WisRWA Calendar

Jan 01
2018 Fabulous Five Contest Opens for Entries
Are you an unpublished author? Consider entering the 27th Annual Fabulous Five contest. Polish and submit your first 2,500 words (word count is firm!) to one of seven categories. Your entry will be reviewed by three preliminary round judges. The top five finalists in each category will move onto the final round where their entries will be judged by one agent and one editor. The contest opens for entries January 1st.

For more information, click the contests link on the navigation bar.

***As an added bonus, every entrant who opts in will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to the October 6 WisRWA Fall Workshop featuring Heidi Cullinan. All entrants will be entered into a drawing to receive a detailed critique from a WisRWA published author. Number of critiques is TBD at this time.***
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.
Feb 15
Last Day to Enter Write Touch Readers Award Contest
February 15th is the last day to submit your entries for the 2018 Write Touch Readers Award contest. All print books must be received that day. E-entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST.

For more information: http://wisrwa.org/contests/contest-write-touch/
Mar 01
Last Day to Enter Fabulous Five Contest
March 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST is the last day the Fab Five Contest will accept entries. Entries cap at 35 entries per category and all entries received after the deadline will be returned.

For more information: http://wisrwa.org/contests/contest-fab-five/
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

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 10
10:00 - 12:00; Marathon County Library, 300 North First Street, Wausau WI

Pacing Dialogue and Action Scenes - Your Story at Your Speed

Pacing is moving your story forward smoothly, at your speed. Not everyone wants a bucolic amble, either. The goal of this workshop is to help you take control of your writing pace – to make your story travel at the pace you want, so that you can tell the story you want to tell.
Feb 17
9-11:30 AM; Mayfair Mall (Garden Suites Community Room, Lower Level), 2500 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa

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.
Mar 10
10:00 - 12:00; Marathon County Library, 300 North First Street, Wausau WI

The Nitty Gritty Down & Dirty – Truth About Writing the Break-out Block-Buster Novel

A fun guide to plotting: Why start from scratch and reinvent storytelling? This workshop is a guide that reveals the structure and elements in huge bestsellers. We will see how successful authors break out by satisfying readers’ needs.
Mar 17
11:00-2:30; Mayfair Mall (Garden Suites Community Room, Lower Level), 2500 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa

Get Ready to Indie!

WisRWA Member, Nicolette Pierce will share details about self-publishing. Find out if self-publishing is right for you, when to know if you're ready and many more things surrounding this type of publishing.

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Write Touch: Past Winners

Write Touch


Contemporary Long – Melynda Price – Fighting For Control
Contemporary Midlength – Sara Dahmen – Wine and Children
Contemporary Short – Stacey Joy Netzel – Spring Dreams
Erotic Romance – Jade Chandler – Enough
Historical – Margaret Mallory – Claimed by a Highlander (The Douglas Legacy)
Inspirational – Laura Scott – Shielding His Christmas Witness
Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance Theme – Robin Perini – Forgotten Secrets
Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy – Marissa Doyle- Skin Deep
Romantic Suspense – Abbie Roads -Hunt the Dawn
Young Adult – Tricia Cerrone – Glisten


Contemporary Long – A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak
Contemporary Midlength – Power Privilege & Pleasure: Queens of Kings: Book 4 by LaQuette
Fiction with Romantic Elements – Backstretch Baby  by Bev Pettersen
Historical – The Gunslinger and the Heiress by Kathryn Albright
Paranormal – Spirit Bound by Tessa McFionn
Romantic Suspense – Saving Andi by Barbara Raffin


Contemporary Long – The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
Contemporary Midlength – New Year’s Promise by Anna Clifton
Romantic Elements – Amber Light by Virginia McCullough
Historical Long – Rebel Marquess by Amy Sandas
Historical Short – Triumph and Treasure by Collette Cameron
Inspirational – The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall
Paranormal – That Magic Touch by Donna Marie Rogers
Romantic Suspense – Danger Close by Kaylea Cross
Young Adult Romance – Innocent by Callie James


Short Series ContemporaryThe Cradle Conspiracy by Robin Perini
Long Series ContemporaryFatal Exposure by Gail Barrett
Single Title ContemporaryUnchained Memories by Maria Imbalzano
Romantic SuspenseTwice a Target by Susan Vaughan
HistoricalSweet Madness by Heather Snow
Paranormal/Fantasy/FuturisticA Soul for Vengeance by Crista McHugh
Mainstream w/Romantic ElementsIt Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist
Erotica/RomanticaToo Fast by Alexia Haynes
Inspirational/TraditionalUndercover Cowboy by Laura Scott
Young Adult Everything You Know by Mary Beth Bass


Short Series ContemporaryUnlocking The Surgeon’s Heart by Jessica Matthews
Single Title ContemporaryWhen Snow Falls by Brenda Novak
Romantic SuspenseBlue Ridge Fear by Robin Weaver
HistoricalSeven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell
Paranormal/Fantasy/FuturisticFortune’s Hero by Jenna Bennett
Mainstream w/Romantic ElementsThe Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber
Erotica/RomanticaUnbridled and Unjustified by Elle Saint James
Inspirational/TraditionalAll Roads Lead Home by Christine Johnson
Young Adult Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry


Short Series ContemporaryCowboy Under Siege by Gail Barrett
Long Series ContemporaryA Deliberate Father by Kate Kelly
Single Title ContemporaryDon’t Mess With Texas by Christie Craig
Romantic SuspenseLost in Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel
HistoricalRedeeming the Rogue by Donna MacMeans
Paranormal/Fantasy/FuturisticBiting Me Softly by Mary Hughes
Mainstream w/Romantic ElementsTwenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank
Erotica/RomanticaBastian, The Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber Inspirational/TraditionalSecrets of the Heart by Jillian Kent
Young Adult (tie) – Love Story by Jennifer Echols and Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter


Short Series ContemporarySingle Dad Sheriff by Lisa Childs
Long Series Contemporary (tie) – Quarterback Daddy by Linda Barrett and A One-Of-A-Kind Family by Holly Jacobs
Single Title Contemporary (tie) – Shut Up And Kiss Me by Christie Craig and Remember Me by Laura Moore
Romantic SuspenseDeadly Intent by Kylie Brant
HistoricalThe Hawk by Monica McCarty
Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal/Time Travel (tie) – Unchained: The Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood and Rapture Untamed by Pamela Palmer
Erotica/RomanticaLove, Unexpectedly by Susan Fox
Inspirational/TraditionalHigh Plains Bride by Valerie Hansen


Short and Long Series ContemporarySummer at the Lake by Linda Barrett
Single Title Contemporary (tie) – Mistletoe Rules by Stacey Joy Netzel and CEO’s Don’t Cry by Joselyn Vaugh
Romantic SuspenseBlack Ribbon Affair by Casey Clifford
Historical (tie) – If He’s Wicked by Hannah Howell and The Wild One by Denise Eagan and Where The Wind Blows by Caroline Fyffe
Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal/Time TravelObsession Untamed by Pamela Palmer
Erotica/RomanticaIn The Flesh by Livia Dare
Inspirational/Traditional ContemporaryFinal Exposure by Roxanne Rustand
Mainstream with Romantic ElementsTurning Thirty Twelve by Sandy James


Short and Long Series ContemporaryFinding Mr. Right by Helen Brenna
Single Title ContemporaryLove With a Welcome Stranger by Lynette Baughman
Romantic SuspenseConspiracy of Silence by Martha Powers
Historical (tie) – Siren’s Song by Trish Albright and An Improper Aristocrat by Deb Marlowe
ParanormalWicked is the Night by Catherine Mulvany
Erotica/Romantica (tie) – Menagerie by Lara Santiago and Seven Nights of Sin by Lacey Alexander
Inspirational/TraditionalMIA: Missing in Atlanta by Debby Guisti
Mainstream with Romantic ElementsWho Killed Walter Dobbs? by JD Tynan


Short and Long ContemporaryShadow Whispers by Linda Conrad
Single Title ContemporaryThere Goes the Bride by Lori Wilde
Romantic SuspenseDead Giveaway by Brenda Novak
HistoricalLady be Bad by Candice Hern
ParanormalLord of the Fading Land by C.L. Wilson
Erotica/RomanticaVoyeur by Lacey Alexander
InspirationalAs I Have Loved You by Nikki Arana
Mainstream with Romantic ElementsVeil of Fire by Marlo Schalesky


Short ContemporaryHere With Me by Holly Jacobs
Long ContemporaryThe Last Warrior by Kylie Brant
Single Title Contemporary (tie) – My Favorite Witch by Annette Blair and Sweet Water by Anna Jeffrey and Love on the Ropes by Pat White
Romantic SuspenseJill 9 by J.D. Tynan
HistoricalTwilight Magic by Shari Anton
Paranormal (tie) – Eternal Nights by Patti O’Shea and Eyes of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready
Erotica/RomanticaMona Lisa Awakening by Sunny
InspirationalFront Porch Princess by Kathryn Springer
Mainstream with Romantic Elements (tie) – Calamity Jayne by Kathleen Bacus and The Crossroads Café by Deborah Smith


Short ContemporaryFirst Date by Karen Kendall
Long ContemporaryBig Girls Don’t Cry by Brenda Novak
Single Title ContemporaryFalling for Gracie by Susan Mallery
Romantic SuspensePaternity Unknown by Jean Barrett
HistoricalA Match Made in Scandal by Melody Thomas
Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal/Time TravelMoon’s Web by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp
Erotica/RomanticaShockingly Sensual by Lori Wilde
Inspirational/Traditional ContemporaryHero Dad by Marta Perry
Mainstream with Romantic ElementsThe Color of Light by Karen White
Traditional RegencyLord Will and Her Grace by Sophia Nash


Short ContemporaryBeyond Control by Bronwyn Jameson
Long ContemporaryOne Perfect Man by Lynda Sandoval
Single Title ContemporaryShower of Stars by Nancy Herkness
Romantic SuspenseSudden Recall by Jean Barrett
Historical (Long and Short)Once a Gentleman by Candice Hern
Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal/Time TravelA Man in a Kilt by Sandy Blair
Erotica/RomanticaIn Ice by Leigh Wyndfield
Inspirational/Traditional ContemporaryCatching Katie by Robin Lee Hatcher
Mainstream with Romantic ElementsUnsettling by Lynda Sandoval
Traditional RegencyA Passionate Endeavor by Sophia Nash


Short Contemporary SeriesSleeping Beauty & the Marine by Cathie Linz
Long Contemporary SeriesChristmas at Shadow Creek by Roxanne Rustand
Single Title ContemporaryAfter the Rain by Karen White
Romantic SuspenseTaking the Heat by Brenda Novak
Historical (Long and Short)By Starlight by Marliss Moon
Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal/Time TravelSpellbound in Seattle by Garthia Anderson
Inspirational/Traditional ContemporaryAn Angel’s Gift by Sherry Ann Miller
Traditional RegencyEmily’s Beau by Allison Lane


Short ContemporaryInto the Fire by Leslie Kelly
Long ContemporaryOperation Mistletoe by Roxanne Rustand
Single TitleHometown Girl by MaryJane Meier
Romantic SuspenseRafe Sinclair’s Revenge by Gayle Wilson
Historical (Long and Short)Irish Gypsy by Ana Seymour
Alternative RealityContact by Susan Grant
Inspirational/Traditional ContemporaryHis Secretary’s Secret by Barbara McMahon
Traditional RegencyKindred Spirits by Allison Lane


Short ContemporaryHis Baby Surprise by Kathie Denosky
Long ContemporaryLeave It To Max by Lori Handeland
Single Title/Romantic SuspenseNever Say Never by Carla Jeanne Bingham
Short HistoricalWhite Lion’s Lady by Tina St.John
Long HistoricalThe Prince’s Bride by Victoria Alexander
TraditionalA Nurse’s Patience by Jessica Matthews

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