Programs

Due to COVID-19 our "in-person" monthly meetings and programs have been suspended until further notice. We are meeting virtually via Zoom. Please note there may be a time change since we are not traveling. Be sure to check the time of each month's program. 

Are you a writer in Michigan?
Interested in joining our group or learning more about us?
If you'd like to attend one of our programs, please contact us at midmichiganromancewriters@gmail.com to get the invite link.

Thank you. 


Our MMRWA programs are held at different restaurants around the state on a rotating basis on the third Saturday of the month. A brief chapter business meeting occurs after the program.

11:30 am to 4:00 p.m.

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2020 Programs

(Note: There are no programs in January, April, July, and December.)


February 15 
Lansing area
Old Chicago, 1938 Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Flash fiction: what it is and how it can help us as novel writers

Allison Spooner

Flash fiction tells complete stories in less than 1,000 words and while it's her preferred medium (She has two collections published), it can be used as a tool to help anyone bust through writer's block and keep on writing.

This workshop will help you break down your book into smaller chunks, create better characters, get new ideas, edit your writing, and get more writing done using flash fiction.

We'll learn about Flash Fiction, get prompts, and do a little writing!


March 21

Kalamazoo area
Brewster's Junction, 5135 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

A Series of Fortunate Events /postponed due to COVID.

Nancy Gideon

Series sell. A basic truth. Every writers’ dream is to have readers hyperventilating for the next installment of their work. It’s not just a good idea, it’s an investment of time, pre-planning, and creativity. What makes a successful (or unsuccessful!) series begins before that first chapter is written. Join Nancy Gideon as she shares the building blocks to a series that sustains and sells.


May 16
Ann Arbor area
Arctic Breakaway, 501 Coliseum Dr, Chelsea, MI 48118

Zoom Virtual Program

Four Career Sabotages Sneaking Up on You in 2020

By Julie Sturgeon, Editor

Publishing a book has a few moments that might remind you of a horror movie: The main character always fails to see something they shouldn’t have missed and bam! They’re in a world of hurt.

We’ll take a look at ways your writing skills, deadlines, social media persona, and—yes, I’m going there—your age can become obstacles at any stage in your career. But unlike a horror movie, this ending features a much more positive twist.


June 20
Grand Rapids area
Peppino's Sports Grille & Pizzeria, 1515 Eastport Dr, Kentwood, MI 49508

Zoom Virtual Program

A Procrastinator's Guide to Productivity: How to Beat the Monster and Get Shit Done

Alyssa Alexander

Been working on the same manuscript for years without finishing it? Overwhelmed by the length of your publishing or marketing to-do list? Or are you just avoiding writing, even though you want to realize your dream? Author, consultant, and former board member of CCW and MMRWA, Alyssa Alexander discusses why we take the path of least resistance, the fear (and effectiveness) of deadlines, the habits that block us, and then provides practical tips to increase your productivity or writing time and get shit done.


August 15
Lansing area
Old Chicago, 1938 Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Zoom Virtual Program

Want feedback on your query or blurb?

We will have a panel of three published authors who will give their honest, helpful feedback. Get your query noticed by an agent or editor or polish your blurb to perfection.

Published members Kellie Parker and Linda Bradley and guest Lyssa Kay Adams will make up our panel.


September 19
Kalamazoo area 
Brewster's Junction, 5135 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Zoom Virtual Program

Conflict is the Key to Goal and Motivation

Rosanne Bittner

We’ve all heard about the Big Three to writing – Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. In plotting a story to involve all three, the key ingredient is the conflict. Rosanne will teach you some keywords to help you create both emotional and situational conflict in your stories, and how it’s that conflict that leads to goal and motivation.


October 17
Grand Rapids area 
Peppino's Sports Grille & Pizzeria, 1515 Eastport Dr, Kentwood, MI 49508

Zoom Virtual Program

Marketing Can Be Fun. No, Seriously!

Betty Meyette

You’ve written the book, now what do you do? Whether you’re traditionally published or self-published, much of the responsibility of making your book visible falls to you. From promotion hacks to SMART goals, marketing can be challenging, intimidating, and actually, fascinating. Here are strategies you can use today to get your book in front of readers tomorrow.


November 21 - 
MMRWA Holiday Party -- No program.
Schuler's Restaurant & Pub, 115 S Eagle St, Marshall, MI 49068


R.S.V.P.