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2016 Meeting Schedule

January 2016

Patty Blount & Liz Slawinski
Easy Image Editing
due to inclement weather, meeting has been rescheduled to
Saturday, January 30th


South Huntington Public Library
145 Pidgeon Hill Road • Huntinton Station, NY 11746
Phone: (631) 549-4411

Critique: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Business Meeting: 1:00 pm -2:00 pm
Program: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Craft Corner: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Hands-On Workshop--Please Bring Your Laptop if You Plan on Trying the Lessons Yourself
During the workshop, we'll learn simple techniques for combining images and layering text over images, using programs you probably already have on your computer, such as POWERPOINT.
FOR MORE INFORMATION keep checking out the LIRW Yahoo Loop!



February 2016


Please Join Us in Welcoming the Dynamic
Damon Suede
for a Fun and Inspiring Day!

Saturday, February 27 2016
9 AM to 5 PM

At the Hilton Garden Inn, Melville, NY
1575 Round Swamp Road, Plainview, New York, 11803 • 516-755-5552

$40 LIRW Members, $60 non-LIRW Members
**Includes Luncheon**

Award-Winning Author
Damon Suede


A great plot keeps your writing fresh while amplifying your voice. Damon will show you how to craft a sure-fire structure and launch your story by breaking down major story models from Aristotle to Netflix, identify their seven shared points, and help you develop your own narrative strategy.

Infusing Humor into Your Novel:

Being funny is a serious business. Even in the darkest books a dash of humor can make your scenes sizzle because audiences love to laugh. Careful comic plotting can turn "meh" into mesmerizing. Learn Damon's tricks that will help you find the rib ticklers hidden in your romance.



March 2016

Opening Hooks with Editorial Consultant
Mary-Theresa Hussey

March 12, 2016
Meeting from 11am-4pm

South Huntington Public Library
145 Pidgeon Hill Road • Huntinton Station, NY 11746
Phone: (631) 549-4411

Critique: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Business Meeting: 1:00 pm -2:00 pm
Program: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The stick turned blue...
When you hear those opening words, what do you think? As a painter, a nervous woman, a scientist or a romance writer, it could go in many directions! Hopefully, though, it's equally captivating.

The opening lines of a book can make or break a story.

Please join editorial consultant Mary-Theresa Hussey as she talks about a variety of openings, gives examples, and shows how the right opening can draw the reader into your story.



April 2016


Pitch Perfect
A LIRW Luncheon Brainstorm Meeting

Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. — 4:45 p.m.

Smithtown Public Library Main Building
1 N. Country Rd • Smithtown NY 11787

Critique: 10:00 am — 11:30 pm
Business Meeting: 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm
Program: 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm
Craft Corner/PAN: 3:00 pm — 4:45 pm

Pitch Perfect: A LIRW Luncheon Brainstorm Meeting
Join an all-star "PAN-el" of published LIRW members to explore the Art of the Pitch. Our LIRW luncheon is fast approaching, making this the perfect opportunity to hone your pitching skills. We'll cover the anatomy of a killer pitch, insights into making the most of the Luncheon experience, and effective follow up: translating your pitch into cover letters, synopses and partials that sell.

Our fabulous panel members have all pitched at the Luncheon, and many of them have gotten publishing deals and signed with agents as a result. Bring your questions about pitching, publishing, and the writing life...we will dedicate part of the presentation to "Ask Us Anything."

After the formal presentation we will have an informal Craft Corner.



May 2016

19th Annual
Shining the Light on Romance
Editor & Agent Networking Luncheon

Friday, May 6, 2016
noon to 4 PM

We are Thrilled to Welcome Keynote Speaker
Leah Hultenschmidt
Editorial Director, Forever & Forever Yours
Grand Central Publishing

See LUNCHEON page FMI and to Register



June 2016

Beach Reads Book Fair
A LIRW Special Event

Saturday, June 18, 2015
11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Turn of the Corkscrew
110 N. Park Ave. 1st Floor
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Come out to a wonderful new bookstore and cafe for an afternoon of mingling,
delicious snacking, and celebrating the magic of reading and books.
Our published members will be presenting a panel on
"Popular Themes in Commercial Fiction and Why Readers Love Them".
**This beautiful new space was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal**



July 2016

Is There a Book in You?
Writing Commercial Fiction Mini-Conference

Saturday, July 23, 2016

10-11:30 critique/business meeting LIRW Members Only
if you are interested in joining LIRW please contact Nika Rhone FMI

12 - 4:30 conference OPEN TO ALL

148 Smithtown Boulevard • Nesconset, New York 11767
(631) 360-2480

Join award-winning, best-selling published authors
of young adult, romance, mystery, historical, science fiction and fantasy
in an exploration of the publishing world:
marketing, craft, business, and personal inspiration.

Meet local writers, network with published authors,
and bring your writing dreams to life!


• Welcome: 12 noon -- Michele Lang, LIRW VP-Programs
YA Voice: 12 - 12:30 -- presented by YA Author Patty Blount
Plotter/Pantser 12:45 - 1:15 -- presented by Nika Rhone, Maggie Van Well, Jeannie Moon, & Patty Blount
State of the Industry 1:30 - 2 p.m. -- with Jeannie Moon & Meara Platt
Indie/Hybrid 2:15 -2:45 p.m. -- presented by Pam Burford & Michele Lang
Time Management 3:00 - 3:45 p. m. -- presented by Jeannie Moon
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. -- Q&A and mingling*
*There will be time for Q&A after each workshop panel.



August 2016

Writer Wellness
August 20
Where: TBA



September 2016

September 17

Where: Kings Park Library
One Church Street • Kings Park, New York 11754
(631) 360-2480

with editor Cat Clyne

Critique: 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Business Meeting: 12:00 pm -1:30 pm
Program: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a talk with the wonderful Cat Clyne,
an acquiring editor at Sourcebooks.
Find out her secrets for creating proposals and queries
that will hook her into your story
and compel her to read on and acquire your book!

Sourcebooks is one of the fastest-growing romance publishers,
so this is a great opportunity to learn more about this market
and this editor's mindset when she is acquiring new works.



October 2016

When: October 15
Where: South Huntington Public Library
145 Pidgeon Hill Road • Huntinton Station, NY 11746
Phone: (631) 549-4411

Film Fest: Screening of
Love Between the Covers

Business Meeting: 11:00 pm -12:00 pm LIRW Members Only
Program: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a very special event! LIRW is hosting our own mini film festival. We are presenting a public screening of "Love Between the Covers," a feature-length documentary film that takes viewers into the remarkable worldwide community of women who create, consume, and love romance novels.

After the screening, stay for a panel discussion about living the romance life, with some of our published, inspiring LIRW members. This promises to be a truly inspiring and special event!



November 2016

When: November 19
Where: South Huntington Public Library
145 Pidgeon Hill Road • Huntinton Station, NY 11746
Phone: (631) 549-4411

Indelible Dialogue
Damon Suede

Critique: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Business Meeting: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Program: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a wonderful, craft-oriented workshop that is perfect
for writers in the midst of NaNoWriMo!

Talk isn't cheap. Conversations can make or break a book
and help your characters pop off the page. In this hour,
we'll unpack an arsenal of tricks you can use
to cut the flab in your gab and unleash unforgettable communication.

Join screenwriter and novelist Damon Suede
for an arsenal of nitty-gritty techniques to turn that chatter into convos that matter.



December 2016

Holiday Party & Elections

Saturday, December 17, 2016 • 12-3 pm
Verde Wine Bar & Ristorante
450 Commack Road • Deer Park, New York 11729

Contact Myra Platt if you plan to attend.



Past LIRW Meetings
2015 Meeting Schedule
January: Bianca D'Arc: World Building & Alpha Males
February: Geoff Symon: Forensic Investigations for Writers
March: LIRW Open House **Is There a Book in You?**
April: Damon Suede: Author Branding
May: 18th Annual Shining the Light on Romance Editor & Agent Networking Luncheon with Jim McCarthy, Vice-President Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
June: Patty Blount: Pitching and Proposing in Publishing
July: Lynne Cannon: Developing Ideas and Overcoming Plot Issues in Fiction
August: Favorite Websites & Worksheets: LIRW members discuss their favorite writer-centered websites and worksheets
September:Pamela Burford: Primal Plots
October: Sue Zizza: Audio Books and the Digital Imprint How Do I Get My Novel Made Into An Audiobook?
November: Jeannie Moon, Author & Kimberly Rocha from the Book Obsessed Chicks: How to Work with Bloggers to Promote Your Work
December: Holiday Party & Elections

2014 Meeting Schedule
January: Critique & Brainstorming Session
February: Keri Douglas: Learn How to Use Social Media to Engage with Your Readers
March: Kristan Higgins presents Writing Unforgettable Characters
April: **SPECIAL MEMBERS ONLY EVENT** Virginia Kantra
May: 17th Annual Shining the Light on Romance Editor & Agent Networking Luncheon with Bette-Lee Fox
June: Jeannie Moon: Time Management for Writers
July: Museum of Sex NYC Field Trip
August: How to Use the Mythical and Magical to Overcome Writers Block presented by Paula Scarmadalia
September:1. Annual Writing Retreat 2. Private Investigator Anthony Tarantino
October: Special East End Meeting with Bertrice Small
November: Self Defense presented by Marilyn Fierro
December: Holiday Party & Elections

2013 Meeting Schedule
January: Agent Q & A with Becky Vinter
February: Neal Platt Esq. on Copyright and the Internet
March: SPECIAL PROGRAM: Cherry Adair Workshop & Putting It In Action! Regular Meeting
April: Jennifer Fusco presents Marketing For Writers
May: Bianca D'Arc and Michele Lang Ins & Outs of Publishing Contracts
June: LIRW 16th Annual Shining the Light on Romance Editor/Agent Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Lou Aronica
July: Jennifer Mishler Agent with The Literary Counsel presents Do-It-Yourself Social Media
August: Suffolk County Crime Lab Tour
September:1. RWA Changes & Brainstorming 2. Writing Retreat at the Villa Immaculata
October: Research for Writers presented by Bertrice Small
November: Scrivener for Writers presented by Patty Blount
December: Holiday Party & Elections

2012 Meeting Schedule
January: Don't Say Newbie Like It's a BAD Thing with Lisa Stone Hardt
February: Managing Social Media with Jeannie Moon & Patty Blount
March: The Facts of Fiction with Dana Beth Weinberg, Ph.D.
April: Joint Meeting with Sisters In Crime with Marilyn Levinson and Bernardine Fagan
May: Panel Discussion on Queries and Pitches with Pam Burford, Dana Weinberg, Jennifer Levine and Christina Goldstein
June: LIRW 15th Annual Shining the Light on Romance Editor/Agent Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Angela James
July: Writing the Dreaded Synopsis with Jeannie Moon and Patty Blount
August: Crafting Dialogue with Maggie Van Well
September: Writing Retreat at the Villa Immaculata
October: Brainstorming, Critique and Character Development, a Free-For-All!
November: Cherry Adair Workshop had to be RESCHEDULED due to Super Storm Sandy ravages (October 29, 2012) MORE Brainstorming!
December: Holiday Party & Elections

2011 Meeting Schedule
January: Story Mapping with Michele Lang
February: Frugal Self Promotion with Bianca D'Arc
March: Meet NY Times Bestselling Author Eloisa James
April: Private Investigator Q&A with PI Tony Tarantino
May: Pitching Your Novel to Editors & Agents with Pam Burford
June: LIRW 14th Annual Shining the Light on Romance Editor/Agent Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Donald Maass
July: A Best-selling Author's Secrets to Keeping the Reader Turning Pages with Myra Platt
August: Summer Critique Meeting
September: Writing Retreat at the Villa Immaculata
October: SPECIAL All-Day Workshop "From Personality to Plot" with Laurie Campbell
November: Independent Publishing in the Digital Age with Pat Ryan & Michele Lang
December: Holiday Party & Elections

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