November 9, 2015

November 17, 2015 Meeting

Please join us at the Perkins in Lakeville to see what we're all about

6:00 pm - Writing Exercise:  There's a real, live Highlander at your door!

7:00 pm - Business Meeting

8:00 pm - Program - Publishing Journey of Angeline Fortin

Come to listen to Paula Miller’s writing journey. She has self-published 11 books since 2011, including learning to do her own formatting and book covers. Her books consist of historicals focusing on hot men in kilts and the women who fall in love with them and short story contemporary romances. 

   Angeline Fortin is the author of historical and time travel romance offering her readers a fun, sexy and often touching tales of romance. Taken: A Laird for All Time Novel, was recently awarded the Virginia Romance Writers 2015 Holt Medallion Award for Paranormal Romance. 
   Her first release in May of 2011, the Highland time travel novel A Laird for All Time, has steadily ranked in Amazon's Top 100 in Time Travel for the past four years with more than 100 five-star reviews so far. 
   A Question of Love, the first of her Victorian historical romance series Questions for a Highlander, was released later that year and quickly followed by series additions A Question of Trust and A Question of Lust. The series primarily follows the siblings of the MacKintosh clan. Ten brothers and their lone sister who end up looking for love in all the right places. 
   With a degree in US History from UNLV and having previously worked as a historical interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, Angeline brings her love of history and Great Britain to the forefront in settings such as Victorian London and Edinburgh. 
   As a former military wife, Angeline has lived from the west coast to the east, from the north and to the south and uses those experiences along with her favorite places to tie into her time travel novels as well. 
   Angeline is a native Minnesotan who recently relocated back to the land of her birth and braved the worst winter recorded since before she initially moved away. She lives in Apple Valley outside the Twin Cities with her husband, two children and three dogs. She is a wine enthusiast, DIY addict (much to her husband's chagrin) and sports fanatic who roots for the Twins and Vikings faithfully through their highs and lows. 

September 17, 2015

October 20, 2015 Meeting

Please join us at the Perkins in Lakeville to see what we're all about

6:00 pm - Writing Exercise:  I can't believe I just read that in a blog!

7:00 pm - Business Meeting

8:00 pm - Program - Blogs & Guest Blogging 

Does the thought of writing a blog give you hives? (You’re not alone.)  Or, on the other hand, does the idea of starting your own blog excite you but you have no idea how to start?  How can you face that upcoming blog tour without going crazy or taking up too much precious writing time?  What does it take to get your own blog up and running?  Guest blog, personal blog, group blog:  we’ll talk about all the ways to connect with readers using one of the most popular forms of social media, the Weblog!


Lizbeth Selvig writes fun, heartwarming contemporary romantic fiction for Avon books. She is a winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest for unpublished manuscripts, and her second published novel, Rescued by a Stranger, was a 2014 nominee for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award. Liz lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband, Jan), a hyperactive border collie named Magic and a gray Arabian gelding named Jedi.  She turned to fiction writing after working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son. She’s now over the moon being a new grandma to Evelyn Grace, as well as to her four-legged grandchildren of which there are over twenty, including a wallaby, two alpacas, a large goat, a mammoth-eared donkey, a pig, three sugar gliders, and many dogs, cats and horses (pics of all appear on her website In her spare time she loves to hike, quilt, read, and horseback ride. She also loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!

September 15, 2015 Meeting

Please join us at the Perkins in Lakeville to see what we're all about

6:00 pm - Writing Exercise:  That Ad Will Certainly Sell Books

7:00 pm - Business Meeting

8:00 pm - Program - Marketing Your Book  - Kim Owen & Kristy Johnson

Writers and potential authors for one of Minnesota Lakes Writers anthologies. This meeting we will be learning about marketing and social media strategies to improve sales of our anthologies, but also your SEO. 
We are all part of the marketing team and we are building a strategy together. There will be some requirements placed on you, but as part of this group you will have support to complete the goals and this meeting will help you in accomplishing some of them. Please feel free to bring your computer and after the meeting you can receive help to set up your Amazon author page and your author Facebook page.  

May 28, 2015

June 16, 2015 Meeting

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6:00 pm - Writing Exercise:  Hands in the Air, You're a Dead Man!

7:00 pm - Business Meeting

8:00 pm - Program - SWAT- Special Weapons And Tactics with Lt Griffin

Did you ever wonder what a Swat team really is and when are they called in? Well, now’s your chance to ask a trained Swat officer, with over fifteen years of experience, about his job.
Lieutenant Joe Griffin is a member of the Richfield Police Department with many years of training and experience. His resume contains: SOTA Basic Swat Operator Certification, Submachine Gun Instructor Certification, LAPD Hostage Rescue Training, NTOA Wooded Terrain Operations, and much more.
So, whether you are writing a novel with a hero or heroine who is a police officer or a swat team member or a suspense story in need of realistic details, this is your chance to ask questions and find the answers you need. 

May 5, 2015

May 19, 2015 Meeting

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6:00 pm - Writing Exercise:  What's going on in your head?

7:00 pm - Business Meeting

8:00 pm - Program: Wise, Ink

Wise, Ink is an online community created to help passionate authors through the hurdles of publishing. The voices behind Wise, Ink are two editors, Dara Beevas and Amy Quale. Dara and Amy both work for an indie publisher in the Twin Cities and are passionate about authors, books, and all things related to publishing.
Description: Amy and Dara - Wise Ink

 Dara is a native of the Washington, D.C. area and has been in the publishing industry more than a decade. She fancies herself a writer too, but enjoys helping other writers with their work more; she is the author of The Indie Author Revolution. Dara loves brainstorming, planning, and strategizing authors’ plans to launch their books successfully into the market. She has a master’s degree in electronic publishing from George Washington University in Washington D.C.

March 30, 2015

April 21, 2015 Meeting

Please join us at the Perkins in Lakeville to see what we're all about

6:00 pm - Writing Exercise:  He reminds me of my father.

7:00 pm - Business Meeting

8:00 pm - Characters and their Traits by Diane Wiggert and Trina Misiak

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” Ernest Hemingway

Developing a character who people will love, hate, or identify with is the goal of all authors. They will be covering the basic elements needed to create a living, breathing person on the pages of your book.

What is a character-driven novel? Wonder what makes a good hero? Or a man hot? The breakdown of the foundation for believable characters is helpful no matter what individual traits you give them.

Once you have an outline to take your leading lady or man from the beginning to the end of your story, you will need to keep all those details straight. For instance—she was age 32 in chapter two but lost a year and was age 31 in chapter five.

Included in this program will be their helpful forms and tips to keep continuity in your stories.