What: FCRW meetings are on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Where: West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road, Jacksonville, Fl 32221
When: Sign in begins at 10:00 AM unless otherwise posted.
* OUR MEETINGS *
We LOVE visitors! Come join us FREE for two meetings and then decide whether you want to become an official member of FCRW. Unless otherwise stated, our meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month at the West Regional Branch Library in Jacksonville, Florida. The address is 1425 Chaffee Rd S, Jacksonville, Fl 32221.
Typically, we have a business meeting where you’ll learn about what we’re doing, followed by two workshops. We usually have lunch together at a nearby restaurant afterward. Romance writers know how to combine business and fun!
10:00 – 10:15 Sign-in, mingle, get to know us!
10:15 – 10:55 A super-informative business meeting, usually with chocolate
11:00 – 11:50 First workshop! Meet published authors and industry professionals
12:00 – 12:50 Second workshop! More great stuff from people who know the biz
* NEXT MEETING *
“My Madaris Family and Friends Series is up to 20 books, the Westmoreland Series has 32 books, and my Steele Family Series has 12. My newest series – the Grangers – is up to 7 novels. During this workshop I will discuss my various series, provide information as to what have made them popular as well as successful; and what’s the key in keeping readers interested and coming back for more. Tips on how to keep the series alive and thriving, how to keep track of those important details and how to make your series become a reader favorite.”
Brenda Jackson is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida and married her high school sweetheart, Gerald. They have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon. She has published more than 100 novels and novellas and has over 10 million books in print. Her professional writing career began in 1994 when she signed on with Kensington Arabesque. Her first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success, introducing the Madaris Family. Since then she has introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Montgomerys, the Masters, the Savoys, the Steeles and the Grangers, just to name a few. A listing of her books can be found on her website, along with a listing of how her books connect in the various family saga series.
She has written for the following publishers: St. Martins Press, BET, Kensington, NAL, Harlequin/Silhouette and Harlequin Kimani Romance and currently writes exclusively for Harlequin.
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 Lies, Angel 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
C L Wilson (Tentative – Not confirmed)
Strategic Planning for the Romance Author A Plan to Succeed
Members only holiday party
Elle Andrews Patt – The Writing Life: Hacks, Tips, and Solutions – Discussion on how to work around your busy life and family to achieve your writing goals. Geared towards solving participant’s questions regarding life as a writer by offering ways to build confidence, expel fear, and move forward in developing writing craft in practical ways.
Elle Andrews Patt’s speculative and literary short fiction has appeared in markets such as The Rag, Saw Palm, and DarkFuse, among others. As a member of the Alvarium Experiment, a unique collaboration between award-winning authors, she has independently published Manteo, Someday Loyal, and Regarding Mr. Bulkington at Amazon. Her book-length fiction is represented by the Donald Maass Literary Agency and news on the publication of her paranormal mystery series is forthcoming. When not writing, Elle can be found mucking stalls or photographing found things. Please visit her at elleandrewspatt.com for links to her fiction and social media. She’d love to hear from you!
Karen Hawkins – Laughing all the way to the Bank – The Delicate Art of Adding Humor to your Work
Karen Hawkins – More than a Simple Description: How to write Intriguing Characters that will have your Audience Begging for More!
Alyssa Day and Priscilla Oliveras present a workshop on publishing choices, followed by cold reads.
Writer’s Retreat. Jekyll Island
Lisa Kessler: Black Moments: Make Them Earn Their Happily Ever After
Nancy Haddock: Series Characters to Love; Kind, Effective Critiquing
Kerri Nelson: Pitchworthy (How to Create a Success-Worthy Pitch) (Morning workshop)
The Book Factory (Producing Multiple Novels in One Year) (Afternoon workshop)
Nancy Quatrano: Writing to the Point
Backstory: How, When, and How Much
Kerrelyn Sparks – Double your Hooking, Double your Fun!!
Kerrelyn Sparks – Ten Things that Float my Boat or Sink it
Kerrelyn Sparks Ten Tall Tales of the Newly Published
Crafting Your Critique – Madeline Martin
Deconstructing the Romance Novel with Sheila Athens
Cavemen, Karma and Creativity: Mining the Stories You Were Meant To Tell – Sheila Athens
The 411 on GMC: Do You Know Your Characters? – Priscilla Oliveras
Stepping into Your Character’s Shoes – Priscilla Oliveras
Writer’s Retreat – Amelia Island
NERFA POD Party
Charlee Allden– Using Tech for Business
Marie Long– The Secrets of Scrivener
Alyssa Day – Settings that Sizzle
Shelby Reed – What Will My Mother Say? – Writing Tasteful (Yet Titillating!) Love Scenes for Your Romance Novel
Workshop 1: Writing the Realistic Fight Scene – Paul Carter
Workshop 2: Improving Your Fight Scene – Paul Carter
Post RWA National Conference Recap
“Love Between the Covers” romance novel industry documentary screening
Cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew
Lucienne Diver – Publishing A to Z, Contracts 101
Members Only Holiday Luncheon
Charlee Allden-Keeping Your Love Scenes Fresh
Renee Ryan-Write Smarter not Harder
Renee Ryan – The Art of Layering
Gwen Hernandez – Writing your way with Scrivener
Writer’s Retreat – Amelia Island
A BEHIND-THE-SCENES-LOOK AT BOOK REVIEWS – Tori Benson
HOW-TO GET YOUR BOOK REVIEWED GUIDE FOR AUTHORS – Tori Benson
HOW TO WRITE THE RIGHT STORIES-FAST! – Maya Rodale
HOW TO BUILD YOUR LOYAL READERSHIP – Maya Rodale
Market or Die – Jennifer Fusco
Post RWA National Conference Updates – Alyssa Day, Priscilla Kissinger, Madeline Martin, Beth Treadway
BEING A HYBRID AUTHOR IN TODAY’S MARKETPLACE – Jennifer Ashley
BUILDING A SERIES – Jennifer Ashley
SIDEKICKIN’ IT UP – Karen Rose
CHILLIN’ VILLAINS – Karen Rose
Query Letters – Lena Diaz
Chapter Planning Session – All members