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Feeling like a rock star in MT

Sometimes you feel like a rock star. Last weekend in Montana was my turn. Thanks to the lobbying efforts of a former student—writing instructor and novelist Dennis Foley—I was invited to speak at the Flathead River Writers Conference (FRWC) in Kalispell, near Glacier National Park. This was the first time I’d been paid to attend a

Friendship, research, and craft: RWA13

I spent last week at the Mecca for romance writers, RWA’s National Conference, which took place in Atlanta this year. I listened to inspiring, educational, and sometimes heart wrenching speeches by the likes of Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Courtney Milan, Cathy Maxwell, and Kristan Higgins. On my annual tour with the Kiss of Death

Georgia on my mind (RWA13)

Next week is the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Atlanta. I have so much to do! I think my wardrobe shopping is done. I just need to determine each day’s outfit, try it on, and take a picture for Evernote so I won’t forget what I planned to wear. (Yes, I’m THAT type.

Retreat from solitude

Writing is often a solitary profession, and though the Internet can provide us with the networking and learning opportunities we need, nothing compares to getting out and mingling with other writers. I spent the weekend at my local RWA chapter’s annual retreat in a cute college town in Maryland. The mini-conference eats up precious time

Quick highlights from the RWA conference

I’m still getting caught up on email, and prepping for Thursday’s Scrivener webinar with Lynne Klippel. Plus, company’s coming! But I thought you might enjoy a few pictures from last week’s Romance Writers of America National Conference in Anaheim. I had an amazing time as always. Here’s a sneak peek. And don’t worry, I’ll have more to

Time to retreat

I attended my first chapter retreat–more like a mini writers conference–last weekend, and it was a blast. Great speakers like Robyn Carr, Elizabeth Boyle, and Diane Gaston told stories and inspired us, reminding us that every writer starts at the bottom. The Romance Writers of America national conference offers a quantity of content that’s hard