May 12, 2018
Stephanie Doig–Carina Press
Morning Session: Candid Cold Reads
Bring the first two pages of your manuscript, your nerves of steel and your sense of humor, then listen as Stephanie live reviews this mock “slush pile.” You’ll hear how others see your opening pages, whether you’re planning on submitting or getting ready to publish widely. Learn what can hook a critical reader, hear some of the common mistakes we see from prospective authors, and get help to stand out in the world of digital sampling. Come to listen or come to get critiqued!
Afternoon Session: Small-Group Critique ($30)
**Limited space, sign-ups open April 7**
This workshop is an opportunity for authors to solicit professional and peer feedback on their manuscript, in real time, in a helpful, constructive and kind environment. We’ll discuss overall story arcs, the all-important “hook,” pacing, characterization and tension (among many other topics). Attendees are given marked-up manuscript pages to take with them when they go.
June 9, 2018
In conversation with the queen of paranormal romance
Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 40 published novels, including five series; Leopard Series, Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.
n addition to the #1 New York Times bestsellers list and the PEARL awards, Christine is honored to have made the bestsellers list for Amazon, B. Daltons, Barnes and Nobles, Bookscan, Borders, Ingrams, Publishers Weekly, Rhapsody Book Club, USA Today, Waldenbooks, Walmart, and the Washington Post. Other honors that she has received include being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award, receiving the Career Achievement Award for Contemporary New Reality from Romantic Times Magazine in 2003 and in 2008 the Borders Lifetime Achievement Award.
*No meeting in July*
RWA National Conference in Denver
August 11, 2018: Adrienne Bell, Beyond the Hero’s Journey
September 8, 2018: Cynthia Shannon, Goodreads for Authors
October 13, 2018: David Corbett, The Art of Character
November 10, 2018: Marie Force, morning session: The Business of Writing + afternoon session: Marketing and Publicity
December 8, 2018: Holiday Party, members only
January 12, 2019: Rachael Herron and Sophie Littlefield, Finances for Authors
February 9, 2019: Bella Andre
March 9, 2019: Nana Malone