Meetings

All LRWA meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of every month at 11:30 AM at the Coosaw Creek Country Club, Ashley Room unless otherwise stated. Interested and aspiring writers are encouraged to join us at any of our regular meetings! Non-members are welcome to attend two meetings before joining LRWA.

Times:

General Meeting: 11:30am – 12:00pm
Lunch/Networking: 12:00 – 12:45
Program Workshop: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location:

4110 Club Course Dr
North Charleston, SC 29420
Phone: 843 767 – 9000
Map

2017 Meeting Dates:

January 28
February 25
March 25
April 22
May 20
June – Special Events TBD
July – Special Events TBD
August 26
September 23
October 21 – Special Event
November 18
December 9 – Annual Christmas Party

Program Schedule for 2016

Click a link to go directly to a specific month:
JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC |

January 28, 2017


New Year, New You: An Organized Author

Guest Speaker: Angela Mizell, Amy Quinton

Location: Coosaw Creek Country Club, Ashley Room

Times: Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.; Speaker at 1:00 pm

Workshop Blurb:

Speaker Bio:

February 25, 2017


TBD

Guest Speaker: TBD

Location: Coosaw Creek Country Club, Ashley Room

Times: Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.; Round Table/Brainstorming at 1:00 pm

March 25, 2017


Self-Publishing and SBR Media

Guest Speaker: Stephanie Phillips – SBR Media

Location: Coosaw Creek Country Club, Ashley Room

Times: Networking at 11:00 a.m.; Speaker at 1:00 pm

Workshop Blurb:
Stephanie will join us to speak about SBR Media, and share her insights in self-publishing.

Speaker Bio:
Stephanie is the owner of SBR Media literary agency, Stephanie’s Book Reports book blog, and the face of That’s Novel! YouTube Show. She has four years of blogging experience and started her literary agency one year ago. She currently represents 18 authors all in the Romance genre. You can find more about Stephanie on her website: http://www.sbrmedia.com

April 22, 2017


Round Table Discussions

Location: Huntington Beach State Park, Picnic Shelter S-001

Times: Morning Meeting & Social Time at 11:00 a.m., Lunch at 12:00 – Catered by Kudzu Bakery***, Roundtables at 1:00 pm, Followed by…Writing!

Workshop Blurb:

Spring is here, and it is the perfect time to put a pen in your hand, and your feet in the sand. Come join for a day of writing fun at Huntington State Park. Admission is $5 per person, payable at the gate. Additional info about the facilities can be found at: http://southcarolinaparks.com/huntingtonbeach/introduction.aspx

Roundtable Topics:

  • What To Expect When Expecting…to Attend Your First Major Conference – facilitated by Amanda Berry
  • Brainstorming – facilitated by Amy Quinton
  • Critiques – facilitated by Angela Mizell
  • Our shelter will be available until 6 p.m., so feel free to stay for the day!

    If you plan to participate in the Brainstorming discussion, please come prepared to discuss that thorny issue in your WIP which is driving you to distraction so we can brainstorm your troubles with participating authors. If you plan to participate in the Critique section, please bring up to six pages of your WIP for critique with participating authors.

    Please note: This meeting is for you. If you have other topics you’d like to discuss on Saturday in a round table setting, please email Angela Mizell at vp@lowcountryrwa.com.

    ***We are planning to order box lunches from Kudzu Bakery. You may bring your own lunch if you like, but if you would like order a box lunch from Kudzu Bakery, you must place your lunch order by clicking here or the link below. (The cost for a box lunch is $8.00 payable via PayPal.) The deadline for placing a box lunch order is 4/19/2017, so place your order now!***

    Place your Kudzu Bakery Lunch Order ($8.00)

    May 20, 2017


    Diversity in Romance

    Guest Speaker: Savannah Frierson

    Location: Coosaw Creek Country Club, Ashley Room

    Times: Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.; Speaker at 1:00 pm**

    Workshop Blurb:
    This presentation will highlight the importance of diversity in romance and give suggestions on how to be authentically inclusive as you craft.

    Speaker Bio:
    Savannah J. Frierson has been published since 2007. She primarily writes African-American, interracial, and multicultural romance and women’s fiction.

    June 2017


    June Write In

    Location: Panera Bread, 5070 International Boulevard, North Charleston

    Times: 11:00 am- 12:00 – Meeting / 12:00 – Until – Writing

    Workshop Blurb:
    Come beat the heat, and fire up your laptop. Summer is here and we are going to be writing. We’ll talk shop, have lunch, and spend the afternoon working on our WIP.

    July 2017


    Special Events TBD

    Guest Speaker: TBD

    Location: TBD

    Times: Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.; Speaker at 1:00 pm

    Workshop Blurb:

    Speaker Bio:

    August 26, 2017


    Links & Things with Mel Jolly

    Guest Speaker: Mel Jolly

    Location: Coosaw Creek Country Club, Ashley Room

    Times: Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.; Speaker at 1:00 pm

    Workshop Blurb:
    We all hate wasting our time, but so much of promotion seems like a shot in the dark. What’s working? What isn’t? We’ll talk about how your can get real stats on Promotions, sales, giveaways and more by creating trackable links. We’ll cover free online resources like bit.ly and smarturl, as well as talk about your newsletter stats and your amazon affiliate account. Link tracking is easier than it sounds and Mel will break it down for you step-by-step. Remember, knowledge is power! Learn what’s working so you know where to focus your time and energy.

    Takeaways:
    How to use bit.ly to turn any link into trackable shortlink
    How to use smarturl to retain readers
    Understanding newsletter (mailchimp) stats
    How to get the most out of your amazon affiliate account by using multiple tracking IDs

    Speaker Bio:
    Mel Jolly, Author’s Assistant and Project Manager for multiple NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors, has been “Keeping Authors Out of the Loony Bin Since 2009.” Mel started out as a Library Assistant in Young Adult Services where she specialized in outreach to at risk teens at juvenile detention centers and group homes. Mel has always had a true passion for connecting readers (and non-readers) to books and now enjoys channeling that energy into teaching all authors the tips and tricks she’s learned about how to thrive in the publishing industry through workshops and her weekly newsletter. Mel also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, which means she’s not afraid of a challenge, a crowd, or a little drama! Sign up for Mel’s Tips and Tricks Newsletter at www.authorrx.com/newsletter.

    September 23, 2017


    Story Structure in the Romance Genre

    Guest Speaker: Lani Diane Rich

    Location: Coosaw Creek Country Club, Ashley Room

    Times: Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.; Speaker at 1:00 pm

    Workshop Blurb:
    Lani Diane Rich will join us via Skype to present a craft workshop on story structure in the romance genre. Until the meeting, you can find Lani at https://chipperish.com/ and enjoy her new podcast on How Story Works.

    Speaker Bio:
    Lani Diane Rich is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, a story expert, and an award-winning podcaster. She has published 12 novels with Hachette, St. Martin’s Press, and Penguin, and currently teaches screenwriting and television production at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

    October 21, 2017


    Walking Tour of Historic Charleston & Discussion: Setting as a Character

    Guest Speaker & Tour Guide: Robin Hillyer-Miles

    Location: US Customs House, Charleston, SC

    Times: 11:00 AM Walking Tour, 1:00 PM Lunch at Hyman’s Seafood

    Workshop Blurb:
    Put on your walking shoes (seriously) and join us for a walking tour of historic, downtown Charleston followed by lunch at Hyman’s Seafood where we will discuss using setting as a character.

    The US Custom House is at 200 East Bay Street https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/charleston/usc.htm

    Hyman’s Seafood is at 215 Meeting Street http://hymanseafood.com/

    Parking Garages:
    http://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=1025

    Speaker Bio:
    Robin Hillyer Miles is a SC native who was born in the upstate and moved to Moncks Corner when she five. She grew up in Pinopolis, a peninsula on Lake Moultrie right outside of The Corner and graduated from Berkeley High School and the University of South Carolina. Robin is an unpublished writer who has one completed novel and eight or so half-written manuscripts. They range from cozy mysteries to magical realism and all have the happily ever after ending of true romance novels. All are set in the fictional town of Marion’s Corner, which is a mix of Moncks Corner and North Charleston and is situated on the outskirts of Charleston, SC. Robin was a city of Charleston licensed tour guide in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and she passed the exam again in December 2016. Robin is also a 200 RYT yoga instructor and a 100 hour YogaFit Warrior instructor; she is currently working on her 500 hour certification. She also leads yoga classes at The Citadel for student veterans. Robin has been married to Ronnie since 1996 and Houston was born in 2002. She currently works a myriad of jobs with the U.S. Navy, The Citadel, Belk, and Tour Charleston. She and her family live happily in Hanahan with their three dogs.

    November 18, 2017


    TBD

    Guest Speaker: TBD

    Location: Coosaw Creek Country Club, Ashley Room

    Times: Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.; Speaker at 1:00 pm

    Workshop Blurb:

    Speaker Bio:

    December 2017


    Annual Christmas Party!

    December 9th
    Location – TBD

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