Saving for college


Join WRW on Saturday, January 9, 2016, as we start the new year managing our money!

LOCATION CHANGE  (See details below and map at bottom of post)

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
1 Bethesda Metro Center
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Hotel faces Wisconsin Avenue

The room we’ll be in is called the CABINET SUITE and is located on the meeting room level, one floor below the lobby.

Daily parking in the hotel is $12 for self, $15 for valet – The hotel is VERY CLOSE to the BCCC where we usually meet so if you don’t wish to pay for parking and Metro isn’t workable for you, use the parking lot near the BCCC and hoof it on over. Remember to give yourself some extra time for the walk.

It’s All About the Money

9:30     Access to Cabinet Suite (one floor below lobby level)
9:45     Meet and Greet, Chapter Announcements
10:15   Angele McQuade
11:30   Donna MacMeans, Part 1
12:30   Lunch
2:00     Donna MacMeans, Part 2
4:00     End 


RWA Treasurer Donna MacMeans on Everything Taxes and Your Writing Career

RWA Treasurer, Donna MacMeans will join us in January to talk all things taxes, or at least tax items that are important to writers.  Not only is Donna the current Treasurer on the National RWA board, but she is also a seasoned CPA and writer.  She has presented this subject to other RWA chapters and writing groups.

Donna will provide an overview of taxes for authors, answer common questions authors have and take individual questions from WRW members.  Some of the topics covered will include the nine questions to answer to determine if you’re a business, bookkeeping, allowable deductions, required documentation, how those items will appear on the 1040 Federal tax return, self-employment tax and how it flows on the return.

Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success with WRW member Angele McQuade

If you wish you could earn more from your writing or you’ve been feeling stuck in creative quicksand, the problem might not be your writing, but how you deal with money. Uncertainty or fear about your finances—regardless of your net worth—can shut down your creativity in unexpected ways. This one-hour workshop will teach you strategies for uncovering the truth about your finances, tying up energy-draining financial loose ends, and learning simple, more effective ways to organize and manage your money. You’ll also learn similar strategies for tying up your creative loose ends, prioritizing your projects, and crafting a reimagined vision for your writing career. Be prepared to leave the workshop inspired to take enthusiastic, deliberate action toward both your creative and financial goals.

(Note from the instructor: Please bring paper, pen, and an open mind for our in-class exercises!)

Donna_MacMeansAward winning author Donna MacMeans is the current Treasurer for RWA, the recipient of a 2013 RWA service award and the 2014 Pro mentor award. She’s taught Taxes for Writers at RWA University, at the national convention, and at numerous chapters across the country. She was the treasurer for her local RWA chapter for eight years and is a strong supporter of all chapter treasurers as a result.

Donna’s published six historicals with Berkley, a romantic suspense with Samhain and, most recently, a rollicking reverse time-travel via independent publishing. Please contact her at

Angele McQuadeAngele McQuade is the author of two books about investing, including INVESTMENT CLUBS FOR DUMMIES, and has been a monthly columnist for Better Investing magazine for more than fifteen years. She’s taught classes about personal finance, writing, and creativity across the United States and in Berlin, Germany. Angele also writes novels for children and young adults, and is a member of SCBWI, RWA, WRW, and YARWA. She is represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. You can find Angele online at and @angelemcquade (Twitter).


Directions from Bethesda-Chevy Chase Center to New Location at Hyatt Regency Bethesda

From our usual location at BCCC, walk 0.2 miles right on Georgetown Rd toward Wisconsin Avenue. Turn right on Wisconsin Avenue, and the Hyatt Regency Bethesda will be on right.