Our Meetings

The Basics


3rd Saturday of each month
No meeting in November (Thanksgiving).
Meet the 2nd Saturday in December for our Holiday Party.


La Hacienda Ranch (Click for map)
5251 Hwy 121
Grapevine/Colleyville, Texas


10 am -- Doors Open

10-10:30 -- Get Published! Workshop
Open to all but tailored for the not-yet-published

10:45 am --  Meeting Begins

11 am -- Speaker

Noon(ish) -- Business meeting and optional lunch (most stay for lunch, but duck out if you need to)

2020 Meetings

Nov 14th

NT Panel: The Cheapskates Guide to Advertising and Promotion -- this is a GetPublished! /general meeting combo program so the group has lots of time to ask questions and share their own adventures

Dec 12th

~ holiday gathering details to be announced


2021 Meetings

Jan 16th

Abigail Owen & Nicole Flockton--Sprinting can be one of the strongest tools in an authors toolbox for getting words on paper in a consistent manner. In this workshop authors (and sprinting partners) Abigail Owen & Nicole Flockton will talk about what sprinting is, different ways to sprint, the importance of a sprinting partner, how sprinting can increase your output, and more.

Feb 20th

Angela Ackerman--Hidden Emotion & Subtext: Making Dialogue Crackle with What Isn’t Said

Mar 20th

Martha Engber--The Road to Flaming Great Dialogue Starts With Growing Great Characters!

Apr 17th


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Jan 18th

Amber Royer--Archetypes vs. Cliche

Feb  15th

L.C. Hayden--How to Perfect Your Writing Technique

Mar 21st

Diane K. Peterson--The Evolution of the Romance Novel

Apr 18th

Writing, brainstorming, sprinting--no guest speaker

May 16th

Sasha Summers--Your Story Bible

Jun 20th

Elizabeth Essex--Character Themed Words

Jul 18th

Sophie Jordan--Beginnings: It Takes More Than Once Upon a Time…

Aug 15th

Krystle Shannan--Newsletter Automation to Promote Your Backlist

Sep 19th

Kathleen Baldwin--The Truth About the Writing Life and Money

Oct 17th

Laurie Schnebly Campbell--topic TBA

Come visit us at one of these upcoming meetings

Bring Your Own Brunch! * Join us on Saturday, December 12 on Zoom from 10AM to 12PM. * We’ll have a brief business meeting, followed by general chatter. * There will be door prize drawing as per usual and we’ll be playing a clean game of “Never Have I Ever.” * Zoom info will be sent out via the mailing list and the Facebook group. If you are new to the group, contact the programs director (programs @ ntrwa . org) to request the info. * See you on December 12!

Join us November 14 on Zoom for the

Cheapskates Guide to

Advertising and Promotion

This is a combo GetPublished! / general meeting program so we have a lot of time to ask questions and share our success and maybe some failures too…

Panel includes Audra Lewandowski, Susie Sheehey, Chrissy Szarek, and Jen FitzGerald.

Zoom Meeting links will be sent out the week of the meeting via mailing list and will be posted to the Facebook Group.

Join us Saturday, October 17 at 11AM

Block-Busting: Putting the Joy Back in Writing

At some point, almost all writers suffer from the inability to tell the story they want. Part of writer’s block is a lack of joy in the process. So counselor Laurie Schnebly Campbell looks at the causes — including exhaustion, boredom and fear of success — and the benefits of this block. Writers take home new awareness of what works for them, and renewed inspiration for returning to the craft they love.

In our September meeting, Kathleen Baldwin will encourage us to “Explore why you write–examine your hidden motivations. Get an honest look at what to expect as far as the money, realistic career expectations. Gain a clear picture of what a writing career entails, the ups and downs of the business, where to make extra cash in the business, and other key survival tactics.”

Let NTRWA energize you to keep working on your writing goals

Topics and Speakers for Fall

Upcoming regular meeting programs include:

September ~ Kathleen Baldwin: The Truth About the Writing Life and Money
October ~ Laurie Schnebly Campbell: Block-Busting: Putting the Joy Back in Writing
November ~ meeting status to be determined
December ~ Holiday Party status to be determined
Upcoming GetPublished! programs include:

September ~ Jennifer Looft: Staying on Track with Your Writing Goals During Trying Times
October ~ Amanda McMurrey: Crafting Attention-Getting Back Copy Blurbs
November ~ meeting status to be determined
December ~ none

For the health and safety of our membership,

NTRWA programming will be presented via Zoom

for the remainder of 2020. Thanks.

Join us Saturday, July 18th for



Beginnings: It Takes More Than Once Upon a Time… (Starting the journey by hooking the reader)


In this changing market and society, the opening of your book is more important than ever. How do writers win out over readers’ busy lives, the clamor of social media and addictive Netflix marathons? You have to hook the reader immediately.


Join Sophie as she leads you through tips to hook your readers right from the start – from the all-important first line, to the first few paragraphs, to the first chapter. Come prepared with your own first lines!


Zoom Meeting Link will be sent out closer to the meeting day.

Join us for Elizabeth Essex discussing:

Toolkit for Character is designed to help authors take their characters out of their imagination and put them on the pages of their manuscripts in six specific ways. Using examples from a wide variety of best-selling and well-loved books, this workshop will teach authors how to use their own voice and style to ‘reveal as they describe,’ and create characters readers will love and remember.


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Elizabeth Essex is the award-winning author of critically acclaimed historical romance, including Reckless Brides and her new Highland Brides series. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and Seal of Excellence Award, and RWA’s prestigious RITA Award. The Reckless Brides Series has also made Top-Ten lists from Romantic Times, The Romance Reviews and Affaire de Coeur Magazine, and Desert Isle Keeper status at All About Romance. Her fifth book, A BREATH OF SCANDAL, was awarded Best Historical in the Reader’s Crown 2013.
When not rereading Jane Austen, mucking about in her garden, walking her beloved dogs, Ghillie and Brogue, or simply messing about with boats, Elizabeth can be always be found with her laptop, making up stories about heroes and heroines who live far more exciting lives than she. It wasn’t always so. Long before she ever set pen to paper, Elizabeth graduated from Hollins College with a BA in Classics and Art History, and then earned her MA in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University. While she loved the life of an underwater archaeologist, she has found her true calling writing lush, lyrical historical romance full of passion, daring and adventure.
Elizabeth lives in Texas with her husband, the indispensable “Mr. Essex,” and her active and exuberant family in an old house filled to the brim with books.

Award Winning Author of the Highland Brides Series
MAD FOR LOVE ~ Available FREE!
Romance that’s mad, bad, and FABULOUS to read!

Join us Saturday May 16th at 11 am for

Sasha Summers


Your Story Bible: Creating a workable reference to keep your characters straight, your setting rich, and your story/series on track!

The GetPublished! program begins at 10 am.

Published… With Books! ~ a discussion about how to start your own publishing company with Jen FitzGerald

Both meetings will be presented via ZOOM. Invites / links will be sent directly to members and friends of NT via the usual channels.



Join us on ZOOM for a virtual write-in with your chapter mates. Write and / or edit with friends. We’ll have opportunities for sprints and we’ll share virtual snacks.

3:00 p.m.

Welcome, Check-In, and Set Goals:

Mtg ID:  575 079 1196

Mtg Password:  8sgL3u



4:30 p.m.


Mtg ID: 751 7276 2164

Mtg Password: 3PmvkL



6:00 p.m.

Check-In and Wrap-up:

Mtg ID: 785 7663 9193

Mtg Password: 6gBes7



Hope to see you there!


NTRWA April Meeting Events
April GetPublished! with Jen Geigle Johnson
Host: Lisa Fenley
“How to Manage a Successful Hybrid Career”
via ZOOM at 9:30 am
Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/95967182062* * * * *April NT Member Chat
Host: Jen FitzGerald
Say hello to and see the faces of your fellow NT members
via ZOOM at 9:00 am to 1 pm
Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/93456947333

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April NT Brainstorming Session
Host: Chrissy Szarek
Come get some help on a book.
via ZOOM at 10:00 am
Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/97666235436

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April NT Writing Sprints
Host: Priya Ardis

Topic: NT Writing Sprint #1
Time: Apr 18, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 292 154 4515
Password: NTRWAgo

Topic: NTRWA Writing Sprint #2
Time: Apr 18, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 292 154 4515
Password: NTRWAgo

Topic: NTRWA Writing Sprint #3
Time: Apr 18, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 292 154 4515
Password: NTRWAgo

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NT April (Virtual) Write-In

Host:  Jennifer Looft
Saturday, April 18th

The write in will begin at 5:00 p.m., and will have check-in opportunities throughout the evening. If you can’t begin with us at 5:00, it’s okay-join us at a convenient check-in point.

5:00 p.m.-Kickoff / Start
6:45 p.m.-Check-in Point #1
8:45 p.m.-Check-in Point #2
10:45 p.m.-Wrap-up

Here are the Zoom links and passwords for the different time periods:

5:00 p.m. Kickoff / Start Link:
Password: write

6:45 p.m. Progress Check Link:
Password: write

8:45 p.m. Progress Check Link (Jennifer calls this “Snacks and Sips and Sentences”):
Password: write

10:45 p.m. Wrap-up / Close Link:
Password: write