Category: Writerly

Ready for the New Year Challenge Groups?

The New Year means a new round of the writing challenge. There are three different options available:

  1. Five Page Program – Member submit 5 pages per week for review by their group members. They meet once a week at the same time on Skype to give verbal feedback and follow-up by sending back the marked, reviewed MS.
  2. Up to 25 Pages – Member submit up to a maximum of 25 pages per week. Review and meetings as for 5 pages.
  3. Book under the Bed – Members submit an over view of a previously completed book (a synopsis of up to 10 pages) and then group members decide how they will proceed. They might meet on Skype to discuss the plot and characters before the rewrite begins. They might exchange full books, or agreed upon chunks with feedback being given individually after an agreed upon period of time. (One month for a whole book for example.) This is process is in itself a work in progress.

See the guidlelines here!

The January program will be starting in the next couple of weeks. We have two new challenge groups going forward. If you are interested in the challenge program, please read the information and guidelines and let Mahrie know at

Get in on Connections October!


Attention ARWA members! If you have an article or book launch you would like included in the Connections Newsletter, the deadline for content to be included in the second issue of fall is coming up on October 1st!

Have you launched a book or published a short story? Or did you write a great writing article on your blog that you want all ARWA members to see? Send it on over to evoday [at] with “ARWA NEWSLETTER” in the headline!

We look forward to hearing from you!


If you don’t have anything to send, make sure you have purchased your 2014-2015 membership and take a look at the fall programming schedule.

ARWA Members at When Words Collide – Part 2!

ARWA is delighted to introduce both members who will be participating in this year’s When Words Collide conference in Calgary August 8-10th, 2014 and also other ARWA sponsored panels.

Members activities include sitting on panels, offering workshops and reading at the ARWA Social, held in the Yorkshire 1 room at the Carriage House Inn, on Friday evening, 8-11pm.

You must be registered with the conference to attend workshops, but the social is open to members of the public. Please join us and check out our group and the programs we offer to aspiring and published authors.



Julian's Chance

Jessice is ARWA’s current president. She’s been a member for about three years. Jessica says, “ARWA helps me maintain focus and I get ideas and learn craft skills. I participate in the Writing Challenge Groups which gives me feedback on my current projects.

Jessica has published three novellas, a collection of short stories, five novels over 100,000 words each and recently added Julian’s Chance to her credits as part of the ARWA publishing venture.

In addition to presenting the character portion of the Monochrome or Texture workshop on Friday morning, she is appearing on or moderating the following panels. Alpha-Beta Romance Heroes, Self-Publishing Venture, Writing Groups, For Love of the Craft?

“I’m telling you straight out now, honey, that I’m the most selfish bastard you will ever know.” Julian’s Chance





There’s nothing like an enthusiastic group of writers to kick-start a self-publishing venture. Join Sherile and the panel to discover how 31 people came together to publish the Bandit Creek Series.

Sherile will be reading from her new release JAMIE’S CHOICE, her first book in the Bringing Jamie Home trilogy, at the Friday Social

No kids! No pets! No men!

It’s the perfect life for uptight, career-woman Rachel McGivney. Her existence is turned upside down when she becomes the guardian of the mischievous ten-year-old Jamie Sorenson and his clever English sheep dog, Scooter.

Complications multiply when lawyer Garrett Yates returns to town and triggers suppressed passion.

Rachel’s fears and goals collide when past secrets are exposed and Jamie’s in danger.

WRITING HOT – Friday, 6pm.



How hot should it be?

Tammy Lyn is a long time member and past president of ARWA. As a writer of erotica, Tammy knows the importance of Writing Hot. Through her writing and presentation of workshops, she’s acquired a lot of information and she’s willing to share. Come hear what she and the other panelists have to say.

Why writing hot? “It’s of special interest to me as I write paranormal romance and erotica, and writing hot and getting the reader into it is very important.”

ARWA Workshop at When Words Collide 2014

Are you coming down to When Words Collide? Why not come a bit early and take part in the fantastic workshop ARWA is hosting!

Monochrome or Tapestry – Engineering your Stories for Texture and Depth

Join ARWA writers Diana Cranstoun, Jessica L Jackson, Sarah Kades and Mahrie G Reid to explore multiple approaches for creating depth, layers and texture in your stories. Learn tools that pull your reader into the fabric of your book.

This three hour workshop includes lectures and hands on examples. Bring a few pages of your manuscript if you wish. Come, dive into multi-dimensional creating.

This workshop will be held in the Victoria ballroom on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 9 AM –12PM. Cost? Only $10.00

Click here to pre-pay and register for the workshop!

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