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  1. Obstacles to Your Success: What They Are and How to Overcome Them presented by MM Pollard Class begins: February 5, 2018 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens January 22, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop description: You can almost certainly name your obstacle, but thinking of ways to overcome it is much harder than it sounds. In this workshop, you’ll meet fifteen obstacles that writers face when trying to write their stories. You’ll also receive concrete methods to burst through each obstacle and continue on your way to your success. Here are the obstacles you will meet in this workshop. The Twin Obstacles: Perfectionism and Procrastination Pressure to Write More Poor Time Management Lack of Energy: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Creative Energy The Role of Fear in Writer’s Block The 9 Most Common Mistakes Which Will Slow Down Your Writing Of course, there will be homework. This is a Workshop with MM, after all. MM will comment on all homework posted when due to give you feedback on your assignments. As always, homework is optional. 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 5, 2018 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ 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.
  2. ****If you are a member of our chapter, RWA Online, you get to take the workshops for free**** RWA Online’s 2018 Workshop Schedule: Obstacles to Your Success: What They Are and How to Overcome Them presented by MM Pollard Class begins: February 5, 2018 Length of Class: 4 weeks Workshop description: You can almost certainly name your obstacle, but thinking of ways to overcome it is much harder than it sounds. In this workshop, you’ll meet fifteen obstacles that writers face when trying to write their stories. You’ll also receive concrete methods to burst through each obstacle and continue on your way to your success. Here are the obstacles you will meet in this workshop. The Twin Obstacles: Perfectionism and Procrastination Pressure to Write More Poor Time Management Lack of Energy: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Creative Energy The Role of Fear in Writer’s Block The 9 Most Common Mistakes Which Will Slow Down Your Writing Of course, there will be homework. This is a Workshop with MM, after all. MM will comment on all homework posted when due to give you feedback on your assignments. As always, homework is optional. ##### For the Discouraged Writer: Rekindling the Passion in your Writing presented by Red Jameson Class begins: June 4, 2018 Length of class: 4 weeks Workshop description: When Red heard the advice that discouraged writers should get used to no longer feeling passionate about writing and to just get a hobby, she decided to challenge that. At almost every level of her writing career, she’s had some sort of discouragement. After so many years of it, she decided to shove it where the sun didn’t shine and find the fire in her writing once again. This workshop covers almost every area a writer—from those just starting out to those who have been writing before dinosaurs were love interests—can become discouraged and ways to overcome it. From finishing a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written to strategies for a shy writer to conquer social media, from bouncing back when a publisher rejects your brilliant story to dealing with editors who dump you, from overcoming fear and dealing with envy, this class covers the turbulent business of being an author. #### Visibility Unlocked: How Authors Can Attract, Captivate, and Retain Their Audience presented by VaNessa Duplessie Class begins: August 6, 2018 Length of class: 3 weeks Workshop Description: This Workshop is designed to teach new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before your first book release. You will leave with the tools enabling you to get started immediately to build or enhance an online presence. This workshop will share exactly what you need to do on a daily, weekly, & monthly basis to unlock your visibility. ##### Freedom to Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers presented by Catherine Chant Class begins: October 1, 2018 Length of class: 2 weeks Workshop description: Flying by the seat of your pants to write the first draft for your book feels so freeing. It’s a time to play, to experiment, to try out new ideas. What fun! But diving into a project as big as a novel without any plan at all often means a lot of extra work after the draft is completed as you scramble to revise hundreds of pages that might have no cohesion, inconsistent characters, or a wandering plot. One way to lessen that extra work is to go into the rough draft phase of your book with a better idea of where the story’s headed. That doesn’t mean knowing everything about your story (how boring would that be?), but it does mean knowing something to give your story direction. “Outline” is a scary word for most pantsers. It sounds restrictive, it sounds tedious, it sounds boring. So, there will be no “outlines” here. Nope. None. Instead, you’re going to build yourself a “framework” for your story that’s open and flexible, with plenty of room for playing, experimenting, and checking out new ideas off the beaten path whenever the inspiration strikes you. Story Planning for Pantsers: Keep your freedom, but keep on track, too. ##### Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction presented by Peter Andrews Class begins: December 3, 2018 Length of class: 3 weeks Workshop description: Every story can benefit from an authentic, fully realized setting. By asking the right questions, the writer can immerse readers in a specific environment, time period, and culture. Whether it's a galaxy far, far away or your own backyard, a detailed setting can engage your reader and sharpen your conflict. Make contemporary stories as surprising and exciting as SF and fantasy by moving past assumptions. Make your invented settings as real and believable as the town you live in. The class will explore settings from a variety of perspectives and apply what's learned to storytelling. What catches readers' imaginations? How do you explore the environment and use what you learn to raise the stakes? What needs to be there, and what should be left out? Using the tools of fantasy and SF writers, discover how society, geography, history, and economics can make your story fresh, believable, and compelling. 8 Lessons/3 weeks
  3. Writing and Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success presented by Mindy Hardwick Workshop begins: December 4, 2017 Class length: 3 weeks Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: November 20, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=503 Workshop Description: You’ve got a great idea and are working full steam ahead. Suddenly everything grinds to a screeching halt. Commitments are screaming at you from all sides, you’ve got the flu and you just can’t get to your writing commitments. Stop. Don’t let fearful resistance block your success. In this workshop, we’ll look at the ways resistance shows up in our writing life, the causes of resistance and how it blocks our success. But more importantly, we’ll explore ways to fight the fear. Participants will create a plan of action for the next time that sneaky pest resistance shows up. About the Presenter: Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing first love and sweet, contemporary romance for all ages and is known for her small-town, artistic community stories. Her romance books include: Sweetheart Cottage, Sweetheart Summer, Romance for All the Seasons, and Weaving Magic. She also writes for children including: Seymour’s Secret, Stained Glass Summer and Finders Keepers. Mindy enjoys teaching others about writing and she frequently talks to writers groups, book clubs and libraries. When she’s not writing, Mindy can be found art journaling, visiting flea markets dreaming of new ways to repurpose old materials, and walking on the Oregon Coast beaches with her dog, Stormy. Mindy believes that a great story can warm the heart, lift the spirit, and heal the soul. Deadline to register is December 4, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=503 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.
  4. Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC presented by Meredith Bond Workshop begins: October 2, 2017 Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Class length: 2 weeks Registration opens: September 18, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=276 Workshop Description: We’ll cover the basics of self-publishing – how to go from typing “The End” straight through to marketing your newly published book. Going through the alphabet letter by letter, we’ll talk about - Building a schedule - Book Covers - Detailed instructions on formatting your book as an ebook - Formatting for Smashwords - Beginning Marketing - Print on Demand through CreateSpace - Your Virtual Presence - Uploading your work By the end of the course you’ll be an expert at Microsoft Word and have a number of options on how to create your ebook. There is also a Facebook Page to support students before, during and after the course. About the Presenter: Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published paranormal romances. Known for her characters "who slip readily into one's heart", Meredith's heart belongs to her husband and two children. Her paranormal romances include Magic in the Storm, Storm on the Horizon, and the short story "In A Beginning". Her traditional Regencies have recently been republished. Meredith also teaches writing. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer. Visit Meredith at her website, www.meredithbond.com Deadline to register is October 2, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=276 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.
  5. S.E.N.D presented by Tina Holland Workshop begins: August 7, 2017 Class length: Two weeks Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens July 24, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=466 Workshop Description: Submit your work Establish your brand Next book Discover your strengths. Are you struggling to find a home for your finished manuscript? Have you submitted your book, but have no idea where to go from here? Tina Holland's SEND workshop may be for you. In this class, you'll learn: 1) How to research and SUBMIT to a publishing house and get what you want. 2) How to ESTABLISH your brand, even when writing different genres or standalone books 3) The importance of working on the NEXT book 4) DISCOVER your strengths as a writer and learn to use them to your advantage. About the Presenter: Tina Holland was born in Frankfurt, Germany and is now settled in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. She lives on a hobby farm and enjoys horseback riding, camping, travelling, and reading books by her favorite authors. Tina has been published since 2005, and continues to release books as her schedule allows. Tina is a member of RWA Online, Zen Writer’s Garden and the F-M Word Weavers. She hosts a blog at https://tinaholland.wordpress.com/ and you can reach her at tina@tinaholland.com Deadline to register is August 7, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=466 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Note: RWA Online Chapter members take this workshop for free.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. December is almost here and so will RWA Online's newest workshop: Writing the Romantic Novella presented by Catherine Chant.

  11. ****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.
  12. An Introduction to Self-Publishing: Where the Heck Do I start? Presented by Kathryn Jane Date Class Begins: Oct 3, 2016 Class length: Three weeks Cost: $15 Registration Opens: Sept 19, 2016 (RWA® Online Chapter 136 members take the class for free) Workshop Registration Page: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Description: You’ve written the book. You’ve decided to jump into the pond and self-publish. But you have no idea what to do next, how to send your baby off into the world alone. Relax. That’s what I’m here to share with you. Four weeks of lessons that will set you up to take the next steps. Lessons will include: definitions of terms you’re going to hear; explanations of subjects such as branding and distribution; how to use social media, loops, signature lines and peripherals; what to expect from the industry professionals you decide to hire; covers and copyright pages explained; series vs serial vs stand alone; and much, much more. Course Outline: Welcome – Outline, What to Expect, introductions Lesson 1 – Editing Lesson 2 – Peripherals (Front and Back matter/data) Lesson 3 – Covers Lesson 4 – Product Identity in preparation for marketing Lesson 5 – More prep before uploading Lesson 6 – Formatting Lesson 7 – Uploading and then… Lesson 8 – How do people find your book? Wrap Up – Glossary, Links, Loops, and more About the Presenter: Award winning author, Kathryn Jane is known for rising to a challenge, whether it’s training for a pilot’s license, facing down cancer, training cantankerous horses or writing that first novel. Her personal tales of adventure include momentarily misplacing a thoroughbred filly inside a 747 at thirty thousand feet, planning the evacuation of over fifty horses in the path of an approaching wildfire, and being volunteered to represent her peers in a public speaking venue. In the novels she writes, Kathryn keeps her heroines busy surviving life threatening adventures, or soul searching personal journeys, while they are doggedly determined to not fall in love with men they really don’t need. Think modern-day white knights, and reluctant, self-sufficient damsels. In spite of ridiculous odds, every story has a happy ending, with both halves of a couple coming to terms with love and all its complications. Deadline to Register: Oct 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. 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.
  13. She's posting lessons on Mon, Wed and Fri. This gives others a chance to catch up in case they don't get to the boards daily. The instructor mentioned the days in this post: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/Boards/topic/20816-i-finally-made-it-introductions-and-class-schedule/
  14. 2017 Workshop Schedule for RWA® Online: Cost is $15 but RWA® Online Chapter members take the workshops for free. Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher presented by MM Pollard Dates: 2/6/17 through 3/3/17 ***** On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place presented by Catherine Chant. Dates: 4/3/17 and ends 4/28/17 ***** Finish That Book: Patch Your Plot Holes with Brainstorming by Stephanie Queen Dates: 6/5/17 and ends 6/30/17 ***** S.E.N.D. – Submitting Your Work and Beyond by Tina Holland Dates: 8/7/17 and ends 8/17/17 ***** Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC presented by Meredith Bond Dates: 10/2/17 and ends 10/13/17 ***** Writing and Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success presented by Mindy Hardwick Dates: 12/4/17 and ends 12/22/17 ****Please Forward to Your Writing Groups. Do not need to be a member of RWA® National to take our workshops but to join RWA® Online you have to first join RWA®.****
  15. RWA® Online Presents: Weaving Together Characterization and Plot presented by Tambra Nicole Kendall Class begins: August 1, 2016 Length: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (Class is free for RWA® Online chapter members) Registration opens: July 18, 2016 Registration at http://rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Blurb: Learn the elements of how characterization and plotting weave together to make your story come alive. Some of the topics discussed are: Brainstorming, Character Profile Questions, Character Charts, Characterization, What is Plot? Backstory, Show Don't Tell, GMC: goals, motivation and conflict and more. About the presenter: Tambra Nicole Kendall knew when she was 12 years old she wanted to write romance. All those summers spent at the public library reading Nancy Drew, historical romance and category romance infused her love of the romance genre. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the following chapters: Northwest Houston, Kiss of Death Romantic Suspense chapter, Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal and Celtic Hearts Romance Chapter. Publishing credits include nonfiction: magazine, newspaper and trade publications. Teaching is her way to give back to others and she teaches when time allows. In the past, she’s given workshops to various RWA chapters and Savvy Authors. You can connect with Tambra at: Website: http://www.daughersofavalonpublishing.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tambra.kendall Blog: https://tambranicolekendall.wordpress.com Class is open to both RWA® and non RWA® members. Note: Members of RWA® Online Chapter 136 do not pay for any of our workshops. Cost to join is $25 per year. We offer approximately six workshops a year. Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops). Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access. Our website is http://rwaonlinechapter.org/index.htm Deadline to register is August 1, 2016. If you have any questions about the class or the format, please email the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at fisc40pa@aol.com
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