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Meetings and Events

Monthly Meetings

NorCalRW meets the 4th Saturday of each month, online via Zoom (unless otherwise noted). Those who register and pay for the scheduled meeting will receive an email with the meeting's Zoom link. Be sure to pay at least three days in advance to allow time for the Zoom invitation to be issued.

Check in begins at 9:30 a.m. A brief business meeting begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by that month's program and speaker. We typically conclude by 12:00 noon. All times are US Pacific.

Charge for regular meetings:

Zoom meetings: NorCalRW members pay $10 to attend each meeting. The price for non-members is $15.

 

In-person meetings: NorCalRW members pay $20 to attend each meeting. The price for non-members is $30.

 

Fees are not refundable if you are unable to attend.

Upcoming Meetings:

Saturday, September 23--NCRW's "A IS FOR AUTHOR", our inaugural all-day writing event!

 

When: Saturday, September 23rd, 2023

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall


Cost:

Current NCRW Members: $40

Guests/non-members: $80

 

Includes light breakfast, buffet-style lunch, snacks, coffee, water, and tea.

 

On Saturday, September 23rd, NCRW will present an all-day workshop filled with four (4) 90-minute workshop sessions led by NCRW members. Workshops will focus on various topics from the business of writing, craft, healthy writing habits. The day will also include a no-holds barred Q&A (where no question is off limits) and a Blind Book Date event. 

 

Come with your questions and your expertise! 

Two (2) steps to reserve your spot:

 

1. Complete and submit registration form. Attendance is limited to 20 people so sign up HERE early! 

2. Pay meeting fee. Click HERE to pay via PayPal: $40 for NCRW members, $80 for non-members. Pay to SVRTreasurer@gmail.com

NOTE: Members-only sign up open through September 10th. 

Guests may sign up beginning September 11th if there are remaining spaces. 


For questions and more information, contact Cindy Munoz at Cindymm18@gmail.com


Cancellation and refund requests before September10th will be granted. Requests between September 11 and 16th will be refunded 50%. No refunds after September 17th.

 

This meeting will NOT be recorded.

Saturday, October 28--Marketing Beyond Social Media with Jen Graybeal (Zoom meeting)

There’s more to marketing than a social media presence. Consistently creating interesting, engaging content takes time and creativity--both are precious commodities for authors. Not to mention the challenge of finding followers. In this session, Jen shows us how to look beyond social media and ads to tap into other marketing options. She will also explore how to develop a marketing strategy with 3.5 questions and why marketing presents such a big challenge for authors.

Jen Graybeal is a creativity coach and freelance editor. She's worked with hundreds of romance authors that want to take their books and business to the next level.

 

Click HERE to pay via PayPal: $10 for NCRW members, $15 for non-members. Pay to SVRTreasurer@gmail.com

Saturday November 18--Annual Holiday Party! (In-person meeting)

 

This year's party and will be in-person at the Learnery in the Sierra 2 Center (same place as last year). Save a spot on your calendar. More details to come!

 

No meeting in December. We'll see you again in the new year!


Tech Talks

 

From time to time, we feature one-hour meetings via Zoom about technology topics. These are a member benefit (no fee) and are announced via the newsletter and our Groups/io forum, where members will find links to register and the Zoom session. 

 

Marketing Mojo

Typically the second Sunday of each month, we'll gather via Zoom to review a variety of topics related to book marketing. This is a great benefit of membership!

September 10 – Newsletter swaps

October 8 – Creating and using videos on multiple platforms

November 12 – Marketing Plans: What worked and what didn’t as we prepare for 2024?

December – We won’t meet in December. Enjoy the holidays!

Writing Sprints

Need a little structure and team motivation to work on that important project? Give writing sprints a try!

Six times a week, several members meet online for a brief chat and timed periods of writing. Here's when we meet (all times Pacific):

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 5:00 - 6:00 a.m.

  • Tuesday/Thursday from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

  • Monday/Thursday from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

The Zoom link and password are listed in the members' Groups.io forum. Another great reason to join NorCal Romance Writers!

(Note that there is no fee to participate in the sprints, but you must be a member of the group.)

Events

Periodically, we host special events such as half- or full-day workshops and weekend writing retreats featuring nationally-recognized authors and writing instructors.

Members are alerted via email and announcements in the quarterly e-newsletter. Notice will also be posted here.

Past Meetings and Events

Click here for a list of some of the speakers and topics presented at past monthly meetings, workshops and retreats. 

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