Chapter Meetings

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Morning Workshop: Jeanne De Vita (Book Genie)

Creating a Powerful Romance 101

Have you always wanted to get insight into the pulse of the industry from an editor? The Book Genie discusses indie press opportunities, finding an agent as a romance author, what acquiring editors and agents seem to be looking for right now, self-publishing realities (and the costs) in an informative morning workshop, fashioned from the Romance Writing 101 class she teaches at The Ripped Bodice in Culver City. This will be a 101-level class on story structure, plot, and the elements of technically putting together a really powerful romance that you won’t want to miss!


Afternoon roundtables: OCC experts & Jeanne De Vita

Take the chance to pitch and gain valuable assistance with OCC veteran authors. Morning speaker, Jeanne De Vita, will also be manning a table that addresses what happens When the Writer’s Voice Meets the Editor’s Pen. Her topics cover the elements of the successful novel — style, structure, narrative techniques — while focusing on things a strong editor (including one who may be acquiring) wants to see.


About the Speaker:

Jeanne De Vita

Jeanne De Vita is currently the Developmental Editor for Waterhouse Press and a freelance editor and writing instructor. Jeanne began editing and acquisitions in 1998 while a graduate student in the Creative Writing M.F.A. program at the University of Notre Dame. Since that time Jeanne has taught writing, edited more than 300 works of fiction and nonfiction (including several New York Times #1 best-selling authors), and served as the managing director/acquisitions editor for a small indie publisher. She writes and publishes under a pen name and holds in addition to the M.F.A from Notre Dame, a B.A. in English from Iowa State University.  You can follow Jeanne on social media or visit her at the nation’s only romantic bookstore, The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, California, where she teaches romance writing classes and leads workshop critique groups.

Jeanne is especially delighted to speak to the OCC RWA as her mother, Sharon De Vita, was a best-selling romance author whose career was launched when she won first place in the Second Annual Unpublished Novelist Contest hosted by the Orange County Chapter of RWA in 1985.





 General Chapter Meeting Information

Our chapter meetings are usually the second Saturday of the month. Other than the October meeting, our meetings usually have the following agenda.  Ask an Author is from 9 – 9:50 am and the meeting begins at 10 am with announcements. At 10:25 there is a break so that PAW/PAN can adjourn to the next room for their meeting. The morning speaker, usually geared toward general members and PRO members, runs from 10:30 to 11:30 when we break for lunch. You are welcome to bring your own, go out to one of the nearby restaurants or place an order for lunch with us!

For more info about ordering lunch, click here

The meeting resumes at 12:15 with Chapter business. The afternoon speaker begins at 12:45 and the meeting adjourns at 1:45.

Meeting fee is $10 for members. First meeting for new guests is $10, second meeting is $20.

Meetings are held, with the exception of the October Birthday Bash, at the Brea Community Center located at 695 E. Madison Way, on the corner of Randolph Ave. and Madison Way. It is easily accessible from the 57 freeway via Imperial Highway.



To join OCCRWA please click the JOIN link below. 


The JOIN link will take you to MyRWA. Only RWA members can join OCC. More detailed instructions can be found here.

As stated above, OCCRWA’s purpose is to promote excellence in romance fiction, to help writers exchange their knowledge and establish career goals, and to support and encourage our members through all levels of their careers.

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