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Events Calendar

CCWA Calendar of Events


The Secrets of Killer Suspense
May
3
7:00 pm19:00

The Secrets of Killer Suspense

  • Schuler Books & Music

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!

Birthday Write-a-Thon!
Apr
26
6:00 pm18:00

Birthday Write-a-Thon!

  • Jimmy's Pub

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.

High-Stakes Conflict: Writing Page-Turning Tension
Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

High-Stakes Conflict: Writing Page-Turning Tension

  • Schuler Books & Music

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? ***

April Write-In
Apr
1
10:00 am10:00

April Write-In

  • Espresso Royale

Join us for our monthly write-in at Espresso Royale cafe to tune out distractions and crank out some words!

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.

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

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”.

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN
Nov
26
10:00 am10:00

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN

  • Espresso Royale on Lake Lansing Road

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.

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN
Nov
19
10:00 am10:00

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN

  • Espresso Royale on Lake Lansing Road

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.

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN
Nov
12
10:00 am10:00

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN

  • Espresso Royale on Lake Lansing Road

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.

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN
Nov
5
10:00 am10:00

WEEKLY NOVEMBER WRITE IN

  • Espresso Royale on Lake Lansing Road


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.

 

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

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.

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.

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.

Location, Location, Location – Creating Fictional Settings that Sell
Sep
7
7:00 pm19:00

Location, Location, Location – Creating Fictional Settings that Sell

  • Schuler's Books & Music

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.”

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.

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.

Cure for the Common Writer's Block
Aug
3
7:00 pm19:00

Cure for the Common Writer's Block

  • Schuler Books & Music

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.

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!

 

 

Write-In
Jul
9
10:00 am10:00

Write-In

  • Espresso Royale

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.

Understanding Point of View
Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

Understanding Point of View

  • Schuler Books & Music

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP

First person or third? Deep POV or limited? Choosing a point of view for your novel and each individual scene is one of the most important decisions you will make in the writing process. Join us to learn the different types of POV and how to pick the right one for your story.

About Elizabeth

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in a dozen countries and translated into seven languages.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America.  The heroine of Elizabeth's Profiler novels was called "one of the most amazing characters created in print" by Fresh Fiction, and her latest Lawmen novel won the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Intrigue. Her novels have received praise from Lee Child, J.T. Ellison, Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, R.L. Stine, Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Suzanne Brockmann, Hank Phillippi Ryan and Zoë Sharp.

 

Jun
4
10:00 am10:00

Write-In

  • Espresso Royale

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.

The First 5 Pages: Opening Scenes That Hook 'Em and Hold 'Em
Jun
1
7:00 pm19:00

The First 5 Pages: Opening Scenes That Hook 'Em and Hold 'Em

  • Schuler Books & Music

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP

Your story is one in a million. No, really. There are millions of books to choose from and thousands of other aspiring authors flooding the inboxes of agents and editors. So how will you get them to give your book a chance? You have just a few seconds to hook agents, editors, and readers. In this workshop, you'll learn the most common mistakes writers make in their first five pages, how to fix them, and how to keep that page-turning momentum going in the rest of your manuscript.
 

ABOUT ERIN

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.

Write-In
May
7
10:00 am10:00

Write-In

  • Espresso Royale

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.

Backstory -- The Spine of Your Story
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Backstory -- The Spine of Your Story

  • Schuler Books & Music

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP

What happened to your characters in the past dictates what the will do in the future. But how much backstory is too much? And what kind of backstory matters? In this class, CCWA President and author Louise Knott Ahern (writing as Lyssa Kay Adams) will teach you how to craft your character's history and connect it to your story from page one.

The Hero's Journey
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

The Hero's Journey

  • Schuler Books & Music

A Free Monthly Workshop from CCWA

The Hero’s Journey is the basic structure of any good story. New York Times Bestseller Colleen Gleason discusses each core element and the archetypal characters found in the Hero’s Journey, and how writers can use this tool as a framework to create a compelling story.

ABOUT COLLEEN

Colleen Gleason is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author who can’t seem to decide what type of book to write…so she writes a lot of different genres! So far, Colleen has written everything from vampire hunters to dystopian romance, to steampunk,historical romance, and mysteries with a supernatural flair. One element, however, that appears in all of her stories, is that of partnership…whether it be professional, romantic, or both. All of Colleen’s books feature strong heroines experiencing fast-paced adventures, danger, mystery, and of course, romance. But at the core of each story is the belief that every woman deserves a partner who accepts her for her strengths as well as her weaknesses—and vice versa.

WRITE-IN
Apr
2
10:00 am10:00

WRITE-IN

  • Espresso Royale

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.