2016 IRWA Program Schedule

Every month IRWA has something to offer aspiring and published authors. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month, January through October, at the Irvington Branch Library, located at 5625 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN or other specially noted location. Visitors are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining the chapter.

Directions to Irvington Branch Library:

From 465 on the east side of Indianapolis - Take Exit 46 for E. Washington Street. Turn west and follow E. Washington Street approximately 1 1/2 miles to Audubon Street. The library is on the southwest corner. Turn left on Audubon Street and park in the lot behind the library. The meeting room is just inside the main entrance.

The monthly board meeting begins at 10:00am and is open to all IRWA members to observe.

Bring your lunch or a snack and join us for social time and a Hot Topic Discussion from 11:30am-12:00pm.

The business meeting runs 12:00pm-1:00pm and the program begins at 1:00pm.

When available, handouts will be made added to the chapter files after each meeting.

January 9, 2016 - Scott Hums: Marketing Strategies

Learn about social media marketing, website development, basic advertising strategies, and more with marketing and analytic guru Scott Hums.

Scott Hums is a website manager and internet marketing consultant.  Scott is currently the Digital Media Director at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis where he oversees the TV station's digital initiatives.  He is also a consultant with the web start-up VastWilderness.com. Scott has consulted local businesses and individuals on their digital presence and strategies.

February 13, 2016 - Roundtable Discussion: Author Promotion

Promotion... What's effective? What isn't? We'll discuss giveaways, Thunderclaps, and many other topics.

March 12, 2016 - Angie and Melinda of Twinsie Talk: Author-Blogger Collaboration 

April 9, 2016 - Scott Nova: All Things Cover Model

April 23, 2016  - Special Event!

IRWA will be partnering with the Indianapolis Central Library to present a free public screening of Love Between the Covers, a documentary by Laurie Kahn featuring RWA authors and promoting the romance publishing industry. We will have an IRWA table at the event to promote the chapter. More information will be available soon!

May 14, 2016 - IGO Judges' Training and Craft Overview **special location--Please RSVP to irwapresident@gmail.com for more information.**

Lynne Greeley, IGO Contest Chair, will review rules and score sheets for the 2016 IGO Contest. Donya Lynne will present short programs on Show vs. Tell and Active vs. Passive, and Mellanie Szereto will present a short program on POV Glitches and Headhopping.

June 11, 2016 - Sheriff Curt Hasse: Police Procedure 

July 9, 2016 - Critiquing: Hands-on Practice

August 13, 2016 - RWA National Conference Review and Discussion 

September 10, 2016 - Tippi Hickey: Writing a Synopsis 

October 8, 2016 - Brenda Hiatt: Presentation to be decided 

November 11-13, 2016 - Bradford Woods Retreat

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