Workshop Calendar


September 9th

Annual Meeting & Ten Tweaks to Perk Up Your Prose

AM: Annual General Meeting

PM: Ten Tweaks to Perk Up Your Prose with Joanna Bourne and Grace Burrowes

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Northside Branch
705 West Rio Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

10:00am: Doors Open

10:30am: Meeting Begins

2:00pm Afternoon Workshop Begins


Ten Tweaks to Perk Up Your Prose

Award-winning authors Joanna Bourne and Grace Burrowes share craft secrets that will polish your prose without wrecking your revision schedule.

Grace Burrowes has been nominated for RWA’s RITA six times, and been a awarded best book of the year by Kirkus, The Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and iBooks. She writes contemporary, Regency, Georgian, Victorian and Scottish romance in novel and novella lengths, and loves to hear from readers and writin’ buddies.

Joanna Bourne lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with her family, a medium-sized mutt and a faux Himalayan cat. She writes Historical Romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars. She’s fascinated by that time and place – such passionate conviction and burning idealism … and really sexy clothes.





October 7th (*SPECIAL DATE & TIME*)

Twin Hickory Library

5001 Twin Hickory Road

Glen Allen, VA 23059

Meeting 9am-1pm

Due to brevity of time we will go right into the meeting when the doors open.

Guest Speaker: Sherry Thomas

INTERGENRE FORTIFICATION:  What makes a mystery a page-turner? Or a fantasy? And can you apply the same techniques to produce an unputdownable romance? Sherry Thomas shares what she has learned from working in several genres to help you craft a crackalicious love story.

Followed immediately by REVISIONS:  Few things fill Sherry Thomas with as much dread as a detailed critique coming back from her critique partner, who is dedicated, talented, and blunt. If she provides 500 comments, there might be three compliments and the rest must be dealt with one way or the other.  This is a story of survival. Of panic, torment, and the triumph–at times–of pure cussedness. 🙂


November 11th

Guest Speaker: Donald Maass

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


REGISTRATION REQUIRED and will begin in September 2017.


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.

3/11/2017 Madeline Martin—Crafting Your Critique & Abigail Sharpe—Write Tight: Eliminating the Unnecessary from Your Manuscript.

4/08/2017 Lori Wilde—Stepping Stones on the Path to Career Success

5/13/2017 Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literary Agency—Everything You Need to Know About Finding a Literary Agent

6/10/2017 Kit Wilkinson—The Power of Romance and the Women Who Write It