E-Newsletter | Issue: 2023-01-25

President’s Letter

From the writing desk of Nicole R. Locker

Dear CRW Members,

It’s 2023, and we have a fresh new year packed full of things planned for CRW Members that your board and volunteers have been hard at work planning. I’m excited to see the work going on behind the scenes to make this a spectacular year for everyone.

If you want to see what some of that looks like, take a look at our first quarter Board Minutes held earlier this month. If you’d like to get involved and be a part of the behind-the-scenes action, there’s still time to break into the inner circle.

New Members

Please join me in extending a big, warm welcome to our newest members of CRW:

  • Nancy Lucas
  • Barbara King
  • Katalin Lang
  • Renee Ann Miller

Please be sure to join our next New Member Welcome meeting to find out what CRW offers and ask any questions you may have about your new membership.


Sunday, Feburary 12, 2022 – 4:00 p.m. ET | 3:00 p.m. CT | 2:00 p.m. MT | 1:00 p.m. PT
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New! February Writing Challenge

CRW has a brand new feature for members: the monthly Writing Challenge. You set your own word count goal for the month and report your new word counts at the interval of your choosing (daily, weekly, hourly, etc.). We’ll tally the overall goal at the end of the month, but you can see the progress as updates are reported throughout the month. Encourage other members to hit their goals and get encouragement from them!

Click here for more information and to get signed up for February.

Join the CRW Accountability Group

With the new year comes a new emphasis on goals and how we work to reach them. If you haven’t already, come join the CRW Accountability Group, led by CRW Member Tanya Agler.

CRW Roundtable Discussion: Reconnecting With the Joy of Writing

Mark your calendars for our upcoming CRW Roundtable Discussion: Reconnecting With the Joy of Writing.

We’ll join panelists Jen Graybeal, Tanya Agler, Katrina Marie, and others as they lead the discussion on the difference between being burned out and being on fire for our writing, and how we can get back to the latter. In true Roundtable fashion, this is an open discussion, and we hope you’ll attend and share your questions or best advice for others.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
8pm ET | 7pm CT | 6pm MT | 5pm PT
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Call for 2023 Virtual Conference Session Proposals/Sponsors/Door Prizes

CRW is currently taking submissions for Session Proposals, Conference Sponsorships, and Door Prizes for the 2023 CRW Virtual Conference. If you’re interested in any or all of these, we’ve linked to them below.

Want to be a Conference Speaker?

Become a 2023 Conference Sponsor

Donate a Conference Door Prize

New! CRW Merch Store

Hop on over the the CRW Merch Store to see our new CRW branded T-Shirts. Share photos in our Facebook Group when you get yours and put it on!

Coming Up in 2023…

Here are a few things to look forward to this year as a CRW Member!

  • March 1 – 31: Stiletto Contest
  • March 1: Fall Mentor Program (applications March 1-14, working in pairs March 15-May 10)
  • July: Camp NaNoWriMo
  • July 29 – 30: 2023 CRW Virtual Conference
  • September 1: Spring Mentor Program (applications September 1-14, working in pairs September 15-November 10)
  • October 1 – 15: Taking Nominations for 2024 Board Elections
  • October 16-31: 2024 Board Elections
  • October 15: NaNoWriMo Group Opens
  • November 1 – December 10: A Novel Celebration submissions open

We also have an in-person Writing Retreat coming your way this year. We’ll send out an interest form soon, so be on the lookout!

Event Calendar

Writing Sprints

Join in on our CRW-led writing sprints. We share reminders in the member Facebook Group and Slack.

Every Tuesday: 9am ET | 8am CT | 7am MT | 6am PT
Sprints with Tanya on Zoom

Every Wednesday: 5:30am ET | 4:30am CT | 3:30am MT | 2:30am PT
Sprints with Cheryl on Zoom

Every Thursday: 1:00pm ET | 12pm CT | 11am MT | 10am PT
Sprints with Nicky on Zoom

Every Friday: 11am ET | 10am CT | 9am MT | 8apm PT
Sprints with Dayna on Zoom

Every Saturday: 12pm ET | 11am CT | 10am MT | 9am PT
Sprints with Michelle on Zoom 

Want to run sprints at a different day/time? Let us know!

Upcoming Workshops

Invest in your own growth as a writer this year! Here is the lineup of workshops we have for February 2023. Members attend at a discounted price!

Workshop TrackCRW Member PriceNon-Member Price
General Track (Craft, Business)$20 CRW Member$30 Non-Member
Advanced Track$30 CRW Member$40 Non-Member
Members OnlyFREE for CRW MembersN/A
January 28 – 4 PM ET | 3 PM CT | 2 PM MT | 1 PM PT
Organization and Productivity
Lynda Rees
February 1 – 28
Writing a Series with Cassandra Carr
Cassandra Carr
February 4 – 1PM PT | 2PM MT | 3PM CT | 4PM PT
Planning and Goal Setting
Jen Graybeal
February 11 – 1PM PT | 2PM MT | 3PM CT | 4PM ET
Writing Outside Lived Experiences
Tracee Garner
February 25 – 1PM PT|2PM MT|3PM CT|4PM PT
Finding Your Ideal Reader
Rona Gofstein

Member New Releases

Have a new release? Share it on our site and in an upcoming Member Newsletter here, and be sure to take a look at all the new books from CRW members published in 2023.

About That Night
Author: Jennilynn Wyer
Release Date: January 17, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.jennilynnwyer.com
The Valentine’s Do-Over
Author: Michelle Lindo-Rice
Release Date: January 24, 2023
Author Websitehttp://www.michellelindorice.com
Repostioning: Lost Love, Found
Author: Jeanine Lauren
Release Date: January 31, 2023
Author Websitehttps://jeaninelauren.com

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