Programs

Our MMRWA programs are held at a different restaurant 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.

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2020 Programs

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


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 -- Nancy Gideon
Brewster's Junction, 5135 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

A Series of Fortunate Events

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

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

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

Want feedback on your query?

We will have a panel of three MMRWA published authors who will give their honest, helpful feedback to get your query noticed by an agent or editor. Published Members Kellie Parker, Lyssa Kay Adams, and Linda Bradley will make up our panel.


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

Nobody Does It Like A Cowboy!

Dukes and Lords and knights and kilt-donned Scottish warriors of the Regency genre might fill bookshelves, but those arrogant heroes can’t compare to the quiet, humble heroism of the American cowboy, to whom bravery came naturally - not just to impress others or earn a fancy title or to be dubbed a knight. “Nobody does it like a cowboy” says it all, in a hundred different ways. Rosanne will explain many of those ways and why the American cowboy, or cowboy-type of the Old West, keeps her going back to the computer – 73 books and counting.


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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