Virginia Romance Writers (VRW), chapter #19 of Romance Writers of America®. We are an organization for both published and unpublished writers. Our membership includes writers of all levels, from unpublished writers working on their first manuscripts to award-winning, bestselling published authors. Through our monthly meetings, our chapter is dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction. We offer innovative programs and workshops we share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing world. VRW strives to help writers grow their careers through workshops and networking opportunities.

We strive to reach as many Virginia romantic fictions writers as possibly by rotating our meeting venues each month. Check our workshops page for the list of upcoming speakers and locations. We welcome you to our growing membership of Virginia Romance Writers.



October 8th Madeline Martin & Abigail Sharpe

AM Session: Madeline Martin

PM Session: Abigail Sharpe

Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters

1201 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401


11:15am–Meeting Begins

AM Session: Madeline Martin—Crafting Your Critique

madeline-martinGetting a critique on your beloved manuscript can sometimes be a difficult band aid to rip off, but it can also be incredibly helpful and insightful. Not only can a critique point out errors you may be making, it’s also a great opportunity to note issues with other people’s manuscripts and then later identify them in your own work. Crafting your Critique will cover:

The basics on the pros and cons of a single critique partner versus a critique group

  • How to ensure you get a good critique (you get what you ask for)
  • How to accept a critique and make your manuscript baby better because of it
  • How to give a good critique (this can be just as insightful as getting a critique)

The final three items are all integral to getting the most out of a critique, which will ultimately help polish your manuscript until it shines.

Madeline Martin lives in Florida with her two young daughters (referred to collectively as the minions) and is president of her local RWA chapter, the First Coast Romance Writers. She writes Scottish historical romances that have been published internationally and enjoys traveling to Scotland for research.
Madeline also enjoys helping other authors promote their work by incorporating their upcoming sales and releases in her newsletter as well as hosting authors everyFriday for Free Book Friday on her Facebook page.


PM Session: Abigail Sharpe—Write Tight: Eliminating the Unnecessary From Your Manuscript abby-pic

Ever hear the words “tighten this up” on a contest entry or from a critique? What exactly does that mean?   Are you having trouble making your words flow smoothly or getting to the point?

This INTERACTIVE workshops will take you through several ways of eliminating unnecessary words from your manuscript to deliver a crisp and clean story. This covers phrasing and action vs. dialogue tags, plus words that creep in without our knowledge and my favorite, misplaced modifiers.

Geared towards writers who have finished a manuscript and those who want a refresher. Will be using samples submitted by the attendees.

Abigail Sharpe is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying “y’all” in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing passionate and playful contemporary romance.

Her first book, Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy, was a 2010 Golden Heart finalist for contemporary single title.  She’s represented by Rebecca Strauss from DeFiore and Company.

When she’s not writing, she can be found wearing a corset and singing bawdy songs with Just Desserts, an a cappella musical comedy act, at places that won’t throw them out.

Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy. You can keep up with her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AbigailSharpeBooks or sign up for her newsletter at www.abigailsharpe.com.


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