Speaker Schedule

2021 Speaker Schedule

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

Jan 2021
Feb 6, 2021 – Siera London: Workshop in a box from RWA about how to write a book fast.
Mar 6, 2021 - Sheila judge training.
Apr 3, 2021 - Write Better-Faster - Becca Syme

Are you stuck or stalled in your process? Stuck in a book? Can’t plot? We’re going to focus on customizing your systems and your writing life for you. You will leave the class with a set of strategies and tactics that will help you do your best work, be your most productive, and accomplish your writing goals. You will also receive a strategic coaching session with the instructor who has fifteen years of coaching experience and has coached thousands of writers (and other creatives), with a Master’s Degree in Transformational Leadership.

bio:

Rebecca is also the founder of Write Better-Faster classes helping authors use psychometric and productivity strategies to find each individual’s best writing strategy. She is a certified Strengths Coach for Gallup. 

Rebecca was nominated for a Genesis Award in Contemporary Romance and has won several writing contests in historical romance, young adult romance, and contemporary fiction. She has taught classes in food writing, world building, social media, newsletters, leadership transitions, and writing techniques, and has held chapter leadership positions in multiple RWA chapters. True to her Montana roots, Rebecca’s heart will always be on the farm.

May 1, 2021 - Denny Bryce

Book Marketing: Online all-the-time or what? With in-person author events such as conferences, in-store launch parties, and book club gatherings on hold, how can authors do the best job possible in advertising, marketing, publicizing, and engaging readers? What’s the difference these days in publicizing and promoting indie book authors vs. traditionally published authors? Or has this line blurred? Let’s discuss how a 2021 marketing plan looks in light of the pandemic. This presentation will share ways to develop a business plan, better understand how to use the current popular social media platforms, and provide tips on using CANVA to create a graphic strategy that will grab attention (in the best possible way). 

And remember: The POWER IS IN THE PLAN!

Denny Bryce bio:

An award-winning author, Denny S. Bryce won the RWA Golden Heart® and was a three-time GH finalist, including twice for WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES, her debut novel. She also writes book reviews for NPR Books and entertainment articles for FROLIC Media. Additionally, the former professional dancer and public relations professional is a self-proclaimed history geek. She credits this obsession to her maternal grandmother, Ella Elizabeth Joseph, who immigrated from Montego Bay, Jamaica, to New York City in 1923. Recently, Denny relocated from Northern Virginia to Savannah, Georgia. She is represented by Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates.

 

June 2021 - TBA (to be announced)

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

Sep 11, 2021 - Annual General Meeting

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

Oct 2, 2021 - TBD

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

Nov 6, 2021 - TBD

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

Dec 2021 - 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, 2018, 2019, and 2020 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.