June 10: Writing Routines

Rome Area Writers is holding its next meeting Thursday, June 10, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will have an open discussion on how we can develop writing routines that work. Everyone approaches writing in their own unique way, so there’s no single method for developing a writing routine. By sharing what works us, we want everyone to go back to their writing refreshed and ready to tackle that next fun project!

After the discussion we will have a presentation on the upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo in July. Unlike the better-known National Novel Writing Month (where the goal is 50,000 words in a month), camp events allow attendees to set their individual goals.

The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you’re interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please contact us to request the link. We’d be happy to have you!

May 13: Selected Writing Prompt

Rome Area Writers is holding its next meeting Thursday, May 13, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will feature pieces written in response to a prompt submitted by one of our members.

The prompt, submitted by Kirsti Lund, is: “Write about a peace-loving person in charge of a constantly disruptive group, OR an adventurous person leading a timid group bent on safety no matter what.”

The RAW officers selected this prompt from a number of member submissions, and we were glad to have so many to choose from!

The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you’re interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please contact us to request the link. We’d be happy to have you!

April 8: Guest Speaker Mary Anne Edwards

Rome Area Writers is holding its monthly meeting Thursday, April 8, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will welcome our guest speaker for the month: Georgia writer Mary Anne Edwards, who will talk about her experiences as an independent author.

Edwards is a mystery author working on the seventh novel in her Detective Charlie McClung series. The first book, Brilliant Disguise, was released to critical acclaim in January 2014. A Good Girl, Criminal Kind, and Sins of my Youth quickly followed. Flirting with Time, the fifth book, was released on June 30, 2017, and the sixth book, How Deep is the Darkness, was released December 2, 2019.

The title for the forthcoming book is Complex Kid, and Edwards is planning at least three more books after that.

As part of a new feature from RAW, we asked Edwards three questions about her work:

Q: What book has influenced your writing the most? 

A: The Midsomer Murder series by Caroline Graham. The lead detective is a regular guy and has a good marriage.

Q: If your characters were real people, which one would you want to meet for coffee?

A: Joan Delany. She is Marian Selby’s best friend. Joan has an interesting past.

Q: Which line from your books are you most proud of?

A: I have a couple of favorites. From How Deep is the Darkness: “He’d seen enough bodies to know when dead is dead. And Myron was dead.”

A Good Girl: “Ah, now my pet, you’ll be callin’ me, Ma. Me gynecologist calls me Mrs. McClung.”

Sins of My Youth: “A pinprick of blood bloomed from his Adam’s apple.”

You can find more information about Edwards and The Charlie McClung Mysteries on her website.

We’re proud to welcome Mary Anne Edwards and we can’t wait to hear from her next week! The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you’re interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please contact us to request the link. We’d be happy to have you!

February 11: Character Arcs

Rome Area Writers is holding its monthly meeting Thursday, February 11, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will feature a presentation about character arcs. We will discuss why character arcs are important to a story and how we can develop effective, engaging character arcs.

The meeting will end with a prompt for March: Write a scene with two characters in which one character has remarkably changed. This change can be for good or ill, and the conversation can be positive, negative, happy, or tense. Consider for the prompt: What questions could the characters ask each other? What would they think, or feel, about the answers they get? Are they in agreement at the end, where they started, or further apart?

The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you’re interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please please contact to request the link. We’d be happy to have you!

October 8: Painting With Words

Rome Area Writers is holding its monthly meeting Thursday, October 8, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will feature readings and responses to this month’s prompt.

Our prompt is “Paint With Words: Show, Don’t Tell.” We’re going to write a scene, or use an excerpt from a piece we’re working on, that demonstrates how we show emotion, action, setting, character thoughts, and other details in our writing rather than telling them to the reader. We ask that prompt responses not exceed 1,200 words. We’ll then read our work at October’s meeting.

The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you’re interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please contact us to request the link. We’d be happy to have you!