Unless otherwise noted on the schedule below, we meet the fourth Saturday of each month at 12 p.m. at the Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209. 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!


September 27 Program: Author and Scrivener expert Gwen Hernandez presents her workshop "Writing Your Way with Scrivener."

Want to get even more out of Scrivener (Mac or Windows)? Or maybe you just want to know what makes this writing software so popular? The author of Scrivener For Dummies will walk you through the basics and cover some of her favorite features, plus show you how to compile (export) your manuscript to a document or e-book. *Feel free to bring your laptop, loaded with Scrivener, so you can follow along. To get the free trial, go to

Southern Magic members receive a $5 discount for any of Gwen’s remaining 2014 online Scrivener programs. The code has been emailed to our members. The online Intro class (Scrivener I: The Basics and Beyond (Mac & Windows)) runs September 8-24. Complete course information is available at

Things to bring to class: Laptop computer, 3-prong extension cords and/or power strips.

Gwen Hernandez is the author of Scrivener For Dummies, Productivity Tools for Writers, and Blind Fury (romantic suspense). Before she started teaching Scrivener to writers all over the world, she was a manufacturing engineer and a programmer. She loves to travel, read, jog, practice Kung Fu, and hang out at home near Boston with her Air Force husband, two teenage boys, and a lazy golden retriever named Zoe. Click here for Gwen's web site

October 25 Program: Luncheon prep. Come ready to work! After the business meeting, we will work on preparing giveaways and baskets for the Romance Readers Luncheon.

Also during October, author Suzanne Johnson will host her Quilting 101 Plotting class (more details soon). Click here for Suzanne's web site

November 1 Romance Readers Luncheon

(There will be no November meeting or program on November 22.)

December We will have no meeting this month, but perhaps a holiday social.

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