Events

Please check out our events planned for the IRP membership below! If you have an idea for an event (panel or workshop), please submit here.

Creating Inclusive Sex Scenes in Your Writing

Feb 25, 2022 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CT

via Zoom


Wanna learn how to write more smokin’, sex-positive and inclusive love scenes in your Romance that breaks heteronormative mores? Come join us as Angel Russell, MS, CSE (they/them) workshops and teaches keys to navigating sex scene writing with intention. We’ll be writing some scenes in this interactive workshop. Talking with Angel was delightful and know so many will find value in this program!


About our Presenter

Angel (They/Them) is a queer, non-binary, Board-Certified Sex Educator, research sexologist, experienced sexual assault victims advocate, and author. Angel has recently been named Chief Operations Officer for Tickle.Life, a global sexual wellbeing discovery platform. They are also Director of Sex and Gender Education and the creator of the SAGE Program for PFLAG of Jacksonville. Angel has more than 10 years’ experience as a sexuality educator and they have a Masters of Science in Psychological Science from the University of North Florida. Their research interests focus on the intersections between social and personality psychology, particularly as they relate to non-heteronormative, non-mononormative sexual identity, orientation, and behavior.

Learn more about Professor Sex

An Evening with Ms. Beverly Jenkins

June 11, 2022 - 5pm - 6pm CT

via Zoom

Come join us in a fireside chat with esteemed historical and contemporary romance author, Beverly Jenkins! Hear her candid thoughts on writing Black Love, publishing and why there's always room for Romance stories.

IRP's founder, Kharma Kelley will moderate.


About our Guest

Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured both in the documentary “Love Between the Covers” and on CBS Sunday Morning.Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and NPR.

Learn more about Beverly Jenkins

Fight Perfectionism & Negative Self-Talk w/ Dayle Malen, LCSW, M.Ed

August 23, 2022 PM CT

via Zoom

Fighting Perfectionism & Negative Self-Talk

In this workshop, Dayle will help us understand how negative self-talk can hinder our creativity and growth as creatives, how to identify perfectionism and negative self-talk, and limiting beliefs to become more mindful and healthy folks pursuing our writing endeavors. These are #mentalhealth-focused workshops you don't want to miss!


About our Presenter

Dayle (She/Her) is an educator, licensed clinical social worker, certified clinical trauma professional, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Master Practitioner. She's also a published author who understands the pressure of creatives and the importance of proper self-care. This is a two-part series with Dayle on creating foundational self-care for writers from addressing limiting beliefs and perfectionism to rethinking goals and how to heal





Foundational Self-Care for Writers w/ Dayle Malen, LCSW, M.Ed

August 23, 2022 PM CT

via Zoom

Building Foundational Self-Care for Writers

In this workshop, Dayle will build on what we learned about negative self-talk and limiting beliefs and discover building blocks to proper self-care (hint: it's more than just mani-pedis & bath bombs--although those are pretty awesome). Come join us and learn some practical ways to care for yourself as you write that awesomeness!

These are # mentalheath-focused workshops you don't want to miss!


About our Presenter

Dayle (She/Her) is an educator, licensed clinical social worker, certified clinical trauma professional, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Master Practitioner. She's also a published author who understands the pressure of creatives and the importance of proper self-care. This is a two-part series with Dayle on creating foundational self-care for writers from addressing limiting beliefs and perfectionism to rethinking goals and how to heal





Preventing Othering in Your Writing (Pt.1)

Oct 14, 2022 6p-7:30pm CT

via Zoom

Am I creating a character whose identity and representation problematic in my story? How can I include characters and stories featuring underrepresented identities that are not harmful or toxic? As writers, we want to bring a bit of reality and diversity into our stories, however, we need awareness of not only our biases but the stereotypes and archetypes that have been perpetuated in literature. In this workshop, the audience will discover the underlying harm with "othering" marginalized characters and how to ideally prevent it.


  • How microaggressions are damaging to org culture and your writing.

  • How can I develop realistic challenges for my underrepresented characters that aren't a "sad, basic cliché?"

  • Learn how to describe and depict characters without "othering" or tokenizing


About our Presenter

Kharma Kelley is a Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy author and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategist. She works with organizations to structure transformative culture so members and/or employees are seen, heard and welcome to use their power within a community.


She’s the founder of the Inclusive Romance Project — a non-profit organization focused on providing career growth and safe spaces for marginalized romance authors. She’s obsessed with creating a positive workplace culture where creatives and professionals alike can thrive. She also mentors young tech professionals of color and new authors.




Preventing Othering in Your Writing (Pt.2)

Oct 21, 2022 6p-7:30pm CT

via Zoom

Am I creating a character whose identity and representation problematic in my story? How can I include characters and stories featuring underrepresented identities that are not harmful or toxic? As writers, we want to bring a bit of reality and diversity into our stories, however, we need awareness of not only our biases but the stereotypes and archetypes that have been perpetuated in literature. In this workshop, the audience will discover the underlying harm with "othering" marginalized characters and how to ideally prevent it.


  • What is "#Ownvoices" and why is it a step towards supporting equity?

  • Understanding cultural misrepresentation and identifying stereotypes that can hurt your book.

  • Writing with marginalized characters vs. writing about the marginalized experience


About our Presenter

Kharma Kelley is a Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy author and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategist. She works with organizations to structure transformative culture so members and/or employees are seen, heard and welcome to use their power within a community.


She’s the founder of the Inclusive Romance Project — a non-profit organization focused on providing career growth and safe spaces for marginalized romance authors. She’s obsessed with creating a positive workplace culture where creatives and professionals alike can thrive. She also mentors young tech professionals of color and new authors.