Curious to know what went on at our monthly RoundTable meeting? Please enjoy this RoundTable Recap (prepared by Sally Moore, president of the WCDR, and Susan Croft, in charge of public relations for the WCDR). Also, look for more of these recaps after each RoundTable meetings!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our fabulous RoundTable on Saturday, November 9, 2013, where Guest-Speaker-Guy-Gavriel-Kay-168x300Guy Gavriel Kay spoke to our members about not following prescriptive writer-advice, and why it’s important to recognize that, so long as it’s working for you, your way is as good as anyone else’s. Being the “King of Caveats,” Kay added that, “if your way of doing things is to solicit rules, is to look for structure and advice … it would be inconsistent and contradictory of me to say you shouldn’t do that. Of course you should.” With respect to social media, Kay pointed out that big-name authors aren’t on Twitter to sell books, but on twitter because they sell books. Furthermore, social networking can distract from the amount of time and energy you have to work on your writing, as well as impact self-confidence—as you’re out there, doing what you’re supposed to do, and not getting anything back. “What you have to do,” Kay concluded, “is your work.”

Kay followed up with a book signing, and Blue Heron Book Store’s table provided a wide selection of his titles for members and guests to purchase.

Other highlights:

Phil Dwyer led us in a fun and helpful writing exercise on Starting a Story, using prompts from this year’s contest judge, Sarah Selecky. Phil urged members to sign up for Sarah’s blog to receive daily writing prompts from her and jumpstart the writing process for our upcoming WCDR Short Story Contest (details on the WCDR site soon!). Click here for a link to sign up for Sarah’s daily prompts or visit Sarah’s home page. To buy Sarah’s book of short stories, This Cake is for the Party, click here or get it from our Pay It Forward lending library at our next meeting.

Rich Helms talked about his workshop coming up November 17, Produce Your Own Book Trailer. The sample book trailer he played graphically demonstrated how effective a short video can be in promoting your book or you as a writer. Our Workshop Coordinator, Sharon Overend, will send you the Top Reasons You Need a Book Trailer in an upcoming e-blast. Or you can just go ahead and register today.

M-E Girard announced the Members Forum Raffle! Anyone registered for our new Members Forum with at least one post by November 16 will be eligible for a draw at our December RoundTable for a free license of Scrivener, a WCDR mini-workshop, or a $25 gift certificate for Blue Heron Books (winner’s choice).

As always, we had a great raffle with prizes from Blue Heron Books. Thanks also to Sue Reynolds of Inkslingers, who donated a free sanctuary day and Janet Peters Varley, our featured artist, who donated bookmarks, a card and a print to the raffle. Members were also treated to a search for a card that offered a free Guy Gavriel Kay book as a prize, courtesy of WCDR.

Sharon Overend gave an excellent mini-workshop, Short Stories Aren’t Teeny Tiny Novels. The workshop was sold out, and the content detailed and insightful. Sharon expertly fielded many questions! Next month is Erin Thomas’ mini-workshop, Approaches to Story Architecture. Register early!

Next month is our annual Christmas RoundTable! Our featured speaker will be Tony Jenkins, renowned cartoonist and author. To read more about Jenkins and his work, go to the WCDR website, or Tony Jenkins’ site. You won’t want to miss this one! It promises to be a lot of fun. Books, artists, networking with your fellow writers, a holiday menu from the ACC chef, raffle prizes and a special Christmas gift from WCDR for each attendee.

Note: Please register early! We hate having to turn people away, and the mini workshops fill up fast, so registering early ensures that you can get a slot. Please note that we are not able to let you in at the door without registering in advance, even if it’s just for a few moments. If you pay by PayPal, make sure you get an email from PayPal confirming your registration. If you don’t receive the email from PayPal, contact Dawn Riddoch at support@wcdr.org and we will look into it. Thanks for your cooperation.

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