Final Meeting of 2018

December 8, 2018


450 Commack Road, Deer Park, New York 11729. (631) 242-8902

Holiday Party

12-3 PM


Watch this page for our upcoming roster of 2019 meetings!

2018 Meetings

January 2018

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
: 11:00 am – 4:30 pm 

11:00 – 12:15 – Critique
12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch Break
12:45-1:45 – Business meeting
2:00 – 4:00 – Program
4:00 – 4:30 – PAN/PRO meetings

WhereSouth Huntington Public Library
Program: Your Best Writing Year Ever! A Special Program with Coach and Entrepreneur Regina Smith

The new year is the perfect time to take stock. Where are you now, and where do you want to go? Join us for an exploration of what success means to you. We’ll discuss how to create a clear vision for your writing in 2018, and how to manifest that vision in your writing, your business, and your life.
Regina Smith is a nationally-recognized yoga/athletic coach and educator, and a gifted entrepreneur. Regina is the founder and CEO of the Gritty Buddha yoga center, focuses on karmic work through United We Om, and coaches leaders in strengths based empowerment based on the work of the Marcus Buckingham Company.

February 2018

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
: 10:00 – 2:30

10:00 – 11:00 Critique
11:00 – 11:30 PAN/PRO/Lunch
11:30 – 12:45 Business Meeting
1:00 – 2:30 The Power of Love: Romance Author Panel

3:00 – 5:00 Sachem Public Library Author Fair

 WhereSachem Public Library
Program: The Power of Love: Romance Author Panel

Please join a panel of published romance authors to celebrate the power of love in honor of Valentine’s Day! The romance genre is dominated by women writers and readers, and these books celebrate the power of love and women’s agency. We’ll consider the ways that romance can inspire, delight, and strengthen women in their lives beyond the page.

March 2018

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Time: 10 – 4 pm


Critique 10-11:30

PAN/PRO: 11:30-12:00

LUNCH: 12:00 – 12:30

Business: 12:30 – 1:45

Program 2-4

Where: Farmingdale Public Library

116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735; 516-249-9090

The Makings of a Romance Hero

Join USA Today Best-selling Authors 

Jeannie Moon, Meara Platt & Jamie Schmidt for a panel discussion of

To-Die-For Heroes–how they’ve changed through history,

what characteristics make a great hero, and how writers create the heroes readers fall in love with.

April 2018

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Time: 11 to 4:45 

11- 12:30 – Pitch Practice–(In Place of Critique)

Bring It! We’ll be sending out some tips to help you work on your pitch BEFORE the meeting–
get feedback at the meeting–work out the kinks–polish it for the Luncheon
12:30 – 1:30 – Business meeting/lunch
1:30 – 3:30 – workshop:
3:30 – 4:45 – Luncheon Raffle Basket Assembly
Bring some scissors, a basket or two, etc–coordinate with Vivi and Emma–many hands make light work!


 Smithtown Public Library (Nesconset Branch)
148 Smithtown Boulevard
Nesconset, New York  11767
(631) 360-2480


Explore CANVA!

a Free and Fairly Easy image program to make cool stuff for the web, Facebook, Twitter, Insta, Tumblr, etc.
–presented by–
~Patty Blount~

Hands On–Bring your computer–you CAN make pretty things!!

May 2018

When: Friday, May 4, 2018

Time: 12-4 PM

Where: The Inn at Fox Hollow, 7755 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797


21st Annual “Shining the Light on Romance” Agent/Editor Luncheon

Featuring Dynamic Keynote Speaker


Registration now open for LIRW Members, Open to all Feb 1

For more information:

Annual “Shining the Light on Romance” Editor/Agent Networking Luncheon


June 2018

When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
: 11am to 4:30

11-12:30 – Critique
12:30-1:30 – Business meeting
1:30-2 – Lunch
2-4 – Program
4-4:30 – PAN/PRO

Where: Smithtown Library (Main Branch)

See Map.


2 – 4 pm

“You Pitched, They Requested, Now What?”

Luncheon Follow-up theme. Useful for anyone looking to put together a submission package.

Our expert panel will touch on Queries, Synopses, Optimal Timing, etc.

Plus keeping track of your submissions, and encouraging follow-through!

Confirmation and Panel Composition to follow–


July 2018

Saturday July 7, 2018 RAIN DATE July 14, 2018

We have no regular meeting scheduled for July, but are offering

A field trip visit/tour to Sands Point Preserve.

This is an example of Gold Coast living on the North Shore of Long Island * Nassau County * 127 Middle Neck Rd, Sands Point, NY 11050

For more information about the property, see

Please arrive at 10:30 am. Mansion tour begins at 11 am.

After the tour, we are free to further explore the grounds, picnic, find a spot to sit and write.

Price for entry is $10 per car. There is an additional per person charge for the tour of the mansion $10.

Please check our myRWA group for further details.

FYI, there is no food, wifi, or places to plug in at the site.

You must pre-register for this event. Please let Liz know if you are interested ASAP, at

August 2018

When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
: 11 am to 4:40 pm

11-12:30 Critique

12:30-1:30 Business Meeting

1:30-2 Lunch

2-4 PROGRAM–Damon Suede

4-4:30 PAN/PRO


South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road * Huntington Station, NY 11746

Program: Damon Suede!

DARK HEART: The Root of Character

All characters have pain in their past…a burden which drives them inexorably into turmoil, jeopardy, and high-stakes choices.

Backstory, motivation, wounds, scars, shadows, ghosts…no matter what you call it, that inner void sucks.

Accessing your characters’ darkness and danger dramatizes scenes and maximizes emotional legibility.

Join Damon Suede for a two-hour workshop which teaches you to tap your story’s power and bring any character to life.


September 15, 2018

Shelter Rock Public Library

165 Searingtown Rd S, Albertson, NY 11507

Critique: 10:30-12
Lunch: 12-12:30
Business Meeting: 12:30-1:45
Workshop: 2-4

PROGRAM: 2 to 4 pm.

Jamie Beck presents:

Eliciting Emotion: Hook Your Readers’ Hearts

Learn how to grab your reader at the outset and keep them emotionally invested

long after they finish the book.


October 13, 2018

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Rd, Huntington Station, NY 11746

Program: 11:15-2:30

Lunch: 2:30-3

Business meeting: 3-4

PAN/PRO: 4-4:30

PROGRAM: 11 – 2:30pm

Indie Author Day

Want to know what today’s Self-Publishing is all about?

Think you’re ready to take the plunge? Come join LIRW’s many successful Indie Authors and learn more

about this exciting, and often nerve-wracking career path. Our fabulous authors will present

on the practicalities and pitfalls while traveling the Indie road.

Join us for a fun and informative day!


November 17, 2018

East Meadow Public Library

1886 Front Street, East Meadow 
NY 11554-1700 | Phone 516-794-2570

Critique: 10-11

Business meeting: 11-12:15

Lunch: 12:15-12:45

Program: 1-3

Board meeting: 3-4:30

PROGRAM: 1-3pm

Structural Guidelines for

plotting and pacing with Dee Davis

Join the best-selling author of over 30 novels and novellas including romantic suspense,

time travel, and women’s fiction.

From Once Upon A Time To Happily Ever After

Structural guidelines for plotting and pacing.

Join bestselling author Dee Davis in a journey from story beginning to story end

with a little road building along the way; brick by brick,

learn techniques that will help create a winning plot from first word to last.

Past Meetings in 2017:

January 2017

When: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 10am-4pm
Where: Bayshore Brightwaters Library
10am-12pm: Critique
12:30-1:30pm: Business Meeting
2-4pm: Feel My Words?
A special presentation by best selling author Blue Saffire

As authors, we always want to touch our readers with our work. What if I told you it’s not in what you say, but how you say it? NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) can teach us how to touch our readers with our words. In other words, there is a science to getting your readers to feel, hear, see, and taste your words and I would love to share just a few of the many ways to do that. I will show you how to reach your reader’s emotions and engagement through their sensor map from the standpoint of an NLP Master Practitioner.

Ever notice how certain songs, movies, or book passage trigger certain emotions every single time? They are able to invoke the emotions on a deeper level. I wonder what would happen if you learned to trigger these emotions at will in your romantic writing. Wouldn’t that just be phenomenal to your stories and characters? Why not learn how to hit that sweet spot every time like a perfect tone, make your readers feel you with each keystroke by playing to their emotional map. Learn the Master’s way of doing this through NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).


February 2017

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 10am – 4:45pm
Where: Smithtown Library (Main Branch)
1 N. Country Rd
Smithtown, 11787
10:00 – 11:00 critique

11:00-12:00 PAN/PRO meetings
12:00 – 1:30 business meeting
2 – 4:45 p.m. presentation

Romance Heroes and Heroines – In honor of Valentine’s Day, please join us for a special panel discussion of heroes and heroines in romance. Come explore hero/heroine archetypes, favorite plot lines and twists, tropes, and more. The heart of romance is the dance of the hero and heroine…let’s discuss how to electrify and strengthen that interaction!


March 2017

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 9am
Where: Suffolk County Crime Lab
Limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. Registration information TBA. You must be a current member of LIRW to attend.

9 am start time with about a 1.5 hour tour duration. May include a visit to the morgue, be advised!

We are instructed to meet in the lobby of the Medical Examiner’s office in Hauppauge.

Business Meeting will be held at 11:30am at the Candlelight Diner (56 Veterans Highway, Commack, NY 11725)


April 2017

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Critique: 10:00-11:15
Luncheon Committee Meeting: 11:15-12:00
Break 12:00-12:30
Business Meeting 12:30-1:30
Pitch presentation: 1:30-2:15
Pitch breakout-2:15-4:00
Board meeting: 4:00. Members are welcome to attend as observers.

*We have the room until 4:30, so if members would like to stay to work on pitches together, feel free.
Where: Smithtown Library (Commack Branch)
3 Indian Head Road
Commack, NY 11725
Program: Practicing Your Pitch!


May 2017

20th Annual Shining the Light on Romance Agent & Editor Luncheon

When: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 12pm – 4pm
WhereFox Hollow Inn


June 2017

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 11am – 4pm
WhereSouth Huntington Library

*Note: there will be no critique this month.
11:00 – 12:00 Luncheon Debrief
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch Break
12:30 – 1:45 Business Meeting
2:00 – 4:00 Program with Damon Suede

Program: FIND YOUR GAME FACE with Damon Suede
This hands-on workshop on presence and platform will teach you how to identify a personal archetype to embody your brand and launch your projects in the genre marketplace. In this session you’ll learn to:

    • evoke story patterns that protect and project your professionalism.
    • harness the power of personal goals and a public platform, on- and offline.
    • tailor your message to open doors and attract the right kind of attention.
    • cultivate a healthy A-gang to minimize headaches and boost promo.

A strategic authorial presence can be a game changer for your career. This class will show you how to groom and broadcast your unique appeal, so you become your own best advertisement.


July 2017

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017

10:00-11:45 Critique
12:00-12:30 Communities of Practice (PAN/PRO)
12:30-1:00 Break
1:00-2:00 Business Meeting
2:15-4:00 Program.

Where: Smithtown Library (Commack Branch)
3 Indian Head Road
Commack, NY 11725
ProgramPrimal Plots & Hooking the Reader, Presented by Pamela Burford & Meara Platt

Learn about the most popular romantic plot premises and how to incorporate them into your romance novel. Then learn the tricks to keeping your reader invested in your story and turning the pages.


August 2017

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Board Meeting: 10:00-11:00 (LIRW Members are welcome to attend and observe)
PAN/PRO Breakout Sessions: 11:15-12:00
Lunch Break: 12:00-12:30
Business Meeting & National DeBrief: 12:30-1:45
Program (Writer Wellness): 2:00-4:00

: Cold Spring Harbor Public Library

Program: Writer Wellness, presented by Jeannie Moon & Patricia Mohn


September 2017

Damon Suede 2017 Two Day Workshop

When: Saturday – Sunday, September 23-24, 2017
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Melville. (1575 Round Swamp Road, Plainview, NY 11803)
Program: Weekend Workshop with Damon Suede


October 2017

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

10:00 – 11:30 Small group brainstorming. (Nano Prep)
11:30 – 12:15 PAN/PRO groups
12:15 – 12:45 Break
12:45 – 2:00 Business meeting
2:00 – 3:45 Program – NaNoWriMo Kickoff Panel
3:45 – end Q and A/Meet and Greet

Where: Smithtown Library, Nesconset Branch
Program: NaNoWriMo Kickoff Panel

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. Every November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:50 PM on November 30.

Come join us as our panel of longtime NaNoWriMo winners and social media mavens will talk about how to get ready to rock, how to keep going, and how to get to the finish line and beyond — and how to connect with other writers and have a blast no matter what happens!


November 2017

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

10:00 – 11:00 Write In/Brainstorm Breakout
11:00 – 11:30 PAN/PRO
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch Break
12:00-1:30 Business Meeting
1:30 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 4:00 Program with Lisa Stone Hardt

Where: East Meadow Public Library
Program: The Next Level, with Lisa Stone Hardt (LSH Editorial Services)

Whether you’ve ridden the NaNoWriMo roller coaster or completed your manuscript over the course of years, writing “The End” is just the beginning. And if you have yet to write those wonderful words, you may need some advice on how to hang in there and get to the finish line.
Now that you have the first draft of your novel, what’s next? Join us for an interactive discussion with freelance editor and writing coach Lisa Stone Hardt about how to take the next step toward publication. Bring your fears, your doubts, your stumbling blocks, and Lisa will help you find a way to shepherd your project from rough draft to publishable manuscript. Even if you have not yet finished your first manuscript, our discussion will explore tips and tricks for sticking with your project. Join us for an exploration of life after NaNoWriMo, a road map for taking your writing to the next level.


December 2017

When: Saturday, December 09, 2017
: TBA 
: Verde, 450 Commack Rd, Deer Park, NY 11729

Program: LIRW Holiday Party and Elections (Members Only)

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