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 09/09/2021

E-mail chapterevents@rwa.org to submit your event.


Contests


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**Open to published and unpublished authors


No October contests have been submitted at this time.

 

Conferences


October Conferences


Emerald City Writers’ Conference

Sponsor: Greater Seattle Romance Writers
Fee: $125, GSRWA members; $150, non-GSRWA members
Date: October 15-17, 2021
Program: The event will be completely online. Whether you have been published multiple times or are just starting out, there’s something for everyone. Master classes will be presented by romance authors Alexa Martin & Adriana Herrera and author career specialist Angela James.
FMI, https://gsrwa.org/home/emerald-city-writers-conference/


Online Workshops


September Online Workshops

Let’s Talk About Sex

Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: September 11, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: LaQuette
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

2022 Is Your Year for You and Your Book Business

Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: September 18, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: Ainsley St Claire
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/


October Online Workshops

Researching for Authors

Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: October 1–31, 2021
Presenter: Ivy Quinn
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Freedom and Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers

Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
Fee: $15
Date: October 4-22, 2021
Presenter: Catherine Chant
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/

50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks

Sponsor: NEORWA

Fee: $20

Date: October 4–29, 2021
Presenter: Joy Held

FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

From Heart to Page to Print: A Primer Guide to Book Publishing

Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: October 4–29, 2021
Presenter: Savannah J. Frierson
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin.

Marketing & Branding (Business)

Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: October 4–29, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Things that Go Bump in the Night (Craft)

Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: October 4–29, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Validating Your Book Idea (Craft)

Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: October 4–29, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Witches, Kelpies & Fairies (Craft)

Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: October 4–29, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Pissing Off Editors, or How Not to Get Published

Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: October 4–31, 2021
Presenter: Linnea Sinclair
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Character Archetypes Series Part 2: Female Archetypes

Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: October 9, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: Mary Buckham
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Biological Warfare: What Every Writer Needs to Know

Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15, KOD members; $20, RWA members; $30, non-members
Date: October 11–22, 2021
Presenter: Nanci Race
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin.

Critiques: How to Give and How to Get (Without the Tears and Frustration) Part 2

Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: October 11–22, 2021
Presenter: Katie McCoach
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin.
 

After THE END: Epilogues, Query Letters, Synopses, and More!

Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
Fee: $15
Date: October 16, 2021, via Zoom
Presenter: Terri Brisbin
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/

Hope Is Not a Plan: Building a Workable Writing Schedule to Hit Your Deadlines

Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: October 16, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: M.C. Vaughan
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/



 

A2P - The Inner Mind of a Computer Geek

Begin Date: 10/01/2021
End Date: 10/31/2021
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Arthur C. Clarke's third law states, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." This means that the minds of the people who create "sufficiently advanced technology" are equally magical. In this course, I'll delve into what mo

A2P - Don't Fear Writing the Synopsis

Begin Date: 10/01/2021
End Date: 10/31/2021
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Let’s face it – writing a synopsis and query letter can often be more difficult than writing the book itself.  However, it doesn’t have to be.   By putting your own personal creativity into writing the synopsis, you can come up with a “pitch” for your boo

HCRW - Website Tips and Tricks

Begin Date: 10/04/2021
End Date: 10/29/2021
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Website Tips & Tricks: 15 Lessons to Supercharge Your Author Website -You’ve finally figured out how to create a website to promote your book—great! But once you set it up, how will people find you? What are readers looking for anyway? How do you figure o

HTH - Essentials of Characterization and Plotting

Begin Date: 10/04/2021
End Date: 10/30/2021
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In this course, we will discuss how to plot, what keeps it moving, and how storytellers drag readers into a fictional world and keep them there. We’ll learn point of view, story structure, pacing, world building, how to connect the beginning, middle and e

HTH - Two Centuries of Vulgar Language, Cant, and Slang

Begin Date: 10/04/2021
End Date: 10/30/2021
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One of the things those of us who grew up enjoying (and are still enjoying with rereading) in Georgette Heyer’s Georgian and Regency comedy of manners tales was the cant that the heroes were wont to drop. Now, I’ve heard that Heyer occasionally invented s

HTH - The Art of Expansion & Reduction

Begin Date: 10/04/2021
End Date: 10/30/2021
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Do you have an outline or a short story you want to take to a novel?  Learn the four steps of how expansion is achieved through careful development of selected areas, NOT through simply inserting extraneous images, sentences and scenes.  Or do you have a

HTH - Heroes Workshop

Begin Date: 11/01/2021
End Date: 11/25/2021
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Heroes - There's an art to creating heroes who will make your readers fall in love at first sight. Different genres and plots call for distinct characteristics, but there are also universal traits all romance heroes should share. In this course you'll lea

HTH - Growing Literary Tools

Begin Date: 11/01/2021
End Date: 11/25/2021
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Literary devices allow fiction writers to manipulate language in a convincing manner that guides the reader. They cannot be blatant but must weave a flawless storytelling. This eight-part course succinctly examines the techniques

HCRW - Designing the Perfect Romance Cast

Begin Date: 11/01/2021
End Date: 11/30/2021
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In this brand-new month-long online class, New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight discusses the importance of creating the perfect cast for the kind of romance you’re trying to write.  A memorable romance cast is more than the sum of its parts.

A2P - Researching for Authors

Begin Date: 11/01/2021
End Date: 11/30/2021
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Research can feel overwhelming. For some of us, it’s been years since we’ve dug deeply into a topic, but sometimes you need to know more to add realism to your book and worldbuilding.  In this class, we’ll talk about how to make a research attack plan, ho

A2P - Mindset, Motivation & Well-being A to Z for Writers

Begin Date: 11/01/2021
End Date: 11/30/2021
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Mindset, Motivation & Well-being A to Z for Writers presents a host of suggestions for overhauling your writing life inside and out. Some of the topics will resonate and some will need to percolate for a while, but everything from coping with anxiety to a

HTH - Heroine Workshop

Begin Date: 12/01/2021
End Date: 12/28/2021
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Heroines are an integral part of any romance, and authors sometimes feel like it's difficult to differentiate their heroines from everyone else's. There are techniques you can use to make sure your heroine shines, and you'll learn them in this workshop.