morwa calendar

Upcoming monthly meetings:

pitching your story in 60 seconds:  round table pitching practice
may 21, 2022

Business meeting:  10:00am
Program:  Approximately 11:00am

Whether you're multi-published or still querying and submitting, you need to be able to describe your story in about 60-90 seconds. We'll be practicing how to do exactly that, surrounded by friendly faces. Come with your pitch and receive helpful feedback from fellow chapter mates and experienced writers on the pitching process and what to expect when putting your idea out there for the world to hear. 

This meeting will be for MORWA and Heart and Scroll members only.  Zoom link will be published to the MORWA loop the week prior to the meeting.  Heart and Scroll members may use the contact form to request the Zoom link.

five tips to make your book un-put-downable
june 18, 2022

Business meeting:  10:00am
Program:  Approximately 11:00am

Is your goal to make the USA Today list, or to finish writing a draft of that book you’ve been working on forever? Are you trying to get past the gatekeepers in New York, or to simply wanting to up your game as a storyteller?  Barbara Ankrum will share some simple, tried and true techniques she’s learned over her thirty-plus year career in publishing to strengthen your storytelling and get those readers staying up all night reading your book. We’ll talk about how to ratchet up the sexual tension in your story, why incorporating theme is important, how pivots and turning points up the stakes, and why GMC doesn’t only apply to the overall arc of your book. Whether you’re writing romantic comedy or deeply emotional stories, this workshop is going to help you focus your attention on the parts of your book readers crave. Hope to see you there!

Barbara Ankrum is a twice RITA nominated bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romance, who has written for Harlequin, Harper Collins and Kensington Books. She currently writes for Tule Publishing. The third book in her Canadays of Montana series, HOLIDAY HEARTS, was turned into a Hallmark Christmas movie staring Ashley Williams and Paul Campbell. The first book in her Angel Chronicles series, EVERY TIME A BELL RINGS has also been optioned for film by MGM and fingers crossed, it films soon! Mostly a California girl, she now lives in Texas with her husband and sweet dog, but close enough to her grandkids to enjoy every moment.

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Writing Retreat at mercy conference center
july 9, 2022

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$10 for MORWA Chapter Members
$20 for non-chapter participants

Get your Write-On at the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center.  We will be camping out in a conference room from 9 am - 6 pm and invite you to drop in for a few hours or all day.  There will be room to social distance and the grounds are great for walking to get your creative juices flowing!

This event is open to chapter members and non-members.  There will be two coffee breaks. 

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digital promotion for the distracted writer

presented by jeannie lin
August 20, 2022

Business meeting:  10:00am
Program:  Approximately 11:00am

This is not a talk about “Digital Marketing Secrets of the Big Bestsellers”.

This is not a workshop that covers the WHOLE WIDE RANGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS and all the things you can do on each one.

This is about the bare bones, what you do to get the best return for the lowest time investment. 

This is about the 3 things you do to make it work and then get back to writing.

This workshop is, most importantly, about giving yourself permission to not do it all.

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september 17, 2022

 Details to be announced.

October 15, 2022

 Details to be announced.

november 19, 2022

 Details to be announced.


members only critique group
Meeting time is at 6:30 pm
CORE will be held via Zoom videoconferencing

January 6, 2022
February 3, 2022
March 3, 2022
April 7, 2022
May 5, 2022
June 2, 2022
July 7, 2022
Aug 4, 2022
September 1, 2022
October 6, 2022
November 3, 2022
December 1, 2022

If interested in attending CORE, contact Megan Kelly via the MORWA email loop.