2017 Annual Retreat Information

Every year MCRW holds an annual retreat at a TN state park. It's a fantastic opportunity to get away from family and life for a BUSINESS weekend, socialize with and learn from fellow MCRW members, and hole up and work on your deadlines if desired. We have programs, speakers, writing sessions, and the occasional game that involves shouting out euphemisms for the sexy sex.

This year, the annual retreat will be having some changes! We're going to try it at Montgomery Bell State Park (Burns, TN) instead of Natchez Trace State Park, and the sign up deadline is a bit tighter -- January 1 instead of later in the month, after which reservations for rooms can be made on your own. The new park needs the room deposits by January 1 or they release the room block, though it's possible you can still GET a room in the inn if you want to come.

There are two housing options. One is a regular room (@$84.92 nightly) in the Inn that can sleep two. The other is one of the 6 Villas (@$189.34 nightly) that sleep 4 comfortably with two bedrooms and two baths, along with a kitchen/living room. We encourage new members to consider the Villas. Splitting the cost among 4 people makes it an affordable stay, and it’s a great way to get to know other members.
New this year, we are capping the number of attendees at 42. There will be a waiting list in case of cancellations. 
Dates of the retreat will be February 17 - 19, 2017.

More info: The schedule of events will be announced soon. All meals will be through the restaurant at the park -- no covered dish this time means less hassle -- though you are welcome to bring snacks/food/preferred items for yourself if desired. There is a $50 dollar nonrefundable room deposit, but no fee for the retreat itself.

The sign-up form (below) includes a room reservation. If you wish to attend without reserving a room, just contact Beth or Page directly! Ditto if you have any questions.

Link for complete information and the sign up form -- https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=2160 (Note that you will need to be signed into the RWA site for this form to work!)

Note: we do not hold a regular meeting at the Williamson County Library in February due to the retreat.

Hope to see you there! 

December Book Swap and Food Fest


Come prepared to fight for your office products and croissants! The December MCRW meeting is our winter holiday party, and members bring something delicious to eat and a wrapped book/writerly item to add to the Dirty Santa stack. Email anyone on the board for details! Hope to see you there.

September 2016 Event -- A Day with Sherrilyn Kenyon

Registration for MCRW's September 2016 event, A Day with Sherrilyn Kenyon, is now open! Sherrilyn will guide us in her all day workshop, Ins and Outs of Making It in the Business.

Pre-registration is required by August 27th, so don't delay. For more information on this fantastic event--and great learning opportunity--please visit our event page.

We hope to see you in September!

2016 PITCH Contest Winners Announced!

Music City Romance Writers is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 MCRW PITCH contest! Congratulations to all finalists, and a huge round of applause to our winners!

1st place: Nobody’s Mistress *** by Willa Ramsey
2nd place: Meadows Wind *  by Betty Unkel
3rd place: Romancing Dr. Love *  by Rebecca Heflin

With our lovely runners up:

Beautiful – Story of an Ugly Stepsister ** by Ashley Hoyle
Animal Instincts * by Lauren James

* Indicates a partial was requested (** Indicates two requests)

Just a quick recap of our fabulous prizes:

1st place - e-Copy of "QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed" by CJ Redwine, a Skype or Phone development edit of the first 30 pages of the manuscript, Announcement in RWR, and an extra pitch critique from Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency.

2nd place - e-Copy of "QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed"by CJ Redwine, Announcement in RWR

3rd place - e-Copy of "QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed", Announcement in RWR

Thank you to all who entered! And a big special thanks plus a basket of muffins to all of our wonderful judges!

2016 PITCH Contest Finalists Announced

The results are in at last!

Music City Romance Writers is pleased to announce the finalists in the 2016 Pitch contest! The winner will be announced on Sunday, June 5th barring any unforeseen circumstances. Congratulations to our finalists!

Here are the top scored entries, in no particular order:

Beautiful - Story of an Ugly Stepsister - by Ashley Hoyle

Meadow Wind - by Betty Unkel

Nobody’s Mistress - by Willa Ramsey

Romancing Doctor Love - by Rebecca Heflin

2016 PITCH Contest -- Open for Entries!

The Music City Romance Writers PITCH contest is back and officially open for entries!

Whether the "pitch" is for back cover copy that you plan to self-publish, or that oh-so-perfect query letter blurb, we want to help you get it right! And we'll get you there fast! The entire contest from deadline to announcement of the winner will be six weeks! (Assuming no unforeseen circumstances arise.)

Additionally, there are terrific prizes for the winners!

But don't delay in entering. Due to the quick nature of this contest, the entry deadline of April 9th is right around the corner.

For complete contest details and a link to the registration form, please visit the 2016 PITCH contest info page.

We look forward to reading your PITCH!