February is filled with writing fun and we’d love for you to participate.
The annual Passionate Ink Anthology is actively accepting submissions through March 16. Get those stories submitted. Be sure to check the guidelines for story themes and submission guidelines. All members are welcome to submit a story.
The Passionate Plume will open February 14! Are you a published author with a 2023 copyrighted work? Check those categories and submit your published novel or novella. Are you a pre-published author with a polished manuscript? Submit the first 5000 words and get feedback from seasoned judges. Members save on the entry fees.
The February workshop will be live on Sunday, February 25 at 5P Eastern. Join Gwyn McNamee and Michael Edwards as they discuss the intricacies of contract negotiation. Not just for trad authors, this could also apply to anthologies, collaborations, and more. Register today. Details on the Workshops page. This event will be recorded.
Our next Author Chat will be with Calia Wilde February 18 at 5P Eastern. She’ll be discussing the continuum of bad boys to villains, what makes a morally gray character cross the line to irredeemable?
The Salon is continuing on Wednesday evenings. We’re discussing Joni B. Cole’s Toxic Feedback. The reading assignment for each week is in the forum calendar.
Also we’re continuing on with sprints!
Mon-Thurs 7:30-8 a.m. Central – Sprint with Jordyn Kross
Saturday at 12-1ish p.m. Central – Sprint with Calia Wilde
Need a break? Join Happy Hour host Ryan Osborn on February 15 at 8P Eastern. Let your hair down and connect with your fellow writers.
The board meeting will be February 13 at 9P Eastern. All members are welcome to attend.
Zoom links for all our events are in the forum under Upcoming Events and posted in the Facebook group.
Don’t forget to post your good news in the forum or on Facebook so we can celebrate your milestones with you!
Free for Members: Check our private Facebook group and Forum (link in the menu above) for additional workshop information, writing fun, and the latest chapter info! (Membership required to access.)
What is Passionate Ink?
We’re an online special interest 501(c)(6) non-profit organization for erotic fiction authors incorporated in Texas, supporting all erotic fiction genres (such as erotic romance). Our goal is to promote erotic fiction through education and to encourage good will and respect for all erotic fiction writers, regardless of the genre in which they write. This is the place for erotic fiction writers to be heard, understood, educated, supported, and encouraged. Learn more
What we do
- Educate new, almost-there, and published erotic fiction writers by offering a safe place to exchange ideas, resources, craft advice, and industry news.
- Create a safe forum for networking with all members of Passionate Ink.
- Support and encourage all erotic fiction writers.
- Educate others about the different sub-genres, styles, and heat levels within erotic fiction.
What is “Erotic Fiction”?
The goal of erotic fiction is first and foremost to deliver a well-crafted story. Erotic fiction may contain or reflect multiple genres and themes (ie: historical, paranormal, LGBTQ, BDSM culture, polyamory, contemporary, romance); however, for erotic fiction, the erotic element is the *primary* defining genre of the work. Learn more
Using Character to Drive Story Workshop with Julie Artz – 3/27 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT
Whether you’re writing fast-paced romantic suspense, magical spice, or something a bit more cozy, your main characters’ motivations—and how they collide—are the key to upping the tension and keeping readers turning pages. We’ll cover how to find the link between character motivation and character arc, how backstory contributes to vivid characters, how character drives the cause and effect trajectory of your story, and using motivation to up the stakes in this informative 45-minute lecture on using character motivation to drive your story with seasoned book coach Julie Artz.
Julie Artz spent her young life sneaking into wardrobes searching for Narnia. When people started to think that was too weird, she went in search of other ways to go on magical adventures. Now she finds those long-sought doors to mystical story worlds in her work as an author, editor, and book coach. She helps social and environmental justice minded writers send their work out into the world with confidence. Her clients have published with the Big Five, with small and university presses, and indie/hybrid as well. An active member of the writing community, she has volunteered for SCBWI, TeenPit, and Pitch Wars and is a member of the EFA, the Authors Guild, and AWP. A consummate story geek and wyrdo, Julie lives in an enchanted forest outside of Redmond, Washington.
Registration is $15 for Passionate Ink members and $30 for non-members. This workshop will be recorded for registrants who cannot attend the live session.