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    Chapter Events and Contests

    Local RWA chapters offer a number of conferences, contests, and workshops. Listed below are the chapter contests and conferences scheduled for the coming months.

    Please submit all contest, conference, and workshop announcements to chapterevents@rwa.org. A response WILL be sent via return mail. If you haven't received a response in 48 hours, please follow up. Thank you!

    Deadline and format instructions are provided at the end of the column below. Please also send notification of broken or incorrect links to chapterevents@rwa.org. Thank you!

     

    Updated 1/27/2015

     

    Contests


    *Open to published authors
    **Open to published and unpublished authors

    January Contests

    **Diamonds in the Desert

    Sponsor: Phoenix Desert Rose chapter of RWA
    Fee: $25 for RWA members, $30 non-members. Payment due at time of registration via PayPal only.
    Deadline: January 31, 2015
    Eligibility: Published or unpublished writers; work must be non-contracted and unpublished. Self-published is published.
    Entry: First 20 manuscript pages and a 3-page max synopsis all in one file. 
    Categories: Contemporary, Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal, Historical, Inspirational, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, and Romantic Suspense.
    Judges: First round judges are published and unpublished authors.
    Final Judges: Agents and editors attending the 2016 Desert Dreams conference sponsored by Desert Rose RWA®.
    Top Prize: All winners receive a certificate and digital banner to use on your website, Facebook®, Twitter®, etc.
    FMI, please visit http://desertroserwa.org/desert-diamonds. Questions? Contact diamonds@desertroserwa.org.

    February Contests

    *2014 New England Readers’ Choice Contest for Published Authors

    Sponsor: New England Chapter (NECRWA)
    Fee: $25.00
    Deadline: February 1, 2015
    Entry: Paper copies only of romance genre books published in 2014 (including indie published).
    Categories: Historical, Contemporary, YA, Erotic Romance, Fantasy/SF/Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, First Book.
    Judges: Readers, Booksellers and Librarians.
    FMI, contact Pat Grasso at readers-choice@necrwa.org or visit http://necrwa.org/blog1/contests/#beanpot.

    Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest

    Sponsor: NEORWA (Northeast Ohio RWA)
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Deadline: February 14, 2015
    Entry: First chapter up to 5,000 words for all categories except novella category (first chapter up to 2,000 words).
    Judges: Experienced published and unpublished authors.
    Final Judges: Three industry professionals.
    Top prize: Refund of entry fee, a winner certificate, and a contest winner logo graphic.
    FMI, visit http://www.neorwa.com/contest/.

    **2015 California Hooker Contest

    Sponsors: OCC RWA, LA Romance Authors, San Diego RWA, East Valley Authors
    Fee: $10.00
    Deadline: February 15, 2015
    Entry: All electronic. Entry should consist of the first three pages of an unpublished manuscript.
    Judges: PAN and PRO members.
    Final judges: Editors attending the 2015 California Dreamin’ Writers Conference.
    FMI, entry form, and official rules, visit http://www.caldreaminwritersconf.org.

    March Contests

    *15th Annual Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award

    Sponsor: Faith, Hope and Love Chapter
    Fee: $20 FHL Members, $25 NonMembers
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
    Eligibility: Inspirational books with a 2014 copyright.
    Entry: Four new autographed copies of each entry.
    Categories: Long Contemporary, Short Contemporary, Long Historical, Short Historical, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Novella
    Judges: Readers of Inspirational fiction.
    Top Prize: Winner in each category receives an engraved box.
    FMI, http://www.faithhopelove-rwa.org/irc.html or contest coordinator, Nancy Farrier, nancyjfarrier@gmail.com. 

    **Fabulous Five Contest 2015

    Sponsor: WisRWA (Wisconsin Romance Writers)
    Fee: $18 WisRWA members; $25 Non WisRWA members
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
    Eligibility: Unpublished in novel length fiction in last 5 years.
    Entry: First 2500 words of ms. No synopsis.
    Judges: Trained, published & unpublished.
    Final Round Judges: One agent and one editor per category TBD.
    Top Prize: Silver Quill Awarded to top entry in each category, finalists announced in RWR.
    FMI, WisRWA website www.wisrwa.org link to Fab 5 contest for rules, entry form, and sample scoresheet. Email contest coordinator Molly Maka at fabfivecontest@gmail.com for questions not answered from website information.

    *2015 Award of Excellence

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00
    Receipt Deadline: March 2, 2015
    Eligibility: Contest opens December 1st for published books with an original copyright date in 2014. Print books and eBooks accepted.
    Entry: 3 print copies of the entered book and 1 eBook copy – or – 1 .pdf/epub eBook copy of the entered book/eBook.
    Categories: Contemporary Series, Contemporary Single Title, Romantic Suspense, Historical, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy/Futuristic, Inspirational, Young Adult w/Romantic Elements, New Adult, Mainstream w/Romantic Elements, Erotic Romance/Spicy, Novella.
    Judges: Romance novel lovers, readers, editors, booksellers, aspiring authors, and published authors.
    Top Prize: Award of Excellence Trophy.
    FMI, contact AOE Coordinator at aoecoordinator1@gmail.com or visit  http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/aoecontest.

    *2015 PRISM Contest for Published Authors

    Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal RWA
    Fee: $30–40.00
    Deadline: March 13, 2015
    Eligibility: Traditionally published and self-published books with a copyright date of 2014.
    Entry: Physical and Ebook submissions accepted.
    Categories: Dark Paranormal, Erotica, Fantasy, Futuristic, Light Paranormal, Novella, Steampunk/Time Travel, Young Adult.
    Judges: Published/Unpublished Authors and Romance Readers of FF&P Romance.
    Top Prize: FF&P Prism statue.
    FMI, visit http://www.romance-ffp.com/prism-contest-published/.

    **Fire & Ice 2015

    Sponsor: Chicago North RWA
    Fee: $25 for RWA members & $30 for non-RWA members
    Deadline: March 14, 2015
    Eligibility: The author cannot be published or contracted in novel-length fiction of 20,000 words or more, within five years of the contest deadline (between March 14, 2010 and March 14, 2015). Chicago North members are not eligible to enter.
    Entry: All electronic, up to first 6,000 words.
    Judges: Minimum 3 first-round judges, at least one a published author.
    Final judges: an agent & editor for each category.
    Categories: Contemporary, Historical, YA/NA, Paranormal & Women’s Fiction.
    FMI, contact Cari Ballentine at contest@chicagonorthrwa.org or visit www.chicagonorthrwa.org/fire-and-ice-contest.

    The 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for Unpublished Writers

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death Chapter RWA
    Fee: $15–30.00
    Deadline: March 15, 2015
    Entry: prologue/first chapter up to 5,000 words. All electronic entry.
    Final Judges: See website.
    FMI: www.rwamysterysuspense.org or email Brooke Wills at daphnecontest@gmail.com.

    *The 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for Published Authors

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death Chapter RWA
    Fee: $30.00
    Deadline: March 15, 2015
    Entry: 2014 copyrighted mystery or romantic suspense.
    FMI, www.rwamysterysuspense.org or email Brooke Wills at daphnecontest@gmail.com.

    **The Royal Ascot

    Sponsor: The Beau Monde
    Fee: $25 for Beau Monde Members for the first entry, $30 for Non Beau Monde Members for the first entry, $20 for subsequent entries.
    Deadline: Opens February 16, 2015. Entries must be received by March 27, 2015
    Eligibility: Open to unpublished authors and published writers seeking representation and/or a publisher. All works entered should be uncontracted and unpublished (”self-published” is published). All entries must have at least partial Regency (Late Georgian) setting, broadly defined: within the United Kingdom between 1780 and 1840.
    Categories: Used to determine first round judges only. Regency Historical (longer Regency or Mainstream Regency-set); Hot Regency (very sensual to erotic Regency, at author’s discretion); Wild Regency (paranormal, time travel, other similar Regency); Sweet & Mild Regency (traditional, inspirational, young adult, or other without explicit sex).
    Judges: Three first-round judges, at least one published in Regency romance.
    Final Judges: Agents and editors (TBD).
    Top Prize: One grand prize winner receives $100 and a certificate; all finalists receive $25 and a certificate. Grand Prize winner and finalists will be featured in all publicity.
    FMI, main.thebeaumonde.com/resources/the-royal-ascot-contest or email beaumonderoyalascot@gmail.com.

    **The Rosemary

    Sponsor: YARWA: Young Adult RWA
    Fee: $15 YARWA members/$25 non-members
    Deadline: March 31, 2015
    Eligibility: Published and unpublished authors. Submitted manuscripts must be new, original, YA or NA fiction that has not been published, self-published, or contracted.
    Entry: First 25 pages of manuscript (manuscript wordcount of at least 40k).
    Categories: Contemporary YA, Historical YA, Paranormal YA, Fusion YA, New Adult.
    Judges: 3 trained judges for first round. Lowest score dropped.
    Final Judges: Agent/Editor Judges TBA.
    Top Prize: All finalists will receive a website badge and mention in RWR. Category winner will receive a YARWA class of their choice. 
    FMI, http://yarwa.com.

     

    Conferences

    February Workshop

    Master Class with Margie Lawson: Empowering Character Emotions

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Location: Ramada Fresno North, 324 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93710
    Fee: Advance registration – $79, Registration at the door – $85
    Date: February 21, 2015
    Topic: Empowering Character Emotions. All-day, single-speaker conference.
    FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/2015-yrw-writers-seminar.

    March Conferences and Workshops

    Power of the Pen Writers Conference

    Sponsor: Inland Empire Chapter of RWA
    Location: Red Lion Inn at the Park, Spokane, WA
    Fee: $55–95.00
    Date: March 7, 2015
    Keynote Speaker: Mary Buckham; Featured Speakers—Liz Pelletier and Rebecca Zanetti.
    Publishing Houses: Entangled Publishing; Boroughs Publishing.
    Agencies: The Knight Agency; D4EO Literary Agency.
    Conference Features: Workshops, multi-track, panels, appointments, & book fair/signing.
    FMI, www.iecrwaconference.com.

    Pages to Publication All-Day Workshop

    Sponsor: CRW Chesapeake Romance Writers
    Location: Williamsburg Regional Library in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
    Note: Early booking of Hampton Inn block of rooms at conference rate of $89.00 also ends February 14.
    Fee: CRW members $50.00, non-members $70.00 ( A $10.00 discount for 
    early registration by February 14)
    Date: March 14, 2015
    Topic: Mary Behre will present Winning Contests—How to get the most BANG for your Buck, and Meridith Bond will present Jumping Into Self-Publishing.
    Workshop Features: Three editors taking pitches—Amanda Barett, Wild Rose Press; Valerie Mann, Decadent Publishing; Dominique Eastwick, Musa Publishing. The Rudy Award for our contest winners, editor appointments, author signing, door prizes and TWO  empowering presentations by our speakers, all near beautiful historic Colonial Williamsburg, Merchants Square, and a cookie's throw to Mad about Chocolate.
    FMI, visit www.crwrwa.org or e-mail georgianamarie@cox.net.

    Advanced Story Mastery

    Sponsor: Connecticut RWA
    Location: Four Points Sheraton, Meriden, CT
    Date: March 21–22, 2015 
    Presenter: Michael Hauge, Hollywood story & script consultant, author & lecturer.
    Workshop Features: Unite story structure, character arc and love stories; develop layered characters; pitch your manuscript.
    FMI, visit www.ctrwa.org.

    2015 California Dreamin’ Writers Conference

    Sponsors: OCC RWA, LA Romance Authors, San Diego RWA, East Valley Authors
    Location: Embassy Suites, Brea, California
    Fee: $285–325.00
    Date: March 27–29, 2015
    Featured Speakers: Sylvia Day, Vicky Dreiling.
    Conference features: agent & editor appointments, critique groups, workshops on craft, industry, and self-publishing track; 2015 California Hooker Contest awards, add-on Book Camp with April Kihlstrom, raffle baskets, door prizes, book fair and author signing.
    FMI, and to register visit http://www.caldreaminwritersconf.org.

    April Conferences and Workshops

    Before You Hit Send

    Sponsor: Florida Romance Writers
    Location: Hyatt Place, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Fee: $50-$60.00
    Date: April 11, 2015
    Featured Speaker: Angela James
    Conference Features: all-day workshop on editing the manuscript.
    FMI, and to register visit http://www.frwriters.org.

    Making Magic

    Sponsor: Indiana Romance Writers of America
    Location: The Propylaeum, 1410 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Fee: $80.00 includes conference, lunch, afternoon tea, and swag bag
    Date: April 18, 2015
    Speakers: StoryWonk creators, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Lani Diane Rich and Writer & Web Guru Alastair Stephens.
    Conference Features: Workshops (Why Story Matters, How Story Works, Romantic Comedy/Women’s Fiction, SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal, How to Survive Being a Writer), Afternoon Tea, Lani Diane Rich book signing, raffle.
    FMI, www.indianarwa.com.

    Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference

    Sponsor: New England Chapter Romance Writers of America (NECRWA)
    Location: Boston Marriott, Burlington, MA
    Fee: $199–229.00
    Date: April 24–25, 2015
    Presenters: NYT best-selling author Sabrina Jeffries; NYT & USA Today best-selling author Lauren Dane; award-winning author Barbara Wallace.
    Conference Features: craft, business, and writer's life workshops, editor/agent appointments and panel, literacy book signing, excellent giveaways.
    FMI visit necrwa.org/conference or email conference@necrwa.org.

    30th Annual Retreat From Harsh Reality

    Sponsor: Mid-Michigan RWA
    Location: Bay Pointe Inn, Shelbyville, Michigan 
    Fee: $160 on or before 2/15, $175 after 2/15
    Date: April 24–26, 2015
    Featured Speaker: RWA Co-founder Rita Clay Estrada.
    Conference features: Mini-sessions, basket raffle and auction, lots of free time to write, brainstorm, and network.
    FMI, http://midmichiganrwa.org/.

    Online Workshops

    February Online Workshops

    Four Pitches You Need To Polish Now

    Sponsor: NEORWA
    Fee: Cost: $15.00
    Date: February 1-21, 2015
    Presenter: Julie Sturgeon. FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/.

    Killer Openings

    Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
    Fee: Cost: $15.00
    Date: Feb 1–27, 2015
    Presenter: Alexa Bourne. FMI, http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/.

    Creating Your Hero's Fatal Flaw

    Sponsor: Scriptscene RWA
    Fee: $15 Scriptscene members, $20 RWA members, $25 non-RWA
    Date: February 2–15, 2015
    Presenter: Laurie Schnebly Campbell. FMI, http://www.scriptscene.org/creating-your-heros-fatal-flaw-by-laurie-schnebly-campbell/. 

    Let’s Keep it Short—Writing Short Stories and Novellas

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 for MRW Members/$30 Non-MRW Members
    Date: February 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Becky Martinez. FMI,  http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/lets-keep-it-short-writing-short-stories-and-novellas/.

    Are We There Yet? Getting Your Manuscript in Tip-Top Shape

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: February 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops. 

    Advanced Cross Marketing Magic for Authors

    Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: FTHRW Members, free; Non-Members, $25.00
    Date: February 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Deborah Magnus. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops.

    Coffee Break Business Plan

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00 for CRW members, $25.00 all other students
    Dates: February 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Amy Denim. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops.

    Scrivener for Windows

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $25.00 for CRW members, $30.00 all other students
    Dates: February 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Rebeca Schiller. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops.

    Synopsis and Blurb Writing for Today’s Hybrid Author

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: February 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Pam McCutcheon. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.

    Underwater Investigations

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: February 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Pam Beason, P.I. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.

    Male POV: Creating Better Heroes

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Dates: February 2–28, 2015
    Presenter: Sascha Illyvich. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#FEB1.

    Scrivener PC | MAC

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Dates: February 2–28, 2015
    Presenter: Pat Haggerty. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#FEB3.

    Writing Great Historical Fiction

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Dates: February 2–28, 2015
    Presenter: Gillian Bagwell. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#FEB2.

    Be Your Character's Life Coach
    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: February 16-March 15, 2015
    Presenter: Terrel Hoffman. FMI, http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html. 

    MM’s Top Five Grammar Commandments

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $40.00 for CRW members, $55.00 all other students
    Dates: February 16–April 10, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops. 


    March Online Workshops

    Writing the Page-Turning Novel

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: March 2–13, 2015
    Presenter: Steve Shrott. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#MAR. 

    Crafting the Short Story

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: March 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#MAR. 

    Deep Story Techniques I

    Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR)
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: March 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Carol Hughes. FMI, http://www.starrwa.org/ or carolhenry@frontiernet.net. 

    How Not to Pick an Editor

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: March 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Sascha Illyvich. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#MAR. 

    Military 101

    Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: FTHRW Members, free; Non-Members, $25.00
    Date: March 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Rhonda Beardsley. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops. 

    Writer as Word Wrangler

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 for MRW Members/$30 Non-MRW Members
    Dates: March 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/writer-as-word-wrangler/. 

    Writing the Continuing Series

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: March 2–27, 2015
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops. 

    Creating Cop Characters

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: March 2–30, 2015
    Presenter: Chief Wes Harris. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin. 

    Indy vs. Traditional: It’s Not a Competition

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: March 2–30, 2015
    Presenter: Pam Beason. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.php. 

    “HOW’D I MISS THAT?” Tips and Tricks for Self-Editing

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: March 2–31, 2015
    Presenter: Kathryn Jane. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAR2. 

    New Kid on the Block: A Guide to Writing New Adult

    Sponsor: Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 non-members
    Date: March 2–31. 2015
    Presenter: Chanel Cleeton. FMI, http://www.carolinaromancewriters.com/online-workshop-schedule.html. 

    Writing Fight Scenes

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Dates: March 2–31, 2015
    Presenter: Rayne Hall. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAR1. 

    Perfecting the Pitch: What Do Editors Really Want To Know About Your Book?
    Sponsor: Passionate Ink
    Fee: Free to PI members; $10.00 others
    Date: March 3–4, 2015
    Presenter: Trish Owens. FMI, http://www.passionateink.org/workshops/.
    Ready, Set, Write: How to Prepare for a Successful Writing Intensive
    Sponsor: Passionate Ink
    Fee: $15 PI members/$20 others
    Date: March 5–April 2, 2015
    Presenter: Maria Connor. FMI, http://www.passionateink.org/workshops/.

    Writing Fiction with Impact

    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: March 16–April 12, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html. 

    April Online Workshops

    How To Be A Successful Self-Published Author

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 members; $30 nonmembers
    Dates: April 1–29, 2015
    Presenter: Eliza Knight. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/how-be-a-successful-self-published-author/. 

    The Big Picture: Plotting and Production

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: April 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Maria Connor. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin. 

    Deep POV Workshop

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: April 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Laurie Sanders. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#APR4. 

    Plotting from Character

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: April 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Shannon Donnelly. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#APR2. 

    Raising Your Private Eye’s IQ

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: April 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Steven Brown, former Special Agent FBI. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin. 

    Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: April 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#APR1. 

    WriteSEX–The Industry, Writing and the Business Of Erotica

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: April 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Sascha Illyvich. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#APR3. 

    Deep Story Techniques II

    Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR)
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: April 3–30, 2015
    Presenter: Carol Hughes. FMI, http://www.starrwa.org/ or carolhenry@frontiernet.net. 

    Sins Against the Sentence and How to Atone for Them

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: April 6–30, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#APRIL. 

    Incorporating Humor Into Your Writing

    Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: FTHRW Members, free; Non-Members, $25.00
    Date: April 6–May 1, 2015
    Presenter: Ally Broadfield. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops. 

    Intensive Journey Cycle Workshop

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $35.00
    Date: April 6–May 15, 2015
    Presenter: Robin Matheson. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#APRIL. 

    Behind Bars: A Look Inside a Federal Penitentiary

    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: April 13–May 10, 2015
    Presenters: Nancy J. Farrier and Gerry Legg, Jr. FMI, http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html. 

    Writing Naughty New Adult (18-21)

    Sponsor: Passionate Ink
    Fee: $15 PI members/$20 others
    Date: April 16–30, 2015
    Presenter: Avery Aster. FMI, http://www.passionateink.org/workshops/. 

     


    CONTEST FORMAT: Contest Name
    Sponsor (chapter name)
    Fee
    Deadline
    Eligibility
    Entry
    Categories
    Judges
    Final Judges
    Top Prize
    FMI (entry form, rules, score sheet, contact, Web site info)

    CONFERENCE FORMAT:
    Conference Name
    Sponsor (chapter name)
    Location (place, city, state)
    Fee
    Date
    Speakers [up to five individuals (authors, agents, editors, specialists, etc.), also indicate which ONE speaker is to be featured in the RWR]
    Publishing Houses (house names only, no additional individual editor names)
    Agencies (agency names only, no additional individual agent names)
    Conference Features (workshops, multi-track, panels, appointments, critiques, awards, book fair/signing, raffles)
    FMI (contact, Web site info)

    WORKSHOP FORMAT (FOR INTENSIVE, HANDS-ON, SINGLE-TOPIC, OR SINGLE-SPEAKER CONFERENCES):
    Workshop Name
    Sponsor (chapter name)
    Location (place, city, state)
    Fee
    Date
    Presenter
    Topic
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    FMI (contact, Web site info)

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    Fee
    Date
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