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Upcoming Workshops

Join LIRW for monthly classes and workshops via Zoom! Classes are free for members. Non-members may sign-up for classes for a fee by clicking REGISTER below

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September 30, 2023

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT

Ask Me Anything with Marie Force!


$15 for non-members - All proceeds will go to the Book Fairies charity!

NYT, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Marie Force has seen it all during her career, which began with her first published book in 2008 and now includes 100 titles, most of them self-published. She was traditionally published for 12 years before going fully indie in 2020. She can take your questions on anything having to do with writing, publishing, marketing, series vs. singles, etc. She loves to “talk shop” with other authors and is looking forward to meeting with the Long Island Romance Writers!

**All proceeds from this event will go to The Book Fairies charity organization. Book Fairies sources and redistributes books to under-resourced communities on Long Island, NYC and internationally to provide equitable opportunities for children to learn, grow, and thrive.

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 contemporary romance, romantic suspense and erotic romance novels. Her series include Fatal, First Family, Gansett Island, Butler Vermont, Quantum, Treading Water, Miami Nights and Wild Widows. She has also written 11 single titles, with more coming.

Her books have sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list more than 30 times. She is also a USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, as well as a Spiegel bestseller in Germany.

Her goals in life are simple—to spend as much time as possible with her young adult children, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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October 14, 2023

12:00 p.m. EDT

Romancing Your Tropes with Jennifer Hilt


Free for members. $10 for non-members.

We all know tropes are important to writing romance. Heck, many of
our readers ask for them by name, “Best friend’s little sister? I love
those stories!” But are we using them as effectively as we can? After
all, we know our readers love them, so why not wring every last bit of
story juice out of them?

In this workshop, we’ll whip tropes into shape so your books become
one-click material. We’ll talk about why tropes are essential, what
separates them from cliches, and how we can use them in specific
ways to create original stories that resonate with our readers. We’ll
talk tropes and romance and have a pretty good time doing it!

Jennifer Hilt is a USA Today Bestselling author of The
Trope Thesaurus, Horror Trope Thesaurus, and
Trope Thesaurus Romance. She has written twenty-four
books across four pen names plus her urban fantasy
series: The Undead Detective. 
With degrees in linguistics and literature, Jennifer loves
talking story development. She also collects dictionaries
in unfamiliar languages, binges scandi-noir series, and
shouts out tropes from the comfort of her couch. Check
out her website at:

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