Meetings & Programs

Our MMRWA meetings/programs are held at a restaurant on a rotating basis on the third Saturday of the month.

11:30 am to 3:30 p.m. (approximately)

R.S.V.P. Below

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2019 Meetings & Programs

January 19
 No regular meeting / Yearly Board Meeting in Marshall

February 16
Kalamazoo-- Tina Radcliffe: The Romantic Arc
Brewster's Junction, 5135 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

March 16
Lansing- Share Your Work! (Bring the first 3 pages of your WIP and get feedback from chapter members.)
Dusty's Cellar, 1839 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

May 18
Grand Rapids - Workshop in a box-- "Dark Heart: The Root of Character" by Damon Suede, Peppino's Sports Grille & Pizzeria, 1515 Eastport Dr, Kentwood, MI 49508

All characters have pain in their past…a backstory which drives them inexorably into turmoil, jeopardy, and high-stakes choices.  Fatal flaw, motivation, wound, scar, trauma, mistake, shadow, ghost…no matter what you call it, that inner void never stops sucking. Accessing your characters’ darkness and danger dramatizes scenes and maximizes emotional legibility. Join us for a two-hour RWA Workshop in a Box which teaches you to tap your story’s power and bring any character to life.

June 15
Lansing - Heather Novak -- "On Marketing"
Dusty's Cellar,1839 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Ever get overwhelmed with trying to create your author brand? Not even sure what a brand is? Heather Novak is here to help.

Everyone has a brand—it’s just whether you’re working for it or it’s working for you. Join Heather as she teaches you how to grab the reins and get your brand under control. This workshop will teach some simple tricks to help you take the brand you have and launch it into something that works as hard as you do.

She’ll talk about working on a strong bio, how to tackle social media (groan), how to cater to your readers, how to make sure your banners, swag, and books all promote who you want to be as an author, and much more!

July 13
No general membership meeting  or program due to RWA National - Contact Greta if you wish to schedule a Write-In

August 17
Kalamazoo- "State of the Industry" Panel Discussion,
Brewster's Junction, 5135 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

September 21 
Marshall - "I wrote myself into a corner, now what do I do?" Writers helping writers problem-solving session.
Schuler's Restaurant & Pub, 115 S Eagle St, Marshall, MI 49068

October 19
Grand Rapids- Workshop in a Box- “Markicity 101” (a marketing workshop presented by RWA’s Marketing and PR Manager, Jessie Edwards),
Peppino's Sports Grille & Pizzeria, 1515 Eastport Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Workshop in a Box: Markicity 101
 Presented by: Jessie Edwards, RWA Marketing and PR Manager
Congratulations, your book will soon be in the world for readers to enjoy! Now is not the time to sit back and relax, though--how will readers know your book is available to be enjoyed if you haven't told anyone about it? In this workshop, we will discuss a basic overview of where to start in terms of marketing and publicity, or "markicity."  We'll take a look at your most important marketing and publicity tools, community-building strategies, pitching--your book and you, how to determine what to spend your time on, as well as some tips for working with a traditional publisher to enhance their efforts.

  • What is Markicity?
  • Most Important Marketing Tools
    • Website
    • Email newsletter
  • Building Community
    • How important is social media?
    • Networking
    • Reader groups/street teams
  • Pitching you vs pitching your book
    • Reviews
    • Trend pieces
    • Blogs
  • Hiring a publicist
  • Events
  • Working with a traditional publisher on publicity + marketing
    • Timeline
    • Expectations
    • Helping your publisher help you

November 16
MMRWA Holiday Party - There is no program.
Schuler's Restaurant & Pub, 115 S Eagle St, Marshall, MI 49068

December 14
Satellite locations- Write-Ins - More Information TBA