The purpose of RIRW is to promote excellence in women’s and popular fiction, to help writers become published and establish careers, and to provide continuing support for writers within the publishing industry.

We meet from September to June on the first Saturday of the month in the Hayden Center at the Cumberland Public Library in Cumberland, Rhode Island. (Due to holidays and/or activities at the library, the date or venue may change. Changes will be announced here.)

12:30 p.m. General Meeting

1:30 p.m. Workshop/Speaker

Visitors are welcome to attend.
(We would appreciate a $2.00 donation at the door.)

Visitors may attend up to two meetings before being required to join.


Next Meeting: October 1, 2016

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Researching Micro-History: The Convincing Details of Daily Life

with author Jennifer Hallock

How do you write authentic characters who are nothing like you? Through lots of research, of course. But beware—flat descriptions from encyclopedias won’t cut it because they reflect only the most common experience. The best characters are the outliers—our unusual, precocious, and maybe even dangerous heroes and heroines. Learn how to find inspiration from free sources online, such as books, memoirs, documents, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, maps, photographs, clothing, artifacts, personal papers, and videos. This workshop’s emphasis will be on historical research, especially the 18th through early 20th centuries, but it will include tips and tricks for all genres and time periods.

Bio: Jennifer Hallock spends her days teaching history and her nights writing historical happily-ever-afters for the Sugar Sun series, set in the American colonial Philippines. Before the internet made it easy, Jen worked as a fact-checker for several academic publications, and now she teaches generations of students how to write research papers.