2019 Meeting Dates and Topics
January 19 – New Year Kick Off Open House (Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 5, 2019 if you plan to attend.)
We’re all about the love at RWSC. Feel free to join us for our New Year Kick Off Open House. If you have never belonged to a local RWA chapter – or even if you have – why not come and check us out? We are planning a fun get together where we will serve light refreshments, play some writing games, and share plans and ideas for the coming year. We would be delighted to hear your input on the latter. Our goal is to create a great local writing community.
There will also be a book swap table. Bring a book or two to leave at the table, pick up a book or two if they catch your fancy. The books don’t have to be new, and participation is optional.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by January 5, 2019 if you plan to attend.
February 16 – WORKSHOP: CRITIQUE 101
Critique groups and/or partner(s) can be a valuable, powerful tool in a writer’s arsenal. In this workshop, RWSC President Maura Troy will lead a discussion on how to properly participate in a critique relationship. Topics will include how to give and receive critiques, where to potentially find a critique group and/or partner, and how to avoid/get out of toxic critique relationships.
March 16 – PLAGIARISM
Sharon Sobel will lead a discussion on plagiarism. Topics will include how to avoid doing it as well as what steps an author can take if their work is plagiarized.
April 20 – CANCELLED
May 18 – IS YOUR MESSAGE COMING THROUGH?
Sometimes, the idea a writer is trying to present and the image a reader takes away are not as in sync as the author would like. In this group exercise, we will help each other determine if the message and images we are putting into our work are being received by the reader. Bring a few copies of up to five pages of your work in progress. As a group, we will read the pages and share what we have learned about the characters and the story and, if necessary, point out ways to make the message crystal clear.
June 15 – CANCELLED
July 20 – COMING IN FIRST.
The first line. The first paragraph. The first page. These are indispensable to pulling your reader into the story. In this workshop, we will look at the first page of several bestselling and/or classic novels and analyze what these authors did to pull their audiences into the story. Bring a few copies of the first page of your personal favorite(s) and share what it was that grabbed you about it. Time permitting, we will do a hands on exercise to come up with our own great first lines.
August 17 – RWA CONFERENCE RECAP
Sadly, not everyone can attend the RWA conference in NYC this year. So this month, those who were able to attend will share the best tips and practices they picked up, along with any other pertinent information about the publishing industry.
September 21 – TBD
October 19 – TENTATIVE – SAVE THE CAT PRESENTATION BY SUSAN MILES
November 20 – TBD
December 21 – TBD
2018 Meeting Dates and Topics
January 20 – WORKSHOP: KICKING OFF THE NEW YEAR
Let’s get together and plan for a successful 2018. This month’s workshop will cover a variety of topics designed to help our members have a great year:
State Your Goals – Sharing goals with others has long-been a proven method to bolster motivation. We’ll bring our long and short term goals and together map out the best way to get there.
Pitch Your Novel – Have an idea swimming around your head but you’re not sure it’s worth pursuing? Pitch it at the meeting and get constructive feedback
Take A Challenge – This year the board will be organizing monthly challenges to help members meet their goals. Sign up for the one(s) that’s right for you. Or even help design one you think will be productive.
February 17 – WORKSHOP: ROMANCING YOUR WRITING
With Valentine’s Day still fresh in the air, let’s pay proper homage to romance. CoLoNY Secretary Jenn Jackson will lead some fun writing games that will focus on bringing romance to your writing. Chocolate may be involved.
March 17 – WORKSHOP: THE DIALOGUE DANCE
Dialogue is one of the most powerful tools an author can use. It can convey character traits and background, as well as move the plot forward. In this workshop, we will do a variety of exercises to help you choreograph the best vocal dance between your characters.
April 21 – MARKICITY 101
Presented Online by: Jessie Edwards, RWA Marketing and PR Manager
Congratulations, your book will soon be in the world for readers to enjoy! Now is not the time to sit back and relax, though–how will readers know your book is available to be enjoyed if you haven’t told anyone about it? In this workshop, we will discuss a basic overview of where to start in terms of marketing and publicity, or “markicity.” We’ll take a look at your most important marketing and publicity tools, community-building strategies, pitching–your book and you, how to determine what to spend your time on, as well as some tips for working with a traditional publisher to enhance their efforts.
- What is Markicity?
- Most Important Marketing Tools
- Email newsletter
- Building Community
- How important is social media?
- Reader groups/street teams
- Pitching you vs pitching your book
- Trend pieces
- Hiring a publicist
- Working with a traditional publisher on publicity + marketing
- Helping your publisher help you
May 19 – CANCELLED DUE TO STORM
June 16 – WORKSHOP: Characters – Layer ‘em Like an Onion
Presented by: Jenn Jackson
Just because they appear as words on a page doesn’t mean our characters should be one dimensional. In this interactive workshop, we will work together to learn how to provide depth and dimension to our characters and make them more relatable to our readers.
July 21 –WORKSHOP: Harnessing The Power of Keywords
Presented by: Dave Chesson
An Online Presentation Recorded: February 15, 2018
Having the right metadata to get your book in front of romances readers on Amazon is crucial. In this webinar, Dave Chesson, creator of Kindlepreneur.com, will show you how to optimize Amazon keywords and break through the romance discoverability enigma and increase sales.
August 18 – Cancelled
September 15 – WORKSHOP: Brainstorming Bacchanalia
Stuck on your work-in-progress? Can’t decide if an idea is worth pursuing or not? Whether you’re just starting something new or are already neck deep in your manuscript, brainstorming with your fellow writers can help spark new ideas and give you that nudge to move forward. Time permitting, we will also do some fun writing games and prompts to help get those creative juices flowing.
October 20 – Workshop – Halloween Prompts
Spooky amusement is in the works. A variety of Halloween themed prompts will provide a great opportunity to stretch your writing muscles and have some fun.
November 17 – Workshop – Sprinting to the Finish
Presented by: Nicole Flockton and Abigail Owen
An Online Presentation Recorded: August 28, 2018
Sprinting can be one of the strongest tools in an authors toolbox for getting words on paper in a consistent manner. In this workshop we will talk about what sprinting is, different ways to sprint, the importance of a sprinting partner, how sprinting can increase your output, and more.
December 15 – Holiday Meeting!
YEAR END REFLECTION – Join us as we wrap up the year by sharing our accomplishments and celebrating our successes. We’ll have a few holiday goodies to warm our tummies and lots of love and laughs to warm our hearts.
2017 Meeting Dates and Topics
January 21 – New Year’s Celebration
February 18 – This month at our meeting we will watch several TED Talks that relate to writing with a discussion to follow after each one.
March 18 – Jeanette Grey (http://www.jeanettegrey.com/) will present THE ART AND SCIENCE OF WRITING IN DEEPER POV-
Readers crave it. Agents and editors demand it. Writing in Deep POV puts your readers in the minds of your characters, giving them the escapist, immersive experience they’re looking for every time they pick up a new book. In this workshop, RITA-finalist author Jeanette Grey explores both the art and the science of writing in Deep POV. Learn new ways to get into the heads of your own characters and bring their stories to life, while also picking up tricks for refining your writing and revising with an eye to creating the richest, deepest POV possible.
April 15 – Jean C. Gordon (http://www.jeancgordon.com/index.html) will present GONE IN SIXTY MINUTES – A hands-on synopsis-writing exercise that can turn your idea into a fully developed story.
May 20 – Commas. They can be confusing, and some writers think they don’t really matter. Grammatically speaking, they absolutely do. But they’re not just sign posts telling a reader the difference between, “Shoot, Grandma!” and “Shoot Grandma!” Knowing how to use commas can enhance your writing by allowing you to get creative without confusion. Even readers who don’t know comma rules know how to read the above Grandma scenario. It’s up to you, as the writer, to actually know. Whether you have an innate sense of how the mysterious (not really) comma works or not, knowing the rules frees your writing in ways that will surprise you. Knowledge is power. And don’t let “rules” bring you to a grinding halt. Only by knowing the rules can you break them effectively. Be a rebel. Learn your commas.
June 17 – Writing Prompt Exercises
July 15 – General Discussion
August 19 – BUILD-A-BOOK with Erika Kelly
Writing is hard no matter how many books you’ve written. Once you become published, though—whether you’re a pantser or a plotter—you need to become more efficient. You don’t have time to flail. In this workshop, we’ll go over prewriting work that will make the process go more smoothly. We’ll identify and strengthen the following story elements:
goal, motivation, and conflict
and key story questions.
September 16 – Group discussion on marketing
October 28 – Annual General Meeting
2016 Meeting Dates and Topics
January 16th – Critique session and discussion of Connecticut Premiere of LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS
February 20 – Scrivener with Sarah Hale
March 19 – Group Critique
April 16 – Using Research to Find the Heart of Your Novel with Frankie Bailey
May 21 – Karl Iglesias’s Dialogue Course
June 18 – Evernote with Denise Alicea
July 16 – Group Critique
August 20 – Creating Powerful Movie Scenes
Sept 17 – Group Critique
Oct 15 – Annual meeting plus a writing exercise
Nov 19 – Creating Characters with the Tarot
There is no such thing as a story without characters, and the best characters are those with real depth. Creating characters who stand out in a significant way isn’t about looks; it’s about backstory and traits that might never make it onto the page. When an author knows her characters intimately, she can write them organically, and most effectively. But how do we create those characters to begin with?
Sometimes, you just need a little help.
The Tarot was, originally, just a pack of playing cards used in the mid-15th century. It wasn’t until the late 18th century that they began their role in divination. The 78 card deck has two distinct parts: The Major Arcana–these are the 22 trump cards. For our purposes, the character cards. And the Minor Arcana: or suits, four suits divided by 14 cards each. For our purposes, these will be extra detail cards.
We will be using the Tarot cards to create characters that could well spark a whole new story into being, or to give depth to and understanding of characters we’ve already created. Come ready to create, write, and have fun. Bring paper and pen, your laptop, parchment and quill–whatever you need to write with.
We will be using the Rider-Waite-Smith deck (originally published in 1910. The subjects of the Major Arcana are based on those earliest decks. If you have a set you’d like to work with, or share, please feel free to bring it along.
Dec 17 – Canceled
September 19 – Opening Line and Great Beginnings with Sarah Hale
October 24th – ANNUAL MEETING/Halloween Prompt with Terri-Lyne DeFino
November 21st – Planning For Success: How to achieve your goals of word count, fitness, and world domination using a paper planner with Laura K. Curtis
December 19th – Discussion of our role in the upcoming Connecticut Premiere of LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS and holiday celebration
January 18 – Ring in The New Year – Share your goals for 2014
February 15 – Color Your Editing with Sharon Struth
March 15 – Marketing Roundtable with Mary Beth Bass
April 19 – Medicine in Fiction – L. D. Rose
May – 17 – No Workshop
June 21 – WordPress 101 – Denise Alicia
July 19 – Flash Fiction – Terri-Lynne DeFino
August 16 – Flash Fiction – Terri-Lynne DeFino
September 20 – No Workshop
October 18 – Brainstorming Bacchanalia! – Group Participation
November 15 – Self Publishing – Kylie Gilmore
December 20 – TBA
2013 Calendar not available at this time
January 21 – Social Media Workshop with Laura Bradford and Jenna Kernan (update – rescheduled for May due to snow)
February 18 -Characterization and Plotting with Sharon Struth
May 19 – Social Media Workshop with Laura Bradford and Jenna Kernan
June 16 – Creating the Big Idea with Anne Elizabeth
July 21 – It’s a Word Thing with Laura Kramarsky and Maura Troy
August 18 – Finding the Time with Laura Bradford
September 15 – The Writer’s Buffet with Laura Bradford and Maura Troy
October 6 – Annual CoLoNY Party and Fundraiser (Members Only)
October 20 – The Six Major Points of Novels with Jenna Kernan and Laura Bradford
November 17 – The Writer’s Buffet Redux with Maura Troy
December 15 – TBA