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2019 Chapter Meetings & Events

Unless otherwise noted below, we meet at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library or the Des Plaines Public Library on the second Monday of the month, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 or 9:30 p.m., and at the Mount Prospect Public Library on the last Sunday of the month, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meetings 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, so please consult the calendar below to make sure of the correct date and location of meetings.

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Jan 14 7:00pHoliday Party
Private location
Jan 27 Group CritiqueMount Prospect
Feb 11 Paul V. Inserra, CPA7:00pIncome Taxes for Authors
Fun, not boring, accountant will present a short session on income taxes.
Arlington Hts
Feb 24 1:30pGroup CritiqueMount Prospect
Mar 11Stephanie Scott7:00pInstagram for Authors
How to connect with readers and other writers on Instagram.
Arlington Hts
Mar 31 1:30pGroup CritiqueMount Prospect
Apr 8Joanna MacKenzie, agent, Nelson Literary Agency, LLC7:00pFirst Page Critiques
Agent with Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, will critique your first page and answer questions.
Arlington Hts
Apr 28 1:30pGroup CritiqueMount Prospect
May 13Shirley Jump7:00pShow Not Tell: What the Heck Is That Anyway?
Bestselling author shares tricks of the trade.
Arlington Hts
Jun 10Kathleen Flint Thigpen (writing as Regena Brant)7:00pPerformance—Image—Exposure
Learn the elements of PIE: perfecting your craft (performance), managing your brand (image), and more effectively promoting (exposure).
Arlington Hts
Jun 30 1:30pGroup CritiqueMount Prospect
Jul 8Megan Ryder7:00pStoryboarding
Skype presentation on using a storyboard to visualize your work in progress.
Arlington Hts
Aug 12Kelly Farmer, CNRWA president7:00pNationals in Review
Report on RWA's national conference
Arlington Hts
Aug 25 1:30pGroup CritiqueMount Prospect
Sep 9Piper Huguley7:00pWriting Black Characters
Des Plaines
Sep 29Jen Prokop1:30pWriting Better White People
Learn how to support inclusion in romance and be a better ally to authors of color.
Mount Prospect
Oct 14Suleikha Snyder7:00pA Novella Approach
Des Plaines
Oct 27 1:30pGroup CritiqueMount Prospect
Nov 11Julia Borcherts7:00pDe-Mystifying the PR Process
The nuts and bolts of creating the best buzz for your book.
Des Plaines
Nov 24 1:30pGroup CritiqueMount Prospect
Dec 9Dana Summers7:00pThink Humor
Des Plaines