Workshop Calendar


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:, and


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 to get updates of her current work in progress and new releases.



April 8th

Lori Wilde (All day)

Twin Hickory Library

5001 Twin Hickory Road

Glen Allen, VA 23059-2509

9:00am: Doors Open/Meet & Greet/Set-Up
9:30am: Meeting Begins



May 13th

Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literary Agency (All Day)

Gayton Library

10600 Gayton Road

Glen Allen, VA 23238-4117

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

AM Session: Everything You Need To Know About Finding A Literary Agent

PM Session: Scheduled Pitches


June 10th

HOLT Medallion & Fool For Love Awards Luncheon

Deep Run Recreation Center
9910 Ridgefield Parkway
Henrico, VA 23233


No Meeting–July/August


September 9th

AM: Annual General VRW Meeting



October 21st (*DATE CHANGE*)

Location & Guest Speaker TBD


November 11th

Guest Speaker TBD

John Tyler Community College Midlothian Campus
800 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian, VA, 23114
Hamel Hall, Room H-109


December 9th

VRW Holiday Party

Past Meetings

01/09/2016 Alexa Day—Self Confidence Workshop & Mary Behre Using Vision Boards

02/13/2016 Bethany Burke, Blushing Books & Love Between the Covers Screening

03/12/2016 Sadeqa Johnson—Pursuing Your Passion & BIAY Kick-off

04/09/2016 Lyz Kelley—Business Planning & Diane Gaston—Polish Your Writing

05/14/2016 Mindy Klasky—Organizational Tools For Writers & Kathleen Connor—Search & Rescue Dogs

06/11/2016 Carolyn Greene & Cynthia Holt Johnson—Guest Speakers for VRW Awards Luncheon

09/10/2016 Hope Ramsay—Using Character Archetypes to Find the Love Story

10/8/2016 Due to hurricane Matthew, Madeline Martin & Abigail Sharpe will appear in March 2017.

11/12/2016 Scott Silverii—Police vs. Sheriff & Liliana Hart—The Future of Self-Publishing

12/10/2016 Mary Burton—Guest Speaker for Holiday Party


1/14/2017 Fiona Quinn—Making a Move: Characters Colliding in Our Plots

2/11/2017 Angele McQuade—Cash & Creativity: Good Finances Spark Creativity.        Linda Budzinski, Tina Glasneck, & Jessica Ruddick—Journey to Publication Panel.