Saturday Workshop and Valentine’s Social – February 13

February 13th, 2016 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Common Sex Scene Mistakes and the Annual Valentine’s Social

Join us for our annual Valentine’s Day party and presentation:

Common Sex Scene Mistakes

Presented by Tammy Lyn Carbol

Bring your pot luck food selection. Please note that there are some allergies in the group so please be sure to label if your contribution contains dairy (including cheese) or gluten.

Share in the fun with games and prizes!

Thursday Meeting – January 28th

January 28th, 2016 at 7:00 pm at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Writing for Children, for Young Adults, and Time Travel Stories

with Simon Rose

Simon Rose joins us to talk about writing for children and young adults and will also explore the fascinating world of time travel stories.

Saturday Workshop – January 9th – Update

January 9th, 2016 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Programming Change

Unfortunately, our presenter is unable to attend due to illness. We hope that she feels better soon.

This doesn’t mean that the ARWA meeting is cancelled, however! All members are invited to come and use this opportunity to write, brainstorm, and network with fellow members with our available space.

Saturday Workshop – January 9th

January 9th, 2016 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Story, a deeper understanding of the process with Robert McKee’s STORY

with Catherine Saykaly-Stevens

Join us this chilly January for highlights and key points from Robert McKee’s world-famous, 3-Day STORY Seminar: substance, structure, style, and the principles of story.
This is an interactive workshop that will toggle between instruction and exercises. Bring your laptop AND be sure to bring pen and paper as some diagrams will be integrated with your story elements.
(Be prepared to work on your existing story.)

Winter 2016 Programming

Programming is up!

Good news! The Winter 2016 programming is now available on the ARWA website! Take a look!

Have a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to seeing all of our members next year.

Critique Groups

Remember! If you want to get a head start on your new years writing goals, you’ll want to join the ARWA’s Challenge Critique Groups for Winter 2016.

Are you an ARWA member with a book under the bed? Are you looking for motivation to produce words on a regular basis? Would you like a supportive group to read your writing?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then ARWA’s Critique Groups might be for you! We’re starting up again in January and we would love to hear from anyone looking to be a part of our wonderful critique groups.

Types of Groups

  • Five Page Group – Members submit five pages per week for review by their group members. Members meet once a week on Skype to give verbal feedback and also send marked up pages via email.
  • Twenty Five Page Group – Members submit up to a maximum of twenty five pages per week. Members meet on Skype once a week on skype to give verbal feedback and also send marked up pages via email.
  • Book Under the Bed Group – Members submit two chapters a week, (or up to twenty five pages) of their finished novels. Members will then meet on skype after having reviewed other member’s pages and give feedback verbally, then sending feedback after the meeting. Challenge should continue until all members have made it through their books.

If you’re interested in participating, please contact and identify which group you’d like to be in (information above), what genre you write in, a brief overview of your novel and word count (if you’re applying for Book Under the Bed). Must be an ARWA member to apply! Please express your interest no later than December 31st, 2015 to ensure time to find the right groups.

Thursday Meeting – November 26th

November 26th, 2015 at 7:00 pm at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Kick-Starting Your Writing

with Jillian Long

Are you creatively blocked? Can’t write even when you have the time? Join us for a hands-on workshop on why we get blocked and what we can do to get past it.

Please bring a notebook and pen, (no laptops) and some ideas for prompts!

Saturday Workshop – November 14th

November 14th, 2015 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Novel Expansion

with Sarah Kades

Ever wanted to expand an existing story or series and you’re not sure where to start? Sarah Kades takes you on her adventure finding those story threads to weave additional scenes and subplots to help you rock a longer story, not simply up your word count.