Founded in 1984, WisRWA is the Wisconsin chapter of the Romance Writers of America. We are a professional organization of romance authors, supporting both published and aspiring writers. Learn more…
The Writers’ Police Academy conference (held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, August 11-14) started with a bang on Thursday afternoon. The attendees explored armored, S.W.A.T, and bomb squad vehicles. Lesson: my characters will need a lot more agility than I have to get inside those vehicles, especially the armored one. The first step into the driver’s seat is waist high on me.
Writers are by nature solitary creatures. Oh, we do seek each other out from time to time to compare notes, share tips of the trade, and to reassure ourselves that we aren’t truly alone because all mankind has succumbed to a zombie apocalypse except for us and we somehow missed it while we were being alone.
Take the opportunity not to be alone, in some of the best company. Come join us in Eau Claire on October 8 for our Fall into Fiction Workshop, featuring journalist, editor, and best-selling author Candace Havens. In the morning the focus is on “The Book Map: Plotting Your High Concept Ideas,” and in the afternoon, it’s “Fast Draft and Revision Hell.” Arrive early and join us for book signings and a pizza party Friday night. Open to writers of all genres.
Keep your readers engrossed in your stories by creating love scenes that are romantic, emotional, and sensually descriptive. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Randi Alexander is coming to town to help us learn to write steamy sex scenes. In this interactive, hands-on workshop, we will focus on: 1) building sexual tension throughout your book, 2) producing physical love scenes and climaxes that are emotional, unique, and unforgettable, and 3) ways to give your readers the impact they crave during the quiet moments of afterglow snuggling. You’ll learn to ask yourself two easy questions as you write, and the answers to these questions will make every scene emotionally gripping, sensually gratifying, or both! Find out more…
It’s that time of year again when we accept nominations for the Chapter Service Award, which honors a member who has given greatly of time and talent to WisRWA over the previous year or years. See the About page for more information.
WisRWA members are invited to join an exclusive private tour of the Newberry Library in Chicago on Saturday, September 17. Organized by Maureen Welli, area coordinator for the Milwaukee Area, the tour should have something of interest for historical romance writers, and everyone else too. Read more…
Congratulations to WisRWA members Karen Marcam and Melonie Johnson. They’ve been selected as finalists for RWA’s Golden Heart contest.
The Golden Heart is a national contest that promotes excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding manuscripts written by members who have not published a Novel or Novella. Golden Heart winners receive a gold, heart-shaped necklace in recognition of their achievements.
Karen is a finalist in Historical Romance for her manuscript “Saving Columbine Ranch.” Read more about Karen. Melonie is a finalist in Contemporary Romance for “Sometimes You Need a Sexy Scot.” Read more about Melonie.
Congratulations Karen and Melonie!