AT A GLANCE--OCC GENERAL MEETING – May 9, 2015
Ask-an-Author — Deb Mullins and Beth Yarnall
Do you have a question that a published author can answer? Then plan to come to the meeting a little bit early. Each month one or two published authors host an informal round table discussion group and you are welcome to sit in.
Critique of the Month — Deb Mullins and Beth Yarnall
Free for OCC Members Attending the Meeting--Monthly Critique Drawings! Print out your FIRST chapter and bring it to the monthly meeting! Then add your name to the list of critique hopefuls, located at the membership table.
Meeting begins; Announcements
Morning Session: Sakada
“Activate Your Writing Superpowers”
Many people were taught to write in a very limited way: To get an idea
and write it down. So writing becomes a mere recording tool. But when
you activate you writing, writing becomes a super power! Your writing
process becomes easier and more free-flowing. This opened-up process
allows you to explore as you write—finding your deepest stories, most
imaginative ideas, and most authentic writing voice. In the end, your
unique energy and style is embedded into your writing. When you activate
your writing super powers, you can truly step up and into your visionary-
ness as a writer and author.
Sakada's mission, in her coaching, teaching, and speaking, is to activate
the writing super powers of as many people as possible. As one of her
clients so simply stated: "I found a writing voice I did not think I was
capable of–I am amazed."
Through the Visionary Author program, Write Your Book, and Genius
Work Writing, she has worked with private clients for over seven years.
Behind this, Sakada's teaching experience was wide-ranging: From skid-
row workships to university classrooms, where she taught full-time, both in
undergraduate and graduate programs. Her MFA in Creative Writing is
from Antioch University and her B.A. from the University of Michigan is
in Journalism. Sakada is the author of Write Your Book: Establish Your
Expertise & Market Your Business and Into a Long Curl. Her forthcoming
books are The Poetics of Energy and Spiritual C.
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Meeting resumes: Chapter Business, etc.
Afternoon Speaker: Rachel Brooks
“How to Query Smarter, Not Harder”
Confused or overwhelmed about writing your query letter?
Learn how to query smarter, not harder, in this step-by-step
session which deconstructs queries from subject line to
closing, and everything important in between. Also find out
detailed do’s and don’ts to take some of the mystery (and
hopefully frustration!) out of query crafting. Time permitting, a
brief rundown of synopsis basics will also be covered.
Before joining the L. Perkins Agency, Rachel worked as an agent
apprentice to mentor Louise Fury. In addition to her industry training,
Rachel has a business degree and also graduated summa cum laude with a
BA in English from Texas A&M University-CC.
She is excited about representing young adult fiction, as well as adult
romance. In YA, she's looking for authentic voices and memorable
characters. In romance, whether contemporary or historical, sweet or
spicy, she loves swoon-worthy heroes and determined heroines.
She loves both print and ebooks and has a soft spot for marketing savvy
Next month’s meeting will be on Saturday, June 13, 2015
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