Dates, speakers, and whether we will be in person are subject to change.

1/15/2022

January

 

Headshot of Priscilla Oliveras

Date: January 15th 2022
Time: Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting and Hope Hotel (Building #823 in Area A), conference meeting room TBD, 10823 Chidlaw Rd., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH 45433
Speaker: Priscilla Oliveras
Topic: Balancing Emotion and Pacing for Unforgettable Fiction

Guest speaker Priscilla Oliveras will discuss emotion and pacing in fiction. As authors we know that emotion is the key to engaging readers in the story, but we’re often urged to trim backstory and inner dialogue to focus on driving the story forward. This presentation provides practical tips to get that critical emotion on the page without bogging down your story. 

2/19/2022

February

 

Author Brian D.MeeksDate: February 19th 2022
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting and The Forge Tavern 1375 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220
Speaker: Brian D. Meeks
Topic: Optimizing Amazon Ads
Selling books is hard…
…especially if your prospective buyers don’t read the description.
Do you know how to hook a reader?
Typical descriptions convert at 1:30. That means you have to pay for 30 clicks to get one new reader. That’s expensive. With proper copywriting, you can get that down to 1:8 or better.
Would you rather pay for 8 or 30 clicks?

3/19/2022

March

Juliette Hyland plots one of herbooks

Date: March 19th 2022
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location: Zoom and Community Room at the Woodbourne Library, 6060 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville, Ohio 45459
Facilitator: Shari Heinrich
Topic: Brainstorming
Come with your book ideas, and get ready to brainstorm in small group sessions, each person having a turn to share where they could use group help brainstorming anything. We’re not sure how well this will work with zoom versus in person. In person, we can break into small groups. Zoom, if we have too many zooming, members may need to break into small groups, for example, by using Facebook messenger and setting up a “room.” More to come as we figure this out!
Pictured here is Juliette Hyland, outlining her book Falling Again for the Single Dad, using one of the templates that the workshop provided.

4/16/2022

April

Kathleen Sweeny headshot

Date: April 16th 2022
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at approx. 1:30 pm
Location: Zoom and Hilliard Room of Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4500 Hickory Chase Way, Hilliard, OH 43026
Speaker: Kathleen Sweeney
Topic: Book Brush, New Images Authors Need (Kindle Vella, A+ content, Animated email signatures & more)
See how BookBrush can boost your marketing game.

5/14/2022

May

Headshot of Peggy Jaeger, a woman with long blond hair, signing one of her books.

Date: May 14th 2022
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at approx. 1:30 pm
Location: Zoom and Community Room at the Woodbourne Library, 6060 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville, Ohio 45459
Speaker: Peggy Jaeger
Topic: Writing the Second Acts Romance
Using humor and life experiences, this workshop will discuss an untapped market in the romance industry: romantic stories with heroines and heroes over the age of 45 for romance readers in the same Baby Boomer age group. We live in a society where life – and romance – doesn’t end at 35.
About our Speaker:  Peggy Jaeger is a multi-published contemporary romance author and Registered Nurse who happens to be in the Second Act of her life, so that credo of walking the walk and talking the talk is one she knows intimately.

6/18/2022

June

contemporary romance writer Olivia Gains
Date: June 18th 2022
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at approx. 1:30 pm
Location: Zoom and Meeting Room 2A of Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4500 Hickory Chase Way, Hilliard, OH 43026
Speaker: Olivia Gaines
Topic: Writing Characters of Color
An hour-long workshop which teaches how to seamlessly integrate characters of social and diverse backgrounds into your story. Learn the best methods of describing skin tones, hair textures, and cultural dishes.
Participants will receive a link for a workbook a few days before the course. That link is NOT to be shared with anyone other than participants.
About our Speaker:  Olivia is a USA Today Best Selling, Emma Award, and multiple award-winning author who loves a good laugh coupled with some steam, mixed in with a man and woman finding their way past the words of “I love you.”

7/16/2022

July

Agent Michelle Grajkowski

Date: July 16th 2022
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at approx. 1:30 pm
Location: Southeast Branch Library, 21 Watervliet Avenue, Dayton, OH 45420.
Speaker: Michelle Grajkowski of ThreeSeas Literary Agency
Topic: About Literary Agents–our agent will decide if she talks about what’s hot in romance and takes questions, or just take questions.

8/13/2022

August

JE Irvin headshot

Date: August 13th 2022
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm for those on ZOOM–we don’t have the meeting room until 12:30. We will hope to slip in earlier if the previous meeting has ended. Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at approx. 1:30 pm
Location: Zoom and Hilliard Room of Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4500 Hickory Chase Way, Hilliard, OH 43026
Speaker: J.E. Irvin
Topic: ITF Contest Judging

9/17/2022

September

Headshot of Emma Dhesi, a woman with short-cropped dark hair, before her bookshelf

Date: September 17th 2022
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at approx. 1:30 pm
Location:Zoom and Community Room at the Woodbourne Library, 6060 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville, Ohio 45459
Speaker: Emma Dhesi
Topic: TBD
Emma Dhesi is a book coach who specialises in helping beginner authors write their first novel.

10/15/2022

October

Jillian David Headshot

Date: October 15th 2022
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at approx. 1:30 pm
Location:  Zoom and Hilliard Room of Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4500 Hickory Chase Way, Hilliard, OH 43026
Speaker: Jillian David
Topic: Fast Drafting 101

11/19/2022

November

Date: November 19th 2022
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at approx. 1:30 pm
Location: Location in Dayton TBD
Speaker: Rochelle Bradley
Topic: NaNoWriMo Write-In
About our Speaker:  Rochelle writes romance with Sass & Shenanigans. She is an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author. Born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, she developed a love of nature and art. She currently lives in southwest Ohio with her two children, two cats, and her prince. She has been a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Municipal Liaison for the Dayton Region.

12/3/2022

December

 

Date: December 4th 2021
Time: noon
Location: Private Event
Topic: Celebration of all things COFW and writing romance. Awarding pens to our members publishing their first novels, and awarding our member of the year.
Details for this event will be available through the COFW Google Group email

A Fabulous 2021, Zoom meetings becoming Zoom and Hybrid. Why not become a COFW Member?

1/16/2021

January

 

Date: January 16th 2021
Time: Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting!
Speaker: Jenny Crusie
Topic: Motif and Metaphor
Guest speaker Jenny Crusie will discuss motif and metaphor in fiction. Motif and metaphor are ways to deepen your story’s meaning without putting that meaning blatantly on the page. Through careful analysis of your completed first draft, you can find the things that you unconsciously put into your story and enhance them to create the kind of emotional subtext that draws a reader in without hitting her over the head with MEANING.

2/13/2021

February

 

Date: February 13th 2021
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting!
Speaker: Donna MacMeans
Topic: The Other HEA: Grab Your Readers with Emotional Attachment
In order for a reader to care about a story, they must care about the characters. Learn how employing rooting interests in your stories that will create an emotional attachment– without the reader ever realizing how you manipulated their emotions.

3/13/2021

March

 

Date: March 13th 2021
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting!
Speaker: Nikki Sloane
Topic: Slay Your Promos
Is your book the complete package? Join Nikki as she talks about nailing all the elements that will help capture new readers. She’ll discuss craft, release approach, and promotion/ad strategies.

4/17/2021

April

 

Date: April 17th 2021
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting!
Speaker: Kate McMurray
Topic: Better, stronger, faster first drafts.
Writing a good first draft in less time is not so much a matter of typing faster but rather of using your time more efficiently. If you know where you’re going before you start your journey, you’ll get there faster.

5/15/2021

May

 

Date: May 15th 2021
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting!
Speaker: Liz Pelletier
Topic: Growth Hacking a Bestseller
Join publisher and editor Liz Pelletier as she demonstrates a new and innovative way to develop, write, edit, and market a book with the greatest chance of making your next release a best seller.

6/19/2021

June

 

Date: June 19th 2021
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting and The Forge Tavern 1375 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220
Speaker: Gwen Henandez
Topic: Scrivener Lessons
Scrivener is excellent writing software for both plotters and pantsers. Want to find out what makes it so popular, or learn some new tricks? The author of Scrivener For Dummies will walk you through the basics and cover some of her favorite features.

7/17/2021

July

 

Date: July 17th 2021
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting
Speaker: Beth Barany
Topic: NLP and Writing Great Novels
NLP, or neurolinguistic programming, is a tool that helps you write more, better, and faster. Used with respect and compassion, NLP is a gentle way to help you have what you want without having to “work” to be different than who you are.

8/14/2021

August

 

Date: August 14th 2021
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting and The Forge Tavern 1375 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220
Speaker: Jordyn Blanson
Topic: The Case for Diversity and Inclusion
This is a workshop that focuses on understanding what Diversity and inclusion really is, how it affects each and every one of us, and focuses on examining the way that we think about the world we live in.

9/18/2021

September

 

Date: September 18th 2021
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting and Hope Hotel (Building #823 in Area A), the Sabre-Phantom room, 10823 Chidlaw Rd., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH 45433
Speaker: Juliette Hyland
Topic: Trope Your Way to a First Draft
In genre fiction tropes are marketing devices. Everyone has their favorite! But as writers you can use these tropes to build your characters, and conflicts – basically your first draft!

10/16/2021

October

 

Date: October 16th 2021
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting and The Forge Tavern 1375 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220
Speaker: Jeffe Kennedy
Topic: Sexual Tension – Getting Away from Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma’am
High heat sex scenes are popular like never before. But what makes a scene go from ho-um to cold shower-worthy? The key is sexual tension.

11/13/2021

November

 

Date: November 13th 2021
Time: Networking at 12:00 pm, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
Location:
Zoom meeting and The Forge Tavern 1375 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220
Speaker: Patricia Sargeant
Topic: The Storyteller’s Toolkit
The Storyteller’s Toolkit is a plotting presentation that applies to all fiction genres and to authors in all stages of their publishing careers, particularly beginner and intermediate storytellers. The presentation will diagram premise, high concept, and conflict in a movie to demonstrate how the three elements work together to make a compelling story.
Presentation is free for members. If you are not a COFW member and wish to attend this presentation, registration will open October 17th.

12/4/2021

December

 

Date: December 4th 2021
Time: noon
Location: Private Event
Topic: Celebration of all things COFW and writing romance