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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 12/20/2014

     

    Contests


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    **Open to published and unpublished authors

    January Contests

    *2015 Golden Quill Contest

    Sponsor: Desert Rose RWA
    Fee: $30 per entry; 3 for $75.00
    Eligibility: Published Authors
    Deadline: January 9, 2015
    Entry: Novel or Novella copyrighted in 2014 (print and e-formats accepted)
    Judges: Romance readers and librarians.
    FMI, visit http://desertroserwa.org/golden-quill-rules.

    The Smooch 2015

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $15–25.00
    Deadline: January 9, 2015
    Entry: "First Kiss" scene, 4–8 pages, unpublished work-in-progress; electronic only.
    Eligibility: Unpublished authors; see website for specifics.
    Judges: published romance authors.
    Final Judge: TBA.
    Prizes: The Smooch trophy & $50 to winner; personalized gift to 2nd & 3rd place; certificate & announcement in RWR to all winners.
    FMI, visit http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/smooch-contest or email Sharon Lathan at sharon.lathan@gmail.com.

    *2015 Booksellers’ Best Award
    Sponsor: Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America
    Fee: $27 and $6 for Best First Book
    Deadline: January 15, 2015
    Eligibility: Books must have a publishing date of 2014. RWA Members Only. Books must be printed and bound. 
    Entry: Form and fee. Entrants will receive instruction on where to send 4 autographed copies of each entry on or before Feburary 1, 2015.
    Categories: Short Contemporary, Long Contemporary, Single Title w/ Strong Romantic Elements, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult, Erotic, Historical, Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic, Inspirational, and Novella. We also offer the Patti Shenberger Best First Book Award.
    Judges: Booksellers and Librarians.
    Top Prize: Poster of winners’ names and covers; uniquely designed award for each winner; gift for winning book’s editor; reception for all finalists at RWA National Conference where winners are announced; winners’ names listed in the RWR; finalists’ names, winners’ names, and book covers posted on GDRWA site; certificates to all finalists and winners.
    FMI, visit http://www.gdrwa.org/contests.html. For questions, e-mail Shelly Bell at bba2015@aol.com

    *2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

    Sponsor: Southern Magic Romance Writers
    Fee: $30 first book; $25 subsequent books
    Deadline: January 15, 2014
    Eligibility: All authors of novel-length or novella-length romance fiction (traditionally and self-published).
    Entry: Books must have an original publication date and copyright of 2014. Electronic books may be entered when not available in print. Must provide a copyright page produced by the publisher. Limit of two books per author.
    Categories: Historical; Romantic Suspense; PF&S; Contemporary; Teen; Inspirational; New Adult; and Novella (20,000 – 40,000 Words).
    Judges: Avid readers of romance, booksellers, and/or librarians (authors may not judge this contest).
    FMI, http://www.southernmagic.org; Contest Coordinators Heather Cover & Julia Muscari, GWContest@southernmagic.org.

    **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: Contest opens Jan 1; closes Jan 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.

    *2015 Award of Excellence

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00
    Receipt Deadline: February 2, 2015
    Eligibility: Contest opens November 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/.mobi/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, certificate and letter congratulating the author; letter congratulating the editor.
    FMI, contact AOE Coordinator at aoecoordinator1@yahoo.com or visit http://www.crw-rwa.ning.com, select Contests, and Award of Excellence.

    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 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.

    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

    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.

     

    Online Workshops

    January Online Workshops

    Developing Stronger Characters Through Journaling

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Dates: January 5–16, 2015
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JAN4.

    Creating a Marketing Plan

    Sponsor: Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $10 for CRW and HCRW members, all others $15
    Date: January 5–16, 2015
    Presenter: Jennifer L. Hart. FMI, http://www.carolinaromancewriters.com/online-workshop-schedule.html.

    Sex as a Tool for Character Transformation

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: January 5–16, 2015
    Presenter: Jeffe Kennedy. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JAN1.

    Start Spreading Your News with GIMP!

     Sponsor: Toronto Romance Writers
    Fee: $30
    Date: January 5-19, 2015
    Presenter: Sharon Clare
    FMI : http://torontoromancewriters.com/event/start-spreading-your-news-with-gimp/

    Polishing Your NaNo Novel for Submittal

    Sponsor: Young Adult RWA
    Fee: $15 YARWA member, $25 Non-member
    Date: January 5–25, 2015
    Presenter: Theodora Lane, aka Lynn Lorenz. FMI, http://yarwa.com/programs/.

    Completing Your Mystery

    Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR)
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: January 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Jacqueline Corcoran. FMI, http://www.starrwa.org/ or carolhenry@frontiernet.net.

    How to Write FAST

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: January 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Peter Andrews. FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops.

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

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 MRW Members/$30 non-members
    Date: January 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Chanel Cleeton. FMI, www.marylandromancewriters.com.

    The Book Factory: Producing Multiple Novels in One Year

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Dates: January 5–31, 2015
    Presenter: Kerri Nelson. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JAN3.

    Dialogue: Don’t Let ‘Em Say What You Mean

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Dates: January 5–31, 2015
    Presenter: Shannon Donnelly. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JAN2.

    Inside the World of a Forensic Specialist

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: January 5–31, 2015
    Presenter: Lisa Black, forensic specialist. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.

    Self-Editing for Mystery Writers

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: January 5–31, 2015
    Presenter: Jim Jackson. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.

    Swear to Tell the Truth: How to Write Realistic Courtroom/Legal Scenes

    Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: FTHRW Members, free; Non-Members, $15.00
    Date: January 12–23, 2015
    Presenter: Jody Lebel. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops

    February Online Workshops

    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 1–27, 2015
    Presenter: Becky Martinez. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/category/workshops/.

    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/. 

    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.

    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.
     

    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/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. 

    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. 

     


    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
    Workshop Features (critiques, book fair/signing)
    FMI (contact, Web site info)

    ONLINE WORKSHOP FORMAT:
    On-Line Workshop Name
    Sponsor (chapter name)
    Fee
    Date
    Presenter
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