Unless otherwise noted on the schedule below, we meet the fourth Saturday of each month at 12 p.m. at the Vestavia Hills Public Library, 1221 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216. For directions, click here.

  • 12:00-12:30. Lunch and business meeting. Bring your own lunch!
  • 12:45-1:00. Q & A. A reading or question-and-answer session with a published author, or a question-and-answer session with a professional from an industry of interest for our writing.
  • 1:00-3:00. Program.

Visitors are welcome! Visitors must be 18 or older. You may attend two general meetings in a 12-month period without joining. Visitors who wish to attend more often must join Romance Writers of America and Southern Magic.

Meetings are subject to change, so check back here before you come!


April 23

Program: Pantsing With Pride presented by Ingrid Seymour
Historical Room at Vestavia Library

If you’re a pantser, you have very likely been told or have felt that you should change your ways, that outlining would be beneficial for your story and overall process, that pantsing is not professional, etc. etc. etc. And maybe you’ve come to believe these things and are trying to create detailed outlines in an effort to improve your writing. But after countless hours, you’ve found that you can’t outline yourself out of a paper bag and you’re so frustrated you’ve started to wonder if this writing thing is for you. This certainly sounds just like the way I felt before I decided to pants my way to the top and do it with pride! With a process that is simple, fun and keeps my muse in the game, a process even outliners can enjoy when ideas run dry, I have finally embraced my style. It’s time you embrace yours. (Presentation incorporates the use of “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” by Jeffrey Schechter.)
Ingrid Seymour is the author of Ignite The Shadows (Harper Voyager) She loves, loves, loves to write. She's a young and new adult author who writes romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal. She loves pizza and sushi, Sunkist and gum. She believes in vampires, witches, but not zombies (uh-uh, never!) She writes to loud music and daydreams constantly. She’s a dreamer and a fighter who believes perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.

Ingrid Seymour
Author of Young Adult and New Adult Fiction




May 28

Program: TBA

Information to be posted soon!

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