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2013

Normal Schedule

Networking: 12:00 to 12:30
Business meeting: 12:30 to 1:30
Speaker: 1:30 to 3:30.

January 19, 2013
The Norwich Township
Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard OH 43026

Noon-12:30 - Networking
12:30-4:00 - Annual Business/Budget Meeting

Annual Business Meeting

January 26 Workshop
Donald Maass
Fire in Fiction Workshop
Holiday Inn
7007 North High Street,
Worthington, Ohio 43085
Holiday Inn Worthington

8:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM Workshop

Speaker: Donald Maass

The workshop will teach writers how to infuse their stories with deep conviction and fiery passion, create characters whose lives matter, utilize multiple-impact plot turns, and use personal experiences to create powerful fiction.

February 16, 2013
The Norwich Township
Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard OH 43026

Networking: 12:00 to 12:30
Business meeting: 12:30 to 1:30
Speaker: 1:30 to 3:30

Topic: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Grammar But Were Afraid to Ask"

Speaker: Matthew Hinds

Do you ever find yourself hung up on grammar or mechanics when you write? Are you concerned that your work lacks the technical polish that tells your reader you're a professional? Would you rather go to a dentist with a mean streak than sit through a grammar lesson? Re-frame your approach to the writing craft by connecting word functions to structure and refresh your toolbox with new understandings of grammar, usage, mechanics, style, and more. It's everything you wanted to know about grammar but were afraid to ask-so bring your questions, problems, and pet peeves!

Speaker Bio:
Matthew Hinds was born with a minor abnormality: the third of his human brain that should have absorbed useful things like emergency phone numbers, recipes, and basic math filled instead with loves of linguistics, language mechanics, and writing of every kind. It wasn't until his graduate studies in English at Wright State University that he gave up being a grownup and committed to becoming a fiction writer. By day, he works as a copy editor and web programmer for Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, and by night, he takes to the street, fighting comma splices, bad adverbs, and passive voice. He enjoys love stories and cheesy superhero metaphors.

March 16, 2013
The Norwich Township
Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard OH 43026

Networking: 12:00 to 12:30
Business meeting: 12:30 to 1:30
Speaker: 1:30 to 3:30

Nita Sweeney, M.F.A., will speak to the group about finding balance in your life with time for writing and keeping the joy in your writing.

April 13, 2013
The Norwich Township
Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard OH 43026

NOTE TIME CHANGE
Networking: 11:30 to Noon
Business Meeting: Noon to 1:00
Speaker: 1:00 to 2:00
Editor Pitches: 2:00 to 3:30

Kerri-Leigh Grady is the editorial director of Flirt and Ever After for Entangled Publishing. She will discuss industry trends and what Entangled is looking currently looking for.

Entangled was founded by industry-savvy authors and backed by a successful media corporation, Entangled Publishing utilizes a bold new business model that bridges the gap between traditional and indie publishing. They use a model across all departments at Entangled, which means everyone from the copy editor to the marketing director has a financial stake in the books published. If you don’t make money, they don’t make money.

Kerri-Leigh has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where she studied urban fantasy, horror, and romance. And tortured the faculty. Who are glad to see her gone. Kerri-Leigh Grady loves to sink into happily-ever-after tales and blow-up-all-the-things tales, especially when her testosterone-loaded house has hit its monthly limit of athletic socks and slapstick.

May 18, 2013
The Norwich Township
Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard OH 43026

Networking: 12:00 to 12:30
Business meeting: 12:30 to 1:30
Speaker: 1:30 to 3:30

Norwich Township Fire Department Tour - Members will get an up close and personal tour of the fire station and have the opportunity to ask questions about the firefighting profession.

June 15, 2013
The Norwich Township
Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard OH 43026

NOTE TIME CHANGE
Networking: 11:30 to Noon
Business Meeting: Noon to 1:00
Speaker: 1:00 to 4:00

Candice Hern, award-winning author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, will present a workshop on using deep third person point of view (POV) to enhance characterization. She will then discuss "Ladies' Magazines of the Regency Period." She has degrees in Art History from the University of California and was as Director of Marketing Operations for a software company. Her award-winning website is often cited for its Collections and its Regency era information. It is the only author website listed among the online resources at the Jane Austen Centre in England, and has also been referenced by the Museum of London.

July 13, 2013
Grandview Heights Public Library
1685 W. 1st Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212

NOTE TIME CHANGE
Networking: 12:00 to 12:30
Business meeting: 12:30 to 1:30
Speaker: 1:30 to 4:00

Caridad Piñeiro® is a multi-published and award-winning author of paranormal, suspense, erotic and contemporary stories. Caridad's CHICAS novels, including her seventeenth release, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN from Simon & Schuster's Downtown Press, have garnered praise from both fellow authors and reviewers and are helping to make Latina fiction a vital part of the publishing mainstream. She will present two workshops, one on world building and the other on dialogue.

August 17, 2013
The Norwich Township
Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard OH 43026

Networking: 12:00 to 12:30
Business meeting: 12:30 to 1:30
Speaker: 1:30 to 3:30

Romance Writers of America National Conference Recap

September 14 Workshop
(no monthly meeting)

Marriott Courtyard West
2350 Westbelt Drive
Columbus OH 43228

FALL WORKSHOP
Details and Time: TBA

Speaker: Hallie Ephron, suspense writer, teacher, and reviewer, will be the featured workshop presenter with an emphasis on suspense.

October 19, 2013
The Norwich Township
Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard OH 43026

Time: TBA

 

Alicia Rasley, teacher, author, editor, and noted workshop presenter, will give several craft workshops (topics TBD).

 

November 16, 2013
The Norwich Township
Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard OH 43026

Noon-12:30 - Networking
12:30 to 1:30 - Business Meeting
1:30 - 3:30 - Speaker

Casey Daniels (Constance Laux), author of the popular Pepper Martin cozy mystery series, will give pointers on how to write a series and specifics of the cozy romance genre. Casey has a degree in English, experience as a journalist and writing teacher, and lots of ideas for more Pepper Martin mysteries.

December 8
Members Only Christmas Party

Date, time and location TBA

Members Only Christmas Party

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