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  2. The Long Island Romance Writers are hosting a 2-day Workshop given by the multi-talented Damon Suede on Sept 23-24. Space is limited, and registration will close when we reach capacity. Details can be found on their meeting page on their website lirw.org/site/meetings Location: Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn at Melville Address: 1575 Round Swamp Rd, Plainview, NY 11803 Phone: (516) 755-5552 Registration for LIRW members: $125 Non-member registration: $175 Here’s a snapshot of the sessions: Day One MOVING CHARACTERS: Bestsellers start with fascinating people. In this session we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your plots, your hooks, and your voice. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so you can build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. Compelling characters boost your writing process and anchor your career at any stage. Whether you like to wing it or bring it, you’ll leave this workshop with a new set of practical, hands-on tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable fiction. SCENE & SEQUEL: Every story has a heartbeat. This workshop gets up close and personal with the bones of bestselling fiction based on Dwight Swain’s revolutionary approach to storytelling. Whether you call it “scene and sequel” or “action and reaction,” this basic storytelling pattern allows you to pace your plot, escalate your action, and find your story’s heat and flow with a clear structural strategy that simplifies the process of planning, drafting, and revising your book. Day Two GAME OF DESIRE: Keep your sizzle fresh at any heat level. Creating chemistry on the page requires a mix of playful art and rigorous craft. Whether sweet or raunchy, intimate moments have always been the beating heart of romance fiction. Fans call them “the good parts” and dogear them for a reason; love scenes are often where authors cut loose and romance gets closest to poetry. In this advanced session on intimacy, we go beyond the mechanics to tackle the interplay of flirtation, seduction, and conjunction so you can make love scenes a joy to read and write. PITCHES & HOOKS: This session tackles the wild, woolly world of pitches and unpack the way a high concept premise can anchor a project before and during the writing process. We’ll look at the importance of a clear hook, a free prize, and boiling a project into a logline that closes the sale, before and after publication. We’ll drill down into the challenges of summarizing your story’s strongest selling point.
  3. NJRW 2017 Conference Registration is NOW OPEN! ***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** Registration Now Open! 2017 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference For more information go to: http://www.njromancewriters. org/conference.html For the link to register: Scroll to the bottom of this message and follow the link! October 13-14, 2017 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ Registration fee: NJRW Member, $260; Non-member, $285 Pre-Conference Workshop Fee - $45 Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever! ***NJRW Members...find the required key for your membership rate in a separate thread on the member loop!*** The 2017 Lineup! Kristan Higgins: Featured Keynote Speaker Nancy Herkness: Luncheon Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Hoyt: Special Presentation Speaker **For the First 100 Registrants** Eileen Dreyer: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – The Basics Are Still the Same! Damon Suede: PUB/PRO Speaker Here is your chance to spend time with some of the industry's most successful authors, in a more intimate setting! Some things to expect: • Workshops for writers of all levels • Editor/Agent Appointments • Our Second Annual Trade Expo – Network with Author Service Professionals • Opportunities for Networking Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend… Agents Sarah Phair - Trident Media Marisa Corvisiero - Corvisiero Agency Kelly Peterson - Corvisiero Agency Rebecca Strauss - De Fiore Literary ...and more to come! Editors Selena James - Kensington Debbie Gilbert - Soulmate Publishing Elayne Becker - Tor/Forge Cat Clyne - Sourcebooks Tiffany Shelton - St. Martins Jennie Conway - St. Martins Tina Moss - City Owl Press Yelena Casale - City Owl Press Rhonda Penders - The Wild Rose Press Jessica Verdi - Simon & Schuster ...and more to come! We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, also what they're looking for in terms of submissions, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! For a full list, click here! Including the following: Pre-Conference Workshop – Eileen Dreyer “The Basics Are Still the Same” Special PRO Presentation/PUB/PAN Author Retreat Speaker Damon Suede Special Presentation – Elizabeth Hoyt "Holding Out for a Hero" Kristan Higgins – Soft Concept Plotting Nancy Herkness – The Subtle Art of Pacing To register for the 2017 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, click here! If you have questions, please contact: Casey Hagen, NJRW’s 2017 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters. org or, Lena Pinto, Assistant Chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail.com For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org
  4. Pages From the Heart Contest *** PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED & APPRECIATED *** Sponsored by From The Heart Romance Writers Submission Period: June 1 – June 30th Entry fee: $21 FTHRW members - $26 RWA members (US funds/Paypal) Multiple entries: $16 for subsequent entries Finalists will be announced September 1, and winners will be announced on or before November 6, 2017. Eligibility: Open to RWA members only. Published Author: the writer is contracted or published, but the entry itself must not be contracted or published as of June 30, 2017. Self-published authors are welcome. Unpublished Author: the writer has not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more (by June 30, 2017). Entry: Up to the first 6000 words of an original, unpublished, and uncontracted work. Categories in both the Unpublished and Published Divisions: Historical, Long Contemporary, Short Contemporary, Paranormal/Futuristic/Time Travel, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, and Young Adult Judges: Three first-round judges per entry. The lowest score will be dropped but will be used in case of a tie. Final Judges: Two judges per category. Second Round Judges: PUBLISHED AUTHOR DIVISION Published Author – Short Contemporary Editor Patience Bloom – Harlequin Editor Kristine Swartz – The Berkley Publishing Group Published Author – Long Contemporary Agent: Jessica Watterson – Sandra Dijkstra and Associates Literary Agency Editor: Kerri Buckley – Carina Press Published Author – Romantic Suspense / Mystery Editor: Elizabeth May – Kensington Books Editor: Stephanie Doig – Carina Press Published Author – Historical Agent: Linda Scalissi – Three Seas Literary Agency Editor: Jennie Conway – St. Martin’s Press Published Author – Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel Editor: Keyla Hernandez – Harlequin Editor: Mary Altman – Sourcebooks Published Author – Young Adult Editor Alexandra Sehulster – St. Martin’s Press Editor: Alycia Tornetta – Entangled Publishing UNPUBLISHED AUTHOR DIVISION Unpublished Author – Long Contemporary Agent: Erin Niumata – Folio Literary Management Editor: Deb Werksman – Sourcebooks Unpublished Author – Short Contemporary Agent: Scott Eagan – Greyhaus Literary Agency Editor Janet Clementz – Soul Mate Publishing Unpublished Author – Historical Agent: Cheryl Ferguson – The Ferguson Literary Agency Editor: Erin Molta – Entangled Publishing Unpublished Author – Romantic Suspense / Mystery Agent: Andrea Somberg – Harvey Klinger Inc. Editor Kayla King – Harlequin Unpublished Author – Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel Agent: Julie Gwinn – The Seymour Agency Editor: Sarah Blumenstock – Berkley Unpublished Author – Young Adult Agent: Patricia Nelson – Marsal Lyon Literary Agency Editor: Alice Jerman – HarperCollins HERO OF OUR HEART AWARD Agent: Nicole Resciniti – The Seymour Agency Editor: Susan Grimshaw – Penguin-Random House PRIZES All prizes are for all categories in both unpublished and published authors’ divisions. First Place: $30.00 (Payable through Paypal) Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report Second Place: 1-year paid membership to FTHRW + Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Third Place: Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Honorable Mention Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Hero of Our Heart Prize: First place receives $50 (Payable through Paypal) + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report + and a website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate. Second, through fourth place will receive a website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate. Visit our website for contest rules and entry form: http://fthrw.com/pages-from-the-heart-contest
  5. I would love to have someone with whom to discuss ideas about both romance writing and poetry writing. I am in Europe helping Italians learn to write romance and non-fiction. I have been a writer for a couple of decades as well as an artist.

  6. *****PERMISSION TO FORWARD***** Mid-Michigan RWA announces 2017 Best Banter Contest For Published and Unpublished Writers Enter 5 pages or 1500 words of your best banter. Categories include contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and YA romance. Want to know who the final judges are? Check the bottom of the contest website home page (bestbantercontest.com) for the list of agents and editors. Are you eligible? For unpublished entrants, you may enter if you’ve not published in the last 5 years traditionally or self-published or contracted to publish at contest deadline. For published entrants, you may enter a work with the first copyright date between Jan. 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The contest welcomes both traditionally published and self-published authors. Contest details. Only Electronic submissions will be accepted. You will receive feedback via scoresheets with comments from first round judges and if you are a finalist, additional feedback from the final judges. Deadline: August 1, 2017 midnight ET Cost: $15 for MMRWA members, $20 for all other entrants Go to the contest Rules page for details, timeline, and FAQ. (http://www.bestbantercontest.com/rules) ***Any category receiving fewer than 5 entries will be closed and money refunded to those who have entered.***
  7. Finish That Book: Patch Your Plot Holes with Brainstorming presented by Stephanie Queen Workshop begins: June 5, 2017 Class length: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens May 22, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=408 Workshop Description: • Are you stuck halfway through your book and don’t know where to go? • Are you ready to throw an incomplete ms. under the bed? • Do you have a problem right now with your plot that you can’t get past? • Would you like to brainstorm your plot with a group of smart like-minded writers? There is science behind creativity and brainstorming. This workshop will use a combination of techniques and personalized suggestions to allow each attendee to brainstorm their plot problems. • Exercises specifically designed to prompt writers past the plot problem • Personalized suggestions and feedback from the workshop leader • Input on individual plot problems from participants Workshop Goal: To assist authors by brainstorming through plotting problems so that they can finish their works-in-progress. About the presenter: Stephanie Queen is the author of fifteen plus published novels and novellas. She writes plot challenging romantic suspense, romantic mystery and contemporary romances. Ms. Queen holds a master’s degree in Literature & Creative Writing from Harvard University A long-time member of RWA, she was on the RWA History Committee, has been on more than one chapter board and has presented numerous workshops over the years. One of her favorite activities is to brainstorm plots with her many writer friends. Deadline to register is June 5, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=408 Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  8. ***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** Early Bird Registration Now Open! 2017 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference http://www.njromancewriters. org/conference.html October 13-14, 2017 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ The Early Bird gets the worm….or in this case…the Early Bird Pricing!!! Early Bird Prices – May 15 – June 17 NJRW Member, $235; Non-member, $260 Prices go up June 18 – so get in early! Regular registration fee: NJRW Member, $260; Non-member, $285 Pre-Conference Workshop Fee - $45 Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever! ***NJRW Members...find the required key for your membership rate in a separate thread on the member loop!*** The 2017 Lineup! Kristan Higgins: Featured Keynote Speaker Nancy Herkness: Luncheon Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Hoyt: Special Presentation Speaker **For the First 100 Registrants** Eileen Dreyer: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – The Basics Are Still the Same! Damon Suede: PUB/PRO Speaker Some things to expect: • Workshops for writers of all levels • Editor/Agent Appointments • Our Second Annual Trade Expo – Network with Author Service Professionals • Opportunities for Networking Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend… Agents Sarah Phair - Trident Media Marisa Corvisiero - Corvisiero Agency Kelly Peterson - Corvisiero Agency Rebecca Strauss - De Fiore Literary ...and more to come! Editors Selena James - Kensington Debbie Gilbert - Soulmate Publishing Elayne Becker - Tor/Forge Cat Clyne - Sourcebooks Tiffany Shelton - St. Martins Jennie Conway - St. Martins Tina Moss - City Owl Press Yelena Casale - City Owl Press Rhonda Penders - The Wild Rose Press Jessica Verdi - Simon & Schuster ...and more to come! We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, also what they're looking for in terms of submissions, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! For a full list, click here! Including the following: Pre-Conference Workshop – Eileen Dreyer “The Basics Are Still the Same” Special PRO Presentation/PUB/PAN Author Retreat Speaker Damon Suede Special Presentation – Elizabeth Hoyt "Holding Out for a Hero" Kristan Higgins – Soft Concept Plotting Nancy Herkness – The Subtle Art of Pacing To register for the 2017 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, click here! If you have questions, please contact: Casey Hagen, NJRW’s 2017 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters. org or, Lena Pinto, Assistant Chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail.com For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org .
  9. The Greater Detroit Chapter of the RWA is having a writer’s conference exploring craft in Troy, Michigan on Oct 20th-21st. All genres of writers are welcome. WHAT: http://gdrwa.org/conference-2017.html PROGRAMS · A keynote address by Beverly Jenkins, the recipient of RWA’s 2017 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. · Workshops on Goal, motivation and conflict and the Hero’s Journey by Debra Dixon · Editor and agent pitch appointments available · Friday night Pre-glow with informal peer critiques and pitch polishing. Breakfast and lunch are included on Saturday WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 with a special Friday night write-in, pitch practice, and critique beginning at 7 pm. WHERE: Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W Big Beaver Rd., Troy MI 48084 – a block of rooms is designated with reduced pricing HOW TO REGISTER: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRuyNPLu_03oKWFHqeUaJHa0WwDwAqUwv1XUW7vU6yh_PktQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 COST *Early Bird Registration prices only until July 31st! Cost: GDRWA Member: $85/Early Bird $75 RWA Member (none GDRW): $110/Early bird $100 Non-RWA member: $120/Early bird $110 For inquiries, please contact gdrwaconference17@gmail.com
  10. Welcome, Lovilen! I always find that workshops are great motivators when I'm feeling stuck on a story (or just plain ol' procrastinating). There's something about having "assignments" that lights a fire under me and energizes me. I hope the exercises in this workshop do the same for you and your project.

    (ps: I'm posting this here because the Welcome thread seems to be having some glitches and won't let me save some of the replies. Computers are weird. LOL!)

    1. Lovilen Edwards

      Lovilen Edwards

      Hello Catherine! I just saw this although I've been checking the thread every night!

      I'm a bit slow on the assignments but certainly, this workshop is giving me a bit of direction. Keep up the good work!

  11. ****Permission to forward granted and encouraged **** NEW JERSEY Romance Writers presents 2017 Golden Leaf Contest for Published Authors Register and pay: http://www.njromancewriters.org/golden-leaf.html Deadline: June 11, 2017 Eligibility: Open to all NJRW members and current RWA members published in novel-length romance fiction who are eligible to enter the RWA RITA® contest. Romance novels with a first copyright date or first North American printing date of July 2016 through June 2017. Entry Fees: · NJRW Members: $25 for first entry and $15 for subsequent entries · Non-NJRW Members: $30 for first entry and $25 for subsequent entries Categories: · Best First Book: any romance novel from a first-time author not previously published in book ­length romantic fiction, regardless of publishing medium. · Contemporary Romance: Short: Novels set from 1945 to present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and are between 40,000 and 56,000 words in length. · Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length: Novels set from 1945 to present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are between 56,000 and 84,000 words in length. · Contemporary Romance: Long: Novels set from 1945 to present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and are 84,000 or more words. · Historical Romance: Novels set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum. · Novella: short pieces of romantic fiction between 20-40,000 words. (Trade magazines do not normally fall under the proper word count; however, if your novella does, the acceptability of such work will be the decision of the contest chairperson.) · Paranormal Romance: any romance novel in which either time travel, futuristic, fantasy world or paranormal happenings are a major element of the plot. 40,000 word minimum. · Romantic Suspense: Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute a major part of the plot. 40,000 word minimum. · Erotic Romance: Novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, novella, etc). Winners will be announced at the Golden Leaf Awards Ceremony and Reception on Saturday evening, October 14, 2017 at the Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.njromancewriters.org or contact the Contest Chair at GoldenLeaf @ njromancewriters.org (remove spaces before sending email).
  12. Note: RWA Online Chapter members take this workshop for free.
  13. On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place presented by Catherine Chant Class begins: April 3, 2017 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration begins: March 20, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=284 Workshop description: It’s often said that your opening chapters are the hardest part of a book to write. Why? Because you’re trying to do so much in that small area–convey the setting, introduce characters, set up the conflict–that it’s easy to get bogged down in too much unnecessary information. It’s also very easy to lose sight of where your story actually begins and end up with opening chapters filled with backstory and character history that are better used elsewhere in the book. On Your Mark, Get Set will help you pinpoint where your story really begins and help you cull that extraneous back history from the opening, saving it for where it really matters, the rest of the book. Over the course of five lessons, you’ll explore character backstory and GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) and use them to pinpoint your story’s inciting incident (a.k.a. the true beginning of your book). Each lesson includes a writing exercise and instructor feedback. About Catherine Chant: Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock 'n' roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. Her young adult rock 'n' roll time travel series is available at Amazon.com. She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon's Kindle Worlds program, and is working on a new young adult novel. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. Deadline to register is April 3, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=284 Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  14. Hey Mo! Thanks for posting this. I think I may try to make my way out there this year for conference! Let's see if I can come up with a workshop proposal!
  15. **Permission to forward granted and encouraged** 2017 NJRW Conference Call for Workshop Proposals Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017, 11:55 p.m. New Jersey Romance Writers' Put Your Heart in a Book Conference will be held October 13 & 14, 2017, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey. We are officially open for workshop submissions! We have an all-star lineup this year. Our speakers include Kristan Higgins, Nancy Herkness, Elizabeth Hoyt, Eileen Dreyer, and Damon Suede! You can submit your workshop idea here: https://www.rwa.org/e/ sx/eid=576 Workshop proposal submissions will be accepted from January 31 until March 31, 2017, 11:55 p.m. If needed, you may edit your proposal during this time. After March 31, NJRW will be closed to new workshop submissions and updates to existing proposals. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Casey Hagen, conference chair, at confchair@njromancewriters. org or Lena Pinto, assistant conference chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail. com. We look forward to hearing from you!
  16. Waiting to hear back from an editor who requested to read The Finish Line. ~fingers and toes crossed~

    1. Pam Trader

      Pam Trader

      Oooh...good luck!

    2. Candice Hopkins

      Candice Hopkins

      Thank you, Pam!!!

  17. Our renewed website looks fabulous!  Thank you and applause for those responsible!

     

  18. Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher presented by MM Pollard Class begins: February 6, 2017 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens January 23, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Workshop description: In Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher, you will receive the equivalent of a master’s degree in passive voice, one of the writing errors that spell rejection by agents, editors, and publishers. We will cover what active voice and passive voice mean, how to form the passive voice, including a verb lesson, and how to form the active from the passive. We will cover the reasons not to use passive voice verbs and the few instances where passive voice is the best choice. By the end of this workshop, you will have everything you need to identify and correct passive voice writing in your writing. Homework: Each lesson will have homework. I will personally give you feedback on every lesson you post. Think of homework as an opportunity for a mini-edit by MM. About MM Pollard MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Writer University, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English. MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops. MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM, editor, Black Velvet Seductions MM’s Fundamentals of English Deadline to register is February 6, 2017 FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  19. Thanks so very much for all of your patience as we moved the forums and website to a new server.  

    There were nights I didn't think we were going to make it, but the tech support teams came through in spades!

    If you find something wrong, feel free to let me know.  I'm still working the kinks out of the new software, but I think we'll find our new home very comfortable!

  20. Darlene, I'll check with our web manager and get back to you. I won't be able to do that until Monday or Tuesday. Karen
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  22. Hi all im having trouble reregerstring. My password isn't working and when i try to create a new account since my membership lapsed it says my name and email are already in use and eont let me join Can someone email me with what to do? Tjanks
  23. December is almost here and so will RWA Online's newest workshop: Writing the Romantic Novella presented by Catherine Chant.

  24. ****Permission to Forward Granted**** WRITING THE ROMANTIC NOVELLA presented by Catherine Chant Class begins: Dec 5, 2016 Class length: Two weeks Cost of class: $15 Registration Opens: Nov 21, 2016 (RWA® Online Chapter members take the class for free) Course Description: In this workshop you will learn what a novella is, how it's more than word count that separates it from a novel, and how to successfully craft one of your own. Lesson topics include: Scope and Pacing, Character Development, Conflict, Plot and Format. At the end of the workshop, you will have a brief outline of a novella you can start working on this year, a list of prospective publishers to submit your work to, and some tips for self-publishing your novella at Amazon, if you prefer to go the indie route. About the Instructor: Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock 'n' roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. Her young adult rock 'n' roll time travel series is available at Amazon.com. She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon's Kindle Worlds program, and is working on a new young adult novel. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. You can learn more at http://www.catherinechant.com Deadline to Register: Dec 5, 2016 FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  25. Note from Karen: Published authors can enter if they haven’t published in the category they are entering. *** Permission to Forward*** The SWFRW (Southwest Florida Romance Writers) annual Joyce Henderson Contest. ELIGIBILITY: Unpublished authors Traditional or self-published authors who have not published in the category they’re entering within the past 5 years Entries must be the author’s original work that has not been published or contracted to be published. Entrants need not be members of RWA. All English-language entries are welcome. We have had several manuscripts sold through our contests. The contest finalists (three from each category) will have an opportunity for their story to be put in front of top industry editors and agents. There are also cash prizes: 1st place: $50 and a Certificate of Achievement 2nd place: $20 and a Certificate of Achievement 3rd place: Certificate of Achievement Here are the final judges Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction) Editor: Sue Grimshaw, Penguin Random House Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates Historical Editor: Lee Lawless, Tor/Forge Publishing Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy Editor: Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency Young Adult Editor: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency Romantic Suspense Editor: Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House Agent: Jessica Waterson, Dijkstra Agency *NEW* Inspirational Editor: Susan Brower, Gilead Publishing Agent: Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency Submissions: The first 20 pages of an unpublished manuscript featuring romantic elements, PLUS a one-page, single-spaced, unjudged synopsis. The manuscript should have all rights available. Deadline: Entries must be submitted and payment received by 11:59 pm on October 9th, 2016. For more information, go to our website: https://swfrw.org/joyce-henderson-contest-rules/
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