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.
|Jan 14||Holiday Party|
|Jan 27||Group Critique|
|Feb 11||Paul V. Inserra, CPA||Income Taxes for Authors|
Fun, not boring, accountant will present a short session on income taxes.
|Feb 24||Group Critique|
|Mar 11||Stephanie Scott||Instagram for Authors|
How to connect with readers and other writers on Instagram.
|Mar 31||Group Critique|
|Apr 8||Joanna MacKenzie, agent, Nelson Literary Agency, LLC||First Page Critiques|
Agent with Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, will critique your first page and answer questions.
|Apr 28||Group Critique|
|May 13||Shirley Jump||Show Not Tell: What the Heck Is That Anyway?|
Bestselling author shares tricks of the trade.
|Jun 10||Kathleen Flint Thigpen (writing as Regena Brant)||Performance—Image—Exposure|
Learn the elements of PIE: perfecting your craft (performance), managing your brand (image), and more effectively promoting (exposure).
|Jun 30||Group Critique|
|Jul 8||Megan Ryder||Storyboarding|
Skype presentation on using a storyboard to visualize your work in progress.
|Aug 12||Kelly Farmer, CNRWA president||Nationals in Review|
Report on RWA's national conference
|Aug 25||Group Critique|
|Sep 9||Piper Huguley||Writing Black Characters|
|Sep 29||Jen Prokop||Writing Better White People|
Learn how to support inclusion in romance and be a better ally to authors of color.
|Oct 14||Suleikha Snyder||A Novella Approach|
|Oct 27||Group Critique|
|Nov 11||Julia Borcherts||De-Mystifying the PR Process|
The nuts and bolts of creating the best buzz for your book.
|Nov 24||Group Critique|
|Dec 9||Dana Summers||Think Humor|