Meeting Schedule

2019 Meeting Schedule for CORW

Some meeting times and locations are TBD.
Default is 10am at:

South Windsor Library
1550 Sullivan Ave.,
South Windsor, CT


January 5, 2019 at 11:00am
Happy New Year. Our meeting will focus on critiquing the final five pages of your novel or novella.  Bring five copies of the final five pages plus a 3 paragraph synopsis. We’ll work on each others entries. We’ll discuss setting goals for the new year. Please note this meeting will be at the Red Onion in South Windsor, near the library. The time will be from 11:00 to 1:00 pm
Red Onion Restaurant,
855 Sullivan Ave, South Windsor


February 2, 2019
Peter Lerman – Audio Books
What’s been going on in that little soundproof booth of mine…
Just because I thought you might like to know!
The Revolution of ’28 explores the career of New York governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith. Robert Chiles peers into Smith’s work and uncovers a distinctive strain of American progressivism that resonated among urban, ethnic, working-class Americans in the early 20th century. The New Deal before the New Deal. Building a Democratic coalition to elect FDR four years later.
(“May galvanize readers currently feeling cheated by a shortage of contemporary political heroes.” – The New York Times)
Available First Week of December on Audible, iTunes and Amazon
Available to audition for projects on your desk right now. Or, tomorrow.



• Sing Me Back Home – Southern Roots and Country Music

by Bill C Malone – University Press Audiobooks

• Time for Wonderlust: Planning Your Retirement Renaissance

by Forrest J. Wright – Real Leisure Press

• On the Jury Trial – Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy

by Thomas Melsheimer and Craig Smith – University Press Audiobooks

• A Deeper Blue – The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt

by Robert Earl Hardy – University Press Audiobooks

• American Dunkirk – The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11

by James M Kendra, Tricia Wachtendorf – University Press Audiobook
• Screening Stephen King: Adaptation and the Horror Genre in Film and Television

by Simon Brown – University Press Audiobooks
• How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan: Two Years in the Pashtun Homeland

by Douglas Grindle – University Press Audiobooks
• The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights

by Hans Joas – University Press Audiobooks• Race?: Debunking a Scientific Myth

by Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle – University Press Audiobooks• An Unnatural Metropolis: Wrestling New Orleans from Nature

by Craig E. Colten – University Press Audiobooks
• Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter

by Ilya Somin – University Press Audiobooks
• Saving Our Cities: A Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America

by William W. Goldsmith – University Press Audiobooks


• The Secret Sharer
by Joseph Conrad – Spoken Realms

• The Golem of Hampstead and Other Stories

by Jacob J Potashnik – Penny-A-Page Press• Silent Source: A Medical Thriller


by James Marshall Smith – Stealth Books



• Time Management Skills: How to Increase Your Productivity

by Grace Bell – Published by Grace Bell

• Meditation for Beginners: An Extraordinary Guide to Inner Freedom

by Erik Tao

• Superhuman Memory: The Comprehensive Guide

by Keith Hope

• Manipulation: Emotional Manipulation Techniques to Influence People

by Lewis Fischer – CreateSpace Independent Publishing

• Tiger in the Office: How to Capitalize on Opportunity and Launch Your Career

by Mike Callahan – University Press Audiobooks

Audible Approved Narrator

Training: Sean Pratt – Audiobook Narration Technique and Practice
Johnny Heller – NYC Workshop 2018 & New England Narrator Workshop

Bachelor of Arts, Business Communication – Charter Oak State CollegeAssociate of Science, Respiratory Care – Naugatuck Valley Comm. Coll.

Certified AHA Instructor Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Certified COPD Educator
Certified Smoking Cessation Counsellor
Adjunct Faculty – Photography Department, BFA program, School of Visual Arts

Recording Studio Equipment:

Rode NT1-A Microphone
Scarlet Solo Audio Interface
Studio One DAW Artist Software
RX-6 Audio Editing/Mastering Software Dell XPS Desktop Computer w/ Windows 7Located in the Greater New York City Area

Stage/Theater Credits (principal roles): Kiss Me Kate (Gangster #2), Hello Dolly (Horace), Guys and Dolls (Big Julie), The Full Monty (Reggie), Anything Goes (Elisha), The Drowsy Chaperone (Feldzeig), On the Twentieth Century (Oliver), Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan), Speed-the-Plow (Bobby Gould), Rumors (Lenny), COMPANY! (Peter)



March 2, 2019
Deborah Davis –

Presenter and Author Deborah Ann Davis talks about her published works, and tricks she uses to add depth to her quirky characters.

This will be a hands-on interactive workshop, so bring 15-20 lines of dialogue from your current Work-In-Progress to practice and apply Deborah’s tips.


Award winning author, Deborah Ann Davis, founder (and member) of The Awesome Mom Tribe, has helped countless families navigate the tumultuous teen years, despite inevitable adolescent angst. As a producer of her own successful teenage daughter, and a former teenager herself, this middle/high school teacher has distilled three decades in education into her exciting live events and insightful books. Even her fiction novels, Fairly Safeand Fairly Certain, from her Love of Fairs series, delve into teen relationships. Deborah’s timely information on effective communication, emotional health, and physical wellbeing provides guidance and encouragement for moms, helping them foster positive and healthy relationships within their families. B.S., M.Ed., W.I.T.S., Certified Personal Trainer.


April 6, 2019
Helene Radjeski-Edwards , “Getting the most out of Writer’s Conferences.”


May 4, 2019
Kathy Otten


June 1, 2019
Paula Chaffee Scardamalia

“Dealing the Cards for your Story: Using Tarot to Add Fun and Spice to Scenes and Characters”

Paula has agreed to come in early and do readings for members if they are interested. Her set fee would be split as a fundraiser for the chapter if we wish.

Paula Chaffee Scardamalia
Divining the Muse ~Decipher Your Dream, Discover Your Story, Deliver It to the World,

Author of the award-winning, Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom
“Whatever your religious or spiritual background, there is usually a dreaming tradition found within it.”

July PICNIC (date and location to be decided)

August 3
Dazzling Dialogue (he said/she said)

September 7
Critique Session

October 5
A tentative speaker identified but not yet confirmed.
Novel Writing Month

A tentative Podcast but not yet confirmed.

December Holiday Party

Unless there is a dire emergency, this is our 2019 schedule.
We need everyone to help keep our chapter active.
First; we need speakers. Please help us find ‘good’ speakers.
Do you know someone we can ask? What writing area can you talk


Contact our Chapter President, Helene Radjeski-Edwards, for information, questions about membership
and prospective speakers.



2018 Meeting Schedule for CORW
November 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Sandra Marton is our speaker.

Sandra will share her experiences with self-publishing.
We will be in the meeting room at Welles-Turner Library,
2407 Main Street, Glastonbury
December 1, 2018
 Holiday Party at Ted’s Montana Grill, 500 Evergreen Way, South Windsor, CT. 11:15 am Saturday  A short business meeting will be followed by lunch. Looking forward to sharing the holiday spirit!

2019 Calendar

South Windsor Library
1550 Sullivan Ave.,
South Windsor, CT 

January 5

February 2

March 2

April 6

He Said She Said: Enhancing Your Dialogue

Presenter and Author Deborah Ann Davis talks about how to write dialogue that will give your characters the kind of depth that will keep readers coming back for more.

IMPORTANT: This will be a hands-on workshop, so please bring 10-12 lines of dialogue from your current Work-In-Progress to apply Deborah’s tips.

About the Presenter: In addition to presentations for authors and writers, award-winning author, Deborah Ann Davis currently holds retreats, seminars and workshops for mothers and their teenage daughters. She has spoken at CORW, CAPA, CTRWA, national conferences, and on a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship.

Deborah’s works include her two fictional novels, Fairly Certain and Fairly Safe, plus two forthcoming nonfiction works due out soon: How To Keep Your Daughter From Slamming the Door: An Awesome Mom Handbook; and her workbook for teenage girls, How To Keep From Feeling Totally Clueless: An Ultimate Girl Guide. To find out more, contact Deborah at or visit her website at

Make it a sparkling day!

May 4

June 1

For our guest Paula Chaffee Scardamalia
Divining the Muse ~Decipher Your Dream, Discover Your Story, Deliver It to the World,

Author of the award-winning, Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom
“Whatever your religious or spiritual background, there is usually a dreaming tradition found within it.”

July Picnic

August 3

September 7

October 5

November 2

December Holiday Party

We need everyone to help keep our chapter active.
First: we need speakers. If you have been disappointed with the presenters, then please help us find ‘good’ speakers.
Then the following months need input. Who do you know who we can ask or what writing area can you talk about? Contact me if you’re shy about offering.
It feels like everyone thought the other members would take up the slack, but the board ended up burned out and disappointed.
With a New Year and new board, we expect those who showed such enthusiasm at the picnic and party to keep it up.
Barbara Felgat and Linda Cooke are taking on important jobs. Let’s all get behind them.


South Windsor Library
1550 Sullivan Ave, South Windsor 06074.


December 2nd Holiday Party-

At Adams Mill
165 Adams Street
Manchester CT
11:30 AM to 1:30

After lunch, which will be individual checks. the meeting will be a discussion of the future of Charter Oak Romance Writers. If there are no volunteers for officers, building membership and other needed help, the board will recommend disbanding. Please bring your recommendations and suggestions.


As we talked about earlier on the loop, we’re redoing the meeting structure to allow people to come in later or spend the whole day with us, depending on  commitments and interests.

For example:


72 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010

9:30-10:30am Business Meeting

10:30-10:45am Member News (1 minute per member)

10:45-11am Getting ready/break/speaker setup

11:00-12:30pm – see above!

12:30-1:30am Potluck Lunch Social

1:30-1:45pm Member Corner

1:45-2pm Break

2-3pm Newbie Writing 101

After the speaker, time is allotted for a member’s corner/writing craft corner. We discussed what this could be last month, and the suggestions ran from picking one craft element for a roundtable discussion (such as conflict/dialogues, etc) or possible brainstorming with plot problems with each other’s work.

Or it’s possible to go off and write quietly on your own. YES, this is a new location!

There’s been some confusion about where it is but I can tell you it is just up the street on the same side as the Antique Clock and Watch Museum, a big white building at 100 Maple Avenue, Bristol, CT. You’ll see the *awning* that reads 72 Maple Street on a brick building. (Here’s the website of the museum, so you can see what it looks like:

Here are the directions that the museum gives from I-84 (II-84 West (from Boston/Hartford): Take exit 38 and merge onto CT-6 West towards Bristol (go 8.9 mi). At the railroad tracks (just after Bristol Commons) turn left
onto Maple Street.)

Basically, if you can find CT-6, you can find Maple Street in Bristol and find our meeting place.

The road forks just after 72 Maple Avenue but you can turn into its parking lot before that. If anyone needs a ride, speak up, and we’ll sort that out!

Yes, it’s an apartment building. It belongs to Deb Davis, who is graciously letting us use the meeting space there in the basement for free and providing us with a permanent home, which we have lacked for a long time. There is a kitchen right there, hence the potluck lunch. We don’t have volunteers yet for the lunch. (There is also a gorgeous rooftop where we can hold meetings too…)

Nov. 4, postponed Speaker is Jim Chianese on Using Taro Cards to Plot 

Jim is a certified Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master/Teacher, Spiritual Alchemist, Certified Life Coach and Clinical Reflexologist.  He is a member of  the International Association of Reiki Professionals,  Affiliate Member of the Reiki Membership Association, the International Alchemy Guild, and the Universal Coach Institute.  He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Science Degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, Diploma in Alchemy and Hermetic Philosophy from the International Alchemy Guild, a Certificate as a Usui Shiki Ryoh Reiki Master/Teacher from Sacred Garden Healing Oasis,  a Certificate in Clinical Reflexology from the Central Connecticut School of Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Holistic Studies, and a Certificate in Life Coaching from the Universal Coach Institute.

Meeting October 21 2017
Speaker: 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Multi-published Author Barbara Edwards covers several areas of critiquing including how to find a critique partner; forming a critique group; doing a constructive critique. Attendees are asked to bring five copies of a two page character introduction which will be used to practice what is learned.

Barbara writes paranormal romance, contemporary romance and historical romance. She founded CORW and The Kiss of Death chapter with friends. For several years she coordinated the critique partner section. She’s been a member of a critique group and also single partners.

Oct 21 – Speaker Trish Owens had a personal emergency and will be rescheduled.



LINDA COOK hosted the July 15 picnic,

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Previous Workshops:

Finessing the First Page a Fabulous Event!!!


(From L to R: Jamie K. Schmidt, Rebecca Slitt, Sandra Marton, Dee Davis, Kathe Robin, Linda Ingmanson)

For those who attended, especially our distinguished panel, a huge & heartfelt THANK YOU!! For those who were unable to attend, you were missed! CORW will be putting on another event just like this next Fall, so stay tuned for details! Until then, some take-aways from our experts on First Page MUSTS:

‘The story starts when the bottle falls off the table’, instructed Chief Historical Reviewer for RTBookLovers as she pushed her water bottle closer and closer to the end of the table. ‘That is where the story begins’ (aka: the inciting Incident).

Other gems of the day for First Pages (Collectively attributed to entire panel):

The difference between a good writer and a great writer is mastering Point of View!!

First pages MUST hook the reader

First pages must show the main character and their actions (not thoughts, dreams, etc. And starting with the main character is important because that is who the reader will connect with first).

The first page asks a question that will be answered with the rest of the book. This is a promise to the reader. Keep it!

Push your idea outside of the ‘normal’ box – be different!

The first page must also show the (main) characters and the plot, or an element of the plot

In short, first pages answer or begin to answer most of these questions: who, what, where, when, and why.

Last but not least, make your submission copy error free! One miss-spelled word is probably acceptable, but more than one spelling or grammar error will kick your reader- aka an Editor or an Agent (gasp)!- out of your story and probably lose your chance to get them to want more from you.

Most of all, we were all encouraged to continue writing and perfecting our chosen craft!