Contemporary Romance Writers 2019 Workshops

Unless stated otherwise, workshops take place on closed Groups.IO Forums and are $15 for CRW Members, $25 for RWA Members, or $35 for Non-RWA Members. For more information, contact the VP of Workshops.
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Mark Your Calendars For:

  • May 1-28, 2019: Back Cover Copy “Shoot Me Now!” with Kathryn Jane
  • May 1-28, 2019: Seriously Creative: A Life Coach’s Approach to Productive Writing Success with Laura Gates-Lupton
  • May 1-30, 2019: Romancing the Holidays – Writing Holiday Romances that Sell with Rebekah R. Ganiere
  • May 1-30, 2019: Plot Bunny Rodeo… How to wrangle those plot bunnies into a story that works, using brainstorming and outlining with Leslie Scott
  • June 3-28, 2019: Schmoozing 101 with Jacqui Jacoby
  • June 4, 2019: Help my book isn’t selling! What can I do? (WEBINAR) with Penny Sansevieri
  • August 1-28, 2019: Horses for Fiction Writers with Kathryn Jane
  • August 5-16, 2019: Get More Done with Mary E Thompson
  • August 5-10, 2019: From Austen to Aliens – How to Create Classic Tough Chicks with Jacqui Jacoby
  • September 1-30, 2019: Making Your Characters Come Alive -3D Characters Your Readers Will Love with Rebekah R. Ganiere
  • September 2-27, 2019: THE BIG, FAT, AUTHOR MARKETING Q&A with Deborah Magnus
  • September 9-20, 2019: Self Publishing: Easy as ABC with Meredith Bond
  • September 10-23, 2019: Nab Your Reader On Page 1 With Your Suspense Novel with Casey Clipper
  • October 1-28, 2019: Self Editing “How’d I Miss That?” with Kathryn Jane
  • October 1-28, 2019: Write The Effing Book: Using Plotting Techniques to Start and Write Your Book with Mary E Thompson
  • October 1-28, 2019: Psychology 101 for Writers with Margaret Bates
  • November 5, 2019: How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon (WEBINAR) with Penny Sansevieri
  • November 1-27, 2019: Freedom and Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers with Cathy Chant
  • November 1-27, 2019: Novellas and How to Knock ‘Em Out Fast with Ivy Quinn

Past Workshops




March 4-29, 2019

Using Your Words for Effective Marketing (Branding and Pitches) with Deborah Magnus

About The Workshop:

Using Your Words for Effective Marketing!

This intense workshop is designed to teach authors the power of succinct communication for book marketing, no matter how, where or why you market. It’s wonderful to have written an 85,000 – 100,000 word manuscript, but only if you can distill that into a tiny 25 words will you find the most success with it! Polishing your perfect core 25-word power pitch helps you find publication, build that all-important branding, gain reviews, interviews, speaking engagements, unique location events, and so much more. This workshop includes:

  • The RIGHT 25 Words
  • Sound Bites that Bite Harder
  • Query (for anything) Punch
  • Press Releases
  • Branding in 25 Words

About The Instructor:

Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach with thirty-plus years professional background in marketing, advertising, and public relations. She has been a writer for print, television, and radio. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and she has been a ghostwriter for several clients. Her nonfiction—FINDING AUTHOR SUCCESS, CROSS MARKETING MAGIC FOR AUTHORS, and the newest, WRITE BRAIN/LEFT BRAIN— teaches authors how to bridge the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author.

For over a decade Deborah has been working with authors to help them find sales success. She produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She teaches online and live workshops, clinics, and boot camps. She writes an author marketing industry blog and coaches authors, one-on-one, for sales success. In 2018 she developed Author Marketing Tool Products to help authors reach marketing goals easier.

Deborah belongs to several writing and professional organizations. She has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years.

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April 1-26, 2019:


How Can I Self-Publish Successfully While Working, Raising Kids, & Finding Sleep? with Casey Clipper

About The Workshop:

In today’s world of two income families, it’s difficult for authors to find the time to write, publish, promote, and market while having to raise children, cook, clean, shop for essentials like food, because the kids want to eat, pay bills, work a full time and/or part time job, as well as the ten million other things we must juggle.

How do you self-publish a novel and make money off that novel while tackling all the above listed tasks…and sleep? Well, it’s not easy and this workshop isn’t to tell you that it is. But, this workshop will help guide you through working out the kinks in your daily life schedule and system to help you succeed in finishing that manuscript and hit the publish button, all while nothiring out an assistant and handing off your hard-earned book money to someone else.

Lesson 1 – Recognizing your goals and the reality of yoursituation in meeting those goals.

Lesson 2 – Learn when to say when, when it comes to your home life and your manuscript and/or book. And learn when to catch some Zzz’s.

Lesson 3 – Setting time aside for the essentials like promoting, marketing, and most important – writing.

Lesson 4 – Do you have a plan? If not, let’s get you one. This is extremely important to accomplish your goals you set in lesson 1.

Lesson 5 – Project management. Do you try to work on too many book projects at once and don’t get anywhere with any of them? Prioritize what you can work on and what’s most important to your goals from lesson 1.  

Lesson 6 – Social media. You don’t need to be everywhere. Learn where you need to be and what’s not necessary and learn how to plan ahead.

Lesson 7 – Who you need to hire out and who you don’t. Where to put your money and where not to.

Lesson 8 – Final lesson – You deserve to have a book life, leave the guilt outside.

*Bonus lessons may be included in this workshop, based on workshop attendees needs.

About The Instructor:

Contemporary Romantic Suspense Author Casey Clipper is from Pittsburgh, PA. She’s a noted sports fanatic, chocolate addict, and has a slight obsession with penguins. Casey works full time as a secretary for one of the busiest outpatient physical therapy offices in Western PA and her schedule is not a set 9-5. She has learned how to work full time while also self-publishing and in 2016 became an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author. All while doing the work on her own, not having an assistant or social media assistant. Casey serves as president of the Contemporary Romance Writers of America and has served as vice president of the Three Rivers Romance Writers. She’s an active member of the CRW, TRRW, and NEORWA chapters. Learn more at

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April 1-26, 2019


The Essentials of Plotting and Characterization with Tambra Nicole Kendall

About The Workshop:

In this four-week course, we’lll discuss how to plot, what keeps it moving, and how storytellers pull readers into their fictional world and keep them there. We’ll learn point of view, story structure, pacing, world building, how to connect the beginning, middle and end, and more.

About The Instructor:

My summers were spent at the public library nestled in the corner with a stack of musty books. It was here that I discovered historical romance, category romance, and Nancy Drew. While dreaming amidst the many tomes at the Beech Grove Public Library I realized my life’s passion: I wanted to write books to make people as happy as books made me. 
I’m a lover of hot tea, hot coffee, and chocolate. 
I’m a Whovian, a fan of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Worst Witch, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. My favourite movies include James Bond and documentaries, especially those with Dr. Lucy Worsley. The art of Brian Froud, Beatrix Potter, and Tasha Tudor.
My publishing credits include nonfiction: magazine, newspaper and trade publications as well as a specialty children’s book on ADHD I wrote, illustrated and published. 
I’m a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and I have an Associate of Arts in English from San Jacinto College.
Throughout the year, I teach online creative writing courses. You can find the information on my blog and website. Learn more at

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April 8-14, 2019


Even Superman Had A Day Job with Maggie Wells

About The Workshop:

I just want to spend my days writing. 
Who among us hasn’t said something along those lines? But, for many of us, this dream may never be a reality. Not because we lack the drive or talent to be successful, but because life is messy and complicated. And even if we get the chance to spend a few magical months with unlimited writing time on our hands, it doesn’t always work out the way we imagined.
Whether we are caregivers or wage slaves, there’s a good chance that the bulk of our time is spent doing something other than writing. Trying to launch a writing career in tandem with another career can be as frustrating and exhausting as taming curly hair in a heat wave. 
Or so I’m told.
But balancing a day job with a thriving writing career isn’t impossible.
In Don’t Quit Your Night Job, I will explore various methods of goal-setting, writing practices (journaling, morning pages, sprints, group writing, and dictation), motivational tools (word counts, small bites, scene-by-scene, the beauty of leftovers) and practical tips on working revisions, edits, and marketing into the equation. 
We’ll also talk about windows of creativity, time management, setting boundaries and priorities, and refilling the well. Special focus will be placed on tapping energy reserves, finding ways to de-stress and refresh, and using writing challenges and your author support networks as both a safety net and a springboard to success.

About The Instructor:

By day, Margaret Ethridge is buried in spreadsheets. At night, as Maggie Wells, she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. With thirty-nine novels and novellas published, Margaret/Maggie (you can just call her Mags) has almost ten years of experience in juggling demanding day jobs and the constant nagging of her muse. 
Margaret is represented by Sara Megibow of KT Literary. She is published with Sourcebooks, Kensington/Lyrical Press, Harlequin-E, and Carina Press, and is in the process of indie publishing her small press backlist.
A Central Illinois native and Illinois State University alum, Mags lived in and around Chicago for twelve years before she met and married a slow-talking southern gentleman. They now live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where people like to tell her she “talks funny.”
The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, you only have to scratch the surface of this mild-mannered married lady to find a naughty streak a mile wide. Mags has a passion for college football, processed cheese foods, and happy endings. Not necessarily in that order.

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