Speaker Schedule

2020 Speaker Schedule

If you have any questions about any of our upcoming meetings, please use our Contact Us Page.

Jan 4, 2020 – Genre Straddling with Tina Gabrielle

It’s a tough market. Authors are realizing the benefit of writing in different genres and not putting “all your eggs in one basket.” This workshop will discuss diversifying, the pros and cons of using different pen names, websites, and social media. The cozy mystery market will also be discussed as well as tips on how to add a dash of mystery to your romance to create unforgettable characters and increase conflict.

BioTina Gabrielle, also published as Tina Kashian, is a bestselling author, an attorney, and a former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. As Tina Gabrielle she writes adventurous historical romances for Entangled and Kensington. Tina’s romances have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady of Scandal, was nominated as Best First Historical Romance by RT Book Reviews. As Tina Kashian, she writes the Kebab Kitchen culinary cozy mysteries for Kensington. Her debut cozy, Hummus and Homicide, spent six weeks on the B&N bestseller list. Tina grew up vacationing at the Jersey shore where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She still lives in NJ with her supportive husband and two daughters. Please visit her websites to join her newsletters, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more! www.tinagabrielle.com or www.tinakashian.com

Mar 7, 2020 - TBD

This program is being designed as we speak. Stay tuned for the specifics!

May 4, 2020 - TBD

This program is being designed as we speak. Stay tuned for the specifics!

Sep 12, 2020 - TBD

This program is being designed as we speak. Stay tuned for the specifics!

Nov 7, 2020 - TBD

This program is being designed as we speak. Stay tuned for the specifics!

Feb 1, 2020 – Messenger Marketing for Authors with C.L. Mecca

Messenger marketing, specifically utilizing Facebook Messenger bots, is a powerful new method of digital marketing. Unlike email, Messenger is instantaneous, conversational and interactive. With over 1.3 billion Facebook Messenger users, the power of a chatbot is unlimited. With average open rates over 95% and click-through rates upwards of 80% or more, messenger marketing can be a robust addition to any author’s marketing toolbox. Utilizing a character for the bot voice, readers become more heavily invested in them and the story than with static marketing techniques such as email or social media posts. Cecelia will offer an overview of the service provider she utilizes for messenger marketing, ManyChat, along with best practices for getting started.

Bio: Cecelia Mecca is the author of historical romance and also writes paranormal romance as C.L. Mecca. Cecelia first published The Thief’s Countess, book one in the now complete 11-book Border Series, in 2017. Six months after her debut novel, she left her 20-year career as an educator to write romance full-time. Armed with a PhD in Curriculum and Literacy which now collects dust in her basement, Cecelia takes readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles in medieval England and Scotland. She also has her hands full at times with the ultimate bad boys– sexy, wealthy and swoon-worthy vampires. Our Highlander-loving, vampire-writing author and mother of teens can be found in Northeast, Pennsylvania, chai in hand, thinking up new ways to tame both medieval and paranormal playboys. She is firmly House Stark and Gryffindor.

Apr 7, 2020 - TBD

This program is being designed as we speak. Stay tuned for the specifics!

June 6, 2020 - Informal day of craft and business!

With no speaker scheduled, we can let our collective hair down and break off into small groups to brainstorm, share, and plan.

Oct 3, 2020 - TBD

This program is being designed as we speak. Stay tuned for the specifics!

Dec 2020 - Members' Holiday Party - Date and Location TBA

Every year we get together to celebrate the holidays with food, friends, and a fabulous gift exchange. This is a members only event. Guests are not permitted. 

 

Each year, VFRW members enjoy a slate of programs from a varied and highly skilled group of speakers.

We plan our programs to ensure we touch on all the elements important to Romance writers:

  • Craft (lessons on the mechanics of character and plot, voice, and style),
  • Business (topics focused on publishing, marketing, and taxes),
  • Industry (updates on the publishing world and specific areas of interest to writers.)

 

Curious about our prior speakers and topics?

Check out our 2017 and 2018 speakers.

 

Many of our speakers are current or former members of VFRW.
We would be happy to recommend any of our previous speakers — feel free to use our Contact Us Page to ask for more information.