2019 upcoming Workshops



Presenter: Sela Carsen

Location: Comfort Suites, Elm Hill Pike 

A writer decided that the world needed more fairy tales. That meant that more writers needed to know about how fairy tales are put together. So she made a workshop…

Covering narrative structure, as well as themes, archetypes, style, and interpretations, we'll spend our time dissecting fairy tales all the way from OUAT to the HEA.

Bio: Sela Carsen was born into a traveling family, then married a military man to continue her wandering lifestyle. With her husband of 20+ years, their two teens, her mother, the dogs, and the cat, she's finally (temporarily) settled in the Midwest. Between bouts of packing and unpacking, she writes paranormal and sci-fi romances; steamy, sweet, or in between; with or without dead bodies. Your pick.  



Presenter: AJ Scudiere /Savannah Kade

Location: Comfort Suites, Elm Hill Pike

This workshop will cover a basic Q&A of how to deal with death and bodies in your books. It's a must for mystery and suspense writers and something you probably need for most other genres as well. I'll cover what happens after death and how scientists and investigators determine time and manner of death. We'll figure out how to get away with murder, unless you're writing the detective? Then we'll make sure you catch them! This workshop will let you know what TV got wrong, what actually works, and where the science is going in the next decade. Hopefully it will spark some creative ideas and get you going on your next book!

Bio: AJ is a believer that magic is just science we haven’t yet figured out. She holds an MS in Human Forensic Identification as well as another in Neuroscience/Human Physiology -- or as she calls it “nerdgirl.” A firm believer that the best suspense relies on clues that were there all along and characters who stay smart all the way through the story, AJ works hard to get readers to “turn just one more page.” With over thirteen books out, AJ’s works have garnered Audie nominations, options for tv and film, as well as over twenty Best Suspense/Best Fiction of the Year awards.

August - Ask the Editor, A Q&A with Ami McConnel


Presenter: Ami McConnell

Location: Comfort Suites, Elm Hill Pike

Details Coming Soon!

Bio: Ami McConnell is a Nashville-based writer and editor. She has served as both Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of Howard Books at Simon & Schuster and as an acquiring editor for HarperCollins. She’s edited numerous New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and award-winning trade books. McConnell served on the Advisory Board of The Buechner Institute at King College and is an active member of the Women’s National Book Association. She founded and directs WriterFest Nashville. She’s also the co-author with Candace Cameron Bure of the USA Today bestseller Kind Is the New Classy (HarperCollins).

SePtember EVENT - A Day with Author Whitney G.


Date: 9/21/2019, 9am -5pm

Location: Comfort Suites, Elm Hill Pike

Cost: $45 (MCRW members), $60 (non-MCRW members) - cost includes lunch 

Open to MCRW members only until August 1,

then open to all.

Registration Closes: Date TBD 

Join us for a day full of intensive workshops (and good times!), presented by New York Times bestselling author, Whitney G. Topics to be discussed cover marketing, packaging (branding, cover, blurbs), working with your backlist, and more. Closer to the event, a short survey will be sent to attendees, requesting specific areas of interest and where participants are in their careers, and this information will then be used to customize the day.

Bio: Whitney G. is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author. Her books have been published in twelve languages. Whenever she’s not penning a novel, you can find her playing Taylor Swift & Ariana Grande songs on repeat, drinking endless cups of hot coffee, or traveling the world in search of her next story idea.  You can find her on her at whitneygbooks.com, and Instagram via @whitneyg.author. 

MCRW will have a room block available. Stay tuned for the code and for lunch options as well.

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October Monthly Meeting


Coming Soon!



One month of information and hands-on support while you learn fantastic techniques that will serve you for years to come.

Take the pain out of writing three simple paragraphs. Arm yourself with the weapons of creativity needed to grab a reader’s attention and drag them between the covers of your book. 

Get the inside scoop on what a reader wants/expects/needs from about a hundred and fifty words on the back of your book.

Not self-publishing? No worries, use your great story description in a query letter instead! Show off your writing chops in a very special way. Give the agent you’re querying concrete evidence that you know how to sell your book.

Bio: Presenter Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series. Novels filled with mystery, suspense, adventure, psychic abilities, and romance. Think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy. Kickass women and the men who dare to love them. 


November Monthly Meeting


Coming Soon!

December - Annual Christmas Party


Location: Comfort Suites, Elm Hill Pike

Join us for our annual Christmas Party! There's lots of food and a Dirty Santa bookswap. Stay tuned for more info.