Chapter Events

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

Updated 06/09/2021




Contests


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**Open to published and unpublished authors

July Contests


The Carla Contest*

Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors
Fee: $25
Deadline: July 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. CT
Entry: books published in 2020
FMI, http://www.mararwa.com/contests


Conferences


July Conferences


Contemporary Romance's Virtual Conference

Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: free for CRW members; $40 for non-members
Date: July 10–11, 2021
Program: 20+ multi-track craft and career workshops for contemporary romance authors at all levels
FMI, https://contemporaryromance.org/events/crw-virtual-conference-july-2021/


Online Workshops


June Online Workshops


Brand U (held via Zoom)
Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
Fee: $15; free for RWAOL members
Date: June 26, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central/12:00 p.m. Mountain/11:00 a.m. Pacific
Presenters: J.T. Bock & Lynne Silver
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/june-26-brand-u/

Growth Hacking a Bestseller
Sponsor: Three Rivers Romance Writers
Fee: Free to TRRW members; $30 for non-members (same as membership)
Date: June 26, 2021, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST), with Q&A session following 6:00-6:30
Presenter: Liz Pelletier – Founder, CEO, and senior editor of Entangled Publishing
FMI, https://threeriversromancewriters.com/events/

Falling in Love with Series
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: June 26, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: Kay Harris
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/
 


July Online Workshops


BDSM
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Captivating Submission Package
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Fake It ‘Til You Make It: Beginning Tech Tips for Authors!
Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
Fee: $30, members; $35, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Kerry Blaisdell
FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops

Field Medical Emergencies and Procedures
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Martin Roy Hill
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Nuances of Dialogue
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: $20
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Sally J. Walker
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

Perfect Pairings
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Allie Pleiter
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Revisions: The Art of Layers
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Lynn Lovegreen
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Write a Good Manuscript for F’s Sake
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Katie McCoach
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Website Basics for Authors Part 2
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15, KOD members; $20, RWA members; $30, non-members
Date: July 12–23, 2021
Presenter: Crystal Ramos
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin



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Chapter: Kiss of Death 2021 Coffin Workshops

Begin Date: 01/01/2021
End Date: 12/01/2021
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The College of Felony and Intrigue (COFFIN) offers two tracks, Murder One and Killer Instinct, $15 for KOD members, $20 for RWA members, and $30 for non-members for 2-week workshops and $20 for KOD members, $25 for RWA members, and $35 for non-members for

Writing Conflict Hurts

Begin Date: 06/01/2021
End Date: 06/30/2021
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Writing conflict hurts – not just because it makes your characters suffer, but also because it’s painful to create and carry through on the page.  However, conflict drives story and holds an editor’s attention, which means it sells books. Conflict also en

A2P - Writing Believable Fight Scenes

Begin Date: 06/01/2021
End Date: 06/30/2021
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Knowing how to write a true-to-life fight scene requires getting into fights. Yes, multiple fights. Many of them. That's painful because your opponents tend to strike back. There is an alternate approach, though. Find someone who has been in their fair sh

HCRW Patchworking the Perfect Plot Through Relationship Arcs

Begin Date: 06/01/2021
End Date: 06/30/2021
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Do storyboards, sticky notes, spreadsheets and index cards give you hives? Does your manuscript wander in circles – yet you’re afraid a detailed outline will suck the heart and soul out of your writing? All you need is a simple word-processing program to

 
 
 

A2P - Writing Holiday Romances that Sell

Begin Date: 07/01/2021
End Date: 07/31/2021
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What is the hype with Holiday Romances? Have you ever wondered why so many people write them? Or why there are so many people that read them? This year alone Hallmark will come out with over one hundred new holiday romance movies! So what does it take to

 
 

A2P - Second Chance Romances

Begin Date: 07/12/2021
End Date: 07/25/2021
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Second chance romance is a popular trope that covers a lot of situations. A chance to make up after a split. A second chance at love for "older" heroines. Another chance for love after heartbreak or trauma. Second chances come in many forms and readers lo

A2P -Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health & Creativity

Begin Date: 08/01/2021
End Date: 08/31/2021
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Good self-care is the new multi-vitamin! Writers should still take a multi-vitamin, and Writer Wellness is a complimentary plan to help you stay on target for writing and life. WW is a lifestyle technique for anyone who loves to create with activities to

A2P - Old Friends: Making Your Characters Memorable

Begin Date: 08/01/2021
End Date: 08/31/2021
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In this workshop we’ll delve deep into your character’s psyche.  We’ll look beyond eye and hair color to dig deep into each character’s motivation, frustration, and fear. We’ll look at how fear and frustration create the motivation that can drives your ch

HCRW - Tag Lines and Ad Copy

Begin Date: 08/02/2021
End Date: 08/27/2021
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EVERYONE can write their own great ad copy if they have the right tools and mindset…so let me help you with that. This hands-on interactive workshop is incredibly effective with attendee participation.

 
 
 

A2P - Using Small Conflicts To Move a Story Along

Begin Date: 09/01/2021
End Date: 09/30/2021
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"Using Small Conflicts To Move a Story Along" will involve ways to cure sagging middles in any story.  Writers who don’t plot can find themselves painted into a corner or wondering what to do next. Even plotters sometimes find a story seems to be going no

A2P - Love Your Voice

Begin Date: 09/01/2021
End Date: 09/30/2021
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Want to immerse your readers in your story from page one to the end? Want readers eager to read your next book and the next and the next? That’s Voice! For many popular authors creating an engaging, evocative, and enthralling Voice seems effortless. But t

HCRW - Writing a Successful Holiday Romance

Begin Date: 09/06/2021
End Date: 09/30/2021
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What is the hype with Holiday Romances? Have you ever wondered why so many people write them Holiday Romances? Or why there are so many people that read them? This year alone Hallmark will come out with over One hundred and twenty new Holiday Romance Movi

 
 

A2P - The Inner Mind of a Computer Geek

Begin Date: 10/01/2021
End Date: 10/31/2021
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Arthur C. Clarke's third law states, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." This means that the minds of the people who create "sufficiently advanced technology" are equally magical. In this course, I'll delve into what mo

A2P - Don't Fear Writing the Synopsis

Begin Date: 10/01/2021
End Date: 10/31/2021
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Let’s face it – writing a synopsis and query letter can often be more difficult than writing the book itself.  However, it doesn’t have to be.   By putting your own personal creativity into writing the synopsis, you can come up with a “pitch” for your boo

HCRW - Website Tips and Tricks

Begin Date: 10/04/2021
End Date: 10/29/2021
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Website Tips & Tricks: 15 Lessons to Supercharge Your Author Website -You’ve finally figured out how to create a website to promote your book—great! But once you set it up, how will people find you? What are readers looking for anyway? How do you figure o