CaRWA

2017 Spring Craft Workshop with Eve Silver

meeting place for the workshop

On Saturday April 22, 2017, the Calgary Association of the RWA held its Spring Workshop at the Delta Calgary South. Our featured speaker was bestselling author Eve Silver.

In the morning, Eve led a plotting workshop and demonstrated how to use GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) to craft not only our stories, but our synopses and blurbs. Both pantzers and plotters learned a lot. This was followed by Eve’s “Publishing 101” – an overview of both traditional and self-publishing factors to consider. Again, we all came away with much needed information.

In the afternoon, Eve gave us a Live Action Blue Pencil. Sixteen (mostly) anonymous writers submitted a collection of synopses, blurbs, pitches and queries. Eve’s comments were helpful and humorous and everyone learned from this exercise. Many thanks to those who submitted their work!  

Eve Silver, A.M. Westerling

Eve Silver, A.M. Westerling

Carol Furst, Jan O'Hara

Carol Furst, Jan O’Hara

Shaa Dickson, Jenna Howard

Shaa Dickson, Jenna Howard

Leonard Beecroft

Leonard Beecroft

Sondra Abbott, Elizabeth Prior, Jill Genereux

Sondra Abbott, Elizabeth Prior, Jill Genereux

Jacqueline Aubin, Don Owen

Jacqueline Aubin, Don Owen

Trisha Loehr, Kim Claussen, Suzanne McGladdery

Trisha Loehr, Kim Claussen, Suzanne McGladdery

Eve briefly mentioned Three Act Structure but since most of us know it, she did not spend a lot of time discussing it. However, she posted this on the whiteboard and lots of people took pictures of her notes.

Three Act Structure

taking pictures of Three Act Structure

Three Act Structure

And now you can see it too! Three Act Structure

Jenna Howard, Sherile Reilly

Jenna Howard, Sherile Reilly

Nicole Roy

Nicole Roy

Connie Kriaski, Susan James

Connie Kriaski, Susan James

Laureen Muir

Laureen Muir

Win Day, Jill Flanagan, Natalie Viklund

Win Day, Jill Flanagan, Natalie Viklund

Tim Reynolds, Donna Bilyk

Tim Reynolds, Donna Bilyk

Alyssa Linn Palmer, M.J. Colette

Alyssa Linn Palmer, M.J. Colette

Alyssa Linn Palmer, Ellen Jorgy

Alyssa Linn Palmer, Ellen Jorgy

As usual, after the workshop, we debriefed. This time we were at the Delta’s Boomtown Pub.

Alyssa, MJ, Susan, Carol, Jan, Jill, Maeve

Alyssa, MJ, Susan, Carol, Jan, Jill, Maeve

Suzanne Stengl, Shaa Dickson, Victoria Chatham, Donna Bilyk, Brenda Sinclair

Suzanne Stengl, Shaa Dickson, Victoria Chatham, Donna Bilyk, Brenda Sinclair

This was our first time at the Delta Calgary South. Several of our out-of-town members, as well as our guest speaker, stayed at the hotel. The logistics were wonderful.

Brenda Sinclair, Maeve Buchanan, Shaa Dickson, Victoria Chatham, Jan O'Hara

Brenda Sinclair, Maeve Buchanan, Shaa Dickson, Victoria Chatham, Jan O’Hara

Thank you to everyone who attended!