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2018 STAR Officers

~ 2018 STAR Officers ~

President  -Jen Bokal

Vice-Prescient – Resa Monticello

Secretary – Joan Koster

Treasurer – Michaele Stoughton

Pan Representative – Carol Henry

Webmaster – Joan Koster

Online Workshop Coordinator – Joan Koster

Questions? Comments? News? Contact our officers via this form:

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Enneagrams for Writers


Do you know what an Enneagram is and how it can help you write better heroes and heroines?

If not, come to our September 26 workshop.

Presenter: Linda Johansen

Time: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Place: Candor Masonic Lodge, Rt 96b Candor

Cost: Free for members/ $30 for non-members includes breakfast coffee and lunch

Deadline to register is September 15—there will be no registration at the door. Participants can register via PayPal, at, or by sending a check to: STAR, c/o Carol Henry, 90 Dry Brook Road, Willseyville, NY, 13864. For more information about registering, contact Carol Henry, STAR Educational Program Coordinator at:;  (607)-659-7661.

Here are the details:

The Southern Tier Authors of Romance is hosting an Enneagram Workshop, Saturday, September 26, 2015. The workshop, given by Linda Johansen, will help writers develop their characters by understanding the nine basic types of human nature—or personality types, and ways of being in the world. The Workshop will be an introduction to the Nine Personality Types, including values, ideals, motivations, the highest manifestations of its nature, as well as the maladaptive expressions.

Johansen says that “each of the nine types has its own values and ideals that motivate and guide its choices. Some are attracted to goodness, others to love, still others to action, beauty, wisdom, loyalty, joy, strength, and peace.”

Discussion will also delve into each of the nine type’s own vulnerabilities arising from the disconnection to true nature. “We become very sensitive and protective when our values are discounted or threatened,” Johansen states. “Some are sensitive to criticism, others to rejection, still others to failure, abandonment, ridicule, betrayal, limitations, weakness, and conflict.”

Linda Johansen was a licensed social worker in Fargo, ND for 30 years before retiring in 2015.  She studied the Enneagram with Don Riso and Russ Hudson at the Enneagram Institute in Stone Ridge, New York.  She is a long-time traveler on the path to human development, having begun her own personal journey with a 12-step program in 1976.  She has also participated in the Diamond Approach to spiritual development.  It is her passion to create environments for people to come together and learn about the essential nature of life, including ourselves and other people.  She believes this is the foundation for transforming our lives into the highest expression of what is possible.

The workshop will be held at the Candor Masonic Lodge, Rt. 96b, Candor, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Registration fee is $30.00, which includes morning coffee and a luncheon. Deadline to register is September 15—there will be no registration at the door. Participants can register via PayPal, at, or by sending a check to: STAR, c/o Carol Henry, 90 Dry Brook Road, Willseyville, NY, 13864. For more information about registering, contact Carol Henry, STAR Educational Program Coordinator at:;  (607)-659-7661.


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Accounting and Taxes for Writers

Our next meeting is July 20 at 6:30 PM at the Tioga County Office Building. Carol Palmer, an accountant from Ithaca, New York, will explain how writers should manage their accounts, expenses, and income and understand relevant tax deductions.

Even if you have not yet made any money writing, you can still benefit from keeping proper records.

See you there!

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Rhonda Penders On Romance Publishing

typing fingersRhonda Penders from The Wild Rose Press to speak at Southern Tier Authors of Romance on Monday, May 18, meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Tioga County Office Building Auditorium, in Owego. Free and open to those who are interested in learning about publishing in today’s quickly changing industry. Ms. Penders will take pitches on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about The Wild Rose Press, go to:

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Security for Writers

How much exposure is too much?

As writers, we are advised to use social media to publicize our works and reach out to readers. However, it is easy to get lulled into thinking we can share anything. Ronie Kendig, a best-selling author of military suspense, gives the following tips for personal safety, and for when posting to social media.using facebook

  1. Never reveal your address. Consider using a post office box for your business address.
  2. Never reveal you are not at home.
  3. Don’t identify members of your family by their names. Use nicknames.
  4. Don’t post photos of your children or grandchildren that show them clearly in identifiable locations.
  5. Don’t give anyone access to your social media sites. Only you should post on your site.
  6. Anything you put in writing, including personal messages, can be accessed. Post only things you want public.
  7. Report threats and stalking. Unfriend people who make you uncomfortable.

To get more details read Ronie’s blog post at Novel Rocket 

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Getting Published

magic bookI wrote a book…now what?

“I wrote a book. It sucked. I wrote nine more books. They sucked, too. Meanwhile, I read every single thing I could find on publishing and writing, went to conferences, joined professional organizations, hooked up with fellow writers in critique groups, and didn’t give up. Then I wrote one more book.” ― Beth Revis

“A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

“I finished my first book seventy-six years ago. I offered it to every publisher on the English-speaking earth I had ever heard of. Their refusals were unanimous: and it did not get into print until, fifty years later; publishers would publish anything that had my name on it.”
George Bernard Shaw

There’s nothing more exciting and difficult then getting something you’re written published so it can be shared with your friends and the world. On March 16th Emma Barron will lead a discussion on ways to get published. We will be meeting at the Tioga County Office Building at 6:30 PM. See you there. Joan

“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.”― Roopleen

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STAR in 2015

STAR LogoSouthern Tier Writers of Romance begins its 21st year of existence with enthusiasm for writing romance. This is the best time to be a romance novelist. The romance genre represents 13% of the adult fiction market. 39% of all romance is now published in e-book format. Publishing opportunities abound.  If you have been thinking of becoming a romance writer, this is the time to do so.

STAR is a small group of dedicated writers who come together to share their successes and hopes. Almost half of our members are published. Others are in the process of preparing finished manuscripts. Others are just starting out.

This year we will be reaching out to those who wonder if writing romance is for them. On Feb 7th we will be holding a Roundtable Session: Writing Romance at the George F. Johnson Public Library in Endicott NY. We invite anyone who is curious about writing romance or loves reading romance to come join us.

Joan Koster, President

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