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LATEST & UPCOMING EVENTS:

OUR ADDRESS HAS CHANGED – Please take note: P.O. Box 74, Simsbury, CT 06070

MAY 6, 2017: TRACEY LYONS !!!!
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An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author of the Women of Surprise series, Tracey sold her first book on 9/9/99! Her books have been translated into several languages and are available in print, digital and audio formats. Tracey is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of Three Seas Literary Agency. A true upstate New Yorker, Tracey believes you should write what you know. Her historical romances are all set in the New York State area. Tracey considers herself a small town gal who writes small town romances. Her latest release is A Changed Agent. You can learn more about Tracey and her books by visiting her website at www.traceylyons.com.   Follow her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TraceyJLyonsAuthor/  Twitter https://twitter.com/TraceyJLyons or Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/traceyjlyons/

MAY 6, 2017 at 72 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010

9:30-10:30am Business Meeting

10:30-10:45am Member News (1 minute per member)

10:45-11am Getting ready/break/speaker setup

11:00-12:30pm Speaker: Tracy Lyons, topic range: Sprinting; It’s not just for Runners, Gone Fishing: How to Catch An Agent, Goal Setting, and Backyard Marketing

12:30-1:30am Potluck Lunch Social

1:30-1:45pm Member Corner: Speaker -Tracy Lyons, topic TBD

1:45-2pm Break

2-3pm Newbie Writing 101

 

 

Previous Workshops:

Finessing the First Page a Fabulous Event!!!

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(From L to R: Jamie K. Schmidt, Rebecca Slitt, Sandra Marton, Dee Davis, Kathe Robin, Linda Ingmanson)

For those who attended, especially our distinguished panel, a huge & heartfelt THANK YOU!! For those who were unable to attend, you were missed! CORW will be putting on another event just like this next Fall, so stay tuned for details! Until then, some take-aways from our experts on First Page MUSTS:

‘The story starts when the bottle falls off the table’, instructed Chief Historical Reviewer for RTBookLovers as she pushed her water bottle closer and closer to the end of the table. ‘That is where the story begins’ (aka: the inciting Incident).

Other gems of the day for First Pages (Collectively attributed to entire panel):

The difference between a good writer and a great writer is mastering Point of View!!

First pages MUST hook the reader

First pages must show the main character and their actions (not thoughts, dreams, etc. And starting with the main character is important because that is who the reader will connect with first).

The first page asks a question that will be answered with the rest of the book. This is a promise to the reader. Keep it!

Push your idea outside of the ‘normal’ box – be different!

The first page must also show the (main) characters and the plot, or an element of the plot

In short, first pages answer or begin to answer most of these questions: who, what, where, when, and why.

Last but not least, make your submission copy error free! One miss-spelled word is probably acceptable, but more than one spelling or grammar error will kick your reader- aka an Editor or an Agent (gasp)!- out of your story and probably lose your chance to get them to want more from you.

Most of all, we were all encouraged to continue writing and perfecting our chosen craft!