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    The 2018 Daphne Contest is open now until March 15, 2018. For more information or to enter see here: http://www.rwakissofdeath.org/daphne
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  5. Obstacles to Your Success: What They Are and How to Overcome Them presented by MM Pollard Class begins: February 5, 2018 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens January 22, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop description: You can almost certainly name your obstacle, but thinking of ways to overcome it is much harder than it sounds. In this workshop, you’ll meet fifteen obstacles that writers face when trying to write their stories. You’ll also receive concrete methods to burst through each obstacle and continue on your way to your success. Here are the obstacles you will meet in this workshop. The Twin Obstacles: Perfectionism and Procrastination Pressure to Write More Poor Time Management Lack of Energy: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Creative Energy The Role of Fear in Writer’s Block The 9 Most Common Mistakes Which Will Slow Down Your Writing Of course, there will be homework. This is a Workshop with MM, after all. MM will comment on all homework posted when due to give you feedback on your assignments. As always, homework is optional. About MM Pollard MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Writer University, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English. MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February 2015, and lived! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops. MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM, editor, Black Velvet Seductions MM’s Fundamentals of English Deadline to register is February 5, 2018 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  6. ****If you are a member of our chapter, RWA Online, you get to take the workshops for free**** RWA Online’s 2018 Workshop Schedule: Obstacles to Your Success: What They Are and How to Overcome Them presented by MM Pollard Class begins: February 5, 2018 Length of Class: 4 weeks Workshop description: You can almost certainly name your obstacle, but thinking of ways to overcome it is much harder than it sounds. In this workshop, you’ll meet fifteen obstacles that writers face when trying to write their stories. You’ll also receive concrete methods to burst through each obstacle and continue on your way to your success. Here are the obstacles you will meet in this workshop. The Twin Obstacles: Perfectionism and Procrastination Pressure to Write More Poor Time Management Lack of Energy: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Creative Energy The Role of Fear in Writer’s Block The 9 Most Common Mistakes Which Will Slow Down Your Writing Of course, there will be homework. This is a Workshop with MM, after all. MM will comment on all homework posted when due to give you feedback on your assignments. As always, homework is optional. ##### For the Discouraged Writer: Rekindling the Passion in your Writing presented by Red Jameson Class begins: June 4, 2018 Length of class: 4 weeks Workshop description: When Red heard the advice that discouraged writers should get used to no longer feeling passionate about writing and to just get a hobby, she decided to challenge that. At almost every level of her writing career, she’s had some sort of discouragement. After so many years of it, she decided to shove it where the sun didn’t shine and find the fire in her writing once again. This workshop covers almost every area a writer—from those just starting out to those who have been writing before dinosaurs were love interests—can become discouraged and ways to overcome it. From finishing a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written to strategies for a shy writer to conquer social media, from bouncing back when a publisher rejects your brilliant story to dealing with editors who dump you, from overcoming fear and dealing with envy, this class covers the turbulent business of being an author. #### Visibility Unlocked: How Authors Can Attract, Captivate, and Retain Their Audience presented by VaNessa Duplessie Class begins: August 6, 2018 Length of class: 3 weeks Workshop Description: This Workshop is designed to teach new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before your first book release. You will leave with the tools enabling you to get started immediately to build or enhance an online presence. This workshop will share exactly what you need to do on a daily, weekly, & monthly basis to unlock your visibility. ##### Freedom to Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers presented by Catherine Chant Class begins: October 1, 2018 Length of class: 2 weeks Workshop description: Flying by the seat of your pants to write the first draft for your book feels so freeing. It’s a time to play, to experiment, to try out new ideas. What fun! But diving into a project as big as a novel without any plan at all often means a lot of extra work after the draft is completed as you scramble to revise hundreds of pages that might have no cohesion, inconsistent characters, or a wandering plot. One way to lessen that extra work is to go into the rough draft phase of your book with a better idea of where the story’s headed. That doesn’t mean knowing everything about your story (how boring would that be?), but it does mean knowing something to give your story direction. “Outline” is a scary word for most pantsers. It sounds restrictive, it sounds tedious, it sounds boring. So, there will be no “outlines” here. Nope. None. Instead, you’re going to build yourself a “framework” for your story that’s open and flexible, with plenty of room for playing, experimenting, and checking out new ideas off the beaten path whenever the inspiration strikes you. Story Planning for Pantsers: Keep your freedom, but keep on track, too. ##### Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction presented by Peter Andrews Class begins: December 3, 2018 Length of class: 3 weeks Workshop description: Every story can benefit from an authentic, fully realized setting. By asking the right questions, the writer can immerse readers in a specific environment, time period, and culture. Whether it's a galaxy far, far away or your own backyard, a detailed setting can engage your reader and sharpen your conflict. Make contemporary stories as surprising and exciting as SF and fantasy by moving past assumptions. Make your invented settings as real and believable as the town you live in. The class will explore settings from a variety of perspectives and apply what's learned to storytelling. What catches readers' imaginations? How do you explore the environment and use what you learn to raise the stakes? What needs to be there, and what should be left out? Using the tools of fantasy and SF writers, discover how society, geography, history, and economics can make your story fresh, believable, and compelling. 8 Lessons/3 weeks
  7. Hi everyone!

    What are you doing for Thanksgiving?  This year I'm trying to "make-ahead" as much as possible so that I can relax more tomorrow.  I've got some decadent mulled spice wine cranberry sauce, sage and sausage dressing, creamy mashed potatoes, and the pumpkin pie filling all chilling in the fridge.

    How's your preparations going?

  8. Writing and Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success presented by Mindy Hardwick Workshop begins: December 4, 2017 Class length: 3 weeks Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: November 20, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=503 Workshop Description: You’ve got a great idea and are working full steam ahead. Suddenly everything grinds to a screeching halt. Commitments are screaming at you from all sides, you’ve got the flu and you just can’t get to your writing commitments. Stop. Don’t let fearful resistance block your success. In this workshop, we’ll look at the ways resistance shows up in our writing life, the causes of resistance and how it blocks our success. But more importantly, we’ll explore ways to fight the fear. Participants will create a plan of action for the next time that sneaky pest resistance shows up. About the Presenter: Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing first love and sweet, contemporary romance for all ages and is known for her small-town, artistic community stories. Her romance books include: Sweetheart Cottage, Sweetheart Summer, Romance for All the Seasons, and Weaving Magic. She also writes for children including: Seymour’s Secret, Stained Glass Summer and Finders Keepers. Mindy enjoys teaching others about writing and she frequently talks to writers groups, book clubs and libraries. When she’s not writing, Mindy can be found art journaling, visiting flea markets dreaming of new ways to repurpose old materials, and walking on the Oregon Coast beaches with her dog, Stormy. Mindy believes that a great story can warm the heart, lift the spirit, and heal the soul. Deadline to register is December 4, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=503 Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  9. From Janice Martin, contest chair for the 2018 Emily Contest Dear Members of RWA Online, I’m writing you about West Houston RWA’s 2018 Emily Contest for unpublished romance, which opens on October 1, 2017, and closes at midnight on November 2, 2017. The Emily has strong final judges and a history of frequent requests for our finalists. We are proud of our first-round feedback for entrants in all our six categories. Our contest details are: ***SHARING PERMITTED & ENCOURAGED*** The 2018 Emily Contest Sponsor: West Houston RWA Fee: $25 WHRWA members / $35 all others Entry Dates: 10-1-17 through 11-2-17 Details: Enter the first 5,600 words of your unpublished manuscript (no synopsis!) in any of our 6 categories for excellent first-round feedback and top final round editor and agent judges. Categories and Final Judges: · Contemporary Romance-Long: Editor Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Publishing Corp, and Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency · Contemporary Romance-Short: Editor Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC, and Agent Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency · Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance: Editor Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group, and Agent Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company · Historical Romance Editor Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance, and Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary · Romantic Suspense: Editor Laura Costello, Sourcebooks, and Agent Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency · Young Adult Romance: Editor Alyssa Miele, Harper Collins, and Agent Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency Category Winners will receive the silver Emily pin, a certificate suitable for framing, and will be eligible for the $100 Best of the Best Prize. In addition, all finalists may attend, free of charge, the March 10, 2018, Emily Awards Luncheon and All-Day Workshop, featuring multi-published author Sharon Mignerey who will present a 2-part workshop: Scene Craft and Characters Need M&Ms. FMI: Email Janice Martin, Emily Chair at: emily.contest@whrwa.com or go to: http://whrwa.com/theemily/ Thank you for sharing our contest information with your members. Best regards, Janice Martin, Chair The 2018 Emily Contest
  10. Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC presented by Meredith Bond Workshop begins: October 2, 2017 Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Class length: 2 weeks Registration opens: September 18, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=276 Workshop Description: We’ll cover the basics of self-publishing – how to go from typing “The End” straight through to marketing your newly published book. Going through the alphabet letter by letter, we’ll talk about - Building a schedule - Book Covers - Detailed instructions on formatting your book as an ebook - Formatting for Smashwords - Beginning Marketing - Print on Demand through CreateSpace - Your Virtual Presence - Uploading your work By the end of the course you’ll be an expert at Microsoft Word and have a number of options on how to create your ebook. There is also a Facebook Page to support students before, during and after the course. About the Presenter: Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published paranormal romances. Known for her characters "who slip readily into one's heart", Meredith's heart belongs to her husband and two children. Her paranormal romances include Magic in the Storm, Storm on the Horizon, and the short story "In A Beginning". Her traditional Regencies have recently been republished. Meredith also teaches writing. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer. Visit Meredith at her website, www.meredithbond.com Deadline to register is October 2, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=276 Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  11. Just wondered if anyone is going to be attending the conference? I'm using the conference as an excuse to go visit my daughter who is stationed in Ohio, so I get to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. If any other members are going to be there, I'd love to meet up. Thanks, LeAnne
  12. STAR Crossed Covers -- Closes Sept 1st

    The Star-Corssed Covers Contest is now OPEN. Entries are accepted until September 1st. ***************** PERMISSION GRANTED TO FORWARD STAR Crossed Covers Contest 2017 Sponsored: by SpacecoasT Authors of Romance Enter at https://authorsofromance.com/star-crossed-covers-contest-rules-2017/ $100 prize for the best Cover and Promo Blurb! Our contest is unique in that judges will vote on your book’s cover and its promo blurb in combination on PINTEREST. Those carefully-worded hints about the story inside have to work with a knock-out cover to grab a reader’s attention and get them to buy your book! The judges include bestselling and award-winning Romance Authors who love to read Romance, and who better to judge the effectiveness of your cover image and well-crafted blurb? Plus once the contest is underway, you can “share” the contest and let friends view your contest entry on Pinterest. ENTRY FEE: $20 ELIGIBILITY:Traditionally published and self-published books of Romance Fiction with an original published date of 2016-2017 are welcome (See rules.) CONTEST OPENS: August 1, 2017. DEADLINE:September 1, 2017 ENTRY: All electronic. Enter your 2016-2017 published book cover (up to deadline date) AND promo blurb (up to 75 words.) Covers will be featured on Star-Crossed Cover Contest Pinterest board. CATEGORIES: One category JUDGES: STAR (FL) chapter members, including multi-published, award-winning and bestselling authors. AWARDS: First place winner receives $100 prize! Second and third place winners, will get a digital badge for their website, signature line and cover. The winning covers will also be featured on Pinterest after the contest to pin and share! Winners announced November 15, 2017 STAR-Crossed Cover Contest Coordinator: Larissa Emerald, larissaemerald@gmail.com
  13. Cover Contest - Closes Aug 30th

    This was also just posted on the leadership loop. The link to the page is http://coloradoromancewriters.com/contests/covercontest/ Entry Rules and Information Submission opens June 15th, 2017 AND ends August 30th, 2017. The 2017 Rocky Mountain Cover Contest has adopted the following contest rules: 1.Entries must have an original copyright date of 2016 or 2017. 2.An official entry consists of a jpg 3.An official, completed form, and must be filled out with which category.•The $15.00 entry fee, paid via PayPal or check/money order.•If paying by check or money order, make payable to Colorado Romance Writers. •If paying via PayPal, include your name, book title, and category in the form’s “Optional Instructions” section. 4.Titles must be entered into one category only. No double entries allowed. 5.Authors may enter multiple titles, as long as each title meets the entry qualifications. 6.In lieu of three (3) final published copies of a print book, CRW will accept advance or bound galley copies. 7.The contest Coordinator reserves the right to disqualify any entry if all rules are not fully met.
  14. Pubbed Authors – Closes 1 Sept

    This was just posted on RWA’s leadership loop so I apologize for the late notice. The New York City chapter is conducting it’s Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” contest. Info is presented below but here’s the link to the page. I’ve also attached their attractive “postcard.” Eligibility: Published submissions only, with an original publication date of January 1st, 2016—December 31st, 2016 (manuscript must have been published via traditional publishing, self-publishing, or small press, and must be available on platforms such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) Timeline: Submissions open: July 1st, 2017 Submissions Close: September 1st, 2017 Finalists Announced: November 10th, 2017 Winners Announced: December 2nd, 2017 Contest Structure: Full manuscripts only! Entrants may submit multiple books (a full entry fee will be applied to each submission). A single title may not be entered into multiple categories The top three selections in each category move to the final round. There must be a minimum of five entries per category, or the category will be dissolved (entrants will have the option to drop out of the contest and receive a refund, or choose a secondary category for their submission(s) if their category is dissolved). Format: Electronic submissions only (pdf and or mobi) Cost: RWA:NYC Members: 1st title free; 2nd title and beyond, $25 per title RWA Members: $25 Non-RWA Members: $35 Categories: (Multicultural, LGBT submissions welcome in all categories) Contemporary Erotic Paranormal/Sci-fi/Fantasy Romantic Suspense Historical Submission Process: Please click here to pay and begin your submission (your entry will not be complete until payment is received via PayPal). Please click here to complete the contest entry form. Please submit the electronic copy of your manuscript in PDF and or mobi to the contest coordinator at rwanyccontest@gmail.com Please make certain that you include both your given name, and pen name (if applicable) in the submission email. Once your entry has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email from the contest coordinator. Judging: First Round: RWANYC Membership & RWA Authors outside NYC chapter Final Round: Published Authors If you have any question, please feel free to contact the contest coordinator at rwanyccontest@gmail.com Karen
  15. S.E.N.D presented by Tina Holland Workshop begins: August 7, 2017 Class length: Two weeks Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens July 24, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=466 Workshop Description: Submit your work Establish your brand Next book Discover your strengths. Are you struggling to find a home for your finished manuscript? Have you submitted your book, but have no idea where to go from here? Tina Holland's SEND workshop may be for you. In this class, you'll learn: 1) How to research and SUBMIT to a publishing house and get what you want. 2) How to ESTABLISH your brand, even when writing different genres or standalone books 3) The importance of working on the NEXT book 4) DISCOVER your strengths as a writer and learn to use them to your advantage. About the Presenter: Tina Holland was born in Frankfurt, Germany and is now settled in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. She lives on a hobby farm and enjoys horseback riding, camping, travelling, and reading books by her favorite authors. Tina has been published since 2005, and continues to release books as her schedule allows. Tina is a member of RWA Online, Zen Writer’s Garden and the F-M Word Weavers. She hosts a blog at https://tinaholland.wordpress.com/ and you can reach her at tina@tinaholland.com Deadline to register is August 7, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=466 Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  16. The Long Island Romance Writers are hosting a 2-day Workshop given by the multi-talented Damon Suede on Sept 23-24. Space is limited, and registration will close when we reach capacity. Details can be found on their meeting page on their website lirw.org/site/meetings Location: Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn at Melville Address: 1575 Round Swamp Rd, Plainview, NY 11803 Phone: (516) 755-5552 Registration for LIRW members: $125 Non-member registration: $175 Here’s a snapshot of the sessions: Day One MOVING CHARACTERS: Bestsellers start with fascinating people. In this session we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your plots, your hooks, and your voice. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so you can build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. Compelling characters boost your writing process and anchor your career at any stage. Whether you like to wing it or bring it, you’ll leave this workshop with a new set of practical, hands-on tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable fiction. SCENE & SEQUEL: Every story has a heartbeat. This workshop gets up close and personal with the bones of bestselling fiction based on Dwight Swain’s revolutionary approach to storytelling. Whether you call it “scene and sequel” or “action and reaction,” this basic storytelling pattern allows you to pace your plot, escalate your action, and find your story’s heat and flow with a clear structural strategy that simplifies the process of planning, drafting, and revising your book. Day Two GAME OF DESIRE: Keep your sizzle fresh at any heat level. Creating chemistry on the page requires a mix of playful art and rigorous craft. Whether sweet or raunchy, intimate moments have always been the beating heart of romance fiction. Fans call them “the good parts” and dogear them for a reason; love scenes are often where authors cut loose and romance gets closest to poetry. In this advanced session on intimacy, we go beyond the mechanics to tackle the interplay of flirtation, seduction, and conjunction so you can make love scenes a joy to read and write. PITCHES & HOOKS: This session tackles the wild, woolly world of pitches and unpack the way a high concept premise can anchor a project before and during the writing process. We’ll look at the importance of a clear hook, a free prize, and boiling a project into a logline that closes the sale, before and after publication. We’ll drill down into the challenges of summarizing your story’s strongest selling point.
  17. NJRW 2017 Conference Registration is NOW OPEN! ***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** Registration Now Open! 2017 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference For more information go to: http://www.njromancewriters. org/conference.html For the link to register: Scroll to the bottom of this message and follow the link! October 13-14, 2017 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ Registration fee: NJRW Member, $260; Non-member, $285 Pre-Conference Workshop Fee - $45 Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever! ***NJRW Members...find the required key for your membership rate in a separate thread on the member loop!*** The 2017 Lineup! Kristan Higgins: Featured Keynote Speaker Nancy Herkness: Luncheon Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Hoyt: Special Presentation Speaker **For the First 100 Registrants** Eileen Dreyer: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – The Basics Are Still the Same! Damon Suede: PUB/PRO Speaker Here is your chance to spend time with some of the industry's most successful authors, in a more intimate setting! Some things to expect: • Workshops for writers of all levels • Editor/Agent Appointments • Our Second Annual Trade Expo – Network with Author Service Professionals • Opportunities for Networking Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend… Agents Sarah Phair - Trident Media Marisa Corvisiero - Corvisiero Agency Kelly Peterson - Corvisiero Agency Rebecca Strauss - De Fiore Literary ...and more to come! Editors Selena James - Kensington Debbie Gilbert - Soulmate Publishing Elayne Becker - Tor/Forge Cat Clyne - Sourcebooks Tiffany Shelton - St. Martins Jennie Conway - St. Martins Tina Moss - City Owl Press Yelena Casale - City Owl Press Rhonda Penders - The Wild Rose Press Jessica Verdi - Simon & Schuster ...and more to come! We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, also what they're looking for in terms of submissions, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! For a full list, click here! Including the following: Pre-Conference Workshop – Eileen Dreyer “The Basics Are Still the Same” Special PRO Presentation/PUB/PAN Author Retreat Speaker Damon Suede Special Presentation – Elizabeth Hoyt "Holding Out for a Hero" Kristan Higgins – Soft Concept Plotting Nancy Herkness – The Subtle Art of Pacing To register for the 2017 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, click here! If you have questions, please contact: Casey Hagen, NJRW’s 2017 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters. org or, Lena Pinto, Assistant Chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail.com For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org
  18. Pages From the Heart Contest *** PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED & APPRECIATED *** Sponsored by From The Heart Romance Writers Submission Period: June 1 – June 30th Entry fee: $21 FTHRW members - $26 RWA members (US funds/Paypal) Multiple entries: $16 for subsequent entries Finalists will be announced September 1, and winners will be announced on or before November 6, 2017. Eligibility: Open to RWA members only. Published Author: the writer is contracted or published, but the entry itself must not be contracted or published as of June 30, 2017. Self-published authors are welcome. Unpublished Author: the writer has not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more (by June 30, 2017). Entry: Up to the first 6000 words of an original, unpublished, and uncontracted work. Categories in both the Unpublished and Published Divisions: Historical, Long Contemporary, Short Contemporary, Paranormal/Futuristic/Time Travel, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, and Young Adult Judges: Three first-round judges per entry. The lowest score will be dropped but will be used in case of a tie. Final Judges: Two judges per category. Second Round Judges: PUBLISHED AUTHOR DIVISION Published Author – Short Contemporary Editor Patience Bloom – Harlequin Editor Kristine Swartz – The Berkley Publishing Group Published Author – Long Contemporary Agent: Jessica Watterson – Sandra Dijkstra and Associates Literary Agency Editor: Kerri Buckley – Carina Press Published Author – Romantic Suspense / Mystery Editor: Elizabeth May – Kensington Books Editor: Stephanie Doig – Carina Press Published Author – Historical Agent: Linda Scalissi – Three Seas Literary Agency Editor: Jennie Conway – St. Martin’s Press Published Author – Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel Editor: Keyla Hernandez – Harlequin Editor: Mary Altman – Sourcebooks Published Author – Young Adult Editor Alexandra Sehulster – St. Martin’s Press Editor: Alycia Tornetta – Entangled Publishing UNPUBLISHED AUTHOR DIVISION Unpublished Author – Long Contemporary Agent: Erin Niumata – Folio Literary Management Editor: Deb Werksman – Sourcebooks Unpublished Author – Short Contemporary Agent: Scott Eagan – Greyhaus Literary Agency Editor Janet Clementz – Soul Mate Publishing Unpublished Author – Historical Agent: Cheryl Ferguson – The Ferguson Literary Agency Editor: Erin Molta – Entangled Publishing Unpublished Author – Romantic Suspense / Mystery Agent: Andrea Somberg – Harvey Klinger Inc. Editor Kayla King – Harlequin Unpublished Author – Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel Agent: Julie Gwinn – The Seymour Agency Editor: Sarah Blumenstock – Berkley Unpublished Author – Young Adult Agent: Patricia Nelson – Marsal Lyon Literary Agency Editor: Alice Jerman – HarperCollins HERO OF OUR HEART AWARD Agent: Nicole Resciniti – The Seymour Agency Editor: Susan Grimshaw – Penguin-Random House PRIZES All prizes are for all categories in both unpublished and published authors’ divisions. First Place: $30.00 (Payable through Paypal) Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report Second Place: 1-year paid membership to FTHRW + Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Third Place: Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Honorable Mention Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Hero of Our Heart Prize: First place receives $50 (Payable through Paypal) + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report + and a website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate. Second, through fourth place will receive a website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate. Visit our website for contest rules and entry form: http://fthrw.com/pages-from-the-heart-contest
  19. I would love to have someone with whom to discuss ideas about both romance writing and poetry writing. I am in Europe helping Italians learn to write romance and non-fiction. I have been a writer for a couple of decades as well as an artist.

  20. Finish That Book: Patch Your Plot Holes with Brainstorming presented by Stephanie Queen Workshop begins: June 5, 2017 Class length: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens May 22, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=408 Workshop Description: • Are you stuck halfway through your book and don’t know where to go? • Are you ready to throw an incomplete ms. under the bed? • Do you have a problem right now with your plot that you can’t get past? • Would you like to brainstorm your plot with a group of smart like-minded writers? There is science behind creativity and brainstorming. This workshop will use a combination of techniques and personalized suggestions to allow each attendee to brainstorm their plot problems. • Exercises specifically designed to prompt writers past the plot problem • Personalized suggestions and feedback from the workshop leader • Input on individual plot problems from participants Workshop Goal: To assist authors by brainstorming through plotting problems so that they can finish their works-in-progress. About the presenter: Stephanie Queen is the author of fifteen plus published novels and novellas. She writes plot challenging romantic suspense, romantic mystery and contemporary romances. Ms. Queen holds a master’s degree in Literature & Creative Writing from Harvard University A long-time member of RWA, she was on the RWA History Committee, has been on more than one chapter board and has presented numerous workshops over the years. One of her favorite activities is to brainstorm plots with her many writer friends. Deadline to register is June 5, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=408 Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  21. ***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** Early Bird Registration Now Open! 2017 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference http://www.njromancewriters. org/conference.html October 13-14, 2017 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ The Early Bird gets the worm….or in this case…the Early Bird Pricing!!! Early Bird Prices – May 15 – June 17 NJRW Member, $235; Non-member, $260 Prices go up June 18 – so get in early! Regular registration fee: NJRW Member, $260; Non-member, $285 Pre-Conference Workshop Fee - $45 Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever! ***NJRW Members...find the required key for your membership rate in a separate thread on the member loop!*** The 2017 Lineup! Kristan Higgins: Featured Keynote Speaker Nancy Herkness: Luncheon Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Hoyt: Special Presentation Speaker **For the First 100 Registrants** Eileen Dreyer: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – The Basics Are Still the Same! Damon Suede: PUB/PRO Speaker Some things to expect: • Workshops for writers of all levels • Editor/Agent Appointments • Our Second Annual Trade Expo – Network with Author Service Professionals • Opportunities for Networking Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend… Agents Sarah Phair - Trident Media Marisa Corvisiero - Corvisiero Agency Kelly Peterson - Corvisiero Agency Rebecca Strauss - De Fiore Literary ...and more to come! Editors Selena James - Kensington Debbie Gilbert - Soulmate Publishing Elayne Becker - Tor/Forge Cat Clyne - Sourcebooks Tiffany Shelton - St. Martins Jennie Conway - St. Martins Tina Moss - City Owl Press Yelena Casale - City Owl Press Rhonda Penders - The Wild Rose Press Jessica Verdi - Simon & Schuster ...and more to come! We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, also what they're looking for in terms of submissions, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! For a full list, click here! Including the following: Pre-Conference Workshop – Eileen Dreyer “The Basics Are Still the Same” Special PRO Presentation/PUB/PAN Author Retreat Speaker Damon Suede Special Presentation – Elizabeth Hoyt "Holding Out for a Hero" Kristan Higgins – Soft Concept Plotting Nancy Herkness – The Subtle Art of Pacing To register for the 2017 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, click here! If you have questions, please contact: Casey Hagen, NJRW’s 2017 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters. org or, Lena Pinto, Assistant Chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail.com For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org .
  22. The Greater Detroit Chapter of the RWA is having a writer’s conference exploring craft in Troy, Michigan on Oct 20th-21st. All genres of writers are welcome. WHAT: http://gdrwa.org/conference-2017.html PROGRAMS · A keynote address by Beverly Jenkins, the recipient of RWA’s 2017 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. · Workshops on Goal, motivation and conflict and the Hero’s Journey by Debra Dixon · Editor and agent pitch appointments available · Friday night Pre-glow with informal peer critiques and pitch polishing. Breakfast and lunch are included on Saturday WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 with a special Friday night write-in, pitch practice, and critique beginning at 7 pm. WHERE: Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W Big Beaver Rd., Troy MI 48084 – a block of rooms is designated with reduced pricing HOW TO REGISTER: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRuyNPLu_03oKWFHqeUaJHa0WwDwAqUwv1XUW7vU6yh_PktQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 COST *Early Bird Registration prices only until July 31st! Cost: GDRWA Member: $85/Early Bird $75 RWA Member (none GDRW): $110/Early bird $100 Non-RWA member: $120/Early bird $110 For inquiries, please contact gdrwaconference17@gmail.com
  23. Welcome, Lovilen! I always find that workshops are great motivators when I'm feeling stuck on a story (or just plain ol' procrastinating). There's something about having "assignments" that lights a fire under me and energizes me. I hope the exercises in this workshop do the same for you and your project.

    (ps: I'm posting this here because the Welcome thread seems to be having some glitches and won't let me save some of the replies. Computers are weird. LOL!)

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      Lovilen Edwards

      Hello Catherine! I just saw this although I've been checking the thread every night!

      I'm a bit slow on the assignments but certainly, this workshop is giving me a bit of direction. Keep up the good work!

  24. Note: RWA Online Chapter members take this workshop for free.
  25. On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place presented by Catherine Chant Class begins: April 3, 2017 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration begins: March 20, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=284 Workshop description: It’s often said that your opening chapters are the hardest part of a book to write. Why? Because you’re trying to do so much in that small area–convey the setting, introduce characters, set up the conflict–that it’s easy to get bogged down in too much unnecessary information. It’s also very easy to lose sight of where your story actually begins and end up with opening chapters filled with backstory and character history that are better used elsewhere in the book. On Your Mark, Get Set will help you pinpoint where your story really begins and help you cull that extraneous back history from the opening, saving it for where it really matters, the rest of the book. Over the course of five lessons, you’ll explore character backstory and GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) and use them to pinpoint your story’s inciting incident (a.k.a. the true beginning of your book). Each lesson includes a writing exercise and instructor feedback. About Catherine Chant: Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock 'n' roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. Her young adult rock 'n' roll time travel series is available at Amazon.com. She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon's Kindle Worlds program, and is working on a new young adult novel. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. Deadline to register is April 3, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=284 Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  26. NJRW 2017 Conference - Open for Submissions!

    Hey Mo! Thanks for posting this. I think I may try to make my way out there this year for conference! Let's see if I can come up with a workshop proposal!
  27. **Permission to forward granted and encouraged** 2017 NJRW Conference Call for Workshop Proposals Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017, 11:55 p.m. New Jersey Romance Writers' Put Your Heart in a Book Conference will be held October 13 & 14, 2017, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey. We are officially open for workshop submissions! We have an all-star lineup this year. Our speakers include Kristan Higgins, Nancy Herkness, Elizabeth Hoyt, Eileen Dreyer, and Damon Suede! You can submit your workshop idea here: https://www.rwa.org/e/ sx/eid=576 Workshop proposal submissions will be accepted from January 31 until March 31, 2017, 11:55 p.m. If needed, you may edit your proposal during this time. After March 31, NJRW will be closed to new workshop submissions and updates to existing proposals. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Casey Hagen, conference chair, at confchair@njromancewriters. org or Lena Pinto, assistant conference chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail. com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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