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 7/26/2016

    Contests


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    **Open to published and unpublished authors  

    July Contests

    **The Rebecca Contest

    Sponsor: Land of Enchantment Romance Authors
    Fee: $20.00 for LERA members; $25.00 for non-members
    Deadline: July 31, 2016
    Eligibility: All authors are welcome to enter, regardless of published or unpublished status. Contest entry may not be contracted or published in any form when entered.
    Entry: Enter the opening 5,000 words (determined by computer word count) of romance novels of the listed subgenres.
    Categories and Final Judges: Contemporary Romance –Editor Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin; Paranormal/Speculative Fiction/Urban Fantasy Romance –Agent Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary; Suspense –Editor Peter Senftleben, Kensington; Young Adult –Agent Laura Bradford, Bradford Lit.
    Top Prize: 1st Place: $25 gift certificate. Finalists will be posted on the LERA website and mentioned in published authors blogs.
    FMI, http://www.leranm.com/rebecca-contest-2/.

    August Contests

    **The Beacon 2016

    Sponsor: First Coast Romance Writers
    Fees: $25 FCRW, RWA members $30, and non-RWA members $35
    Deadline: August 31, 2016; entries accepted August 01, 2016 until midnight EST August 31, 2016
    Entry: Submission criteria will be explained in detail on the website entry tab. The Unpublished Beacon accepts electronic entries only.
    FMI, please go to our website www.firstcoastromancewriters.com and click on the link for The Beacon under the Contest Tab.

    **Heart to Heart Contest

    Sponsor: San Francisco Area Romance Writers
    Fee: SFA-RWA Members $15/Non-members $25
    Deadline: August 31, 2016
    Eligibility: Open to all writers unpublished by an RWA-approved publisher as of the entry deadline. Prospective entrants may be published with a non RWA-recognized publisher; however, they may not enter books/manuscripts that have been professionally edited or have ISBN numbers.
    Entry: All electronic. Enter the magical scene in which your hero and heroine meet for the first time. Maximum 15 pages (with an optional one-page setup, unjudged). Each entry may only be entered in one category. Submit as many different entries as you wish.
    Categories: Contemporary, Erotic, Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult.
    Judges: Every entrant receives one PRO or PAN judge.
    Final Judges: Top three finalists in each category will have their entries read by an agent, a print editor, and an e-publisher editor.
    FMI, visit http://sfarwa.net/contests or email heart2heartcontest@gmail.com

    September Contests

    Hot Prospects

    Sponsor: Valley Of The Sun Romance Writers
    Fee $25 Per Entry
    Deadline September 1, 2016 11:59 P.M.
    Eligibility: Unpublished, uncontracted manuscript.
    Entry: Synopsis and first manuscript pages, not to exceed 30 total pages.
    Categories: Historical, Contemporary, YA, Inspirational, Erotica, Romantic Suspense, Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal.
    Judges: chapter members.
    Final Judges: TBA, editors and agents.
    Top Prize: Full manuscript edit by Novel Needs.
    FMI, visit valleyofthesunrw.com

    *Cover the Words 2016

    Sponsor: Yellow Rose Romance Writers
    Fee: $15 per cover
    Deadline: Entries accepted August 15 to September 4, 2016
    Entry: All electronic! Submit your published novel or novella cover.
    Judges: Popular voting from September 5–11, 2016.
    FMI, visit yellowroserwa.com

    **Fiction from the Heartland 2016

    Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors
    Fee: $35.00
    Deadline: September 7, 2016
    Eligibility: Unpublished in book-length fiction in the past five years of deadline.
    Entry: Prologue/First Chapter/Synopsis (not to exceed 10,000 words).
    Categories: Category Romance, Contemporary Single Title, Historical, Romance Suspense, Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Young Adult Romance/New Adult Romance, Inspirational.
    Judges: At least one published author and one experienced critique.
    Final Judges: To be determined – see website for up-to-date information.
    Top Prize: $50 and a plaque.
    FMI, visit mararwa.com for contest rules.

    **Gateway to the Best

    Sponsor: Missouri Romance Writers of America
    Fee: MORWA Chapter members $20 for 1st entry/$10 for additional entries; Non-chapter members $30 for 1st entry/$15 for additional entries.
    Deadline: September 9, 2016
    Eligibility: All authors of the entry are unpublished and not contracted in novel-length fiction (over 40,000 words) within the last 3 years from July 30, 2016. Self-published authors will be considered eligible to enter the Gateway contest with any unpublished work. See official rules for all eligibility rules.
    Entry:  Electronic entry consisting of a maximum of the first 7000 words of the story's opening. No synopsis required!
    Categories: Single Title (includes Contemporary Series), Historical, Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel/Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, New/Young Adult, Women's Fiction.
    Judges: Print and digital publishing company editors (see website).
    Final Judges: Kathryn Cheshire, Diana Stager, Megha Parekh, and more to be announced.
    Top Prize: A personal two-hour coaching session with Michael Hauge.
    FMI, visit www.morwa.org/gateway.htm.

    *2nd Annual Grab Me! Book Blurb Contest 2016

    Sponsor: Alaska Chapter RWA
    Fee: $15.00
    Deadline: September 17, 2016
    Eligibility: Electronic submissions only. Books in either digital or print format published after January 1, 2014 are eligible.
    Entry: Do you have a stellar back cover blurb or digital description (for indie publishers) on a recently published book that can hook your reader and make a quick sale? Enter your back cover blurb now!
    Judges: AKRWA trained judges, Pro and published authors.
    Grand Prize Judge: Tom Luce, New Book Buyer for Powell’s Books.
    FMI, eligibility, submission guidelines, dates, etc, please visit www.akrwa.com and click on the CONTEST button. 

    The Rudy

    Sponsor: Chesapeake Romance Writers
    Fee: $15 members / $20 non-members
    Deadline: Entries accepted from August 1 to September 30, 2016.
    Entry: First and last chapters and a synopsis (not judged) of your 40,000-word completed novel. Only electronic entries accepted. INTRODUCING this year the new category of Novella (20,000 to 40,000 words).
    Judges: Trained, published and unpublished authors. Entrants will be asked to judge one entry from a different category.
    Final Judges: Editors and agents to be announced.
    FMI, visit http://crwrwa.org

    Conferences

    September Conferences and Workshops

    Connecticut Fiction Fest

    Sponsor: Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America (CTRWA)
    Location: Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, Norwalk, CT
    Date: September 9–11, 2016
    Fee: $179 for CTRWA, CoLoNY, and CORWA members; all others $199 if registered on or before July 15, 2016. $199 for CTRWA, CoLoNY, and CORWA members; all others $209 if registered on or after July 16, 2016.
    Speakers: Keynote Speaker Sarah MacLean; Barbara Samuel; Kristan Higgins; and more.
    Publishing Houses: TBA
    Agencies: TBA
    Conference Features: Three tracks of workshops over two full days, paid master class, manuscript critiques, agent/editor pitching opportunities, silent auction; only an hour north of New York City and easily accessible by train.
    FMI, ctfictionfest2016@gmail.com, www.ctrwa.org, www.ctfictionfest.org

    Starfish Writers Conference

    Sponsor: Houston Bay Area RWA
    Location: South Shore Harbour Resort, League City, Texas
    Fee: $40 HBARWA Members / $60 Non-members
    Date: September 17, 2016
    Speakers: USA Today bestselling and Romantic Times Top Pick author Jaye Wells
    Topics: Nurturing Your God Complex: World Building, Delivering Your POPs and Payoffs, Writing Hacks.
    Workshop Features: Writing workshops; door prizes; raffle baskets; light breakfast and full lunch.
    FMI, http://hbarwa.com.

    Fall Harvest

    Sponsor: Midwest Fiction Writers
    Location: Embassy Suites Airport, Bloomington MN
    Fee: MFW members - $130.00; Non-MFW - $145.00
    Date: September 24, 2016
    Speakers: Eloisa James
    Conference Features: In-depth workshop day with Eloisa. Author Event Friday night before the workshop.
    FMI, Nan Dixon, Fall Harvest Chair http://www.midwestfiction.com/

    Moonlight & Magnolias 2016

    Sponsor: Georgia Romance Writers
    Location: Hilton Atlanta Northeast, Peachtree Corners (Near Norcross), Georgia
    Fee: GRW Members – $225; RWA Members – $245; Non-Members – $265
    Cost will increase after July 31 as we move into late registration.
    Date: September 29–October 2, 2016
    Keynote Speaker: Roxanne St. Claire.
    Other Speakers: Jennifer McQuiston & Mary Buckham.
    Publishing Houses: St. Martin’s Press, Harlequin, Sourcebooks, & Carina Press.
    Agencies: Bradford Literary Agency & The Seymour Agency.
    Conference Features: workshops, pitch workshop, book signing, editor & agent appointments, the Maggie Awards Ceremony and dance fest.
    FMI, please go to http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/mm-conference/.

    October Conferences and Workshops

    Lone Star Conference

    Sponsor: Northwest Houston RWA #27
    Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Houston Cypress Station, Houston, TX
    Fee: $120 chapter members/$130 non-members
    Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
    Speakers: NYT Best-Selling Author Kerrelyn Sparks and Jennifer Fusco, author and marketing wiz of Market or Die.
    Publishing Houses: Casablanca (by Sourcebooks), TBA.
    Agencies: SBR Media.
    Conference Features: AM pitch appointments, PM pitch “speed dating,” raffles, 2016 Lone Star Contest Awards.
    FMI, contact Conference Chair at nwhrwa1stvp@gmail.com or visit website at http://nwhrwa.com/

    2016 Fall into Fiction—One-Day Workshop for All Authors of All Genre Fiction

    Sponsor: WisRWA Wisconsin Romance Writers of America
    Location: The Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1202 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
    Fee: WisRWA member – $85.00; Non-WisRWA member – $95.00; Friday Pizza Party – $5.00; *$10.00 late fee after Sept. 1.
    Date : Book Sale/Signing and Registration, October 7, 2016, 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.; Pizza Party 8:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.; Workshop, October 8, 2016. 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Presenter: Candace Havens.
    Topic: The Book Map: Plotting your High Concept Ideas; Fast Draft and Revision Hell.
    Workshop Features: Program, book sale/signing, and pizza party.
    FMI, visit www.WisRWA.org. For hotel information www.plazaeauclaire.com or call 715-834-3181, use code WisRWA for $99.00 Tower Double Queen. 

    Before You Hit Send

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Location: Glen Eden Pilot Park Community Center, Raleigh, NC
    Fee: $75.00
    Date: October 8, 2016
    Presenter: Angela James, Carina Press
    Topic: Concrete ideas, tips, tricks, and lessons for polishing and self-editing your manuscript.
    FMI, http://heartofcarolina.org/event/october-2016-all-day-writers-workshop/?instance_id=598

    Emerald City Writers’ Conference

    Sponsor: Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America
    Location: Bellevue, WA
    Fee: $259.00 ($279 early bird)
    Date: October 14–16, 2016
    Speakers: Donna Grant, Roxanne St. Claire, Courtney Milan, Cherry Adair, Zoe Archer.
    Conference Features: Workshops on craft, business, and more. Passport to Romance Reader Appreciation event, Face-to-Face networking time with representatives from Draft 2 Digital and more.
    FMI, www.gsrwa.org/conference.

    Put Your Heart in a Book Conference

    Sponsor: NJRW New Jersey Romance Writers
    Date: October 14–15, 2016
    Location: Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 U.S. Route 1 South, Iselin, NJ 08830; 732-634-3600.
    Fee: NJRW member – $250.00; Non- NJRW member – $275.00; Pre-Conference Workshop – $45.00. Registration deadline is October 4, 2016. Use this link to register http://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=500.
    Speakers: Featured Keynote – HelenKay Dimon; Luncheon Keynote – Terri Brisbin; Special Presentation Keynote – Tessa Dare; Pre-Conference Speaker – Kathleen Gilles Seidel.
    FMI, visit www.NJRW.org. For hotel information http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrwd-renaissance-woodbridge-hotel/ or call 732-634-3600.

    Harlequin Red Quill Writers

    Sponsor: Iowa Romance Novelists
    Location: Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport, Des Moines, IA
    Fee: $50 IRN members/$75 nonmembers until September 1, 2016/$85 thereafter (lunch is included)
    Date: October 15, 2016
    Presenter: Dana Grimaldi, assistant editor for Harlequin Blaze and Harlequin Western Romance
    Topics: “Business Of Writing and How to Catch an Editor's Eye” and “How To Be a Hybrid Author Superstar.” 
    Workshop Features: Program, book sale/signing, and author networking.
    FMI, visit http://irnredquill.weebly.com/ or email kerryafeldmann@gmail.com.

    Online Workshops

    August Online Workshops 

    Alpha Males, from Abe to Zeus

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 members/ $25 non-members
    Date: August 1–12, 2016
    Presenter: Laurie Schnably Campbell. FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/#!workshops/cctds

    How to Turn Your Author Blog into a Powerful Marketing Tool

    Sponsor: Celtic Hearts Romance Writers
    Fee: $15 for CHRWA and $25 for Non-Members
    Date: August 1–14, 2016
    Presenter: Stacy Juba. FMI, http://www.celtichearts.org/turn-author-blog-powerful-marketing-tool/ or vp.programs@celtichearts.org

    Author Branding

    Sponsor: Young Adult RWA
    Fee: $15 member, $25 non-member
    Date: August 1–22, 2016
    Presenter: Lana Pattinson. FMI, http://yarwa.com/programs/. 

    Mastering Word for Fiction Writers: How to use Word to Create and Edit Your Manuscript, Prepare Your eBook, and Design Your Print Book

    Sponsor: FTHRW
    Fee: $25.00
    Date: August 1–26, 2016
    Presenter: Joan Leacott. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops

    Military 101

    Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: August 1–28, 2016
    Presenter: Merien Grey. FMI, http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

    Screenwriting Concepts a Novelist Can Use

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $30 non-members/$25 CRW and HCRW members
    Date: August 1–28, 2016
    Presenter: Sally J. Walker. FMI, http://www.heartofcarolina.org

    Historic Battlefield Medicine

    Sponsor: LRWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: August 1–29, 2016
    Presenter: Georgie Lee. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#AUG

    Fights, Farce and Fiction

    Sponsor: LRWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: August 1–29, 2016
    Presenter: Merien Grey. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#AUG

    Social Media for the Confused and Terrified

    Sponsor: LRWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: August 1–29, 2016
    Presenter: Elena Dillon. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#AUG

    Author Marketing and Branding Workshop

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: August 1–31, 2016
    Presenter: Cassandra Carr. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG2

    Grammar and Style Basics

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: August 1–31, 2016
    Presenter: Kat Duncan. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG3

    Paranormal Workshop Part 1

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: August 1–31, 2016
    Presenters: Renee Pellegrino, Cindy Carver. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG1

    Picts & Scots (AD 400 - 1000)

    Sponsor: Celtic Hearts Romance Writers
    Fee: $15 for CHRWA and $25 for Non-Members
    Date: August 1–31, 2016
    Presenter: Sheila Currie. FMI, http://www.celtichearts.org/workshops/picts-scots-ad400-1000/ or vp.programs@celtichearts.org

    PTSD for Fiction Writers

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: August 1–31, 2016
    Presenter: Kathryn Jane. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG4

    Research for Fiction

    Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers
    Fee: $15 for FFnP member; $25 for nonmembers
    Date: August 1–31, 2016
    Presenter: Sally Walker. FMI, http://www.romance-ffp.com/research-for-fiction-2/

    What To Expect: Tips and Tools to Prepare You For Your Book Release

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Date: August 1–31, 2016
    Fee: $20 members; $30 nonmembers
    Presenter: Chanel Cleeton. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/what-to-expect-tips-and-tools-to-prepare-for-your-book-release/

    Weaving Together Characterization and Plot
    Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
    Fee: $15 (Free for RWA Online members)
    Date: August 1–September 2, 2016
    Presenter: Tambra Nicole Kendall. FMI, http://rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm.

    The Building Blocks of Writer’s Block…and How to Knock Them Down

    Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: $15–20.00
    Date: August 8–21, 2016
    Presenter: Chris Mandeville. FMI, http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

    The Business of Writing 101

    Sponsor: Los Angeles Romance Authors
    Fee: $30 (LARA members: $20)
    Date: August 8–21, 2016
    Presenter: Beverly Diehl. FMI, http://www.lararwa.com/laras-online-classes/

    Writing from the Male POV to Create Stronger Heroes

    Sponsor: Los Angeles Romance Authors
    Fee: $40 (LARA members $30)
    Date: August 8–21, 2016
    Presenter: Sascha Illyvich. FMI: http://www.lararwa.com/laras-online-classes/

    Making Your Alpha Female Shine

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 members/ $25 non-members
    Date: August 15–26, 2016
    Presenter: Laurie Schnably Campbell. FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/#!workshops/cctds

    7 Ways to Market and Promote Your Books Without Breaking the Bank

    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: August 15–September 11, 2016
    Presenter: Kitty Bucholtz. FMI, http://occrwa.org/classes/

    September Online Workshops

    What Reading Top-Selling Authors Can Teach You About Writing

    Sponsor: San Diego RWA
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: September 1–28, 2016
    Presenter: Rebecca Hunter. FMI, http://rwasd.com/training/index.html. 

    Beginning WordPress

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: September 1–30, 2016
    Presenter: Pepper O’Neal. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG2

    Character Torture 101: Writing Conflict

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 members; $30 non-members
    Date: September 1–30, 2016
    Presenter: Linnea Sinclair. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/character-torture-101-writing-conflict/

    Paranormal Workshop Part 2

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: September 1–30, 2016
    Presenters: Renee Pellegrino, Cindy Carver. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG1

    Show and Tell Workshop

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: September 1–30, 2016
    Presenter: Shannon Donnelly. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG3

    The Use of Advanced Punctuation in Popular Fiction

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $25 non-members/ $20 HCRW and CRW members
    Date: September 1–30, 2016
    Presenter: Sarah Winn. FMI, http://www.heartofcarolina.org/calendar

    Creating Author Websites with WordPress

    Sponsor: Young Adult RWA
    Fee: $10 member, $20 non-member
    Date: September 4–17, 2016
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://yarwa.com/programs/

    Sexual Tension—Getting Away from Wham, Bam, Thank You, Ma’am

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: September 5–16, 2016
    Presenter: Jeffe Kennedy. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG4. 

    Become a Better Editor: Top Editing Strategies for Writers

    Sponsor: FTHRW
    Fee: $25.00
    Date: September 5–30, 2016
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops

    Into the Wormhole: Time Travel, Parallel Worlds, Alternative Dimensions, and Space Travel Story Worlds

    Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers
    Fee: $15 for FFnP member; $25 for nonmembers
    Date: September 5–30, 2016
    Presenter: Beth Daniels. FMI, http://www.romance-ffp.com/into-the-wormhole-time-travel-parallel-worlds-alternative-dimensions-and-space-travel-story-worlds/

    Speed Writing: Which Plan Works Best For You

    Sponsor: LRWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: September 5–30, 2016
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#SEP

    World Building from an Intelligence Point of View

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 members/ $25 non-members
    Date: September 5–30, 2016
    Presenter: Merien Grey. FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/#!workshops/cctds

    Writing the Continuing Series and/or Trilogy

    Sponsor: LRWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: September 5–30, 2016
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#SEP

    My Story's Been Rejected - Now What?

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $25.00 CRW Members; $30.00 Non-Members
    Date: September 6–30, 2016
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops

    Burning Ink: How to Write Erotic Romances with Characters and Scenes that Sizzle

    Sponsor: Passionate Ink
    Fee: Free to PI members.
    Date: September 8–October 6, 2016
    Presenter: Angela Knight. FMI, www.PassionateInk.org/Workshops/#burning

    Intensive Journey Cycle

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $40.00 CRW Members; $50.00 Non-Members
    Date: September 11–October 21, 2016
    Presenter: Robin Matheson. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops

    Writing Young Adult Fiction

    Sponsor: LRWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: September 12–24, 2016
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#SEP.

    The Second Writer’s Primer of Common Writing Errors

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $75.00 CRW Members; $90.00 Non-Members
    Date: September 12–November 18, 2016
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops

    Contraceptives, Pregnancy and Childbirth in History

    Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: $15–20.00
    Date: September 12–25, 2016
    Presenter: Georgie Lee. FMI, http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

    Supercharge Your Social Media

    Sponsor: Los Angeles Romance Authors
    Fee: $30 (LARA members: $20)
    Date: September 12–25, 2016
    Presenter: Cami Brite & Chandra Years. FMI, http://www.lararwa.com/laras-online-classes/

    Writing Short Stories for Call-outs

    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: September 12–October 9, 2016
    Presenter: Louisa Bacio. FMI, http://occrwa.org/classes/

    Down ’N’ Dirty Plotting

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $25 non-members/$20 CRW and HCRW members
    Date: September 19–30, 2016
    Presenter: Qwillia Rain. FMI, http://www.heartofcarolina.org/calendar

    Layering: Not Just for Cakes

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $10.00 CRW Members; $15.00 Non-Members
    Date: September 19–30, 2016
    Presenter: Chris Redding. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops

    October Online Workshops

    Creating Characters With Scrivener

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 members; $30 non-members
    Date: October 1–15, 2016
    Presenter: Stephanie Dray. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/creating-characters-with-scrivener

    “How’d I Miss That?” Tips and Tricks for Self-Editing

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: October 1–31, 2016
    Presenter: Kathryn Jane. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT4. 

    Paranormal Workshop Part 3

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: October 1–31, 2016
    Presenters: Renee Pellegrino, Cindy Carver. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT1

    WordPress Advanced

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: October 1–31, 2016
    Presenter: Pepper O’Neal. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT3

    Writing Sports Romance

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: October 1–31, 2016
    Presenter: Cassandra Carr. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT2

    Prep for NaNoWriMo the Bare Bones Way

    Sponsor: FTHRW
    Fee: $15.00
    Date: October 3–14, 2016
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops

    Alphas: Leaders of the Pack

    Sponsor: LRWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: October 3–28, 2016
    Presenter: Robin Matheson. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#OCT

    Coffee Break Business Plan

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00 CRW Members; $25.00 Non-Members
    Date: October 3–28, 2016
    Presenter: Amy Denim. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops

    Developing Stronger Characters through Journaling

    Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR-NY)
    Fee: $25 for RWA Members and $30 for non-RWA members
    Date: October 3–28, 2016
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://www.starrwa.org or carolhenry@frontiernet.net

    Getting Ready for NaNo

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 members/ $25 non-members
    Date: October 3–28, 2016
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/#!workshops/cctds

    How Not to Squick an Editor

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $30.00 CRW Members; $40.00 Non-Members
    Date: October 3–28 , 2016
    Presenter: Sascha Illyvich. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops

    The Culture of War, Weapons and Violence During the Regency

    Sponsor: LRWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: October 3–29, 2016
    Presenter: Merien Grey. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#OCT

    Word Choice Made Simpler

    Sponsor: LRWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: October 3–29, 2016
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#OCT

    Intro to Screenwriting

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $30 non-members/$25 CRW and HCRW members
    Date: October 3–30, 2016
    Presenter: Sally J. Walker. FMI, http://www.heartofcarolina.org

    Writing Erotic Romance and Erotica

    Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: October 3–30, 2016
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

    Behind the Scenes

    Sponsor: Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $15 for CRW and HCRW members, all others $25
    Date: October 3–31, 2016
    Presenter: Jacqui Jacoby. FMI, http://www.carolinaromancewriters.com/online-workshop-schedule.html

    What’s a Tweet and Why Should I Care: Deciding What Social Media Platforms Work For You

    Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: $15–20.00
    Date: October 10–23, 2016
    Presenter: Jesse Cleaver. FMI, http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

    Writing and Selling Short Fiction for Anthologies, Magazines, and Websites

    Sponsor: Passionate Ink
    Fee: Non-Members $25 | RWA Members $22.50 | PI Members $18.75
    Date: October 13–27, 2016
    Presenter: Kristina Wright. FMI, www.PassionateInk.org/Workshops/#shortfiction

    Writing Native American Legends and Lore

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00 CRW Members; $25.00 Non-Members
    Date: October 31–November 29, 2016
    Presenter: Melinda Elmore. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops


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