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  2. 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.
  3. ***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 .
  4. 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
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  6. 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!)

    1. Lovilen Edwards

      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!

  7. ****Permission to forward granted and encouraged **** NEW JERSEY Romance Writers presents 2017 Golden Leaf Contest for Published Authors Register and pay: http://www.njromancewriters.org/golden-leaf.html Deadline: June 11, 2017 Eligibility: Open to all NJRW members and current RWA members published in novel-length romance fiction who are eligible to enter the RWA RITA® contest. Romance novels with a first copyright date or first North American printing date of July 2016 through June 2017. Entry Fees: · NJRW Members: $25 for first entry and $15 for subsequent entries · Non-NJRW Members: $30 for first entry and $25 for subsequent entries Categories: · Best First Book: any romance novel from a first-time author not previously published in book ­length romantic fiction, regardless of publishing medium. · Contemporary Romance: Short: Novels set from 1945 to present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and are between 40,000 and 56,000 words in length. · Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length: Novels set from 1945 to present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are between 56,000 and 84,000 words in length. · Contemporary Romance: Long: Novels set from 1945 to present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and are 84,000 or more words. · Historical Romance: Novels set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum. · Novella: short pieces of romantic fiction between 20-40,000 words. (Trade magazines do not normally fall under the proper word count; however, if your novella does, the acceptability of such work will be the decision of the contest chairperson.) · Paranormal Romance: any romance novel in which either time travel, futuristic, fantasy world or paranormal happenings are a major element of the plot. 40,000 word minimum. · Romantic Suspense: Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute a major part of the plot. 40,000 word minimum. · Erotic Romance: Novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, novella, etc). Winners will be announced at the Golden Leaf Awards Ceremony and Reception on Saturday evening, October 14, 2017 at the Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.njromancewriters.org or contact the Contest Chair at GoldenLeaf @ njromancewriters.org (remove spaces before sending email).
  8. Note: RWA Online Chapter members take this workshop for free.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. **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!
  12. Waiting to hear back from an editor who requested to read The Finish Line. ~fingers and toes crossed~

    1. Pam Trader

      Pam Trader

      Oooh...good luck!

    2. Candice Hopkins

      Candice Hopkins

      Thank you, Pam!!!

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  14. Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher presented by MM Pollard Class begins: February 6, 2017 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens January 23, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Workshop description: In Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher, you will receive the equivalent of a master’s degree in passive voice, one of the writing errors that spell rejection by agents, editors, and publishers. We will cover what active voice and passive voice mean, how to form the passive voice, including a verb lesson, and how to form the active from the passive. We will cover the reasons not to use passive voice verbs and the few instances where passive voice is the best choice. By the end of this workshop, you will have everything you need to identify and correct passive voice writing in your writing. Homework: Each lesson will have homework. I will personally give you feedback on every lesson you post. Think of homework as an opportunity for a mini-edit by MM. 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 6, 2017 FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm 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.
  15. Thanks so very much for all of your patience as we moved the forums and website to a new server.  

    There were nights I didn't think we were going to make it, but the tech support teams came through in spades!

    If you find something wrong, feel free to let me know.  I'm still working the kinks out of the new software, but I think we'll find our new home very comfortable!

  16. Darlene, I'll check with our web manager and get back to you. I won't be able to do that until Monday or Tuesday. Karen
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  18. Hi all im having trouble reregerstring. My password isn't working and when i try to create a new account since my membership lapsed it says my name and email are already in use and eont let me join Can someone email me with what to do? Tjanks
  19. December is almost here and so will RWA Online's newest workshop: Writing the Romantic Novella presented by Catherine Chant.

  20. ****Permission to Forward Granted**** WRITING THE ROMANTIC NOVELLA presented by Catherine Chant Class begins: Dec 5, 2016 Class length: Two weeks Cost of class: $15 Registration Opens: Nov 21, 2016 (RWA® Online Chapter members take the class for free) Course Description: In this workshop you will learn what a novella is, how it's more than word count that separates it from a novel, and how to successfully craft one of your own. Lesson topics include: Scope and Pacing, Character Development, Conflict, Plot and Format. At the end of the workshop, you will have a brief outline of a novella you can start working on this year, a list of prospective publishers to submit your work to, and some tips for self-publishing your novella at Amazon, if you prefer to go the indie route. About the Instructor: 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. You can learn more at http://www.catherinechant.com Deadline to Register: Dec 5, 2016 FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm 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. Note from Karen: Published authors can enter if they haven’t published in the category they are entering. *** Permission to Forward*** The SWFRW (Southwest Florida Romance Writers) annual Joyce Henderson Contest. ELIGIBILITY: Unpublished authors Traditional or self-published authors who have not published in the category they’re entering within the past 5 years Entries must be the author’s original work that has not been published or contracted to be published. Entrants need not be members of RWA. All English-language entries are welcome. We have had several manuscripts sold through our contests. The contest finalists (three from each category) will have an opportunity for their story to be put in front of top industry editors and agents. There are also cash prizes: 1st place: $50 and a Certificate of Achievement 2nd place: $20 and a Certificate of Achievement 3rd place: Certificate of Achievement Here are the final judges Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction) Editor: Sue Grimshaw, Penguin Random House Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates Historical Editor: Lee Lawless, Tor/Forge Publishing Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy Editor: Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency Young Adult Editor: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency Romantic Suspense Editor: Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House Agent: Jessica Waterson, Dijkstra Agency *NEW* Inspirational Editor: Susan Brower, Gilead Publishing Agent: Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency Submissions: The first 20 pages of an unpublished manuscript featuring romantic elements, PLUS a one-page, single-spaced, unjudged synopsis. The manuscript should have all rights available. Deadline: Entries must be submitted and payment received by 11:59 pm on October 9th, 2016. For more information, go to our website: https://swfrw.org/joyce-henderson-contest-rules/
  22. NJRW 2016 Conference Registration is CLOSING SOON! HURRY, DON'T MISS OUT! ***Now Featuring 2 New Events*** The First Annual Trade Expo! The First Annual Romance Trivia Extravaganza!! ***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** 5 Days Left! 2016 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference http://www.njromancewriters. org/conference-information--- 2016.html October 14-15, 2016 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ **Prices** Regular registration fee: NJRW Member, $250; Non-member, $275 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! HelenKay Dimon: Keynote Speaker Terri Brisbin: Luncheon Speaker Tessa Dare: Special Presentation** Kathleen Gilles Seidel: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – A Goddess in Every Heroine **For first 100 registrants** Some things to expect: Workshops for writers of all levels Editor/Agent Appointments NEW in 2016!!! Trade Expo with Book Sale! – Network with Author Service Professionals Opportunities for Networking Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend… Agents Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency Kelly Paterson, Corvisiero Agency Veronica Park, Corvisiero Agency Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Agency Jane Dystel, Dystel and Goderich Jessica Errara, Jane Rotrosen Agency Caitie Flum, Liza Dawson Associates Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis Rebecca Strauss, De Fiore Literary Agency Katie Shea Boutillier, Donald Maass Literary Agency Lisa Rodgers, JaBberwocky Agency Editors Selena James, Kensington Books Tessa Woodward, Harper Collins Rhonda Penders, The Wild Rose Press Treva Harte, Loose Id Jenn Mishler, Entangled Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Deborah Gilbert, Soulmate Publishing Jess Verdi, Crimson Romance Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin Desire and HQN Books Carly Silver, Harlequin Romantic Suspense Susan Litman, Harlequin Special Edition Dina Davis, Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense and Harlequin Love Inspired Historicals Charles Griemsman, Novelists, Inc. We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! For a full list, visit http://www.njromancewriters.org/workshop-schedule.html Including the following: Pre-Conference Workshop – Kathleen Gilles Seidel “The Goddesses in Your Heroine” Special PRO Presentation/PUB/PAN Author Retreat Speaker Lou Aronica Special Presentation – Tessa Dare "Everything I Needed to Know About Writing, I Learned From Kindergartners" HelenKay Dimon – Writing with Action in Romantic Suspense and Every Other Genre To register for the 2016 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=500! If you have questions, please contact: Casey Hagen, NJRW’s 2016 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 .
  23. New Jersey Romance Writers is proud to be hosting our First Annual Author Services Trade Expo. We hope that this will be an opportunity for authors attending our conference to connect with author services professionals. We are aware that many authors do double duty as author service professionals. If you are just such an author, we would be thrilled if you would consider showcasing your business at our event. However, spots are filling up fast! If you're interested in being part of the Expo, you'll find all the information you need below. Please fill out the Google form listed as soon as possible so I can get your name on the promotional flyer. We hope to see you there! ** This event will be held during the NJ RWA Put Your Heart in a Book Conference on October 15th. Each author service provider will be assigned a table in the ballroom to highlight their business. These tables are approximately 3-4 feet long. Your name will also appear on a flyer each attendee will receive in their registration packet, on our website, and on any other appropriate publicity material. During the event, you can network with potential clients. Feel free to distribute literature, show examples of your portfolio, offer sign-ups to your newsletter, and otherwise connect with authors looking for your services. This is your chance to BE SEEN. Cost: FREE this year! Future events may require a table fee, but this year, you only need to sign up! (Disclaimer: space is limited, so this is first come, first serve. Don't hesitate! Sign up now!) Location: Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ When: October 15, 2016 Time: 4:00-5:30PM. Set up begins at 3:30PM. I invite you to fill out the form Sign Up for NJ RWA's First Author Trade Expo!. To fill it out, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IQBy1-tmc-ZbBfqj_L_0hrCG1ndfK-q4ZUD71tRkxCA/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link Let me know if you have any questions! Thank you for considering our event. We look forward to seeing you soon! Best, Marnee Blake marnee.blake@gmail.com Trade Expo Chair
  24. Donetta, I understand your concerns. When you logged into our site last night, you should have seen RWA Online Workshops forum at the top. If you didn’t see that, let us know. Before the workshop starts, Patti Fischer, our VP-Programs, will open the Pre-Workshop Checkin. (It’s just like the one you can see now, except it will be for the October workshop.) If you want a little practice in using the forum, you can introduce yourself—or you can play with some of the discussions in the General Discussion forum. When Kathryn posts her intro or first lesson, the forum for the workshop will open. At that point, you can click the “follow forum” button in the top right corner, and you’re receive email-notifications when she posts new lessons/threads. If you’re interested in the discussion about a specific lesson, you can click the “follow topic” button in the top right corner of that topic and receive email-notifications when someone posts in that topic since your last visit. But you won’t receive all the posts—just the first one. To read the new-to-you stuff, just click on the dark blue button beside the title of the topic, and the system will take you to the first unread post since you last opened that thread. Let us know if you have any questions. Karen
  25. Hello, I'm a RWA Online member and would like to take the Self Publishing class starting Oct. 3rd. Is there anything I need to do on my end to be ready for the class? It states the class is free for members, so I don't need to register at all? I'm concerned about figuring out access to the class. I'm still learning how to maneuver through the RWA Online website. Any direction would be most helpful. Thank you, Donetta Jensen-Orjuela
  26. I'm shopping WHAT THE PARROT SAW and beginning an untitled Book #9.

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