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July CRW Meeting

Time: July 12, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm
Location: Anythink Library - Wright Farms Branch
Street: 5877 East 120th Avenue
City/Town: Thornton, CO 80602
Website or Map: http://www.anythinklibraries.…
Event Type: meeting
Organized By: Jessica Aspen
Latest Activity: Jul 13

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Event Description

Karen Doctor 

"The “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotters"

One of the staples of any writers’ group conversations is the plot. It’s integral to every novel, holds everything together. It’s the vehicle that carries readers from page one to “The End”. It’s one of the scariest things an author faces when s/he decides, hey, I want to write a novel!

How many of us have made this decision, then stared at that blank page or computer screen without a clue how to proceed? What about those of us who write by the seat of our pants, the pantsers? Do we dare risk scaring off our muse by [shudder] plotting our story? How do the mega-plotters, the overachievers, know when it’s time to stop and just put pen to paper?

Join four-time Golden Heart finalist and Daphne du Maurier winner Karen Docter as she shares the “W” plotting technique she’s used successfully for years.

Karen analyzes the movie “Romancing the Stone” to show how the technique works, discussing the detailed plot points for the main characters including the villain. Whatever your genre, by the end of the workshop not only will you have the tools you need to plot your story using the “W”, you’ll have the information you need to write the synopsis we all love to hate…all without writing one word of the novel.

If you’ve already started your novel, that’s okay. It’s never too late to apply the principles of the “W” to your developing story.  Have you run into a wall? Don’t know where to go next? Has the story gone flat? Use the technique to pull apart the story elements so you can plug the holes, work around walls that loom in your path, and get your story moving again.

This plotting technique is designed for the novice or the experienced writer.

Bio: Karen/K.L. Docter writes two different kinds of romance novels: Romantic suspense as K.L. Docter and contemporary romance with a kick of humor as Karen Docter. She's an award winning author, a four-time Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist, and won the coveted Kiss of Death Romance Writers Daphne du Maurier Award Category (Series) Romantic Mystery Unpublished division. When she's not saving her characters from death and destruction or helping them fall in love, she loves camping and fishing with her family, reading, gardening & cooking. If she can do most of those things over a campfire, all the better! FMI: http://www.karendocter.com

Book Talk - Karen Docter -- KILLING SECRETS

  • 9:30-11:00 am ~ Board Meeting (General members welcome but need not attend)
  • 11:00 am ~ Critique Camp - normal meeting room area
  • 12:00 pm ~ Lunch + Social Time
  • 12:30 pm ~ Book Talk
  • 01:00 pm ~ Membership Meeting
  • 02:00 pm ~ Workshop*
  • 04:00 pm ~ Meeting Adjourned

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Comment by Jessica Aspen on July 13, 2014 at 6:48am

Sorry Beth! Yeah, I25 can be a bear. Come up early if you are attending the mini-con. We're at a hotel, so maybe a few of you from down south could even share a room.

Comment by Beth Rhodes on July 12, 2014 at 2:20pm

so frustrated!! 30-50mph on the HWY when we weren't stopped!!?? Ugh. I couldn't get up there in time. I actually went about 1/3 of the way and turned around because I needed to be home for dinner. Yes, I was going to be late anyway, but where the heck was everyone going? I think I learned my lesson. From Colorado Springs...it's a whole day thing or nothing at all. :) Next time! :D

Comment by Karen Docter on June 28, 2014 at 10:18am

Looking forward to sharing the "W" with everyone!

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