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!


June 25

Program: Realistic Dialogue presented by Laura Hayden
Room: Children's Programming Room, Vestavia Hills Library

Realistic dialogue is a lot harder than it looks or sounds. We'll examine how the right dialogue adds dimensions to a character, the best way to tag your dialogue and how to keep characters from becoming talking heads or homogeneous. An interactive workshop.


Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Laura Hayden began her reading career at the age of four. By the time she was ten, she'd exhausted the children's section in the Avondale branch of the Birmingham Public Library and switched to adult mysteries. Laura always wrote as a youth, but became sidetracked in college where differential equations were more important than dangling participles.

But one 'Bama engineering degree, one wedding, two kids and three military assignments later, she ended up in Colorado Springs where she met people who shared her passion for writing. With their support, instruction and camaraderie, she set two goals for herself: winning the Romance Writers of America's GOLDEN HEART award and after that, publication of the winning manuscript. She came close, selling her first book SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME six weeks before she won the Golden Heart...for a A MARGIN IN TIME which subsequently sold.

Laura has published fourteen novels, four short stories, one novella and an authorized non-fiction companion book on Nora Roberts. She is both traditionally and indie published. Her newest release is A MARGIN OF ERROR, is the sequel to her award-winning time travel romance, A MARGIN IN TIME.

The wife of a career military officer, Laura has moved with surprising frequency and practiced efficiency from Alabama to Texas to Virginia to Colorado to Kansas back to Virginia to North Dakota to Montana, Colorado and finally back to Alabama. Laura now lives in her hometown of Birmingham, where, besides writing, she owns Author, Author! a bookstore that works closely with authors and co-owns Parker Hayden Media, an emerging small press.

Laura Hayden




July 23

Program: HUMAN TRAFFICKING – Rescue and Recovery presented by Ashley Anderson
Room: TBD, Vestavia Hills Library

National awareness of human trafficking is on the rise due in part to increased media coverage. Most continue to view it as a crime isolated to other parts of the globe. However, it is both a national and local issue. Trafficking victims have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states. In many cases, victims are in plain view. The widespread lack of awareness leads to a low ability to identify a victim. Women and girls in sex trafficking situations are often misidentified as voluntarily participating in the sex industry.

The Southeast can be classified as key area for human trafficking since nearly 40 percent of the major hubs in the US call it home. This is just beginning to be acknowledged, investigated, prosecuted, and researched. This makes the number of victims and cases impossible to quantify accurately.

The Wellhouse seeks to rescue and provide resources and opportunities for sex trafficking victims by providing a safe residential environment, offering spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical support services. Regardless of race, color, creed, or religion, women in pain can be assured they will find love and acceptance at The WellHouse.


Ashley Anderson is the Development Director at The Well House, located in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Well House




August 27

Program: TBA

Information to be posted soon!

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