Romancing The Beat with Gwen Hayes – Registration is now OPEN!

Romancing The Beat With Gwen Hayes graphic Registration is now open for our special all-day program with Gwen Hayes. The workshop will be held at the Albany Ramada; coffee, tea and lunch will be provided. The cost to attend is $45 for member and $75 for non-members. Seats are limited, and registration closes September 2nd. Don’t miss out!

Click here for full details and a link to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

March 2018 Meeting

Join us this Saturday, March 10th, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. Our business meeting will begin at 1pm, followed by a virtual presentation by Skye Warren and Shari Slade on How To Launch A Book:

Do you want your next book launch to be BIGGER? Whether you’re a new author or have an established backlist, building excitement for your book and finding new readers is crucial to continued success in this saturated market. Join two bestselling authors as they share serious strategies for releases. Let’s make 2018 your best year yet!

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. Shari Slade is a USA Today bestselling author with a broad network of colleagues and over five years of experience in indie publishing.

This is sure to be an extremely informative workshop. We look forward to seeing you there!

May 2017 Meeting With Melanie Meadors

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 New/unpublished authors will learn ways to prove their writing chops and develop their author brand while established authors will learn how to attract new readers and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.

January 2017 meeting

Join us this Saturday, January 14, 2017, for our first meeting of the year. Our very own Marie Lark will lead an interactive plotting workshop to help you get your writing year off to a great start:

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!

We hope to see you there!

December 2016 author celebration

Join us this Saturday, December 10, for our annual author celebration. Our members’ accomplishments will be recognized, and we will discuss chapter and individual goals for the coming year.

The celebration begins at 1pm. It will be preceded by a brief board meeting at 12:30pm. We hope to see you there!

August 2016 meeting

Join us Saturday, August 13, at the East Greenbush Public Library for our monthly meeting. This month, we will NOT have a business meeting. However, we invite members to arrive at 1pm as usual for an informal chat about the state of the industry and a chance to catch up with your fellow writers about what they’re currently working on.

At 2pm, our own KA Mitchell will present a hands-on, interactive workshop. Bring your current work in progress — no matter what stage it’s in, this workshop should have something for you!

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.

June 2016 Meeting

Join us this Saturday, June 11, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. Our board will meet at 12:30, followed by a general business meeting at 1 p.m.

At 2p.m., we will be joined by hybrid author Audra North, who will present a workshop on self-publishing.

Audra North – Self-Publishing: A Practical Workshop
Are you interested in becoming an Indie author, but don’t know how to manage the nuts and bolts of the back end? In this workshop, Audra North shares step-by-step instructions and tips on everything behind-the-scenes of self-publishing. Topics covered include: managing organization, marketing strategy, maximizing readership, and series branding.

Please note that we will NOT be meeting in July. We hope to see you before you head off on your summer adventures!

April 2016 Meeting

Join us Saturday, April 9, 2016, for our monthly meeting. The board will meet at 12:30 to discuss our affiliation report, followed by a general business meeting at 1pm.

At 2pm, Elia Winters will present a workshop on 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 way our novels are perceived in today’s market. We’ll discuss how to avoid these tropes and how to develop conflict without relying on the narrative that women are always in competition for a man’s affection. The workshop will also address body positivity in romance, how to write convincing women of a variety of sizes without body-shaming and why these characters are important.

We anticipate a stimulating discussion. We hope to see you there!

March 2016 Meeting

Join us for our upcoming meeting on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Our very own Frankie Bailey will be presenting a workshop on researching your novel.

Frankie Bailey – Using Research to Find the Heart of Your Novel
This workshop explores how research can be used not only to answer “need to know” questions but also to generate new ideas and discover the theme(s) that you want to explore in your book. Frankie will argue that even a book that “requires no research” can benefit from creative research strategies that will work for any genre.

Our business meeting will be at one p.m., followed by Frankie’s workshop at two p.m, and as always, will take place at the East Greenbush Library, located at 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061. We look forward to seeing you then!