October 17, 2021 Meeting – Q & A with Suleikha Snyder

Our October 17th monthly meeting will start with a Q & A with author Suleikha Snyder. The workshop will be followed by our monthly business and social meeting.

Head shot of author Suleikha Snyder looking over her shoulder at the cameraWorkshop Description: Suleikha Snyder is an author with deep experience in genre writing with indie and traditional publishing. Join us for a session that answers your most burning questions about craft (short and long form), genre (PNR and R), and all things in between.

Suleikha Snyder is a best-selling and award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romance, whose works have been showcased in Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Times of India, and NPR. An editor, writer, American desi and lifelong geek, she is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusivity in media of all kinds. Suleikha has lived in big cities like New York and Chicago but her true home is the internet. Visit her online at www.suleikhasnyder.com and follow her on Twitter @suleikhasnyder.

September 19, 2021 Meeting – The Pandemonium of a Pantser, Making the Manuscript out of the Madness with Lydia Stevens

Our September 19th monthly meeting will start with a workshop titled “The Pandemonium of a Pantser, Making the Manuscript out of the Madness” which will be presented by author Lydia Stevens. The workshop will be followed by a Special Meeting of the Members to vote on amendments to NERW’s Articles of Organization and our monthly business and social meeting.

Headshot of author Lydia Stevens wearing a bright blue shirt outdoors on a sunny dayWorkshop Description: The Pandemonium of a Pantser, Making the Manuscript out of the Madness is a workshop teaching about the writing style of a panster, someone who writes by the seat of their pants! With so many workshops exploring the craft of plotting, this workshop is designed to provide insight into how a writer who doesn’t plot their stories, can make sense of the story they are building on the fly. With tips on how to edit a free-written story and how to overcome pitfalls and plot-blocks, The Pandemonium of a Pantser, Making the Manuscript out of the Madness will take you on a wild ride where the destination, a finished manuscript is still the same, but with no pre-planning on how to get there!

Bio: Lydia Stevens is a full-time freelance Developmental Editor and award-winning Author. Having completed her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Creative Writing and English, she then pursued an internship with a literary agency, Creative Media Agency and Anthem Press, an academic press based in London.

Lydia has a passion for genre fiction-specifically fantasy and paranormal but enjoys working with a broad array of genres including romance, mystery, horror, science fiction, thriller, children’s books, YA, and speculative fiction. For nonfiction, she enjoys working on memoirs and inspirational novels. She is the Vice President of Programs of the Maine Romance Writers, The Horror Writers of Maine, The New England Horror Writers, The Fantasy Writers of Maine, Fans of Urban Fantasy Group, Fantasy Writers Forever Group, YA Fantasy Writers Group, and Urban Fantasy Writers Group, The Maine Women Authors, The Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Sigma Alpha Pi’s, National Society of Leadership and Success, and Sigma Tau Delta’s, International English Honor Society. She’s the author of a paranormal/humor trilogy, The Ginger Davenport Escapades. She is the co-host of the writing podcast, The REDink Writers, a podcast about the craft of writing; put on by writers, for writers.

When Lydia is not working on projects in the publishing industry, she enjoys spending time in her home taking care of her two “children,” her nine-year-old son, and her 86-year-old grandmother; along with her two cats, Sherlock Holmes, and Sirius Black and the newest addition to her family, her border collie mix, Savior.

August 15, 2021 Meeting – The 45-Minute MFA with Nisha Sharma

Our August 15th monthly meeting will start with a workshop titled “The 45-Minute MFA” which will be presented by author Nisha Sharma. The workshop will be followed by our monthly business and social meeting.

Head shot of author Nisha Sharma holding a cup of cappucinoWorkshop Description: A master in fine arts degree is one of the most popular education tracks for those interested in a creative writing career. However, not everyone can commit to three years of formalized education. In this workshop, writers will learn about the major principles that are taught in an MFA program such as accessing creative writing resources, networking techniques, reading outside your genre, managing deadlines, and creating a brand. The workshop is suitable for attendees at all skill levels.

Bio: Nisha Sharma is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novel My So-Called Bollywood Life and the follow up, Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance. She also writes adult contemporary romances including The Singh Family trilogy and If Shakespeare Was An Aunty trilogy (launching March 2022)Her writing has been praised by NPR, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, Hypable and more. Nisha credits her father for her multiple graduate degrees, and her mother for her love of Shah Rukh Khan and Jane Austen. She lives in New Jersey with her Alaskan husband, her cat Lizzie Bennett and her dog Nancy Drew. You can find her online at Nisha-sharma.com or on Twitter and Instagram @nishawrites.

July 18, 2021 Meeting – Hook ‘Em, Then Reel ‘Em In with Patricia Barletta

Our July 18th monthly meeting will start with a workshop presented by NERW’s very own Patricia Barletta: Hook ‘Em, Then Reel ‘Em In – Using Hooks to Capture and Keep Your Reader’s Attention. The workshop will be followed by our monthly business and social meeting.

Headshot of author Patricia BarlettaWorkshop Description: The first three pages of your book are the most important pages you’ll write, whether it’s to entice an agent or editor, or to have someone buy your book once it’s published. But even more important is that first sentence, because if that doesn’t interest anyone, no matter how exciting or sexy, or how much the rest of your story pulls at heart strings, no one will read it. We’re going to look at how to hook those readers and keep them reading, from opening sentence to succeeding scenes and chapters.

Bio: Patricia Barletta is a multi-published, award-winning author of historical and paranormal romance fiction with an MFA under her belt. She’s finishing up her paranormal historical romance series, THE AURIANO CURSE, this fall with the release of Book 4, MOON GOLD. After that, she’ll be writing historical time-travel romances for Dragonblade Publishing.

Notice of Special Meeting of the Members – June 30, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.

By unanimous written consent, NERW’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) voted today pursuant to Section 6.1.2 of NERW’s Amended and Restated Corporate Bylaws to hold a Special Meeting of the Members at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 (via Zoom). The purpose and agenda for this Special Meeting will be for the membership of NERW to vote on proposed amendments to NERW’s bylaws and articles of organization. Eligible members may vote live at the Special Meeting or may vote by providing their completed proxy form to a member attending the meeting. Members eligible to vote at the Special Meeting are all General members of NERW, as of the record date of June 30, 2021. Proxy forms must be received on or before Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. Proxies may be revoked at or before the Special Meeting if a General member wishes to vote live.

If you are a General member of NERW and you wish to vote by proxy, the proxy form and instructions have been emailed to members who have joined NERW’s email forum and were also posted to NERW’s private member Facebook group.

If you wish to attend the Special Meeting, Zoom information has been posted to NERW’s email forum and private member Facebook group, or you may contact NERW’s President via the Contact Form. You may also use the Contact Form to contact us with any questions or concerns.

CANCELED DUE TO (GOOD) WEATHER [June 13, 2021 Meeting]

Because so many of NERW’s members have indicated they will be away this coming weekend, and because we have been unable to source a speaker for our June 2021 meeting (likely for the same reason), NERW’s Board of Directors has decided to cancel our June meeting, originally scheduled for June 13, 2021. We will let you know the topic for our meeting on July 18th in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

The Board hopes you all have a wonderful, relaxing and/or fun weekend! We look forward to seeing you in July.

Alexa Rowan, President
Pat Barletta, Treasurer
Katy Kingston, Secretary
Rachel Madbury, Director-at-Large

May 16, 2021 Meeting – Nice Girl’s Guide to Conflict with Sally Kilpatrick

Our May 16th monthly meeting will start with a workshop presented by author Sally Kilpatrick on Nice Girl’s Guide to Conflict, which will be followed by our monthly business and social meeting.

Headshot of author Sally KilpatrickWorkshop Description: Do your manuscripts get comments like “your story is too quiet” or “you have too much external conflict”? Do you find it hard to put your characters in sticky situations? Sally Kilpatrick relays her own journey to creating conflict even when, in real life, she prefers to run away. Starting with the tried and true concept of GMC, she’ll expand upon the concept and guide you through adding internal conflict and other strategies for making sure that your story has layers.

Bio: Sally Kilpatrick is the USA Today bestselling author of six novels. She has won multiple awards, including the 2018 and 2019 Georgia Author of the Year, the Maggie Award of Excellence, the Booksellers’ Best, and the 2016 Nancy Knight Mentorship Award. She lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, two kids, and two cats. You can find her at sallykilpatrick.com or on Twitter as @superwritermom.

April 25, 2021 Meeting – Breaking Ground on Your Manuscript: The Editing Phase(s) with D. Ann Williams

Our April 25th monthly meeting will start with a workshop presented by editor D. Ann Williams on Breaking Ground on Your Manuscript: The Editing Phase(s), which will be followed by our monthly business and social meeting.

Headshot of D. Ann WilliamsWorkshop Description: You’ve written the novel, sent it to beta readers and critique partners, and now you’re in editing mode. Revising is hard work and can take multiple passes, but editors are here to help. In this workshop, we’re going to review the different levels of editing, common issues found during edits, finding and working with an editor, and strategies to incorporate developmental edit notes.

Bio: D. Ann Williams (she/her) is a queer Black American, editor, diversity consultant, and writing coach. She started editing at UCLA as the editor-in-chief of two academic journals. For the past ten years, she has edited business and academic writing before expanding into fiction editing. She provides a variety of services (from developmental editing to sensitivity reading to formatting) through Edits By D and Tessera Editorial and is a writing coach for We Need Diverse Books’ Black Creatives Revision Workshop. Her editing clients have included Big 5 publishers, indie publishers, and many authors. She loves to read and edit romance, kidlit (all ages), thrillers, and science fiction/fantasy.

Statement by NERW’s Board of Directors regarding Atlanta Attacks


When New England Romance Writers became an independent romance writing organization last fall, we strengthened our commitment to embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion. In the face of last week’s horrifying attacks in Atlanta, we cannot now remain silent.

These racist acts of violence are unfortunately just the most recent in this country’s long and shameful history of inequality and bigotry toward Asians and Asian Americans, women, and other marginalized groups. We unequivocally condemn these attacks, and we stand by and support our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander members and all romance writers who are part of these communities.

On behalf of NERW, we want to reiterate that NERW welcomes members of all marginalized groups, and we believe that happily ever afters are for everyone. Racism, misogyny, ageism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia, bigotry, othering, body-shaming, and hate in all its forms are not tolerated within our organization. We know we have more work to do, and we join our members in rededicating ourselves to ensuring that NERW embodies its ideals and core values.

To learn more about anti-Asian violence and what you can do to combat it, please visit https://anti-asianviolenceresources.carrd.co/.

March 21, 2021 Meeting – Overcoming Writer’s Block with Meryl Wilsner

Our March 21st monthly meeting will start with a workshop presented by author Meryl Wilsner on Overcoming Writer’s Block, which will be followed by our monthly business and social meeting.

Headshot of author Meryl Wilsner wearing a yellow shirt with white polka dotsWorkshop Description: There’s not a group of people more adept at procrastinating than writers, which makes it all the more important for us to be able to write when we actually sit down to do so. This workshop explores common reasons behind writer’s block and provides hands-on practice at different techniques for overcoming it.

Bio: Meryl Wilsner writes stories of queer women falling in love. Born in Michigan, Meryl lived in Portland, Oregon and Jackson, Mississippi before recently returning to the Mitten State. Their debut novel, Something to Talk About, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, as well as being one of Amazon, Kirkus, and NPR’s best books of 2020. Some of Meryl’s favorite things include: all four seasons, button down shirts, the way giraffes run, and their wife.