Midwest Fiction Writers meet on
the second Saturday of every month
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).
January 9, 2021 - Online
Discussion - Member Check-In
Craft - The Heroine's Journey
Program - Writing During Uncertainty
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