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:

  • March 4-16, 2019: How to Design and Teach an Online workshop with Cathy Chant
  • March 4-29, 2019: Using Your Words for Effective Marketing (Branding and Pitches) with Deborah Magnus
  • 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 Essentials of Plotting and Characterization with Tambra Nicole Kendall
  • April 8-14, 2019: Even Superman Had A Day Job with Maggie Wells
  • 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 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
  • 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



February 4-8, 2019

Word for Writers with Meredith Bond

About The Workshop:

As a writer, using Microsoft Word is practically a must. While there are a few free programs that have similar features, Word is the most commonly used program there is. But are you using all of the features it boasts? Some? Any? Too many writers don’t know how to use even the most basic tools that Word provides for them. But you can and it’ll be so incredibly easy even the most tech-fearing writer will be using them with ease by the time they’re done with this class.  

Topics covered include:  

  • Styles 
  • Find & Replace 
  • Page breaks vs. Section breaks 
  • Tracking and Proofing tools 
  • Creating a Table of Contents 
  • Finer details including putting in pictures, drop caps, margins & page size and a discussion on fonts. 
  • Formatting for Print on Demand, Smashwords and Draft2Digital. 

About The Instructor: 

Meredith Bond is an award-winning writer of Historical and Paranormal romance. She also formats and edits books for indie-authors and has been teaching writing, formatting, and publishing since 2008. You can find out more at her website: or meet her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.  

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February 4-28, 2019

On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place with Cathy Chant

About The Workshop:

It’s often said that your opening chapters are the hardest part of a book to write. Why? Because you’re trying to do so much in that small area–convey the setting, introduce characters, set up the conflict–that it’s easy to get bogged down in too much unnecessary information. It’s also very easy to lose sight of where your story actually begins and end up with opening chapters filled with backstory and character history that are better used elsewhere in the book.

On Your Mark, Get Set will help you pinpoint where your story really begins and help you cull that extraneous back history from the opening, saving it for where it really matters, the rest of the book.

Over the course of five lessons, you’ll explore character backstory and GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) and use them to pinpoint your story’s inciting incident (a.k.a the true beginning of your book). Each lesson includes a writing exercise and instructor feedback.

About The Instructor:

Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults.

Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at her alma mater Boston College before becoming a full-time writer. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year and provides instructional articles on computing, gaming and crafts to different websites.

Catherine is currently working on a new young adult suspense novel, and the next book in her Soul Mates series.

You can connect with Catherine here at her website, on Twitter @Catherine_Chant or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels.

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  1. Suzanne T. Smith - December 8, 2018 Reply

    I’m trying to (1) sign up for Alicia Rasley’s class on story openings, and (2) I’d also like to join this chapter because I write contemporary RS (I’ve been a RWA member since 1993). BUT I’d like to use my credit card or send a check for payment–I avoid PayPal as much as possible (any organization that saves that kind of info can be hacked!). Can you help me? Thanks……. Suzanne T. Smith

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