January 2018 Member News

Congratulations to our members for their accomplishments this month!

·      Deborah Nolan—a novella will be included in an anthology to be introduced at RT in Reno.

·      Autumn Jones Lake—released a novella, One Empire Night (Lost Kings MC #95.) on Dec 31.

·      Rebecca Grace Allen—Finished Legally Bound 2: Her Claim. Also received offers to contract audio rights for Her Claim and Book 3: Their Discovery.

·      Kathryn R. Biel—Queen of Hearts releases1/23/2018. Made for Me is in Amazon Prime Reading.

February 2018 Meeting

Join us this Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. Our business meeting will begin at 1pm, to be followed by a workshop at 2pm.

Jean C. Gordon – Romancing the IRS
Can I deduct my writing expenses? What can I deduct? Do I have to have writing income to deduct writing expenses? Long-time financial planner and Capital Region Romance Writers member Jean C. Gordon will answer these and other questions you may have about writers’ deductions and taxes—for your 2017 tax filing at least. If information is available at meeting time, she’ll also talk about what may be ahead for future tax years and 2018 tax planning.

January 2018 Meeting

Please join us for our first meeting of the year this Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 1pm at the East Greenbush Public Library. At 2pm, 2017 Golden Heart finalist Kelli Newby will be presenting a workshop on world building.

World Building and Setting, presented by Kelli Newby
Creating complex, dynamic settings is an essential skill for all writers, but fantasy writers take this especially to heart, often describing the setting as the most important character in their stories. In this workshop, Kelli Newby–a Capital Region RWA member who teaches fantasy writing and literature at MCLA–will show attendees worldbuilding techniques and exercises used by fantasy writers and discuss how to create immersive, multilayered worlds for any genre, time period, or reality.

Our new board will be meeting at noon, prior to the meeting. All members are welcome to attend.

December 2017 Meeting and Annual Member Celebration

Join us this Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 2pm at the East Greenbush Library for our annual member celebration!

The board will meet at 1pm to discuss the transition to the 2018 board.

Beginning at 2pm, we will come together to celebrate our members’ accomplishments for the year. Come recognize your chaptermates, allow your chaptermates to recognize you, and eat cake.

We look forward to seeing you there!

November 2017 meeting

Join us this Saturday, at a special date and location for two very special speakers! Tamsen Parker and Teresa Noelle Roberts will be joining us on November 4, 2017 at the Bethlehem Public Library. Our business meeting – including elections – will take place at 1pm, followed by our program at 2 pm. We hope to see you there!

November 4th, 2017, at the Bethlehem Public Library (Note the date and location change!)

Tamsen Parker and Teresa Noelle Roberts: Throw a Kink in Your Romantic Arc: Using BDSM to Build Complex Characters and Advance Your Plot 

When people think about BDSM, the first thought that comes to mind is usually whips and chains. While physical sensation can certainly be involved, much of the power of kink to participants and to you as a writer can be found in the intense psychological and emotional impacts it can have.

In this presentation, Tamsen and Teresa will explore how to use kink to add dimension to your characters and move your story forward. Much like sex, kink can provide moments of intimacy and vulnerability, and can be revealing of even (perhaps especially!) the cagiest individuals.

They’ll also discuss how some of these same principles can be used in your writing even if you don’t write kink. Elements of BDSM can be used in any genre, and don’t necessarily have to be labeled as such. Indeed, kink is leaking into more and more romance, including historicals and what Jenn Proffitt of Heroes and Heartbreakers coined as “kinktemporary.”

October 2017 meeting

Join us this Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. We will have a business meeting at 1pm where the slate of officers for next year’s board will be presented, followed by a workshop led by our own Marie Lark beginning at 2pm.

October 21st, 2017 – It’s All About Me: From Core Story to Personal Brand – Group work and discussion led by Marie Lark
What common themes drive the media you consume? What fuels your binge? Do you have a core theme you return to in your own writing? As writers, we try to tell a different story in every book, but we all have themes we come back to, whether we realize it or not. But what can identifying that core story do for your personal brand? How can you turn your core story into a unique story about yourself?

In this workshop, you’ll identify this core narrative in your writing through a series of exercises pinpointing common elements in your favorite films/TV shows. Then you’ll brainstorm ways to use this core story to distinguish yourself both as a writer and as a media presence.

  • Note: Due to meeting and speaker space availability, our November meeting has changed both date and location. We look forward to seeing you on November 4, 2017 at the Bethlehem Public Library for our special presenters, Tamsen Parker and Teresa Noelle Roberts.

September 2017 Meeting

Join us this Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the East Greenbush library for our monthly meeting. We will convene to discuss chapter business at 1pm, followed by a workshop by our own KA Mitchell at 2pm.

September 9th, 2017 – KA Mitchell – Love Scenes: They’re All About the Feels
Maybe you cringe at the thought of penning “another” love scene. Maybe it’s terror at the idea of writing a love scene at all.  Maybe you feel constrained by your genre. But whether it’s something hard and fast and dirty up against a wall a few seconds after meeting, or a sweet soft first kiss on page 400, scenes depicting characters’ intimacy is key to showing the way their relationship is growing and changing.

This workshop is designed to help writers develop a greater level of intimacy and connection to their characters in love scenes of all heat levels. We’ll discuss the purpose of love scenes, what to include (or not to include!), deciding on point of view, the power of word choice and how to make each scene unique and memorable.

Participants should be prepared to work on a love scene (of any heat level) for their characters in a W.I.P.

August 2017 Meeting

Join us Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 2pm for a program on getting the most out of writing contests, presented by members Kari W. Cole and Kelli Newby.

August 12, 2017 – Kari W. Cole and Kelli Newby – The Ins and Outs Of Writing Contests
Contests can be a great way to get feedback, network with other writers, and get your work in front of agents and editors. But there are many kinds out there–from blog-based pitch contests to RWA chapter contests. Knowing which ones to submit to can be overwhelming. How do they work? What are the benefits and drawbacks to each? And how do you choose which ones are worth it?

For this workshop, Kari W. Cole (two time Golden Heart Finalist and winner of the Daphne du Maurier and Catherine awards) and Kelli Newby (Golden Heart Finalist, winner of Fire and Ice and two time #Pitchwars mentee) will share what they’ve learned through their experiences with a wide variety of contests, giving you the tools to choose which ones are best for you and how to get your work ready for them.

  • Note: There will be no business meeting this month. The program will begin at 2pm.

We hope to see you there!

June 2017 Meeting With Marianne Rice

Join us this Saturday June 10, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. We will have a business meeting at 1pm, followed by our special guest speaker at 2pm.

Marianne Rice – Book Teasers
Ever see a book teaser with an amazing graphic and a quote that makes you smile, pulls at your heartstrings, or revs your…engine? In this workshop, you’ll learn the basic steps of graphic design. Marianne will share sites that have royalty free high-quality pictures and free programs to create your teasers for social media sites, website banners and blog posts. By the end of the session, those who choose to participate will leave with an epic teaser formatted and ready to post on all social media, blogs, and websites.

***While it’s not mandatory, writers are invited to bring their laptops and taglines or quotes from a WIP or published work so they have something to work with during class.

Bio: Marianne Rice loves to write fun and spicy contemporary romances set in small New England towns. If she’s not writing, it’s because she’s stuck at high school attempting to teach her juniors and seniors to appreciate literature, and maybe even write a complete sentence or two. Marianne spends the rest of her time chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, writing, shoe shopping, eating chocolate, and when there’s time, relaxing with a glass—or bottle—of wine and a romance book. You can find her all over social media and on her website at www.mariannerice.com