Past Meeting Presentations – 2017
RCRW meetings include presentations on craft, the publishing industry and the writing life.
These are some of the wonderful speakers who visited RCRW in 2017. Please check our main Meetings page for forthcoming presentations.
July 8, 2017
Microsoft Macros and Pitching Practice
First up, Greg Henry will teach us how to set-up macros in Microsoft Word (bring your laptop or a way to take notes). A macro is a way to automate a repetitive task in Microsoft Word. How can it help your writing? If you have a least of crutch/weak/filler words – you can run a macro to highlight each use of those words for your revisions. You can count the number of times certain words or phrases are used. Struggle with proper formatting on em dashes, en dashes, and hyphens? Create a macro to help with that!
Next, Gina Fluharty and Jaycee Jarvis will lead us in an interactive pitching session. Do you have an agent or editor appointment at RWA and want to practice? Do you need to shine a pitch for your next project to try and get a story with a reporter? Do you have an agent and want to pitch them an idea? Pitching is relevant at all stages of writing. Prepare a pitch and come ready to practice! Not sure how to prepare one? We’ll send some links to articles in advance and Jaycee and Gina will share some tips with you.
May 13, 20017
Write Fast: Increasing Your Novel Writing Speed Through Art Journaling
by Shea MacLeod
Do you envy prolific writers who seem to pump out multiple novels per year while you struggle to finish one or two?
Are you already fairly prolific and want to become more so?
Are you a pantser who suffers from writers’ block and finds plotting abhorrent?
Or are you a plotter who tends to get lost in the minutiae of plotting?
This is the class for you!
With a unique take on art journaling, I will show you how to increase your writing speed so you can get out more novels faster. WITHOUT the quality suffering.
February 11, 2107
Do I Really Need to Use Snapchat? And Other Important Social Media Questions
by Lisa Leoni
The variety of social media platforms at our fingertips can be overwhelming, and frankly, daunting. Each have their own place and purpose, as well as a set of best practices to use them well. Lisa will share with you what questions you should ask yourself to determine the best social media platforms to meet your needs, plus she’ll share do’s and don’ts. This class will have useful information for the social media newbie all the way to the pro. Lisa has worked in public relations for more than 12 years, specializing in social media.