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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 4/13/2015

     

    Contests


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    **Open to published and unpublished authors

    April Contests

    *10th Annual Passionate Plume Contest

    Sponsor: Passionate Ink
    Fee: $15 members, $25 non-members
    Deadline: April 15, 2015
    Entry: Submit your published ebook or print book. **Must have a 2014 original copyright date. Not open to books published before 2014 in any other format.
    Final Judges: multi-published authors and reviewers.
    Top Prize: 1st place winners receive a Passionate Ink Pendant. Winners will be announced at RWA’s National 2015 Conference in New York during the Passionate Ink Party and will be published in the Romance Writer’s Report, Passionate Ink’s website and the chapter’s newsletter.
    FMI, www.passionateink.org or email plume@passionateink.org.

    **32nd Annual Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers

    Sponsor: Orange County Chapter
    Fee: OCC/RWA $25; RWA $35.00
    Deadline: April 30, 2015 *DEADLINE EXTENDED*
    Eligibility: RWA members in good standing, not contracted/published /self-published in either book-length fiction of 40,000 words or more or novella-length fiction of 20,000-40,000 words in last 5 years.
    Entry: 35 pages including synopsis – electronic entry only.
    Judges: Published authors.
    Final Round: Acquiring editors and agents.
    FMI, categories, entry form, rules and sample score sheet, visit http://www.occrwa.org/orangerosecontest.

    *Book Buyers Best 2015 Contest: Published

    Sponsor: Orange County Chapter
    Fee: $30.00
    Deadline: April 15, 2015
    Eligibility: RWA members in good standing.
    Entry: romance novels and novellas with a 2014 copyright date. Print, self-published, or E-books accepted.
    Judges: readers, writers, booksellers, librarians.
    Final judge: TBA
    FMI, visit www.occrwa.org/bbbcontest.

    **The Catherine 2015 Toronto Romance Writers Contest

    Sponsor: Toronto Romance Writers
    Fee: $25 CAD (TRW member) $30 CAD (non-member)
    Deadline: April 30, 2015
    Eligibility: 1) ALL unpublished writers (you do not have to be a member of RWA); 2) Published writers who are not eligible for RWA PAN status by date of entry (you must be a member of RWA). Please see the RWA website regarding PAN eligibility rules.
    Entry: All electronic, 7500 words (includes synopsis)
    Categories/Final Judges: Contemporary Series - Piya Campana, Harlequin; Contemporary Single Title - Esi Sogah, Kensington; Historical - Katherine Pelz, Berkley; Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic - Brenda Chin, Belle Books; Romantic Suspense - Dana Hamilton, Grand Central Publishing; Strong Romantic Elements - Kerri Buckley, Carina Press; Young Adult - Annie Berger, HarperCollins Children's; New Adult - Megha Parekh, Grand Central Publishing
    Top Prize: Top entry in each category is entered into a Gold Ticket round to be judged by Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. The Gold Ticket winner receives a three-chapter critique by NYT bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
    FMI, www.torontoromancewriters.com/contest.html. 

    **The Golden Rose Contest

    Sponsor: Rose City Romance Writers
    Fee: $25–35.00
    Deadline: April 30, 2015
    Eligibility: Any non-contracted author of romantic fiction (RWA members only) unpublished in book-length (40,000 words or more) in the last three years and any member of RWA who is not eligible to join RWA-PAN.
    Entry: All electronic; first 10,000 words.
    Categories: Contemporary Series, Contemporary Single Title, Historical, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult.
    Preliminary Judges: Published, PRO and unpublished authors.
    Final Judges: Editors (please see website).
    FMI, http://www.rosecityromancewriters.com/contest-home.

    **Unpublished Maggie Awards

    Sponsor: Georgia Romance Writers
    Fee: GRW Members - $25, RWA Members - $30, Non-Members - $40
    Deadline: April 30, 2015 at 10 p.m. EST
    Eligibility: All unpublished authors or any author who has not been published in a work of fiction over 40,000 in the past 5 years.
    Entry: Entries must be at least 40,000 words and never been published.
    Categories: Contemporary Single Title Romance, Contemporary Category Romance, Inspirational Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy Romance, Young Adult Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, and Erotic Romance.
    First Round Judges: Published authors.
    Final Round Judges: Editors.
    Top Prize: The Maggie Medallion. All finalists will receive certificates and names will be mentioned in the RWR.
    FMI, please visit our website http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/the-maggies/.

    May Contests

    **2015 PITCH Contest

    Sponsor: Music City Romance Writers
    Fee: $15.00
    Open for Submissions: April 1, 2015. Deadline: May 15, 2015
    Eligibility: Published and non-published authors. Pitches must be for books not under contract as of May 15, 2015.
    Judges: PAN members, three scoresheets per entry.
    Final Judges: Acquiring editors and agents (see website for details), all judges receive top 10% of entries.
    Top Prize: Copy of “QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed,” along with a 25-page developmental edit and 30-minute Skype chat or phone call with Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency.
    FMI, visit http://www.mcrw.com/. 

    **2015 TARA Contest 

    Sponsor: Tampa Area Romance Authors
    Fee: $25 (PayPal accepted)
    Electronic Deadline: May 1, 2015
    Eligibility: The TARA Contest is open to unpublished and published authors of novel-length fiction; however, the entry must be the author’s original work, unpublished and not contracted as of the time of the contest deadline. No entry can have been previously published in any format (on author’s website visible to the public, self-published, e-book, mass market, etc.).
    Entry: The first 4,500 words of a qualifying manuscript (actual word count). First and subsequent chapters up to the maximum entry word count of 4,500 words. *Word count will be verified. No synopsis required in preliminary round.
    Judges: trained/experienced, published
    Categories/Final Judges: Category Romance – JoVon Sotak, Montlake Publishing; Inspirational – Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishers; Paranormal – Latoya C. Smith, Samhain Publishing; Romantic Suspense – Chelsey Emmelhainz, Avon Books; Contemporary Single Title – Brenda Chin, ImaJinn Books; Women’s Fiction – Abby Zidle, Simon & Schuster Gallery Books; Historical – Sue Grimshaw, Penguin/Random House.
    Top Prize: TARA sterling silver pendant, certificate.
    FMI, e-mail TARAContest@gmail.com or visit our website at www.tararwa.com. 

    *AKRWA’s 2015 Grab Me! Book Blurb Contest

    Sponsor: Alaska RWA
    Fee: $15.00
    Deadlines: Opens: March 1, 2015; Closes: May 1, 2015
    Entry: Submit a back cover blurb (less than 500 words) for your book published after January 1, 2012, in digital or print format. Electronic entries only.
    Judges: Trained and experienced AKRWA authors (both published and unpublished).
    Final Judge: Tom Luce, New Book Buyer for Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon
    Finalist Prize: Certificate of Achievement.
    Grand Prize: Kirkus Review (1 award only).
    FMI, eligibility, submission guidelines, categories, registration form, etc. please visit www.akrwa.alaskawriters.com and click on the CONTEST button, or email contest@akrwa.org. 

    **On The Far Side 

    Sponsor: Futuristic, Fantasy, & Paranormal RWA chapter
    Fee: FF&P Members $20.00, Non-members $25.00
    Deadline: Entries must be received by May 16, 2015 at Midnight EDT
    Eligibility: Every category MUST contain a futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal element. Entrant must not be published in full-length fiction (40,000+) for the genre entering/or not published in genre entering for past 5 years.
    Entry: No longer than twenty pages, and may include a 2-page synopsis. Entries must be received in RTF (Rich Text Format) file only. No more than two entries per entrant per category.
    Judges: Entries will be judged by a minimum of four first round judges.
    Categories and Final Judges: Romantic Elements – Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.; Hard Science Fiction/SF/Futuristic – Laurie McLean, FUSE; Dark/Light/General Paranormal – Peter Senftleben, Kensington; Time Travel/Steampunk – Cassie Knight, Senior Editor, Champagne Books; Urban Fantasy – Melissa Singer, Tor; Fantasy – Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing; Young Adult – Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency; New Adult – Connor Goldsmith, Fuse; Historical – Valerie Mann, Decadent; Erotica – Elisabeth Nelson, Ellora’s Cave.
    Top Prize: Certificate and OTFS pin.
    FMI, http://www.romance-ffp.com/on-the-far-side-unpublished/ or contact the contest coordinator, Jillian Jacobs, at onthefarsideffp@gmail.com.

    **The Molly 2015

    Sponsor: Heart of Denver Romance Writers
    Fee: $30 for HODRW members, $35 for all other RWA members, and $40 for all non-RWA members
    Opens: March 15, 2015 Early Bird Discount of $5 before May 1, 2015. Deadline: May 31, 2015
    Eligibility: All writers unpublished in book-length fiction within 3 years prior to entry deadline.
    Entry: First pages (up to twenty-five (25)) of your manuscript plus up to 5 pages of your synopsis, which may be commented on but not judged. This can be a combination of Prologue plus Chapter One, but 30 pages maximum, including the synopsis.
    Categories: Most subcategories of romance fiction accepted. See website for details.
    Judges: First round – published and unpublished, Second round – published, Final round – Editor, Agent or Publisher announced on website. Comments will be returned from the first two rounds of judges.
    Prize: The first-place winner in each category will receive the Molly Award Plaque. All other finalists will receive certificates. Results will be publicized on website, loops, and in the RWR.
    FMI, Visit http://www.hodrw.com/contests/ for complete rules, entry instructions, payment options, and sample of score sheet. For further questions email Molly@hodrw.com.

    June Contests

    *The Aspen Gold 2015

    Sponsor: Heart of Denver Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 for HODRW members, $25 for all other RWA members, and $30 for all non-RWA members
    Opens: March 15, 2015 Deadline: June 1, 2015
    Eligibility: Romance Genre Book/Novella with a 2014 publication date.
    Entry: 3 print copies or one electronic version of book. Finalists will be asked for 2 additional copies for the final round judges.
    Categories: All subcategories of romance fiction accepted.
    Judges: First round – Romance Readers, Final round – Librarians.
    Prize: The first place winner in each category will receive the Aspen Gold Plaque. All other finalists will receive certificates. Results will be publicized on website, loops, and in the RWR.
    FMI, visit http://www.hodrw.com/contests/ for complete rules, entry instructions, payment options, and sample of score sheet. For further questions email AG@hodrw.com.

    *The Carla—The Crown Jewel of Books

    Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors
    Fee: $25.00
    Deadline: June 1, 2015
    Eligibility: Entry must have been published within the year 2014.
    Entry: 3 bound copies (not to be returned).
    Categories: Category Romance, Contemporary Single Title, Historical, Romance Suspense, Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Young Adult Romance/New Adult Romance, Inspirational.
    Judges: Two rounds.
    Final Judges: Midwest readers, i.e. participating librarians, book clubs, etc.
    Top Prize: Crown Jewel plaque.
    FMI, visit mararwa.com for contest rules. 

    Heart of Excellence Readers Choice Award

    Sponsor: Ancient City Romance Authors
    Fee: $20/per entry
    Deadline: June 1, 2015 - mailed entries must be postmarked by deadline.
    Eligibility: 50k minimum length/first publication in 2014.
    Entry: E-books or 3 traditionally bound signed copies.
    Categories: Romantic Suspense, Historic/Regency, Paranormal, Inspirational, Contemporary, Long & Short Contemporary, YA and Strong Romantic Elements.
    Judges: Romance readers.
    Final Judges: Booksellers & former editors.
    Top Prize: Trophy for category winner, certificates 2nd and 3rd place. Notice in RWR and website badge for finalists.
    FMI, visit http://acrareaderschoicecontests.com or email kathleenmcmahon12@yahoo.com. 

    *The I Heart Indie Contest

    Sponsor: Las Vegas Romance Writers
    Fee: $15.00
    Deadline: Open to entries between April 15 and June 1, 2015
    Eligibility: The contest is open to any book or novella that was independently published by the author.
    Entry: The book’s cover and the text of the back cover copy. Only electronic entries will be accepted.
    Categories: Contemporary, Historical, Erotic, Inspirational, Paranormal, Suspense, Young Adult, New Adult, Novella
    Judges: All entries will be judged by book club members who are avid readers. Every effort will be made to use book clubs that are genre-specific.
    Final Judges: Finalists will be judged by agents experienced in working with indie authors.
    Top Prize: The winning entries will be announced in an RWR ad and they will be permanently displayed on LVRW’s website.
    FMI, visit lvrwa.org/i-heart-indie-contest for more details. If you still have questions, please email the contest chair at contest@lvrwa.org. 

    **Romancing the URL Website Contest

    Sponsor: West Houston RWA
    Fee: $10/WHRWA, $15/RWA, $20/non-RWA
    Deadline: opens May 1st, closes June 1, 2015
    Eligibility: all romance writers.
    Entry: Just give us your URL!
    Categories: contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, FFP/paranormal romance, young adult romance, inspirational romance, multi-genre authors, aspiring authors, and RWA chapter sites.
    First Round Judges: RWA members.
    Final Judges: marketing/publishing professionals.
    Top prize: certificate, ad in RWR enotes, digital badge for your website, and a feature on our website.
    FMI, rules, scoring criteria and more at http://whrwa.com/romancingtheurl or romancingtheurl@whrwa.com. 

    **The 23rd Annual Lone Star Writing Competition

    Sponsor: Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America
    Fee: $25.00
    Deadline: June 7, 2015
    Entry: First 5000 words. Electronic entries only.
    Eligibility: Open to both unpublished and published authors. Unpublished may enter any category. Published may enter any category in which they’re not published, or in which they’ve not been contracted for five years. Open to RWA and non-RWA members.
    Categories: Contemporary Series, Fantasy-Futuristic-Paranormal, Historical-Regency, Inspirational Romance, Romance Novella, Romantic Suspense, Single Title, Young Adult/New Adult.
    FMI, contact the contest coordinator, Christiana Tegethoff at nwh.lonestarcontest@gmail.com; for entry form and rules, please visit www.nwhrwa.com. 

    *2015 Golden Leaf Contest

    Sponsor: New Jersey Romance Writers
    Fee: $25–30.00
    Deadline: June 15, 2015
    Entry: Four new autographed books with a first copyright date or first North American printing date between July 2014 and June 2015. Open to RWA Region 1 and NJRW members published in novel-length romance.
    Judges: Booksellers, librarians, readers groups, romance readers.
    FMI, visit http://www.njromancewriters.org/ or email contest coordinators at GoldenLeaf@njromancewriters.org. 

    **2015 Pages From The Heart Contest

    Sponsor: From The Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: $20–25.00 (additional entry $15.00)
    Deadline: June 30, 2015
    Entry: Electronic entry, first 25 pages of manuscript. Novella category 20,000 to 40,000 words. Novel categories over 40,000 words. Published Author (including self-published) and Unpublished Author divisions. Manuscript must be unpublished.
    Judges: Three first-round judges, lowest score dropped.
    Final Judges: agent or editor for each category.
    FMI, visit http://fthrw.com/pages-from-the-heart-contest. 

    *2015 Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest

    Sponsor: Wisconsin RWA
    Fee: $25.00
    Deadline: June 30, 2015
    Eligibility: RWA Members in good standing.
    Entry: Original, published romance fiction with a publication date of 2014.
    Categories: Contemporary, long (84,000 or more; includes series and single title); Contemporary, mid-length (56–84,000; includes series and single title); Contemporary, short (40–56,000; includes series and single title); Erotic Romance; Historical, long (89,000); Historical, short (40–89,000); Inspirational; Paranormal; Romantic Suspense; Young Adult Romance; New Adult Romance; Fiction with Romantic Elements.
    Judges: Volunteer reader judges.
    Top Prize: National recognition and RWA and media promotion of authors.
    FMI, http://writetouch2015.submittable.com.

    Conferences

    April Conferences and Workshops

    The New England Readers Award for unpublished works of fiction

    Sponsor: Connecticut Romance Writers of America
    Deadline: April 15, 2015
    Entry fee: $35
    Categories: Contemporary (includes women’s fiction and new adult); Historical (includes women’s fiction); Paranormal; Suspense/Mystery; Young Adult.
    Top Prize: Registration for Romance Writers of America 2016 National Conference. Each category finalist will receive $50 and be eligible for the grand prize. Categories are capped at 25 entries each.
    FMI, please visit http://www.ctrwa.org/writing-contest---award.html.

    Making Magic

    Sponsor: Indiana Romance Writers of America
    Location: The Propylaeum, 1410 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Fee: $80.00 includes conference, lunch, afternoon tea, and swag bag
    Date: April 18, 2015
    Speakers: StoryWonk creators, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Lani Diane Rich and Writer & Web Guru Alastair Stephens.
    Conference Features: Workshops (Why Story Matters, How Story Works, Romantic Comedy/Women’s Fiction, SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal, How to Survive Being a Writer), Afternoon Tea, Lani Diane Rich book signing, raffle.
    FMI, www.indianarwa.com.

    Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference

    Sponsor: New England Chapter Romance Writers of America (NECRWA)
    Location: Boston Marriott, Burlington, MA
    Fee: $199–229.00
    Date: April 24–25, 2015
    Presenters: NYT best-selling author Sabrina Jeffries; NYT & USA Today best-selling author Lauren Dane; award-winning author Barbara Wallace.
    Conference Features: craft, business, and writer's life workshops, editor/agent appointments and panel, literacy book signing, excellent giveaways.
    FMI visit necrwa.org/conference or email conference@necrwa.org.

    30th Annual Retreat From Harsh Reality

    Sponsor: Mid-Michigan RWA
    Location: Bay Pointe Inn, Shelbyville, Michigan 
    Fee: $160 on or before 2/15, $175 after 2/15
    Date: April 24–26, 2015
    Featured Speaker: RWA Co-founder Rita Clay Estrada.
    Conference features: Mini-sessions, basket raffle and auction, lots of free time to write, brainstorm, and network.
    FMI, http://midmichiganrwa.org/.

    May Conferences and Workshops

    18th Annual “Shining the Light on Romance” Editor/Agent Luncheon

    Sponsor: Long Island Romance Authors (LIRW)
    Location: Inn at Fox Hollow, Woodbury, NY
    Fee: $65 nonmembers, $55 members, includes champagne toast, lunch, guest speaker, and swag bag.
    Date: May 8, 2015, 12 pm–4 pm
    Featured Speaker: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
    Conference features: meet and greet cocktail hour, luncheon, informal agent & editor pitches, networking, industry updates, raffle baskets.
    FMI, and to register visit http://www.lirw.org. 

    2015 Cleveland Rocks Romance Conference

    Sponsors: Northeast Ohio RWA (NEORWA)
    Location: Holiday Inn, Strongsville, Ohio
    Fee: $105–125.00
    Date: May 29–30, 2015
    Keynote Speaker: Carla Neggers.
    Conference features: agent & editor appointments, first page read with agent & editor critique, breakout workshops on craft & industry, 2015 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest awards, raffle baskets, book fair and author signing.
    FMI, and to register visit http://www.neorwa.com/conference-2/.

     

    Online Workshops

    April Online Workshops

    ARCING: Making the Most of Arcs and Transitions

    Sponsor: Young Adult RWA (YARWA)
    Fee: $10 member, $20 non-member
    Date: April 20–May 2, 2015
    Presenter: Donna Maloy. FMI, http://yarwa.com/programs/.

    May Online Workshops

    Alpha Males Workshop

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: May 1–15, 2015
    Presenter: Laurie Schnebly. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY2. 

    Pitch-Worthy Workshop

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: May 1–15, 2015
    Presenter: Kerri Nelson. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY4. 

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

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: May 1–22, 2015
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY5. 

    Crafting the Short Story

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Date: May 1–31, 2015
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY1. 

    Hunting the Elusive Hook

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 members; $30 nonmembers
    Date: May 1–31, 2015
    Presenter: Kat Duncan. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/hunting-the-elusive-hook/. 

    How Not to SQUICK an Editor (rescheduled from March)

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: May 4–15, 2015
    Presenter: Sascha Illyvich. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#MAR. 

    Setting & Description As Character

    Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $15/Non-members: $20
    Date: May 4–17, 2015
    Presenter: Eilis Flynn. FMI, http://rwasd.com/training/index.html.

    Writing YA/NA Historical Romance

    Sponsor: Young Adult RWA (YARWA)
    Fee: $10–20.00
    Date: May 4–22, 2015
    Presenter: Lynn Lovegreen. FMI, visit http://yarwa.com/programs. 

    Bigger Stories

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: May 4–29, 2015
    Presenter: Peter Andrews. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#MAY. 

    I Used to Hate Writing the Synopsis, but Not Anymore

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: May 4–29, 2015
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops. 

    Some Like It Hot: Writing the Erotic Romance

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: May 4–29, 2015
    Presented by: Louisa Bacio. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#MAY. 

    Childhood/Personality & Psychotic Disorders

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: May 4–30, 2015
    Presenter: Sheila Stephens, Forensic Psychology PhD Candidate. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin. 

    Help I’ve Lost My Muse

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: May 4–30, 2015
    Presenter: Lois Winston. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.

    Blending Emotional Arcs and Conflict

     Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: $20.00 (RWA-SD members) / $25.00 (non RWA-SD members)
    Date: May 4–31, 2015
    Presenter: Kat Duncan. FMI, http://rwasd.com/training/index.html.

    Mirror, Mirror: Applying G-M-C to Y-O-U

    Sponsor: Passionate Ink
    Fee: $15 PI members/$20 others
    Date: May 7–28, 2015
    Presenter: Maggie Montgomery. FMI, http://www.passionateink.org/workshops/.

    Character Arc

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $10.00/$15.00
    Date: May 11–22, 2015
    Presenter: Becky Martinez & Sue Viders. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops.

    Engage Your Reader with Attention-Grabbing Sentences

    Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: FTHRW Members, free; Non-Members, $15.00
    Date: May 11–22, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops.

    Ask a Scrivener Guru

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00/$25.00
    Date: May 11–29, 2015
    Presenter: Rebeca Schiller. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops.

    Scrivener A-Z

    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: May 11–June 7, 2015
    Presenter: Rebeca Schiller. FMI, http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html.

    The Writer’s Primer of Common Writing Errors

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $75.00/$90.00
    Date: May 11–July 17, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/crwonlineworkshops.

    Alpha Females Workshop

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: May 16–31, 2015
    Presenter: Laurie Schnebly. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY3.

    Spend the Week with Marie Force

     Sponsor: Toronto Romance Writers
    Fee: $30.00 USD
    Date: May 18–25, 2015
    Presenter: Marie Force. FMI: http://torontoromancewriters.com/event/spend-the-week-with-marie-force/.

    June Online Workshops

    Essential Sales Skills for Authors

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: June 1–26, 2015
    Presenter: Ruth Kaufman. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#JUNE. 

    Improving Your Author Blog

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: June 1–26, 2015
    Presenter: Beth Marrow. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#JUNE. 

    Writing the Continuing Series

    Sponsor: Lowcountry RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: June 1–26, 2015
    Presenter: Susan Palmquist. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#JUNE. 

    Show and Tell

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 HCRW members/$25 non-members
    Date: June 1–29, 2015
    Presenter: Shannon Donnelly. FMI, http://heartofcarolina.org/calendar/. 

    Marketing for Authors

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

    Scrivener for Writers

    Sponsor: RWA San Diego
    Fee: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $20/Non-members: $25
    Date: June 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Patrick Haggerty. http://rwasd.com/training/index.html. 

    Through the Eyes of an Investigative Reporter

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: June 1–30, 2015
    Presenter: Hank Phillippi Ryan, Author and Award-winning Investigative Reporter. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin. 

    Inside the D/s Relationship

    Sponsor: Passionate Ink
    Fee: $15 PI members/$20 others
    Date: June 4–25, 2015
    Presenter: Dauntless Vitality. FMI, http://www.passionateink.org/workshops/. 

    How to Make a Book Trailer the Hollywood Way

    Sponsor: LARA
    Fee: Early bird (before May 15th) $15 - members; $20 - non members. Regular price (after May 15th) $20 - members; $30 non members
    Date: June 8–19, 2015
    Presenter: Rebekah Ganiere. FMI, http://www.lararwa.com/laras-online-classes/. 

    Adding the Spice of Diversity

    Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: Members, free; Non-Members, $20.00
    Date: June 8–26, 2015
    Presenter: Barbara Binns. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops. 

    Persistence: Do You Have What It Takes?

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 YRW members/$25 others
    Date: June 8–26, 2015
    Presenter: Ruth Kaufman. FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops. 

    Kiss Me Or Kill Me: Writing Cozy Mysteries 101 for Romance Writers

    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: June 15–July 12, 2015
    Presenter: Linda O. Johnstone. FMI, http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html. 

    Writing Flashbacks

    Sponsor: Young Adult RWA (YARWA)
    Fee: $15–25.00
    Date: June 29–July 17, 2015
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://yarwa.com/programs. 

     


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