2021 Meetings and Workshops


Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 10:30 a.m.
Join LIRW members 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—1 p.m.

Cliffhangers: Keep the Pages Turning! presented by Kris Bock

A cliffhanger chapter ending can add impact to a dramatic scene and leave the reader desperate to find out what happens next. Learn how to identify your best cliffhanger moments and make them even more dramatic through pacing and paragraphing. Even when you have to end at a quieter moment, you can drive the story forward by leaving your character—and the reader—with a sense of anticipation or worry.

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Learn more at www.krisbock.com or visit Kris Bock’s Amazon page. Kris writes for children under the names Chris Eboch and M. M. Eboch.

Non-LIRW members are welcome to join this workshop. Fee: $10. Click here to register.

  • A General Board meeting will be held prior to the workshop on Feb. 20 at noon via Zoom. All members welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • The LIRW Board will meet virtually on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. All members welcome.
  • The LIRW Critique Group will meet online February 13 at 10:00 AM via Zoom.


March 20, 2021—10:30 a.m.

Workshop: Incorporating Humor into your Writing presented by Adrianna Cuevas

Finding the Funny: Humor is a great way to hook readers, no matter the subject. Using examples from adult, YA, and MG books, Adrianna Cuevas will show you how to weave laughs into your manuscript. Even if your subject is a serious one, the subtle use of humor can both ease tension and provide a respite from difficult moments. Fart jokes optional… but encouraged.

Adrianna Cuevas is the author of The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez (FSG BYR, 2020) and Cuba in My Pocket (FSG BYR, 2021). She is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida. After teaching Spanish and ESOL for sixteen years, she decided to pursue her passion for storytelling. Adrianna currently resides outside of Austin, TX with her husband and son.

Non-LIRW members are welcome to join this workshop. Fee: $10. Click here to register.


April 17, 2021—11 a.m.

Workshop: Writing Short Stories presented by Susan Palmquist


May 15, 2021—10:00 a.m.

Workshop: Finding Your Way to the Pacing Sweet Spot presented by Angela James

Better understand what editors and agents mean when they reference a book’s pacing. Learn what to look for in your own manuscript when it comes to figuring out pacing, structure and how to make it all work together. This workshop comes with a handout/workbook.

Angela James (she/her), freelance editor and author career specialist, has enjoyed nearly two decades in genre fiction publishing and has edited bestselling books and authors, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Paper Princess by Erin Watt, as well as hundreds of other authors such as Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken, Shannon Stacey, A.M. Arthur, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Alexa Riley, Lisa Marie Rice, Ilona Andrews, Eve Vaughn, Lilith Saintcrow, Josh Lanyon, Jen Frederick, K.A. Mitchell, Lucy Monroe and more. She is also the creator of Before You Hit Send: a popular online self-editing and writing workshop as well as From Written to Recommended, a new and growing author community.

For more information about Angela’s freelance editorial and consulting services, visit angelajames.co.

Non-LIRW members are welcome to join the workshop. Fee: $10. Click here to register.


June 12, 2021–11 a.m.

Writing Queries and Back of Book Blurbs presented by Jamie K. Schmidt







Holiday Party