2018 Meeting Schedule

Meetings are 1-3:30pm unless otherwise noted. All events are also posted on the chapter Facebook page.


January 6: Peggy Staggs & Peter Keim: Beginning the Year Right—LocationSmoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

February 3: Renee Reynolds Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Marketing—Location: Smoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

March 3: Police Detective Zach Hessing & Head of Forensics Natasha Wheatley Police Procedures—Location: Smoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

March 10: Writing Mini-Retreat

April 7: Megan Bryce How to Market a Series—LocationSmoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

May 5: Amy Elisa Hedrick, LCPC, ACADC, Sex Therapist Problems and SolutionsLocationSmoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

June 7-10: Members Only Summer Retreat in Garden Valley.

July 7: Jodi Thomas Web Class—Location: Smoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

July 18-21: RWA National Conference in Denver, Colorado

August 4: Peggy Staggs Character—LocationSmoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

September 8: Special Guest Speaker Rosalind James How to be Hooky: Grabbing Readers from the Start—Location: Smoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

Rosalind James is the author of 26 contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels published since 2012, some indie and some through Montlake Romance. Her books have sold over a million copies in English, German translation, and  audio, and she has been featured in the KDP monthly newsletter, Publishers Weekly magazine, Romantic Times magazine, and the ACX (audio producers’) newsletter. Although perhaps best known for her first novels in the Escape to New Zealand sports romance series, Rosalind has written six successful series in a variety of subgenres and styles, and enjoys pushing her artistic boundaries. It’s all about getting better! 

How to Be Hooky

There are millions of books currently available on the Amazon store, and millions of those are romance. How, in today’s competitive market, do you grab a reader? How do you make her click on your book in the first place, and read your book NOW instead of putting it on the TBR pile? How do you keep her reading past Page 1, past Chapter 2? How do you keep her awake and turning pages into the wee hours, and above all, how do you make her reach for your next book?

Hookiness. Hooky concept, hooky cover, hooky title, hooky blurb—and hooky writing. If you’re indie pubished, you have control over all those things. If you’re traditionally published, you still have control over several. In this session, we’ll explore how you grab that reader, how you hold her interest, and how you get her to preorder your next book. Come prepared to think about hooky authors you’ve read, romance or otherwise, and what it was about them that had you turning pages and one-clicking on their new book as soon as it was available. Let’s share!

October 6: Robin Lee Hatcher Brainstorming Techniques—Location: Smoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

November 3: Brainstorming New Book for RWA—LocationSmoky Mountain Pizza on 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

November 13: Mini Retreat—Tentative

December 1: Members Only Annual Christmas Party