Writing an Awesome Book Blurb with J.M. Griffin While some call them book blurbs, others note these little gems as descriptions, marketing copy, or back cover copy. However you perceive the blurb for your book, one thing is certain . . . it needs be the best Hook ever. So how do we know what … Read moreMeeting: April 2, 2016
Faking It The Introvert’s Guide to Networking Most writers have spent a lot of time with their noses buried in books and their own imaginations. Most of their friends existed on the printed page. After they embark on their writing careers, they live even more in their minds and in the books they write. Sometimes … Read moreMeeting: March 12, 2016
There will be no regular RIRW meeting on February 6th. RIRW is hosting the annual weekend retreat.
Karyn Polewaczyk ~ Writer and Marketing Consultant I’ve been writing—as in, getting paid for it—for seven years. Without a journalism or English degree, and without knowing a single soul in publishing when I first started out (which was in the depths of the Great Recession, and even then, I was able to secure regular, paying … Read moreMeeting: January 9, 2016
ANATOMY OF A SUCCESSFUL NOVELLA: HOW TO WRITE SHORT Creating an effective novella is one of the most challenging and satisfying adventures in fiction-writing. It also strikes fear in many romance writers’ hearts. How is it possible to make a believable love story in 20-40,000 words? With character arcs, love scenes, and an engaging plot? … Read moreMeeting: December 5, 2015
Stumped Whether you’re just starting a manuscript or already halfway through, not-yet-published or a veteran author, getting caught in the net of “What comes next?” can happen to anyone at any time. In this workshop, Audra North offers a few tips for how to get unstumped, no matter where you are in the process. Real-life … Read moreMeeting: November 7, 2015
Writing Your Way with Scrivener Want to know what makes this popular writing software so great? Or maybe you’re already a Scrivener fan and want to know how to get even more out of it. Gwen Hernandez, author of Scrivener For Dummies discusses the advantages of using Scrivener over a standard word processor, and offers … Read moreMeeting: October 3, 2015
Romance Tropes and Feminism This workshop will address some common romance concepts through the lens of how romance novels can help support positive relationships among women. Where does our writing fall into unconscious patterns that perpetuate harmful ideas? Jealous “other women,” slut shaming narratives, even the careers we choose for our protagonists all affect the … Read moreMeeting: September 12, 2015
Fifty Shades of Green: How to Write Smut for Fun & Profit This workshop is Lori’s favorite lecture and teaches how to work your erotic fantasies into sellable smut. She has taught this at writers’ conferences, feminist gatherings, senior centers, a farm women’s collective and a bachelorette party (she was the entertainment) and every time … Read moreMeeting: June 6, 2015
CHANGE FOR MAY MEETING! The Fifty Shades of Green workshop has been rescheduled for the June meeting. The May 2nd meeting will be a roundtable discussion.