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 9/17/2018

    Contests


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    **Open to published and unpublished authors   

    September Contests   

    *2018 Rocky Mountain Cover Contest

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $15.00
    Deadline: September 30, 2018
    Entry: JPG covers only for novel and novella published from August 2016 to December 2017.
    Final Judges: Published authors and romance readers
    FMI, please visit our site our website at https://coloradoromancewriters.com/

    October Contests

    **Joyce Henderson Contest

    Sponsor: Southwest Florida Romance Writers
    Fee: $30 ($25 for SWFRW members)
    Deadline: October 1, 2018
    Eligibility: Unpublished or not published in the past 5 years in the category entered.
    Entry: Author’s original work, unpublished and uncontracted. First 20 pages in .doc or .rtf format.
    Judges: Each entry judged by 2 RWA-member judges, at least one a published author.
    Categories and Final Judges: Three finalist entries in each category judged by one editor and one agent. Contemporary – Editor Tahra Seplowin, HarperCollins Publishers, and Agent Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency. Historical – Editor Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing, and Agent Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency. Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy – Editor Nancy Schumacher, Melange Books, and Agent Kat Enright, The Seymour Agency. Young Adult – Editor Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press, and Agent Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency. Romantic Suspense – Editor Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing, and Agent Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency.
    Top Prize: $50 cash. All winners mentioned in RWR.
    FMI, swfrw.org or email joycehendersoncontest.swfrw@gmail.com

    **MARA Fiction from the Heartland

    Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors (MARA)
    Fee: $35.00
    Deadline: October 1, 2018
    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: Entries will be judged by two (2) experienced judges, ONE of which will be a published author.
    Final Judges: Finalists will be judged by BOTH an editor AND an agent. (Editors and agents will be listed on our website.)
    Top Prize: First place/highest scored manuscript will receive $50 and a plaque. Finalists will receive a MARA FFTH pin and certificate.
    FMI, visit mararwa.com for contest rules or email contest coordinator at fictionfromtheheartland@mararwa.com

    **The Suzannah 2019

    Sponsor: NOLA STARs
    Fee: $30 prior to Sept. 1st, $35 on or after Sept. 1st. Members receive a $5 discount.
    Deadline: October 1, 2018
    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:  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: 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 full panel of agents and editors who will pick the best of the lot. Pamela Harty, Knight Agency; Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Management; Barbara Collins Rosenberg, The Rosenberg Group; Patience Bloom, Harlequin; Tessa Woodward, Harper Collins; Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks.
    Top Prize:  Winner will be announced at a NOLA STARs event in March 2019. $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 2019 Emily Contest

    Sponsor: West Houston RWA
    Fee: $25 WHRWA members/$35 all others
    Deadline: October 2, 2018, midnight CST
    Eligibility: Unpublished in the category entered.
    Entry: All electronic, first 5,600 words, no synopsis.
    Categories: Contemporary Long, Contemporary Short, Historical, FFP/Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult.
    Judges: First round published, PAN or PRO authors who give positive, helpful feedback.
    Final Judges: Two publishing professionals: agent and editor for each finalist.
    Top Prize: Silver Emily Pin and Certificate for winner, $100 Grand Prize.
    FMI, visit http://whrwa.com/theemily/.

    November Contest

    **33rd annual Hook, Line & Sinker

    Sponsor: Hudson Valley RWA
    Fee: $10.00 through September 15; $15.00 September 16 through November 1
    Deadline: November 1, 2018
    Eligibility: Published and unpublished romance and YA authors.
    Entry: Hone your skills for hooking an editor or an agent. Submit the first three pages of your unpublished romance manuscript. All romance genres accepted. Electronic entries only.
    Judges: Experienced published and unpublished authors.
    Final judge: Allison Lyons, Editor, Harlequin.
    Top Prize: Trophies awarded 1st through 3rd places.
    FMI, entry form, rules, and a sample of the scoresheet, please visit www.hudsonvalleyrwa.com or email hudsonvalleycontest@gmail.com

    Conferences

    September Conferences, Workshops, and Webinar

    Starfish Writers Conference

    Sponsor: Houston Bay Area RWA
    Location: Kemah Boardwalk and Inn, Kemah, Texas
    Fee: $50 HBARWA Members / $75 Non-members
    Date: September 21–22, 2018
    Featured Speaker: NYT and USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt.
    Topics: It's Just Emotion, Dialogue: Writing Between the Lines
    Workshop Features: Writing workshops; raffle baskets and door prizes; full lunch.
    FMI, http://hbarwa.com.

    A Day with Editor Angela James: What Publishers Want

    Sponsor: Sunshine State Romance Authors
    Location: Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club, 509 E. Hartford Street Citrus Hills, FL 34442
    Fee: SSRA members $35 and $45 for non-members. Continental breakfast and three-course lunch included. Vegetarian and gluten-free accommodated.
    Date: September 22, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Presenter: Angela James of Carina Press.
    Topic: Current industry practices of publication.
    Workshop Features: Cold Reads for pre-published writers. Business-casual attire. SSRA has reserved rooms at Quality Inn for out of town guests.
    FMI, contact Secretary@sunshinestateromanceauthors.com

    Goal, Motivation, Conflict and The Hero's Journey

    Sponsor: Saguaro Romance Writers
    Location: Viscount Hotel, 4855 East Broadway, Tucson, AZ
    Fee: Before August 1st - SRW Members $75, RWA Members $100, Non-RWA Members $125
    August 1-31st - SRW Members $95, RWA Members $120, Non-RWA Members $145
    September 1st - day of event - $150
    Date: September 22, 2018, from 10am–2pm
    Presenter: Debra Dixon.
    Topics: September’s intensive workshop  covers the three most important elements of popular fiction: goal, motivation and conflict (GMC), and how these elements work with the mythic structure of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to help writers conceive and create strong plots and compelling characters.
    FMI: http://tucsonrwa.org/special-event-sept-22-2018-deb-dixon/.

    February Cruise Conference

    Fun in the Sun Cruise Conference

    Sponsor: Florida Romance Writers
    Location: Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico.
    Date: February 28–March 4, 2019
    Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Ashley.
    Conference Features: Pre-cruise party, Editors/Agents, Floridian Idol, amazing workshops…all on a cruise ship! Register today to reserve your place! Final payment due by October 1, 2018.
    FMI, www.frwriters.org and www.frwfuninthesunmain.blogspot.comEmail us at FRWFunintheSun@yahoo.com.

    October Conferences and Workshops

    Moonlight & Magnolias Conference

    Sponsor: Georgia Romance Writers
    Location: Hilton Atlanta Northeast, Atlanta, GA
    Fee: Now through August 7th: RWA Members $285/General $305; Late Registration 8/8-9-8th: RWA Members $300/General $320
    Date: October 4–7, 2018
    Keynote Speaker: Beverly Jenkins. GRW Featured Speaker: Sally Kilpatrick; Craft Speaker: Mollie Traver; Guest speakers include Gwinnett County Police, EMTs, Local K-9 unit representative, and CSI guest speaker from local police stations.
    Publishing Houses: Harlequin, The Wild Rose Press, Inc., Fiery Seas Publishing.
    Agencies: The Seymour Agency, Holloway Literary Agency, Spencer Hill Associates.
    Conference Features: Editor & Agent Appointments and Panels, Pitch Workshop, Book Signing Fair, Thursday pre-conference activities including murder mystery, Fire Department tour and more. Maggie Awards banquet and dinner Saturday evening. Over 30 workshops with craft, business, research, and writers’ life. Basket/Critique raffles.
    FMI, http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/mm-conference/ or MMChair@georgiaromancewriters.org. 

    Fall Workshop—Unlock Your A Game

    Sponsor: Wisconsin RWA
    Location: Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort, Rothschild, WI
    Fee: Friday night only, $10; Saturday only, $85; Fri. & Sat., $95
    Date: October 5–6, 2018
    Presenter: Heidi Cullinan.
    Topic: Promo planning for writers of all genres.
    FMI, www.WisRWA.org.  

    Story Mastery with Michael Hauge

    Sponsor: Northwest Houston RWA
    Location: Lone Star College-Montgomery, 3200 College Park Dr., Conroe, TX 77382
    Fee: $100.00
    Date October 6, 2018
    Presenter: Michael Hauge.
    Topic: The primary goal of all story; the power of desire, need, longing and destiny; the essential conflict all characters must face; turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a simple, powerful tool you can easily apply to every story; the single key to creating character arc and theme; creating unique, believable and fulfilling love stories; the indispensable elements of a great pitch.
    FMI, http://nwhrwa.com/october-2018-writing-workshop-with-michael-hauge/.

    Fall Harvest Conference

    Sponsor: Midwest Fiction Writers
    Location: Grand Stay Hotel & Conference Center, Apple Valley, Minnesota
    Fee: $90–110.00
    Date: October 13, 2018
    Featured Speakers: Mary Altman, Dawn Adams, & Rachel Gilmer from Sourcebooks.
    Topics Covered: How to develop high-concept hooks, avoiding cliches, effective branding, book covers and marketing materials for authors, and much more. Pitch Appointments will be available.
    FMI, visit https://www.midwestfiction.com/. 

    “Work Your Writing” Mini-Conference

    Sponsor: First Coast Romance Writers
    Location: Quality Inn Conference Center, 6802 Commonwealth Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida
    Fee: $55.00 FCRW members; $65.00, non-members.
    Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9am-4pm
    Presenter: Bob Mayer.
    Conference Features: A full-day series of workshops on writing the novel, beginning with the original idea and core conflict, developing plot and character, working with point of view, and pulling everything together selling your book and the business of writing. Participants will enjoy a catered lunch and a free e-book of The Writers Conference Guide: Making the Most of Your Time and Money. Be sure to bring cash for the raffle prizes, critique raffles, and more!
    FMI, visit https://workyourwriting.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets and http://www.firstcoastromancewriters.com for more information. 

    2018 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference

    Sponsor: New Jersey Romance Writers
    Location: Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 Route 1 South, Iselin, NJ 08830
    Fee: Early Bird, May 14–June 17 – NJRW Members $235, Non-members $260; Regular June 18–October 5 – NJRW Members $260, Non-members $285.
    Date: October 19–20, 2018
    Featured Speakers: Breakfast Speaker Virginia Kantra; Special Presentation Hope Ramsay (ticket required, first 100 registrants); Luncheon Speaker Jane Porter; Pre-Conference Workshop Melinda Leigh; PUB Retreat Speaker Rebecca Zanetti.
    Conference Features: Workshops, Editor/Agent Appointments, Book Fair, Kick-Off Party, Networking Session, Published Authors Retreat, PRO Member Retreat.
    FMI, http://www.njromancewriters.org/conference.html 

    Emerald City Writers Conference

    Sponsor: Greater Seattle Chapter RWA (GSRWA)
    Location: Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA
    Fee: $275–325.00
    Date: October 26–28, 2018
    Featured Speakers: Beverly Jenkins, Damon Suede, and Elizabeth Hunter
    Publishing Houses: Harlequin Press, St. Martin’s Press.
    Agencies: Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC, Franklyn Siegel.
    Conference Features: Master Class with Damon Suede, craft, business, research, and writers’ life workshops; editor/agent access; featuring television and film agents.
    FMI, http://gsrwa.org/ecwc/conference or email ECWC_conference_chair@gsrwa.org 

    Before You Hit Send Self-Editing Workshop

    Sponsor: MORWA
    Fees: $85–95.00; includes lunch.
    Date: October 27, 2018
    Presenter: Angela James.
    FMI, http://www.morwa.org/specialevent.html 

    November Conferences and Workshops

    A Day With Damon Suede

    Sponsor: Carolina Romance Writers
    Location: Fox & Hound, 9325 Center Lake Dr #200, Charlotte, NC 28216, Near Northlake Mall
    Fee $50.00
    Date: November 3, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Speaker: Damon Suede.
    Conference Features: Two workshops, Intimacy and Author Branding.
    FMI, carolinaromancewriters.com. Tickets available from Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/damon-suede-tickets-48758427770.

    Love & Literature in the City Day Conference

    Sponsor: RWANYC
    Location: Fordham University (Bronx Campus)
    Cost: RWANYC Member Reg $79 Early Bird (ends Labor Day), Non-Member Reg: $89; Regular Reg: $99.
    Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Featured Speakers: Authors Piper Huguley, Farrah Rochon, and Eloisa James, as well as Erin Galloway and Jin Yu from the publicity and marketing department at Berkley.
    Topics: Authentic Representation of People of Color in Historical Romance, Breaking into Print, and Publicity & Marketing.
    FMI, info@rwanyc.com or www.rwanyc.com/loveandliterature. 

    All-Day Workshop with Allie Pleiter, Chunky Writing Method

    Sponsor: Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW)
    Location: Clintonville Womans’ Club, 3951 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
    Fee: $45 for COFW Members; $49 for Non-Members (includes lunch and fun raffle)
    Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:30 am to 4 pm (Registration starts at 9 am)
    Presenter: Allie Pleiter.
    Topics: CHUNKY WRITING METHOD; NANO Writing Camp.
    Workshop Features: Allie’s innovative Chunky Method offers practical, real-world productivity advice in an easy-to-read and inspiring workbook. You will follow a step-by-step plan to identify your unique writing “Chunk” and wield it to create a solid plan that works “even when life gets in the way.” The afternoon session will be time for writers to work on their individual NANO writing project while in the company of other authors. A buffet lunch and refreshments are included. A raffle of baskets of books and writing items will also take place.
    FMI, http://www.cofwevents.org/workshop. 

    Brand & Humor with Damon Suede

    Sponsor: Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers
    Location: Central Penn College, Summerdale, PA
    Fee: CPRW members, $50, full-day; RWA members, $60, full-day; Non-RWA members, $75, full-day OR $40 for half-day (either morning or afternoon).
    Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
    Presenter: Damon Suede.
    Topics: Author branding and marketing will be discussed in the morning session; the afternoon session will focus on how humor can be used to improve any writing style, genre, or category.
    Workshop Features: Fee includes lunch as well as breakfast and breaks; an evening meal will be available to speak further with Damon Suede; door prizes and other fun will be had.
    FMI, info@cprw.org or www.cprw.org

    Online Workshops

    October Online Workshops

    Setting as Character

    Sponsor: CT chapter of Romance Writers of America
    Fee: $20 (members CTRWA/CORW/CoLoNY), $25 (non-members)
    Date: October 1–4, 2018
    Presenter: Kristan Higgins. FMI, https://www.rwa.org/p/fo/st/thread=83010

    Surviving NaNoWriMo

    Sponsor: From The Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: $15.00/FTHRW members Free
    Date: October 1–12, 2018
    Presenter: Peter Andrews. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops

    Freedom to Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers

    Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter 136
    Fee: $15.00 (free for chapter members)
    Date: October 1–14, 2018
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/.

    Critiquing for Writers—How to Give and Receive Feedback with Grace and Compassion

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-members $20
    Date: October 1–15, 2018
    Presenter: Deb Cracovia. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT11

    Braiding Conflicts to Build the Perfect Climax

    Sponsor: Saguaro Romance Writers
    Fee: Members $30 and Non- Members $40
    Date: October 1–October 26, 2018
    Presenter Angela Knight. FMI, http://tucsonrwa.org/category/Online-Classes/

    Conflict and the Category Romance

    Sponsor: NEORWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: October 1–26, 2018
    Presenter: Susan Meier. FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

    The Well-Tempered Sentence: Line Editing for Authors

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $30 non-members/$25 HCRW and CRW members
    Date: October 1–26, 2018
    Presenter: JoSelle Vanderhooft. FMI, http://heartofcarolina.org/calendar/

    Writing with Splash: Enriching Your Writing with Sensory Language

    Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance
    Fee: $25–30.00
    Date: October 1–26, 2018
    Presenter: Zara West. FMI, http://starrwa.org/on-line-workshops/

    Emergency Preparedness for You and for Your Writing

    Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
    Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
    Date: October 1–28, 2018
    Presenter: Kathryn Jane. FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

    Focus on the First Five

    Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
    Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
    Date: October 1–28, 2018
    Presenter: Robb Grindstaff. FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

    Piracy for Authors—Understanding the Issue

    Sponsor: From The Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: $25/FTHRW members Free
    Date: October 1–30, 2018
    Presenter: Merien Grey. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops

    Beyond Boo!: Using Paranormal Creatures, Plots and Elements in Your Romantic Thrillers

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $15–30.00
    Date: October 1–31, 2018
    Presenter: Megan Hart. FMI, https://www.rwa.org/2018coffin

    Evolving Story and Character from Life

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-members $35
    Date: October 1–31, 2018
    Presenter: Sally J Walker. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT8. 

    Finish That Book: Patch Your Plot Holes with Brainstorming

    Sponsor: Western New York Romance Writers
    Fee: $15–35.00 (workshop limited to 20 participants)
    Date: October 1–31, 2018
    Presenter: Stephanie Queen. FMI, http://wnyrw.org/workshops. 

    Order in the Court & In Your Writing

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $15–30.00
    Date: October 1–31, 2018
    Presenter: Leslie Budewitz. FMI, https://www.rwa.org/2018coffin

    Prep for NaNoWriMo: The Bare Bones

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-members $25
    Date: October 1–31, 2018
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT7

    Win NaNoWriMo Without Losing Your Mind

    Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: $25.00
    Date: October 1–31, 2018
    Presenter: Marie Andreas. FMI, http://rwasd.com/classes

    Writing the Continuing Series or Trilogy

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-members $35
    Date: October 1–31, 2018
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT10

    Back Cover Copy—Shoot Me Now

    Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: $25.00
    Date: October 2–31, 2018
    Presenter: Kathryn Jane. FMI, http://rwasd.com/classes

    Avoiding Writers Block and Creative Burnout

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
    Date: October 2–November 1, 2018
    Presenter: Laurie Sanders. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#OCT9

    Overwriting Oh No’s

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 YRW members/$25 non-members
    Date: October 9–30, 2018
    Presenter: JoSelle Vanderhooft. FMI, https://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/2016-workshops

    Dialogue Dynamics 

    Sponsor: Saguaro Romance Writers
    Fee: Members $30.00, Non-Members $40.00
    Date: October 22–November 2, 2018
    Presenter: Alicia Rasley. FMI, http: //tucsonrwa.org/2018-10-alicia-rasley-online-class/.

    November Online Workshops

    Six Days to Stronger Dialogue

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10| Non-Member $15
    Date: November 1–15, 2018
    Presenter: Laurie Sanders. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV3. 

    Synopsis Writing Bootcamp

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $50| Non-members $60
    Date: November 1–15, 2018
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV1

    Story Clinic

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $15 YRW members/$20 non-members
    Date: November 1–21, 2018
    Presenter: Peter Andrews. FMI, https://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/2016-workshops

    The Actual How of Making Time to Write—Project Management for Writers

    Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
    Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
    Date: November 1–28, 2018
    Presenter: Merien Grey. FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

    Dialogue: The Story Driver

    Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
    Fee: $15 CRW Members / $25 RWA Members / $35 Non-RWA Members
    Date: November 1–28, 2018
    Presenter: Robb Grindstaff. FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

    How to Write More Engaging Sex Scenes

    Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
    Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
    Date: November 1–28, 2018
    Presenter: JoSelle Vanderhooft. FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

    Developing Stronger Characters Through Journaling

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $15–30.00
    Date: November 1–30, 2018
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, https://www.rwa.org/2018coffin

    Fall in Love with NaNoWriMo

    Sponsor: NEORWA
    Fee: Free
    Date: November 1–30, 2018
    Presenter: NEORWA. FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

    How Your Sleuth Can Solve the Crime

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $15–30.00
    Date: November 1–30, 2018
    Presenter: Steve Brown. FMI, https://www.rwa.org/2018coffin

    So, You Want to Self-Publish Your Novel

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-members $35
    Date: November 1–30, 2018
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV2

    Challenging Couples in Love
    Sponsor: Central PA Romance Writers
    Fee: $10.00 CPRW members; $25.00 RWA members; $30.00 all others
    Date: November 5–16, 2018
    Presenter: Laurie Schnebly Campbell. FMI, https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=2617

    Three Copyeditors Walk into a Bar…

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $30 non-members/ $25 HCRW and CRW/NC members
    Date: November 5–16, 2018
    Presenter: Suzanne Johnson. FMI, http://heartofcarolina.org/calendar/

    The Foolproof Synopsis and Query Letter

    Sponsor: From The Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00/FTHRW members Free
    Date: November 5–23, 2018
    Presenter: Robin Matheson. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops

    Scrivener for Writers

    Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: $25.00
    Date: November 5–30, 2018
    Presenter: Patrick Haggerty. FMI, http://rwasd.com/classes.

    December Online Workshops

    Free Workshop

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $FREE | Non-Member $FREE
    Date: December 1–15, 2018
    Presenter: Laurie Sanders. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#DEC7

    Romancing the Holidays

    Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal
    Fee: 25.00 FFP members 30.00 Non-FFP members
    Date: December 3–31, 2018
    Presenter: Rebekah R. Ganiere. FMI, https://ffprwa.com

    How to Work with a Freelance Editor

    Sponsor: From The Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: $10.00/FTHRW members Free
    Date: December 10–14, 2018
    Presenter: JoSelle Vanderhooft. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops

    Planning for the Happy Ending—For Plotters & Pantsers

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $FREE | Non-Member $FREE
    Date: December 11–13, 2018
    Presenter: Laurie Sanders. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#DEC7.

     


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