2019 upcoming Workshops

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

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Presenter: 

Ami McConnell

Location: 

Comfort Suites, Elm Hill Pike

 2521 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 

Date: 

August 17, 2019

Time:

10:00 am


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 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: TBD 


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.

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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. 



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November Monthly Meeting

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Coming Soon!

December - Annual Christmas Party

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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.