2014 Meetings

With few exceptions our meetings will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month.

Please double check the dates listed below to verify the next meeting date.


January Meeting

When: 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 25, 2014

Where: Bridgeville Public Library (505 McMillen Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017)

Writers’ Round-Table


February Meeting

When: 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 22, 2014

Where: Bridgeville Public Library (505 McMillen Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017)

Guest Speaker: Thomas White will present Historic Research for Novelists.

Historian, archivist, and writer Thomas White will discuss ways in which writers can research and create historically accurate settings for their fictional works. White will discuss resources available at the local, state and national levels, and the differences between academic and popular history. He will also explain how to access these historical resources and how to get in touch with experts in the field.


March Meeting

When: 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 22, 2014

Where: Bridgeville Public Library (505 McMillen Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017)

Guest Speaker: Suzanne Sabol will speak on Crafting Villains You Love to Hate.

Susan M. Sabol began writing at a young age, completing her first full-length novel at the age of 17. Her love of everything paranormal and romance began shortly thereafter. She is an avid reader and writer, focusing mostly in the urban fantasy genre. She loves reading anything from contemporary single title romance to detective noir and the classics.

Suzanne published her first novel Cursed in 2009 and is the author of the Blushing Death Series from Soul Mate Publishing. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with majors in Criminology, International Studies, Russian, and Political Science. Currently working on a Masters in Public Policy, she also works full time as a Human Resources Professional and Fiscal Officer.

Suzanne was born and raised in Ohio. She currently resides in Columbus Ohio with her husband, Ross. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, North East Ohio Romance Writers of America, Central Ohio Fiction Writers, and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal RWA Subchapter.


April Meeting

When: 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Where: Sewickley Public Library (500 Thorn Street Sewickley, PA 15143)

Topic:  Making a Scene

Presenter:  Jamie Denton 

Jamie Denton surrendered a long time career as a paralegal to pursue her passion for writing when she sold her first attempt at a contemporary romance to Harlequin Books four days before Christmas in 1994. Since then, she has gone on to see over three million copies of her books in print worldwide and translated into several languages. Not only have her books appeared on bestseller lists, but she is also the recipient of several notable awards, including nominations for Best Harlequin Temptation and Best Harlequin Blaze from Romantic Times, back-to-back RITA nominations, and a National Readers’ Choice Award nomination for Best Erotic Romance. She’s the recipient of the Laurel Wreath Award, and in 2004, Affair de Coeur voted one of her novels Best Contemporary Romance of the year.

Jamie’s passions do occasionally extend beyond writing.
In those rare moments away from the computer, she’s refilling the creative well with a knitting project for one of her seventeen grandchildren, working a cross-stitch project or spending time in the kitchen trying out new recipes on her husband of nearly forty years.



May Meeting

When: 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 24, 2014

Where: Sewickley Public Library (500 Thorn Street Sewickley, PA 15143)

Guest Speaker: Susan Meier

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Can This Manuscript Be Saved?

Rejected? Can’t get an agent? Can’t sell, even though your critique partners LOVE your work? Susan Meier reviews the seven most common rejection catch phrases and explains why you and even your critique partners can’t spot them, then shows how determining whether your book’s trouble is a story, scene or word problem is the first step on the road to recovery.

Susan demonstrates how to “skim-read” their manuscripts quickly, marking specific problems with post-its.  She also shows how to use a storyboard, a list of twenty and a one-paragraph blurb to create a plan of attack for fixing your book’s trouble.

Susan can’t revise or rewrite your manuscript for you, but with her tricks you’ll not only see how to revise the book of your heart; you’ll also see how published authors are able to write four, five and even six books a year without breaking a sweat!




June Meeting

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Where: North Park, Emsworth shelter

TRRW Summer Picnic


July Meeting

Guns and Romance


Writing a Romantic Suspense?  Writing a Historical with a Delicious Highwayman?  Then you may need to attend this special workshop hosted by the Coraopolis District Sportsmen’s Association.  More information, including pricing, will be posted in the next week or so so make sure to check back.  The following is a description of what this Workshop will cover.

Thank you for your interest in the Coraopolis District Sportsmen’s Association (CDSA). We will be hosting a special event for your Writer’s Group on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Sign in will start at 8:30 am, lunch from noon to 1pm and ending around 3pm. (let us know if these times need adjusted)

We will begin the session with a safety class taken from our CDSA Safety Orientation course. This course is mandatory for all our members.  We hope to have a variety of firearms available for display to illustrate the wide number of models and actions available on the market today.  Participants will learn the difference between a sporting rifle and an assault rifle, and witness a live fire demonstration of each.   Participants will have the chance to fire a semi automatic .22 long rifle pistol as well as a .22 rifle.  We will have an experienced coach on the firing line with each person and a certified Range Safety Officer at each station to oversee safety.

We will have a discussion on the differences between flintlock and percussion cap muzzle loading firearms, as well as different shotgun action types.

Those participants with their own firearm, who wish to use our range after the event, may bring one box of ammunition for range time afterwards.  We will provide an RSO for each person.  It would be helpful for our planning if we know ahead of time about your intention to take advantage of this.  All firearms must arrive unloaded in a case, unless legally concealed carry.

If you are considering purchasing a firearm, this will be an excellent opportunity to ask a lot of questions to a lot of people with a lifetime of experience.

Please bring eye protection (safety glasses) and hearing protection.  Due to hygiene concerns, we prefer you have your own.  Please wear sensible, comfortable clothing.  When the empty brass is ejected from a firearm it is hot.  Empty brass tends to find its way into the most uncomfortable places, use your imagination.  For safety, no open toe shoes, sandals or high heels.  Bring a visor or ball cap with a bill to protect your eyes from empties.   Bring rain gear if called for, our shooting areas are roofed, but we must walk outdoors between stations and to retrieve targets.

Please go to the CDSA website www.cdsc.us  and read the club safety rules.  These can be accessed on the home page at the top by moving your mouse over the General Info tab. The drop down menu lists Club Rules and when you click on that it will display all CDSA rules and regulations. This will give you a head start on the safety protocols we follow at CDSA and the other tabs can provide more information on the club.

Each participant will need to read and sign a waiver before the event.  This waiver must be signed and turned in to the officers of TRRW or the CDSA will not allow you to participate.


August Meeting

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Where: Sewickley Public Library (500 Thorn Street Sewickley, PA 15143)

Guest Speaker:  Evelyn Pryce


Reformation of Romance’s Reputation

Evelyn Pryce writes Regency and Victorian historical romance. Her first novel, A Man Above Reproach, won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in Romance. It is now available through Montlake Romance. Her mind is often occupied with etiquette, the 19th century, particulars of the American Revolution, the evolution of human interaction, and cats.

Pryce lives in Pittsburgh with three gentlemen–her husband and two cats. She can be found blogging at her website, on Twitter and Facebook, behind a desk at university and behind her computer working on her second novel.



September Meeting

When: 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 27, 2014

Where: Sewickley Public Library (500 Thorn Street Sewickley, PA 15143)

Guest Speaker: Madeline Hunter

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Motivation: the Glue that Holds a Story Together

A workshop in which writers of all levels will learn how developing strong character motivations affects not only characterization, but also themes and plot, and how “raising the stakes” and making the story a “big book” usually center on improving and humanizing the motivations of the main characters.


Madeline Hunter is two-time RITA winner and seven-time finalist, and has twenty-five nationally bestselling historical romances in print. A member of RWA’s Honor Roll, her books have been on the bestseller lists of the NYTimes, USAToday, and Publishers Weekly. Over six million copies of her books are in print and her novels have also been translated into thirteen languages. She has a Ph.D. in art history which until recently she taught at the university level. Madeline’s last romance, The Accidental Duchess, was published in March, 2014.


October Meeting

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Where: Bridgeville Public Library (505 McMillen Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017)

Guest Speaker:  Deborah Riley-Magnus

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10 Tools for Author Success  (Basic)

Today’s authors, no matter how they are published, are bombarded with baffling responsibilities for their own success. Everything from understanding social media to building powerful platforms and creating targeted, effective marketing is now on their shoulders. It only takes 10 little tools to help you become a successful selling author. This session helps structure your marketing activities so that you will be effective and have time to write too.

Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven year professional background in marketing, advertising and public relations as a writer for print, television and radio. She writes fiction and non-fiction.

Since 2010, she had two novels released. In 2013 her nonfiction, Finding Author Success (Second Edition), and Cross Marketing Magic for Authors were released. Two more novels are scheduled for release in 2014.

Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She writes an author industry blog and teaches online and live workshops as The Author Success Coach. She belongs to several writing and professional organizations.

Deborah is the Dean of the Assent Academy – marketing training for Assent Publishing contracted authors – and Managing Imprint Editor for the Breathless Books romance and the Phantasm Books fantasy imprints.

She’s lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years.

Finding Author Success 2nd edition available in print & ebook
AmazonB&NSony, & Kobo

Cross Marketing Magic for Authors available in print & ebook
AmazonB&NSony, & Kobo

I blog – http://rileymagnus.wordpress.com/
I teach – http://theauthorsuccesscoach.com/
I fiction – http://twice-bakedvampireseries.com
I write – http://deborahriley-magnus.com/
I tweet – http://twitter.com/rileymagnus
I facebook – http://www.facebook.com/deborah.rileymagnus
I should be sooo tired!

Also, this month, will likely be our second annual TRRW Writers Retreat!


November Meeting

When: Saturday, November 22, 2014

Where: Sewickley Public Library (500 Thorn Street Sewickley, PA 15143)

Topic:  Show Don’t Tell

Guest Speaker: Catherine McLean

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Catherine E. McLean is an author, writing instructor, and workshop presenter. Writing as C. E. McLean, her short stories have appeared in hard-copy and online magazines and anthologies. Her novels include KARMA AND MAYHEM (paranormal fantasy romance) and JEWELS OF THE SKY (“women’s starscape fiction/futuristic-adventure). An anthology of her short stories, ADRADA TO ZOOL, was published in the fall of 2013.

SHOW DON’T TELL — it’s all about View, Verbs and Vividness. This is a hands-on workshop and after the presentation there will be exercises to discover problems with showing versus telling as well as a “test piece” to review.  Participants may bring 3 pages of their own work, in proper manuscript format, for the exercises, along with three different colors of highlighters.

Home Website:  www.CatherineEmclean.com.  
Website for Writers:  www.WritersCheatSheets.com
   Writer’s Cheat Sheets Blog (a new topic is posted the first of every month):      http://writerscheatsheets.blogspot.com

Social Media sites:
It’s best to follow me at:  http://tinyurl.com/StarscapeFictionGroup
Linked-In:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/catherine-e-mclean/7/70b/372  
Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/catherinemclean
(Boards for– my books, Cheat Sheets, Writing Necessities, Bookart, and more)


December Holiday Gathering

The TRRW Holiday Luncheon and Gift Exchange will take place on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Andora’s Restaurant in Sewickley, PA at 12:00 noon.  As this luncheon was initially scheduled for Saturday, December 6, please RSVP whether or not you intend to attend the Holiday Luncheon and Gift Exchange, via e-mail, at issolt@yahoo.com.

Gift Exchange details:

  • Budget for gift: $10.00 – $15.00
  • All gifts must be wrapped
  • Gift stealing:  Once it’s your turn to pick a present, you can either choose to take an unopened gift, or you can steal one from someone who already opened it (and then they get to choose a gift to either open or steal). We had a blast doing this last year!

Luncheon details:

Lunch will start at 12:00 at Andora’s Restaurant in Sewickley, PA.  We opted not to go off the special menu because they were going to charge us too much per person.  The problem with charging a fee up front is that should one person only wanted something light (say, a sandwich) and another person wanted a jumbo crab cake, it wouldn’t be fair to charge those two people the same thing.  The restaurant is permitting us to order off the regular menu.   As such, we aren’t charging anyone an up-front fee, but rather, we will each be responsible for our own lunches.

The Menu:  http://www.andorarestaurant.com/lunch/



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