Workshop Schedule Maine Romance Writers
We are meeting on Zoom. Information available in the meeting packet.

2023 Workshops

June 17, 2023 
Michelle Libby – Amazon Ads, a profitable gamble
Join Michelle Libby and Maine Romance Writers on June 17, 2023, for a hands-on program about Amazon Ads. Come prepared to use your computer to create ads, or to take notes. We will discuss reasons to advertise, the types of ads and how they work. Bring your questions and your gambling spirit.
April 15, 2023 
Ella Blake Reader Magnets for Growing Newsletters and Engaging Fans
Ever wondered if writing a free story was worth the time? I'll show you how it can be used as an effective tool to attract new readers and turn current fans into superfans. This workshop includes actionable steps on writing, producing, and deploying a reader magnet that will grow your list and juice your ebook sales.
March 18, 2023
Jessica Waldron-Taking Back Your Author Power by Self Publishing

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.

February 18, 2023
Gardiner Library Author Panel
Public discussion, Q&A on romance writing. Bring books to sell. 
January 21, 2023
Member appreciation
Readings of members work, Maine library donation drawing, general fun!  
December — No meeting 
November 19, 2022
Chris Redding — Brainstorming Workshop
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. 
October 22, 2022
Terri Brisbin — Size DOES matter: Writing (Romance) Fiction Across the Lengths
September 17, 2022
Jeannie Moon — Beyond Stretch Marks and Hot Flashes: Writing the Seasoned Romance
June 16, 2022  
Celeste Gleason - Topic TBA
May 20-21, 2022
Retreat – Embassy Suites, Portland, ME
April 16, 2022
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.


 March 19, 2022
Darynda Jones - Laughing in the Face of Danger

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.  

2021 Workshops


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

Alex Dawson - Write Hard (Or Go Home)

October 23, 2021

Matt Buchman - Unconventional Marketing: One Writer's Practice

November 20, 2021

Jeffe Kennedy - Defying Gravity – Writing Cross-Genre and Succeeding Anyway