2019 upcoming Workshops

September EVENT - A Day with Alexis Daria and Christina Hovland

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Presenters:

Alexis Daria & Christina Hovland

Location

Comfort Suites, Elm Hill Pike

2521 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN

Date

September 21, 2019

Time:

9am -4pm


Cost

$45 (MCRW members)

$60 (non-MCRW members)

cost includes lunch 


Registration Closes: Sept 7, 2019 


Join us for a day full of intensive workshops (and good times!) with presenters Alexis Daria and Christina Hovland. From craft to branding and platform building, to marketing, Alexis and Christina will offer in-depth information for every writer no matter where they are in their career. For more information, click on the graphic above to go to the September Event page on this site.


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

October – Facts and Fiction on Mental Illness for Fiction Writers

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Presenter: 

Erin Clancy

Location: 

Comfort Suites Elm Hill Pike

2521 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN

Date:

October 19, 2019

Time:

10:00am


With 1 in 5 people living with a mental health problems, writers will at some point be tempted to write a character that is 1 in 5. In this workshop, Erin will talk about why you shouldn’t be afraid to write a character with a mental illness and how to do it correctly. She’ll lay out the facts and fiction society and writers run into in the course of portraying these characters, and there will be a quick lesson on stigma and how our writing can end it or add to it. She will also take a quick look at the most common disorders and what you need to know to start writing them. 


Bio: Diagnosed at age twelve with early onset bipolar disorder, Erin Clancy began the obstacle course of life with mental illness. She’s spent the last sixteen years in a game with her disease. Most days she’s the victor, but sometimes the disease wins because it’s not who she is, it’s something she has. After being told for years post diagnosis to keep her mental health status a secret, her natural contrary personality wasn’t a fan of the notion. She has spent the years since sharing her personal struggles in the hopes of educating and offering support. Ending the stigma and shame of mental illness is one of her missions in life. When she’s not on her soapbox she can be found nerding it out with super husband, reading snuggled with her furry dictators, also known as the family cats, or working as a hospital switchboard operator. Erin is drawn to writing characters with mental illnesses while rocking out to her mental illness inspired playlist.

OCTOBER ONLINE WORKSHOP - TAKING THE PAIN OUT OF BLURBS, PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS, AND PITCHES

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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 - focus on the membership

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Presenter: 

Everyone in attendance

Location: 

Comfort Suites Elm Hill

2521 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN

Date:

Nov 16, 2019

Time:

10:00am


The November meeting will be a two-part meeting, held for the purpose of shining the spotlight on every member of MCRW. The first hour will consist a longer business meeting, a portion of which will be conducted as a round-table discussion, to help ensure success for the chapter in the coming year(s). Topics to be discussed are those such as chapter goals, both short term and long term, programming, outreach, finances, promotion of MCRW, etc. The second hour of the meeting will then turn to direct member feedback and critique done on anonymous submissions. Attendees are encouraged to submit two opening pages of their current work (or up to a two-page synopsis or a query/blurb). Pages will then be read out loud by a moderator, and attendees will provide constructive criticism—all of which should be given in a positive and encouraging way.


NOTE: For the second half of the program, after a submission is read out loud, if the author wishes to share that it’s their work, they’re allowed to do so. Otherwise, pages will remain anonymous. 

Pages should be submitted to Kim at kim@kimlaw.com BEFORE Nov 13. 

December - Annual Christmas Party

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Location: 

Comfort Suites Elm Hill

2521 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN

Date:

Dec 14, 2019

Time:

10:00am


Join us for our annual Christmas Party! This year it's Blind Date with a Book combined with the naughty Dirty Santa twist. Attendees should bring a wrapped book - fiction, non-fiction, craft, etc... - and make sure the genre/subgenre is clear on the wrapping.  Guests will pick a book and the Dirty Santa game will commence!


This is a pot luck event and a sign up sheet will go out a few weeks before.