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May
12
Sat
May 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Deepening Conflict Using the Myers-Briggs Personality Types

Presenter: Andrea Wenger

While plot may keep an audience on the edge of their chairs, it’s the characters that make readers fall in love with a story. In this presentation, you’ll discover how to apply the Myers-Briggs personality types to add depth to your characters. For instance, is she an introvert or extrovert? Is he a stickler for details, or does he prefer to look at the big picture? Does she consider logic or people first when making a decision? Does he like to plan out his day, or follow opportunities as they arise?

Find out how you can apply knowledge of personality type to deepen the potential for conflict. Using a combination of theory and exercises, this interactive presentation will give you yet another tool for bringing your characters to life.

Bio: Andrea J. Wenger is an award-winning writer and editor in Raleigh, North Carolina. An author of contemporary and historical romance, she formerly edited fiction for a small press. She’s a past president of the Women’s Fiction Chapter of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has a popular blog about writing and personality type. Check her out at: https://andreajwenger.com/

Jun
9
Sat
June 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Three Blind Mice return to help us Conquer the Self-Publishing Maze!

Let  Self-Publishing Panel Nancy Lee Badger, Kate Parker, and Hannah Meredith (aka The Three Blind Mice) guide you through the twists and turns of producing both an eBook and a POD print book. Indy Pros – please come and add your expertise. There are many routes through the maze and you may know some clever short cuts.

Please join us with your questions!

Jul
14
Sat
July 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Write Your Heart Out!

Because several of our members are preparing for the RWA National Conference in Orlando in July, we are offering an opportunity to participate in a chapter write-in during our normal meeting time. This is also an opportunity to brainstorm, ask questions, or otherwise bounce ideas off your fellow writers. Please join us, because it’s also going to just be fun!

HCRW’S  OFF THE WALL FIRST-PAGE CONTEST

Simply bring the opening of your stunning, stirring, sweet, scary, or sexy Work in Progress. We’ll post the entries on the wall of our meeting room at the top of the meeting and count the votes at the end. You needn’t enter to vote. But you must attend to enter. Unpublished mss only. One entry per writer.

PRIZES:  (first place winner gets first choice)

$25 Amazon gift certificate (in the form of a cute bookmark!)

$25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate

FORMAT:

One page printed on white paper – Black Times Roman 12 (or similar standard typeface) – No byline – Max 27 lines of type

First line must read: Title of Work in Progress (Genre)*

*It’s more fun if it’s anonymous. If you suspect that your title will give away your authorial identity, your first line should be: Untitled (Genre)

 

Aug
11
Sat
August 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Write from the Inside Out!

Presenter: Alice Osborn, Professional Manuscript Editor, Book Writing Coach and Marketing Specialist

Alice Osborn has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction and memoir authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street RagA North Carolina Writers’ Network and NC Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal MagazineSoundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, four loud birds and Mr. Nibbles, the guinea pig. Visit Alice’s website at www.aliceosborn.com.

Sep
8
Sat
September 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Arm your Fiction with Facts!

Presenter: Harvey Webb

Harvey Webb is going to demonstrate the types and uses of weapons that we rely on in our fiction to promote our characters’ conflicts. He will bring props for us to handle so we can get the feel of the weapons our characters might use and he will arm us with informational details that will make our fiction more realistic and believable.

Besides having the extreme good sense to be married to our good friend, Laura Browning, Harvey Webb has been a high school fencing coach for the past 15 years at Morehead High School in Eden and is certified by the United States Fencing Coaches Association in saber, epee, and foil (the three weapons used in sport fencing). In addition, he worked six years for Triplette Competition Arms building sport and SCA (re-enactment) weapons. In fact, he made the weapons that were used in the TV series “The Originals”. Harvey now runs his own business, Gunz Rx LLC. He holds a diploma in gunsmithing from Piedmont Community College. In addition to restoring and repairing all types of firearms, he holds a Federal Firearms License and is a National Rifle Association certified pistol instructor.

Oct
13
Sat
October 2018 Meeting @ TBD
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

An all-day workshop with Sabrina Jeffries and Sarra Cannon!

Nov
10
Sat
November 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dec
8
Sat
December 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our holiday party!