WisRWA Calendar

Nov 01
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
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
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
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
Green Bay

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

2017 Write Touch Conference Schedule


 Friday, May 19

12:00-5:00 pm Registration (Hotel Lobby)
1:00-3:00 pm Board Meeting (Room #301)
5:15-5:30 pm Welcome/General Meeting (Great Lakes Complex)
5:30-6:30 pm Using Humor In Your Writing (Great Lakes Complex)
Christie Craig
6:30-7:15 pm Agent/Editor Q&A (Great Lakes Complex)
8:00-9:00 pm WisRWA’s Got Talent workshop (Great Lakes Complex)
7:00-10:00 pm Hors d’Oeuvres & Dessert Reception/Cash Bar (Turtle Room)

Saturday, May 20

7:00-9:00 am Radisson Farmhouse Breakfast Buffet (Grand Council Ballroom)
the Day
Agent/Editor Pitch Appointments (Iroquois Complex Back Hall)
8:30-10:20 am Conflict (Iroquois South)
Sarah MacLean
10:20-11:20 am Happily Ever After: Seven Secrets to Writing a Successful Romance (Iroquois South)
Virginia Kantra
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Awards Luncheon (Grand Council Ballroom)
1:10-2:10 pm Character Motivation (Iroquois South)
Christie Craig
2:10-3:10 pm Writing Strong He Said, She Said (And Everything They Didn’t Say) Writing Strong Dialogue
(Iroquois South)
Sarah MacLean
3:10-4:00 pm Snack Break!
3:30-5:00 pm Book Signing (Iroquois Pre-Function)
5:00 pm Silent Auction Winners Announced (Iroquois South)
5:30-7:30 pm Dinner (on your own)
7:30-8:30 pm Sex, Struggle, Intimacy, and Control: It’s Not (Just) About the Handcuffs (Iroquois South)
Virginia Kantra
8:30 pm-Midnight Hospitality Suite (Rooms 300 & 301)

Sunday, May 21

7:30-9:00 am Radisson Farmhouse Breakfast Buffet (Grand Council Ballroom)
8:30-10:30 am Master Class: Emotion—More Than Words (Iroquois South)
Virginia Kantra
10:30-10:50 am Snack Break!
10:50 am-12:50 pm Mastering Deep POV (Iroquois South)
Christie Craig
12:50-1:00 pm Closing Remarks

*Note that schedule is subject to change.

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