Blogging in 2016! Sign up now.

Hello CRWA Members,

Can you believe it’s already December? We hope you’ve had a great year of writing!

As the new year approaches, we would love to fill up our blog calendar. All chapter members are welcome to blog.

Below is a list of suggested topics by month, but if you’ve got your own idea, that’s great too. You can find more information here.

PANorama posts will appear on the last Sunday of each month, and are a chance for our chapter PAN members (PAN stands for Published Authors Network, a professional designation within RWA open to members who reach a certain level of sales) to visit the blog to share some of their wisdom and expertise. If you’re a PAN Member, please consider volunteering.

If you have any questions, please be in touch!

Please put CRWA Blog 2016 in the subject line of your email.


Melissa (aka Melina)

melissadespina @


  • Goal Setting for the new year
  • Self-Editing Tips/Techniques/Methods That Work
  • PANorama – Goal and Motivation


  • Important Characteristics of Your Heroine
  • Valentine’s Day & The Importance of Love
  • PANorama – Voice


  • Writing a Hero to Fall In Love With
  • Giving and Receiving Critiques
  • PANorama — Strong Secondary Characters Who Don’t Steal Your Story


  • Building Strong Internal and External Conflict in Contemporary Romance
  • Character Arc – How to Make Your Characters Grow
  • PANorama — Writing a Series


  • Villains We Love/Despicable Characters
  • Common Contemporary Vocations (Writing the doctor/nurse, military, business mogul / secretary, cowboy, etc.)
  • PANorama – Comedy and Humor


  • Building Strong Internal and External Conflict in Contemporary Romance
  • Types of Conflict in Contemporary Romance Today
  • PANorama – Character Flaws


  • 4th of July – The American Heroes – Writing military/rescue heroes or heroines
  • Conference Tips
  • PANorama – Relationships with Editors and Publishers


  • Research, History, Fact-Finding Missions
  • Including Travel in your Writing
  • PANorama – Story Structure


  • Balancing Your Writing Life / Day Job Life / Family Life
  • Writing Process – Are You a Plotter or Pantser?
  • PANorama – Antogonists. . . Why we need them


  • Preparing for & Surviving NaNoWriMo
  • Halloween – Incorporating Paranormal Elements in Contemporary Romance
  • PANorama – Writing Your Protagonist’s Best Friend


  • Share Your Successful Query Letters
  • Surviving NaNoWriMo / “Don’t Look Down” Drafts
  • PANorama – Writing is Hard. Why Do We Do It?


  • Writing for the Holidays
  • Looking Back at Your Year of Writing

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