This Month’s Workshop:

October 10, 2020: Kilby Blades – Empowered Heroines: Tropes and the Divisive Issue of Feminism in Romance

Please note that our October meeting will begin at 2pm instead of the usual 1:30, and will likely run later as well. It will be held using Webex.

Some argue that Romance is inherently feminist in nature. Others view it as patriarchy-affirming and regressive. Content vs. outcomes are also part of the discussion. When you take it a step farther, and ask whether Romance novels lead to empowerment and positive impacts for women readers…that’s when the debate gets really interesting.

This workshop will deconstruct feminism in Romance through the lens of popular tropes. It will highlight ways in which trope choice drives character perceptions. It will cut to the core of what feminism in fiction is really about (power dynamics) and talk about the levels of power (e.g., personal, positional, financial, familial) authors must consider in order to craft characters reflective of evolving social expectations.

Finally, it will discuss stigmas related to writing on either end of the spectrum—Romance viewed as overly feminist vs. not feminist enough—and provide concrete advice around how to signal in a way that will satisfy prospective readers.

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Coming up next month:

November 14, 2020: Markicity 101 RWA webinar

Check out the full schedule of meetings for 2020

Check out the full schedule of meetings for 2021

For a list of previous speakers, feel free to browse our past meetings

Location: The comfort of your own home
Until further notice, all meetings will be held virtually. Details about how to access the webinar will be provided through the email loop and Facebook group.

Meeting Schedule
1:30 PM – Business 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 PM – Program
This hour and a half is set aside to learn more about the craft and business of romantic fiction writing. The workshop is typically presented by a special guest speaker, an experienced member, or a panel