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2019 Fall Workshop

October 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

2019 Fall Workshop updated

Registration is now closed -- see you on the 19th!

CaRWA FALL (in love with writing) WORKSHOP

Highland Park Community Association
3716 2 St NW, Calgary, AB

$60 Public / $50 Members
includes lunch

Featuring three fabulous speakers:

TRACY COOPER-POSEY, author of more than 100 trad and indie published romance novels, on Writing Lots of Books Quickly + 1000 True Fans

NAOMI DAVIS, a literary agent with the Bookends Literary Agency, speaking on Agents, Trends, Wishlists & Other Inside Secrets

DAVID SWEET, an active-duty Homicide Detective with the Calgary Police Service, taking your questions on What Are They Really Like: an inside look at cops, criminals, heroes and villains

Registration closes Oct 12. No refunds, but your registration can be transferred to someone else. If you need to transfer, please contact

Speaker: David Sweet

Dave SweetDAVID SWEET is an active-duty Homicide Detective with the Calgary Police Service with twenty years on the job. He has worked in the Drug Unit and the Organized Crime Section, and he teaches new recruits and presents at law enforcement conferences and various community groups. In addition to a Distinguished Service Award in 2010, Detective Sweet received the Chief's Award for Investigative Excellence in 2017.

With Sarah Graham, he is the author of the best-selling memoir, Skeletons in My Closet (Mischievous Books, 2018).

Session 1: Want to write about crime?

At our workshop, Dave will be giving you an in-depth look at What Are They Really Like: an inside look at cops, criminals, heroes and villains. If you write stories with police officers, first respondents, crime and criminals, you don’t want to miss this session!

Speaker: Naomi Davis

Naomi DavisNaomi Davis is a Literary Agent with BookEnds Literary Agency. She enjoys supporting and helping her clients to develop their work in order for their book to reach its potential. Naomi represents authors of adult fiction, and children's literature including picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction.

Her fiction interests are broad and range from fantasy, science fiction, to romance fiction narratives. Naomi is looking for character-driven stories that feature LGBTQ+ elements, this includes in children's picture books.

Naomi's science fiction interests are primarily focused on narratives that feature character
development, and focus on the challenges of melding human and alien communities and culture. She is also interested in narratives that will play with "time" and its relationship to the narrative structure. She endeavours to find projects that will surprise the reader and challenge the way in which readers expected these science-fiction worlds to be like.

Similarly, for fantasy submissions, Naomi would also like to find narratives that will challenge traditional expectations. She would like to see new fantasy settings and fresh voices. Naomi notes Melissa Caruso's The Tethered Mage as an example of a fantasy-based novel that keeps to a familiar historical narrative.
With regards to romance novels, Naomi is looking for narratives that display all types of diversity. She enjoys confident characters with unique and distinctive voices that will portray both their story and vulnerability honestly.

For middle grade and children's picture books, Naomi is seeking narratives that explore and feature LGBTQ+ diverse characters. She enjoys a narrative that normalises parents or friends on both the gender and sexuality spectrum.

Get to know Naomi better:

Session 2: What can an agent do for you?

At our workshop, Naomi will be demystifying Agents, Trends, Wishlists & Other Inside Publishing Secrets, with a focus on what agents can do for hybrid and indie authors. She will be available for an extended public and private Q&A after her presentation.

Speaker: Tracey Cooper-Posey

Tracey Cooper-PoseyTracy Cooper-Posey is a #1 Best Selling Author. She writes romantic suspense, historical, paranormal and science fiction romance. She has published over 100 novels since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favourite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award.

She turned to indie publishing in 2011. Her indie titles have been nominated four times for Book Of The Year. Tracy won the award in 2012, and an SFR Galaxy Award in 2016 for “Most Intriguing Philosophical/Social Science Questions in Galaxybuilding”. She has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught romance writing at MacEwan University.

She is addicted to Irish Breakfast tea and chocolate, sometimes taken together. In her spare time she enjoys history, Sherlock Holmes, science fiction and ignoring her treadmill. An Australian Canadian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, a former professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line.

Session 3: Writing Lots of Books Quickly -- Why you should, and how to do it

It isn’t only indie authors who benefit from writing four books a year (or more!). Writing more helps traditionally published authors in unexpected ways, too.

There are benefits to being prolific for any author, beyond avoiding the Amazon 30-day cliff. But…what is “prolificacy”, exactly, and how do you do it?

Includes a 2020 update of 1,000 True Fans.


9:30 am - 10:00 am Doors open
10:00 am - 11:00 am Session 1: Want to write about crime?
11:00 am - 11:15 am Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Session 2: What can an agent do for you?
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch (Naomi on deck for questions)
1:15 pm - 3:30 pm Session 3: Why and how to write lots of books quickly
3:30 pm - 4 pm Coffee, snacks, socialization

Lunch will be catered. Coffee/tea and a light snack will be available in the morning when the doors open.


October 19, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Highland Park Community Centre
3716 2 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta T2K 0Y4 Canada
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