Life is about the chase … Rachelle Chase lives those words.

Rachelle Chase, author of “Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa” and “Lost Buxton,” has given more than 100 presentations about the amazing town of Buxton and has appeared on national radio and television, in addition to more than 50 local radio and news programs. She’s also a published romance author who, while writing romance, created and co-hosted an online writing contest for aspiring romance writers (which resulted in numerous writers landing agents and book deals) and hosted two popular podcasts featuring bestselling authors that amassed more than 19,000 profile views and 40,000 listens. She’s currently a columnist for the Des Moines Register and author of a new historical fiction book for middle grade students, coming in 2024. In 2021, Rachelle launched a nonprofit, Uniting Through History and invites you to join their monthly History Book Club for adults. For more information, please visit UnitingThroughHistory.org and RachelleChase.com.


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  1. WRITING HOT: IT’S NOT ABOUT SEX, IT’S ABOUT SENSUALITY: As a writer, how do you make a scene hot—or rather, a sexy read? A sexy read does not mean lots of sex. A scene or book can be overflowing with sex and be disappointingly un-sexy. Or it can have little or no sex and be overwhelmingly sexy. So how can you make an every-day, mundane, nonsexual situation sexy and satisfying for the reader? Whether you need to add a hint of sexiness or sizzling heat, the answer to both is sensuality. Regardless of the genre your writing, if your book has a relationship, you will benefit from this session. In this session, you’ll learn the #1 misconception about sensuality, the 3 factors that heighten sensuality, how to use “Sensual Layering” to make the mundane sexy, and the 10 ingredients necessary for a sensual and satisfying sex scene. Come prepared to learn and write and get feedback from others, including Rachelle Chase, whose work has been included in Writer’s Digest Books’ On Writing Romance and The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing to illustrate sensual scenes.
  2. “Using Research to Bring Your Work to Life — Not Kill It” No matter what genre you write, odds are, you will need to research something to add interesting details to your story. But how much is enough — or too much? How do you seamlessly weave what you’ve found into your work without it sounding like an information dump? Come prepared to write! Bring your own research or use supplied examples to craft scenes that inform and entertain readers and leave them wanting to read more.

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