DATE & TIME   |   February 18th, 2023 – Social at 12:00 PM, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm or later–after the business meeting concludes.
LOCATION   |   Meeting will be Hybrid via Zoom and Columbus Public Library South High Street Branch, 3540 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43207. See below for further instructions.
TOPIC   | Donna MacMeans: How to Write a Sizzling Hot Sex Scene

How to Write a Sizzling Hot Sex Scene

Learn How to Make Your Sex Scene Blaze with the Intensity You Want

SEX.  We all know what it is and what goes where in the performance of it.  Afterall, we’re all adults, right?  Books across the centuries have included sex, or, at least alluded to it, in mysteries, mythical epics, and wartime journals.  Much has been made of the skills of prostitutes to courtesans, yet all stories employ the same basic principle of insert A into slot B.  So how is it that some writers, in describing this fundamental act, are known as authors of hot, steamy, sexy love scenes – while others are simply… adequate?  Why do some stories receive scorcher ratings of four and five hot tamales, or flames,  or whatever the current rating romance system is, to describe the “steam” factor of a book? Afterall, isn’t sex just sex?

Donna MacMeans, an author who has received some recognition for writing “hot” historical romance, read a number of romances recommended as having sizzling sex scenes to answer those very questions.  She compared the books to see what they had in common, and how the authors utilized some basic writerly practices to create that much anticipated consummation scene and satisfy the reader’s thirst for a transforming love experience.  We’ll explore sex from the standpoint of science, and from that of literary artistry; from blazing hot romances with the bedroom door shut, to those with the bedroom door flung wide, wide open.  Please note: audience participation is actively encouraged, and mature language is likely to be used.  This workshop is one you won’t want to miss.

 

Attending Our Hybrid Meeting

This program is free for members and prospective members who have not yet visited for two complimentary meetings. For those members who cannot join us in person, join us via Zoom. The password will be posted in the Central Ohio Fiction Writers Google Group, and on the members-only Central Ohio Fiction Writers Facebook page.

If you are not a COFW member and wish to attend this presentation via Zoom, email cofwpresident@gmail.com. Please note, the link spans from the moment we open the room to the social half hour through the business meeting and this program.

Per library policy, “Prepared food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in meeting rooms.”

 

About Our Speaker

Donna MacMeans is an award winning, Amazon best-selling romance author, with many foreign additions including a book turned into a Japanese graphic novel. Her first historical romance manuscript went up for auction among three NY publishers launching her into a career of writing sensuous and witty Victorian historical romance and just-plain-fun paranormal romance. Until she retired to pursue the craft of writing, she was a CPA with a small tax practice. (Let’s face it, writing romance is much more interesting than signing a tax return.) She is a frequent workshop presenter and is both traditionally and independently published. Her short stories and novellas have appeared in five anthologies.

Learn more about Donna at her website.

DATE & TIME   |   November 19th, 2022 – Social at 12:00 PM, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm or later–after the business meeting concludes
LOCATION   |   Meeting will be Hybrid via Zoom and Community Room at the Woodbourne Library, 6060 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville, Ohio 45459. See below for further instructions.
TOPIC   | Rochelle Bradley: NaNoWriMo Write-In

NaNoWriMo Write-In

Time to Write!

Join Rochelle Bradley as she gets us going for this write-in.

Bring a desire, an idea, an outline, a nearly completed work or just your laptop and/or a pencil and paper.  Rochelle will provide energizing activities for your mid-month spurt of inspiration to get you through the month.

Never heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where you pledge to write 50,000 words in 30 days? You know of NaNoWriMo but you’re not going to participate in it this year? No problem. Come for the fun of being with writers.

In 2015, COFW member Rochelle became a Municipal Liaison Dayton Region for the National Novel Writing Month organization.

Click NaNoWriMo for all the info on this non-profit organization.

Gina Smith writes as Rochelle Bradley and coins her style as “romance with sass and shenanigans.” She’s won the Ellechor Publishing House contest and was a finalist in Chicago-North’s Fire & Ice contest.

 

Attending Our Hybrid Meeting

Write-in is free for members and prospective members who have not yet visited for two complimentary meetings. For those members who cannot join us in person, join us via Zoom. The password will be posted in the Central Ohio Fiction Writers Google Group, and on the members-only Central Ohio Fiction Writers Facebook page.

If you are not a COFW member and wish to attend this presentation via Zoom, email cofwpresident@gmail.com. Please note, the link spans from the moment we open the room to the social half hour through the business meeting and this write-in.

Per library policy, “Prepared food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in meeting rooms.”

 

About Our Speaker

Introduced to National Novel Writing Month in 2008, Rochelle Bradley undertook the personal challenge of writing 50K words in thirty days. She has participated every November since. In 2015, she became a Municipal Liaison for the Dayton region, where continues to facilitate opportunities for area writers to come together and write.

Through NaNo she found community, learned of author events and craft classes, and found she had a penchant for HEAs.

Rochelle is a NaNoWriMo evangelist—she spreads the good news of NaNo and encourages others to join in the fun.

Learn more about her at her webpage.

DATE & TIME   |   April 16th, 2022 – Social at 12:00 PM, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm or later–after the business meeting concludes
LOCATION   |   Meeting will be Hybrid via Zoom and Hilliard Room of Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4500 Hickory Chase Way, Hilliard, OH 43026. See below for further instructions.
TOPIC   | Kathleen Sweeney & Book Brush, New Images Authors Need (Kindle Vella, A+ content, Animated email signatures & more)

Book Brush, New Images Authors Need (Kindle Vella, A+ content, Animated email signatures & more)

Our Book Brush Program

Join Kathleen Sweeney from Book Brush for a fun live walk-through of the Book Brush tools. We’ll focus on some of the newest features including

  • Animated Mockups
  • Amazon A+ Content
  • Animated Email Signatures
  • Quick Images for Book Promo.
  • How to easily create your own Book Trailer.

Kathleen will share handy tips & tricks along the way and have time for Q & A, too.

Book Brush is an amazing image-creation software platform built just for authors to help them easily create professional-looking ads and images for social media and so much more. Book Brush offers the tools every author needs in his or her marketing toolbox to make it easy to embrace the marketing side of writing.

Attending Our Hybrid Meeting

Presentation is free for members and prospective members who have not yet visited for two complimentary meetings. For those members who cannot join us in person, join us via Zoom. The password will be posted in the Central Ohio Fiction Writers Google Group, and on the members-only Central Ohio Fiction Writers Facebook page.

If you are not a COFW member and wish to attend this presentation via Zoom, email cofwpresident@gmail.com.

Per library policy, “Prepared food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in meeting rooms.”

About Our Speaker

Kathleen is the Manager of Marketing and Customer Service at Book Brush. She has over 19 years of marketing experience. She thoroughly enjoys working with authors and helping them create eye-catching images. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, three busy boys and two handsome cats. Her hobbies include eating tacos and turning socks right side out.

Learn more about Book Brush: www.BookBrush.com