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Award-winning author Vijaya Schartz shares editing insights with SSWW

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Award-winning author Vijaya Schartz will speak to the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers Wednesday, Mar. 26, at the regular monthly meeting held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chaparral Suites Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Cost is $25 for members, $28 for guests.

“Edit is a four-letter word,” according to Schartz. “A story is only as good as its editing,” she says. “The best tale can be mired in awkward syntax, poor grammar, superfluous wording, slow pacing, shallow characters, or overused clichés, while a great editor can make even a mediocre story sparkle.” Schartz will share her insights on editing, including self-editing, which she says “can be your best opportunity to reach new writing heights. It can make or break your career, whether you seek a publisher, or choose the self-publishing route.”

Born in France, Schartz is the author of numerous books, including “Noah’s Ark,” “White Tiger,” “Ashes for the Elephant God,” “Red Leopard,” “Blue Lioness” and “Archangel Crusader.” Never wanting to either conform or refuse a challenge, Shartz has traveled the world and also claims to travel through time. She writes without boundaries about the future and the faraway past, and her love of action, exotic settings and cats can be found in the pages of her books.

“Vijaya Swartz has been inspiring and instructing authors here in the Valley for a long time,” said Patricia L. Brooks, founder/president of SSWW. “She has a lot of great information for all levels of writers and all genres,” she added. “I am pleased to have her back to speak to Scottsdale Society of Women Writers again and know that we will take away good ideas immediately.”

To attend the March 26 meeting, R.S.V.P. to patricia@plbrooks.com.

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