Chapter Events

Local RWA chapters offer a number of conferences, contests, and workshops. Listed below are the chapter contests and conferences scheduled for the coming months.

Updated 05/14/2021




Contests


*Open to published authors
**Open to published and unpublished authors

 

May Contests

 
The Rudy Writers Award

Sponsor: Chesapeake Romance Writers
Fee: $25, CRW members; $30, non-CRW members
Deadline: May 17, 2021
Entry: the first 20 pages of an unpublished manuscript
Judges: first round, trained judges; second round, industry professionals
FMI, visit http://chesapeakeromancewriters.com.


**19th Annual Romance Through the Ages

Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $20–25
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Entry: first 15 pages and (optional) two-page synopsis.
Final Judges: editors and agents TBA.
FMI, visit https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/rtta-contest/ or for additional questions, email rtta@heartsthroughhistory.com.


Conferences

No conferences were submitted for May, June, or July.


Online Workshops 


May Online Workshops

 
Critical Lens
Sponsor: SOLA (Southern Louisiana Chapter of RWA)
Fee: free for SOLA members (with paid dues of $40); $50 for non-members 
Date: May 15, 2021, 10:00 a.m. CST
Presenter: LaQuette
FMI, email SOLA President Devon Alexander at Devon.o.alexander@gmail.com.

Finding Your Way to the Pacing Sweet Spot
Sponsor: Long Island Romance Writers (LIRW Chapter 160)
Fee: $10 for non-LIRW members
Date: May 15, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Angela James
FMI, visit http://lirw.org/site/meetings/

Secrets of a Bestselling Amazon Book Page
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: May 15, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: Penny Sansevieri
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Setting Up the Basics: World-Building and Beyond
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: May 22, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. PT
Presenter: Tanya Agler
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/


June Online Workshops


Brilliant Tag Lines
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: June 1–28, 2021
Presenter: Kathryn Jane
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Poisoned Pen — How to Poison Your Characters with Common Household Chemicals
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: June 1–28, 2021
Presenter: Kelle Z Riley
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Writing the Historical Mystery
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: June 1–28, 2021
Presenter: Beth Daniels
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Sympathy for the Devils: Using Psychology to Write Compelling Villains
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: $20
Date: June 1–30, 2021
Presenter: Ivy Quinn
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

Writing Trans and Nonbinary Characters in Contemporary Romance
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15, CRW members; $25, RWA members; $25, nonmembers
Date: June 1–30, 2021
Presenter: Ashley Lauren Rogers
FMI, https://contemporaryromance.org/

Writing Emotions without Purple Prose
Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
Fee: free, FTHRW members; $20, non-members
Date: June 3–30, 2021
Presenter: Alicia Rasley
FMI, https://fthrw.com/upcoming-workshops

Writing from the Genre Out (Intense)
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: June 3–30, 2021
Presenter: Sally J Walker
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Master Class Saturday with Jeffe Kennedy & Carien Sullivan
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: June 5, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Publishing Fitness
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: June 5, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: LaQuette
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: June 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Joy Held
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Hellenistic Romance: Eros in Ancient Greece
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: June 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Darlene Reilley
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Validate Your Book Idea
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: June 6, 2021, at 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT / 1 p.m. PT
Presenter: Katie McCoach
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Website Basics for Authors Part 1
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15, KOD members; $20, RWA members; $30, non-members
Date: June 7–18, 2021
Presenter: Crystal Ramos
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Let’s Dress Up: Rhythm, Rhyme, and Adding Pizzazz
Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
Fee: $15 (free for RWAOL members)
Dates: June 7–25, 2021
Presenter: Virginia McCullough
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/june-2020-lets-dress-up/

Self-Publishing “Where the Heck Do I Star?”
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: June 7–25, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Twitter for Authors
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: June 7–25, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Writing Gay Romance
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: June 7–25, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Brand U (held via Zoom)
Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
Fee: $15; free for RWAOL members
Date: June 26, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central/12:00 p.m. Mountain/11:00 a.m. Pacific
Presenters: J.T. Bock & Lynne Silver
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/june-26-brand-u/

Falling in Love with Series
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: June 26, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: Kay Harris
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/
 



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