Waynesboro Cultural Commission announces romance writers’ workshops

waynesboro2editsAs part of its mission to serve area writers, filmmakers, artists and performers, the Waynesboro Cultural Commission announces the second in its series of informal workshops. The romance writers’ workshops, scheduled for the first two Tuesdays in May, will introduce the genre and give aspiring authors the skills to understand the expectations of this popular fictional form.

Waynesboro is fortunate to have two award-winning published romance authors who will work as a team to present the workshops, from 7 – 8:30 pm May 7 and 14.

This is the second in the series of spring workshops, following the screenwriter’s workshop in March. The Waynesboro Cultural Commission, the city-sponsored commission devoted to public access and understanding of all the arts, also sponsors “Waynesboro Writes” and the annual Virginia short film competition.

Registration for the workshops is required, although they are free of charge. Call 943-9999 to reserve a spot. Although the workshops will build on each other, it is not necessary to attend the first in order to benefit from the second.

The authors leading the workshops have been praised for the quality of their writing and research.

Elaine Grant

Often happier in imaginary realms than the real world, Elaine Grant always wanted to write books and illustrate them. Her first published novel ROSES FOR CHLOE was a RITA Finalist, a Holt Medallion Finalist, and NONA Finalist. ROSES FOR CHLOE is available again throughAmazon.com in ebook format for Kindle and in print. MAKE BELIEVE MOM, Elaine’s first Harlequin Superromance, was a RITA Finalist and a Waldenbooks Bestseller. She has two other Harlequin Superromances,AN IDEAL FATHER and NO HERO LIKE HIM, which are available in ebook format.

After living over thirty-five years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she moved to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with her husband of 38 years, an 18 year old tabby cat, and two Australian Shepherds. Now learning the exciting business of self-publishing and cover design, she plans to have more books available this year. You can contact her at elaine@elainegrant.com or visit her website www.elainegrant.com.


Joanna Bourne

Joanna writes Historical Romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars. Her book, Spymaster’s Lady, was an American Library Association RUSA Reading List Selection. Three others have made the shortlist in the last five years. She’s also a two-time winner of the RITA, Romance’s highest award for excellence in writing.

Joanna is fond of saying she writes about the Napoleonic and French Revolutionary Period because it was a time of philosophical excitement, high ideals, desperate conflict, sacrifice and really cool clothing,

She lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with a grumpy long-haired cat and the traditional Old brown Dog.

Joanna also maintains a blog for writers of all genres on her website.

Find Joanna at www.Joannabourne.com.

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