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See specific date for meeting agenda, time and location. Most meetings will be available via Go To Meeting or recorded. You must be a chapter member to access the Go To Meeting or recording. All meeting attendees are invited to eat lunch at a nearby restaurant after the meeting. Non-members may attend two meetings without joining.

January 21, 2017

General Meeting time starts at 10:15 a.m.
~Chapter Business~
Presented by Annie Whittaker
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
~Presentation by Attorney Leonard DuBoff~

One of America's foremost authorities on areas where law and creative work intersect, describes how to take advantage of your skills and profit from your work. He will discuss the business of being a writer and explains how to succeed in every area affecting a writer's livelihood as it pertains to the law. Learn all the essential details of: Submissions, Permissions,Freedom of Information Requests, Book and Magazine Contracts, Taxes, Royalties, Copyright Ownership, Dispute Resolution.
Location: West Jordan City Hall
8000 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84088
Cost: Free for URWA members $10 for non-URWA members until the day of the event when it will be $25
Credit card payments will be taken with online registration or people can register and mark that they are sending a check or paying cash at the door when they register. No credit card payments on the day of the event.
*You must be pre-registered for this event to pay the $10 at the door if you choose that option.*
REGISTRATION IS LIMITED for this special event. Please register early!
Registration link:
Presented by: Utah Chapter of Romance Writers of America
More information:, Email questions to
See you there!

February 18, 2017

~Not so Good, Bad, and Very Bad Writing: How to Recognize It and Fix It~
Presented by Dr. Allison Sharp
Dr. Allison Sharp has a Phd. in English and has graded many a freshman writing assignment. She is a freelance editor and judges many writing contests.
~Getting Past Dull: Making Your Dialogue Sing~
Presented by Jennifer Beckstrand
Description: There will be lots of interaction and lots of practice in this class as we discuss how to take your dialogue past the mundane, across the tedious, over the repetitive, and into the compelling. (Optional: Come with an example of good dialogue and an example of bad dialogue so we can discuss.)
Location: Farmington Library
133 Main Street Farmington, UT 84025
Time: 10:30

March 18, 2017

Get some help with your plot or brainstorm with others over lunch. Bring a share dish and your ideas.
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Natalie Ainge Residence, Spanish Fork, UT -Please log into the Members Only page for the address.

April 28-29, 2017

~It's A Spring Thing - Writing Retreat~
Join us for a weekend writing retreat!
There is no charge to participate in the retreat, but we ask that you Register Here.
Click Here for a look at the agenda.
Each participant must book their own room at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City Downtown.
Please use Group Code: Utah Romance Writers
Booking Link
Arrival Date: 28-Apr-2017 & Departure Date: 30-Apr-2017
Room Rates:
Single & Double: $119 ; Triple: $134 ; Quad: $149

May 20, 2017

~Wellness for Writers~
Presented by Danielle Fielden
Time: 10:30-12:30
Location: West Jordan City Hall
8000 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84088

June 17, 2017

~You Can Write A Series, Too!~
Presented by Judy Baker and Mary Martinez

You've decided you want to write a series, now what? There are a few things to determine when writing a series. You may only write in one genre, so that part is easy. However, if you write more than one genre, the first question you ask, is what genre do you want your series in? Do you want it to be a romance? A thriller? Or maybe even fantasy. There are several other questions to ask yourself: Do you want it to be historical? Contemporary? Another question would be: Do you want to create a town? A family? A circle of friends? And the list of questions goes on...
As you can see, it's not as simple as just deciding you'd like to write a series. Judy Baker and Mary Martinez will help you navigate the writing waters of how to write your series and get you started on your way to the next NY Times bestselling series.
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Sandy Library
10100 South Petunia Way (1405 East)
Sandy, Utah 84092

July 15, 2017

~Critique/Plotluck Picnic~
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Tina Stambaugh's Home - See Members Only page for address
Please bring 4 copies of 5 pages to critique and a potluck item to share. Or come prepared to work on your plot.

August 19, 2017

~How and Why to Create a Newsletter~ Presented by Lindzee Armstrong
Everything you need to know to start and manage a successful reader newsletter.
Time: 11:30 am
Location: American Fork Library
64 South 100 East, American Fork, UT 84003

September 16, 2017

~Your Career - Soup to Nuts~ Presented by Stanalei Fletcher
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Bingham Creek Library
4834 West 9000 South
West Jordan, Utah 84081

October 14, 2017

~URWA Heart of the West Readers Luncheon~
Find details and tickets here: Readers Luncheon.
At the Davis Conference Center
1651 North 700 West, Layton, Utah 84041

November 18, 2017

~Marketing-How to choose which marketing methods to use~
Presented by Elana Johnson

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Granny Annie's Restaurant
286 North 400 West, Kaysville, UT 84037
Here's a sneak peek at the menu to be ready to order when you arrive. Menu

December 2, 2017

~Holiday Luncheon~
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Olive Garden/Surgarhouse
2272 S 1300th East, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, bring a "writerly" gift under $10 to the luncheon.

last updated 11/03/17