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Mystery in the Midlands

June 23, 2021 by in category Events, Writing Conferences tagged as , , , , ,

Mystery in the Midlands, co-sponsored by the Palmetto Chapter of SinC and the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America

Saturday, June 26, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm ET with Dr. Kathy Reichs as featured guest.  

$5 Registration Required. 


10:00 am to 10:15 am EST         Preparing for the Heat with a Warm Welcome

Dana Kaye (moderator), Paula Gail Benson (Eastern Representative of SEMWA) and Carla Damron (President of Palmetto Chapter SinC)

10:30 am to 11:15 am EST         Scorching Short Stories

Dana Kaye (moderator), and Frankie BaileyMichael Bracken, and Barb Goffman (panelists)

11:30 am to 12:15 pm EST         Temperature’s Rising Keynote

Dr. Kathy Reichs interviewed by Debra H. Goldstein, President SEMWA

12:30 pm to 1:15pm EST          Hot for Historicals (British mysteries by American authors)

Dana Kaye (moderator), and Laurie R. King, Lori Rader-Day, and Caroline Todd (panelists)

1:30 pm to 2:15 pm EST            Searing Suspense

Dana Kaye (moderator), and Yasmin Angoe, Robert Dugoni, and Alex Segura (panelists)

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm EST            Final Comments Before Cooling Off in the Pool

Dana Kaye (moderator), Debra Goldstein (President of SEMWA), and Carla Damron (President of Palmetto Chapter SinC)

Here’s the link to register that provides access to the live and recorded program:


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Not Just Stretch Marks and Hot Flashes: Writing the Seasoned Romance

January 18, 2021 by in category Events, Online Classes tagged as , , , ,

Not Just Stretch Marks and Hot Flashes: Writing the Seasoned Romance

Presented by: Jeannie Moon

Date: January 23, 2021, Saturday, 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: No Charge

                Non-A2P Member fee: $10

Registration: Aged to Perfection Workshops

About the Workshop:

Romance readers are growing older and so are the heroes and heroines in the genre they love. This workshop will take you through the ins and outs of writing a seasoned romance from the physical realities of age to the subtleties of the older mindset. See how publishers are starting to embrace romances with more mature characters.

Topics covered will include both craft and marketing, so authors can explore issues surrounding age, including:

  • The concept of love being ageless
  • How intimacy between older characters can be sexy and fun
  • The myth of eternal youth (and why we don’t need it)
  • Tropes that work well with seasoned romance
  • How to envision and pitch your book in a changing market
  • Fighting ageism in the industry

About the Presenter:

USA Today bestselling author Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books and call it work. The author of sixteen contemporary romances for Tule Publishing and Penguin Random House, Jeannie is married to her high school sweetheart, has three grown kids, three lovable dogs and is a lifelong resident of Long Island. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week she gets twitchy.

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Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2019 Short Story Award

January 7, 2019 by in category Apples & Oranges by Marianne H. Donley, Contests, Events, Writing Contest tagged as , , , , ,

Stories of 2,000 words or fewer about WILD ANIMALS, PETS, or IMAGINARY BEASTS will be welcome (so long as an animal is an important character or element of the story).

The winner will receive $200 and may be offered publication in BWG’s upcoming anthology, FUR, FEATHERS, & SCALES: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Animal Tales.

For more information and instructions for entering see: Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2019 Short Story Award.

Contest opened January 1, 2019

To help you come up with some killer stories BWG has shared a few writing prompts.

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Charmed Connections

September 10, 2018 by in category Charmed Writer by Tari Lynn Jewett, Events tagged as , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Local Charmed Writer Write In

Stories are about connections, the connection between the author and their characters, the connection between the reader and the story, and then there’s the connection between the reader and the author. While the reader and author may never meet, they share a special bond, a creative bond, and an imaginative bond. They’ve share an experience. They’ve lived another life together.


Yes, we really give charms.

I’ve told you about our special writer group Charmed Writers, well we’ve decided that we want to connect with our readers in a direct way, and so we’ve created a new facebook group The Charmed Connection. More than 100 authors are available to our readers in this new facebook group that in it’s one week of existence already has nearly 600 members.


Our “Grand Opening Party begins today with three weeks of author introductions, prizes and fun.


Charmed Writers is a group with writers from NYT, USA Today and Amazon Best Selling authors, to award winning, debut and even authors completing their first manuscript. There are writers in all genre’s, thrillers, suspense, mystery, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, all genre’s of romance, inspirational, literary fiction, women’s fiction, gay fiction, and all levels of heat from super clean and sweet to erotica.


Books by just a few of the Charmed Writers.

So if you would like to have a direct connection with the storytellers, this is you’re opportunity.

Come join the party and meet The Charmed Writers in The Charmed Connection. What do you like to read? We know an author that writes books for you.

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A Day with Damon Suede

August 4, 2018 by in category Apples & Oranges by Marianne H. Donley, Events tagged as , , ,

A Day with Damon Suede | Music City Romance Writers | A Slice of Orange

Music City Romance Writers

September 2018 Event

A Day with Damon Suede


Registration now open for our MCRW September Event featuring Damon Suede!


When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with optional evening session and Sunday morning breakfast (additional fees required).


Where: Four Points by Sheraton, 760 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood, TN 37027.

Registration link


Who: Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud in right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been a full-time writer for print, stage, and screen for almost three decades. He has won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year.



Saturday, September 15
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Bestsellers start with fascinating people. Boost your writing process and anchor your career at any stage with a new characterization method that jumpstarts drafting, crafting, revision, and pitching. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so you can bust your ruts and build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. This session includes:

·        skill-builders to intensify language, stakes, and emotion for your readers.

·        battle-tested solutions for common traps, crutches, and habits.

·        a dynamic story-planning strategy effective for plotters and pantsers.

·        exercises to help you upgrade stories in any genre.

In this deep-dive morning session, we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your people, your plots, your hooks, and your voice. Whether you like to wing it or bring it, you’ll leave this workshop with a new set of practical, language-based tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable genre fiction.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (included with registration fee)
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


This hands-on workshop on presence and platform will teach you how to identify a personal archetype to embody your brand and launch your projects in the genre marketplace. In this session you’ll learn to:

·        evoke story patterns that protect and project your professionalism.

·        harness the power of personal goals and a public platform, on- and offline.

·         tailor your message to open doors and attract the right kind of attention.

·        cultivate a healthy A-gang to minimize headaches and boost promo.

A strategic authorial presence can be a game changer for your career. This class will show you how to groom and broadcast your unique appeal, so you become your own best advertisement

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

SELLING STORIES (Optional Evening Session – additional fee required)

Does your marketing copy earn its keep? This session tackles the wild, woolly world of blurbs and explore the way a high concept premise can anchor a project before and during the writing process. We’ll drill down into the challenges of summarizing your story’s strongest selling point. We’ll unpack the knack of crafting a clear hook, a free prize, and boiling a project into a logline that closes the sale, before and after publication.

Sunday, September 16
Time TBD

SMALL GROUP BREAKFAST (Optional Morning Session – additional fee required)

Get all of your marketing questions answered in this small group breakfast discussion with Damon. Space is very limited for this option, and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The cost of breakfast at the Four Points by Sheraton on-site restaurant is not included with the registration fee.


Register between

July 1 – July 31

Register between

August 1- September 7

 MCRW Members: $65.00  MCRW Members: $75.00
Non-Members: $75.00 Non-Members: $85.00
Optional Evening Session: Selling Stories $20.00 Optional Evening Session: Selling Stories $20.00
Optional Sunday Breakfast (cost of food not included): $20.00 Optional Sunday Breakfast (cost of food not included): $20.00
Registration closes for members and non-members on September 8, 2018



Guest rooms are $129.00 plus applicable state and local taxes.

Click here to reserve your room or call 615-964-5500 and ask for the Music City Romance Writers group rate. Our discounted rate is only available until August 14, 2018.

For more information about becoming a MCRW member, click here.

To Register for A Day with Damon Suede: CLICK HERE

Refund Policy: Due to our timeline for securing meals and materials, we are not able to offer refunds after August 15.


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