Midwest Fiction Writers meet on 

the second Saturday of every month

(except December).

Our typical schedule includes:

9:00 - 9:45  Critique / Craft Session

9:50 - 10:20  JoaN ($8 - $13)


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 (JoaN).

10:25 - 11:25  Business Meeting

11:30 - 12:30  Program

We meet at the Edina Community Center (Minneapolis).

2021 Meetings

January 9, 2021 - Online

Discussion - Member Check-In

Craft - The Heroine's Journey 

Program - Writing During Uncertainty

2020 Meetings

January 11, 2020 - South View Middle School

Discussion on current state of RWA

February 8, 2020 - South View Middle School

Craft - Small Group Discussions

Critique - Angela Haug

Program - Dylann Crush on Newsletter Necessities

March 2020 - Online

Craft - Tamara Hughes on writing Deep Point of View

Critique - Miranda Darrow’s current WIP

Program - Moon Palace Books

April 2020 - Online

Craft - Lyra Totten-Naylor demonstrated Scrivener writing software

JoaN - Ellen Lindseth on new release The Long Path Home

Program - “Program in a Box” - World Building

May 2020 - Online

Discussion - Ellen Lindseth on Connecting with readers

Craft - Liz Selvig demonstrated formatting software

Program - Laura Zats from Headwater Literary Management

June 2020 - Online

Discussion - Member Check-In

Craft - Video on writing during diversity

Program - Kathleen Sweeney from Book Brush

July 2020 - Online

Discussion - A group discussion of the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Business - Chapter leadership passed on the latest from RWA Nationals and the chapter

Program - Video on making the most of Amazon Keywords

August 2020 - Online

Discussion - Roundtable Member Q&A

JoaN - Sandra Marine on her new release Home to You 

Program - Writing Real Life Characters

September 2020 - Online

Discussion - Mindful Ways to Connect with Readers

Craft- Mindful Ways to Connect with Readers

Program - Recap on RWA Meeting

October 2020 - Online

Discussion - Marketing Round Tables

Craft- Fun with writing prompts

Program - How to Avoid that Saggy Middle

November 2020 - Online

Discussion - Ideas for 2021 craft sessions and

Program - 2021 The Year of Your Book Business

December 2020 - Online

Member Holiday Party

2019 Past Meetings

January 12, 2019 - Edina Community Center

Craft - Lola Karns on navigating the new RWA website.

JoaN - Bewitching the Beast by Tamara Hughes

Program - A panel of published authors shared their publishing stories and answered writing/publishing questions.

February 9, 2019 - Edina Community Center

Craft - Jody Vitek on creating your own promotional materials. 

JoaN - Irresistible by Tara Vasser.

Program - LGBTQ panel on writing realistic LGBTQ characters.

March 9, 2019 - Cancelled due to severe weather.

April 13, 2019 - Wood Lake Nature Center

Craft - Michel Prince on plotting for pantsers.

JoaN - Felyn's Curse by Nancy Holland.

Program - Haans Vitek from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department.

May 11, 2019 - Cancelled.

MFW members promoted our chapter at our booth at the first annual Minneapolis "WordPlay" festival, hosted by the Loft Literary Center. 


June 8, 2019 - Edina Community Center 

Craft - Round-table discussions of various business and craft topics.

JoaN - Ink All Night by Michel Prince.

Program - Miranda Darrow on plotting using Lisa Cron's Story Genius method.

July 13, 2019 - Edina High School

Craft - Tamara Hughes on writing book synopses for queries and back cover blurbs.

JoaN - Between Fracture Lines by Julien Bradley.  

Program - Aaron Preusse from The Fake Fighting Company on choreographing fight scenes.


August 10, 2019 - Edina High School

Discussion of the RWA national conference in New York City in July. 

September 14, 2019 - Edina Community Center

Craft and Program - Jody Vitek on creating an author website.

JoaN - Pried by J L Wilson

October 12, 2019 - Edina Community Center - Room 351

Craft: Tamara Hughes will lead a discussion on what programs and craft sessions members want to see in 2020 and Andy Dunn will talk about preparing for NaNoWriMo.

Program: Dylann Crush on Facebook Ads

November 9, 2019 - Edina Community Center - Room 351

Craft: Sherri Hildebrandt on Current Wedding Trends

JOAN: Liz Selvig on publishing a novella in a box set

Program: Anne-Marie Meyer of The Writing Gals

Election of new chapter board members.

December 8, 2019  

Members' Holiday Party - 2-5pm

See the Muse for location