Eastside Romance Writers Association, Eastside RWA

Eastside Romance Writers
Serving Seattle's romance needs since 1992!
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Meetings

Do you want to speak at Eastside? Don't be afraid, we are a friendly bunch!

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Want to come but not a member? Not a problem there either!

We realize that you want to check things out before making a final decision about becoming a member. You can come for free to two meetings a year - excluding any dates marked "Members Only" of course. After that, we ask that you become a member and avail yourself of all membership benefits!

Click Here for Speaker Schedules from Past Years

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2019 SPEAKER SCHEDULE 
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How Jodi Ashland Hit Several Amazon Best Seller Lists - without BookBub
Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 6:30pm <<--dinner starts at 5:30pm (note different times for this month)
Bellevue Brewing Company1820 130th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue, WA 425.497.8686
(same parking lot as Angelo's)



DESCRIPTION

Get an in person preview of how Jodi Ashland hit not one, but 4 Amazon Best Seller lists with her promotion strategy (not using BookBub). Also see how important the proper keywords and book blurb are to hitting a best seller list. She'll pick 2 authors who are willing to share their current genre, book title, categories, and current keywords to show how KDP Rocket can be applied to pick better keywords and categories. (Jodi is not in any way affiliated with KDP Rocket, she really uses the tool).

Handouts will not be provided. You must attend the meeting in person to get the information. 

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Jodi Ashland is an award-winning author of romantic suspense. If you enjoy reading about empowered women who overcome adversity, flawed sexy heroes who love them, and action packed mystery and suspense, then you'll love Jodi Ashland's books. Visit her at http://www.jodiashland.com. 

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Sara Lynn Hoyt - Left-Brain Write-Brain
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE FEBRUARY MEETING IS CANCELLED. 

Sara will present to us in April instead. 


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NO MEETING - March Saturday Workshop Instead
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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Libbie Hawker
Saturday, March 9, 2019,  -- Time and Location TBD  

FREE TO MEMBERS -- or pay $25 to attend without joining the chapter

If you'd like to attend this workshop, please RSVP on the chapter loop alias. If you aren't currently a member of Eastside RWA and would like to attend this meeting without joining the chapter, email EastsideBoard@yahoogroups.com. A $25 fee will be charged for nonmembers.


DESCRIPTION: 

The topics will cover Libbie's nonfiction books on writing--Take Off Your Pants! (a nonthreatening way of outlining), Making It in Historical Fiction, and Gotta Read It! (about developing pitches).

Take Off Your Pants!: Libbie Hawker explains the benefits and technique of planning a story before you begin to write. She’ll show you how to develop a foolproof character arc and plot, how to pace any book for a can’t-put-down reading experience, and how to ensure that your stories are complete and satisfying without wasting time or words.

Hawker’s outlining technique works no matter what genre you write, and no matter the age of your audience. If you want to improve your writing speed, increase your backlist, and ensure a quality book before you even write the first word, this is the meeting for you. 

Take off your pants! It’s time to start outlining.

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. She is the author of more than twenty-five novels under three different pen names, as well as the best-selling how-to guide for writers, Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. She lives in the San Juan Islands with her husband and two naughty cats.

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Sara Lynn Hoyt - Left Brain - Write Brain
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION

LEFT BRAIN - WRITE BRAIN is a two part program that first (left brain) gives the writer some tools to plan, schedule and follow through on their daily word count goals. Then second (write brain) explores methods to unlock creativity and help the writer to start AND finish writing the book.

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

SaraLynn Hoyt, aka Sheryl Hoyt was born and raised in the greater Seattle area and lives with her high-school sweetheart and their felines. By day, Sheryl works in the world of finance, but during non-business hours, she transforms into an author of romantic fiction. Armed with a degree in archaeology, she loves all things historical and is fascinated by the occult and all the possibilities therein. Misspending her youth hanging out in local magic shops, reading tarot cards for friends and devouring romance novels, Sheryl has combined all of her favorite things into a burning desire to write and share her stories with others.


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Dana Delamar - Goodreads: What Good Is It for Authors?
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

DESCRIPTION: 

Many authors are afraid of Goodreads, but they shouldn't be. Goodreads is where the readers are! Learn how to use Goodreads as an author to reach readers the right way and gain reviews and find superfans. This class will cover how Goodreads helps make your books more discoverable, how to get your books listed on Goodreads, how to use the features of the Goodreads author program, how to interact with readers, and how to find groups where you can offer your books for review. 

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Dana Delamar is the author of the "Blood and Honor" Mafia romance series, which is set in Italy among the Calabrian Mafia. Her first book, REVENGE, received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, was a Top Pick at The Romance Reviews, and was a double-finalist for Best First Book and Best Romantic Suspense in the 2013 Booksellers Best Awards. Her second book, RETRIBUTION, received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews and was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review's 2013 Best Indie Book Awards. Her book MALAVITA was a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and her book REDEMPTION was a finalist in the 2014 Maggie Awards and a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review’s 2014 Best Kindle Book Awards. Dana also edits fiction and nonfiction and co-owns By Your Side Self-Publishing, a company that provides editing and other services to self-publishers. You can learn more about her at http://www.danadelamar.com and http://www.byyoursideselfpub.com.

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Sabrina York: Writing Wide - How to cross genres while meeting reader expectations
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 


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CLOSED for RWA® NATIONAL CONFERENCE 
July & August 2019 
Have Fun Everyone!!!! 


Social dinners in July and August: Open to everyone!
Since these were so popular last year, we'll do them again. These are informal get-togethers (not official meetings) and are a chance for you to socialize with your fellow writers and catch up with each other during the summer. And hey, if you're struggling with your plot or characters, why not brainstorm with us over dinner? 

July 9th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670
August 13th, 6:30 PM, Pogacha, 119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 455-5670 

Note different times. 

If you'd like to join us for dinner, email dana@danadelamar.com by noon the day prior. Reservations will be under "Eastside RWA."


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TBD
Tuesday,  September 10, 2019, 7pm
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL WINTER FUN PARTY -- Our end-of-year celebration! 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:30 pm <<-- note different time
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777  

MEMBERS ONLY! 

The white elephant gift exchange is always a blast! Please limit the cost of your gift to $20-$25. 

We also hand out boas at the winter party! You earned a boa this year if: 
  • You sold a book to a publisher
  • You released/published a book
  • You won or were a finalist for an award
  • You were granted PRO or PAN status
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So Now, Where are these Meetings Being Held Again?

Starting June 2010, Eastside has a permanent meeting spot! We now meet at Angelo's Restaurant in Bellevue in the banquet room. The meetings start at 7:00, but you can join us for dinner starting at 5:00 (if you wish to order dinner, please arrive no later than 6:30 so that we don't disturb our speaker).

Angelo's Restaurant

1830 130th Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, 98005
425.883.2777
http://angelosofbellevue.com/

Occasionally, we may have to meet at another location. Here are the most common ones we'll use:


Bellevue Brewing Company1820 130th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue, WA 425.497.8686
(same parking lot as Angelo's)


Lake Hills Public Library

Location Address: 15590 Lake Hills Blvd, Bellevue, WA 98007
Location Phone Number: (425) 747-3350
Location: View Map

Newport Way Public Library

Location Address: 14250 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, 98006
Location Phone Number: 425-747-2390
Location: View Map

Redmond Public Library

Location Address: 15990 N.E. 85th, Redmond, 98052
Location Phone Number: 425-885-1861
Location: View Map

North Bellevue Community Center

Location Address: 4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98009
Location Phone Number: 425-452-7681
Location: View Map
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