October 12, 2019 – Jennifer Gracen and Jeannie Moon – Seasoned Heroes and Heroines
September 7, 2019 – Satin Russell – How to Be a Badass Book Busker
August 10, 2019 – Ginny Frost – Apps for Writers (Take Two)
(In March, this workshop was so hot, the fire department evacuated the building — literally! Let’s try it again, this time without the weird burning smell coming from the HVAC system.)
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.
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
Presenters: Rebecca Grace Allen, Kari Cole, Ginny Frost, and Jean C. Gordon
Description: Killing your darlings is hard. Having a fellow author tell you to kill them? Even harder! Come meet with a panel of Capital Region RWA writers as they talk about the joys of having a critique partner, and on how to give one another feedback on your work in a positive, respectful environment… most of the time.
Rebecca Grace Allen: Rebecca Grace Allen is a Barnes and Noble and Amazon bestselling author of hot, heart-breaking romance, and is a firm believer in happily-ever-afters. A caffeine addict and gym rat, she lives upstate with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish. Rebecca is the Vice President of Capital Region RWA.
Kari Cole: Kari Cole is an award-winning author of paranormal romances. Her action-packed stories have earned several awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, Kiss of Death’s Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and Toronto Romance Writers’ Catherine.
Ginny Frost: Ginny Frost writes contemporary romance. In her down time, she plays clerk at the local library — the perfect job to feed her reading addiction. She lives in upstate NY with her very own kindhearted ogre, their two smart and sassy daughters, and an evil cat named Flash. Her second book Swindled will be out June 10.
Jean C. Gordon: For Amazon Bestselling sweet and inspirational romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native small-town Upstate New York, where she sets many of her books.
May 11, 2019 – Dark Hearts 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 (rescheduled for August due to problems with the meeting venue)
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.