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 *
Lisa Kessler: Black Moments: Make Them Earn Their Happily Ever After
The happily ever after readers crave is only as good as the black moment is dark. This workshop will examine conflicts and how to bring them to a breathtaking peak to have readers racing to turn the pages.
Lisa Kessler is an Amazon Bestselling and award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for best Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror, and also won the Romance Through the Ages Best Paranormal and Best First Book categories. She has since garnered a second San Diego Book Award for Best Published Romance for Moonlight.
Lisa’s short stories have been published in print anthologies and seen on the web in eZines like Sinisteria, Horrorfind, Twilight Times, The Writers Hood, Savage Night, The Murder Hole, Behold and Shadowkeepzine. Her story, “The Third King” won Second Place in Behold’s short story contest, and her story, “Immortal Beloved” was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
Lisa is an active member of Romance Writers of America serving as Past-President of the San Diego Chapter and the FF&P (Paranormal) Chapter. She’s also a member of the International Thriller Writers.
Lisa loves to teach and has taught writing craft classes both online and in person for RWA University, San Diego Writers Ink, and has been a speaker for numerous RWA chapters, the RT Booklovers Convention, San Diego Comic Fest, and for various writer’s retreats.
After the workshop, members will gather for a NERFA book mailing “party”.
#1 – Series Characters to Love. In this interactive program, come explore what makes enduring series characters. What makes these characters memorable, sympathetic, and dynamic, and what kinds of arcs keep the reader or viewer coming back.
#2 – Kind, Effective Critiquing. Whether in a critique group, or simply working with a few critique buddies, learn what you can do to give positive, effective feedback – and how you can make the most of feedback from others.
Nancy Haddock is an award-winning and national bestselling author of mystery-romance and cozy mysteries. Basket Case and Paint the Town Dead are her current books in the Silver Six Crafting Mystery series with Berkley Prime Crime. The third book in the series, A Crime of Poison, will be released in December, 2017.
Nancy’s earlier books, also with Berkley, are La Vida Vampire, Last Vampire Standing, and Always The Vampire. These paranormal mystery-romances feature Cesca, aka Gidget with fangs, and are set in Haddock’s current hometown, St. Augustine, FL
Nancy draws on historic wealth, southern culture, and the plain old quirkiness of places and people for her books. She lives with her husband and rescue dog Baron. www.nancyhaddock.com
Kerri Nelson: Pitchworthy (How to Create a Success-Worthy Pitch) (Morning workshop)
Want to practice your pitch for an upcoming pitch session to an agent or editor? Need help refining your pitch to include in a query letter? Well, practice makes perfect!
Plan to attend this handy pitch practice workshop, taught by USA Today Bestselling author, Kerri Nelson.
During class you’ll get to practice your pitch; view examples of the good versus the bad; and polish your skills on developing the elusive perfect sales hook for your book.
Over the past decade, Kerri has pitched more than thirty different books in every imaginable genre to multiple agents and editors with a tremendous success rate for follow-up requests for manuscripts and publication contract offers. She has sold over twenty-four novels and novellas.
In this intensive interactive course, Kerri offers up the secrets to nailing your pitch, how to score a home run with editors, and how to get the results you want.
Finally get the contract you’ve been waiting for!
Students from prior classes have sold multi-book deals to publishers, been offered representation by agents, and many other successes after perfecting their pitch with Kerri.
Don’t miss this great opportunity.
Kerri Nelson: The Book Factory (Producing Multiple Novels in One Year) (Afternoon workshop)
- Is life getting in the way of you completing that novel?
- Ever think there’s not enough hours in the day to find time to write?
- Have a full time job distracting you from your real passion of being a novelist?
- Are family responsibilities weighing you down and interfering with your writing goals?
- Are you one of those writers who starts multiple projects but never finishes any of them?
Then this class is for you as well. We’ll talk about how to finally see those projects through to completion.
If you want to learn how to get started, stay on track, and get those books ready to submit…this workshop puts a method to the madness of novel writing.
Kerri Nelson discovered her love of writing at an early age and soon became a columnist for her local newspaper winning the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts. After a fifteen year career in the legal field, Kerri fulfilled her lifelong dream of publication and is now an award winning multi-published author of over twenty-four novels and novellas.
Kerri is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Working Stiff Mysteries series and an active member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. When she’s not teaching classes or mentoring new authors, she owns and operates her freelance editing business, WriteSellRepeat.com.
TBD – We’re considering break-out sessions on various topics but are open to scheduling a regular speaker too. More to come!
Brenda Jackson: AND THE BEAT GOES ON…
“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.
C L Wilson (Tentative – Not confirmed)
Members only holiday party
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
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