Thursday, June 5, 2008

Valley of The Sun Romance Writers

I always recommend that writers join a writing organization such as Romance Writers of America. Within this huge organization are local and online chapters. Valley of the Sun is one of my local chapters here in Arizona. This Glendale Chapter hosts the huge Chocolate Affaire booksigning every February. The members of this blog attend every year.

Why join a writing group? To network in person and on loops, listen to monthly speakers, read and contribute to the montly newsletters, participate in group booksignings, and to learn about your market. Valley of the Sun offers a great deal. If you're a member, you can submit your synopsis, query, and three chapters for ten dollars and a published author will critique it for you. Also, every October, we attend a retreat at a haunted hotel. This year we will be staying at the Grand Hotel in Jerome, a real Arizona ghost town.

Even if you don't live in Arizona, you can join the chapter, receive the newsletter, join the loop, and receive the critique for ten dollars. Anyone interested in joining will first have to join the national organization. Check out Romance Writers of America at
If you live in Arizona, you can attend two Valley of the Sun meetings before deciding to join.

What's new? Glad you asked. We have a writing retreat this month.

Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 9 am to 4:30 pm
5747 W. Glendale Avenue - Glendale AZ,
across from Murphy Park
Tel: 623-934-9119
9:00-10:00AM - Vijaya Schartz - Dynamic Writer's Websites
10:00-11:00AM - Jennifer Ashley - The Great Agent Hunt
11:00-11:15AM - Break
11:15-12:15PM - Pamela Tracy - Suspense Romance
12:15-1:30PM - Lunch
1:30-2:30PM - Janeen O'Kerry - Writing The Hook
2:30-3:30PM - Renee Bernard - Historical Erotica
3:30-3:45PM - Break
3:45-4:45PM - Butterscotch Martini GirlsJuggling Family, Day Job & Career, You Can Do It.

Ongoing book signing during the day.
No registration fee -
Coffee, tea, and water available at no cost
Reserve your seat with Josette Umbertino at
Pay for your own lunch and/or room if you plan to stay at the Inn.

1 comment:

Natalie Hatch said...

What if we live in a different country, can we still get a critique if we join? *g*