The New England Chapter of RWA meets the third Sunday of the month (except as noted) from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM in the Great Room on the 3rd Floor of the Old Town Hall at 16 South Road, Bedford, MA, 01730. There are no meetings in July and December.
Extra Parking is available at Santander Bank, 94 Great Road, Bedford, MA 01730.
We welcome visitors and guests 18 years or older at up to two meetings per year. There is a $5.00 fee for visitors and guests, payable at the door. And food is always appreciated!
Please Join Us At Our Next Meeting:
May 19, 2019 Meeting – History Ever After: Fabricated Historical Chronotopes in Romance Genre Fiction with Jennifer Hallock
Over eighty percent of bestselling historical romance books published in the first half of 2018 were set in Britain, either during the 19th century or the medieval period. These two fabricated chronotopes are selectively accurate to history and narrowly focused on high ranks of the nobility—in other words, they are “escapism.” This presentation will consider what escapism means in this context, who it serves, and who it harms. While any reader can enjoy a good duke Regency every once in a while, the net impact of the most popular chronotopes may be to corrode our understanding of history, marginalize anyone writing from a wider palette of settings and characters, and exclude authors of color.
Jennifer Hallock spends her days teaching history and her nights writing historical happily-ever-afters. She has lived and worked in the Philippines, but she currently writes at her little brick house on a New England homestead—kept company by her husband, a growing flock of chickens, and an uncooperative mutt.
Jun 23, 2019*
The Power of Author Collaboration: Working Together to Increase Discoverability in Niche Genres with TB Markinson
Aug 2019 [date TBD]
Sep 2019 [date TBD]
Oct 2019 [date TBD]
Nov 2019 [date TBD]