What Happens When You Bring 20+ Writers Together?

Magic! The Calgary Chapter of RWA (www.calgaryrwa.com) is a small but active group of romance writers who have the stated purpose of helping its members establish and build careers as romance writers.  They are the most supportive group of women and one man that I’ve ever met. We meet monthly on the third Tuesday of the month and annually sponsor two all day events.  The spring event usually features a professional in the field who can...

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Bandit Creek Books – a Life Changing Opportunity

Not many of us get the chance to change our lives through the generosity and action of others.  I’m one of those few. After the Annual General Meeting of my writing chapter last June, a group of writers were sitting around playing the ‘what if’ game.  This can be a dangerous activity for writers.  With our imagination and creativity, almost anything can come out of such a conversation. And last June, Bandit Creek Books was born.  ...

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Writing Groups – What do You Need?

Nine years ago I was in a writing group that frustrated me to no end.  Very few members were submitting.  No one was looking for an agent.  I wanted a career as a published author and I was actively submitting to editors and agents.  I went to conferences and took online classes.  I was like a fish out of water. I felt like the only one who was out of step with the group.  I wasn’t.  But it felt like it.  And when this group brought in...

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Do You Have a Dream?

As part of my dedication to lifelong learning and because I am a writing class junkie I took 3 classes in September of 2011.  All of them were excellent but one, Conceive, Believe, Achieve: Goal-Setting as a Proven Path From Abstract Wish To Concrete Plan was life changing for me.  Developed and taught by Amy Atwell (www.amyatwell.com), the course ran for the month of September and included 10 lessons. In the first lecture,  Amy assured us...

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