For new Indie or for traditionally published or those seeking to be traditionally published, but have been frustrated by the process and who want to learn more about self-publishing and why it may or may not work for them.
Public discussion, Q&A on romance writing. Bring books to sell.
Readings of members work, Maine library donation drawing, general fun!
Stuck for ideas? Halfway through a book and not sure where to go? Chris Redding will give you ten different ways to come up a new idea or the next plot point. With several of the methods she will walk you through exercises to reinforce the lessons.
Terri Brisbin — Size DOES matter: Writing (Romance) Fiction Across the Lengths
Jeannie Moon — Beyond Stretch Marks and Hot Flashes: Writing the Seasoned Romance
Retreat – Embassy Suites, Portland, ME
Kathleen Sweeney – Book Brush Workshop (Please take note, Kathleen will be presenting from 11-12, as she has another engagement, and the lunch will be from 12-1 with the business meeting from 1-2.)
Description: Join Kathleen Sweeney for a fun live-walk through to see how easy it is to use Book Brush to create your own eye-catching marketing images, design book covers, Amazon A+ content and more. We'll explore video effects, animation, box set images and book trailers, too! Kathleen will share handy tips & tricks along the way and have time for Q & A, too. Learn why authors say Book Brush saves them both time and money.
Darynda Jones - Laughing in the Face of Danger
Description: Sadly, comedy is very much like romance. It is maligned. It is never taken as seriously as its dramatic counterparts, even though it is much harder to master. That being said, comedy is like jet fuel for your prose. A clever turn of phrase, a single line of dialogue, can accomplish a multitude of goals in one fell swoop. Darynda will tell you how to use humor to captivate your audience and give your story that special allure agents and editors are looking for.
February 19, 2022
Amy Lane - Heroic Archetypes
Description: People have been telling stories of heroism and romantic love since the beginning of time--but as our lives have gotten more complex, so have our heroes! Amy Lane takes you on a historic journey in which she puts our most tried and true heroic archetypes in modern context, and explains how to identify what kind of hero you've written by the things he must do to finish his story! Warning--there are lots of comic book heroes in this presentation, and the presenter may swoon a bit when talking about Batman and Captain America.
January 20, 2022
Member appreciation lunch – Gray Library 11:30 - 2:00. BYO lunch. Cake provided. Member readings.
February 20, 2021
Jean M. Grant – The Three P’s: Patience, Perseverance. And putting in the Time
March 20, 2021
Stacy Juba -How To Give Your Novel A Strong Backbone
April 17, 2021
M.L. Buchman - Estate Planning for Authors: preparing your heirs to inherit:
May 22, 2021 - Mini Conference
April Canavan - Stepping Into the Deep End of Publishing
June 19, 2021
Judith Arnold - Making Peace With Conflict
September 18, 2021
October 23, 2021
Matt Buchman - Unconventional Marketing: One Writer's Practice
November 20, 2021
Jeffe Kennedy - Defying Gravity – Writing Cross-Genre and Succeeding Anyway