Austen to Aliens

Creating the Classic Tough Chick

Presented by Jacqui Jacoby

February 3 - 28, 2020

Registration opens January 20, 2019
Cost is $15 for non-RWAOL participants.  Chapter members attend free!

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About This Workshop

As martial artist, Jacqui is interested in self-defense and how women are portrayed in the media.  At first, it seemed as if it was only Hollywood showing women in a tough light.  With heroines such as Sarah Conner of the Terminator movies, and Ellen Ripely in the Alien films, women were the ones saving the day when men were being blown up or eaten.  

 While attending the National Conference, Jacqui met with people in the industry who shared her view that heroines in today’s market can be tough.  People such as Natashya Wilson, Senior Editor, author Vicki Hinze, whose books feature tough chick heroines, and Suzanne Brockmann, best selling author of tough characters. 

This workshop would cover such topics as how to portray tough chick heroines.  Not just illustrating self-defense techniques, but how to build a tough chick heroine from the inside out.  What kind of women make up the tough chicks and what are they like in their everyday lives?  What drives them to become tough?  What kind of hero must stand beside her and what kind of villains will she face?    

According to editor Julie Barrett, tough chick heroines are not going anywhere.  They are here to stay and it’s up to today’s romance writers to portray them in an accurate light.    

Note: Austen to Aliens is a four week course with two lectures per week, and three days for Q&A.

About The Presenter

Jacqui Jacoby says: "As a women capable of taking down a 220 pound man in self-defense simulations, I have the background to understand tough chicks. As the writer of non-fiction articles for various RWA Chapter newsletters including The Kiss of Death, The Orange Blossom and The Heartbeat of Denver, I have the experience to research and present this workshop.  If there is one thing I do know, it’s how to be a tough chick."

Jacqui is a first place winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award in Excellence, as well as the Suzannah and the Dixie for her books and is a RWA Golden Heart finalist. She is a workshop teacher who has appeared both live and online to give such classes as “From Austin to Aliens: How to Create Classic Tough Chicks” and “Lessons of Firefly.” Her novels, Dead Men Play the Game, Bystander and Aaden’s Hope continue to generate fan mail.

What You Need to Know

  • Deadline to register:  February 3, 2020
  • You do NOT need to be a member of RWA® or RWAOL to take this class.
  • RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a discussion 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.  This is not an email loop workshop.
  • For questions, contact us through our contact form.
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