Upcoming Meetings

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

: 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
: To Be Announced
: 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
: To Be Announced
: Verdi’s

Program: LIRW Holiday Party

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Past Meetings

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