Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held the third Saturday of each month on a rotating basis at area restaurants. The usual meeting agenda is as follows: 11:30 a.m., lunch (optional), 1:00 p.m. (approximate time), program/speaker, 2:00 p.m. (approximate time), our business meeting. We usually finish up by 4:00 p.m. or earlier.


Program Info:

Plotting Made Easy – Part I

Synopsis Writing: It Starts With Just Three Words

And, those words are not I love you. Have a story in mind when you come to this hands-on workshop of a story you're struggling with, working on, or one you want to develop. Starting with three words, you'll develop key sentences that become your one-page synopsis and the backbone of any longer synopsis that you might be asked to write.

Join us on Saturday, June 17th at Schuler's Restaurant & Pub, 115 S. Eagle Rd, Marshall, MI 49068. Our meeting is from 11:30 to 4:00 with lunch followed by our guest speaker and a short business meeting. Please R.S.V.P. to program chair, Nancy Gideon at or via our MMRWA Facebook page or on our Website*NOTE* RSVPs are needed by no later than Weds, June 14 to provide Schuler's with a head count!

About Diana Stout

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Do you dread having to write a synopsis? Early in her writing career, Diana Stout did too. She read the how-to books and articles, listened to speakers, and followed writers' examples, but none of it made sense until she began writing screenplays. Marrying key script elements to the idea of what editors wanted to see in a synopsis and an idea from a book about writing non-fiction, she finally found a formula that made synopsis writing enjoyable. She had removed the dread. And, it starts with just three words.

An award-winning writer, Dr. Diana Stout enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others. Currently, she is querying producers for her screenplays, editing novels for publication, and writing a seven-part novella series. You can learn more about her work at her Sharpened Pencils Productions website. Come join this writing workshop where in less than two hours' time, you too can remove the dread from writing your synopsis.