Literacy Event Round Up + Good News

Its the most wonderful time of the year!

Time for RWASD’s Literacy Event!

Our November meeting was full of good cheer as we raised money for several San Diego literacy charities, enjoyed big name speakers, and handed out awards to some well deserving members.

Our speakers this month were New York Times best selling author Julie Kagawa and agent and founder of Fuse Literary, Laurie McLean.

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Julie Kagawa and Laurie McLean

During our morning session, Julie and Laurie talked about Making a Million Dollar Deal. Together they spoke of Julie’s journey from novice writer to bestseller, sharing hilarious and enlightening stories. Laurie pointed out that you can meet an agent anywhere and that it doesn’t have to happen in New York. Take advantage of your opportunities in San Diego. Also, don’t be disheartened if your first book doesn’t sell. Julie didn’t get her first deal until her second book.

In the afternoon, we had a special Q&A session with Julie. (While Laurie took pitches from our authors!) Before she was a writer, Julie was a dog trainer, a vet tech, and a pet seller. She loves writing YA mainly because “I don’t like writing adults”and is lucky to have a very supportive family. She’s a pantser and finds her inspiration in The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and Terry Brooks. Her tips for writer’s block? 1. Power through and write crap. 2. Take a break and talk it through. And 3. Skip the hard part and write where you’re not stuck.

And then there were awards!

Our Barbara Faith award went to Lisa Kessler. Her smiling dedication to RWASD and all the wonderful workshops she has taught has made this chapter a better place to learn.

And our Member of The Year award went to our current chapter President, Tameri Etherton. Tameri has helped our chapter thrive with millions sparkles and a can do attitude, no matter what the adversity.

Thank you both for you hard work and constant inspiration!

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Lisa Kessler and Tameri Etherton. (Photobomb provided by Julie Kagawa)

And of course, our opportunity drawing was overflowing with goodies such as wine and chocolate baskets, Kindle Fires, and even full paid registration to the California Dreamin’ conference in 2017!  Many thanks go to our fabulous event chairs, C.J. Corbin and Demi Hungerford who worked hard to make this event something special.

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They also made the beautiful themed center pieces for our tables!

And what better way to end this recap than with some Good News!

  • Carmen Paul submitted first three pages of her Sci-Fi to Hudson Valley RWA’s “Hook Line and Sinker” Contest
  • Tessa McFionn finaled in the 2016 Best Book contest in Romantic Fiction with her book Spirit Bound
  • Lisa Kessler’s Ice Moon won the International Digital Award for best Paranormal Romance
  • Marie Andreas Got a Top Pick review from RT Reviews
  • Aleigha Siron’s book comes out in print on November 4th
  • Kristin Koster signed with Melissa Jeglinski and The Knight Agency
  • Kathy Kravat’s new series Gormet Cat Mystery Series with Kensington
  • Donnamaie White has nine books back on Amazon with a 10th on the way
  • Jackie Leigh Allen sold Behind the Red Door to Desert Breeze
  • Demi Hungerford as four anthologies re-edited and re-published. Also all four in a yearbook.

As usual, the Literacy Event was a highlight of our chapter year. Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you in December for our Holiday Potluck!

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