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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 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 7/29/2015

     

    Contests


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    **Open to published and unpublished authors

    August Contests

    **Golden Palm

    Sponsor: Florida Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 FRW Members, $30 Non-members
    Deadline: August 15, 2015
    Eligibility: The author must enter a new, original work that has not been published by a traditional publisher, self-published, or contracted to be published.
    Entry: Each entry must consist of a maximum of 25 pages, double-spaced. Entries will be accepted by e-mail only and should include two attachments. All entries must be sent to the appropriate category email address listed on our website.
    Categories: Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult/New Adult.
    Final Judges: Nicole Fischer, Avon Impulse; Chelsey Emmelhainz, Avon Impulse; Gabrielle Keck, Avon Impulse; Rebecca Lucash, Avon Impulse; Karen Reid, Harlequin; Allison Caroll, Harlequin; Victoria Curran, Harlequin; Marla Daniels, Pocket Books; Elana Cohen, Pocket Books; Pamela Harty, The Knight Agency; among other editors and agents.
    Top Prize: First Place in each category will receive $25, along with a certificate and a Golden Palm pin. Second and third in each category will receive a certificate. An announcement will be made in the RWR.
    FMI, please visit http://www.frwriters.org/contest. 

    2015 Show Me the Spark Contest

    Sponsor: Heartland Romance Authors
    Fee: $30 RWA members; $35 non-members
    Deadline: August 28, 2015
    Entry: Electronic entry only. The first chapter (including the prologue if any) for a total of 3500 words only.
    Judges: published authors and trained judges.
    Final Judges: TBA.
    Categories: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Inspirational, Historical, Erotic, Young Adult/New Adult.
    FMI, complete details and rules see http://www.heartlandromancewriters.org. 

    2015 Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” Contest

    Sponsor: Romance Writers of America, New York City, Inc.
    Fee: RWA Members $25, Non-members $30
    Deadline: August 31, 2015, 11:59 pm EDT
    Eligibility: The contest is open to anyone not published or not contracted to publish a novella or full-length novel as of August 2, 2015. Self-published authors are welcomed to enter.
    Entry: No longer than 20 pages, and must include a 2-page synopsis (not judged). The entry should exemplify the theme “When Sparks Fly” in a scene showing the moment when sparks ignite and the attraction between the hero and heroine becomes undeniable. Entries must be received as either .doc or .rtf (Rich Text Format) files only. Electronic entries only.
    Categories: The contest does not have categories. All genres of romance including erotica and LGBT are accepted.
    Judges: Traditionally published authors.
    Final Judge: Editor Esi Sogah with Kensington Publishing.
    Top Prize: $75.00
    FMI, http://www.rwanyc.com/contest.html or contact contest coordinator, Vanessa Peters at rwanyccontest@gmail.com. 

    **Heart to Heart Contest

    Sponsor: San Francisco Area Romance Writers
    Fee: SFA-RWA Members $15 / Non-members $25
    Deadline: August 31, 2015
    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. 

    *Cover the Words Book Cover Contest

    Sponsor: Yellow Rose Romance Writers
    Fee: $15.00
    Deadline: August 31, 2015
    Eligibility: Covers may be from traditional or indie published works of all romance genres. All categories will be accepted to include: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Inspirational, Paranormal, Young Adult, New Adult, Erotica, Historical, Western. There is no requirement for the date of publication.
    Entry: Electronic submission of any romance book's or novella's front cover.
    Judges: Overall Winner and Top Three Finalists in each category will be determined through popular voting. Final category winners will be judged by editors and publishing houses for first, second and third place.
    Top Prize: First, Second, and Third place in each category will receive a badge to display on their website. Put Your Best Cover(s) Forward!
    FMI, please visit http://yellowroserwa.com/. Click on Cover The Words Cover Contest. Questions? Please email CoverTheWords@gmail.com

    **First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Contest

    Sponsor: First Coast Romance Writers
    Fee: $25 FCRW members, $30 RWA member (not FCRW), $35 non-RWA member
    Deadline: August 31, 2015; electronic entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST
    Eligibility: Open to all authors of romantic fiction. Published authors are eligible to enter any category in which they have not been contracted and/or published in book length fiction (40,000 words and over) in the last 3 years.(Self-published authors are considered published.)
    Entry: The entry will consist of the first 25 pages of the manuscript. The Beacon accepts electronic entries only.
    First Round Judges: Published and unpublished authors.
    Categories and Final Judges: Category Length Romance–TBA; Contemporary (Single Title) Romance–Agent  Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Co., and Editor  Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press; Erotic Romance–Agent Sara Megibow, KT Literary, and Editor Kristine Swartz, Berkley; Historical Romance–Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford J. Greenburger, and Editor Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing; Inspirational Romance–Agent Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency, and Editor Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired; Paranormal/Fantasy Romance–Agent Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates; Romantic Elements–Agent Shannon Hassan, The Marsal Lyon Agency, and Editor Katherine Pelz, Berkley; Romantic Suspense–Agent Beth Miller, Writers House Literary Agency, and Editor Rebecca Lucash, Harper Collins; Young Adult Romance–Agent Laura Bradford, The Bradford Agency.
    Top Prize: 1st Place in each category receives Beacon Lapel Pin and certificate.
    FMI, http://www.firstcoastromancewriters.com/contests-3/beacon-contest.

    September Contests

    **Hot Prospects Contest

    Sponsor: Valley of the Sun Romance Writers
    Fee: $25 (VOS Members); $30 (Non-VOS Members)
    Deadline: opens June 1, 2015; closes 11:59 p.m. September 1, 2015
    Eligibility: Any unpublished and un-contracted manuscript from published and unpublished authors.
    Entry: 25 Pages of manuscript +5 page synopsis, not to exceed 30 pages.
    Categories (only romance): Single Title, Suspense, Historical, and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal.
    Judges: Trained Valley of the Sun authors, both published and unpublished.
    Final Judges: 2 editors for every category.
    Top Prize: 2 full edits of a book up to 100,000 words from Novel Needs.
    FMI, visit http://valleyofthesunrw.com/hot-prospects-contest or contact VOSHotProspects@yahoo.com. 

    **2015 Melody of Love Contest

    Sponsor: Music City Romance Writers
    Fee: $22 for MCRW Members, $27 for RWA Members and $32 for non-RWA members.
    Early entry discount! $5.00 off entry fee if submitted by August 15, 2015
    Deadline: September 7, 2015; Contest opens for entries on August 1, 2015.
    Eligibility: published and non-published.
    Entry: electronic; first chapter (up to 25 pages) of unpublished novel-length manuscript (40,000+) including prologue, if applicable. See website for additional details.
    Judges: trained, experienced, published.
    Final judges: agents and editors.
    Prize: Winners in each category receive: 1st place: $50, certificate, and announcement in RWR; 2nd and 3rd place: certificate and announcement in RWR.
    FMI, email contest@mcrw.com or visit http://www.mcrw.com. 

    **Fiction from the Heartland 2015

    Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors
    Fee: $35.00
    Deadline: September 7, 2015
    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 critiquer.
    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. 

    **The Gateway to the Best Contest

    Sponsor: Missouri Romance Writers of America
    Fee: $30 for non-members, $25 for chapter members; multiple entry and early entry discounts available.
    Deadline: September 12, 2015 (midnight Central Time)
    Eligibility: Authors must be unpublished and not contracted in novel-length fiction (over 40,000 words) since July 30, 2012. Self-published authors will be considered eligible with any unpublished work.
    Entry: Electronic. Up to 7000 words of the beginning of the manuscript, approximately 25 standard manuscript pages.
    Judges: Three first-round judges, including PRO and PAN. (MORWA members)
    Categories and Final Judges: Single Title Contemporary – Sue Grimshaw (Penguin-Random House); Historical – Kathryn Cheshire (Mills & Boon/Harlequin); Romantic Suspense – Esi Sogah (Kensington); Young/New Adult – Megha Parekh (Grand Central); Women’s Fiction with Strong Romantic Elements – Katherine Pelz (Berkley); Paranormal/Fantasy/Science Fiction – Kerri Buckley (Carina Press/Harlequin).
    Top Prize: A personal two-hour coaching session with writing coach, story consultant, and best-selling author Michael Hauge worth $700.
    FMI, including official rules, sample score sheet, and contact points, please see our website at http://www.morwa.org/gateway.htm. 

    **Bradford Literary Agency – Pitch Contest

    Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
    Fee: FREE
    Deadline: September 14, 2015
    Eligibility: Published and non-published authors. Pitches must be for books not under contract as of September 14, 2015.
    Judge: Literary Agent Laura Bradford.
    Top Prize: The agent will select winners to submit partial and/or full manuscripts.
    FMI, visit http://contemporaryromance.org/events. 

    **The Rudy

    Sponsor: Chesapeake Romance Writers
    Fee: $15–20.00
    Deadline: September 30, 2015
    Entry: first and last chapters and a synopsis (not judged) of your 40k+ completed novel. Only electronic entries accepted.
    Categories: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, YA/NA Romance and Mainstream with Romantic Elements. Categories with fewer than three entries will be combined with another category.
    Judges: trained, published and unpublished authors.
    Final judges: editors and agents to be announced at later date.
    Top Prize: First place category winners will receive $50. First through third finalists will receive a certificate.
    FMI, visit http://www.crwrwa.org/.

    October Contests

    **Joyce Henderson Contest

    Sponsor: Southwest Florida Romance Writers
    Fee: $25.00
    Deadline: October 1, 2015
    Entry: Electronic only. First 20 pages of an unpublished novel-length manuscript.
    Eligibility: Open to unpublished and self-published authors.
    Judges: Trained published and unpublished RWA members.
    Final Judges: Top industry editors.
    FMI, https://swfrw.org/ or questions to veeworthy@gmail.com. 

    **The Suzannah 2015

    Sponsor: NOLA STARs
    Fee: $30 prior to Sept. 1st, $35 on or after Sept. 1st. Members receive a $5 discount.
    Deadline: October 1, 2015
    Eligibility: Writers may or may not be published; however, the manuscript must fit within the romance genre and be unpublished and uncontracted.
    Entry: Entry should be a maximum of 7,200 words, including synopsis (there is no restriction on length of synopsis, so long as the entire entry does NOT exceed 7,200). Use your computer counting feature to figure word length.
    Entry Categories: The Suzannah is different from most other writers’ contests in that published authors and unpublished writers all compete against one another in a single pool of entries without categories. Yep, you read that right. Published and unpublished writers all hashing it out together for a spot as one of the six finalists. The only criteria we require is that the manuscript fit within the romance genre and that it be unpublished and uncontracted.
    Judges: First round judges are published authors, RWA PRO members, industry professionals (i.e. librarians and booksellers) and others who love, respect, and understand all that is good about the romance genre. Judges are STRONGLY encouraged to add comments on the entries and on the scoresheets.
    Final Judges: Your work will go before a panel of at least six (YES SIX!!) agents and editors—who will pick the best of the lot. They include Gabrielle Keck, Assistant Editor, Avon HarperCollins; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency; Erin Niamata, Folio Literary Agency; and more to be announced. Check out website for updates.
    Top Prize: Winner will be announced at the NOLA STARs workshop March 5, 2016. $300 in cash and a trophy. All other finalists will receive certificates. Results will be publicized on website, loops, and in the RWR.
    FMI, visit http://www.nolastars.com/contests/ for complete rules, entry instructions, payment options, sample of score sheet and contact information for the Contest Coordinator. 

    **The 2015–16 Emily Contest

    Sponsor: West Houston RWA
    Fee: $25 WHRWA members; $35 all others
    Deadline: October 4, 2015
    Eligibility: unpublished in the category entered.
    Entry: First 5600 words, no synopsis.
    Categories: Contemporary Long, Contemporary Short, Historical, FFP/Paranormal, Young Adult.
    Judges: Published or PRO authors who give positive, helpful feedback.
    Final Judges: Two publishing professionals; agent and editor for each finalist.
    Top Prize: Pin and Certificate for winner, $100 Best of the Best Prize.
    FMI, Emily.contest@whrwa.com or http://whrwa.com/emily/. 

    **2015 Four Seasons

    Sponsor: Windy City RWA
    Fee: $25 for RWA members, $30 for non-RWA members
    Deadline: Opens July 31, 2015; closes October 10, 2015
    Eligibility: Open to both unpublished and published authors. Unpublished may enter any category. Published may enter any category in which they’ve not been contracted or published for three years. Open to RWA and non-RWA members. Windy City members are not eligible to enter.
    Entry: First 25 pages. Electronic entries only.
    Categories: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Inspirational, New Adult, Romantic Suspense, and Young Adult.
    Judges: Three trained judges in first round including one published author. Lowest score dropped.
    Final Judges: An editor AND an agent for each category. Our all-star lineup of final judges will be published on our website!
    FMI, contact Kelly Garcia at kdgarcia2222@gmail.com. For entry form and rules, please visit http://www.windycityrwa.org/

    Conferences

    August Conferences and Workshops

    2015 Writers’ Retreat

    Sponsor: East Valley Authors
    Location: Monrovia Canyon Park, Monrovia, CA
    Fee: $35 for EVA members/$45 for non-members
    Date: August 1, 2015
    Presenter: Laurie Schnebly-Campbell.
    Topic: Three workshops: Plotting via Motivation, From Plot to Finish, and Letting Mad Men Write Your Synopsis.
    FMI, email EastValleyAuthors@gmail.com or visit myRWA https://www.rwa.org/evrwa.

    Road to Publishing - 2015 Workshop: The Indie Author's Path to Self-Publishing

    Sponsor: Romancing The Lakes, Lakeville MN
    Location: Prior Lake Senior Center, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave, Suite 101, Prior Lake, MN 55372
    Fee: $75.00 registration fee
    Date: August 1, 2015
    Feature Sessions: Editing by the Book, Laying It All Out, Judging a Book by the Cover, Going Vira lwith your Book Trailer, Fusion Press, Your Virtual Marketing Assistant, Silent Auction and Author Signings.
    FMI, and to register,
     visit the workshop webpage at http://bit.ly/1GOgpdU or www.romancingthelakes.com.

    September Conferences and Workshops

    Connecticut Fiction Fest

    Sponsor: Connecticut RWA
    Location: Four Points Sheraton, Research Parkway, Meriden, CT
    Fee: Price includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Early Bird – $149 for CTRWA, CORW and COLONY members (you can join by 7/1/15 to be eligible for this special price); Early Bird (nonmembers) – $179. After July 1, $179 for CTRWA members, $199 for nonmembers.
    Date: September 11–13, 2015
    Keynote Speaker: Hank Phillippi Ryan.
    Conference Features: special 2-hour workshop on deep point of view; acquiring agents & editors; two days of workshops from bestselling authors who really know their stuff.
    FMI, please visit http://www.ctrwa.org/2015-fiction-fest.html.

    Liliana Hart—The Future of Self-Publishing

    Sponsor: Indiana Romance Writers of America
    Location: Indianapolis Central Library, 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN
    Fee: Free
    Date: September 12, 2015, 12-4
    Presenter: Liliana Hart.
    Topics included: Algorithms, Backmatter, Social Media and Marketing That Works, Street Teams, Foreign Translations, Audio, Diversifying Your Books, Moving From Small-Time Writer to Big-Time Corporation, and much, much more.
    FMI, https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1520. 

    The Fall Harvest Of Writing Essentials

    Sponsor: Midwest Fiction Writers
    Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomington, MN
    Fee: Before 9/1/15—MFW Members $99, Others $114; after 9/1/15—add $10 to fee.
    Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
    Speakers: NYT and USA Today Bestseller Darynda Jones. Keynote, Barbara Vey.
    Conference Features: Friday night get-together. Intense Craft: Seducing the Reader, Raising the Stakes and Setting the World on Fire.
    FMI, MFWFallHarvest@gmail.com or http://www.midwestfiction.com/home.html.

    Starfish Writers Conference

    Sponsor: Houston Bay Area RWA
    Location: South Shore Harbour Resort, League City, Texas
    Fee: $30 HBARWA Members / $50 Non-members
    Date: September 19, 2015
    Speakers: NYT and USA Today bestselling author Sarah MacLean, with NYT and USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan
    Topics: Mastering the Art of Great Conflict, Dialogue, and Conquering High Concept
    Workshop Features: Writing workshops; door prizes; raffle baskets; light breakfast and full lunch
    FMI, http://hbarwa.com.

    ACRA Dreaming Up a Story Conference on the Beach

    Sponsor: Ancient City Romance Authors (ACRA)
    Location: Hampton Inn, St Augustine Beach, Florida
    Fee: $79 nonmembers, $69 members; includes lunch, all workshops, and swag bag.
    Date: September 25–26, 2015
    Featured Speaker: Anna Destefano and others.
    Conference features: Friday night pajama party workshop, Fri. and Sat. workshops; luncheon; basket raffles and editor/agent/published authors critique raffles, door prize, editor appointments, promo items.
    FMI, and to register visit http://www.acrarwa.com or email esinclair1@aol.com or summer1565@gmail.com.

    October Conferences and Workshops

    2015 Lone Star Conference

    Sponsor: Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America
    Location: Doubletree Hotel at IAH, Houston, TX
    Fee: $130/NWHRWA members; $140/non-members
    Date: Saturday, October 03, 2015 (Registration opens in August)
    Speaker: Margie Lawson.
    Program: Master Class “The Power of Subtext: Body Language, Dialogue Cues, and Visceral Responses”; Lone Star Writing Competition Winners; Pitch Appointments
    Agent: 3 Seas Literary Agency
    Editors: Decadent Publishing, The Wild Rose Press
    FMI, www.nwhrwa.com, Email Tiana at nwhrwa1stvp@gmail.com.

    Debra Dixon's Book in a Day

    Sponsor: Valley Forge Romance Writers
    Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Rd, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
    Fee: $60 VFRW members/$70 non-members
    Date: October 3, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Registration begins August 1.
    Speaker: Debra Dixon
    Workshop Details: In this “working lunch” presentation designed around GMC and the hero’s journey, learn the process of putting together the important elements of a book and its plot skeleton. Attendees are requested to bring a packed lunch to be enjoyed while chatting and networking. Coffee and water provided.
    FMI, www.vfrw.com.

    Mid-America Writers Retreat

    Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors (MARA)
    Location: Downey House(s) in Historic Plattsburg, Missouri
    Fee: $190–265.00
    Date: October 15–18, 2015
    Speakers: Featured speaker–Alfie Thompson. Also presenting–Katy Madison and Michelle Grey.
    Conference Features: Spend three days waking up your muse! Attend optional workshops or get a one-on-one critique!
    FMI, www.mararwa.org or email WriteRetreat@MARA.com. 

    Put Your Heart in a Book Conference

    Sponsor: New Jersey Romance Writers
    Location: Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ
    Fee: Early Bird (June 1–July 31) $215–$240.00; Late Registration (Aug 1–Oct 4) $240–265.00
    Date: October 16–17, 2015
    Speakers: Keynote Speaker–Kerrelyn Sparks; Luncheon Speaker–Beth Ciotta; Special Presentation Speaker–Julia Quinn; Pre-Conference Speaker–Margie Lawson.
    Publishing Houses: Carina Press, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington Publishing, TOR/FORGE, Harlequin.
    Agencies: Corvisiero Agency, Jabberwocky Literary Agency, The Ruben Agency.
    Conference features: multi-track workshops, agent/editor/bookseller panels, editor and agent appointments, Anonymous Author, PYHIAB and Golden Leaf awards, book fair/signing.
    FMI, www.njrw.org. 

    The Emerald City Writers Conference

    Sponsor: Greater Seattle Chapter RWA
    Location: Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA
    Fee: $249–299.00
    Date: October 16–18, 2015
    Keynote Speakers: Elizabeth Hoyt, Sabrina Jeffries & Margaret Mallory.
    Editors: Sourcebooks, Harlequin/HQN/Mira, Wild Rose Press.
    Agents: Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, Donald Maass Literary Agency and Kimberley Cameron and Associates.
    Conference Features: Passport to Romance Reader Appreciation Event, add-on Master Class from Janice Hardy of Fiction University.
    FMI, check out our website www.gsrwa.org or email ecwcconferencechair@gmail.com. 

    Michael Hauge's Story Mastery Workshop with Emphasis on Seducing the Reader in the First 10 Pages and Creating Powerful Scenes

    Sponsor: Missouri Romance Writers of America
    Location: Drury Inn and Suites, O'Fallon, IL (15 mins from St. Louis Arch)
    Fee: $55–85.00 (box lunch provided)
    Date: October 17, 2015 (Advanced Program available on October 18 @ $300)
    Featured Speaker: Michael Hauge, Author of Writing Screenplays that Sell & Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds.
    Workshop Details: Story Mastery (Day 1), Advanced Program (Day 2).
    FMI, and to register, visit http://www.morwa.org. 

    HCRW All-Day Writers Workshop with Joshilyn Jackson & Carly Phillips

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers (HCRW)
    Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Raleigh, NC
    Fee: $30–65 members; $35–72 non-members
    Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Speakers: NYT Bestselling authors Joshilyn Jackson and Carly Phillips.
    Topics: Beloved Southern writer Joshilyn Jackson will present “No Place Like Mine,” a discussion on how to create richly imagined, evocative settings that can transport readers to the world of your book. Romance and social media superstar Carly Phillips will share tips on how to succeed as a hybrid author in our rapidly changing industry in her talk, “The Business of Being a Hybrid Author.”
    Workshop features: Continental breakfast included in all-day workshop price. Basket raffle. Book signing.
    FMI, for registration and more information visit HeartOfCarolina.org.

    Writing Active with Mary Buckham:  Body Language, Character, Hooks, and Settings

    Location: Holiday Inn Hotel, 7007 N. High St., Worthington, Ohio
    Sponsor: Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW)
    Fee: $40 for COFW members - $50 for non-members
    Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
    Presenter: Mary Buckham, a well-known writing teacher and author of Writing Active Setting and Writing Active Hooks.
    FMI and to register, visit http://www.cofwevents.org/workshop.

    Fall into Romance Readers’ Luncheon 2015

    Sponsor: Heart of Louisiana RWA
    Location: Juban’s Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA
    Fee: $40.00
    Date: October 31, 2015
    Keynote Speaker: Diana Rowland. Emcee: Lori Leger.
    Conference features: meet and dine with authors; goodie bags, door prizes, and raffle baskets; book signing; Halloween theme – costumes encouraged.
    FMI, visit www.heartla.com.

    Online Workshops

    August Online Workshops

    Organization Tips For Authors

    Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
    Fee: $5.00/$10.00
    Date: August 1–7, 2015
    Presenter: Abigail Owen. FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/events/. 

    Pitch Perfect

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: August 1–15, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG2. 

    Sexual Tension–Getting Away from Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma’am

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: August 1–15, 2015
    Presenter: Jeffe Kennedy. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG1. 

    Advanced Wordpress

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers 
    Fee: $20 members; $30 nonmembers
    Date: August 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Pepper O'Neal. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/advanced-wordpress/. 

    Writing Descriptions and Settings

     Sponsor : Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: August 1–31, 2015
    Presenter: Sarah Winn. FMI, http://heartofcarolina.org/.

    Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novel

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: August 1–31, 2015
    Presenter: Rayne Hall. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG4. 

    The Business of Writing 101

    Sponsor: LARA
    Fee: Early bird (before June 30th) $15. Regular price (after June 30th) $20
    Date: August 3–19, 2015
    Presenter: Beverly Diehl. FMI, http://www.lararwa.com/laras-online-classes/. 

    Beginning WordPress

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: August 3–28, 2015
    Presenter: Pepper O’Neal. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#AUG. 

    Incorporating Humor into Your Writing

    Sponsor: Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: CRW/HCRW $15 | Non-Member $25
    Date: August 3–28, 2015
    Presenter: Ally Broadfield. FMI, http://www.carolinaromancewriters.com/online-workshop-schedule.html. 

    Making Your Author Newsletter Work for You

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: August 3–28, 2015
    Presenter: Mary Caelsto. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#AUG. 

    Plotting Your Book in a Month with Scrivener

    Sponsor: Young Adult RWA (YARWA)
    Fee: $15–25.00
    Date: August 3–28, 2015
    Presenter: Stephanie Dray. FMI, http://yarwa.com/programs. 

    Soul of the Brand

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: August 3–28, 2015
    Presenter: Blythe Gifford. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin. 

    Violent Sexual Predators, Criminal Profiling

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: August 3–28, 2015
    Presenter: Pete Klismet, retired FBI Profiler. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin. 

    Writing from the Male POV

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: August 3–28, 2015
    Presenter: Sascha Illyvich. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#AUG. 

    Revision Hel—No, Heaven

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: August 10–21, 2015
    Presenter: Laurie Schnebly. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG3.

    Start Spreading Your News With GIMP

    Sponsor: NEORWA
    Fee: $20.00/$25.00
    Dates: August 10–21, 2015
    Presenter: Sharon Clare. Link, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/. 

    Social Media for Writers

    Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: Members, free; Non-Members, $20.00
    Date: August 10–28, 2015
    Presenter: Rebecca Lynn (w/a RL Syme). FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops. 

    Writing the Same-Sex Erotic Romance

    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: August 10–September 6, 2015
    Presenters: Louisa Bacio and Tara Lain. FMI, http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html. 

    Adding the Spice of Diversity to Your Writing

    Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
    Fee: $15.00
    Date: August 31–September 25, 2015
    Presenter: B.A. Binns. FMI, http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm.

    Deep Story I

    Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: Members, free; Non-Members, $25.00
    Date: August 31–September 25, 2015
    Presenter: Carol A. Hughes. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops.

    September Online Workshops

    Advanced WordPress

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: September 1–25, 2015
    Presenter: Pepper O’Neal. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#SEP. 

    Can We Talk: Discuss Your Writing with Confidence

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: September 1–25, 2015
    Presenter: Ruth Kaufman. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#SEP. 

    Grow a Book: Turning Your Story Idea Into a Workable Plot

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: September 1–25, 2015
    Presenter: Cathy Chant. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#SEP.

    The Hidden Elements of Story

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: September 1–28, 2015
    Presenter: Allegra Gray. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.

    Letters of the Law

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: September 1–28, 2015
    Presenters: Silver and Greg James, Attorney. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.

    Swear to Tell the Truth: How to Write Realistic Courtroom/Legal Scenes

    Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: September 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Jody Lebel. FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/events/workshops/. 

    WordPress Workshop

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: September 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Pat Haggerty. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG3.

    Writing the Continuing Series

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: September 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG1.

    Young Adult Workshop

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: September 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG2.

    Some Like It Hot: Writing the Erotic Romance

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Date: September 2–27, 2015
    Fee: $20 members; $30 nonmembers
    Presenter: Louisa Bacio. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/some-like-it-hot-writing-the-erotic-romance/.

    Bigger Stories

    Sponsor: NEORWA
    Fee: $15.00
    Date: September 3–30, 2015
    Presenter: Peter Andrews. FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/.

    How to Promote your Book, Not Just Yourself

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $25 ($20 for HCRW and CRW Members)
    Date: September 6–11, 2015
    Presenter: Tina Gerow. FMI, http://heartofcarolina.org/event/september-2015-online-workshop-how-to-promote-your-book-not-just-yourself-with-tina-gerow/?instance_id=545.

    Engage Your Reader with Attention-Grabbing Prose

    Sponsor: Passionate Ink Chapter
    Fee: $15 members/ $20 others
    Date: September 7–21, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, www.PassionateInk.org/workshops.

    Passive Writing: Do You Really Want to Send Your Reader into a Coma?

    Sponsor: Young Adult RWA (YARWA)
    Fee: $15 member, $25 non-member
    Date: September 7–October 2, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://yarwa.com/programs/.

    Writing the Romantic Novella

    Sponsor: Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: CRW/HCRW $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: September 14–25, 2015
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://www.carolinaromancewriters.com/online-workshop-schedule.html.

    Storytelling for Writers

    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: September 14–October 11, 2015
    Presenter: Shannon Donnelly. FMI, http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html.

    October Online Workshops

    Plotting with Scrivener

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 members; $30 nonmembers
    Date: October 1–14, 2015
    Presenter: Stephanie Dray. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/plot-your-book-with-scrivener/. 

    How to Write a Romance Novel

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: October 1–16, 2013
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT1. 

    Quilting 101: Patchworking the Perfect Plot through Relationship Arcs

    Sponsor: Northeast Ohio Romance Writers
    Fee: $15–20.00
    Dates: October 1–31, 2015
    Presenter: Suzanne Johnson. FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/. 

    Show and Tell: an Interactive Workshop

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: October 1–31, 2015
    Presenter: Shannon Donnelly. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT2.

    Writer’s Block

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: October 1–31, 2015
    Presenter: Laurie Sanders. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT3. 

    The Five Stages of Editing Grief, or How Not to Shoot Your Editor

    Sponsor: Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: CRW/HCRW $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: October 5–16, 2015
    Presenters: Eilis Flynn & Jacquie Rogers. FMI, http://www.carolinaromancewriters.com/online-workshop-schedule.html.

    Watching the Detectives

    Sponsor: Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: CRW/HCRW $15 | Non-Member $25
    Date: October 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Eileen Rendahl. FMI, http://www.carolinaromancewriters.com/online-workshop-schedule.html.

     

    Beyond the Body Bag: The World of the Coroner

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: October 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Christina Herndon, Coroner. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.

    Deep Story II

    Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: Members, free; Non-Members, $25.00
    Date: October 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Carol A. Hughes. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops.

    NaNoWriMo Success

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: October 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Peter Andrews. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#OCT.

    Scrivener

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $25 ($20 for HCRW and CRW Members)
    Date: October 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Pat Haggerty. FMI, http://heartofcarolina.org/event/october-online-workshop-scrivener-with-pat-taggerty/?instance_id=539.

    Writing a Good Bad Guy

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: October 5–30, 2015
    Presenters: Becky Martinez and Sue Viders. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.

    Austen to Aliens: Creating the Classic Tough Chick

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: October 6–31, 2015
    Presenter: Jacqui Jacoby. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#OCT.

    Prep for NaNoWriMo the Bare-Bones Way

    Sponsor: Passionate Ink
    Fee: $15 PI members/$20 others
    Date: October 8–22, 2015
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://www.passionateink.org/workshops/.

    Conquering National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: October 12–November 30, 2015
    Presenter: Alison Diem. FMI, http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html.

     


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