What’s In a Name

WRW is excited to announce a special two-day event on June 7 and 8, 2014, with multi-published best-selling author Candace Havens and Entangled publisher Liz Pelletier.  



Saturday, June 7, 9:30-5:00: Candace Havens, “The Book in a Month Club: Fast Draft and Revision Hell”; Lunch break; Liz Pelletier, “An Introduction: Editing a Best Seller”; Pitch Sessions * (limited slots)

Sunday, June 8, 9:30-4:00: Candace Havens, “High Concept/Big Tent: Sell Your Book”; Lunch break; Liz Pelletier, “Structuring a Romance with Tropes”; Pitch Sessions* (limited slots)

* Pitch session slots are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Workshop Descriptions

“The Book in a Month Club: Fast Draft and Revision Hell” conducted by Candace Havens

Fast Draft is a process in which you’ll finish your book in two weeks or less. Using psychological techniques, Candace will show you how to tap into the part of your brain that stimulates creativity so you can write, write, write! Following Fast Draft, Candace will teach Revision Hell. You will learn to take that jumbled first draft and make it shine. Soon, you’ll be ready to submit your work to agents and editors. Gather your friends and join in for the fun. It’s a two-hour daily commitment that will change the way you look at writing. Everything takes place online, so you’ll be able to download your notes and work when it’s most convenient for you. Give yourself the gift of a finished novel and start on the road to publishing success.

“An Introduction: Editing a Best Seller” conducted by Liz Pelletier

Have you completed a rough draft of your book but have no idea how to tackle your edits? Have your submission efforts netted a full request from an editor or agent only to end in rejection after they’ve reviewed your manuscript? Do you want to learn how to edit like a professional editor? Then you are a prime candidate for this presentation. This workshop will introduce you to the mechanics of the standard ‘three pass’ editing method used by most editors, while summarizing how to not only recognize weaknesses but also how to fix them.

“Structuring A Romance with Tropes” conducted by Liz Pelletier

What is a trope? Why do they work in romance? How to use them effectively to structure a best seller? Liz Pelletier will provide an overview of how tropes can help you write a winner.


Cost and Registration
There is no charge for WRW members. For RWA members, the cost is $15 for one day or $25 for both days.

Registration opens for WRW members on May 1 and for RWA members on May 16.



Join us at a new location, the  Marymount University (Main Campus) Reinsch Library Auditorium.
2807 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207
(NOTE: Please use PG Parking Garage at 26th Street Entrance)



Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies.

She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. And she is the Editorial Director for the Covet, Edge and Select lines at Entangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

Liz Pelletier is first and foremost an entrepreneur. Beginning with the belief that authors who write great books should receive a majority of the profits, she created a new business model that bridged the gap between self and traditional publishing and co-founded Entangled, taking it from start-up to a formidable presence in the industry in just three years. Her out-of-the-box approach garnered a groundbreaking distribution deal with Macmillan, as well as a joint venture with St. Martin’s Press.

Since its inception, Entangled has had 27 USA Today bestsellers, 11 New York Times bestsellers, and has earned myriad awards within the industry. Ms. Pelletier, who was also recently named by Bibliodaze as one of 2014′s Most Influential People in Publishing, alongside John Green, Veronica Roth, Sherman Alexie, and HM Ward, to name a few, also acquired the sixth bestselling book of 2012, The Marriage Bargain. Under her direction, Entangled has become an industry leader, forging a new path as the next generation of publishing. Find her on Twitter at @Liz_Pelletier.