Chapter Events

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


 

Chapter: SVR 2020 Meetings

Begin Date: 11/01/2019
End Date: 12/31/2020
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Meetings are held online via Zoom. Please email SacValleyRoseInfo@gmail.com for ID and Password information to participate.

Chapter: SRW 2020 Chapter Meetings

Begin Date: 01/01/2020
End Date: 12/31/2020
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Chapter Gateway Testing

Begin Date: 01/01/2020
End Date: 01/31/2021
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Event used to test a chapters payment gateway.

Chapter: HCRW Emergency Preparedness

Begin Date: 05/04/2020
End Date: 05/30/2020
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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS- Skills for your characters, and for your own life. There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who knows what to do next. Don’t let an unexpected emergency stop you or your heroine in your tracks. Information and practical exerci

Chapter: HCRW Unconventional Characters

Begin Date: 06/01/2020
End Date: 06/29/2020
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UNCONVENTIONAL CHARACTERS: Mayberry, Fluffy, and Aunt Mildred’s Hat - This three-week workshop will get deep and dirty into ways to turn elements of your story into “characters” to enrich your novels and reveal things about your heroes and heroines. Your

Chapter: RWF Bookmap

Begin Date: 06/01/2020
End Date: 06/05/2020
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The Bookmap is a path to make sure you hit all the beats for your novel that works for pantsers and plotters. It will help you make sure you have internal, and external conflict, that keeps the readers turning the page, as well as, deep POV characterizati

Chapter: AKRWA 2020 Midnight Sun Cover Contest

Begin Date: 08/01/2020
End Date: 09/01/2020
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Do you have a stellar cover that catches the eye and draws the reader in? The Midnight Sun Cover Contest 2019, sponsored by Alaska Romance Writers of America, is a chance for published authors (digital and print) to win some great prizes! Even better, eve

 

Chapter: HCRW Blast off Beginnings

Begin Date: 08/05/2020
End Date: 08/30/2020
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Blastoff Beginnings: Writing Opening Chapters That Take Readers along for the Ride In this month-long online class, New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight discusses how to write a beginning that will have readers clicking the BUY button.

Chapter: HCRW Writing Romantic Scifi, Fantasy and Horror

Begin Date: 09/02/2020
End Date: 09/27/2020
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Love is Universal - Even for Monsters! Have you ever wanted to write in the Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror genre but you just aren’t sure how to meld romance and the other elements necessary to satisfy the readers of those speculative genres? Have

Chapter: RWF Writer Wellness

Begin Date: 09/14/2020
End Date: 09/25/2020
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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

Chapter: RWF From Giggle to Snort to LOL

Begin Date: 10/05/2020
End Date: 10/16/2020
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Kilpatrick will walk you through some of the strategies she uses to make her fiction funny. Learn a strategy every few days and try your hand and punching up your prose with punch lines!

Chapter: HCRW How to Write a Successful Holiday Romance

Begin Date: 10/07/2020
End Date: 10/25/2020
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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

Chapter: HCRW Hearts & Handcuffs

Begin Date: 11/04/2020
End Date: 11/26/2020
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Readers love cops, but writing believable police and sheriff’s officers can be difficult if you don’t know the procedures cops use to defend themselves and investigate crimes. In this workshop, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight and her husba

 

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 05/22/2020


Contests

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


May Contests


25-4-25
Sponsor: Hudson Valley Romance Writers of America
Fee: $25
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Entry: first 25 pages of your manuscript to receive detailed line and developmental edits.
Judges and Final Judges: published and soon-to-be-published members of HVRWA.
FMI, visit https://www.hudsonvalleyrwa.org/25-4-25.html. Questions? hudsonvalleycontest@gmail.com.


June Contests

No June contests were submitted.


July Contests


The Carla Contest
Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors
Fee: $25
Deadline: July 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CDT
Entry: traditional or self-published books with original copyright date of 2019 (minimum length 40,000 words).
Judges: contest will have no more than five finalists from all categories. First round will be judged by readers.
Final Judges: final judging by a librarian
FMI (entry form, rules, score sheet, contact, website info), visit http://www.mararwa.com/.

The Writer 2020 Contest
Sponsor (chapter name): Land of Enchantment Romance Authors of New Mexico (LERA)
Fee: $25 for members | $35 for nonmembers
Deadline:  July 31, 2020, or until cap is met
Eligibility:  Open to all authors (both published and unpublished). Cap set at 45 entries. Entries must meet all rules for entry. Visit leranm.com for instruction on entry.
Entry:  The opening five thousand (5,000) words of an unpublished romance novel.
Categories:  All subgenres of romance, all heat levels, any pairings/combos are welcome. Diverse stories and authors are encouraged to enter. Please indicate which sub-genre and heat level your submission falls into from the list on http://leranm.com. Judges:  Three first-round, trained judges that include at least one published author or PRO member. Score sheets and feedback will be emailed to all contestants at the end of the contest. Final Judges:  Visit http://leranm.com for a list of final judges. Top Prize:  All selected first-round finalists will receive personalized mentoring by a PAN judge. Their updated manuscripts will be entered into the final round and the winner will be named "The Writer for 2020." See prizes at http://leranm.com. FMI, please visit http://leranm.com or email: Dianne Lindstrom at lerathewritercontest@leranm.com

 

Conferences

June Conferences and Workshops

Special Operations Writers’ Conference

Sponsor: Danica Winters, Troy Kechely, Special Operations Training, Empire Arms, and MTRWA
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Bozeman, Montana (discounted rooms available)
Fee: $350 and add-on courses available
Date: June 12–14, 2020
Speakers: Joseph Elliot, character reference and screenwriter for Netflix’s show MindHunter, Ann Leslie Tuttle, Elizabeth Pelletier, Nicole Resciniti, Lesley Sabga, Danica Winters, retired FBI agents, special operations specialists, military contractors (including retired Blackwater Operatives), Navy SEALs, DELTA force members, K-9 trainers and bomb dogs, Gallatin County Dive Team, and many more.
Conference Features: fees include general registration, dinners, breakfast, beverages. Lunch on your own.
FMI, visit http://www.SpecialOperationsWritersConference.com.

The Beau Monde 2020 Virtual Writers’ Retreat

Sponsor: The Beau Monde
Location: Virtual, via Zoom Meeting
Fee: TBM Members $20, Non-Members $25
Date: June 26–27, 2020
Speakers: Victoria Alexander, LaQuette, Margie Lawson, Joanna Bourne, Elizabeth Essex, Vanessa Riley, Liz Pelletier (Entangled Publishing), Victoria Hinshaw, Jackie Horne w/a Bliss Bennet, and Cheryl Bolen.
Conference Features: Our two-day retreat will be live via Zoom Meeting and will recorded for future use. This virtual experience will include two full days of writing craft and historical workshops; a marketing panel; a Silent Auction; a Regency Romance Spotlight FB Live event; The Beau Monde Soiree with fashion show and door prizes!
FMI, visit https://thebeaumonde.com/retreat/.


July Conferences and Workshops

 

No July conferences have been submitted.



Online Workshops

 

May Online Workshops

 

The Secrets to Getting More Book Reviews [WEBINAR]
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: May 19, 2020, 5 Pacific/8 Eastern
Presenter: Penny Sansevieri
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/


June Online Workshops


Catching “Oops” Elements in Your Story: Editing That’s Got Nuthin’ Ta Do With Grammar
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: June 1–26, 2020
Presenter: Beth Daniels
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Dress Your Tech For Success: Advanced Technology Tips For Author (Who Aren’t Bestsellers...Yet, But Want to Act Like They Are)
Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
Fee: $15
Date: June 1–26
Presenter: Kerry Blaisdell
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/

Getting Started in Audio
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: June 1–26, 2020
Presenter: Kerri Canyas
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/
 
The Sexy Synopsis
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: June 1–26, 2020
Presenter: Shannon Donnelly
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/
 
Fictional Characterization
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: $20
Date: June 1–27, 2020
Presenter: Sally J. Walker
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

Biological Warfare: What Every Writer Needs to Know About Bioterrorism
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15 KOD Members / $30 Non Members
Date: June 1–30, 2020
Presenter: Nanci Race
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Hearing Voices 101: Creating Distinct Characters
Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
Fee: $20 MRW members; $30 non-MRW members
Date: June 1–30, 2020
Presenter: Midnight Voss
FMI, https://marylandromancewriters.com/event/hearing-voices-101-creating-distinct-characters/

Micro-Revision & Deep POV
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15 KOD Members / $30 Non Members
Date: June 1–30, 2020
Presenter: Suzanne Johnson
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Co-Writing–When Two Authors are Better than One
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: June 2–30, 2020
Presenter: Margaret Voss/Midnight Voss
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JUN3.

Identifying and Breaking Bad Writing Habits
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: June 2–30, 2020
Presenter: Jeffe Kennedy
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JUN4.

Write Now, Get it Started and Get it Written Part 1
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $45| Non-Member $55
Date: June 2–30, 2020
Presenter: Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JUN1.




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


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July/August/September August June April 1
August/September/October September July May 1
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November/December/January December October August 1
December/January/February January November September 1
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Deadlines are firm. 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. Send to chapterevents@rwa.org. Thank you!