October 13, 2018
The Art of Character

David Corbett


Award-winning author David Corbett (The Art of Character) will guide participants through exploration of the five cornerstones of characterization, which form the foundation of any compelling character:
David will then expand this exploration to the proper use of backstory (“Backstory is Behavior”) to reveal how moments of surprising strength and sudden helplessness have shaped the character’s nature, and how each character has struck a balance between pursuing the promise of life and protecting herself from the pain of life.Finally, David will demonstrate the value of dramatic versus static character biographies, guiding participants through the creative use of scene instead of lifeless background information in developing a character’s physical, psychological and sociological natures.
David Corbett is the award-winning author of the writing guide The Art of Character (“A writer’s bible” – Elizabeth Brundage) and six novels, including The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday (August 2018). His short fiction has been selected twice for Best American Mystery Stories, and his non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Bright Ideas, and Writer’s Digest, where he is a contributing editor. www.davidcorbett.com


November 10, 2018
Morning and Afternoon Workshops

Marie Force 


AM session: The Business of Writing


PM session: Marketing and Publicity

December 8, 2018
Holiday Party, Members Only


Join us for brunch and conversation with three inspirational speakers from our chapter.

Upcoming Speakers:



December 8, 2018: Holiday Party, members only

January 12, 2019: Rachael Herron and Sophie Littlefield, Finances for Authors

February 9, 2019: Category Romance Panel. Authors: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner), Sheryl Lister (Kimani), Melinda Curtis (Heartwarming, Superromance), Anna J Stewart (Heartwarming, Romantic Suspense). Moderator: Sue Brown-Moore (Editor, Dreamspinner) 

March 9, 2019: Nana Malone