February 13: Dialogue Mini-Workshop

Rome Area Writers is offering another mini-workshop at our next meeting, Thursday, Feb. 13, that will focus on dialogue and giving characters distinct voices.

As usual, Rome Area Writers will meet at 6 p.m. at the Sarah Hightower Library in Rome in the Etowah Room. Our dialogue mini-workshop will involve a 20-minute writing exercise, so anyone who wants to participate is asked to bring their preferred writing devices. After the exercise anyone who wishes to read their response to the prompt is welcome to do so, but it isn’t required.

When the mini-workshop concludes, we will hand out a prompt for the March meeting. In addition, there will be a special project for those members who are actively working on a book for publication. We hope this monthly prompt, and the project, will help writers improve their skills and think about how their work fits within the larger publishing world.

All Rome Area Writers meetings are open to the public and we’re happy to welcome new visitors. If you have any questions about the group, or would like more information, please contact us.

Upcoming Meeting: March 14th

Rome Area Writers’ next meeting is Thursday, March 14 at the Sarah Hightower Library in Rome. Our meeting starts at 6 p.m in the Etowah Room. and ends either at 8 or when we’ve heard all our readings for the month, whichever comes first.

There are two prompts for March: “lucky” and “green.” Members can choose to write about either one or any combination of those two words.

March’s meeting also sees the return of the book swap! A table will be in the back of the meeting room and members are encouraged to bring books they’d like others to read. As always, the book swap is free. We ask that members bring books they enjoyed and think others should read. Any books not taken home at the end of the meeting will be donated to the library’s book store.

Malone speaks on marketing

Malone presentation 2-14For our February meeting, Rome Area Writers welcomed local author Deborah Malone back for a talk on marketing your book. Although aimed primarily at self published authors, Malone had multiple tips and pointers that work for any author regardless of how they’re published.

The first tip is, in some ways, the hardest: have a finished book. Publishers aren’t interested in ideas, Malone said, so you need to have a book to show publishers and agents. If you’re self published, you need to have a book that’s been thoroughly beta read and edited (preferably by a paid editor) before selling it to the public.

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June/July: Writing Prompts and other Notes

Writing Prompts for our June 14th/July 12th meetings:

  • The short checkout line beckoned
  • Great balls of fire!

We might not have time for readings in the June meeting. However, July is dedicated to readings.

Just another reminder that anthology submissions are due by July 12th.

June 14 : Collaboration

Our monthly meeting will be June 14th. This month we get two guest speakers: Charlene Ball and Libby Ware. Charlene Ball and Libby Ware are both authors of historical fiction novels and other forms of short craft.

Libby Ware’s southern historical fiction Lum: http://libbywarewriter.com/.

Charlene Ball’s early modern historical fiction DARK LADY: A NOVEL OF EMILIA BASSANO LANYER: http://charleneball.com/.

Their topic will be collaboration. Come hang out with us at the Rome Library, 6-8PM, on Thursday, June 14th. If time allows, there will be readings. Bring something if you would like to participate. The public is welcome.

Anthology submissions are due by July 12.

Next year RAW is having its 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more.