, notebook, or whatever else you need to turn on the muse and spend a few hours dedicated to nothing but your writing. Come and go whenever you can during the three hours.

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WRITE IN
Aug
6
10:00 AM10:00

WRITE IN

LET'S FINISH THE DAMN BOOK!

You can dream about writing....or you can write. Join us for an informal monthly write-in to get those words on the page! Bring your laptop, notebook, or whatever else you need to turn on the muse and spend a few hours dedicated to nothing but your writing. Come and go whenever you can during the three hours.

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Cure for the Common Writer's Block
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

Cure for the Common Writer's Block

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP

Cure for the Common Writer's Block - Sick of staring at a blank computer screen? Stuck at a tricky point in your book? Paralyzed by seeing too many different paths your story could take? It's time for you to take back control of your process and your story! In this workshop, you'll learn lots of great techniques to bust through writer's block and get on with the business of writing your book.

ERIN BARTELS is a copywriter and freelance editor by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, seamstress, painter, poet, and photographer in between. Her latest novel manuscript was a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. She has written several other short stories and is the author of The Intentional Writer. Erin is represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency. Her debut novel is currently out on submission, a fact she tries to ignore by keeping busy writing the next thing on her unending list of story ideas. Find her at www.erinbartels.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter @ErinLBartels.

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Summertime Scrawl
Jul
23
9:00 AM09:00

Summertime Scrawl

Between the heat and the hectic pace of summer, we know you need a boost. Rejuvenation. A kick in the teeth. A day set aside for you and your novel. A day of intense writing, prizes and fun with your fellow members of the Capital City Writers Association. You need Summertime Scrawl!

This free all day event will get you out of the summer slump and push you over that writing hump. All you need to do is bring writing instruments and some enthusiasm. There will be a continental breakfast, pop, a hot dog lunch, snacks, prizes and camaraderie. Also, hand massages for those word warriors courageous enough to stay with us until 6pm.

THIS EVENT IS MEMBERS-ONLY. If you'd like to attend, and you are not already a member, please go to http://www.capitalcitywriters.org/membership/ and join us!

 

 

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