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.
Congratulations to our new board members for 2018:
Thank you to our outgoing board members, Jenna Kendrick and Marie Lark, for their service.
We look forward to continuing our work together in 2018. Happy New Year to all of our members.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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
Join us this Saturday, May 13, 2017 for our monthly meeting. We will discuss chapter business at 1pm, followed by a program by special guest Melanie Meadors at 2pm.
Note: May’s meeting will be held at the Bethlehem Public Library, located at 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY, 12054
May 13, 2017 – Melanie Meadors – Beyond Clickbait: Creating Multi-Platform Content Readers Can’t Resist (You Won’t Believe #8!)
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.
Please join our chapter in celebrating our members’ accomplishments in the first quarter of 2017.
- Jeanette Grey received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly for Nine Kinds of Naughty. The book released February 7, 2017.
- Kathryn Biel’s Made for Me was featured in BookBub in December. It made it to #1 on Kobo’s Humorous Fiction list. It was then featured in Women’s World Magazine as a book club pick. New Attitude will be released 3/14/17.
- Glen Ebisch sold a new mystery, The Open Window, to Wild Rose Press.
- Thomasine Rappold had the third book in her Sole Survivor series—The Lady Who Drew Me In—released 12/20/2017.
- Kelli Newby’s manuscript Ex, Ex, Oh finaled in the Joyce Henderson contest, Contemporary Romance category. She also signed with Rena Rossner of the Deborah Harris Agency.
- Debby Nolan’s Hello Again was published by Desert Breeze in Jan 2017.
- Anna Bowling sold two articles to Heroes and Heartbreakers.
- Jenna Kendrick’s Beyond Belief came out January 31.
- Autumn Jones Lake’s seventh book in the Lost Kings series, White Knuckles, came out on January 17th.
- KA Mitchell’s Relationship Status will release in April from Carina. Ethan and Wyatt’s trilogy comes out in mass market paperback in July.
- Sue Ann Porter’s Arm Wrestling with the Pharaoh is available in eBook on Amazon.com. It will soon be available on other sites, including Barnes and Noble.
- Nona Raines released “Not the Hot Guy” in February. It is a companion to Not the Hot Chick.
- Jean C Gordon has a title, cover, and publication date for Reuniting His Family with Love Inspired Romance
- Morgan Malone’s “Shoudler to Lean On,” a novella published under Roxanne St. Clare’s Barefoot Bay Kindle Worlds, hit the #1 bestselling contemporary in Kindle Worlds.