South Bay Writers Upcoming Events

February 9, 2015

Author Shelley Bates

Shelly-Bates-150Revision expert Shelley Bates discusses how to make your revisions fun and rewarding at Harry’s Hofbrau on Monday, February 9, during South Bay Writers’ General Meeting & Speaker Series. Edit, polish, shine, is her motto, and while each run through the manuscript becomes less, there is almost never too many. She will take us through ‘the rules,’ what they’re meant to accomplish, and how you can revise your work with or against the editors. We will learn what to look for in our own work.

Bates’ experience runs the gamut, typing search warrants and cataloguing evidence for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and editing marketing material for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She has edited collateral for Apple, Symantec, and Hewlett-Packard, and is currently copyediting for a growing list of independent authors.

Shelley holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty. She won the 2005 RITA Award® for Best Inspirational Novel of the Year from the Romance Writers of America, and was a finalist the following year. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2009, and has shortlisted three times for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award. She writes Amish women’s fiction as Adina Senft and steampunk as Shelley Adina. When not writing, she can be found in her garden with her flock of rescued chickens.

DATE: February 9, 2015

COST: $15 members / $20 non-members (includes $10 for dinner)

LOCATION: Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose

6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm General Meeting
7:10 pm Break
7:30 pm Speaker Presentation: Author Shelley Bates
8:30 pm Networking & Dessert
9:00 pm Close


Need to vent your writing frustrations? Analyze writing challenges? Learn ways to improve?

TalkShop is a new writers group designed to discuss such topics as visualization, cadence, point of view, dialogue, writing challenges and tips, and so much more. Each meeting will be held the last Tuesday of every month and will feature a specific topic.

The first meeting will be held Jan. 27 from 6 pm-9 pm.

The “potluck” meetings are casual and comfortable and will be held at the home of meeting leader Carole Taub. Bring a light dinner item to share. Dessert, wine, coffee, and water will be provided.

You may sign up via (South Bay Writers) or RSVP to Carole at Email Carole for location information.