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 *
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!
Photo Credit: Tallahassee, 2nd Level- photo by Janet Gillespie, USDF Regionals 2012
Joni M. Fisher – Workshop Overview: Crafting Memorable Dialog
We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. This workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply to your work: discovering when and when not to use dialogue, infusing conflict, employing text and subtext, creating suspense, transforming the predictable, cutting to the chase, individualizing characters through speech markers, applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity, using three types of tags to show goals motivations and conflict, and formatting and punctuating dialogue properly.
Joni M. Fisher is a journalist, and instrument-rated private pilot, and an active member of the Florida Writers Association, the Kiss of Death Chapter and the Tampa Area Romance Authors Chapter of RWA, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Books in her Compass Crimes Series have garnered attention in Publisher’s Weekly and Literary Awards, the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest, the Sheila Contest, and earned a Reader’s Favorite 5-Star Review. For more information, see www.jonifisher.com
Marisa Cleveland and Nicole Resciniti – Synopsis Writing
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
Brenda Jackson: And the Beat Goes On…
**CANCELLED** due to Hurricane Irma
C. L. Wilson – Plotting the Bones of Your Story
**CANCELLED** due to Veteran’s Day
Members-only Holiday Party
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