Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February Workshop ~ Empowering Your Muse

We had such a great workshop with author Kelly L.Stone! On Saturday, February 25, Kelly, author of the Time To Write series, showed us ways to "empower our muse," and get the most from the creativity in all of us. Her presentation was clear and energizing, and filled with tips on engaging our "positive" thoughts as opposed to negative ones.

Kelly finished up her workshop with an exercise in relaxation and allowing our muse to come through. The lights in the room were lowered, and Kelly coached us through relaxing from the ground up. When everyone was very relaxed and tuned in to her voice, she led us to focus on our creative side and see if any breakthroughs or brilliant ideas showed up.

We knew the exercise was successful when member Tracy Stephens exclaimed, "I just solved a plot point!" and grabbed her pen and notebook! Powerful stuff, this.

Please visit Kelly L Stone's website for more information on her, her books, and her workshops. And join us for our March meeting in Jacksonville, Florida!

March 24th workshop speaker and topic: Barbara Cameron, author of the Quilts of Lancaster County series, who will speak to us on "How Not to Shoot Yourself in the Foot on the Way to Publication."

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mardi Gras in October!

Mark your calendar NOW, for the Ancient City Romance Authors Fiction Writers’ Mardi Gras Boot Camp on the Beach on October 5 and 6, 2012 at the Hampton Inn (St. Augustine Beach hotel) St. Augustine, FL.

Complete with masks, beads galore, and a traditional Mardi Gras King Cake,
which will yield a valuable prize to the finder of the treasure hidden inside! Seriously...very valuable!

Guest Speakers:
Debra Dixon, bestselling author and President/C.E.O of BelleBooks
who will do workshops all day on Saturday.

Deborah Smith, NYT bestselling author and Vice President and Editorial Director of Bell Bridge Books
who will be taking editor appointments on Saturday.

There will also be Friday workshops…speakers to be announced.

On Friday afternoon, we’ve arranged for a romance writer’s dream tour of the Whetstone Chocolate Factory. The tour will be $6.00 extra, but soooo worth it.  Romance writers and chocolate.  What could be better?

For more information about the conference, email: Elizabeth Sinclair or Kathy Bain or register at The ACRA Website (click on Boot Camp.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ACRA Meeting: February 25, 2012

Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 (Rm A)
12:30 pm to 4:00 pm - Bring your lunch

Empower Your Muse by Kelly L. Stone

Empower Your Muse is about building a writer's mind set, using visualization techniques to meet writing goals both short and long term, creating a Vision of Writing Success, and other ways to use the power of the subconscious mind to achieve writing success.

Kelly L. Stone (www.AuthorKellyLStone.com) is a licensed mental health counselor and writer. Her women's fiction novel, GRAVE SECRET (Mundania Press, September 2007) was called “powerful” and "well written" by RT Book Reviews. She is also the author of the TIME TO WRITE series of craft books for writers, including TIME WRITE: No Excuses, No Distractions, No More Blank Pages; THINKING WRITE: The Secret to Freeing Your Creative Mind; and the latest in the series is LIVING WRITE: The Secret to Bringing Your Craft Into Your Daily Life (Adams Media, September 2010).