Random Writing Quote:

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.”

--Anne Lamott

Melissa Cutler

Speaker: Melissa Cutler

Date: May 21, 2016

"Hook 'Em Hard: Storytelling Tips from the Trenches"

With eighteen novels (and counting) published with multiple New York publishers including Macmillan and Penguin Random House, award winning author Melissa Cutler takes a break from the commercial fiction trenches to share her top tips on how to hook readers on page one and keep them riveted until the end. From pacing tips to plot twists, workshop attendees will walk away with a toolbox of practical ideas to turn any story into a page-turner.

Melissa Cutler is an award winning author of sexy small town contemporary romances, western romances, and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for St. Martin's Press, Harlequin, Kensington Books, and Penguin random House. She loves to travel, but in between trips can be found enjoying San Diego's flip-flop wearing weather along with her two fantastic--and only sometimes insufferable--teenagers. Find out more about Melissa and her books at www.melissacutler.net. You can also find Melissa on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks) and Twitter (@m_cutler).


Upcoming speaker for June 18, 2016:

Robert Kilne

Speaker: Robert Kilne

"From Book to Film"

Veteran showbiz writer/producer Robert Kline has worked in many different capacities in Hollywood — from his first job in the mailroom at Universal Studios to his role as co-creator of William F. Buckley’s Firing Line to producing game shows like Beat the Clock and executive producing episodes of Great Mysteries. In recent years, Kline has written and directed documentaries on a range of subjects from the Vietnam War to the history of Greenwich Village to profiles of the Kennedys, the Clintons, and now, his second film about Ronald Reagan.

Robert will share his insights in taking a book to film.

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