First Coast Romance Writers, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America®, is an organization for both published and unpublished writers, as well as any individuals involved in the writing/publishing industry. The membership includes writers of all levels, from those working on their first manuscripts to award-winning authors. The chapter is dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction through monthly meetings and workshops in a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing industry. FCRW strives to help writers become published and establish careers with innovative programs, networking opportunities and pertinent information on effective marketing techniques for members’ novels.

It’s membership renewal time! Members, we hope you’ll consider renewing your FCRW membership for the June/2017 through May/2018 time period. To renew, or for anyone wanting to join for the first time, please click this link.

FCRW membership costs $30.00 per year from June 1st to May 31st.

If you choose to pay by check, please notify the Membership Chair that you are sending in a payment through the mail. Mail payment to:

Attention: Membership Chair
P.O. Box 6544
Jacksonville, FL 32236


September 9, 2017

Connie Mann

Workshop#1 – Make time to write – without making yourself crazy

We’re all different, with different ways of getting our stories onto the page, so what works for one writer, may not work for you. But if you’re having trouble finding and making time to write—or you need to up your output–this workshop is for you.

We’ll talk about how to work with your mind and body, not against it. How to find your best creative time and how to balance that with your ‘other’ life. We’ll also talk about how knowing yourself and your creativity can work with timers, checklists and mental tricks to get those words on the page. Bring your best tips and tricks, too, and let’s help each other increase our word counts!

Workshop#2 – Navigating the Stormy Seas of Publishing (Or, why it’s still too soon to quit)

Navigating publishing today can feel like being cast adrift during a storm. Lines are closing without warning, indie options can be overwhelming, and marketing changes almost daily. It’s enough to make a writer seasick.

As someone who has faced myriad changes, near-misses and course corrections, I’ll share my story and give you my best tips for staying afloat and navigating the stormy seas of today’s publishing world. Wherever you are in your journey, there is hope and good news—despite the challenges. Come join us and let’s talk about it!

Connie Mann is a licensed boat captain and the author of romantic suspense novels Tangled LiesAngel Falls and Trapped. Her latest novel, Hidden Threat, (book 2 of the Safe Harbor series) is now available from Waterfall Press. When she’s not dreaming up plotlines, you’ll find “Captain Connie” on Central Florida’s waterways, introducing boats full of schoolchildren to their first alligator. She’s also passionate about helping women and children in developing countries break the poverty cycle. She and her hubby love traveling and spending time on the water with their grown children and extended family. (Hubby says they are good at fishing, but lousy at catching.) Visit Connie online at www.conniemann.com

For more info, see our WORKSHOPS page, or email programs@firstcoastromancewriters.com