CR-RWA Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month, unless otherwise noted, at the East Greenbush Library, located at 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Meetings are open to people 18 years and over.
Noon to 1:00 PM – Reserved for committee and board meetings
1:00 to 2:00 PM – Business/Membership Meeting
This time is to discuss the business of the chapter, hear reports from various board and committee members and to share Member news.
2:00 to 3:30 PM – Program
This hour and a half is set aside to learn more about the craft and business of romantic fiction writing. Topics are generated from the membership. Presenters who are published authors are welcome and encouraged to bring their books for sale/signing.
MONTHLY PROGRAM SCHEDULE
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.”
- Note: Due to speaker and meeting space availability, our November meeting will be held on the first Saturday of the month, not the second, and at the Bethlehem Public Library.
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 space availability, our October meeting will be held on the third Saturday of the month, not the second
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 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.
June 10, 2017 – 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 can come with 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
May 13, 2017 – Melanie Meadors – Beyond Clickbait: Creating Multi-Platform Content Readers Can’t Resist (You Won’t Believe #8!)
- Note: May’s meeting will be held at the Bethlehem Public Library, located at 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY, 12054
Clickbaity titles might tempt readers to click on a link, but how do you get them to stay? By creating awesome, unforgettable content, that’s how! In this workshop, author and marketing/publicity specialist Melanie R. Meadors will teach authors how to create tweets, webpages, blog posts, and more that will not only lure readers in, but will entice them to stay and become lifelong fans. New/unpublished authors will learn ways to prove their writing chops and develop their author brand while established authors will learn how to attract new readers and revitalize their social media presence. Plus, find out when certain posts do the best, and which platform certain types of information work best on. There will be something for everyone, no matter where you are in your career.
April 8, 2017 – Jenna Kendrick – Keeping Track: Creating a Series Bible.
A series bible is an indispensible organizational tool, kind of a master list, either on paper or on your computer, that tracks the details of your characters and the world you’ve built for them, which you can refer to as you write through your series.
March 11, 2017 – Jeanette Grey – The Art And Science Of Writing Deep POV
Readers crave it. Agents and editors demand it. Writing in Deep POV puts your readers in the minds of your characters, giving them the escapist, immersive experience they’re looking for every time they pick up a new book. In this workshop, RITA-finalist author Jeanette Grey explores both the art and the science of writing in Deep POV. Learn new ways to get into the heads of your own characters and bring their stories to life, while also picking up tricks for refining your writing and revising with an eye to creating the richest, deepest POV possible.
February 11, 2017 – Autumn Jones Lake – Finding and Engaging Your Reader Tribe Using Social Media
January 14, 2017 – Marie Lark – Plotter or Pantser, 8 elements every novel plot needs.
Whether you’re a detailed outliner or prefer to fly by the seat of your pants when planning and writing your novel, everyone needs a few guidelines to make sure their book hangs together in a coherent way and isn’t a collection of random, unrelated events and characters. This workshop will take you through the eight elements every story needs, from the big, over-arching story goal or the problem your main characters want to solve, to the background, contextual elements that will flesh out your world with compelling, plot- and character-relevant details. Be ready to work with your current WIP or to brainstorm your next project!
December 10, 2016 – Annual Author Celebration
November 12, 2016 – Karen Rock – Creating Genuine, Emotional Scenes that Avoid Clichés
Emotional honesty is the greatest gift an author can give. In this workshop, we’ll drill down past clichés to craft fresh, unexpected and authentic scenes that will move, not manipulate, your readers to laugh, cry, rail and swoon. Access the heart of every scene by delving deeper than ever in your story-telling through authentic character point of view, tension, language, details, dialogue (and sometimes its absence) as well as harnessing personal experiences and observations.
October 1, 2016 – Julie Lomoe – Block Busting: How To Break Through The Barriers That Keep You From Writing
Writer’s block afflicts virtually every author sooner or later. If you’ve ever found yourself paralyzed, staring at an empty piece of paper or a blank computer screen, you know the feelings of frustration and even downright panic that can keep you from writing. In this workshop you’ll explore the underlying feelings behind your personal blocks and learn a variety of techniques to help you overcome the barriers that keep you from reaching your fullest potential as a writer.
September 10, 2016 – All-Day Master Class with Angela James – Before You Hit Send
This is the condensed version of Angela’s 3-week online self-editing workshop. Topics cover everything from the basics of self-editing (punctuation, grammar, adverb/adjective use) to the more advanced topics of pacing, passive voice, overwriting and much, much more!
August 13. 2016 – KA Mitchell – Putting Your Characters to Work
You know your character—her flaws, goals, and deep dark past. Maybe you came to January’s workshop and analyzed your character’s enneagram and love type. But now what? How do you turn a character’s goals, flaws, and issues into a story with a happy ending that will satisfy your reader?
In this workshop you’ll learn how to use a character’s incorrect core beliefs, the hole in their soul, to poke them and drive them and their story forward.
The workshop will be hands-on. Bring your current work in progress — no matter what stage it’s in!