2021 LIRW Meetings and Workshops


Join fellow members online on Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:30 a.m.
for the Workshop in a Box:
WriteFast presented by Siera London

A straightforward method to transform your story idea into a first draft FAST!

The Board will hold a General Chapter Meeting prior to the workshop via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. All members welcome and encouraged to attend.

The LIRW Critique Group will meet online
January 16, 2021 10:00 AM via Zoom.


February 20, 2021

Workshop: Cliffhanger


March 20, 2021

Workshop: Incorporating Humor into your Writing


April 17, 2021

Workshop: Writing Short Stories


May 15, 2021

Workshop: Pacing Sweet Spot 

Past Meetings:

Holiday Party

Join chapter mates for a virtual holiday celebration with a Secret Santa gift exchange and a holiday watch party on Saturday, December 5.

We’re setting a $15 limit, and for those taking part, we’ll assign you a Secret Santa. Use any shopping service you like to ship a gift directly to that member’s mailing address. It could be socks, a book, candy, an ornament—whatever you like that fits the spending cap.
**Recipients, do NOT open your gift when it arrives. (See below)

On Saturday, December 5th join us for a Watch Party at 7 p.m. We stream a Netflix holiday movie (TBD) and yes, you WILL need a Netflix account for this. The Watch Party will enable us to comment and chat on the movie as it’s playing. We will play Holiday Movie Bingo as we watch. Wear an Ugly Sweater or Holiday Pajamas. We’ll have a virtual contest! Opening of the gifts from our Secret Santas will conclude the event—those participating have to guess who sent it before opening it.

To sign up for the Gift Exchange, find the link in the November 5th Holiday Plans chapter email, the November’s issue of ShoreLines, or the LIRW Facebook group.

November 14, 2020

Virtual Workshop with Ann Leslie Tuttle

Guest Speaker Ann Leslie Tuttle will speak about the ins and outs of agents and contracts, 11 a.m.

Board meeting to follow.

2021 Board Elections Results

Your LIRW incoming 2021 Board of Directors is:

President — Robin Dunn
VP Programming — Paris Wynters
VP Communication — Suzanne McKenna Link
Treasurer — Violet Vahle
Secretary — Anita Plutner

October 17, 2020

Virtual Workshop with Becca Syme

Writing coach Becca Syme will be delivering two popular workshops from her Better Faster Academy for LIRW on Saturday, October 17th via Zoom beginning at 10 AM. First, we’ll be learning Eleven Productivity Myths and Why You Should Stop Believing Them and after a lunch break, we’ll learn about Success Metrics and the Elusive Why, with some time for Q&A at the end. We expect to end the day at 4 PM. Remember, Becca’s services are in high demand and expensive for many of us to arrange individually. That’s why the chapter is covering the cost of this event. The Board hopes you’ll make every effort to attend this critical craft development workshop.

September 12, 2020

Business meeting at 11 a.m. via Zoom

Program: Q&A with guest speaker Tera Cuskaden, editor with Entangled, 1 p.m.

June 13, 2020

This month’s business meeting will be via a conference call at 11:00 AM.
(Members have been sent directions to join Zoom meeting via email)


1. RWA Updates
2. Chapter Election Info

Program: Video Game and other Digital Writing Opportunities for Romance Writers 

at 1 p.m.

Online: This month’s guest speaker is Jason Stevan Hill of Choice of Games.

With ten years of experience making interactive novels, Choice of Games has developed a strong sense of design with regard to interactive narrative. Starting in 2019, we have applied that expertise to the romance genre. We’ll be discussing the basics of game design, answering questions about ChoiceScript, and thinking aloud about how to maintain romantic tension in an interactive format.
Jason Stevan Hill cofounded Choice of Games in 2010. Since then, he has written three interactive novels (Choice of the Vampire, Choice of the Vampire: Fall of Memphis, and the upcoming Choice of the Vampire: St. Louis, Unreal City), as well as editing forty titles within the Choice of Games library, including the best-selling Heroes Rise trilogy and the Nebula-nominated Rent-a-Vice.
In his spare time, Hill is a board member and Financial Director of Broken Box Mime Theater, an elected member of the Democratic party, and is currently piloting a high school summer writing camp in Brooklyn for reading and writing black speculative fiction.

April 25, 2020

This month’s business meeting will be via a conference call at 11:30 AM.
(Members have been sent directions to join Zoom meeting via email)


1. Update on RWA 2.0 Progress
2. Good News
3. Board Members’ Reports
4. Virtual Event Brainstorming

Program: Holiday Romance at 2 p.m.

Online: This month’s guest speaker, Kelsey McKnight, will present a special holiday romance writing workshop online.
You will learn a bit about how to create, market, and sell a holiday romance for every occasion.
We will discuss which holidays and tropes readers love best, how to decide if your stories should be sweet or steamy,
and how to keep holiday magic flowing alongside the conflict your characters should face.
There will also be a time for questions and answers and individual feedback through email for all interested writers after the workshop.

March 21, 2020

NOTE: This month’s meeting at Smithtown Public Library has been canceled.

The business meeting will be held via a conference call at 11:30.

At 1 pm, those registered can log into the scheduled program webinar from home. (Directions to come)

Smithtown Public Library – Commack Branch

3 Indian Head Rd, Commack, NY 11725 • 631.360.2480


Agenda: 11:30 am–3 pm

11:30 am to 12:30 pm – Business Meeting via conference call

1 pm – Program via Webinar for those registered. 

Program: “Needless to say” 

Webinar: “Body Language Differences Between the Sexes” presented by USA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham.

The library will set up a projector and web access for us so we can all view Mary as a group.

*Members interested in attending are requested to sign up so be sure to look for more information as it becomes available.

**As this program is a webinar, those not able to make it can login from home.

February 15, 2020

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road – Huntington Station NY 11746 • 631.549.4411


Agenda: 11 am–3 pm

Board Meeting: 11 am to Noon

Lunch: Noon to 12:30 pm *(No food allowed in meeting room)

Business Meeting: 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Program/Workshop: 1:30 pm to end


Join Meara Platt for a program on the benefits of boxsets, anthologies, and connected series as a marketing strategy.
The pros and cons of working with other authors to enhance your author brand and raise your reader visibility.

January 18, 2020

Commack branch of the Smithtown Library

3 Indian Head Rd, Commack, NY 11725
In the “Commack” meeting room

Agenda: 10 am – 4:45 PM

Board Meeting: 10:30 – 11:30

Free Time for Breakout Sessions: (Member discretion) 10 to Noon

Lunch: Noon -1

Business Meeting: 1-2

Program/Workshop: 2 to close

Program: 2 p.m.

Organizational Tools for Authors.

Join Patty Blount and Jeannie Moon

as they talk you through organizational tips

and tricks for the new year. Look at planners,

calendars and tools–both paper and digital

–to help you keep all the balls you’re juggling in the air with less stress.

November 16, 2019

Cold Spring Harbor Library

95 Harbor Rd, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. Tel: (631) 692-6820

Agenda: 11 am to 3 pm

11 am to noon: free time for breakout groups

noon to 1 pm: Business Meeting

Program: 1 pm to 3 pm ~

Hooking Your Readers

Presented by Meara Platt.

Meara will present insights on what draws readers into your story

and keeps them turning the pages, including How to use setting as a lure;

How to entice a reader’s emotions; How to start and end a chapter to raise intriguing questions in a reader’s mind.

Meara Platt is a USA Today bestselling author and an

award winning Amazon UK Allstar in historical romance.

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October 26, 2019

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road – Huntington Station NY 11746 – 631.549.4411



11 to Noon: Free time, craft talk, etc.

12:00 – 12:30: Pro/Pan Breakouts, if any

12:30 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Business Meeting

2:00 – 4:00: Program: Jeannie Moon


The Layered Heroine

Just as women have evolved over the decades, so have the romance heroines with whom they identify.
No longer content to be rescued or domesticated, the modern romance heroine is made up of
many different layers. In this class, attendees will explore techniques that
incorporate backstory, internal and external conflict, speech, physical attributes,
age and outside influences, to build a multifaceted woman ready to
embark on her own journey and find happily ever after on her terms. 

September 21, 2019

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road – Huntington Station NY 11746 – 631.549.4411



11 to Noon: Free time

12:00 – 12:30: Pro/Pan Breakouts

12:30 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Business Meeting

2:00 – 4:00: Program


Web Design and

Digital Marketing for Authors.

Designing a useful website and effective marketing

campaigns can be difficult!

Join Alyson Caraway, a website and digital marketing manager

for over 10 years, as she takes you through how to set up your site

for interested readers AND Google. Even if you’re not published yet,

she’ll show you how to create relevant content to help people find you,

how to get them to sign up for your e-mail newsletter,

and how you can decipher your analytics data to make sure visitors

are getting the most out of your digital presence.

August 17, 2019

Smithtown Public Library (Commack Branch)

3 Indian Head Road
Commack, New York 11725
(631) 360-2480

Parking is limited, so be aware–also we’re leaving an hour for lunch as no food is allowed in the meeting room.


1o to 11:00 Free Time – Ask questions, talk shop, sprint, or just socialize.
11:00 – Noon: PAN/PRO break-out
Noon – 1:00: Break
1:oo to 2:00: Business Meeting

Program: 2 to 4 p.m.

RWA Recap: Ease your fear of missing out! 

Best speeches and workshops

Best fangirl/fanboy moments

Trends to watch

Following through — connections made

Next steps — where do you go next?

June 8, 2019, 2019

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road – Huntington Station NY 11746 – 631.549.4411



Please check back for details.


Starting at 12 noon:

Search and Rescue

What it is, how books are getting it wrong, and the K-9 specialty. Presenter: Tanya Sarlanis, certified K-9 handler. The program will include 2 working dogs—well-behaved professionals of medium to large size. Weather permitting, there will be a short demo in the courtyard

The regular business meeting will follow the program.

April 27, 2019

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road – Huntington Station NY 11746 – 631.549.4411



11 to 12:00 Critique
12:00 – 12:30: Lunch
12:30 – 1:30: Business Meeting
1:30 to 3:30: Program
3:30 – 4:30: Basket stuffing

Program: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Team Writing

Collaborate your way to a beautiful work of fiction! 

Three pairs of authors share their co-authoring processes,  from hashing out ideas to writing with one voice, to working things out when visions collide. Join M. Goldsmith and A. Malin (Melissa and Anita), Vivi Parish and Emma Sinclair, and Elora Jennison (Jennifer and Laura)  for a lively discussion of the ups, downs, pitfalls & triumphs of coauthoring.

June 15, 2019

Venue to be announced

Agenda to be announced

Program to be announced

July 27, 2019

No meeting scheduled.

The RWA National Conference

will be in New York City.