Workshop Calendar


December 9, 2017

Members ONLY VRW Potluck Luncheon Party

Twin Hickory Recreation Center
5011 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059

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Guest Speaker: Avery Flynn
If You’re Not Freaked Out; You’re Doing It Wrong

Have you ever found yourself curled up under your desk? Perhaps you’ve considered taking a hammer to your laptop? Maybe you’ve eaten your weight in Oreos because it’s better than putting your fingers on the keyboard? Oh yes, the joys of writing. We know them well, don’t we? So, why do we do it when there are so many more productive things we could be doing like actually putting away the laundry or, you know, cleaning the shower grout with an enemy’s toothbrush? In this fun—really—and inspirational—oh man, we hope so—keynote address, USA Today best-selling author Avery Flynn reassures you that you’re not alone because if you’re a writer and you’re not freaked out, then you’re doing it wrong.

Avery Flynn is a USA Today bestselling romance author. She has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smart alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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January 13, 2018

Guest Speaker: Jane Friedman

Location: TBA

Publishing consultant Jane Friedman will teach you the principles and techniques for building your author platform—particularly online—and marketing and promoting your own work, whether traditionally or self-published, using the many new tools and platforms now available to writers.


BIO of guest speaker:

Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She has been interviewed and featured by NPR, PBS, CBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets. In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at Jane has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Past Meetings


11/9/2017 Donald Maass—The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Tell the Story Beneath the Surface

10/7/2017 Sherry Thomas—Intergenre Fortification

9/09/2017 Grace Burrowes  & Joanna Bourne—Ten Tweaks to Perk Up Your Prose

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12/12/15 Cathy Maxwell—Guest Speaker Holiday Luncheon

11/14/15 Mary Buckham—All Day Workshops

10/10/15 Valerie Bowman—Romance Novel Marketing 101

9/12/15 Jane Friedman—Write a Query That Gets Manuscript Requests

6/13/15 Kieran Kramer—Awards Luncheon Guest Speaker

5/09/15 Joyce Lamb—How to Get the Media to Fall in Love with You (and Your Book) Alleyne Dickens—Everything I Know About Pitching I Learned at the Dog Show (Part 2)

4/11/15 J.T. Bock—Some Assembly Required: A Whedonite’s Guide to Characterization

3/14/15 Avery Flynn—Street Team Savvy & Alleyne Dickens—Everything I Know About Pitching I Learned at the Dog Show (Part 1)

02/14/15 Mary Burton—Writing Your Novel One Draft at a Time (All Day)

01/10/15 Mary Behre—Writing Contests: Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck & Tracey Livesay—The Language of Romancelandia