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  1. 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.
  2. Note: RWA Online Chapter members take this workshop for free.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. December is almost here and so will RWA Online's newest workshop: Writing the Romantic Novella presented by Catherine Chant.

  6. ****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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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/
  9. 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®.****
  10. 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
  11. RWA Online Chapter 136 presents: PINTEREST FOR AUTHORS: Developing your Author Brand via Pinterest with presenter Lana Pattinson Workshop begins: May 2, 2016 and ends May, 20, 2016 Cost: $15 (free to RWA Online Chapter members) Registration opens: April 18, 2016 Register here: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Course blurb: Whether you are new to Pinterest or already have a personal account, we’ll discuss strategies for branding yourself as an author and developing your Author Platform. In this course, we’ll cover the following topics: Why Pinterest? The Basics: Setting up your Account Pinterest as part of your Social Media plan and how to manage your time Targeting your Audience How to make a great Pin Interacting on Pinterest Nuts & Bolts: How to Pin, Whom to follow Analytics At the end of the course, each participant will receive their choice of a 30 minute phone call or a one page review of your Pinterest account from Lana. BIOGRAPHY: LANA PATTINSON Hi y’all! I’m a Marketing Consultant with expertise in Brand Planning and Social Media. For over 15 years I worked in the wine & spirits industry, marketing powerhouse brands globally such as The Macallan Scotch Whisky, Jacob’s Creek wines, and Kahlua Coffee Liqueur. I’ve lived all over: Ontario, Texas, Las Vegas, New York & Scotland. I have a BS in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I write Young Adult Historical Fantasy, and am a Finalist in the 2015 Romance through the Ages Contest. I’m a member of RWA, YARWA, and CHRW. Currently, I live in Westchester County, New York with my husband, daughter, and furbaby. Connect with me via my website, LanaPattinson.com, where I blog about Books, Booze & Scotland. You can also find me on Pinterest or Twitter. 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. Visit our website to learn more about the workshop and how we operate workshops: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm You must be registered for the workshop and paid by May 2, 2016 in order to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Fischer, workshop coordinator, at fisc40pa@aol.com Thank you. ****Please forward*****
  12. RWA® ONLINE presents: Become a Better Editor: Top Editing Strategies for Writers presented by MM Pollard Class begins: March 7, 2016 Length: 4 weeks Registration opens: February 22, 2016 Cost: $15 Register at http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Class Blurb: Knowing HOW to edit is just as important as knowing WHAT to look for when you edit. During this four-week workshop, students will practice (homework) searching for and correcting common errors in punctuation, grammar, and usage, using MM’s seven editing strategies. This workshop covers common writing errors, like missing words and missing inflections, comma splices, and more. You will have the opportunity to practice using the strategies on your own worst errors. MM will give feedback to all participants who submit homework on time. 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. 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. 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. Deadline to register is March 9, 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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  14. RWA Online’s 2016 Workshop Schedule: January: The Chunky Method of Time Management for Writers: Your Step-by-Step Plan to Write That Book Presenter: Allie Pleiter Class begins: January 4, 2016 Length: 4 weeks March: Become a Better Editor: Top Editing Strategies for Writers Presenter: M.M. Pollard Class begins: March 7, 2016 Length: 4 weeks May: Pinterest for Authors: Developing your Author Brand via Pinterest Presenter: Lana Pattinson Class begins: May 2, 2016 Length: 3 weeks August: Weaving Together Characterization and Plot Presenter: Tambra Nicole Kendall Class begins: August 1, 2016 Length: 4 weeks October: “Where the heck do I start?” – An Introduction to Self-Publishing Presenter: Kathryn Jane Class begins: October 3, 2016 Length: 3 weeks December: Writing the Romantic Novella Presenter: Catherine Chant Class begins: December 5, 2016 Length: 2 weeks
  15. RWA® Online presents: Creating an Author Website at Wordpress.com in Four Easy Lessons by Catherine Chant Class begins: November 2, 2015 and lasts two weeks. Cost: $15 Registration and class info: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Registration opens: October 19, 2015 Everything you wanted to know to know about creating an author website using WordPress. About the class: This two-week workshop covers all the information you need to create an author website including: setting up an account, understanding the dashboard, working with posts and pages, customizing appearance and layout, incorporating graphics, use of keywords and tags, and promoting via social media. We’ll also be discussing general web design principles such as typography and color theory as well as organization and usability considerations that will make your site the best it can be. This workshop is aimed at writers looking to create an author website themselves that is easy to set up and easy to maintain. No programming or web design experience is necessary to participate. Everything you need to know will be taught in class. The only pre-requisite is modern browser software and a good network connection. WordPress.com support strongly recommends using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to interact with their site. The workshop includes exercises with every lesson designed to strengthen the concepts discussed. Students do not need to have an active website to participate, but may find the lessons more “hands-on” if they do. The instructor will offer feedback on any student’s website during the workshop if the URL is offered during the class. Presenter Bio: Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant and spent several of those years serving as BC's web information services manager, maintaining and supporting the university web servers. Her first novel, WISHING YOU WERE HERE, a young adult rock 'n' roll time travel romance, 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. You can visit her online at http://www.catherinechant.com
 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. For more information, including how to join RWA® Online (where our members take all of our workshops for free) please visit: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Or contact the workshop coordinator at fisc40pa@aol.com Thank you. Patti Fischer Workshop Coordinator RWA® Online Chapter 136