MeetingsNote:If you have signed up for a meeting and need to cancel, please e-mail SFA.RWAMembership@gmail.com.
Meetings are held at Chevys - Emeryville,
1890 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA 94608; (510) 653-8210.
Registration starts at 8:30 am, the meeting starts at 9:30, and the program starts at 10:00.
Pre-pay is now available using PayPal. Click the button below the meeting and follow directions. Payment at meeting by cash or check is also still accepted. Members must register by 5:00 PM the Friday before the meeting to receive the reduced rate. Registration and pre-pay ends at 5:00 PM Friday. Drop-ins are welcome Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis.
September 10, 2016 - Sharon Hamilton
New York Times bestseller Sharon Hamilton walks us through her journey from fledgling self-published author to national bestseller.
Oct 1 – Special all-day writers workshop—how to make your book shine for editors and readers
Given by Harlequin Romance/HarperCollins, sponsored by SFA-RWA, Silicon Valley RWA and Sacramento Valley Rose RWA at the Hyatt House in Emeryville. The event includes: A limited number of pitches with a Harlequin editor as well as a dedicated group submission blitz, continental breakfast and lunch.
Register Here.The code for the membership discount is RWAHQ100
October 8, 2016 - Zoe Archer and Nico Rosso
Wife and husband romance writing team, Zoe Archer (also writes as Eva Leigh for Avon) and Nico Rosso, will lead the group in a craft workshop on finding your plotting process.
Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zoë Archer (AKA Eva Leigh) brought romance into his life in more ways than one. He’s created sci-fi and post-apocalyptic romance worlds, as well as working with his wife on the steampunk Ether Chronicles series. His paranormal Demon Rock series brought you satyr rock stars and the Muses who feed them. With the romantic suspense Black Ops: Automatik series, he takes you into the deep dark world of secret operations designed to protect the innocent. When he isn’t writing, Nico works in the shop creating furniture and hammering on other projects for the house he shares with Zoë and their two cats in the central coast area of California.
Eva Leigh is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Wicked Quills of London Regency romance series. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the '80s. She also writes as Zoë Archer. Eva and her husband, romance writer Nico Rosso, live in Central California.
November 12, 2016 - Catherine Bybee
How to increase newsletter subscribers and build a strong street team
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating from high school, she moved to Southern California with hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite series as well as the Weekday Brides series.
December 2016 - Holiday Party - Members Only
January 14, 2017 - Writing a reporter into your next book? Get it right.
A panel of print, TV, and online journalists tell us how we’re getting it wrong.
February 11, 2017 - Kristan Higgins
RITA-award-winning and NYT bestselling author Kristan Higgins will lead the group in a craft workshop on writing dialogue.
Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and received numerous starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus, and Romantic Times. She is a five-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction.
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