Programs

2024 Programs

Are you a writer in Michigan? Interested in joining our group or learning more about us? If you’d like to attend one of our programs, please contact us at michiganromancewriters@gmail.com.

We meet in person, but also offer the programs virtually via Zoom. It is free to attend your first program (in person or virtually), and only $10 for subsequent programs.

Our gatherings rotate from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids to Lansing area venues (generally restaurants or libraries) on the third Saturday of the month. The day begins at 11:30 am and involves lunch and networking. The formal program begins at 1:00 pm. A brief business meeting typically occurs before or after the program, as timing dictates.

There are no formal programs in January, July, August, or December, although we may have informal write ins or critiquing. Also, our annual Retreat From Harsh Reality is held in April. This is open to non-members, and has been a cornerstone of Michigan Romance Writers for over 35 years.

Visit the MRW Facebook Events Page for any potential time changes and details. Please R.S.V.P. below or on the Facebook Events Page.


January


February

Location

Traveler’s Cafe & Pub. 5225 Portage Rd, Portage, MI

Meeting

11:30 am to 3:00 pm
In Person & Virtual

Program

1:00 pm

Author Planning Day with Elke Feuer (via Zoom) meeting in Kalamazoo.

Description: Author-preneuership is difficult, but it’s easier if you know where you want to go. This discussion will show you how to create an annual plan for your writing life. Step one, Reflect. Step two, Dream. And step three, Roadmap. You can find more information about Elke Feuer at https://elkefeuer.com/.


March

Location

TBD

Meeting

11: 30 am to 3:00 pm
In Person & Virtual

Program

1:00 pm

March will be hosted in Lansing with location TBD. The talk will be on LGBTQ+ without Fetishizing with Kiki Clark. She will present on how to craft authentic love stories without crossing the line into fetishizing a group of people. More information about Kiki can be found at https://www.kikiclark.com/.


May


Location

TBD

Meeting

11: 30 am to 3:00 pm
In Person & Virtual

Program

1:00 pm

Selling Direct with Damon Courtney from Bookfunnel (via Zoom) meeting in Grand Rapids

Description: Learn how to sell your ebooks and audiobooks directly using BookFunnel. For more information about Damon and BookFunnel, check out https://bookfunnel.com/.



June

Location

TBD

Meeting

11:30 am to 3:00 pm
In Person & Virtual

Program

1:00 pm

Sonia Hartl is a rom-com author of books such as Rent To Be, and will show us how to add some humor to our own romance novels. For more information, check out https://soniahartl.com/.


July


August


September

Location

Kalamazoo Area

Meeting

11:30 am to 3:00 pm
In Person & Virtual

Program

1:00 pm

Ty is the author of the breakout sensation Slash or Pass and used her own hyper-focused branding to bring in over 1k ARC readers and grow her engagement on TikTok to over 5k followers. Learn how to stand out to gain readership in an ever more challenging market. More information about Tylor Paige can be found at https://www.tylorpaige.com/.


October


Location

TBD

Meeting

11: 30 am to 3:00 pm
In Person & Virtual

Program

1:00 pm

 Do You Know Your Era? with Diana Lloyd (in person) meeting in Grand Rapids

Description: Historical romance readers are particular when it comes to the facts so you’ll need to do your research. Diana Lloyd will talk about how to know your particular era before you sit down to write your historical novel. You can find more information about Diana Lloyd at https://www.dianalloydbooks.com/.



November

Every November we have a Holiday Party. No program, no business meeting, no formality. Just fun! Details will be added as we get closer to the party. Join us for a jolly good time!



December


R.S.V.P.