November 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic:  Many Roads: A Review of Novel-Plotting Approaches or Plotter? Pantser? Puzzler? (Huh?)

Presented by: Jennifer Delamere

Approaches to planning a novel are as varied as writers and the novels they write. Certified “story structure geek” Jennifer Delamere will provide a survey of popular approaches to novel planning and plot generation, from the classic 3-act structure to focusing on characters and other kinds of organic plot development. Whether you’re on your first novel or have written many, the aim of this review is to give you insights, ideas, and avenues to pursue in order to make the most of your style of writing.


Jennifer Delamere’s debut novel, An Heiress at Heart, was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. Since then, her novels have won numerous other accolades, including the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers, finalist for the Virginia Romance Writers’ HOLT Medallion award, and a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for two decades. She loves reading classics and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books.

December 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Start the 2018 holiday season with a bang! Join us for fun, camaraderie, food and whatever else pops up.

Note that it begins at 12:30 and ends at 3:30. Donna is circulating a sign-up sheet for those who plan to contribute a dish.

January 2019 Meeting @ ECPI University
Jan 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

TBD: Possibly a Plotluck Party

February 2019 Meeting @ ECPI University
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Presenter: Allie Pleiter

March 2019 Meeting @ ECPI University
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic:  Feminism & Romance

Speaker: Katharine Ashe

Workshop Description

Writers and fans of romance fiction are the first to declare that romance is a feminist genre. And it’s absolutely true. Genre romance is largely written, edited, published, and consumed by women, which means that women power a multi-billion dollar industry. Moreover, romance novels offer stories centered on women who, despite conflict and adversity, actually achieve their dreams. But if there’s one thing a romance heroine never does, it’s rest on her laurels. How can writers of romance today ensure that the industry we comprise and the fiction we write reflects our cherished ideals of gender equality while holding onto the things we’ve long loved most about romance novels? Bring an open mind and your WIP for a fun, interactive workshop about the sometimes conflictual, frequently steamy, and ever-hopeful relationship between feminism and romance fiction.


Katharine Ashe is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including The Prince, which is on both BookPage and Amazon’s lists of the Best Romances of 2018 so far.  Katharine’s books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Woman’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, All About Romance, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.  A professor of history and popular culture at Duke University — and host of the UNSUITABLE Speakers Series about women, history and popular fiction — she is also the convener of Facebook’s Feminist Romance Lovers book club.  Katharine lives in wonderfully vibrant Durham (which now has its own Duck Donuts, thank the goddess!) with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt.