March 25: Plotter or Pantser or Something Else Entirely?

Pantsing is ‘writing by the seat of your pants’ and plotting ranges from a brief outline to detailed scene by scene summaries. There is no ‘one size fits all’ formula for writing your novel and every writer has to find their own way to “The End”. But it definitely helps to find out what other writers are doing – perhaps they’ve found a method that may work well for you, or one you haven’t tried yet.

What methods have you used? What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked for you?

Join us on March 25 for a roundtable discussion on the writing process.

MEETING DETAILS

Saturday, 25th March
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 502-3883

November 19: Tell Your Story to Sell Your Story

Join us on November 19 when Jennifer Crawford from Social Media Rescue will share how indie authors can shine on social media by finding, connecting, and engaging with their specific audience. You don’t need a large following on social media, but you do need the help of some raving fans. Learn what it takes to turn a casual reader in a rabid fan by giving them more than just your book.

MEETING DETAILS

Saturday, 19th November
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 502-3883

PRESENTER BIO

jensheadshot2015Jennifer Crawford is the co-owner of Social Media Rescue. Social Media Rescue is a boutique agency that works closely with small businesses and organizations on unique approaches to social media marketing, branding, new media, and business strategy. She specializes in using creativity, humor, and fun to inject unforgettable qualities into your marketing.


In addition to running a business, she is a podcaster, Founder of DC PodFest, and an improviser with The Improv Imps. She lives with her husband and three-legged rescue Pug in Fairfax, Virginia.

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October 29: Storytelling Techniques Aren’t Just for Memoirists

Essayists, journalists, screenwriters, poets, and documentarians all contribute techniques that can help you become a better storyteller, no matter which genre you choose. Yes, even fiction and memoir.

Join us October 29th as we discuss everything from back story to voice to scene-setting, and more.

MEETING DETAILS

Saturday, 29th October
1:00-3:00 p.m.
John Marshall Library
6209 Rose Hill Dr
Alexandria, VA 22310
(703) 971-0010

PRESENTER BIO
dianne-hennessy-kingDianne Hennessy King co-authored, Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More, which was published by Skyhorse Publishing of New York in September 2016.

She is a cultural anthropologist who teaches classes on memoir writing at George Mason University’s Osher program, and is a guest lecturer on writing personal history across cultures.

Dianne is also a television producer for public television. Some of her programs have been on subjects as diverse as “Tolstoy: Creativity and Madness,” “Community Environmentalism,” and interviews of educators and authors such as the poet Grace Cavalieri. Dianne is a charter member, past president, and, for the past ten years, editor of the Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C.

Among other career byways, she was formerly a teacher of Humanities at the University of Minnesota, editor in chief for Pillsbury Publications, and a writer and editor for Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia.