Our meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at Fifty Forward on Donelson Pike (Nashville) unless otherwise noted.

Fifty Forward

108 Donelson Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend up to two meetings prior to joining.

Individuals must hold membership in Romance Writers of America in order to join Music City Romance Writers.

JUNE 2018

Beyond Google: research tips for writers
Presenter: Savannah Kade/AJ Scudiere
Location: Fifty Forward
Date: June 16th

What makes a reader feel that they were in the moment? Believe that your character delivered the punch? Smell the bakeries in Paris? Peel the paper from a plantation wall? One word: RESEARCH. You the writer have to bring the feelings to your readers -- probably without going to Paris :( but also without taking a punch! :)

Practical tips on * What to research and when. * When to start researching and how much. * How to dig yourself out of that rabbit hole and start writing. * How to find the experts you need when Wikipedia won't cut it.

Bio: AJ is a believer that magic is just science we haven’t yet figured out. She holds an MS in Human Forensic Identification as well as another in Neuroscience/Human Physiology -- or as she calls it “nerdgirl.” A firm believer that the best suspense relies on clues that were there all along and characters who stay smart all the way through the story, AJ works hard to get readers to “turn just one more page.” With over thirteen books out, AJ’s works have garnered Audie nominations, options for tv and film, as well as over twenty Best Suspense/Best Fiction of the Year awards.

JULY 2018

Death, Taxes, and Your Writing Business: What every writer needs to know about federal income taxes
Presenter: Diane Kelly
Location: Fifty Forward
Date: July 14
***NOTE: Due to conflict with RWA National conference, meeting will be held the second Saturday of July)***

While taxes may be the last thing creative types want to think about, it’s critical for writers to understand the rules and reporting for their writing business. This comprehensive class will cover: (1) how to determine if your writing activities constitute a business or a hobby; (2) federal income tax forms related to your writing business and how to prepare the forms; (3) business expense deductions, including the options available and the pros and cons of each option; (4) home offices – requirements to qualify and deduction options; (5) self-employment taxes – what they are and how to compute them; (6) estimated taxes – what they are, how to commute them, and when they're due; (7) how to set up a retirement plan for your writing business, contribution limits, and when contributions can be made; (8) the new Section 199A deduction under The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; (9) an overview of state tax issues; (10) tips for hiring a tax preparer and minimizing fees; and (11) advice about audits.

Bio: A recently retired tax advisor and former assistant attorney general for the state of Texas, Diane Kelly had more brushes with white-collar criminals than she’d like to admit. When she realized her experiences would make great fodder for novels, her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her award-winning Death and Taxes romantic mystery series. A graduate of her local Citizens Police Academy, Diane also writes the Paw Enforcement series, which stars a female K-9 team. She’ll launch her new House-Flipper Mystery series in February of 2019. In addition to writing about feisty females and hunky heroes, she writes continuing education courses for CPAs and teaches tax classes for her fellow writers. You can find Diane online at


Unconscious Bias and its Impact in Romance Fiction
Presenter: Corbette Doyle, Ed. D.
Location: Fifty Forward
Date: August 18th

 With RWA’s recent acknowledgment of problems inside the organization when it comes to encouraging and providing a welcoming environment to diverse writers, particularly authors of color, MCRW wants to be proactive in facilitating that cultural shift. As part of that effort, we’ve invited Corbette S. Doyle, Ed.D., to speak at our August meeting on the topic of implicit and unconscious bias and how it impacts both our writing and social behavior. She will provide insight into ways to recognize our hidden biases and help us provide a more inclusive and accepting environment. Understanding bias will help inform our writing when dealing with diverse characters, enabling us to write with sensitivity, and avoid damaging stereotypes and cultural appropriation.

Bio: Corbette has, at various points in her career, been an expert witness (against the IRS) in risk financing, an in-demand speaker on construction industry issues, a sought-after expert in the health care industry, a vocal proponent for women and their careers, a speaker and consultant on diversity and inclusion issues, and an avid member of MCRW. Some might call this ADD. Corbette chooses to describe herself as a serial expert.

Half-way into her third (and current) major career change as a Senior Lecturer of Leadership and Organizational Performance at the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, Corbette decided to return to graduate school to earn her doctorate. Her dissertation, on executive women paving uncharted territory, consumed every spare moment for the last few years. That’s her excuse for not writing anything else (do emails count?) the last few years. While she believes the writing skills she acquired as a devoted romance writer made her dissertation more interesting than most, about as many people read it as read her unpublished romance novels. Still, the dissertation at least garnered a promotion—and lots of speaking and consulting invitations.

 Prior to joining Vanderbilt’s faculty in 2008, Corbette was the Chair of the Health Care Industry practice and global Chief Diversity Officer at Aon, one of the two largest risk and health consulting firms in the world. Airplanes were Corbette’s home-away-from home during her corporate career, enabling her to earn 5 million frequent flyer miles. She serves on multiple boards and councils, including: Martin Methodist College, the Friends of REAL Foundation, Evolve Women’s Foundation, the Mayor of Nashville’s Gender Equity Council and Nissan America’s Executive Diversity Council. She is optimistic that at least one of those activities will provide the spark needed to return to fiction writing.


September – Big Fancy All Day Meeting with Damon Suede! Find out more information here and SAVE THE DATE. You won't want to miss this.
Location: Brentwood Sheraton Four Points
Date: September 15th


Art Journaling
Presenter: Nancy Robards Thompson
Location: TBA
Date: October 20th

 Facing the blank page can be daunting. National bestselling author, Nancy Robards Thompson will teach you how to use art journaling to plan your story, get better acquainted with your characters and discover the details of story setting. The techniques can also be used when not writing to keep yourself sane in this ever-changing industry and to refill the creative well.

Bio: Nancy Robards Thompson Photo and Bio for 2017 RWA workshop Write Smarter, Write Faster: National bestselling author Nancy Robards Thompson lives and writes in Tennessee, but her imagination transports her all over the world. She has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing romance and women's fiction full-time. After hanging up her press pass, this two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart struck gold in July 2002 when she won the award. Since then, she’s gone on to sell more than 40 books, which critics have deemed, “…funny, smart and observant.” Here’s how to connect with her: Website: Facebook: Nancy Robards Thompson Books and Nancy Robards Thompson Author Twitter: @NRTWrites Instagram: @nancyrthompson BookBub:

Location: Fifty Forward, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN