Saturday June 10, 2017
Jess Ranch Community Church
The High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club presented a program to help writers best decide whether to write a play, novel or screenplay to best express their work of story-telling.
Former actress and director Christina Hamlett is an award-winning author whose credits to date include 34 books, 161 plays, 5 optioned feature films, and squillions of articles and interviews that appear online and in trade publications worldwide. She is also a script consultant for the film business (which means she stops a lot of ready bad movies from coming to theaters near you) and a professional ghostwriter (which does not mean she talks to dead people). To learn more, visit her website at www.authorhamlett.com.
HDCWC elections were held during a brief business meeting on that date.
AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY PLAYWRIGHT
Larry and Lorna Collins
Saturday April 8
10 to noon
Jess Ranch Community
Larry and Lorna Collins helped attendees develop their elevator pitch. This type of pitch is a twenty-five word description of one's story so engaging it will capture the attention of an editor, agent, or publisher.
Lorna and Larry Collins grew up together in Alhambra, California. Larry studied engineering at California Polytechnic College in Pomona, and Lorna was an English major at California State College at Los Angeles. They have been married for over fifty years and have one daughter, Kimberly.
As an engineer, Larry worked on projects throughout the United States and around the world. Lorna was employed in Document Control, Data Management, IT Change Management, Editing, and Technical Writing.
They both worked in Osaka on the Universal Studios Japan theme park. Larry was a Project Engineer, responsible for the Jurassic Park, JAWS, and WaterWorld attractions. Lorna was the Document Control Supervisor in the Osaka field office.
Their memoir of that experience, 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park was a 2006 EPPIE finalist, named as one of Rebeccas Reads Best Nonfiction books of 2005. Their mysteries, set in Hawaii, are Murder…They Wrote and Murder in Paradise. The latter was a finalist for the 2012 EPIC eBook award. They plan several more in this series.
Lorna co-wrote a series of sweet romance anthologies, set in the mythical town of Aspen Grove, Colorado, with friends Sherry Derr-Wille, Christie Shary, Luanna Rugh, and Cheryl Gardarian: Snowflake Secrets (a finalist for the Dream Realm and Eric Hoffner awards), Seasons of Love, Directions of Love (winner of the 2011 EPIC eBook Award for best romance anthology), An Aspen Grove Christmas, The Art of Love, and …And a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe.
Lorna’s solo mystery/fantasy is a ‘beach read’ called Ghost Writer. Larry’s collection of short stories is entitled Lakeview Park. His latest project is his sci-fi series, The McGregor Chronicles. Book 1 – Saving Mike, Book 2 – Escape From Eden, and Book 3 – Alien Invasion. Book 4 - Kaùsan’s War will be published soon.
THE RULES OF PLOT: WHAT EVERY GOOD STORY HAS IN COMMON
Mary Vensel White Talks Self-editing
Mary Vensel White is the author of The Qualities of Wood, the first ebook published by Authonomy, a digital imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, and later released by Harper Collins 360 as a global print version. It is a novel about secrets. Family secrets. Community secrets. And secrets between lovers, past and present. And all of these secrets have their price.