A chapter’s programs are only as good as its speakers, and VFRW has been very blessed by the wonderful people who have come to us over the past year.  Our thanks to them for enriching our chapter meetings with their time and talents.

January 5, 2019 – Get Your Manuscript Past the Gatekeeper with Revision Techniques (lecture plus exercise) – Donna Galanti – Have you had your manuscript requested over and over only to have the door closed on your work? Based on personal experience working with editors of multiple publishers, a hired developmental editor, and as a literary agency intern, Donna shares what can get your manuscript past the gatekeeper (the intern!) and in the hands of the agent.

February 2, 2019 – Hero, Take the Wheel: Making the Romantic Character Arc Drive Your Story – Eileen Emerson* – Learn what are the points of the Romantic Arc, when they occur, and how best to give them depth and power to drive your story to a truly satisfying ending your readers will love (and love you for!)

March 2, 2019  – Social Media and Viral Marketing – Xio Axelrod – In the lightning-fast pace of today’s publishing industry, it’s difficult to stay on top of trends, tools, and effectiveness of where and how to market your books. Xio Axelrod is here to help us navigate through the topic with her characteristic warmth and humor.

April 6, 2019 – Using Archetypes to Create Characters in Romance – Hope Ramsay – Join us and learn how to use the positive and negative traits of personality archetypes to develop a strong, emotional love story and three-dimensional characters that have room to grow and develop and fall in love.

May 4, 2019From Page to Screen: Creating a TV Series Bible Based on Your Book – Leslie Anne Lighton* – Join Leslie Anne Lighton as she shares how her film screenwriter and executive producer friend Debi King McMartin developed her intriguing series bible for television consideration, influenced by Bigfoot stories told among the Spanish Moss adorn bayous along Caddo Lake in Louisiana.

June 1, 2019 – Informal day of brainstorming, plotting, planning, and writing – With no speaker scheduled, we can let our collective hair down and break off into small groups to brainstorm, share, and plan.

September 7, 2019 – VFRW General Meeting and An Audiobooks Panel Discussion – Kate Forest*, Susan Scott Shelley*, Lisa Lang Blakeney*, Ann Russek* – Four VFRW member authors (including one who does professional voice/voice-over work) will discuss the ins and outs of audiobooks, from the vendors, to the process of selecting narrators, to final products, and how to promote them.

Working Lunch Workshop
October 5, 2019 – Wired for Story: How to Become a Story Genius – Lisa Cron
– Every writer wants two things: to tell a story that hooks readers and never lets them go, and to find a way to accomplish that without going through the long slog of endlessly writing draft after draft. This workshop will give you actionable ways to meet both goals. Instead of rooting around in your plot for the story, you’ll unearth the key elements specific to your story that will then create the plot, bring it to life, drive it forward, and give it meaning.  This is a full-day, bring-your-own-lunch workshop, open to everyone, including non-VFRW members!

November 2, 2019 Craft Marketing Plans like an Author-preneur – Carol Van Den Hende – Marketing is simply the art (and science) of finding and connecting with your audience. In this fun, fast-paced session, Carol will demystify how professional marketers devise marketing plans.

December 2019 – Members Only Holiday Party – We once again celebrated the holidays in style and camaraderie, with food, laughter, stories, presents, and much much more.

*Denotes that the presenter was a VFRW Member at the time presentation was given.