October 17, 2015 Meeting and Speakers

barbara-seydaMorning Speaker: Barbara Seyda

Subject: Illuminating Human Drama: Strategies for Innovative Storytelling

How to research and write resonant stories that illuminate human drama.  We will start with a writing exercise and look at creative aspects of the writing process.  Beginning with fear and primal emotions related to character, voice, structure, complex narratives and innovative storytelling.  Bring a notebook.  My experience/insight as a developmental and copy editor will be shared.  Along with the importance of submissions to writing competitions and literary contests.


Barbara Seyda is a freelance writer, editor, photographer and designer. She is an editor for Rio Nuevo Press, The Southwest Center and University of Arizona Press. As a researcher and copy editor on over eighteen titles, her focus is the native art, culture, history, ethnography and oral traditions of the American Southwest. Seyda has taught at Rutgers University, Pratt Institute, The New School for Social Research and the University of Arizona. She was Asst. Photo Editor for ELLE magazine in New York and Photo Researcher on the Smithsonian Institute’s 12-volume Guide to Historic America. She is the author of “Nomads of a Desert City: Personal Stories from Citizens of the Street” (University of Arizona Press) and “Women in Love: Portraits of Lesbian Mothers & Their Families” (Bulfinch Press, imprint of Little, Brown & Co.). During the summer of 2011, she was costume/wardrobe technician for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Seyda’s recent wardrobe/costume productions include Fela!, Aida, Shrek, Hair, Spam-A-Lot, Grease, The Color Purple, Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde, Guys & Dolls, Wizard of Oz, Carmina Burana, NEGYPT, Athena Trasha and La Traviata. Her most recent play, “Celia, A Slave: 26 Characters Testify” just won the 2015 Yale Drama Prize and received a staged reading at Lincoln Center. barbaraseyda@yahoo.com   


D.R. Ransdell
D.R. Ransdell

Afternoon Speaker: D.R. (Diane)  Ransdell

Jumpstarting Success: Neuro-Linguistic Programming for Writers

Getting stuck while writing your manuscript? Having a hard time even getting started? A little NLP might do just the trick. In this interactive presentation, we will discuss limiting beliefs that may negatively affect our writing, discuss ways to combat those beliefs, and construct beliefs that may be more useful. We’ll also discuss the importance of creating visualizations and changing our state. We’ll develop power moves and discuss “flow,” the ultimate writing tool.


D.R. Ransdell is a writer, writing teacher, and musician and member of our Tucson Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Despite traveling at every free opportunity, D.R. has written three novels in the Andy Veracruz mystery series: Mariachi Murder, Island Casualty, and Dizzy in Durango (forthcoming). D.R. has also written a travel novel about adventures in Asia titled Thai Twist. She’s currently at work on an additional mystery series. dr_ransdell@yahoo.com