2014 Meetings

Midwest Fiction Writers
meets on the second Saturday of every month

Our typical schedule includes:

09:00 - 9:45 - Critique / Craft Session
9:50 - 10:30 - Journey of a Novel ($8-$11)
(If you have previously purchased the JoaN book, we invite you to bring it
along and join us as the author talks about their Journey of a Novel.)
10:30 - 11:20 - Business Meeting
11:30 - 12:30 - Program

We meet at the Edina Community Center.  

May 10, 2014 - Room  334
JoaN: Barb Longley
Program: "Pitchfest"

Speed Pitching:  Learn to pitch like a champ!

Come and practice those book pitches on your fellow authors.  This is a great low stress
way to refine and develop a dynamite pitch.  I will split the room up into small groups;
each one will have an author standing in as an agent.  You will have two minutes to pitch
your book to your designated “agent.”  Said agent will then have a few minutes to critique
that pitch.  After wards I will have each group rotate to a new “agent” and the process will
continue again.  It will be fast paced and fun and it will help you when you need to deliver
that pitch to a real agent or editor.

June 14, 2014 - Room  351

Program: Janet Waller, Community Relations Manager, Barnes and Nobel
“How Authors and their local booksellers can work together to reach readers”

 A native of Minnesota, Janet worked as a trial lawyer and mediator for twenty-five years
before retiring in 2005.  After eighteen months of retirement she grew bored and decided
to work as a part time bookseller at Barnes and Nobel, the place she spent all her discretionary
time and income.  Within a year, she went back full time as the community relations manager
and feels like she has the best job in town. Come join Janet, as she discusses how authors
and their local booksellers can work together to reach readers.

July 12, 2014 - Room 
August 9, 2014 - Room 
September 13, 2014 - Room 
October 11, 2014 - Room 
November 8, 2014 - Room 
December - No Meeting - Members Holiday Party 



Midwest Fiction Writers

Chapter 24 of Romance Writers of America

Minneapolis, MN

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