GINNY DENT BRANT: How to Write a Memoir

Ginny will relate her experience writing her award-winning memoir, Finding True Freedom, and give us tips how how we can write our own life story.



Bring the first page of your manuscript for a critique. Former editor and award-winning author Pam Zollman will help you strengthen it so that it will catch an editor's eye.

The Writer's Plot Monthly Meeting
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 19th
Conference Room, Downtown Greenville Airport (100 Tower Dr.)

After the meeting we will gather for lunch at Chili's. Be sure to come!

Is Your Book Dated Before It's Published? How Important Is Your Cover? Lessons from 40 Years of Experience from Award-Winning Author Ellyn Bache

Award-winning author Ellyn Bache will share her 40 years of writing experience with us at our next meeting, Saturday, March 15th. She will answer questions like, "How can I tell if my book is dated before it's even published?" "How important is my cover?" "How has the digital age changed the writing business?" "If the writing business has become a 'pay-to-play' game, when should I play and how much should I pay?" Come to the meeting with a list of questions for her, as well as paper and a pen. She'll give us her favorite writing exercise for moving fiction forward when you get stuck.

No Meeting -- Sorry!

I'm really sorry that we aren't having a meeting tomorrow. Between meeting a book deadline, having major computer problems this week, snow, having to work tomorrow , and feeling icky...I'm really, really, really sorry that we're not meeting tomorrow. :-(

BUT! We definitely *are* meeting on Saturday, March 15th.


Agatha Christie's Writing Tips

Famous mystery writer Agatha Christie was born more than 123 years ago, but her advice is still very sound.

Beginnings: "The secret to getting ahead is getting started."

Submitting your work: “Courage is the resolution to face the unforeseen.”

Persistence: “The stories all returned promptly with the usual slip: ‘The Editor regrets…’ Then I would parcel them up again and send them off to some other magazine.”

Characters: “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous, that you realize just how much you love them.”

Writing Advice from Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief

Markus Zusak is the award-winning author of five YA novels, including The Book Thief which was recently made into a movie.

In an interview with The Guardian in 2008, Markus Zusak was asked if he found writing easy.

He said, "I find writing extremely difficult. I usually have to drag myself to my desk, mainly because I doubt myself. And it's getting harder because I want to improve with every book. Sometimes I guess it's best just to forget there's an audience and just write like no one will ever read it at all."

"What I wish I'd known before submitting" -- Mark Johnston

THE WRITER'S PLOT invites you to attend our first meeting of the new year: this Saturday, January 18th!

Remember that New Year's resolution to write more? Well, The Writer's Plot is here to help you. Every month we will offer you speakers and topics to inspire and motivate you, to teach writing craft and to share our knowledge with you, to help you get published for the first or fiftieth time.

No December Meeting

I'm really sorry, but we won't have a meeting in December. While it's not the crisis mode it has been at work, the stress has not yet eased up. It's getting better and we WILL have a meeting on the third Saturday of January 2014! Stay tuned!
Pam Zollman

No November Meeting

I apologize in advance. There will be no November meeting of The Writer's Plot due to a crisis situation where I work.

Location, Location, Location - How to Build Your Story World

At The Writer's Plot October meeting, Lisa Carter will explain how to build your story world and turn it into a secondary character.


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