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WRW meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 10am to 4pm unless otherwise noted. 

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

LOCATION: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Magda Alexander, Leslye Penelope, and Rebecca Rivard Speak on
Self-Publishing—Everything You Need to Know to Self-Publish Like a Boss

10:00am – 12:00pm  Morning Session
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Session

Are you thinking about self-publishing but not sure where to start? Already published a book or two but looking to up your game? Well, this is the workshop for you.

Award winning and USA Today Bestselling authors Magda Alexander, Leslye Penelope, and Rebecca Rivard will discuss self-publishing for success.

In the morning session, we will talk about the basics:
– Cover design
– Editing (yes, you need an editor)
– Formatting your book and uploading to KDP (Amazon)
– Distributors
– Writing a book blurb (it’s harder than you think)

In the afternoon, we will address more advanced topics:
– Marketing, including social media, your newsletter (yes, you need one), and cross-promotions with other authors
– Advertising (including freebies, Facebook, etc.)
– Business issues
– Book launches
– Time management

About Our Speakers
Magda Alexander, Leslye Penelope and Rebecca Rivard are the coordinators of the Maryland Romance Writers’ Self-Publishing Center of Excellence.

USA TODAY bestselling author Magda Alexander loves to write steamy contemporary, erotic romantic suspense, and sexy sports romance. Her hot alpha heroes, whether British billionaires, D.C. litigators, or Chicago football players, have been known to melt plenty of panties. Magda has lived in Maryland most of her life and now resides close to the Catoctin Mountains in a city whose history dates back to colonial times.

You can find Magda at:

Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of new adult, fantasy, and paranormal romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents: an eighty-pound lap dog and an aspiring feral cat. Sign up for new release information and giveaways on her website:

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Rivard read way too many romances as a teenager, little realizing she was actually preparing for a career. She now spends her days with dark shifters, sexy fae and alpha vampires–which has to be the best job ever. Seducing the Sun Fae (#1, Fada Shapeshifters) was a 2016 EPIC Awards Finalist for Best Fantasy/Paranormal Romance and Ensnared: A Vampire Blood Courtesans Romance was a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick.

For more information, visit her website:


Saturday and Sunday, June 3 & 4, 2017

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center
Large Room on the 2nd Floor
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Alexandra Sokoloff Presents “Screenwriting Tricks for Authors”

Award-winning author/screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff’s internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors story structure workshops and workbooks use movies to teach authors and screenwriters essential film structure and visual storytelling techniques, and have helped hundreds of aspiring authors to publishing deals and professional authors to write better books.

This two-day master class will illuminate the Three-Act, Eight-Sequence structure of film writing and how to use it to plot your book idea and/or rewrite your novel to make it the best book it can be.

About Our Speaker:
Alexandra Sokoloff is the Thriller Award-winning, Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of twelve bestselling supernatural and crime thrillers. The New York Times has called her “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” As a screenwriter she has sold original suspense and horror scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios (Sony, Fox, Disney, Miramax), for producers such as Michael Bay, David Heyman, Laura Ziskin and Neal Moritz. She is also the author of the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks, based on her workshops and blog. Her Thriller Award-nominated Huntress Moon series follows a haunted FBI agent on the hunt for a female serial killer, smashing genre clichés and combatting the rise of violence against women on the page and screen. The series is currently in active development for television, with Alex as executive producer.

Click here to register.

Saturday Schedule

Morning Session: 10:00-12:00
Lunch: 12:00-1:30
Afternoon Session: 1:30-4:00

Sunday Schedule

Morning Session: 9:30-11:30
Lunch: 11:30-12:00 – Short lunch – bringing a bagged lunch encouraged
Afternoon Session: 12:00-1:45

Cost for Saturday and Sunday

WRW Members: $35 – Registration opens Monday, April 24, 2017
RWA Members: $40 – Registration opens Monday, May 15, 2017
Public: $45 – Registration opens Saturday, May 20, 2017

Due to the way the workshop is tailored, we are not able to offer a single day option this year.


For more info on meetings or to suggest a topic or a speaker, email Lori Ann Bailey at