WisRWA Calendar

Nov 01
2017
WisRWA 2017-2018 Renewals
Renewals for the upcoming year begin November 1, 2017. Any renewal that is received after January 15, 2018 will be incur a $5.00 late fee. Click the Join tab to renew your membership. Please direct any questions to WisRWA Secretary, Stefanie Dowell.
Feb 12
2018
Stop Dissing Romance! Panel at Boswell Book Company
Join WisRWA at Boswell Book Company on February 12 at 7 PM for a presentation on the romance genre and its role in the publishing industry by a panel of Publishing Professionals. Bobbi Dumas, a freelance writer, book reviewer, romance advocate, and founder of Read a Romance Month will moderate. More information to follow.
Oct 06
2018
WisRWA 2018 Fall Workshop
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Fall Workshop on October 5-6, 2018 at the Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort, Rothschild, WI. For more information, click the Workshop tab.
Apr 05
2019
WisRWA 2019 Write Touch Conference
Mark your calendars for the 2019 Write Touch Conference April 5-7, 2019 at the Milwaukee Hyatt in beautiful downtown Milwaukee. More details to follow!

Meeting Times

Dec 13
2017
Green Bay
11:30-??

Green Bay Area Holiday Party

Bring a dish to pass and a gift worth no more than $15 if you wish to participate in the exchange. Please contact Mary Grace Murphy, Green Bay Area Contact, for details
Dec 16
2017
Milwaukee
12:00-3:00 pm

Milwaukee Area Holiday Party

Bring a dish to pass and a gift worth no more than $15 for the gift exchange. Please contact Jennifer Rupp, Milwaukee Area Contact, for details.
Jan 03
2018
Green Bay
11:30-2:00; 1951 West, 1951 Bond Street, Green Bay

Understanding Writing Contests

Green Bay Area Member, Nancy Sweetland will take us through the process of preparing for a writing contest. She will also share information about RWA's RITA award and Golden Heart contests as well as WisRWA's own Fabulous Five Contest and Write Touch Readers Award.
Jan 13
2018
Chippewa Falls
10-12:30; Deb’s Café, 1120 122nd Street, Chippewa Falls

Transitions: Scenes, Characters, Time

Winter is here! A cold wind is blowing, snow is falling, and ice makes walking out your own front door hazardous. There’s no better time to hunker down where it’s warm and WRITE, WRITE, WRITE! Bring examples, both good and bad, from what you’re reading and be prepared to discuss why it does or does not work.
Jan 20
2018
Milwaukee
11:00-2:30; Mayfair Mall (Garden Suites Community Room, Lower Level)

Up Close and Personal: Achieving Intimacy through Voice and Deep POV with Heather Luby

Point of view isn’t just an element of storytelling—it is the foundation of any captivating story. Diving into a Deep POV and utilizing the tools of narrative voice is how we thrust our readers into the minds of our characters and push them into the fictional dream. In this fast paced, hands-on workshop, you will learn the key elements necessary to write immersive, voice driven prose. Come prepared to learn how character, dialogue, and voice work in tandem with Deep POV to leave your reader emotionally spellbound. It is recommended you bring 1-2 sample chapters of your own work for hands-on learning.
Feb 07
2018
Green Bay
11:30-2:00; 1951 West, 1951 Bond Street, Green Bay

Ins and Outs of Novellas

Green Bay Area member, Kayla Bain-Vrba will share her process on how to write a novella.
Feb 10
2018
Chippewa Falls
10-12; Volume One, 205 N Dewey St, Eau Claire

Social Media for Writers

Karissa Zastrow will speak on “Social Media for Writers”. Her presentation will focus on tips and tricks to help you use the most popular social media platforms to promote your writing without burning hours of your precious writing time. Check our event on the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Facebook page and let us know if you are attending!
Feb 17
2018
Milwaukee
9-11:30 AM; Mayfair Mall (Garden Suites Community Room, Lower Level)

WisRWA Milwaukee Writing Circle Hosted by Milwaukee Area member, Tricia Quinnes

Get ready to write! We'll have a write-in day with sprints and brainstorming help as needed.
Mar 07
2018
Green Bay
11:30-2:00; 1951 West, 1951 Bond Street, Green Bay

How to Write a Series

Green Bay Area member, Lily Silver will share her process on how to write a successful series.
Mar 10
2018
Chippewa Falls
10-12:30; Deb’s Café, 1120 122nd Street, Chippewa Falls

Fear of Writing and Publishing: Success and/or Failure

Is fear holding you back from realizing your dream? Are you afraid of the writing/publishing process, afraid of failing after all your best efforts, or, yes, even afraid of actually succeeding? Then this discussion is for you.

WisRWA Newsletter



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

LBTC Picture

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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Fab Five 25 – Surprise #2

FabFive 25

The Fabulous Five Contest is almost open for entries!  We’re so excited about it that we just had to announce our last surprise!

Every entry entered in the contest will be put into a drawing for a critique by an industry professional of their Fab Five entry (whether they final or not).  Each industry professional will critique one entry.

We are honored to have the following industry professionals offering their time and talent for this drawing:

  • Meredith Rich, an editor at Bloomsbury Spark
  • Carly Silver, an editor at Harlequin
  • Mallory Brown, an agent at Triada US Literary Agency

Winners of the critiques will be announced on April 16, 2016 at which time their Fab Five entries will be sent to one of the industry professionals.  Should they wish to see more of the entry they critique, they will ask for it in their critique.  Critiques will be returned to the winners by late May.

We are hoping to add to the list above so watch this space for more news.  For any questions about the Fab Five contest or any of our 25th anniversary surprises, please email the Fab Five contest coordinator, Molly Maka (fabfivecontest@gmail.com).

Lastly, if you are entering the contest, don’t forget to let us know by using the hash tag #FabFive25 on Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you for helping us celebrate!

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Fab Five 25 – Surprise #1

FabFive 25

In the spirit of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Fabulous Five contest, we have a couple of surprises in store.  We are delighted to announce the first one.

For each entry into the contest, you have a chance to win a free registration (does not include lodging, food or travel expenses) to the October 8, 2016 WisRWA Workshop in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  Details on that event are forthcoming, but if you have any interest in going, please check the box to opt-in for that drawing on your entry form.

The winner will be announced on June 1st, 2016.

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Fabulous Five Contest

FabFive 25

It’s time to celebrate!  The Fabulous Five contest turns 25 in 2016!  We’re working on a couple of fun surprises to ring in this anniversary.  Until we can share those surprises, we will share our amazing line-up of final judges!

Historical

Elle Keck, Avon

Abby Saul, Browne & Miller Literary Associates

Inspirational

Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House

Claudia Cross, Folio Literary Management

Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel:

Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing Group

Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary

Romantic Suspense

Amy Stapp, Tor Books

Lane Heymont, The Seymour Agency

Series Contemporary (Long/Short)

Alexandra Sehulster, St Martin’s Press

Rachael Dugas, Talcott Notch Literary Services

Single Title

Lydia Sharp, Entangled Publishing

Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Agency

Women’s Fiction

Kate Seaver, Berkley Publishing Group

Carly Watters, PS Literary Agency

Young Adult/New Adult

Elizabeth Lynch, HarperCollins

Whitley Abell, Inklings Literary Agency

We are just two weeks away from opening the contest up for entries.  So, start polishing up your first 2,500 words and enter!  Not only will you receive great first round feedback from three judges, but you could be one of five finalists to move onto the final round.

And, watch this space for more information about how we plan to mark this milestone.

 

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20, 2015 | General | comment |

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

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Dear WisWRA Friends,

We’re now in the thick of the holiday season, with all its celebrations, including the WisRWA area group holiday gatherings scheduled in the next weeks. This also happens to be a time of year when many of us assess where we’ve been and where we want to go. So it is with WisRWA itself.

Since we’re in our membership renewal season, we can take a look at what we’ve been up to and make some goals for our next year. In addition to expanding our membership over the past year, the WisRWA board and the organization’s many volunteers have been taking care of some basics, while also planning exciting new programs and spreading the word about WisRWA.

If you haven’t already done so, take a look at our beautiful new website, www.wisrwa.org. In addition to being the face of WisRWA for visitors to the site, the site is designed to provide members with:

  • a calendar of events for all the areas
  • a blog open to everyone’s contributions
  • regular updates on WisRWA’s two contests, workshops, and conferences
  • links to all WisRWA’s social media sites

For the first time, WisRWA’s website has a “Members Only” section, and we’re just beginning to develop its potential. But, for example, if your area has had a great program with valuable handouts, then why not post them so all of us can benefit?

The idea for a members’ knowledge bank goes back a few years, but we finally have the first version of “Who Should I Ask?” posted in our Members Only section. A benefit of membership, “Who Should I Ask?” allows an easy way for WisRWA members to be resources for each other—our first line of research. But it’s only a start. Take a look at the directory and feel free to email me (vemccullough@earthlink.net) with questions about contributing to this section and helping us expand it.

WisRWA has also been a prominent presence at various events for authors and the writing community in Wisconsin. In November alone, WisRWA members from all over the state created and served on five panels at the NEW Book Festival at UW Waukesha. We fulfilled our purpose of promoting our romance genre, along with WisRWA. The Green Bay Area Group members served as panelists and while also spreading the word about WisRWA at an all day reader-author event at the Kress Library in DePere.

In the coming year, we’ll continue looking for opportunities to promote WisRWA, the romance genre, and all our authors/members at writing-related events across the state. I think of us as a kind of traveling WisRWA road show. We can’t predict the results of our efforts every time, of course. Still, there’s something wonderfully uplifting about being part of this romance writing community and proudly representing our genre at various gatherings. (And it’s a great way to spend time with our writing pals!)

Continuing WisRWA’s outreach goes hand in hand with our plans to create special programs designed to lure us out to area groups other than our own. I’d like to see 2016 become known as the “year of the caravan,” the year we made a point of traveling to other areas groups to take advantage of enriching programs. Let’s use our membership in this great organization for the simple pleasure of being in each other’s company and learning from each other.

So, watch our website and social media for information about outreach opportunities and programs designed to help us develop our craft and promote our genre.

Meanwhile, thanks for continuing to be a member of this dynamic organization. Your board is working hard, and we need the help and support of every member. As for me, being WisRWA’s president continues to be one of the great privileges of my life.

Virginia

 

 

 

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The FabFive Contest Needs You!

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The WisRWA 2016 Fabulous Five contest is in need of your help!  Please consider volunteering your time to serve as a category coordinator.  At this time we only have 2 coordinators out of 8 needed.  If we do not have the help needed, we will not be able to have the contest go forward.  If you are unsure if you would be a good fit, please reach out to the category coordinator, Molly Maka, with any questions you may have.

Below, please find the duties of a contest coordinator:

Fab Five Category Coordinator Duties

Each Fab Five Category Coordinator receives ten to thirty-five contest entries by email, checks them for proper format, logs them in, and later performs various sorts and summaries before whisking them off initially to the first round judges and later the final round judges.

During the entry submission period (January and February), only an hour or so of time would be required each week for handling incoming entries.  A flurry of entries always comes in over the last couple days, just before the contest submission deadline, and a few extra hours are required at that time for handling them.  After that, look for about five or six hours preparing and submitting batches to the first round judges.  March is spent looking for returned, graded entries from those judges and filing them.  That doesn’t typically take a lot of time.  Finally, four or five hours are needed in early April, ranking entries and forwarding the top five to the final round judge.  After that, in May, expect a few hours as final judges’ ranked entries are returned.

The Fab Five category coordinator role best suits a person who is comfortable with a computer, is organized, pays good attention to detail, and is good at meeting deadlines.  A coordinator must also be responsive to email questions.   The overall contest coordinator will set up an email loop for category coordinators.  This will be used for sharing helpful hints on how to handle the job, and also to help coordinators when issues arise.  The contest coordinator will also send detailed instructions to all category coordinators for handling each phase of the contest.  Additionally, everything is logged and kept online through a shared Google drive account.

Serving as category coordinator presents an opportunity to meet and network with other writers.  Also, you will have access to critiques of all entries in your category.  By reviewing these, you might pick up tips that may be useful in honing your craft.  Finally, you will work directly with the final round judges – one editor and one literary agent – and they will know you on the day you send queries out for your own novel.

When volunteering to serve as category coordinator, please be aware that if you decide to enter Fab Five, you cannot be a category coordinator in the category you intend to enter.

If interested or if you have questions, please contact Molly Maka (Fab Five Contest Coordinator) at FabFiveContest@gmail.com.

Thank you for your consideration!

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