Happy New Year

It is officially 2016! This year Heartland Romance Authors has an exciting year of fun activities for published and pre-published authors! But to get the benefits of the networking, education and support, you need to join or renew.

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February Program:
The Fast Draft: Plot Tools to Write a Fast, Clean First Draft

What a wonderful beginning
Presented By Jade Chandler

When: February, 13, 2016

Time: Noon-3 p.m.

Lakeland Community Church,
913 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086



“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

“There’s an old rule of theater that goes, ‘If there’s a gun on the mantel in Act I, it must go off in Act III.’ The reverse is also true.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Join our chapter for an interesting program from our own Jade Chandler.  She will present two typical plot structures, Save the Cat and The Hero’s Journey, show you how she uses Excel to map out her books by word count and share her plotting strategy. Then she turns that into an outline and synopsis for a better first draft.

Do you end up with words you have to cut or holes in your plot? Do you get stuck when you can’t decide what comes next? Do you have a great way to be sure your characters keep walking down the correct path? Whether a panster or a plotter, we can all learn something to make our writing crisper, cleaner and on target. Come prepared to share your plotting tips as well.


Please Join Us For A Meeting….

If you live in the Kansas City area and have ever considered writing a Romance novel (or any genre fiction novel), you’ve found the right place!

HeRA is a group of talented men and women who all share a love for writing. We offer each other support and encouragement, as well as great opportunities to meet industry professionals and learn more about the craft of writing. If that matches your interests, you’re just the type of person we’re looking for to help us make our group even better. We have a variety of events for you to choose from, but at every meeting you’ll find a warm welcome and many smiling faces. We love visitors, so please feel free to come by and see what we’re all about. But do drop us a note and give us a heads up, so we can be sure to include you for any additional handouts or program requirements.

Meeting Dates:   2nd Saturday every month

Location:   Lakeland Community Church
913 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Times:  NOON – 3 PM (normally)

Monthly Agendas:

11 AM: Critique and/or Writing Time

NOON: Welcome & Refreshments

12:30 PM: Workshop/Presentation

2:00 PM: Business meeting

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