For the Discouraged Writer: Rekindling the Passion in your Writing

 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. 

 Presented by Red Jameson June 4 - 29, 2018 Fee:  Non-chapter members $15 Free for RWAOL chapter members! Registration opens May 15, 2018

About the Class

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. 

COURSE SYLLABUS: Rekindling the passion in your writing! The Discouraged Writer Class is a four-week class. Each week there will be two to three lectures with lots of class interaction. The class is aimed for fiction writers, no matter how far along they are in their journey. There is something for the beginner, and a lot for the writer who’s been at it for eons. From figuring out ways to finish a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written, to strategies for social media, to learning how to bounce back when a publisher dumps you, to overcoming fear when there is little to no emotional support, this class will cover it all. 

Week One (two lectures released Tuesday and Thursday) 
How to Build a Fire — The building blocks of writing How to finish that pesky novel — word count goals, and the foundation to fiction writing (Lecture 1), Trees for the Forest: More building blocks to rekindle the fire in your writing — Elements of a novel (Lecture 2; 1 of 2) 

Week Two (two lectures released Tuesday and Thursday) 
Adding Kindling to the Fire Forest for the Trees: More building blocks to rekindle the fire in your writing (Lecture 3; 2 of 2), Dealing with rejection, knowing when you have no control (Lecture 4; 1 of 2) 


Week Three (three lectures released Monday, Wednesday & Friday) 
How to Start a Fire with Wet Wood: The obstacles in a writer’s way - Dealing with editors who retire, editors who don’t like you, editors who dump you, publishers who go bankrupt, etc., Dealing with a turbulent career & how to reclaim your writing (Lecture 5; 2 of 2), Creating passion in your writing when your editor/publisher has dumped you. Who are you writing for? (Lecture 6), Pressure to write quicker for publication/ways to write quicker/and how the pressure may not be founded on evidence (Lecture 7)


Week Four (two lectures released Monday, Wednesday & Friday) Starting a Fire in a Blizzard: When a writer’s obstacles are overwhelming Burn out (Lecture 8, a long one),  Social Media and Self Doubt (Lecture 9)

about the instructor

While finishing her Master’s Degree in US Military History, Red has had many part-time jobs to help pay bills but mostly to fund her addiction to fiction writing. Yoga instructor and weight management consultant were fun, but it wasn’t until she started proofing for an history journal that she knew true adventure, nearly getting into a back-alley fight over which writing style is the best. Chicago Style, of course. Formatting, graphic designing, then editing came later; although, she missed getting into cat fights with copy editors about comma placement. Now, she writes her sizzling sexy yet cerebral stories full-time and wants to help other writers who need a hand up in this crazy business of writing. 

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