M&M Workshop List



Vanessa Riley, Keynote Speaker

Piper Huguley, Featured Speaker

Tina Radcliffe, Craft Speaker


Special Sessions and Events

  • Coffee/Tea/Cookies Chat with Hybrid, Independent, and Traditional Author Panel (hosted by Susan Carlisle)

  • Author Signing and Chat

  • Stretch/Yoga classes every morning

  • Meet ups for PRO, PAN, Hybrid, Independent, and Traditionally published authors

  • Rooms set aside for writing, participating in virtual workshops, and a chat room to catch up with your fellow authors

Food and Beverage


  • Continental Breakfast provided Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

  • Lunch provided Friday and Saturday

  • Coffee/Tea/Cookies on Friday late afternoon

  • Maggie’s Awards Banquet on Saturday evening


In-Person Workshops

If you submitted a workshop for 2020 and you understood that you’d be presenting this year but don’t see your workshop below, please contact us at mmconferencechair@gmail.com.

Note that this list is subject to change


Business Workshops

  • Coffee Money to Six Figures: Building and Reviving an Author Career presented by Ciara Knight

  • The Agent Game presented by Elle E. Ire and Jose Pablo Iriarte

  • Libraries + You: A Match Made in Heaven presented by Keri-Rae Barnum

  • WordPress.com: Build Your Author Website for a Lot, a Bit, a Little, or Free presented by Marina Reznor


Craft Workshops

  • The Marathon Method of Plotting presented by Christie Wright Wild

  • Your Pacing Score: A Numeric System for Finding Slow Spots (and Tips to Fix Them) presented by Arielle Haughee

  • Using Music and Images to “P.L.O.T.” If You’re a Pantser Like Me! presented by Jeanine Englert

  • What's that mean? Terms and Tips for new writers presented by Kerrie Turner

  • Picture Books and Romance Novels: They’re More Similar Than You Think!  presented by Rachel Smoka-Richardson

  • The Art of Critique- It’s Not What You Say but How You Say It presented by Susan Carlisle

  • Deep POV (Point of View) - Don't Get Caught in the Shallows presented by Susan Carlisle

  • More than a Place: The Setting as a Character presented by Tanya Agler

  • Inside the Lines: The Game Plan for Writing a Winning Sports Romance presented by Tracy Solheim      

  • When Microsoft Word Isn't Working for You and You're Broke – Five Legitimate Free Alternatives presented by Crystal Ramos

  • Creating Memorable Characters presented by Mary Barfield

  • Charge Up Your Book’s Sex Scenes: How to write emotional, sensual love scenes with erotic toys presented by Thien-Kim Lam


Motivational Workshops

  • Maximize your Writing through Nutrition presented by Carole St-Laurent

  • 10,000 Words a Day Doesn’t Matter (If You Only Write Once a Month): How to Build Better Writing Habits presented by Catherine Stuart

  • Build a Better YOU! – Form Tiny Habits for BIG Changes presented by Brenda Lowder


Online Workshops and Presentations

Online workshops and presentations will be pre-recorded


  • To PR or not to PR? That is the Question presented by Ciara Knight

  • Developing Characters Through Revision presented by Rachel Smoka-Richardson

  • Get Know Everywhere, Using Publicity: For Authors presented by Jill Lublin

  • The Down and Dirty on Working for One of the Big 5 presented by Susan Carlisle

  • Self-Publishing 101 by Brenda Lowder

  • Social Media for Writers presented by Rachel Jordan

  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Conflict by Sally Kilpatrick

  • Writing Through it All: Depression, Pain, Grief, Pandemic by Nicki Salcedo

  • Author Resource: Meet author communities - “Binders full of Romance Writers”

  • Author Resource: Meet Book Reviewers “The Romance Dish”

  • Author Resource: Meet Book Club – “Sarah';s Book Picks”

  • Author Resource: Meet Romance Book Club – “Old School Romance Book Club OSRBC”