Tricia’s Sandbox

October “Members Only” Seminar

Why We Write

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

This meeting will be held using FREE, easy-to-use video conferencing from Zoom which works on any mobile or desk/laptop device. If you are a member who has lost the instructions sent to members send an email to Tricia Sanders for the link.
You are encouraged to join this online meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. for social time and to assure your technology is working.

With Guest Speaker
James Wade

Why We Write

There are a handful of prestigious literary awards, a finite number of slots on the NYT Bestsellers List, and only so many publishers willing to pay top dollar for an author’s hard work. Statistically, the odds are against us before we ever begin. So, why do we write? In this discussion I’ll offer tips, stories, and encouragement for finding and maintaining the joy throughout your writing journey. We’ll talk about preparation, routine and discipline, dealing with rejection and success, and how to balance life with writing. 

James Wade lives and writes in the Texas Hill Country with his wife and daughter. His debut novel, All Things Left Wild, won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Historical Novel and the MPIBA’s Reading the West Award for Best Debut Fiction. His second novel, River, Sing Out, was released in the summer of 2021 from Blackstone Publishing. James is also a winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest, and a finalist of the Tethered by Letters Short Fiction Contest. James is represented by Mark Gottlieb with Trident Media Group.



November Meeting

The Joys and Pitfalls of Including Diverse Characters in Your Writing

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

This meeting will be held using FREE, easy-to-use video conferencing from Zoom which works on any mobile or desk/laptop device. If you are a member who has lost the instructions sent to members, or visitors send an email to Tricia Sanders for the link.
You are encouraged to join this online meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. for social time and to assure your technology is working.

With Guest Speaker
Marie W. Watts

The Joys and Pitfalls of Including Diverse Characters in Your Writing

There are a handful of prestigious literary We live in a diverse world and want our writing to reflect this reality.  However, writing about those different from ourselves can be fraught with peril if we aren’t mindful.  Join us as we discuss the tropes and resources available to assist us in creating strong, believable characters.

Marie W. Watts is a former employment discrimination investigator and human resource consultant with over twenty-five years of experience. Coauthor of Human Relations, 4th ed., her work has also been published in the Texas Bar Journal and the Houston Business Journal, as well as featured on Issues Today. In pursuit of justice in the workplace, Marie been from jails to corporate boardrooms seeing the good, the bad, and the ugly of humans at work. She now brings her experiences to life in her works of fiction.  Marie and her husband live on a ranch in central Texas. In her spare time, she is a volunteer first responder, supports a historic house, and hangs out with her grandsons.