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Allison Kelsey

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  1. Hi Sienna! What's your definition of active? We do have a critique group, but it's not active, i.e., lots of people posting things for critique every day. To me, that's good, because I can never turn around crits fast enough for them to be of use. (I like to critique a submission a week.) A member posted some of her historical WIP for critique about a month or so ago. That's been it. She *did* get feedback though, so it's not like you'd be sharing your WIP and getting no crits. We would LOVE to have you join us, so you can help us get that group active, and we can help you make your stories the best they can be! We also have a brainstorming section in the forum, too. I plan to take advantage of that in the next month or so. Beyond critique groups, RWA Online also offers writing challenges (which I coordinate). Currently, we're doing a monthly Book-in-a-Week. Our next one is June 24-30. We also kicked off a 100x100 challenge on June 1: Writers write 100 words a day (or do 30 minutes of editing/revisions/researching/something writerly) every day for 100 days. (I've got other challenges stuffed up my sleeve to introduce.) Our workshops are free for RWA Online members. If you join soon, it's not too late to participate in our secondary characters workshop. That just started yesterday.
  2. Spring Fling 2014 is NOW OPEN to workshop proposals! Chicago-North RWA's Spring Fling Writers' Conference will be held April 25-26, 2014. The headliners are Kristan Higgins, Mary Balogh, and Lauren Dane. We are calling for workshop proposals. If you are interested in presenting a workshop and would like to be part of the 2014 Spring Fling Conference, please visit us online and fill out our simple electronic application at: http://www.chicagonorthrwa.org/spring-fling-workshop-application/ Proposals will be accepted through August 1st, 2013. If your workshop is selected, you will receive a registration fee discount, and your bio, photo, and workshop information will be included in our conference brochure. Don't miss this great opportunity! Thanks for your interest. For more information, please visit our Spring Fling website at: http://chicagospringfling.com/workshopscritiques/ or contact our workshop coordinator, Melonie Johnson at workshops@chicagonorthrwa.org <mailto:workshops%40chicagonorthrwa.org> ** Permission to forward granted and encouraged **
  3. *Permission to forward granted and encouraged* YARWA is proud to announce our Day of YA at RWA Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia! Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 11am - 5pm Member price: $40; Non-member price: $70 Join us for this fun-filled, day-long event that's all YA, all day! Here's what we've got in store: 10:30-11:00 Check in and Registration 11:00-12:15 Welcome and Industry Panel with YA-acquiring agents and editors * Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency * Louise Fury, L. Perkins Agency * Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency * Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks * Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency * Whitney Ross, Tor (Macmillan) * Natashya Wilson, Harlequin Teen Panelists will discuss industry trends, recent acquisitions and what's hot in YA. Additional YA-acquiring panelists will be announced. 12:15-1:45 Networking Lunch - Buffet lunch with plenty of time to mingle with fellow YARWA members and other attendees 1:45-3:45 Craft Workshop - Writing instructor, Margie Lawson presents her wildly popular Writing Craft workshop with a special focus on YA books 3:45-4:00 Break 4:00-4:30 Featured Guest Author - YARWA member and award winning author Tera Lynn Childs shares some words of wisdom 4:30-5:00 Annual Meeting and raffle* - *This portion of the meeting is free and open to all YARWA members Don't wait, space is limited! Member-only registration for this exciting event will take place until Friday, May 24, after which we will open any remaining spots to non-YARWA members. Registration for non-members opens May 25. TO REGISTER via PayPal: http://yarwa.com/yarwa-annual-meeting If registering by check, make it payable to YARWA and send to: YARWA c/o Micki Gibson 8036 Thoroughbred Road Pensacola, FL 32526 ***IMPORTANT, if paying by check you MUST contact Shawn McGuire at secretary@yarwa.com to reserve your space. ***Interested in joining YARWA? Pro-rated memberships are just $15 http://yarwa.com/join-yarwa If you have any questions you can contact either Monica Jones at President@yarwa.com or Lea Nolan at VP-Programs@yarwa.com. Hope to see you all there!
  4. ***Permission to forward granted*** It's back by popular demand and just in time for RWA Nationals!!!! Need help writing an "irresistible" query letter? Want to learn the ins and outs of pitching at Nationals? Join the Young Adult RWA chapter for our June workshop: Queries, Log lines and Pitches, Oh My! Instructor: Rosemary Clement-Moore Dates: June 17 - 20, 2013 Cost: $10 for YARWA members (non-member fee is $20) TO REGISTER go to: http://yarwa.com/programs About the class: You've written a fabulous novel, you've revised it so that it sparkles. Your mother thinks it's the best thing she's ever read. Now how to convince the rest of the world of that fact? A targeted pitch and polished query letter can give your manuscript the inside track to an editor or agent's desk. Learn the secret of the "logline" and how to write a query that will up your chances for a request and move your manuscript to the top of the stack. Get step-by-step instructions on how to target your book to the right editor or agent, write an irresistible query letter, and pitch your book as an incredible, sellable package. About the instructor: Whether through tactical master planning or simple brilliance, Rosemary Clement-Moore's query letter got a 90% request rate, and now she writes smart, funny, spooky, romantic-and award winning-novels, a job she loves because she can work in her pajamas and take a break to play Rock Band in the afternoons. Find out more at www.readrosemary.com <http://www.readrosemary.com/> For any questions, please contact YARWA VP of Programs, Lea Nolan at vp-programs (at)YARWA (dot) com
  5. ** Permission to forward granted, encouraged and appreciated! CTRWA proudly presents our annual Fiction Fest Romance Writers Conference - September 21, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Mystic, CT Hilton Hotel . 20 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, Connecticut, 06355 . Phone (860) 572-0731 Registration begins 7:30, conference from 8-5, continental breakfast and lunch included Keynote Speaker: 6 Time RITA Nominee, Winner and NYT Bestselling Author <http://www.roxannestclaire.com/> Roxanne St. Claire Workshops by: NYT Best Seller Roxanne St. Claire - double session Jim Azevedo from Smashwords - double session Life coach/organizer Lisa Lelas NYT Best Seller Kristin Higgins And many more.. Agents: Mary Sue Seymour, The Seymour Agency Emmanuelle Morgen, Stonesong Literary Agency Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Management Rachael Dugas, Talcott Notch Literary Services Editors: Chelsey Emmelhainz, Avon Harper Collins Susan Litman, Harlequin (Can take pitches for all lines) Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Early bird registration rates are as follows (includes registration, breakfast, and lunch): CTRWA/CORW/Colony Romance Writer Members: $115 Non-members: $135 New Member Special: $141 (includes member rate registration, plus discounted membership to CTRWA!) Registration is NOW OPEN!!! Pitches are first come, first serve and are filling fast! See our website for more information: http://ctrwa.org/fiction-fest-2013/
  6. *** Permission to Forward Granted and Appreciated *** 2013 ScriptScene Mini-conference Atlanta Marriott Marquis Room M302 265 Peachtree Center Avenue - Atlanta, Georgia 30303 July 17, 2013 from 12:30PM to 4:30PM PRE-REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED VIA PAYPAL - seats are limited COST: Scriptscene Members: $15.00 Non members: $ 25 (includes 1-year membership) FMI and Payments - http://www.scriptscene.org/events-mini2013-2/ DOOR PRIZES TBA! Workshop Highlights Why You Need a Book Trailer (2 hours) - PJ Productions Get a behind the scenes look at how a book trailer is produced, the benefits of book trailers, essential elements of successful trailers, and more! Participants will learn to communicate written work in visual terms to increase sales and enliven their websites. PJ Productions is a full video production and editing service located in western Kentucky (Madisonville). In addition to producing book trailers, part of the Big Biting Pig Production team produces independent feature films in the region. PJ Woodside and Felicia Steward are experienced screenwriters, novelists, directors and producers. Skookum: The making of the Film (1 hour) - Evelyn (Lyn) Morgan Discover how an independent film gets made from script to film. As a first timer at this, Lyn will tell all from day one of the process through post production. Learn how things happen, the time sequence of what happens when, and experience the joys and terrors of this undertaking. Evelyn "Lyn" Morgan is a songwriter, a published crime and thriller novelist, and a produced screenwriter. Two of her scripts have been made into films thus far, with more scripts and novels in the pipeline. http://VictoriaMJohnson.com facebook.com/AuthorVictoriaMJohnson twitter.com/ByVictoriaJ
  7. ******PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED******* This year's Midwest Fiction Writer's Fall Harvest of Essentials will feature nationally known writer and speaker Jessica Brody and her "Save the Cat for Novelists" workshop. Fall Harvest will be: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Ramada Inn Mall of America, near the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport. Registration fee is $120 for MFW members, $135 for other. All writers (or would-be writers) are welcome to join us for a day that could change your writing career. Join us! http://www.midwestfiction.com/SaveTheDate.html Nancy Evertz writing as Nan Dixon 2013 Golden Heart R Finalist CLEAN SWEEP & SOUTHERN COMFORTS
  8. ****Permission to forward granted and appreciated**** On Wednesday, July 17, the RWA Women's Fiction Chapter will hold our 3rd annual Women's Fiction Mini-Conference at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Our featured speakers and panelists include: - Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency - Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly - Sara and Gwen Reyes, Fresh Fiction - Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books - Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author - HelenKay Dimon, award-winning author - Christie Ridgway, USA Today bestselling author For more information, visit the chapter website: http://www.rwa-wf.com/2013/04/15/rwa-2013-mini-conference/ You can register at the following link: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=1YU6Y6CurLFT4BuFl66H7g# Hope you can join us - we'd love to see you there! Andrea J. Wenger President, RWA Women's Fiction Chapter
  9. I'm back in!! Thanks so much for all your help, Patti and Pam!!
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