“You fail only if you stop writing.”   —Ray Bradbury

March Speaker- Satisfying Endings: A Crucial but Overlooked Element of Great Fiction

Kristen Stieffel

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 – 8:30.
Barnes and Noble, Carrollwood (meeting area in the back).

One of the most important aspects of any novel is a satisfying ending. A satisfying ending can redeem an otherwise mediocre book, and an unsatisfying ending can spoil an otherwise excellent book. Some of the biggest problems we see in new writers’ manuscripts revolve around inappropriate endings, including endings that rush through the climax, abrupt endings, and endings in which solutions appear from nowhere. We’ll discuss how to avoid the most common climax and denouement errors and how to ensure the character’s internal story arc is reflected in the resolution of the external plot.

Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in science fiction and fantasy and is an anthology editor for Havok, a flash fiction website focused on the speculative genres. She provides a full range of editorial services and has worked on projects for both the general market and the Christian submarket. Kristen is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Christian Editor Connection. She is the author of Alara’s Call, a fantasy novel, and Tales of the Phoenix, a science fiction novella collection about a Martian airship crew. Website: kristenstieffel.com.


Thank you to our new board members

In January, we voted for new board members. 

Board Members

President: Jim Genia
Vice President: Kim Hackett
Treasurer: Sarah Graves
Secretary: Tom Stahl
IT Support: Alycea Snyder
Past President: Annette Masters

Members at Large

Marggie Rassler
Alane Obeso
Bob Becksted

New officers took on the role starting February 2020.