August 2, 2021 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

August 4, 2021 (Wednesday) Evening Mini Session, 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Author Websites: From Blah to Boss

By Nate Hoffelder

An author’s website is their online office and storefront, but it doesn’t have to be a stodgy one. In this session, you will learn how, with just a little work, you can rapidly transform your author website from blah to boss. A good website doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars; your site can be as simple as a single page and still present a professional face to reviewers and help you connect with fans. It all starts with knowing what you want to do, and why.

Note: This session will have time for a Q&A, so please bring your questions.

August 14, 2021 Saturday program, 10am-noon Eastern

Amazon: Cracking the Code

by Keri-Rae Barnum

As an author, chances are good you’ve railed against Amazon at least once. From uploading files to figuring out HTML and navigating paid advertisement, publishing and selling books through Amazon is a process. And just when you think you’ve figured everything out, they go and change something on you. But, Amazon is responsible for roughly 50% of print book sales and 75% of eBook sales in the U.S. So, you don’t have to like Amazon, but you do have to figure out how to play nicely together. (And who’s to say you won’t fall in love along the way?)

In this session we will cover:
How to optimize your sales page on Amazon.
Why categories and ranking matter – and how to make the most of yours
Keywords – what they are, how to find them and what to do with them
Author Central – what it is and how to make the most of it

After this session you will have a deeper understanding of how Amazon works to sell your books, how to work with Amazon’s algorithms to naturally boost traffic to your sales page and how to use the tools available to you – both free and paid – to sell more books. Join us August 14th and learn to fall in love with all Amazon has to offer.

August 23, 2021 (Monday) mini-session, 7:00-7:45pm  Eastern

Introduction to Publishing

by K.S. Brooks

The different types of publishing will be covered, including traditional, vanity, predatory, assisted, and self-publishing. The class is designed to give writers an insight into the types of publishing available so they can make educated decisions on which method they would like to pursue while being aware of possible scams. A spotlight on self-publishing will include the production processes for two successful authors as well as the different platforms for publishing and distributing both eBooks and print books.

September 6, 2021 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

September 11, 2021 Saturday program, 10am-noon Eastern



Hoping to mix this one up a bit; details to come!

October 4, 2021 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

November 1, 2021 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

December 6, 2021 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

January 3, 2022 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

February 7, 2022 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

March 7, 2022 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

April 4, 2022 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

May 2, 2022 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

June 6, 2022 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

July 11, 2022 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

POSTPONED--new date to come

Brand Your Way To WOW!

By Lynne Silver

Whether you're just getting started or you already have a website, logo, and SWAG, this session will cover how to wow readers at your next book conference and on online with your visual brand identity. Learn about logo design and what you need from a graphic designer. If you are a graphic designer, learn more about best practices for your clients. Lynne will share insider secrets on how to get the most bang for your buck when ordering SWAG (Pro tip: it's more than simply looking at the closeouts at 4Imprint). This class was taught at the 2019 RWA national conference to great reviews.


July 15, 2021 (Thursday) mini-session, 7:00-7:45pm  Eastern

Scene and Sequel

by J. Keely Thrall

Folks throw the term "scene and sequel" around a lot, but what does it actually mean and how can it help our writing? In this mini-workshop, Keely Thrall breaks down the components of scene and sequel into building blocks and explains how knowing them can enhance both the drafting and revision processes.

Keely will deconstruct "January: Night One" and "January: Night Two" from WRW member Angelina Lopez's debut novel, Lush Money to show workshop attendees how Lopez' use of a tight scene and sequel structure powers the story forward.(Heat level warning: there's hot, open-door sex in this sample).

WRW members attend for free as a benefit of membership. All others are welcome to join this Zoom event for $5. The link to buy your ticket is

July 10, 2021 Saturday program, 10am-noon Eastern

How to Analyze the Books You Read

By Susan Meier

Susan Meier wrote How to Analyze the Books You Read years BEFORE the indie revolution in publishing. The advice turned out to be prophetic. To get and stay published you must know where your book fits, OR how to make your book fit, OR how to please readers so much it doesn’t matter if it fits, OR how to write consistently to a publisher’s needs or a line’s specifications, OR what it takes to blaze new territory. Because publishing romances successfully typically involves tropes, we believe we’re only looking at story when we analyze, but a solid romance writer also understands what constitutes beautiful writing, great plotting and the importance of conflict. And a smart writer also wants to know how to do all that WITHOUT PLAGIARIZING. Analyzing is not copying! All of that seems like a tall order, but it really isn’t. It simply involves learning how to read between the lines of the books you’re reading to understand how to decide the direction you want your own books to take. We’ll talk for an hour and a half and have a half hour for questions. But, trust me, you’re going to be glad you heard all this. 😊

WRW members attend for free. All others are welcome to join this Zoom event for $15. The link to buy your ticket is

June 22, 2021 (Tuesday) Evening Mini Session, 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Writer in Times of Stress: Dealing with Writer's Block and Accountability

By Meredith Bond

We are all dealing with an overload of stress these days, it's not surprising that it's affecting our writing too. Many authors have found relief through their writing, but what if you're not being able to focus? What if the words just won't come? Or somehow you simply find that you can't put yourself into that chair to even try? In this seminar, I'll go over all the different techniques you can use get back to work. Together we can work on getting you back to where you want to be--with your fingers on the keyboard and your characters and their stories living again.

June 12 and 13, 2021 (Saturday and Sunday) Two-day workshop

Crafting a Great Romance

By Eliza Peake

Crafting a great romance can be like putting together a thousand piece puzzle. Complex characters, romantic tension, and pacing are just a few of the pieces needed to draw the reader in and keep them turning the pages. How does one keep it all straight? With just a little bit of plotting and planning, it can be done, even for a pantser.
Eliza Peake will show you how to demystify the puzzle using the principles behind various story structure methods that have helped her plot faster and write a romance that will not only hook readers from page one until "The End" but leaves them wanting more.$25 for members and non-members alike.

June 9, 2021 (Wednesday) Evening Mini Session, 7:00 - 7:45 pm

The Feeling Arc: A tool for using character emotion to guide your story

By Lynda Sandoval

Join multipublished author and romance editor Lynda Sandoval to learn a new tool for keeping your story on track. During one particularly difficult revision, Lynda had an epiphany. When she nailed her character emotion, everything else fell into place: the middle no longer sagged, the conflict sang, and the ending provided the appropriate amount of “Ahhhhh.” So she started tracking her main character’s emotions in an arc format, which would tell her exactly where she veered off track. This is best used as a revision tool, which is Lynda’s favorite part of writing--more so since she became an editor!

May 26, 2021 (Wednesday) Evening Mini Session, 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Layer Your Story With Purpose

By JT Bock

Anton Chekhov was a master of short fiction. When crafting his stories, he removed anything irrelevant from the scene and left only that which served a purpose later in the story—a technique now called Chekhov’s Gun. Using examples from popular movies, we’ll see this tactic in action, understand how it works, and learn how to apply it and create a deeper connection to our readers. This tool is easy to use and will add another layer to your conflict and help bring your plot full circle for a satisfying ending.

 May 11, 2021 (Tuesday) Evening Mini Session, 7:00 - 7:45 pm

No Fear: Set Up Your Files to SERVE YOU

By Heather Maddix and Glori Medina

If your writing program overwhelms you--if you're uncertain about Track Changes--if you have the nagging suspicion that things could be running more cleanly in Word or Scrivener, you need Heather Maddix and Glori Medina!  More information to come on this mini-session.

April 10 and 11, 2021 VIRTUAL Retreat

All the info you need!

April 5, 2021 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

March 25, 2021 (Thursday) Evening Mini-Session, 7:00-7:45 pm

YOU Choose the Topic

Overseen by Pru Warren

Select your level to determine your discussion topics (not yet published, published, published with a large catalog) and then join a handful of others in a facilitated Zoom group with conversation starters. A chance to be social, maybe make new friends, share information, focus on what fascinates you (and has really begun to bore the rest of your family!) along with the people who absolutely share your interests. Pre-event sign-up required; more information to come.

March 13, 2021 (Saturday) 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Six Foundational Elements of Romance Fiction

By Jessica Snyder

Master the structural elements of character-driven fiction to write romance novels that readers love.

This course teaches romance fiction from a structural standpoint. You'll learn about goal, motivation, and conflict, which are the cornerstones of fiction writing. But then we dive deeper to cover character arcs, flaws, and stakes, which are vital in character-driven stories like romance. You'll understand how each element hinges on the others to build the infrastructure of your story and you'll gain the confidence to utilize these elements to improve your own books.

March 9, 2021 (Tuesday) Evening Mini-Session, 7:00-7:45 pm

Tips and Tricks for Writing a Series

By Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, and Mandy Roth

A trio of hugely-popular and best-selling authors comes together to discuss some of their tried and true tips for writing a romance series. They'll share some of the mistakes they've made in the past and now avoid. A "Must Attend" event! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE RECORDED.

March 1, 2021 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

 February 22, 2021 (Monday) Evening Mini-Session, 7:00 – 7:45 pm

Balance Is an Active Verb

by Keely Thrall

Join long-time WRW member J. Keely Thrall for an enthralling dive into time management (<wink>). We’ll take a look at our personal biospheres and examine how little changes in habit can add up to big rewards. It all starts with understanding not just who you are, but how and where you are. (And heck, let’s throw in why you are, too. Knowing why you write is no small thing.)

This presentation draws on the work of James Clear’s Atomic Habits, Becca Syme’s Write Better Faster Academy, and a slew of personality assessments from Gallup’s CliftonStrengths (also known as StrengthFinders) and Myers-Briggs to DISC and Gretchen Rubin’s the Four Tendencies quiz.

February 13, 2021 (Saturday) 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

A Crash Course in Online Advertising for Authors

By Laurie Cooper

Join Laurie from the Pub-Craft Team as she teaches you how to execute an effective promo push, including how to easily book ads online, cultivate your own network of useful contacts, use social media as a powerful promo tool, and engage in effective and affordable outreach and promotion.

Laurie has worked with hundreds of authors since the start of her boutique digital marketing agency in 2013, as well as helped 100+ authors hit the NYT and USA Today bestselling lists. Now, she’s here to teach you everything you need to super-boost your online promo power in a special intensive webinar:

How To Book Ads Online: Learn the basics of online advertising PLUS how you can prepare yourself to book ads like a pro.

How To Create Your Network Of Contacts: Learn how to start connecting with bloggers, readers, AND reviewers to build your network.

How To Affordably Promote Your Work: Learn three steps for effective and affordable outreach and promotion. You can do this!

This workshop will be presented online with dedicated time for Q&A. The speaker plans to respond to the specific concerns of the attendees ad spend a portion of the workshop answering questions. Ask any unanswered questions in Pub-Craft’s private FB group, #AskPubCraft

February 9, 2021 (Tuesday) Evening Mini-Session, 7:00 – 7:45 pm

39 Passwords: A Beginner "Self"-Publishes Her Novel

by Pru Warren

A nuts-and-bolts session for beginners interested in self-publishing. I’ll go over the shockingly large number of accounts needed to launch a career as a self-published author (39 so far!), and note the team of TWO DOZEN PEOPLE who helped to bring one small book into reality. Maybe by looking at what I did, you can do it more efficiently!

February 1, 2021 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

January 25, 2021 (Monday) Evening Mini-Session, 7:00 – 7:45 pm

The Legacy Kit: Prepping for Success and Beyond

by Jean Marie Ward

An overview of the SFWA Legacy Kit, which is designed to help writers safeguard their success and secure their literary legacy for their loved ones.

January 9, 2021 (Saturday) 10:00 am – noon

How to Pitch and Work with an Agent

by LaToya C. Smith

With almost twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, Latoya will share with you the tools you'll need to successfully partner with the right literary agent.

January 7, 2021 (Thursday) Evening Mini-Session, 7:00 – 7:45 pm

The Author Audit

by Tracee Lydia Garner

It's a brand new year. Let's audit your author career! I know that sounds painful, but it means more efficiency, more clarity, maybe even more time saving, money saving and better earning strategy. Sound good now? In this session, I'll quickly overview how to get your goals straight for your publishing career path, offer tools for increased efficiency, and help you make a plan to move it!

January 4, 2021 (Monday), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

December 12, 2020 (Saturday), 10am – noon

Join us for our annual holiday party; taking place in the virtual world this year! Games, giggles, and a fun and potentially profitable auction. All are welcome--but register early, as Zoom space is limited!

December 7, 2020 (Monday) Evening Mini-Session, 7:00 – 7:45 pm

Exercise Away Your Writer’s Block Demons

By Christi Barth

December 7, 2020 (Monday)  8:00 – 9:00 pm

After Christi's session, stay for the Board Meeting - all members welcome!

November 18, 2020 (Wednesday) Evening Mini-session, 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Promotions, Marketing, and What Now?

By Heather Roberts and Veronica Adams

Heather Roberts and Veronica Adams of Elle Woods PR will give their thoughts on the current market, where the sales are coming from right now, promotions and marketing concepts to focus on and what you should be doing to maximize your brand.

November 14, 2020 (Saturday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Better Way to Get Romantic Tension On Every Page

By Angie Hodapp

Conventional writing wisdom tells us we need to build scenes around goal and conflict. But the best scenes are really about change: what knowledge, skills, or resources do your characters have at the end of each scene that they didn’t have at the beginning, or vice versa? In this workshop, we’ll look at a new way to craft tension-packed scenes not in terms of goal and conflict, but in terms of change. We’ll learn to set up intriguing power dynamics between the characters in the scene (or between a lone character and their setting or situation) and let those dynamics guide the various ways the scene might unfold. And, because we're romance writers, we'll look specifically at what it takes to develop two protagonists and their emotional journey scene-by-scene. Finally, we'll look at how using the change-driven model of scene development can be a great approach to plotting and revision.

November 2, 2020 (Monday), 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Board Meeting - all members welcome!

October 25, 2020 (Sunday) 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Managing Author IP in the Digital Age

By Ethan Ellenberg

Digital Media has created opportunities and power for authors and other creatives that were unthinkable 20 (and even 10) years ago. The rise of audiobooks, a mature eBook market, a global market of readers, and social media that can connect it all together has shifted the power dynamics in the publishing industry.

With copyright giving authors exclusive rights to their work for their entire life plus 70 years, authors ought to think carefully about how to manage their intellectual property as they age and how they handle their now very valuable estates.

In this talk, I will use my experience s a long time agent to share tips, strategies, and tools that can help you manage these exciting but challenging developments.

October 22, 2020 (Thursday) Evening Mini-Session, 7:00 – 7:45 pm

What To Do When You Stop Believing In Your Own Characters

By Kathleen Gilles Seidel

Readers may select a book because of the meme, but they remember it for the characters.  Will your characters be the ones that they remember?

October 10, 2020 (Saturday) 10:00am - 12:00 pm

Seamlessly Weaving In Backstory (Without Stalling Out Your Story)

By TIffany Yates


Your characters don’t just spring to life fully formed at the beginning of your story. Ideally, if you’ve developed them fully, they are “real,” three-dimensional people with complex backstories and experiences that have shaped who they are at your story’s “point A,” and inform the journey they take in your manuscript. Yet how can you fluidly weave all that depth and complexity into your story without stalling pace and story momentum by getting bogged down in info dumps, flashbacks, or just too much exposition? In this two-hour webinar, learn practical techniques for developing and revealing who your characters were and are without slowing down the story of where they’re going.

October 5, 2020 (Monday) Evening Board Meeting, 8:00 - 9:00 pm

After Merry's session, the WRW Board will meet for their monthly meeting. All members are welcome to join.

October 5, 2020 (Monday) Evening Mini Session, 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC

By Meredith Bond

You know that you want to self-publish your book. All of your friends are publishing theirs and they make it seem so easy. Well, it is and you're going to learn how in this super-quick walk-through of how to self-publish your own book.

This course will walk you through every step involved in self-publishing your finished novel. From "I just typed 'the end', what do I do next?" to how you're going to let the world know what you've done (marketing), we'll cover exactly how you get your book out into the world. This 45-minute session is a variation on a ten-day detailed course I teach periodically at Savvy Authors and other RWA chapters.

September 23, 2020 (Wednesday) Evening Mini Session, 7:00 – 7:45 pm

Authors Helping Authors: Co-operative Marketing and Promotion

By Mindy Klasky

Multi-published author and WRW member Mindy Klasky will outline the various group promotions and highlight what used to work, what’s working now, and what we hope will work in the future. Models include small boxed sets, large boxed sets, a formally incorporated publishing co-op, a less formal publishing co-op, an online writers’ group of 100 authors focusing on career angst, an online writers group of 50 authors focusing on one specific (non-romance) genre, and a pseudo-imprint that brings together multiple authors with Harlequin-reverted titles.  At the end, Mindy will host a short brainstorming session and answer questions about other possible co-operative promotion models.

September 12, 2020 - Annual General Meeting

Time:  September 12, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Where: Zoom or Web Ex; to be determined

WRW is at a moment of transition. Your participation and enthusiasm can lift us up and help us create a network of fellow authors who can support and encourage each other on our quest for the Happily Ever After. Please plan to attend the Annual General Meeting to hear from your new board about our goals and hopes for the coming year. Results will be reported from the August general membership survey.

Following the Annual General meeting, please stay with us to take part in a valuable workshop:

The Path to Publication: Rocks, Ruts, and Rewards
Join USA Today Bestselling author Jennie Marts for a lively discussion as she shares her path to publication, her suggestions for juggling a hybrid career working for multiple publishers, and tips on how to increase productivity and focus to enhance your own writing career. 




August 3, 2020 Board Meeting

Time:  August 3, 2020 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Where: Zoom or Web Ex; to be determined

All members are invited to attend the Board meetings. To ensure you receive the online link, please send an email to




June 6, 2020 Meeting

Topic: Jessica Snyder Presents 10 Editing Hacks.

Time: Jun 6, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Where: Zoom

Meeting information, please check your email from WRW through the RWA loops or message WRW thru our Facebook Page.


Jessica Synder is a full-time corporate recruiter and a US Army veteran with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Intelligence Studies (like spies and military intelligence, not learning and psychology). She has a dog, likes to bake things that are very difficult and often French, and she's left the US every year since 1995 (except 1997). Jessica founded JessicaSynderEdits and loves helping authors understand the infrastructure of story - GMC, beats, three-act structure, character arc and all those other terms that writers and editors casually toss around but which may be terribly confusing still.

March 14, 2020 Meeting

March Meeting - Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Time: 10am - 3pm

Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20815

Panel: Siera London, Reana Malori and Xyla Turner

Topic: “Self Publishing and Building a Series that Sells"

Siera London is the USA Today Bestselling & Award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and crime fiction. She crafts stories of diverse characters navigating the challenges and triumphs to find lasting love. Intelligence, wit, emotion, drama, and romance are between the covers of every Siera London novel. Siera lives in Virginia with her husband, and a color patch tabby named Frie. She can be found online at or on
Reana Malori is a USA Today Bestselling Author books featuring sassy, beautiful black women, and the Alpha males who love them. Her stories focus on Interracial romance, with lots of steam to keep things interesting. A firm believer that LOVE in all its forms should be celebrated, her goal is to weave a story that brings the reader into her world, even if only for a short time. On any given day, you can find her reading a book from one of her favorite authors, or bent over her laptop working to bring you more goodness. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and has two very handsome sons. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, or you can send her an email at Website:
Xyla Turner is a USA Today Bestselling and multi-award-winning romance author. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a dedicated educator. Outside of reading, Xyla likes to spend time with her family, catching up on her favorite shows and travelingl as much as her schedule permits. Xyla is a member of Romance Writers of America, the New York and Cultural, Interracial, Multicultural Chapter. Visit her page:


February 8, 2020 Meeting

Washington Romance Writers - February Meeting
Saturday, February 8th, 2020.
Time: 10am - 3pm
Speaker: Kathryn Johnson

Topic: “How to Write a Lot…and Still Have a Life.”

This program is based on the 8-week course (The Extreme Novelist) offered at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda. Students learn the many ways they can make time in even the busiest life to write daily, establish a writing “habit” and complete a rough draft of a full novel in 8-10 weeks. The text by the same name that is used for that course will also be available for sale during the program. The tried-and-true tips and tricks Kathryn shares with other writers have enable dozens of authors, whether novice or experienced, to be more productive and learn to work to completion—even under challenging conditions.

Kathryn Johnson (aka Mary Hart Perry and Kathryn Jensen) is the author of over 40 traditionally published novels. She has been nominated for the Agatha Award, and is a winner of the Heart of Excellence and Bookseller's Best Awards. In addition to teaching at The Writer’s Center, she designs and produces writing courses for The Smithsonian. She is the founder of a writer's coaching and editorial service: with clients throughout the U.S.

Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20815

Romance Appreciation Lunch

5th Annual Hearts to You
Readers, Bloggers, Librarians, and Lovers of Romance Appreciation Event

When: February 16, 12 to 3 pm
Where: Maggiano’s at Tysons Corner Galleria (on Metro Sliver Line) 

Join over 20 Washington Romance authors for an intimate lunch full of fun games, prizes, and much more! Find out how they come up with story ideas, develop characters, and get inspired for those steamy scenes as we celebrate romance writing with the people that make it all possible – you!

Last event sold out – Limited author registration

If you want to attend as an author:
– Get exposure to over 100 readers, bloggers, and librarians
– Meet and talk to 24 guests during a progressive 3-course lunch
– Name, links, and book highlights in program and in some advertisments
– Author donates 10 books
– Feel free to bring swag to add to gift bags
– Bring one gift basket for raffle

If you want to attend as a guest:
– Sign-up as a reader
– All WRW and RWA members are welcome to attend as guests


– Readers/Bloggers/Librarians: $35

– WRW Authors: $55

– RWA Authors: $65

Cost includes a three-course lunch, non-alcoholic drinks, raffle tickets, swag bag, and door prizes. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

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