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 18 years or older. There is a $5.00 fee for visitors, payable at the door. And food is always appreciated!

Please Join Us At Our Next Meeting:

March 18, 2018 Meeting – Negotiate Your Way To An HEA: Intensify Your Novel’s Conflict Using Negotiation Archetypes with Alisha R. Bloom, Esq.

This fascinating session uses basic negotiation theory and dispute resolution principles to create a framework for intensifying your novel’s conflict. We’ll start off with an explanation of the six archetypal approaches to negotiation. Then we’ll consider the characters and situations where we can most effectively and realistically deploy each of these approaches. Last, we’ll use specific examples from popular fiction to illustrate how certain negotiating styles and combinations can prolong and heighten conflicts between your characters, while others can help bring about a satisfying resolution.


An insightful, detail-oriented lawyer with a passion for creative problem-solving, Alisha Bloom is the founder and principal attorney of Versant Legal, a boutique law firm that provides outside general counsel services to companies of all sizes. Drawing on more than fifteen years of in-house and law firm experience, Alisha specializes in contracts, software licensing, dispute resolution, and HIPAA and healthcare compliance. She also provides literary attorney services, assisting creatives and literary agencies with licensing and protecting intellectual property. In addition, she teaches mediation as an adjunct professor at New England Law and is a trained community mediator.

In her previous career as an economic consultant, Alisha analyzed intellectual property damages and the impacts of mergers on competition. She received Columbia Law School’s highest academic honor and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University, also graduating with honors. When she’s not lawyering, she writes award-winning contemporary romance under a pen name and reads three books a week.

2018 Meetings

Jan 21, 2018
Setting Goals

[Meeting recap]

April 15, 2018
Plotting: One Size Does Not Fit All with Kate Canterbary

May 20, 2018
Lend Me Your Ears: Getting Started in Audiobooks with Amy DeLuca

Jun 24, 2018*
(4th Sunday)

July 2018
No meeting

Aug 19, 2018
Can-Do Canva for Writers with Jennifer Hallock

Sep 16, 2018
TBD with Alexis Daria and Robin Lovett

Oct 21, 2018

Nov 18, 2018

December 2018
No meeting