2017 Meetings

January 7th, 2017

Topic: Open Forum with Retired FBI Agent Mike Skinner
Speaker: Retired FBI Agent Mike Skinner

Location: Shoreline Public Library

Workshop Details: Have questions about the FBI? Agent Skinner can probably answer them! He was a member of FBI SWAT and Hostage Rescue Team. He was a pilot, a Quantico instructor, firearms qualified, a member of a Tactical Canine unit, specialized in defensive tactics and more. He also has deployed to Iraq in support of various law enforcement initiatives. Wow!

February 4th, 2017

This all day workshop (9am-3:30pm) is open to members in good standing only.

Topic: Harlequin Romance

Speaker: Susan Litman-Editor

Susan Litman came to Harlequin after spending several years working in film development in New York.  She is an editor for the Harlequin Special Edition series and also acquires for other series lines including Romantic Suspense. She also worked on the launch of Harlequin’s first suspense serial, Tough Justice, as well as the sequel, Tough Justice: Countdown. Some of the authors she has the privilege of working with include New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shirley Jump, USA TODAY bestselling authors Judy Duarte and Karen Rose Smith, award-winning authors Brenda Harlen and Gail Barrett, and many others. She has a B.A. in Film Studies and Theater and a minor in Developmental Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and loves to collect cookbooks. Follow her on Instagram at @NYC_Editor_Life and on Twitter at @susan_litman.

Location: Sheraton Bellevue

Workshop Details: 

Developing a career as a hybrid author superstar: A romance editor’s inside scoop 

 With the meteoric rise of self-publishing in recent years as an attractive and often viable option for authors, writers face many decisions in pursuing publication of their book.    Which route will yield the greatest success? What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing and traditional publishing—and can a writer be successful in both streams?  How do brand building and social media come into play? Don’t miss the opportunity to spend the day with a seasoned romance editor to explore these questions and learn more about hybrid publishing and how it might be the right choice for your writing career. Participants will also gain practical information and insider tips on everything from how to get your manuscript noticed by an editor –from pitching to preparing a query letter, to determining which editor to approach—to what happens to your book after you’ve signed that contract!


March 4th, 2017

Topic: So you want to go Indie?

Speaker: Panel of Indie Authors: Jami Davenport, Dana Delamar, & L. E. Wilson.

Location: Renton Library

Workshop Details: A frank discussion by a panel of GSRWA Independent Authors willing to answer your questions about their experiences within the current Independent Writers market. This meeting was not recorded.


April 1st, 2017

Topic: The Lazy Writer

Speaker: Sabrina York

Location: Newport Way Library

Workshop Details: 

Sabrina York presents her how-to for fighting laziness and continuing to produce quality content for your novels, as well as editing and promotion. This workshop was followed by a State of the Chapter meeting.


May 6th, 2017

Topic: Pitfalls to Avoid in Portraying Mental Illness in Fiction

Speaker: Dr. Ashley Bouzis

Location: Richmond Beach Library

Join Dr. Ashley Bouzis as she gives an overview of some of the pitfalls to avoid in portraying mental illness in fiction as well as explore some of the more subtle nuances of some of the most “popular” mental health diagnoses to help you achieve deep POV in writing these characters.


June 3rd, 2017

Topic: Incorporating Humor Into Your Writing

Speaker: Sarina Dorie

Location: Fairwood Library

Join Sarina Dorie, author of over 100 short stories, to learn how to identify and break down humor. We will practice juxtaposing words to create funny lists, use the element of surprise to tickle the reader’s sense of humor, and play with words by using techniques that stand-up comedians use. Bring a pen and paper for exercises and be prepared to have fun!


July 2017 – No Meeting

August 2017 – No Meeting

September 9, 2017

Topic: A Needle in a Haystack: Research Tips and Tricks
Speaker: Heather Greye
Location: Des Moines Library

21620 11th Avenue South
Des Moines WA 98198


October 7, 2017

Topic: Marketing for Authors

Speaker: Cheryl Kennedy

Location: Newport Way Library

14250 SE Newport Way
Bellevue WA 98006

Whether you write contemporary, historical, paranormal, or science fiction – a great story is always rooted in great world building. No offense to any of my writing friends, but I seem to write everywhere EXCEPT my home office! Using a tri-fold poster board or large dry erase board for my world building simply won’t work. After I discuss some world building fundamentals, I’ll give you some tips and tricks on how to design / create portable world building materials. Once your book is published, don’t let your world building sit on a shelf! Reuse it to help with your marketing and promotions to sell more books!

November 4, 2017

Topic: Never Miss Your Release – Time and Project Management for Authors

Speaker: JC Hay

Location: Richmond Beach Library

19601 21st Avenue NW
Shoreline WA 98177

Join Sci-Fi Romance Author and professional Project Manager (as well as your VP of Communications) JC Hay as he breaks down the real time involved in creating a novel, and helps you organize your writing so you never miss a release date again!