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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.

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DATEPRESENTERTIMEPROGRAMLOCATION
Jan 9 7:30p-9:30pHoliday Party
Tap House Grille
Jan 30 7:00pGroup Critique
Arlington Hts
Feb 13Allie Pleiter7:00 pThe Chunky Method
Des Plaines
Feb 27 7:00pGroup Critique
Des Plaines
Mar 13Kathy Thigpen (pen name Regina Bryant)7:00pWhen 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.
Des Plaines
Mar 27 7:00pGroup Critique
Room B
Des Plaines
Apr 10Jennifer Stevenson7:00pFinding 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.
Des Plaines
Apr 24 7:00pGroup Critique
Room B
Des Plaines
May 8Chicago-North RWA Chapter Program7:00pHot Night
Des Plaines
May 30 7:00pGroup Critique
Meeting is Tuesday, in Room B
Des Plaines
Jun 12Carrie Lofty7:00pPitch 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.
Arlington Hts
Jun 26 7:00pNO MEETING - CANCELED
Des Plaines
Jul 10 TBD
Arlington Hts
Jul 31Chicago-North RWA Chapter Program7:00pRWA Nationals in Review
Des Plaines
Aug 14Sarah Anderson7:00pWhat 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.
Arlington Hts
Aug 28 7:00pGroup Critique
Des Plaines
Sep 11Ruth KaufmanDiscoverability 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.
Arlington Hts
Sep 25 7:00pGroup Critique
Des Plaines
Oct 16Melonie Johnson7:00pTALK IT OUT: How Narrating Your Book Improves Your Story
Arlington Hts
Oct 30 7:00pGroup Critique
Des Plaines
Nov 6 7:00pTBD
Arlington Hts
Nov 27 7:00pGroup Critique
Des Plaines
Dec 11Lake County Sheriffs Deputy Justin Rundall7:00pCharacter Development Interview
Arlington Hts