Chapter Events

View events hosted by RWA chapters. Looking for more chapter contests, workshops, and events? Scroll down the page to see what RWA's chapters are offering in the coming months.

 

Chapter: SRW 2019 Chapter Meetings

Begin Date: 10/01/2019
End Date: 12/31/2019
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Chapter: HCRW October Workshop: Horses with Kathryn Jane

Begin Date: 10/01/2019
End Date: 10/25/2019
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What do you do when a horse shows up in your story? Do you panic? Hit the brakes? Inform her she can’t have a horse?  Not if you take this course filled with basic horsemanship, in-depth equine knowledge, critical terminology and a bonus list of

Chapter: DRRWA Golden Quill Contest 2020

Begin Date: 10/01/2019
End Date: 01/10/2020
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Chapter: SVR 2019 October Self Defense with Theo Schubert

Begin Date: 10/26/2019
End Date: 10/26/2019
Location: Rancho Cordova
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White Rock Community Center 10488 White Rock Road Rancho Cordova, CA 96741. Meeting cost includes program and a light breakfast/morning snack, coffee (Keurig—feel free to bring your own pods!), water, and tea. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. P

Chapter: SVR Holiday Tea and Presentation w/Kimberly V Meter

Begin Date: 11/16/2019
End Date: 11/16/2019
Location: Rancho Cordova
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November Meeting White Rock Community Center 10488 White Rock Road  Rancho Cordova, CA 96741  Meeting cost includes program and a light breakfast/morning snack, coffee (Keurig—feel free to bring your own pods!), water, and tea. Check-in begins a

Chapter: CTRWA November Meeting

Begin Date: 11/16/2019
End Date: 11/16/2019
Location: Meriden
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Saturday, November 16, 2019, 11 AM-5 PM

Chapter: DARA 2019 Writer's Retreat

Begin Date: 11/22/2019
End Date: 11/24/2019
Location: Gunter
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Chapter: CTRWA 2019 Holiday Party

Begin Date: 12/14/2019
End Date: 12/14/2019
Location: Guilford
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Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Chapter: SRW 2020 Chapter Meetings

Begin Date: 01/01/2020
End Date: 12/31/2020
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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 email. 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 10/08/2019


Contests

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


October Contests


**MARA Fiction from the Heartland
Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors (MARA)
Fee: $35
Opens: August 1, 2019
Deadline: October 7, 2019
Eligibility: Open to any writer, unpublished in book-length fiction (40K) in the past five years of deadline AND uncontracted in book-length fiction at the time of deadline. Contest is not open to MARA members. See contest rules for detailed eligibility requirements.
Entry: The first page of each entry must start with Prologue or Chapter 1 and shall NOT exceed 10,000 words, including any prologue AND Synopsis. (Synopsis is required.) See contest rules for complete list of entry requirements.
Categories: Category Romance, Contemporary Single Title, Historical, Romance Suspense, Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Young Adult Romance/New Adult Romance, Inspirational.
Judges: TBA
FMI, visit http://www.mararwa.com/contests/.


November Contests


**34th Annual Hook, Line & Sinker
Sponsor: Hudson Valley RWA (HVR)
Fee: $10.00 through September 15th; $15.00 September 16 through November 1st
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Eligibility: Published and unpublished romance and YA authors
Entry: Hone your skills for hooking an editor or an agent. Open to published and unpublished authors. Submit the first three pages of your unpublished romance manuscript. All romance genres accepted. Electronic entries only.
Judges: Experiences published and unpublished authors.
Final Judge: Co-Founder and President of The Wild Rose Press, Rhonda Penders.
Top Prize: Trophies awarded 1st through 3rd places.
FMI, entry form, rules and a sample of the scoresheet, please visit http://www.hudsonvalleyrwa.com/ or email hudsonvalleycontest@gmail.com


January Contests


*2019 Booksellers Best Award Contest
Sponsor: Greater Detroit RWA
Fee: $30–40.00
Deadline: January 6, 2020 (books must be received by January 20th)
Eligibility: The contest is open for books published in 2019.
Entry: Submit four copies of your finished book to your GDRWA coordinator.
Categories: Many categories, including best first book.
Judges: Books are judged by booksellers or librarians from across the United States.
Top Prize: Prizes include a uniquely designed award for each winner, a badge for all finalists, and a reception for all finalists at RWA National Conference. The winners and their book covers will also be posted on the GDRWA website.
FMI, please visit http://www.gdrwa.org/contest/.

*23rd Annual Golden Quill Contest
Sponsor: Phoenix Desert Rose
Fee: $30, single entry; $60, 2 entries; $75, 3 entries in any combination of titles/categories
Deadline: Registration and books must be received by Friday, January 10, 2020.
Eligibility: Open to any traditional or self-published RWA member-authors with an original copyright date of 2019.
Entry: Entries must be book-length fiction with a minimum of 40,000 words (except for the romantic novella category, which accepts stories of less than 40,000 words).
Categories: Best First Book, Category Series Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic/Hot/Sexy, Fantasy/Science Fiction/Futuristic, Historical, Inspirational, LGBTQ, Romantic Novella, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense, Sweet, Young Adult.
Judges: Librarians and romance readers. Finalists announced in May, with winners awarded plaques in June and announced in the July issue of Romance Writers Report.
FMI, visit http://drrwa.rwa.org and click on Events for complete rules, entry instructions and payment options.

*HOLT Medallion
Sponsor: Virginia Romance Writers (VRW)
Fee: $30.00
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Entry: Published fiction in one of the established contest categories. Entrants also have the opportunity to enter the “Best First Book” or “Best Book by a Virginia Author” if applicable.
Judges: Romance readers. Each book will be judged by at least 3 judges.
FMI, visit http://virginiaromancewriters.com/holt-medallion/ or contact the coordinators at HOLTMedallion@gmail.com.

The Great Expectations Contest
Sponsor: North Texas RWA
Fee: $25–30.00
Deadline: January 20, 2020
Entry: First 5K words of an unpublished/uncontracted work.
Judges: First round: your fellow authors, pre- and published; final round: agents or editors.
Prize: $50 / first place only.
FMI, https://ntrwa.org/contests/great-expectations/.


Conferences


October Conferences and Workshops


2019 Moonlight & Magnolias Conference - Choosing the Write Road
Sponsor: Georgia Romance Writers
Location: Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Fee: GRW Member: $270/RWA Member: $285 (Price goes up August 1st)
Date: October 3–6, 2019
Speakers: Keynote Speaker,  Jennifer Armentrout; GRW Featured Speaker, Susan Carlisle; Craft Speaker, Alyssa Day; Indie Featured Speaker, Tawdra Kandle.
Conference Features: 30+ workshops on craft, business, and motivation for all levels of experience; indie/traditional/hybrid workshops; agent & editor panels and pitch appointments; pitch workshop with a published author; Maggie Awards Banquet; public book fair/signing; basket and critique raffles; life coaches meeting with attendees; dedicated time for writing, plotting, critiquing, and social networking; professional photographer available by appointment throughout the conference.
FMI, http://www.garomancewriters.org, mmconferencechair@gmail.com, @GaRomance (Twitter).

Wired for Story: How to Become a Story Genius
Sponsor: Valley Forge Romance Writers
Location: Montgomery Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Fee: $25–55.00
Date: October 5, 2019
Presenter: Lisa Cron
Workshop Features: This is a full-day, bring-your-own-lunch workshop. This workshop will give you actionable ways to hook readers, and do it fast, without having to endlessly write draft after draft.
FMI, https://www.VFRW.com.

2019 Writer's Retreat
Sponsor: Las Vegas Romance Writers
Location: JW Marriott, Las Vegas, NV
Fee: LVRW member $195, non-LVRW member $215
Date: October 11–13, 2019
Presenter: Rebekah Ganiere
Topic: Rebekah will present two workshops - "Writing for the Darkside: Villians, Antagonist and Monsters," and "Playing God: World Building for Every Genre."
Workshop Features: workshops, critique sessions, brainstorming sessions, networking, and some meals.
FMI, www.LVRWA.org.

“Work Your Writing” Mini-Conference with Shirley Jump
Sponsor: First Coast Romance Writers
Location: Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 561 Chaffee Point BLVD, Jacksonville, FL 32221
Fee: $55.00, FCRW members. $65.00, non-members
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Presenter: Shirley Jump.
Conference Features: A full-day workshop on “The Novel Brainmap: create intricate plots and unforgettable characters” and “Writing Compelling Scenes.” Participants will enjoy a catered lunch and should bring cash for the raffle prizes, critique raffles, and book signings!
FMI, visit https://workyourwriting2019.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets and https://www.firstcoastromancewriters.com/super-sat-19 for more information.

Emerald City Writers Conference: A Story for Everyone
Sponsor: Greater Seattle RWA (GSRWA)
Location: Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA
Fee: Early-bird GSRWA Member $275, Early-bird Non-GSRWA $300, registration opens June 1st
Date: October 18–20, 2019
Speakers: Jennifer Probst, Alisha Rai, Grace Draven, Rebecca Zanetti and others.
Publishing Houses: Lake Union Publishing, Carina Press, and others.
Agencies: The Seymour Agency, 5x5 Media, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Conference Features: master class, multi-track workshops and panels, editor/agent appointments, awards, book fair/signing, raffles.
FMI, www.gsrwa.org/ecwc/conference.

Put Your Heart in a Book Conference
Sponsor: New Jersey Romance Writers
Location: Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 Route 1 South, Iselin, NJ 08830.
Fee: NJRW Members: $275/$285 Early Bird/Regular. Non-NJRW Members $285/$295. Pre-conference Workshop with Bob Mayer $50. Registration opens June 1.
Date: Friday–Sunday, October 18–20, 2019
Speakers: Maya Rodale, Priscilla Oliveras, Dee Davis, Bob Mayer
Publishing Houses: St. Martin's; Tule Publishing; Entangled; City Owl
Agencies: Corvisiero; Speilberg; Prospect; Dystel, Goderich & Bourret; Writers House
Conference Features: Workshops, Editor/Agent Pitch Sessions, Published Author Retreat, PRO Member Presentation, Kick-Off Party: 35th anniversary celebration, Book Fair and Author Signing - Open to the public! NEW! - Movie Night, Sunday Writing Retreat, Networking Opportunities.
FMI, https://www.njromancewriters.org/conference.html.

Facebook Parties for Authors
Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
Fee: $10.00
Date: October 21–27, 2019
Presenter: Linda Rees
FMI, Ruchama Burrell, workshop chairperson, wokshops@fthrw.com

The Write Business Conference: Crimes & Characters
Sponsor: Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA)
Location: The Sheraton at Keystone Crossing, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Fee: $95, Registration opens July 1, 2019.
Date: October 26, 2019
Speakers: Damon Suede and Geoff Symon.
Workshop Features: Limited seating for this one-day conference featuring these two amazing and respected experts in their fields, discussing “Character Building: Action Figures” and “Scene of the Crime: Perpetrating & Investigating your Fictional Felonies.” Raffle Baskets, lunch on own with numerous options at adjoining mall, and presenter book signing.
FMI, visit https://indianarwa.com/conference. Questions, email IRWAPresident@gmail.com.


November Conferences and Workshops


Building a Sustainable Author Career and Maximizing Marketing Strategy – Single Day Conference featuring Jane Friedman
Sponsor: Missouri RWA
Location: Drury Inn, Brentwood, Missouri, 63144
Fee: $95
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM (lunch included).
Presenter: Jane Friedman (www.janefriedman.com)
Features: Day-long master class on building a sustainable business model tailored to your individual writing career and the best marketing techniques of websites, newsletters, and social media (with an emphasis on content strategy).
FMI, Special Event registration online at www.morwa.org Contact Debbie Burns (authordebbieburns@gmail.com).

Damon Suede—Two Topics in One Day
Location: Dublin Recreation Center, Columbus, Ohio
Fee: $75–85.00
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Presenter: Damon Suede
Topics: Damon Suede presents two of his highly acclaimed workshop topics in one day: Branding and Tropes.
Workshop Features: Lunch included, book basket raffles.
FMI, http://www.cofwevents.org/workshop

Overcoming the Evil Day Job (WEBINAR)
Sponsor: Rainbow Romance Writers
Location: Online
Fee: Free for RRW members, $15 for RWA members, $25 for nonmembers
Date: November 9, 2019 at 2pm (ET)
Presenter: Jenn Burke
FMI, https://www.rainbowromancewriters.com/node/1391

7 Cities Book Fest—Diversity in Romance
Sponsor: Chesapeake Romance Writers
Location: Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth, VA
Fee: Early Bird (Sat only $60 and Fri-Sat $130)
Date: November 15 and 16, 2019
Speakers: Piper Huguley, Jenna Jaxon, Falguni Kothari, and Priscilla Oliveras.
Event Features: Talks, panel, readings, silent auction, raffles, cocktail party with theme Black White and Read all over, and book signing.
FMI, www.7citiesbookfest.com.


January Conferences and Workshops


Branding: Unlock Your A Game with Damon Suede
Sponsor: Space Coast Authors of Romance
Location: Ocean Landings Resort, 900 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, Florida (discounted rooms available)
Fee: $55. FREE for Spacecoast Authors of Romance members
Date: January 18, 2020, 9:00a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Speakers: Damon Suede.
Workshop Features: Fee includes continental breakfast, beverages and snacks. Lunch on your own.
FMI, http://authorsofromance.com/masterclass/.

Hearts in the Sand Conference
Sponsor: Southwest FL Romance Writers
Location: Embassy Suites, Estero, FL
Fee: $125.00
Date: January 31–February 1, 2020
Featured Speaker: Master Class—Before You Hit Send with industry veteran Angela James. Develop a checklist of techniques and processes for enhancing self-editing skills and polishing future manuscripts. Learn how to make the new knowledge a habit when writing future books.
Conference Features: How to Make Your Posts Go Viral by social media maven Tara Settembre; opportunity to pitch; 1-page critiques; networking; raffle baskets; and prizes.
FMI, www.swfrw.org.


Online Workshops


October Online Workshops


From Idea to Finished Book
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25 |Non-Member $35
Date: October 7–30, 2019
Presenter: Janet Walter
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT10.

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35
Date: October 7–30, 2019
Presenter: Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT7.

Self-Publishing Boot Camp (10-Student Limit)
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $55 | Non-Member $65
Date: October 7–30, 2019
Presenter, Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT8.

The Essentials of Plotting and Characterization
Sponsor: YARWA
Fee: $25 for members/$30 non-YARWA members
Date: October 7–November 1, 2019
Presenter: Tambra Kendal
FMI, http://yarwa.com/workshops/.

Character Torture 101: Writing Conflict
Sponsor: FF&P
Fee: 25.00 FF&P Members - 30.00 Non FF&P Members
Date: October 7–November 3, 2019
Presenter: Linnea Sinclair
FMI, https://ffprwa.com.

Between “The End” and the Upload, How to Prepare Your Manuscript Ready for Self-Publication
Sponsor: Romantic Women’s Fiction Chapter of RWA
Fee: RWF Members: FREE / RWA Members: $30 / General Public: $40
Date: October 14–27, 2019
Presenter: Joan Leacott
FMI, https://romanticwomensfictionwriters.wordpress.com/online-courses/.

Facebook Launch Parties for Authors
Fee: $10.00
Dates: October 21–27, 2019
Presenter: Lynda Rees
FMI, http://fthrw.com/upcoming-workshops or workshops@fthrw.com.


November Online Workshops


Freedom and Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: November 1–27, 2019
Presenter: Cathy Chant
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/.
 
Novellas and How to Knock ’Em Out Fast
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: November 1–27, 2019
Presenter: Ivy Quinn
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/.

Insanity in the Age of Madness
Sponsor: The Beau Monde Chapter’s Regency Academe
Fee: $25–30.00
Date: November 1–29, 2019
Presenter: Louisa Cornell
FMI, https://thebeaumonde.com/resources/academe/.

Graphics for Social Media
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15–30.00
Date: November 1–30, 2019
Presenter: Brandy Ayers
FMI, http://www.rwakissofdeath.org.

What is Criminal Profiling?
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15–30.00
Date: November 1–30, 2019
Presenter: Pete Klismet
FMI, http://www.rwakissofdeath.org.

Synopsis Writing Boot Camp (Limit 10 Students)
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $55| Non-Member $65
Date: November 2–16, 2019
Presenter: Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV2.

Writing Multiple Series
Sponsor: Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers
Fee: $5 members; $15 non-members
Date: November 4–10, 2019
Presenter: Marie Force
FMI, https://cprw.rwa.org

Secrets of a Research Ninja
Sponsor: RWA San Diego
Fee: $15-20
Date: November 4–15, 2019
Presenter: Kristen Koster
FMI, https://rwasd.com/classes

Fall in Love with NaNoWriMo
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: Free
Date: November 4–29, 2019
Presenter: NEORWA
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/.

Playing Hide and Seek in the Digital World
Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
Fee: $25.00
Date: November 4–29, 2019
Presenter: Frank Ahearn
FMI, Ruchama Burrell, workshop chairperson, wokshops@fthrw.com.

Overwriting Oh Nos! Trimming Your Prose the Painless Way
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $24 | Non-Member $35
Date: November 4–29, 2018
Presenter: JoSelle Vanderhooft
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV4.

Writing Erotic Romance and Erotica (topic change)
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35
Date: November 4–29, 2019 (no class the week of Thanksgiving)
Presenter: Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV1.

Writing YA/NA Historical Romance
Sponsor: YARWA
Fee: $25 for members/$30 non-YARWA members
Date: November 4–29, 2019
Presenter: Lynn Lovegreen
FMI, http://yarwa.com/workshops/.

(WEBINAR) How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: November 5, 2019
Presenter: Penny Sansevieri
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/.
 
Developing a Vocabulary for Writing Emotion
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: November 5–December 5, 2019
Presenter: Laurie Sanders
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV3.


December Online Workshops


FREE December Workshop
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $0 | Non-Member $0
Date: December
Presenter: Laurie Sanders
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#DEC7.

Regency Electoral Politics and Women’s Participation
Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
Fee: $25:00
Date: December 2–30, 2019
Presenter: Rose Lerner
FMI, Ruchama Burrell, workshop chairperson, wokshops@fthrw.com.




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, website 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, website info)

ONLINE WORKSHOP FORMAT:
Online Workshop Name
Sponsor (chapter name)
Fee
Date
Presenter
FMI (contact, website info)

Deadlines are firm. Deadline for the January issue (which will include items with a contest deadline or conference date in February, March, or April or with an online workshop date in March) is November 1. Deadline for the February issue (which will include items with a contest deadline or conference date in March, April, or May or with an online workshop date in April) is December 1. Please follow the formats at the end of the website listings, not in the abbreviated RWR listings. Email submissions confirmed by reply—if no reply is received in 48 hours, please resend or follow up. No attachments please. Send to chapterevents@rwa.org. Thank you!