GDRWA meets the third Tuesday of every month except for July and December.
7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Royal Oak Senior Center
3500 Marais Road
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
March 21, 2017
Bio: After twenty-five years at Harlequin, Mary-Theresa Hussey (aka Matrice) opened up her editorial consultant business as Good Stories Well Told. She’s taken her editorial expertise working on NYT bestsellers, USA TODAY bestsellers, and just plain wonderful stories to the wider publishing world, and has been working with debut authors, self-published authors and publishing houses on everything from query letters to multi-stage complete edits. She’s still living in NYC but loves the mobility of her new job as well. She blogs occasionally (GoodStoriesWellTold.com), tweets every so often (@matrice), and reads frequently.
What an Editor
Program Description: Beyond a well-written book and perfect author, there are a few things that will make a working relationship with an editor easier. In this discussion, Mary-Theresa Hussey will share the hard-earned wisdom of twenty-five years in traditional publishing and two in freelance editorial consulting.
April 18, 2017
Bio: Contemporary Romance Author Elizabeth Harmon enjoys reading and writing stories with a dash of different. The author of the Red Hot Russians sports romance series, and an active member of RWA, she has conducted workshops for libraries and RWA chapters on a variety of topics, including first drafts, National Novel Writing Month, manuscript editing and business planning. Her articles and blogs have appeared in Romance Writers Report, on USAToday’s Happy Ever After, Romance University, Romance at Random, Read A Romance Month, NaNoWriMo.org, and many more. Currently, she is a regular contributor to The Verbs by Pronoun. Visit her online at www.romancewriter-girl.com.
Falling For Beta
Program Description: Alpha heroes are might be top dog, but they aren’t the only hot topic in Romance Land. From nerds in shining armor, to wrong-side-of-the-tracks charmers, readers and writers are falling hard for sweet and sexy Beta heroes.
May 16, 2017
June 20, 2017
Bio: Award winning author Donna MacMeans made a wrong turn many years ago when she majored in Accounting at Ohio State University. What was she thinking? Balancing books just can’t compete with crafting plots and inventing memorable characters. She finally broke free from her life as a CPA to write witty and seductive Victorian historicals for Berkley Publishing in what can only be described as her dream job. She now self-publishes many of her books.
Her books have won numerous awards including the prestigious Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America, and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Historical Love & Laughter, as well as recognition in many regional contests (including Between the Sheets many, many years ago). She writes Historical Romance and Paranormal Romance. Her books consistently receive high praise and glowing reviews.
She’s the current and former Treasurer for RWA and encourages you to contact her if you ever have any concerns about the organization.
Donna lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband of forty+ years, her adult daughter, and a devil cat with a fondness for ankles. She loves to dance, cooks with copious alcohol, and is working on a decade long counted cross stitch project. Oh yes, she can rip a phone book in half! Please contact her at www.DonnaMacMeans.com
How to Make Your Readers Love Your Characters
Program Description: Emotional attachment is the secret handshake to a publishing contract. No matter what the genre, in order for a reader to care about a story, they must care about the characters. Screenwriters use rooting interests to create an emotional attachment between the viewer and the movie character. Let me show you how to do the same thing in a novel. With an enthusiastic delivery and entertaining presentation, I will introduce you to rooting interests, show you how they work and how they are used on the big screen. Then we’ll go into detail on how they are used in novels with examples from award-winning romances.
“I heard from a friend who went to M&M this past weekend that you might be pitching your Rooting Interests workshop for RWA nationals next year. I really hope RWA approves the workshop, because it's awesome! You gave the workshop at our local RWA chapter in Jacksonville, Florida, quite a while ago. I still pull out my notes from time to time while revising my books, and they never fail to inspire me.” Lena Diaz (published with Avon & Harlequin)
Comments from past attendees of this workshop:
“Thank you so much for taking the time to compose the material for the Rooting Interests workshop. What you broke down and explained made me see my characters in a completely different perspective and revolutionized the way I wrote going forward. After applying the workshop to my own writing, I entered in three contests the following year. I won first place in two and finaled in the other, then last November I signed with my agent. I truly feel the changes I applied to my manuscript after taking your class played into that incredible success. I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me and for my writing.”
July - No Meeting (RWA Conference)
August 15, 2017
Bio: Best selling author, Beth Yarnall writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious tweet. For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and co-owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons always seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more about Beth and her stories please visit her website www.bethyarnall.com.
Going Deep Into Deep Point of View
Program Description: Have you ever read a book that grabbed you on the first page and pulled you through the whole book almost nonstop to the end? Did you have a difficult time putting it down? Did you lose sleep, miss your train or bus stop or put off work so you could stay in the world the author created?
September 19, 2017
October 17, 2017
Bio: Karen Reid is an Associate Editor with Harlequin Superromance. Karen began her career at Harlequin in 1999 as a proofreader and joined the editorial team in 2001 working as an editorial assistant with Superromance. Since then she's worked with the Feature & Custom Publishing group, as well as on the Worldwide Library mystery and suspense programs, and the Gold Eagle action/adventure line. Rejoining the Superromance team in 2012 brought Karen full circle, and she's been enjoying every minute of it! When not looking for the next great romance author or fine-tuning a happy ending, Karen enjoys hanging out with her two boys, watching way too much TV and keeping up with the latest celebrity gossip (her guilty pleasure).
Discussion on Craft
Program Description: challenges of writing sex scenes, the road to getting to contract, and representing the male and female voice in romance fiction.
November 21, 2017
Critique night – plan to bring 5 pages of your current MS for friendly and constructive feedback.
December- No meeting. Holiday Party!