Past Meeting Presentations – 2017


Past Meeting Presentations – 2017

RCRW meetings include presentations on craft, the publishing industry and the writing life.

These are some of the wonderful speakers who visited RCRW in 2017. Please check our main Meetings page for forthcoming presentations.

 September 9, 2017

Creating a Series Arc

By Saranna DeWylde

 August 19, 2017


Midlist to Mad Money:

A Strategic Plan for Self-Publishing Success in an Ever-Changing Market

Kristen Painter, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Nocturne Falls Series
Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Barefoot Bay Series

In this two hour seminar, two best-selling, award winning, formerly traditionally published indie authors share the one year process they’ve developed for launching a successful indie publishing career in a crowded and ever-changing market. This is not the only path to self-publishing success, but the program they will teach has been proven to work for them and others.Attendees should come away with a fully formed plan to launch themselves into self-publishing and a better understanding of what it takes to make a living wage as an independent author.

From series concept development through the first six-figure year, the workshop will delve into the specifics of every major aspect of the strategic plan. The authors will share tips, techniques, and proven tactics to teach attendees how to:

  • Create a series concept that meets the market but still stands out
  • Develop a one year production calendar
  • Set a realistic budget
  • Meet all deadlines with multiple third parties (artists, editors, proofreaders) involved
  • Implement effective and affordable marketing techniques
  • Add “passive” income through ancillary programs such as shared worlds, foreign rights, spin-off series, and audio books.
  • Review the greatest challenges and impediments to success, suggest solutions

In addition, the authors will candidly answer questions regarding their successful self-publishing careers and the strategies that have worked for them.

August 12, 2017

 Poison: Is it your cup of tea?

By Shree C. Aier

Find out what decisions and factors should be made in choosing the right poison. Understanding bioavailability, dosages, immediate effects versus long term effects of poison. Allergens and their effects on the immune system. Examples of poisons and every day benign things that can kill. Good sources to research.

July 8, 2017

Microsoft Macros and Pitching Practice

First up, Greg Henry will teach us how to set-up macros in Microsoft Word (bring your laptop or a way to take notes). A macro is a way to automate a repetitive task in Microsoft Word. How can it help your writing? If you have a least of crutch/weak/filler words – you can run a macro to highlight each use of those words for your revisions. You can count the number of times certain words or phrases are used. Struggle with proper formatting on em dashes, en dashes, and hyphens? Create a macro to help with that!

Next, Gina Fluharty and Jaycee Jarvis will lead us in an interactive pitching session. Do you have an agent or editor appointment at RWA and want to practice? Do you need to shine a pitch for your next project to try and get a story with a reporter? Do you have an agent and want to pitch them an idea? Pitching is relevant at all stages of writing. Prepare a pitch and come ready to practice! Not sure how to prepare one? We’ll send some links to articles in advance and Jaycee and Gina will share some tips with you.

 May 13, 20017

Write Fast: Increasing Your Novel Writing Speed Through Art Journaling

by Shea MacLeod

Do you envy prolific writers who seem to pump out multiple novels per year while you struggle to finish one or two?

Are you already fairly prolific and want to become more so?

Are you a pantser who suffers from writers’ block and finds plotting abhorrent?

Or are you a plotter who tends to get lost in the minutiae of plotting?

This is the class for you!

With a unique take on art journaling, I will show you how to increase your writing speed so you can get out more novels faster. WITHOUT the quality suffering.

February 11, 2107

Do I Really Need to Use Snapchat? And Other Important Social Media Questions 

by Lisa Leoni

The variety of social media platforms at our fingertips can be overwhelming, and frankly, daunting. Each have their own place and purpose, as well as a set of best practices to use them well. Lisa will share with you what questions you should ask yourself to determine the best social media platforms to meet your needs, plus she’ll share do’s and don’ts. This class will have useful information for the social media newbie all the way to the pro. Lisa has worked in public relations for more than 12 years, specializing in social media.