The 2016 Summer Writing Event



Writing the High Concept Novel

Presented by Katharine Ashe

Review and Critque

Presented by Nina Bruhns
Editor, Entangled Publishing

Review and critique. Submit the first page of your MS (no more than 300 words) to with the subject line “Critique Submission: 2016 Writing Event. Submissions will be read in order of receipt. As many submissions as possible will be read out loud during the critique. There is no guarantee that your submission will be read out loud.

Please send your MS in Word format, double spaced, Times New Roman. Please be sure to include your author name as part of the file name.

The Three Stages of Book Promotion: What You Should Be Doing When

Presented by Maria Connor

In this workshop, authors will learn the basics of book marketing, how to analyze the three-part process and will explore the materials, resources and strategies needed for each.

By thoroughly understanding the stages of book promotion, authors can create a marketing plan that will carry them from concept to execution.


Location & Reservations:

Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston/Mt. Pleasant-Isle Of Palms
1104 Sea Palms Crescent
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
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For guests requiring overnight accommodations, we have a special workshop attendee room rate at this hotel. Details for how to reserve a room with this special rate will be sent to you as part of your reservation packet. This special room rate will be available until May 11, 2016 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first…


$60 per person for Members of LRWA

$75 per person for Non-members

Meals and overnight accommodations are not included in this price.


Friday, June 10, 2016

  • Check-In: You are at your leisure for the day.
  • Dinner: On your own or as a group at a nearby restaurant.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Refreshments will be provided during the morning session.

  • Breakfast: At your leisure.
  • 9:00 AM Morning Session: Katharine Ashe –  Writing the High Concept Novel
  • Lunch: At your leisure or as a group at a nearby restaurant.
  • 1:00 PM Afternoon Session 1:  Nina Bruhns, Entangled, Editor – Review and Critique
  • 2:45 PM Afternoon Session 2: Maria Connor – ​The Three Stages of Book Promotion: What You Should Be Doing When
  • 4:00 PM Afternoon Session 3: TBD
  • Dinner: At your leisure or as a group at a restaurant on the Isle of Palms.

Goody Bags will be provided

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Speaker Bios:

Katharine-Ashe-author-photo-3-cropped-232x300Katharine Ashe is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the Ten Best Romances of the Year, and thirteen other historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent.” She is a two-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America — in 2014 for How to Marry a Highlander and in 2015 for My Lady, My Lord — and a three-time nominee in the Reviewers’ Choice Awards, including Historical Romance of the Year in 2013, as well as winner for Best Historical Romantic Adventure in 2012. Her books have been recommended by Woman’s World Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages around the world.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. She adores hearing from readers.


Nina Bruhns is a woman with a varied and checkered past… I guess that’s how I’d describe myself.Nina Bruhns

By profession, I’m really an archaeologist (an Egyptologist) but I’ve worked all kinds of jobs, from real estate to a fabric store clerk to a student counselor at the Fulbright Commission in Stockholm, Sweden. My favorite was a work-study job in grad school (go Maroons!), reorganizing the ancient Egyptian pottery at the University of Chicago’s famous Oriental Institute. The pay was lousy, but holding ceramic jars actually touched by Ramses II and King Tut was awe-inspiring and unbelievably exciting.

I’ve lived all over the USA, and even spent six years in Europe. I love to travel. Maybe because my great-grandfather was an Hungarian gypsy–my only ancestor who was not Danish. A few years back, my family and I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, which has also been a wonderful adventure. It’s amazing here.

I love archaeology, but doing fieldwork in The Sudan, Africa (my area of specialty within Egyptology) was getting dangerous. So when I thought about what I’d like to do instead, I set out to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a writer. Now I have my adventures through my characters. I can give my heroines the thrills and excitement all women dream of having, but I never have to change out of my jammies to do it. My kind of job! Becoming a New York Times Bestselling author is literally a dream come true. It doesn’t get any better than this!

I think much of the appeal of the romance genre is the seductive fantasy it allows women to indulge in safely. A woman whose days are filled with diapers or spreadsheets, PTA or sales meetings, wants to be swept away in a romantic fantasy for a few hours, into a world where she can quench her thirst for love and romantic adventure, and fulfill her dreams of a man who instinctively satisfies her deepest yearnings. I love writing about feisty heroines who do things I would never dare to do in real life. My heroes are dark and dangerous men who ooze sensuality–but who know how to treat a lady.

After more than 35 books, I’m still loving the adventure. For me, there is just nothing more satisfying than creating a heart-tugging love story alongside a thrill-ride adventure.


Maria Connor 2Maria Connor has worked as a freelance writer, journalist and author in print and digital media for more than 10 years. Her publishing credits include daily and weekly newspapers, regional lifestyle magazines, national trade journals, academic texts, full- and novella-length fiction, e-zines, websites, marketing materials, brochures and newsletters.

Her marketing and editing skills include social media management, blogging, search engine optimization, proofreading, copyediting, editorial review, copy writing, book promotion, content creation, digital photography, e-publishing, graphic design, layout and AP style.

She has also worked as an administrative support professional, project coordinator, event planner and budget administrator in the medical, academic, publishing and non-profit sectors.

Maria is a member of Romance Writers of America. She has been active in the romance fiction community for more than 15 years, volunteering at both the national and local level. Her first completed manuscript finaled in the 2011 Golden Heart contest and was released as Willing to Learn from Boroughs Publishing Group in February 2013.

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