Members gathered on a chilly Saturday in February to discuss the year ahead and to just see one another face to face. You see, for most of us in the NE corner of PA and NW corner of NJ, we hadn’t seen another soul in weeks due to the incessant dumping of snow over several weeks. It was pretty obvious that our membership was struggling with cabin fever and it was wonderful to sit down and chat. After our regular meeting, members gathered for an impromptu brainstorming session and all those creative minds, having been cooped up for over a month, let loose.
It was fabulous to get out and even more fabulous to see one another and be creative together. Let’s keep the momentum going, ladies. See you next month.
There will be no meeting in July. Our next meeting will be on August 9th at the Palmer Library in Easton.
Meetings begin at 10AM and new members are encouraged to attend.
New York Times best selling author Darynda Jones gave an informative hour-long workshop via Connect that the participants have since entitled “Don’t Grab…Seduce: The Importance of a Strong Beginning for Romance Writers” (video archived and available for PLRW members).
Using examples from literary fiction, romance fiction and various popular films, Darynda explained the various techniques a writer can employ to win the empathy of the reader toward their character(s) in the first few pages. With both an insight and sense of humor worthy of Charley Davidson, her urban fantasy heroine, this author definitely succeeded in seducing a group of romance writers who were eating out of the palm of her hand by the time her talk was finished.
As our last meeting of the year, PLRW members gathered for their holiday feast, shared stories of their writing process and after a wonderful luncheon, were wowed by a presentation on social media by best selling author, Caridad Pineiro.
Her insight into the myriad of social media outlets and how to maneuver them helped so many of us and as always, we appreciated having her with us during our final meeting of the year. The 2013 board offered their adieus and gifts of thanks were exchanged.
In all, 2013 was a year of change and transition for PLRW and 2014 looks to be a most stellar year for us indeed.