Meetings

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.

1:00 to 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.

1:30 to 2:00 PM – Community Building

Time reserved for networking, member meet and greet, and Better Writing Through Empathy programming

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. The workshop is typically presented by a special guest speaker, an experienced member, or a panel

MONTHLY PROGRAM SCHEDULE

July 2019 – NO MEETING 
Enjoy your summer. Good luck to our national convention attendees and award finalists!

June 8, 2019 – How Not to Kill your Crit Partner panel

May 11, 2019 – Craft workshop webinar by Damon Suede

April 6, 2019 – Lucinda Race – Taglines, promo and presenting your brand

Author Brand – do those two words cause your heart to beat faster, either from fear or excitement? What we will review today is how you can approach creating your unique brand, one step at a time. We’ll talk about your brands voice, tag lines, swag and book events.

For her alter ego, Lucinda is a marketing manager for a global plastics company. Writing brochures, ad copy and white papers are about as uninspiring as it sounds. Until one day her boss said, can you brush up on your writing skills- we want to have something extra is your copy. The only class she could find had a requirement for half fiction assignments and half non-fiction. The long dormant writer was revived. Happily self published but still looking for a hybrid solution Lucinda writes contemporary romance with a splash of suspense and magical elements.

  • NOTE – this will be the FIRST Saturday of the month, not the second Saturday

March 9, 2019 – Ginny Frost – Apps for Writers

Writing is hard. Finding the right tools to help you create your masterpiece is even harder. Who has the time to sort through the options, much less learn how to use them?

This workshop will demonstrate a curated selection of writing apps to simplify every stage of the writing process, from planning through marketing, and everything in between.

We will organize projects with Trello, create your story/series timeline with Aeon Timeline, take notes with Keep, and design marketing pieces with Canva.

February 9, 2019 – Skype workshop with the founders of Book + Main
Meet Tracey Suppo and Melissa Saneholtz, the brain power behind Book+Main. A content-based social media community, Book+Main is the next-generation platform for how readers find books and authors find readers. From debut authors to #1 New York Times bestsellers, Book+Main Bites is where the book world comes to connect. In this workshop, you’ll discover Book + Main’s custom-built platform and statistics proving Bites sell books, find out how to get started, best practices for posting Bites and promotional ideas to kick-start your exposure. You’ll also get a sneak peak on what’s to come from Book+Main!

January 12th, 2019 – Jeanette Grey – Goal-Setting For The Chronically Disappointed Writer
Self-help gurus and life coaches will tell you to think positively and success will fall into your lap. But if that worked, would they still have jobs? If thinking positively hasn’t gotten you on any best-seller lists, maybe it’s time to try something new. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, multi-published hybrid author and experienced self-re-inventor Jeanette Grey will challenge you to probe your darkest depths for the sources of your disappointments and resentments in your writing career. Then, we’ll tackle those issues head-on, discussing the fallacies that keep people barking up the wrong trees, and strategizing how to both harness and silence the Debbie Downers that live in all of our heads. Participants will leave armed with new areas for improvement, refreshed serenity to accept what they cannot change, as well as actionable, concrete goals for how make progress and find more joy in their careers—and their lives.

December 8th, 2018 – Annual Member Celebration
Join us for light refreshments as we recognize our members’ accomplishments of the past year and discuss plans and goals for 2019

November 10, 2018 – Adriana Herrera – Better Writing Through Empathy -Building Community
Empathy–understanding other people’s feelings–is the cornerstone of good writing. In this workshop, we’ll discuss strategies for understanding the experiences of people who may have very different lives than you. We’ll talk about the places people get stuck and how to be aware of them as we work toward being more empathetic as writers. We’ll also take a close look at our own community and discuss ways that we can build empathy as a group.

Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last sixteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings.

When’s she not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a social worker in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Her debut novel, American Dreamer, will be out in March of 2019 from Carina Press. You can find her on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and at her website

October 13, 2018 – Jean Gordon – Gone In 60 Minutes
A hands on synopsis-writing exercise that can turn your idea into a fully developed storyThe workshop opens with a short introduction and then goes through nine steps, giving attendees 3-5 minutes to jot down information for each step.

September 8, 2018 – Gwen Hayes – Romancing the Beat all day workshop
Registration for this program is now open! Registration closes September 2, and there are limited seats available. Learn more now!

August 11, 2018 – Autumn Jones Lake – How to run a great Facebook group

July 14, 2018 – No Meeting!
Have a happy and productive summer!

June 9, 2018 – Judith Utz, Marketing Professional
Blogging is a mainstay in books and whether you want to get noticed by a huge name in review blogging or hook up with a site owner who has the same taste in Romance, knowing how to talk to, and meet, bloggers is important, especially in light of an upcoming release. This workshop will cover crafting a new release strategy then drilling down and understanding how blogging and bloggers fit into current literary marketing and release efforts with an aim at understanding the whys of blogging; finding sites and bloggers who fit your brand; making those critical blogger relationships; crafting pitches; and getting your book noticed.

May 12, 2018 – Alexis Daria – Building a Strong Platform Before (Or After) You Publish
As authors, a lot of things are outside our control. We can’t control sales or reviews, but we can control how we position ourselves before we go to market. Whether your goal is traditional or indie publishing, there are things you can do to build your platform for a strong start, strengthen it before your next release, or make the shift to a different publishing model. This workshop will cover: using social media to expand your network and engagement, creating an effective web presence, casting a wide (but targeted) net to boost your publishing odds, buiding your skills, and focusing on the promotional elements that are fun for you.

April 14, 2018  at the Bethlehem Library – Kate McMurray – Revision
You’ve finished the first draft of your novel. What next? Many writers find the revision process daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. In this workshop, we’ll discuss practical ways to approach revision. I’ll focus on the big picture, rather than the little details, to make sure you’ve got a great story. This includes what questions to ask yourself as you go back over your manuscript to make sure your book has a great hook, tight pacing, and compelling characters. I’m bringing my editorial experience to the table, too, to discuss common pitfalls authors fall into and how to avoid them to make your book the best it can be.

  • Note: Due to meeting space availability, our April meeting will be held at the Bethlehem Public Library, located at 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY, 12054

March 10, 2018 – Shari Slade and Skye Warren – 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.