Programs

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 before or after the program.

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

R.S.V.P. Below

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2020 Programs

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

Due to COVID-19 our "in-person" monthly meetings and programs have been suspended until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 


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

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

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

Nancy Gideon - A Series of Fortunate Events /postponed

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 -- Julie Sturgeon, Editor
Arctic Breakaway, 501 Coliseum Dr, Chelsea, MI 48118

Zoom Virtual Program

Four Career Sabotages Sneaking Up on You in 2020

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 -- Alyssa Alexander
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

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 -- Three-Person Panel Query Review
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 -- Rosanne Bittner
Brewster's Junction, 5135 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

How Conflict is the Key to Goal and Motivation

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 -- Elizabeth (Betty) Meyette
Peppino's Sports Grille & Pizzeria, 1515 Eastport Dr, Kentwood, MI 49508

Marketing Can Be Fun. No, Seriously!

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


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