WisRWA Calendar

May 19
2017
2017 WisRWA Conference
May 19 - 21, 2017
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Featuring best-selling authors Christie Craig, Virginia Kantra, and Sarah MacLean.

Register now under the Conference tab!

Meeting Times

Apr 05
2017
Green Bay
11:30-3:00 - 1951 West Restaurant,1951 Bond St, Green Bay

PERSONAL BRANDING: We all know about product branding - Nike's “Just Do It,” for example - but have you heard about personal branding? Gini Athey will present a Five-Point Personal Branding program and suggest ways to connect it to our writing and promotion of our books.
Apr 15
2017
Milwaukee
9:00-11:30 - Mayfair Mall (Garden Suites Community Room, Lower Level)

PITCH PRACTICE with Literary Agent Abby Saul of Lark Group, who will share some tips, dos and don’ts, as well as insider info on romance trends. Tighten up your pitch for the May Conference in Green Bay. Get feedback on your opening hook and your query letter. Whatever you need, Abby can give insight from her end as a publishing partner. Bring your first page, your latest query letter, and your pitch.
Apr 15
2017
Wausau
11:15-1:15 - Vino Latte

WHAT'S THE SECRET TO MAKING A ROMANCE NOVEL POP? The answer is mystery, suspense, and tension, using a wide range of tried-and-true, nuanced techniques that can spice up any story and keep readers turning pages and coming back for more.
Apr 29
2017
Chippewa Falls
10:00-12:30 - 29 Pines @ Sleep Inn & Suites

STRENGTHENING OUR WORDS for Better Storytelling - We exercise our muscles and feed our bodies healthy foods (most of the time). But what about our brains? What about our writing skills? Stronger words make for a stronger story which makes for better sales. So join us for a discussion on this important topic!

WisRWA Newsletter



Announcing the WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest

Announcing the WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest Judged by Ohio’s Poet Laureate, Amit Majmudar

The WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook competition is hosted by Writer’s Relief, Inc. The chapbook contest runs until May 25, 2016. The winning poet will receive a $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free copies.

Details are included in this 2-minute video. Click on the image below:


The contest is limited to poetry chapbooks 24 – 48 pages in length, and the entry fee is $20. For complete contest submission guidelines, visit http://writersrelief.com/watersedge-poetry-chapbook-contest/.

We’re thrilled and honored to have Ohio poet laureate Amit Majmudar judge our poetry chapbook contest.

Majmudar is the author of two novels and several poetry collections. He was a finalist for a Poetry Society of America’s Norma Faber First Book Award, and his poetry was selected for a Donald Justice prize. His most recent collection of poems, Dothead, was published on March 29. Majmudar’s poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry Magazine, and The Antioch Review. His work has been featured in several anthologies, including Best of the Best American Poetry, 1988-2012.

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Since 1994, the Writer’s Relief office has been located a stone’s throw from the New Jersey Meadowlands: a large ecosystem of wetlands in the metropolitan region and an important bird habitat. The water sedge is one of several endangered plant species struggling to survive in this environment.

The efforts of water sedge to flourish despite difficult odds seems kindred in spirit to poets hoping to successfully publish their poetry books and chapbooks in an uncooperative publishing environment. With the WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest, we hope to help poets thrive and succeed.

Watch the video for the WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest information. Click HERE!

Thank you for helping us to spread the word about this exciting new opportunity for poets. If you have any questions, please reply to this email or call us toll free at (866) 405-3003.

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Fall into Fiction

Hello everyone!

My name is Beth James and I’m the Chippewa Falls Area contact person. I’m happy to announce that the WisRWA – Chippewa Falls Area will be hosting this year’s Fall into Fiction, One-Day Workshop on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Our featured speaker is Candace Havens, a bestselling author who is also an editor, journalist, and reviewer. She’ll teach us how to plot our books, create a fast draft, and shake us up with revision hell. The workshop will be held at The Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Additional information and registration is available on our WisRWA website. Please check it out because we have a book signing and pizza party for Friday night as well.

The Chippewa Falls Area is pretty excited to host our first workshop. Our group has eight active members, and we meet once a month. Our normal meeting spot is at Deb’s Café between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. One of our members lives in Tennessee, and we “Skype” with her via computer video conferencing. Two members, including myself, drive an hour to attend the meetings, while five members live in the area.

I’ve been a member of RWA since 2004, and I joined WisRWA in 2009 when I moved to Wisconsin. WisRWA has five area groups around the state, and Peg Strand, a current and long-time member, was the contact for the Chippewa Falls Area at the time I joined.  She was wonderful and made me feel welcome from the moment I walked into the library where they initially met. I was excited to join WisRWA back then and I still love attending our meetings, retreats, and conferences with a wonderful group of people.

The Chippewa Falls Area has other long-time members and they include Tina Susedik, Maureen Welch, and Deb Waite. Tina started the Chippewa Falls Area group and has been a member of WisRWA for over 22 years. In fact, we’re celebrating our area’s 20th anniversary this year. We’ve had other members who’ve come and gone, and ones who are new, including Jane Yunker and Danielle Johnson. For all the members, past and present, WisRWA is a steadfast group of writers/authors who share the passion of writing romance stories, learning about the trade, and making new friends. This is proof that WisRWA is an important part of our lives and one that we treasure dearly.

I hope that we’ll be able to see you at the Fall into Fiction Workshop in October. Register early! We look forward to hosting the event and meeting all of you there.

Beth M James – Chippewa Falls Area Contact

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Golden Heart Finalist – Karen Marcam

Congratulations

We’re pleased to congratulate our own WisRWA Member, Karen Marcam, for being a Golden Heart finalist for her story, Saving Columbine Ranch.  I asked Karen to tell me a bit about her story, here’s what she said.

“I can start by telling you it is a historical novel called “Saving Columbine Ranch.” It’s the first story I wrote and is the “story of my heart.” It has been through many painful revisions over the years as I learned my craft, so that makes it especially joyful to final with this particular story.”

Karen Marcam

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Falling in Love with Romance

By: Lianna Hawkins

The first romance story I read was Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I recall my mother telling me it was one of her favorite love stories. I was a young teen when I snuck Shanna from my mother’s shelf and hid away reading the book that would inspire me not only as I read it, but for many years as I grew into a writer. I read the beautiful, crafted words that swept me off into another world. It was as though I was there, living the adventure. As readers, we not only fall in love with the story, but the characters and the author as well. And to this day, I savor the first delicious words I read as a fresh romance story unfolds beneath my fingertips. I sigh as my world falls away and I escape to another time, a time where happily ever after is merely pages away.

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day

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Written by: Nancy Sweetland

Happy St. Pat’s day to all us wannabe Irish! Actually, according to my grandmother, I’m a bit Irish (very little bit, but her maiden name was Boyle, so maybe she wasn’t kidding).
Thought you might be interested in a blog post from BookBrowsing that came out this morning. Here it is: MARCH 17, 2016: If you’re not scared you’re not trying hard enough…by Nancy Sweetland
Good morning! I’m delighted to be a guest here and hope to give you something to think about as you head back to your computer and your work in progress. Going through my email today I ran across a great blog by Nick Stephenson, whom some of you may know as a coach and teacher. I always read through anything he feels important enough to comment on, and I often come away with a new idea, a different perspective and sometimes even the possibility for a plot.
What I came away with today was two comments that hit home. I’ve been mulling over them; perhaps you will, too: 1) “If you’re not scared, you’re not trying hard enough.” And, 2) “You don’t have to be THE BEST.”
These gave me pause. The first, about being scared of doing the work I really want to do, reminded me of how many times I have found myself discarding an idea for a story, poem or even a novel because of what the ramifications might be if my (friend, mother, neighbor, son…) read it in print. I know the subject in question would be good work because I would be so invested in it. It’s my darling, it’s something so dear to my heart…etc. etc. But writing it would be scary. It’s not just that it’s perhaps controversial. It’s that bleeding it out would open me up to criticism, possibly even ridicule. Scary? You bet.
But…maybe I should rethink that. Maybe I haven’t been trying hard enough, reaching far enough. My romance and mystery novels, even my short stories, are, I’m convinced, adequate, maybe even more than adequate. But they don’t dig deep into that murky basement of things I know. Things that might resonate with a reader in a way a mystery or romance never could. Things that won’t likely see the light of publication.
Nick’s second comment about not needing to be the best also hit home. Maybe we don’t write some things because we’re fearful they won’t be good enough. Maybe we’ve worked hard on something that won’t make that top slot, that may just end up somewhere in the middle of the slush pile.
But isn’t that better than being nowhere at all? It’s not the best, maybe, but it’s not the worst, either, and it’s worth the time I spent in writing it. Whether an editor sees its worth, or whether a reader agrees with it, enjoys or hates it isn’t important. It is. It’s real. It’s there, for better or worse. And it’s mine, darn it. It may not be THE BEST, but it’s MY best. For now. And as I grow as a writer, and as a person, my best will grow, too.
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“The Perfect Suspect” – coming out soon from Soul Mate Publishing:
Twice divorced and wary about relationships, Jen Wright buys a cabin sight-unseen in far north Wisconsin to get away to write her elusive next novel. She doesn’t expect to find her first ex-husband (but with a reconstructed face) shot to death in the bedroom. She also doesn’t expect to be attracted to handsome Deputy Ross Tyler, recently rejected by his fiancé. Like Jen, he’s unwilling to risk his heart again. Is there a chance for a relationship? Do either of them want one? She’s the perfect suspect and the blustery Sheriff isn’t going to let her forget it. When the murder gun is found in her fan, he’s even more convinced of her guilt. The PI she hires to investigate is killed; his ever-present briefcase is missing. Jen’s sure it was no accident but can’t convince the law. She realizes she’s actually living a good plot for her new novel. Unfortunately, she may have to write it from jail.

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Sandra Statz has passed away.

We’d like to offer our condolences to the family of Sandra Statz in their time of sorrow.

http://host.madison.com/news/local/obituaries/statz-sandra-a/article_7f8becb4-0195-58be-b9fa-b4c06782c137.html

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Love Between the Covers

By: PJ fiala

This past two Saturdays we had showings of the fabulous Documentary, Love Between the Covers by the fabulous Laurie Kahn.  Laurie and her film crew followed several fabulous romance authors and their fans over the course of a couple of years, to see what life it like for romance authors.  To showcase how the fans react to meeting their favorite authors.  To emphasize that some of our most prolific authors are doctors, lawyers, physicists, engineers, and, well, name a profession and there is a romance author in that field.

Romance fans are the same.   Pick a field, any field, and there is a romance fan in that field.  Sometimes shunned, sometimes scoffed at, but these fans are loyal and dedicated to their books and authors.

If you get the chance to see this movie, please take the opportunity.  It’s heartwarming, interesting and eye opening.  I’ve included some pictures from the Green Bay showing.  I took them at the beginning and then got busy, but we had a nice afternoon and got to see a lovely movie.

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Interview with Laurie Kahn

Love Between the Covers!

Here’s an interview with Laurie Kahn, the LBTC writer/director/producer – AND – find out what the Press is saying about LBTC:

Writer/Director/Producer Laurie Kahn talks about her page turning documentary and “Must See” festival film, LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS, which takes us inside the world of the romance novel. June 10th kicked off the official Opening Night of the 21st Annual 2015 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL, one of the crown jewels in the global film festival crown.

“Upbeat and heartfelt…”
- Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

“The feature-length film takes an affectionate look at the vast, unheralded community of women who have effectively kept the publishing industry afloat by sales of romance novels (more than $1 billion in 2013 alone, according to BookStats).”
- James Sullivan, The Boston Globe

“For romance aficionados, Love Between the Covers will articulate and confirm all the reasons they love romance. For viewers who know little or nothing about romance fiction, Kahn’s documentary will deliver one astonishment after another.”
- Donna Seaman, The Booklist Reader
“Booklist Editors’ Choice: Video, 2015 – TOP OF THE LIST WINNER
Writers and fans demonstrate affection and mutual respect for each other in this well-edited program that will be devoured by romance readers, aspiring writers, and anyone who loves reading.”
- Candace Smith, Booklist
“The documentary was really fabulous!”
- Kristin Wise, RT Book Reviews

“Romance writing isn’t just a billion-dollar industry. It’s also the nicest meritocracy around.”
- Emma Teitel, Maclean’s Magazine
Join us:

February 20th from 1:00 to 5:00

West Allis Public Library

Constitution Room

7421 W. National Ave.

West Allis, WI 53214

414-302-8503

and

February 27th from 1:00 to 4:30

Brown County Library – Kress Family Branch

333 N Broadway

De Pere, WI 54115

(920) 448-4407

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Coming soon to the West Allis Public Library and the Kress Family Library in De Pere – Love Between the Covers!

Here’s what readers are saying about LBTC:

Amazing. It was incredible… The community of women really surprised me!

— Dina Reeves, romance reader

 “I think that it shows that women are important. Women’s feelings, thoughts, and desires are important.”

— Rebecca J. Haymond, reader

Where and when can you go to see this lovely, heartfelt film?

February 20th from 1:00 to 5:00

West Allis Public Library

Constitution Room

7421 W. National Ave.

West Allis, WI 53214

414-302-8503

and

February 27th from 1:00 to 4:30

Brown County Library – Kress Family Branch

333 N Broadway

De Pere, WI 54115

(920) 448-4407

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Love Between the Covers

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Calling all readers and writers – Coming soon to Milwaukee and Green Bay – Love Between the Covers!

Yes, you read it correctly.  The feature-length documentary film about the awesome community of women who read and write romance novels will be showing at two locations.  WisRWA is sponsoring both showings!

Where and when can you go to see this lovely, heartfelt film?

February 20th from 1:00 to 5:00

West Allis Public Library

Constitution Room

7421 W. National Ave.

West Allis, WI 53214

414-302-8503

February 27th from 1:00 to 4:30

Brown County Library – Kress Family Branch

333 N Broadway

De Pere, WI 54115

(920) 448-4407

***Not only can you view this great film at the Kress Family Branch of the Brown County Library you can participate in a Reader and Author Q&A!  But wait, there’s more, many of Wisconsin’s finest romance authors will be holding a book signing after the film showing!  Hang around after the show and visit with the authors!***

Love Between the covers teaser Film synopsis:

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them. For three years, the filmmakers followed the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the amazing global community that romance writers and readers have built. Until now.

Check out the trailer: https://vimeo.com/user7053188/lbtctrailer

Here’s some more clips:  http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/full-film-clips/

How about some pictures:  http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/press-kit

Meet the main characters:  http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/main-characters/

***All WisRWA authors are invited to participate in either or both events.  Contact Valerie Clarizio at valclarizio@yahoo.com if you’d like to participate at the Green Bay event or Maureen Welli if you’d like to participate at the West Allis event.***

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