Wrap Up of the 2015 UK Meet

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Better late than never, right? 🙂

Here’s a brief report that I recently posted at the Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of RWA (are you a member/would like to be? contact me if you want any more details).

The whole joy of the UK MEET for me is the opportunity to meet other fans of LGBT fiction. It doesn’t matter in what capacity you attend – ANYone is welcome, and we operate a strict first come-first served basis for allocating tickets. This year, most of our active waiting list managed to get tickets in the end, as well.

Our attendees generously give their time for the panels, and for helping with the organisation of the weekend. I love the relaxed, “village” atmosphere! We also made sure there was plenty of break-out space and time for attendees just to chat.

The weekend started on Friday afternoon at the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel, right in the centre of the lovely city, with registration. Attendees are offered a choice of lanyards, to identify whether they’re happy for their photo to be taken and potentially featured on social media or not. Registration is run by new and “old” attendees and it’s a great way to meet people and ease yourself into the event.

That was followed up by a guided Pirate Walk around Bristol, then an evening welcome event at the local Queenshilling bar/club. We had exclusive use of the venue up until 10pm, with buffet food and a visit from our special guest – our HRH Queen Elizabeth lookalike! This month, our Queen became the longest serving monarch ever, so we thought we’d celebrate that.

Panels on Day #1 included a chance for readers to read and discuss their favourite book openings, the use of tropes in writing, mystery myth and magic, and then open “zones” where up to 7 topics were hosted for both readers and authors. Examples included YA, creative writing, cover art, worldbuilding, menages and building author voice. At the same time, TJ Masters ran a BDSM workshop for those who were interested – totally non-threatening, and very interesting to all.

Panels on Day #2 included more entertainment and useful guidance on writing humour, writing sex scenes, character-building, writing dark fiction, and how to write romance *without* explicit sex (my panel, for which I drew deeply on my inner resources…. *g*).

Saturday night’s dinner in the fabulous Palm Court restaurant included entertainment from the superb Sing Out Bristol Choir (still wiping away a tear…), the drag act Cherry Poppins, and a return visit by the (in)famous Butlers in the Buff. We awarded prizes to some attendees, thanked all those who attended and contributed to the organisation, and praised the fact this is the 6th annual Meet!

In other news? The swag bags this year were eagerly appreciated. Also, throughout the event, publishers kindly took pitches from authors, Temple Dragon offered photography services, RRW badges and leaflets were available to all, mini/fun contests were run for attendees, and a raffle raised nearly £500 from our generous attendees for the Albert Kennedy Trust for homeless GLBT young people.

Our keynote speakers were Elizabeth North who gave a very inspiring talk on our responsibility to take our writing out into the world, and the many individuals she’s connected with who have thanked Dreamspinner – plus other publishers – for providing more romance fiction for and about them.

KJ Charles spoke entertainingly and frankly about her work experiences in the publishing industry, and the progress of her career, both as a best-selling author and a freelance editor – with some useful tips on how/how not to get noticed in the slush pile!

At the end of the event, we held a get-together to discuss what had gone well, and what could be improved for next year. We can’t announce the venue yet but it’s likely to be held in Sept again. Follow the newsletter – you’ll hear it there first! There’s a subscribe button in the sidebar of the website.

We could never have done so much without the generous help of our sponsors. A list can be found herehttp://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2015-event/2015-sponsors/ and a special thanks goes to Riptide Publishing for the swag bags, Dreamspinner Press for the folders, Pride Publishing for the ID lanyards, and Manifold Press for sponsoring the programme.

Now I just need to grab a few weeks’ rest until the next year’s planning starts! And I’m still populating the photos page on the website here http://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2015-event/2015-photos/.

~Clare

Rainbow Romance Writers – Chapter Meeting this weekend

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Would you like to know what is in store for the upcoming months with your RRW chapter and what is happening at RWA and how it affects RRW?
Do you have questions about the chapter?
Looking to volunteer?
What sort of content are you looking to get out of RWA?
Today and tomorrow, the chapter meeting for members will be held here: http://rainbowromancewriters.com/node/1050

Please stop in and participate!

~Deanna Wadsworth~
Chapter Secretary & Social Media Coordinator for Rainbow Romance Writers

 

Rainbow Romance Writers – your chance to contribute

header_leftThis post is to announced the opening of the nomination period for those wanting to run for a seat on our Rainbow Romance Board.

Our Board consists of 4 elected positions, but for continuity purposes, next year’s president is this year’s president-elect, our Vice-President Taylor V. Donovan.

According to our bylaws you can nominate yourself for the following board positions:

  • Vice-President/President-Elect: This is a two year commitment (if you are elected). In 2016 you will serve as Vice-President to learn the ropes from our President, so you can take the position of President in 2017.

This is your job description for the next two years:

Vice President/President-Elect. The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President and preside over all meetings of the Board and members in the absence of the President; shall be responsible for planning and overseeing all official chapter communications tools, including the chapter guides and articles, website, and public relations; and fulfill any other obligations designated by the Board. In the following year, Vice President will automatically take office as chapter President.

President.  The President shall serve as spokesperson for the chapter; call, set the agenda for, and preside over all meetings of the Board and the members; appoint, with Board approval, such committee chairs as may from time to time be necessary; serve as a nonvoting ex-officio member of all committees; execute chapter business as specified by the Board; appoint, with Board approval, qualified members to fill any officer or director vacancies; and coordinate all activities and fulfill any other obligations designated by the Board.

  • Secretary: This is a one year commitment which can be extended for another year if you choose to nominate yourself again the next year.

This is the secretary’s job description:

The Secretary shall be responsible for membership applications and updating the Membership List showing all RRW Members in good standing; record attendance; record the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and the membership; keep chapter records, including copies of articles and guides written for chapter distribution, RWA communications, chapter business correspondence, committee reports, and all other official documents; mail notices; and fulfill any other obligations designated by the Board of Directors.

  • Treasurer: This is a one year commitment which can be extended for another year if you choose to nominate yourself again the next year.

This is the treasurer’s job description:

The Treasurer shall be responsible for collecting dues; notify the Board of delinquent members; supervise the collection and disbursement of chapter funds; notifying the President and Secretary of delinquent members; keep the financial records of the chapter in good order; work with the Secretary in maintaining the list of chapter members; provide an accurate and up-to-date financial statement to the Board at least every six months; present the annual audited report to the members and, if required, to RWA; and fulfill any other obligations designated by the Board of Directors.

Eligibility:  In order to be eligible for a Board position (whether elected or appointed), a candidate must: (1) have been a General member for at least one year; and (2) not have a material conflict of interest that would disqualify the person from holding the intended office, such as concurrently serving on the RWA Board, or holding another position within the RRW board.

There is an addition qualification for the position of treasurer:  A candidate for Treasurer should possess a strong business and financial background.

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Interested in any of these positions? This is what you have to do:

Contact the Secretary (secretary@rainbowromancewriters.com) in person or in writing and state your intent to serve, if elected, for a specific position on the board. Do this before October 30th as the nominations will be announced at the chapter meeting the first weekend of November so voting can commence in November.

Voting will be open for a full week and every general member is allowed one vote for every position. If there is only one candidate for every position, and no objections are recorded, the secretary will vote for all of us.

Rainbow Romance Writers – chapter business

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Calling all RRW members! Let’s keep going!

RRW membership must vote to approve a new set of by-laws given us by RWA. If we don’t approve them, we cease to be a chapter. There really isn’t any other option.

The by-laws are here: http://rainbowromancewriters.com/node/722

Your voting form is HERE.

or: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10q_M1jDkqor9-A3lZl7K-gITn5Tsshrzi_OZQG7325Y/viewform

So please vote YES by March 30. Since we can’t change any of the provisions, this is only a formality. But it’s an essential one.
Thanks for your help,

Lloyd Meeker
RRW Secretary

Wondering what the RRW Chapter is? Want to join? Find the details here.
http://www.rainbowromancewriters.com/join
Note: you need to be an existing member of RWA to join RRW (gotta love these ThreeLetterAcronyms *g*)

Writers and readers of LGBT romance come from all walks of life, with a shared certainty: Love knows no boundaries. Our members are career-focused individuals creating, publishing, and promoting LGBT romance.

Rainbow Romance Writers develops and promotes excellence in LGBT romance fiction, offering a virtual home to professional authors of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender love stories. Our members come from all walks of life but a love of literature is a common bond that connects us. As an active chapter of the Romance Writers of America, our chapter:

*Fosters artistic and professional success
*Helps members succeed as artists and professionals
*Advocates passionately for our rapidly expanding market online and at events both LGBT and romance-related
*Provides a dynamic resource for our members, the media, and the publishing industry
*Challenges assumptions, boosts visibility, and celebrates the scope of LGBT romance

Rainbow Romance Writers opens doors. We continue to push for research, awareness, and education in unexpected communities. With every story, our members build bridges with unexpected allies: romance readers expanding their horizons and LGBT readers discovering romance fiction for the first time.

We are changing minds, one heart at a time.

Reading colors your life

 

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