OCC RWA is proud to welcome internationally renowned speaker and writing instructor Margie Lawson as the keynote speaker at our 2016 Birthday Bash mini-conference scheduled for Saturday, October 8 , 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Brea.
The theme of the Birthday Bash is "Writing is our Superpower" and attendees are welcome to come dressed as their favorite superhero or villain. This special event, part of OCC's October general meeting, will also include raffle baskets, critique giveaways and awards for the winners of the Orange Rose and Book Buyers' Best contests.
Margie Lawson —editor and international presenter – teaches writers how to use her psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques to create page turners. Margie has presented over 90 full-day master classes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and on cruises in the Caribbean. Writers credit her innovative deep editing approaches for making their writing stronger—for contracts, awards, and bestseller lists.
For the Birthday Bash, Margie will present the following:
Writing Fresh Visceral Responses: Beyond Hammering Hearts (Morning Workshop)
This workshop teaches writers the importance of including visceral responses when emotions run high, and how to write them fresh. We will cover the full range of visceral responses, writing fresh, using the Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion, how to crescendo emotion, stimulus/response patterns, ideomotoric shifts, cliché twists and cliché play, and how to hook your reader viscerally.
Top 20 Rhetorical Devices for Fiction Writers (Afternoon Workshop)
Learn 20 rhetorical devices—why, how, and when to use them to add the most power to your scenes. Learn how to strengthen your writing with rhetorical device combos. Learn which rhetorical devices compress time and expand time. Learn how to use some rhetorical devices to slip multiple hits of backstory into one eloquent sentence. Learn which rhetorical devices are frequently used by some NYT bestselling authors to empower their openings and turning points.
Make the Bash a getaway weekend and mini-conference by staying at the hotel. OCC RWA President Nikki Prince will host an Evening Write-In at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 7 (room number to be determined). She’ll provide drinks and snacks, you just bring your laptop or notebook.
After the Bash on Saturday, grab dinner at the hotel bar or one of the nearby restaurants and then come back to assigned hotel rooms for Pajama Parties to be held from
"Spread the Word" with Ophelia Bell:
Bestselling author Ophelia Bell gives tips on building a newsletter or an entire onboarding campaign. Resources, etc. How to reel in leads. What she’s done, what other writers do that works and what her readers respond to.
"Instagram" with Christina Alexandra:
Social media is growing by leaps and bounds. One of the more popular platforms these days is Instagram. Instagram is a way to connect and interact with readers, followers and fans.
While it can be a little intimidating at first, there is no reason to be afraid of it. With a handful of tools and a few simple steps you can turn Instagram into a marketing tool tailored to your needs.
The party will cover the use of Instagram and its filters and layouts, word swag, aviary and ripl.
"Wild, Wild Whist" with Alanna Lucas and Julie Rief:
Fill your pockets with chocolate coins and get ready for some wild historical card playing! The hosts will shuffle up some tricks and tips for fun from yesteryears.
Cost for the Birthday Bash is $40 for RWA members and $55 for non-members. It includes lunch and dessert. To register or for more information, visit http://occrwa.org/chapter-meetings/birthday-bash/