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OUR NEXT MEETING

October 16, 2018 — Sara L. Hudson

Lie like a Champ—the Secret to Giving Good Setting

Remember when you were little and you lied to your parents? (Don’t shake your head, you know you did!) A good lie requires just enough detail to make your lie believable, but not so much that someone has time to really think about what you’re saying.
Setting is like lying.
Don’t shake your head at me– we’re writers. We lie for a living. To lie, I mean, to develop setting, you need to strike the perfect balance of visual detail without crossing over into unneeded exposition. Mood, characterization, emotional response—setting has a hand in all of it.
Give setting a purpose to fulfill. Whether that purpose is coming up with a reason you’re home three hours past curfew and smelling like a Vegas line dancer (anyone?) or getting the reader fully invested in your story.
Bring in a scene or chapter from your WIP, your computer or notepaper and pen to do some hands-on work! 
 
Bio: Sara L. Hudson is a professor of English at both San Jacinto and Lone Star College, who likes to think of cursing as an art form. She has her master’s in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in England, which allowed her to float her way through her degree in a pint of cider. Sara worked as a journalist for three years before moving into academia. The former allowing her to write a food column as well transcribe fascinating police reports, the latter giving her summers off. 
Her recently finished manuscript, Space Junk: Houston, We Have a Hottie, a NASA contemporary romance has won several awards and finalled in the 2018 Golden Heart. She is currently pounding away on the second book in her NASA series while her agent shops Space Junk about.
     Between chasing her two kids, cuddling her puppy and loving on her husband (her willing partner in all sex scene experiments), Sara finds all the inspiration she needs for her romances.

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Annual Writers Conference

SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2018

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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author

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Brian Harris, nationally recognized HPD investigator

Sponsor: Houston Bay Area RWA
Location: Kemah Boardwalk and Inn, Kemah, Texas
Fee: $50 HBARWA Members / $75 Non-members
Topics: It’s Just Emotion, Dialogue: Writing Between the Lines

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