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 We are an organization for both published and unpublished writers. Our membership includes writers of all levels, from unpublished writers working on their first manuscripts to award-winning, bestselling published authors.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.



March 11th

Madeline Martin and Abigail Sharpe

L.E. Smoot Memorial Library

9533 Kings Highway

Meeting Room A

King George, VA 22485

10:00am: Doors Open/Meet & Greet/Set-Up
10:30am: Meeting Begins


PM Session: WRITE TIGHT—Eliminating the Unnecessary From Your Manuscript

AM session: Crafting Your Critique with Madeline Martin

Getting 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 is a USA Today bestselling author of Scottish set historical romance novels. She lives in sunny Florida with Mr. Awesome (a man who truly deserves such a great name) and two wonderfully magical girls, known collectively as ‘the minions’.
She enjoys working out (really to support my love of Nutella and wine), traveling, and doing fun kid-like things with the minions.

In addition to working full time, writing, mothering and keeping everyone in the house alive, she also supports a FB addiction where you can not only read about all her crazy daily antics (and see how addicted she really is to cat memes and videos), but you also might have an opportunity to win a free book from another author during my weekly Free Book Friday giveaway. You can find her through her online: http://www.madelinemartin.com/facebook.com/MadelineMartinAuthor, and twitter.com/MadelineMMartin.

PM Session: WRITE TIGHT—Eliminating the Unnecessary From Your Manuscript with Abigail Sharpe

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 in editing. 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 stories of love and laughter and happily ever after.

Her first book, Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy, was a 2010 Golden Heart finalist for contemporary single title.

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. Sign up for her newsletter at www.abigailsharpe.com to get updates of her current work in progress and new releases.


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