Meetings


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.

Address:
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.




AUGUST 2018

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as a devoted romance writer made her dissertation more interesting than most, about as many people read it as read her unpublished romance novels.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 2018

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

OCTOBER 2018

Art Journaling
Presenter: Nancy Robards Thompson
Location: Fifty Forward
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: NancyRobardsThompson.com Facebook: Nancy Robards Thompson Books and Nancy Robards Thompson Author Twitter: @NRTWrites Instagram: @nancyrthompson BookBub: bookbub.com/authors/nancy-robards-thompson

NOVEMBER 2018

November – Intro to the business of Private Investigation
Intro to business of Private Investigation
Presenter: Hal Humphreys
Location: Fifty Forward

Local PI and criminal defense investigator Hal Humphreys will regale us with stories of his daily work, interesting cases he’s encountered over the years, as well as tips and tricks of the PI trade. Come with any PI questions you might have and be prepared to be entertained!

Find out more about Hal at http://www.beardspeaks.com and www.findinvestigtions.com

DECEMBER 2018

Annual Holiday Party!
Location: 10 Owl Dr, Lebanon, TN (This is the clubhouse in the Spence Creek subdivision in Lebanon)

Potluck breakfast buffet, business meeting, lots of talking, Sneaky Book Swap Free-for-All, don't miss it!

JANUARY 2019

TBD

FEBRUARY 2019

Annual Retreat
Montgomery Bell State Park
Feb 15-16, 2019