Gin Ellis Memorial Workshop

March 23rd: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

March is a special meeting in the GRW calendar as published authors volunteer their time to help our unpublished members polish their manuscripts.

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Vanessa Riley


Hybrid historical author, Vanessa Riley, will introduce the NOW mindset to help authors better navigate the changing straights of publishing to build a satisfying career.


Turning No into Now

Turning NO into NOW! How to cultivate the hybrid publishing path to grow your career. 

  1. Saying Yes to Indie and Traditional Publishing: Story Selection, Audience Building Strategies

  2. Opportunity Costs: Time Management, Hybrid Agenting Approaches

  3. Go Big: Platform Management, Branding Considerations

Vanessa writes Regency and historical romances featuring multi-cultural communities and powerful persons of color. Her award-winning series, Challenge of the Souls, Advertisements for Love, and The Bargain have attracted fans from around the world. In November 2018, she sold her Rogues and Remarkable Women regency romance series, the first featuring an Afro-Caribbean heiress and the dashing duke she unexpectedly falls in love with, to Kensington. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and Romance Writers of America. Vanessa is a hybrid author with over 15 independent titles and 5 traditionally published novels and novellas with Pelican, Barbour, and Entangled publishers.

With a doctorate from Stanford University and master’s from Penn State University, STEM-centric, Vanessa’s books are crafted for the historical reader who seeks stories that showcase diverse communities and strong sisterhoods. For organizations such RWA, writing retreats, and women’s conferences, Riley has presented workshops on women in science, using technology in writing, and the historical intersectionality of Africans in England, South Africa, and the Caribbean.

Program Costs and Rules:

Program costs $7 or $10 (cash or check at the sign-in desk).

  • $7.00 for the morning session, speaker, good news, and networking.

  • $10.00 for the above plus afternoon writing space with all day beverage station.

  • Breakfast is not included, but beverages will be available during the meeting.

  • Members and guests must be 18 years old to attend.


About Gin Ellis Memorial Workshop

Georgia Romance Writer (GRW) members who have not been contracted for or published (including traditional, self-published, etc.) book-length fiction in the last three years are eligible to submit work for critique. A published member from the chapter will review the first chapter of your work in progress (up to 25 pages) and your synopsis (up to 10 pages) and provide you with feedback following the business portion of our March program.


There is no charge, but pages must be submitted electronically by midnight, Feb. 28, 2019.

Meeting Schedule:

9:00-10:00 Coffee and Networking
10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker
11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting

12:00 Gin Ellis Workshop Begins

Meeting Location:

Hyatt Place Atlanta/ Norcross/ Peachtree
5600 Peachtree Pkwy
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Phone: (770) 416-7655

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Hyatt Place Atlanta/ Norcross/ Peachtree
5600 Peachtree Pkwy
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Phone: (770) 416-7655

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