Zara Wests Suspense

Zara's Events

Zara WestZara loves to connect

with readers & fellow writers!


Book Club Talks

Would you like Zara to come talk to your reading group or book club? Contact Zara today to have her speak to your book club either in person or via a ZOOM video conference.

Book Signings

Bookstores. Libraries. Local meeting places.

Zara is now available for book signings. Contact Zara to set up a date. A percentage of the purchase price for every book is donated to Sanctuary for Families.

Online and In-Person Workshops – also available as ZOOM video conferences

Zara is always looking for new events, venues, and conferences to explore. Contact Zara today to set up a date.



 With a background in the arts, technology, and education, Zara offers a variety of presentations for writing groups and for conferences.  Here are some she has given in the past or are currently scheduled.

Create a Story Bible for your Novel or Book Series

Next Offering September 2018 Hosted by From the Heart Romance WritersZara West Story Bible

Do you lose track of what you write? Can’t remember what color car the criminal was driving in your romantic suspense? Forgot the name of the tavern the coach stopped at in book 2 of your Regency trilogy? Can’t remember the skill set of each of the six demons in your paranormal series?

Are you always searching back and forth through your draft or last book for this bit of detail or that? If you’re writing a series or a complex novel with multiple characters, subplots, and setting details, take a trick from screen writers and create a Story Bible as you write.

In this workshop, we will look at a variety of analog and digital frameworks for creating your own Story Bible and then proceed step-by-step through the process of creating the documents needed to keep track of all those pesky story details in your current or planned WIP with a minimum of time and effort.


Let’s Party on Facebook  

Next offering: September 2018 Hosted by Southern Tier Authors of Romance

Ever attended a Facebook Party? If you have, you know that holding an event on Facebook can be a great way to stir up interest in your book, your website, and your blog. Whether you are a multi-published author with a new book release, a first-time author bringing out your first book, or a pre-published author hoping to build up name recognition and followers, this workshop is for you.

Together, we will explore the many different formats and options for holding a Facebook party, we will critique a sampling of book-related parties, and then using what you learn, you will create all the graphics and posts needed to host your own Facebook party.


Writing with Splash: Enriching Your Writing With Sensory Language.Writing with Splash: using Sensory Language Girl blows a dandelion

Next offering: October 2018 Hosted by Southern Tier Authors of Romance

Did you know that there are 7 senses. Or wait is that 8? At any rate, no matter how many there are, a great writer uses ALL of them in EVERY place possible in their writing.

In this course, you will learn about our senses, how they work, and when, where and how to use them in your current WIP to set the scene, deepen emotion, and spark up action. Many resources for describing sensory elements will be provided.


Using the Arts to Intensify Plot, Setting, and Character.

Presented to Western New York Romance Writers September 2017 

This is a hands-on workshop in which participants create artworks, music, dramatizations, and creative movements to deepen their understanding of the story they are writing or reading.


Bullet Journaling for Readers and Writers.

Can’t remember the title of the book you Zara West Bullet Journalingloved last month? Wish you could track your reading and discover which genre is really your favorite? Want to write reviews for Goodreads and Amazon?

Or just need to organize your hectic life.

Try bullet journaling. It’s easy. It’s simple. It’s a creative way to express yourself.

If you love coloring books, you will love this workshop!


What Makes a Romantic Suspense Suspenseful?

Did you know that someone has to be murdered or almost murdered for a book to be considered a suspense? Yet, despite all the bloody stuff, there still needs to be a powerful love story and a happy ending. Putting these two things together is a challenge. This presentation is rich in graphic tools, organizers, and artistic inspiration for writers of all levels and all approaches to the written page who want to explore this best selling genre.


Textiles for Writers.

Next offering June 4-29. Hosted by Hearts Through History Romance Writers

Why in the world would a romance author need to know about cloth? Well, maybe because we write about people who usually, except in certain x-rated or shape-changing scenes, wear clothing.

Knowing about cloth and how it is made and what it is made from and how it has changed over the ages will allow you deepen your descriptions and add to the sensory images you create in your stories.

So swish your skirts or hike up your trousers or roll up your sleeves or shuck it all and take a journey with me into the marvelous world of textiles.


Contact Zara today to learn more.

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