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Next Meeting April 17

Kimberly Kincaid on How To Write A Successful Novella! She will discuss the components of successful romantic fiction and how to apply those ingredients to crafting shorter works.

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Next Meeting March 20

Terri Brisbin speaks about hooks and how to use them! Hooks are parts of our stories that keep all the other story elements moving forward. Whether a plot point, an opening or closing sentence, an emotional stage or an expected pause, hooks grab the reader’s attention.

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Next Meeting February 20

No matter what genre your stories fall into -traditional romance, steamy love story, romantic thriller or suspense, historical fiction, inspirational – conflict drives the plot and action.

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Next Meeting January 16

Plotboarding with Diana Peterfreund. Learn how to visualize the structure and subplots of your novel for a seamless, balanced, perfectly woven story that keeps your readers enthralled all the way through.

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2014 Election Results

Congratulations and a big thank you to our Board, Committee Chairs and Liaisons for 2014!

Board of Directors:
President: Christi Barth
Vice President: Laura Thomson
Vice President Communications (includes publicity & website liaison & newsletter): Janet Mullany
Treasurer: Toni Picker
Secretary: Shelley Greene

*Publicity: Patricia Eimer
*Facebook Liaison: Leslye Reaves
*Twitter Liaison: Jamaila Brinkley
*Website Liaison: Leslye Reaves
Programming: Anna Genest and Donna Blake
Hospitality: Kira Decker and Kathleen Rybarczyk
PAN Liaison: Stephanie Dray
PRO Liaison: Loni Glover
Indie Liaison: Amy Villalba
Critique Group: Robin Covington
Online Workshop Coordinator: Eliza Knight
Baltimore Book Festival: Laura Kaye
Assistant BBF Chair: Lea Nolan

Next meeting November 21

Romance: It’s no laughing matter, with Janet Mullany. Why, and what, makes us laugh and what does this have to do with writing? In this workshop we’ll take a look at how and when to introduce comedy into romance to enhance the love story and conflict. more »

Your Chapter Needs You!

Please consider running for a position on our 2014 Board of Directors or chairing a committee. Here’s a list of the positions/members who are volunteering to run for office in our 2014 Election that will be held at the November 2013 meeting.

For more information on positions and nominations click here (requires yahoo login). The slate as of October 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm is as follows:

Board of Directors

President: Christi Barth
Vice President: Laura Thomson
Vice President Communications(includes publicity & website liaison & newsletter): Janet Mullany*
Treasurer: Toni Picker
Secretary: Shelley Greene

* Publicity: Patricia Eimer and Jamaila Brinkley
*Website Liaison: OPEN


Programming: OPEN
Hospitality: Kira Decker and Kathleen Rybarczyk
PAN Liason: Stephanie Dray
PRO Liason: Loni Glover
Indie Liason: Eliza Knight
Crit Group: Robin Covington
Online Workshop Coordinator: Eliza Knight
Baltimore Book Festival: Laura Kaye
Assistant BBF Chair: Lea Nolan

Baltimore Book Festival

Friday, September 27
12:00 pm Author Meet & Greet
  MRW Authors will be on hand for a casual meet and greet with readers. Come talk about books, receive promotional materials, and browse the Ukazoo bookstore!
12:15 pm Jane Austen Ficiton
  Leslie Carroll, Regina Jeffers, Janet Mullany
 1:00 pm Writing Historical Fiction
  Terri Brisbin, Stephanie Dray, Kate Quinn, Laura Tilley
2:00 pm Hot Paranormal Fiction
  Lisa Airey, Terri Brisbin, Joya Fields, Laura Kaye, Misty Waters, Rebecca York
3:00 pm Young Adult Paranormal Fiction
  Elissa Petruzzi, Moderator; Jennifer L. Armentrout, Brigid Kemmerer, Dawn Rae Miller, Lea Nolan
4:00 pm Putting the Suspense in Romance
  Robin Covington, Joya Fields, Regina Jeffers, Geri Krotow, Nancy Weeks, Rebecca York
5:00 pm Fantasy Elements in Romance
  Jennifer L. Armentrout, Catherine Asaro, Stephanie Draven, Vivi Dumas, Laura Kaye, Dawn Rae Miller
Girls’ Night Out at the BBF Sessions
6:00 pm Chocolate and Romance

Indulge your chocolate cravings with dark and delicious chocolate samples from MRW while authors talk about the entertainment appeal of romantic fiction and share readings from their latest works.

Christi Barth, Meg Cabot, Robin Covington, Laura Kaye, Christie Kelley, Eliza Knight

7:00 pm Fifty Shades of Hot
  Stephanie Draven, Megan Hart, Eliza Knight, Janet Mullany, Kate Poole, Damon Suede
8:00 pm BBF Closes for the Night
Saturday, September 28
12:00 pm Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult
  Elissa Petruzzi, Moderator; Jennifer L. Armentrout, Em Garner, Cheryl Klam, Brien Michael, Lea Nolan, Jeri Smith-Ready
1:00 pm Blogging About Books
  Moderator: Lea Nolan, Author
Andye Eppes, ReadingTeen.net, Jen Fisher, Jenuine Cupcakes/Young Adult Book Central, Hannah McBride, The Irish Banana Review, Stephanie Sinclair, Cuddlebuggery, Jillian Stein, Read-Love-Blog, Joy Harris, Joyfully Reviewed
2:00 pm Scottish Highlander Romance
  Terri Brisbin, Diana Cosby, Eliza Knight, Kate Poole
3:00 pm Writing Military Romance
  Robin Covington, Laura Kaye, Geri Krotow, Elisabeth Staab
4:00 pm CRAFT: Plotting vs Pantsing, OR How to Come Up with Your Story
  Christi Barth, Terri Brisbin, Diana Cosby, Joya Fields, Andrew Grey, Lea Nolan
5:00 pm No Holds Barred with Editors and Agents

Come prepared with questions you’ve always wanted agents and editors to answer. And, for the especially daring, come with 5 copies of the first page of your manuscript and the panelists will offer feedback on what works and what to work on! (Instructions: 1 page only! Typed, place name/email/title/genre at top, double spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 pt font; you may begin submitting your pages 30 minutes before session. It’s possible we won’t be able to get through all pages)

Lindsey Hemphill, Literary Agent, ICM
Treva Harte, Editor, LooseId
Mary Sue Seymour, Literary Agent, Seymour Agency

6:00 pm Writing Science Fiction
  Em Garner, Cheyrl Klam, PJ Schnyder, Misty Waters
7:00 pm LGBT Characters and Romance
  Stephanie Burke, Andrew Grey, Treva Harte, Brien Michaels, Jeri Smith-Ready, Damon Suede
8:00 pm BBF Closes for the Night
Sunday, September 29
12:00 pm The Craft of Writing
  Christi Barth, Kate Dolan, Stephanie Draven, Christie Kelley, Jean Murray
1:00 pm The Part-Time Writer
  Ann Arbaugh, Robin Covington, PJ Schnyder, Elisabeth Staab, Misty Waters, Laura Welling
2:00 pm Writing the Hot Contemporary
  AC Arthur, Christi Barth, Robin Covington, Andrew Grey, Laura Kaye, Kimberly Kincaid
3:00 pm Writing a Fiction Series
  AC Arthur, Kendra Leigh Castle, Andrew Grey, Brigid Kemmerer, Jean Murray, Elisabeth Staab
4:00 pm Writing Multi-Cultural and Interracial
  AC Arthur, Vivi Dumas, Robin Covington, Lea Nolan, Caridad Pineiro
5:00 pm The Paranormal Badboys – Vampires and Werewolves
  Kendra Leigh Castle, Vivi Dumas, Jean Murray, Caridad Pineiro, Elisabeth Staab
6:00 pm Author Meet and Greet at the MRW Tent
  Mingle with authors and get your last-minute book purchases from the Ukazoo Store signed
7:00 pm BBF 2013 Closes
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