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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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