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  4. IRRESISTIBLE BLURBS Presenter: Siri Caldwell Class begins: May 3, 2021 Class Length: Two weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration is open. Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/may-2021-irresistible-blurbs/ About the workshop: Don’t lose sales with a less-than-ideal book description. In this workshop, designed for self-publishing romance writers, you’ll learn to distill your plot into a short, exciting blurb and write an engaging tagline, a compelling opening, and an intrigui
  5. Permission to Forward MMRWA's Retreat from Harsh Reality is going virtual for 2021! Set aside April 23-24 for two days of learning, writing, and fun with other writers. We're delighted to have Laurie Schnebly Campbell as our guest speaker, who will lead us through two inspiring, informative workshops on characters and plot. There will be door prizes throughout the two days. Registration opens on March 10th at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $30 for MMRWA members and $40 for non-members. Here's a look at our tentative schedule. All times are EST. Friday, April 23rd 12:00 – 4:00 PM –
  6. Patti - I think I missed the link to this class. when I go to classrooms only the research class is showing up. Can you help?
  7. STORY BOOTCAMP Presenter: Peter Andrews Class begins: March 1, 2021 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration is open. Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/mar-2021-story-bootcamp/ About the workshop: Start fast! Keep it humming. End with authority. Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers. This course will explore the dimensions of your story and
  8. FREEDOM AND FRAMEWORK: STORY PLANNING FOR PANTSERS

    Presenter: Joy E. Held
    Class begins: November 29, 2021
    Class length Four weeks
    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

     About the workshop:

    This fun course presents 50 ways to maintain your creative edge and keep the artistic juices flowing. We take a look at Leonardo da Vinci’s methods for developing creative genius, how writer John Steinbeck utilized journal writing to stay focused on some of his greatest literary works, the science of where ideas come from, and much, much more. Participants will take part in activities and discussions and end the course with a list of resources and ideas to keep enthusiasm high and inspiration flowing. And yes, we will analyze Paul Simon’s song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

     Presenter Bio:

    Joy E. Held, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A., is an author, freelance editor, educator, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self facilitator, and workshop presenter with over 500 articles published in trade magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Her historical romance novel Message to Love was published in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press. Her nonfiction book Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity will be released from Headline Books, Inc. in 2020. Her latest historical romance is forthcoming from Boroughs Publishing Group. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, Northeast Ohio RWA, and the Author’s Guild. She holds degrees in education and journalism, and an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

     

    $15
  9. FREEDOM AND FRAMEWORK: STORY PLANNING FOR PANTSERS

    Presenter: Catherine Chant
    Class begins: October 4, 2021
    Class Length: Three weeks
    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

     About the workshop:

    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.

     Presenter Bio:

    Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She is the author of a young adult rock 'n' roll time travel series, available now at your favorite book retailer. She loves helping other writers and teaches several online workshops throughout the year. You can learn more at http://www.CatherineChant.com.

     

    You do not need to be an 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.

     

    $15
  10. CHARACTERIZATION: MAKING STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES WORK FOR YOU

    Presenter: Linnea Sinclair
    Class begins: August 2, 2021
    Class Length: Four weeks
    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

     About the workshop:

    Down with one-dimensional cartoon-like characters! Down with the two-dimensional ones, while we’re at it. Embrace your characters—warts and all—in this lively workshop with Bantam author Linnea Sinclair. Reviewers note that: “Her characters are intelligent, no-nonsense and have a depth that gives me an instant mental picture...” (Road to Romance Reviews) and “The author's sure hand with characterization makes each twist of this emotionally laden storyline as suspenseful as any well-wrought battle scene.” (Science Fiction Weekly)

    Sinclair will help writers dialogue with their characters to bring out information that builds depth and uniqueness. She’ll also discuss the pros and cons of using archetypes, astrology and tarot to build story people.

     Presenter Bio:

    Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly. Romantic Times BOOK reviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.”

    Her previous careers include news reporting and private investigation. Since 2000, she’s taught seminars in the craft of writing for all levels of writers via on-line writing sites and at writing conventions nationwide.

    Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com

     

    You do not need to be an 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.

     

    $15
  11. LET'S DRESS UP: RHYTHM, RHYME, AND ADDING PIZZAZZ
    Presenter: Virginia McCullough
    Class begins: June 7, 2021
    Class Length: Three weeks
    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

    About the workshop:

    Flat or flowing, boring or brilliant? What separates good writing from fine writing? Sometimes it’s a matter of dressing up your writing with a smattering of carefully chosen accessories, from letters, journals, and recipes to alliteration, patterns, and rhythm. Add pizzazz to your work and lift it from good enough to standout and special.

     Presenter Bio:

    Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia started her writing career when her family moved to the coast of Maine and she began writing articles on many topics, including family living, children’s literature, business, and women’s issues. Her work appeared in a variety of magazines including Baby Talk and Marriage & Family Living. During the years her family lived aboard a sailboat, she wrote about boating and cruising and her articles appeared in magazines such as Cruising World and Sail.

     Virginia broke into book publishing with her first coauthored books, TMJ Syndrome: The Overlooked Diagnosis, with A. Richard Goldman, DDS and Touch: A Personal Workbook (Open Arms Press), with Greg Risberg, M.S.W. Many more coauthored books followed over the next 25 years. You can find her at: https://www.virginiamccullough.com/

     

    You do not need to be an 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.

     

    $15
  12. IRRESISTIBLE BLURBS
    Presenter: Siri Caldwell

    Class begins: May 3, 2021
    Class Length: Two weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

    About the workshop:

    Don’t lose sales with a less-than-ideal book description. In this workshop, designed for self-publishing romance writers, you’ll learn to distill your plot into a short, exciting blurb and write an engaging tagline, a compelling opening, and an intriguing ending. By breaking it down step by step, you really can write a book description that readers will love.

    Syllabus:

    Lesson 1: Identify your audience (subgenre, trope, keywords)

    Lesson 2: Blurb structure: one-part structure

    Lesson 3: Blurb structure: two-part and three-part structure

    Lesson 4: Opening line

    Lesson 5: Ending line

    Lesson 6: Tagline

     Each lesson will have homework, and feedback will be provided. By the end of the workshop you will have brainstormed several approaches and written and polished a complete blurb.

     Presenter Bio:

    Siri Caldwell writes contemporary and paranormal romance and is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is also the author of Irresistible Blurbs: How to Write a Book Description Romance Readers Will Love, a guide for indie-published romance novelists. You can find her at: https://siricaldwell.com/

    You do not need to be an 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.

     

    $15
  13. STORY BOOTCAMP

    Presenter: Peter Andrews
    Class begins: March 1, 2021
    Class Length: Four weeks
    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

    About the workshop:

    Start fast! Keep it humming. End with authority. Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers. This course will explore the dimensions of your story and push them to the limits so you get the most from your premise and your readers get compelling experiences.

    No slackers! This is a highly interactive class that depends on commitment and participation.

    Lesson 1 Breaking the Chains and Going Bigger. Getting out of your own way.
    Lesson 2 Making Your Tale Epic. Premise, character, and story arc.
    Lesson 3 Power Positions – Story Bites Reader. Focus, friends and real requirements. Attention must be paid – from page one.
    Lesson 4 Pyramid Power. Characters have needs, too. And so do readers.
    Lesson 5 Twists and Turns That Will Leave a Mark. What’s the worst that can happen?
    Lesson 6 Shocking Revelations. First, surprise yourself.
    Lesson 7 Excruciating Details. Senses, settings, and special effects. Conflict, oh yeah.
    Lesson 8 Gut Check. Authenticity, the sadistic writer, and redlining emotion,
    Lesson 9 Major Surgery. Merciless restructuring.
    Lesson 10 Thrust into the Careless World. Titles as bait, urban myths, and endings that buzz.

     Presenter Bio:

    Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, the Westchester Center for the Arts, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers and Romance Writers of America, and he is past president of RWA’s young adult chapter (YARWA). His How to Write Fast blog can be found at http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/

     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.

     

    $15
  14. RESEARCHING FOR AUTHORS
    Presenter: Margaret Bates
    Class begins: January 4, 2021
    Class Length: Four weeks
    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

     About the workshop:

     You’ve had that problem before where you need to find out how a specific type of gun works for your romantic suspense or needed to find out if that one word was actually in use in Regency England. There’s always research involved in writing a convincing romance and the pitfalls of deep rabbit holes you might fall into as well. In this workshop, a psychologist and writer will teach you how to use a variety of resources from asking experts for interviews, library tricks and tips, as well as databases and deep journal and article research to create a better book. She’ll also work with you to ensure that you learn when to put the research down and plunge headfirst into the drafting so that you avoid being derailed by over-researching as well.

     Presenter Bio:

      Margaret Bates was Magna Cum Laude in psychology as an undergraduate at Duke University. During her undergraduate work, she spent six months as an intern at a state hospital for schizophrenics in La Pa, Bolivia. As part of her graduate studies, she spent five years working toward a Ph.D. in developmental psychology with an emphasis in autism intervention therapy and was everything but dissertation at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Currently, she is finishing her Master's thesis in industrial/organizational psychology at The University of Baltimore with a focus on workplace ostracism and its effects on meaningfulness in life and healthy psychological functioning.

     

    You do not need to be an 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.

     

    $15
  15. RESEARCHING FOR AUTHORS Presenter: Margaret Bates Class begins: January 4, 2021 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens December 21, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ About the workshop: You’ve had that problem before where you need to find out how a specific type of gun works for your romantic suspense or needed to find out if that one word was actually in use in Regency England. There’s always research involved in writing a convincing romance and th
  16. Here is RWA Online's 2021 online workshop schedule. ***If you are not a member of our chapter, the cost to take each workshop is $15. If you are an RWA member, you can join our chapter. More info HERE (link). Cost to join our chapter is currently $25. Our members get each and every workshop for free. *** January: RESEARCHING FOR AUTHORS with presenter Margaret Bates Class opens January 4th Length: 4 weeks About the workshop: You’ve had that problem before where you need to find out how a specific type of gun works for you
  17. HEARING VOICES 101: CREATING DISTINCT CHARACTERS Presenter: Midnight Voss Dates: November 2-27 Class Length: Four weeks Registration opens: October 19, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Characters who readers tell their friends about. Characters who stay with you long after you’ve put the book down. Every writer wants their characters to resonate with their readers, but too often the gulf between your character sheet and what gets on the final page is too wide. If you’ve gotten feedb
  18. Note: this is not geared just to romance. MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK TRAILER Presenter: Tracee Garner Dates: October 5-23 Class Length: Three weeks Registration opens: September 21, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Video is king. If you didn't know that, the thought of "going live" probably makes you cringe. There are other ways, however, besides going live that can still generate results, help you get your stories in front of new eyes and win readers who've never heard of you. If you could do th
  19. GET MORE DONE: TIME MANAGEMENT FOR AUTHORS Presenter: Mary E. Thompson Dates: August 3-14 Class Length: Two weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: July 20, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Workshop Course Description What would you do with an extra hour in your day? What about two? What about an extra ten minutes? We all struggle with getting everything we want to do done. We take on more than we can actually handle and regret it. Every
  20. Did you post the pdf for the class links?

    Thanks for all.

    Kathy Carpenter

    1. Kerry Blaisdell

      Kerry Blaisdell

      Hey there! I'm not sure what you're referring to - there are Google docs available for each lesson, for easy printing. The links to those are at the bottom of each lesson, and access expires next weekend.

      It's been a crazy few weeks, so if I mentioned posting links somewhere else, that I haven't done, can you give me more details? My brain isn't coming up with anything!  :)

      Cheers,
      Kerry

  21. One quick comment, which is receiving the lesson directly to my email box rather than searching around on the Loop is Great! Thanks for that.

    shirley

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    2. Kerry Blaisdell

      Kerry Blaisdell

      This may be a question for the moderators, because I didn't do anything specific to make it happen.  :)  I think it MAY be because Shirley opted to "follow" me on the RWAOL forum site (here), which I'm guessing means she gets anything I post emailed directly to her? But if you don't follow me, you can view the posts on the class forum, but not have them emailed?

      If you try following me, and that doesn't do the trick, I would suggest posting the question in the "Instructions for using the forum" thread of the class.

      Cheers,
      Kerry

    3. Sarah McGregor

      Sarah McGregor

      Me too. I thought it was on the notifications settings at the top of the page. I keep clicking different options, but I'm still not getting emails...

    4. SHIRLEY GOLDBERG

      SHIRLEY GOLDBERG

      Honestly, I don't know what I did. 

      s

  22. RWA Online, Chapter #136 of Romance Writers of America is now accepting online workshop proposals for 2021. We are looking for experienced workshop presenters who have a passion for teaching the craft, the business of writing, a writer’s life, or publishing. You do not need to be a member of RWA to teach the workshop. Workshops may be 2-4 weeks in length and we are actively seeking presenters who can create interactive, student-centered learning opportunities that may include homework and feedback, question and answer sessions, and a stimulating discussion environment.
  23. DRESS YOUR TECH FOR SUCCESS: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR AUTHORS (Who Aren’t Bestsellers...Yet, But Want to Act Like They Are) Presenter: Kerry Blaisdell Dates: June 1-26 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: May 18, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: If you already took Kerry's beginner class (Fake It 'Til You Make It: How To Act Like A Best-Selling Author, Even If You Aren't One...Yet), or if you have some marketing and technology experienc
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