2017 Chapter Meetings & Events
Unless otherwise noted below, we meet at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on the second Monday of the month, and at the Des Plaines Public Library on the last Monday of the month. Meetings run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 or 10:00 p.m., and feature either group critiques or programs of interest to romance writers. You’re welcome to attend two meetings without obligation to join. Please note that meeting dates and locations are subject to change due to holidays, schedule conflicts, or special events.
|Jan 9||Holiday Party|
|Jan 30||Group Critique|
|Feb 13||Allie Pleiter||The Chunky Method|
|Feb 27||Group Critique|
|Mar 13||Kathy Thigpen (pen name Regina Bryant)||When Stuck, Shop!|
In this interactive session, participants will explore the ways to add sensory details to their work in progress using elements found in a local big box store. Participants will: Pick colors for moods, descriptions and settings. Use butter-bliss to move past writer’s block. Watch people and make up dirty little secret stories.
|Mar 27||Group Critique|
|Apr 10||Jennifer Stevenson||Finding Your Voice: Fan Mail From the Future|
We all know what voice is. We're told readers are loyal to an author's voice. Editors buy for strong voice. That famous woman Anonymous once said: You have to write a million words before you find your voice. I'm here to say, Baloney. We're going to start you finding your voice tonight, right here in this room, in snippets that take no longer than three minutes to write.
|Apr 24||Group Critique|
|May 8||Chicago-North RWA Chapter Program||Hot Night|
|May 30||Group Critique|
Meeting is Tuesday, in Room B
|Jun 12||Carrie Lofty||Pitch Master Class|
Get yourself ready for that pitch at RWA Nationals, or maybe you're attending the 2017 Chicago Writing Workshop. Carrie's in depth pitch master class will run for two hours, with the first hour devoted to instruction and the other to critiquing pitches. And, although it's not necessary, all attendees who would like a critique are encouraged to bring pitches in typed (handwriting!) and no more than 75 words. You may bring up to two, but to be fair to all, Carrie won't read second ones until everyone's had a first pitch read.
|Jun 26||NO MEETING - CANCELED|
|Jul 31||Chicago-North RWA Chapter Program||RWA Nationals in Review|
|Aug 14||Sarah Anderson||What to Expect When You're Revising|
You've polished your book until it shone—and it sold! Now what? Learn about how the revision process changes from unpublished to published and get handy tips on how to survive that first revision letter, TrackChange, and never-ending rewrites.
|Aug 28||Group Critique|
|Sep 11||Ruth Kaufman||Discoverability for Self-Published Authors|
Chicago-North RWA member Ruth Kaufman is the author of the self-published Amazon bestselling Wars of the Roses Brides trilogy. Her other medievals are My Once & Future Love and a novella, My Enemy, My Love. Upcoming releases include humorous women’s fiction novels My Life as an Extra and My Life as a Star, and perhaps more books with “My” in the title. Accolades include 2016 Booksellers’ Best Awards Best Historical and Best First Book winner and Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® winner. She’s also an actor and voiceover talent, freelance editor and storyteller with a J.D. and a Master’s in Radio/TV who enjoys peanut butter and chocolate milkshakes and singing in a symphony chorus. Learn more at www.ruthkaufman.com and www.ruthtalks.com.
|Oct 16||Megan Kelly||Sharing Words With Friends: Giving Critiques and Handling Feedback|
|Oct 30||Group Critique|
|Nov 27||Group Critique|
|Nov 6||Lake County Sheriffs Deputy Justin Rundall||Character Development Interview|
|Dec 11||Melonie Johnson||Talk It Out: How Narrating Your Book Improves Your Story|