Contemporary Romance Writers 2018 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:

  • November 1-28, 2018: The Actual How of Making Time to Write – Project Management for Writers with Merien Grey
  • November 1-28, 2018: Dialogue: The Story Driver with Robb Grindstaff
  • November 1-28, 2018: How to Write More Engaging Sex Scenes with JoSelle Vanderhooft
  • January 4-31, 2019: PTSD for Fiction Writers with Kathryn Jane
  • January 7-25, 2019: Openings–Starting Your Story Right with Alicia Rasley
  • January 7 – February 1, 2019: Marketing Time Management for Authors with Deborah Magnus
  • February 4-28, 2019: Beyond Filing off the Serial Numbers: How to Adapt your Fanfic into an Original Story with JoSelle Vanderhooft
  • March 4-29, 2019: Using Your Words for Effective Marketing (Branding and Pitches) with Deborah Magnus
  • April 8-14, 2019: Even Superman Had A Day Job with Maggie Wells
  • April 1-26, 2019: How to Self Publish Successfully While Working Full Time, Raising Children, and Remembering to Feed the Dog with Casey Clipper
  • April 1-26, 2019: The Well-tempered Sentence: Line Editing for Authors with JoSelle Vanderhooft
  • May 1-28, 2019: Back Cover Copy “Shoot Me Now!” with Kathryn Jane
  • 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 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 5-30, 2019: Overwriting Oh Nos! Trimming Your Prose the Painless Way with JoSelle Vanderhooft
  • September 2-27, 2019: THE BIG, FAT, AUTHOR MARKETING Q&A with Deborah Magnus
  • September 10-23, 2019: Nab Your Reader On Page 1 With Your Suspense Novel with Casey Clipper
  • October 1-25, 2019: Writing Mental Illness with JoSelle Vanderhooft
  • 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
  • November 5, 2019: How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon (WEBINAR) with Penny Sansevieri
  • November 1-27, 2019: Novellas and How to Knock ‘Em Out Fast with Ivy Quinn

Past Workshops




October 1-28, 2018

Focus on the First Five with Robb Grindstaff & Samantha Bond

About The Workshop:

Are you ready to submit your work to an agent or publisher? Want to ensure your work has the best chance to impress? Then you’d better make sure your fist few pages sing. We all know that publishing professionals receive thousands of submissions each year and they’re often so busy that if your work fails to grab them in that first page or two, they won’t persist past that. Sending your work out into the world is a harrowing experience, but if you get those first five pages right, it has a far better chance of success.

The focus of this workshop is to get those first five pages in top shape to immediately hook agents and publishers. We’ll do it at the group level through online forum discussions, and at the individual level through focused feedback from the presenters to each participant. It’s like a mini-manuscript assessment at a micro price! 

The workshop will start with a technical lesson on what the writer needs to do in first five pages. The macro elements will focus on issues such as character, genre, setting, time period, introductory hook, introducing the romance, posing the story question and whether to include a prologue or not. The micro elements will focus on elements of style and students will receive a critique of their strengths and weaknesses as part of their submission feedback.

Participants will be given a week to absorb the lesson and discuss online and with the presenters before revising their WIP. They will then submit their five pages for an individual critique from either Samantha or Robb (the presenters will divide the work equally). Work will be sent back, participants given an opportunity to revise, and then resubmit for a final assessment. Presenters will also encourage participants to share work, questions, and advice on the forum to support one another in making their work submission-ready.

About The Instructors:

Author and editor Robb Grindstaff has worked with the written word in one form or another since the high school student newspaper. Along with a career in journalism as an editor and newspaper executive, he’s also spent years writing, studying, and learning the art and craft of fiction. For the past ten years, he’s edited fiction and non-fiction manuscripts for published, agented, and emerging writers.

Samantha Bond is a reformed corporate lawyer, now writer and public servant. Her creative work has been published in numerous national literary journals, anthologies and magazines. She has an Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing winning the award for Highest Overall Achievement for her graduating class, and now teaches in that course. Samantha also writes reviews for the Indaily and Glam Adelaide and between these two publications, has had over 200 reviews published. Samantha does freelance corporate writing work as well as creative writing mentoring and if you’d like her services, she’s contactable through her website Finally, Samantha is a busy mum of two littlies, is an unapologetic chocolate addict, believes that Buffy would so slay Edward (which perhaps shows her age) and is a writers’ festival groupie.

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October 1-28, 2018


EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS For You and For Your Writing with Kathryn Jane

About The Workshop:

Skills for your characters, and for your own life.

There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who knows what to do next. Don’t let an unexpected emergency stop you or your heroine in your tracks. Information and practical exercises will help you be prepared, even if your emergency is between the pages of the book you’re writing.

About The Instructor:

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. 

She is a certified Public Safety Communicator, trained in Emergency Preparedness, as well as Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Airport dispatch.

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