October Meeting

Join is for an evening with Scott Dickensheets. For authors who work primarily in fiction, the prospect of freelancing nonfiction can raise a lot of questions. Why should I freelance for local newspapers and magazines anyway? How should I go about it? What are editors looking for? How much of my fiction-writing skill set is actually useful in freelancing nonfiction? What can I do to help ensure my success? How should I respond to editing? I will be paid, right?
Scott Dickensheets, who's edited magazines, newspapers and books in Las Vegas for 15 years, will address these and related topics as a way to encourage more writers to purge into local freelancing.


A 40-year Southern Nevadan, Dickensheets is the deputy editor of Nevada Public Radio's Desert Companion magazine. Before that he served as editor in chief of Las Vegas CityLife and the Las Vegas Weekly, was managing editor of Las Vegas Life magazine, and held various positions at the Las Vegas Sun, including assistant city editor, assistant features editor, and columnist. He's edited three previous anthologies of fiction and essays in the Las Vegas Writes series: Fade, Sag, CrumbleWish You Were Here, and Getting Better All the Time, and served as assistant editor of Nevada's official sesquicentennial book. His work has appeared in PlayboyEsquire, and other magazines. He lives in Henderson.

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  • Marian

    Mr. Dickensheets was low-key, professional, and informative. John Hill was stunning, as usual. Mr Warren-fun and funny, as usual. Great stuff -Thank you!

    October 16

  • Sandy

    Unfortunately, I won't make it tonight. I was looking forward to it. But I have much preparation for a craft show I am selling my jewelry at this weekend.

    October 16

  • Christy B.

    Unfortunately, my mind has other plans for me. Woke up with a migraine, and my son is sick. Not going to make it tonight. Hopefully I'll make the next meeting. :(

    October 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to miss another Merting I'm back in the UK

    October 15

  • Christy B.

    What is the age limit? My niece would like to come, she is eighteen.

    October 14

    • Richard W.

      We don't have an age limit. However the Tap House is a bar. If she comes she runs the risk of being asked to leave but I have yet to see that happen.

      October 15

  • Joyce H.

    Totally looking forward to Tomorrow night to hear Scott Dickensheets.
    His last name might give others an idea for stories because my mind ticked as soon as I read it.

    October 15

  • Mercedes

    I wish I could come! Scott is just so hilarious and savvy. But there's a Vegas Valley Book Festival event at the same time. I wish I could clone myself!

    October 15

  • Carole M.

    Not an official rule: In my opinion we NEED your niece to bring down our average age!

    October 14

  • Inge-Lise G.

    Sorry I can't make it. I'm still out of town, but hopefully I'll be able to make the November meeting.

    October 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry i've missed a few meetings, my work life took an unexpected turn.. hopefully i'll have some thursdays off in the future... (fingers crossed)

    October 13

  • Dr. Peter J.Shield P.

    By the way any of you are invited to my 82nd birthday bash (wine and cheese) at the Hall of Antiquities on Wednesday 15th at 7pm, Boulevard Mall shop #346.
    Regards Peter. RSVP- [masked] or[masked]

    October 12

  • Dr. Peter J.Shield P.

    Hi Richard - am I still a member? I've just opened the Hall of Antiquities at the Boulevard Mall and have incorporated a Writers Retreat reading room.
    Regards Peter
    http://hallofantiquities.com

    1 · October 12

  • Steve Eggleston aka The E.

    Can't wait to hear the low down on how freelancing works in Las Vegas. Steve Eggleston

    September 21

  • Marian

    Me too!!!! So excited, I would love to write for a magazine or newspaper..I would like to know the speakers ethnic background, his name is terribly amusing even when I am an old adult. I apologize for anyone offended by the reference, but I just can't help but wonder. Truly, M

    September 21

  • Sara B.

    Looking forward to this speaker! I have wanted to get into freelance work part time, but I keep getting sucked into those sites that pay pennies on the dollar and oftentimes reject all my work.
    It will be refreshing to hear from an industry expert regarding this topic and how to get started.

    September 21

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