2021 Workshops

January 23, 2021

TIME: 10AM to 12:00 (Meeting opens at 9:30 for social time)
PLACE: ZOOM online meeting (Link will be posted to the loop a few days before meeting)

Creating Chilling Villians

What makes villains bad? What kinds of behaviors can be associated with the different types of villains? What are the characteristics of the truly believable – and scary – villains that will keep your readers turning the pages from beginning to end? If you’re looking to create unforgettable bad guys, don’t miss our January meeting! Join Internationally Bestselling author Karen Rose as she reveals the secrets to creating chilling villains.

 
About Karen Rose 

Internationally bestselling author Karen Rose was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. She met her husband, Martin, on a blind date when they were seventeen and after they both graduated from the University of Maryland, (Karen with a degree in Chemical Engineering) they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Karen worked as an engineer for a large consumer goods company, earning two patents, but as Karen says, “scenes were roiling in my head and I couldn't concentrate on my job so I started writing them down. I started out writing for fun, and soon found I was hooked.”

Her debut suspense novel, DON'T TELL, was released in July 2003. Since then, she has published more than twenty novels and two novellas. Her twenty-fifth novel, SAY GOODBYE, will be released in 2021.

Karen's books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, London's Sunday Times, and Germany's der Spiegel (#1), and the Irish Times, as well as lists in South Africa(#1) and Australia! To date, her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

A former high school teacher of chemistry and physics, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of more than thirty years.

 

February 27, 2021

TIME: 10AM to 12:00 (Meeting opens at 9:30 for social time)
PLACE: ZOOM online meeting (Link will be posted to the loop a few days before meeting)

What Can a Sensitivity Reader Do for Your Manuscript?

Write what you know. We’ve all had that drummed into our heads. Yet unless we live on an island populated only by people who are exactly like us, we encounter many people who have not had the same life experiences as us – and that’s what makes our stories rich and complex. But how do we accurately portray characters who represent a diverse background? Enter diversity readers.

According to the Reedsy blog, “Sensitivity readers are a subset of beta readers who review unpublished manuscripts with the express purpose of spotting cultural inaccuracies, representation issues, bias, stereotypes, or problematic language.” Today our guests will help us explore the following issues:

What does a sensitivity reader do?
How you work?
What is your process?
What should we expect from your review of our work?
What are some of the most common sensitivity problems/unconscious bias issues you encounter?
What kind of qualifications does someone need to become a sensitivity reader?
What steps do you take to ensure that different diverse groups are represented fairly?
Factors to consider when choosing a sensitivity reader.
What are the basic costs involved in hiring you to evaluate our work?What is your average turnaround time?

Join us for this timely learning experience and get your questions answered. 

 

March 27, 2021

TIME: 10AM to 12:00 (Meeting opens at 9:30 for social time)
PLACE: ZOOM online meeting (Link will be posted to the loop a few days before meeting)

Your Seven Minutes

Struggling with plot, character development, conflict or something else that is keeping your WIP from moving forward? Join us for our June SVR meeting and receive 7 minutes of undivided attention and input as members offer suggestions for how to resolve your manuscript roadblocks. This is a great opportunity to draw on the collective creativity of your SVR colleagues. 

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