2018 Speaker Schedule

2018 Speaker Schedule


January 6 - Foundations of World Building - Donna Galanti

All stories happen somewhere. Whether you write fantasy, dystopian, science fiction, or even about the “real world,” world building is key to creating a meaningful story. With two science fiction and two fantasy books under her belt, Donna shares methods of world building that any writer can apply. From the smallest details to the rules of its universe, discover the way a considered approach to world building can govern the hearts of your characters and help drive your story. Topics include: elements of world building, using world building to support conflict and tension, world building questions and resources, and what to avoid in building your world.


February 3 - Selfpub 101 and Open Q&A - Marie Force

Marie will cover all the basics of self-publishing from the decision to do it to the ins-and-outs of how to do it. Then she'll have a no-holds-barred Q&A that will be interesting, informative and helpful to writers at all stages of their career. 


March 3 - 25th Anniversary Event with Damon Suede

MEMBERS ONLY event to celebrate VFRW!


April 7 - "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Rules" - Holly Jacobs

Editors complain about the lack of originality, lack of spark. Over-zealous contest judges send unsuspecting entrants into hysteria. One writer tells another, "You will NEVER sell THAT because of XYZ."  Rules, rules, rules.  Lately it seems like writing in general and romance in particular are drowning in them. Holly Jacobs says the truth will set you free! The truth according to Holly is:  most of the "rules" can be bent, broken, folded, spindled, and otherwise mangled. Very few of them are absolutes, at least as far as they're concerned. Once you know the "rules," can you ignore them and break them at will? Is it really "all in the execution?"


May 5 - Breaking Out and Making Six Figures - Eliza Knight

With the advent of self-publishing years ago, the world of publishing opened up in a whole new way, paving the path for many writers to forge lucrative and self-sustaining careers. In this workshop, I'll share my own personal journey to success, but also focus on key elements every writer can and should implement in order to gain visibility and succeed. Topics we'll focus on are: Career structure, focus and goals - Writing smart - Gathering your team - Marketing strategies that work and those that don't - Planning for the future. 

(off June, July, August)


September 15 - Working Lunch Workshop with Madeline Hunter

Craft - topics TBA


October 6 - Annual General Meeting - Judi Fennell and Steph Julian

On vendors and platforms for self-publishing.


November 3 - TBA


December - Holiday Party