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  3. If you're reading this and aren't a member of our chapter, you might want to consider joining our chapter. You have to be a member of RWA (Romance Writer's of America) first. Click here to join RWA. Then join our chapter. Our website page is https://rwaonlinechapter.org/ To join RWA, you pay $99 (at this time) and then to join us, you pay $25. Our workshops are FREE for all our chapter members.
  4. 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) Registration opens July 19, 2021 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ 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 . Deadline to register is August 2, 2021 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts this workshop 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. RWA Online, Chapter #136 of Romance Writers of America is now accepting online workshop proposals for 2022. 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. RWAOL offers at least six or more online workshop sessions each year on various topics of interest to both the published and unpublished writer. Our workshops are held via a discussion board (forum) format on our website (www.rwaonlinechapter.org/Boards). (IMPORTANT: We do not hold any workshops via email loops, such as Google Groups or on Facebook.) RWAOL provides all workshops free of charge to its members and charges $15 for non-chapter members. We offer workshop presenters a flat-rate fee of $200 for two weeks, $300 for three weeks and $400 for four weeks or a full month for their services. We expect our presenters to be professional, prepared, available, and computer-savvy enough to present using a forums/discussion board format. Since some of our presenters have not used a forum format, we have a private forum for the presenter to test things and get help from us before the workshop starts or during the workshop. Our forum format also facilitates discussion, enables our presenters to include pictures/photographs and videos as well as links to articles on the internet in the text of their lessons. Our format allows presenters and students to access our forum 24/7. All workshop proposals should include a title, a blurb about the course, course syllabus, and a brief resume/bio of the instructor. Please include how many times the workshop was/are being taught in 2021 and when and where you are planning to teach it in 2022. RWAOL requests an exclusivity clause so that any negotiated workshop is not presented via another venue within 2 months of RWAOL's scheduled date. Note: If 2022 does not work and you are interested in teaching a class in 2023, let me know. Our members have expressed interest in workshops on editing, fast paced writing, and self-publishing, the business of writing as a career, plus any other targeted writing areas that would help them pursue their craft in romance, as long as it can be taught in a two to four-week period. The usual way classes are taught is to post lessons three days a week over the course period and to allow for time for questions to be asked and answered. We are looking for most any type of workshop that relates to romance writing. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. This is a great opportunity to earn some money and give back to fellow writers in teaching them the craft. Please send your workshop proposals (or your questions) to Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com Thank you. Patti Fischer Workshop Coordinator RWA Online Chapter http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/
  6. Sue, go into the General Discussion forum (available to members only and you must be logged in) and you should see the original post. Inside the post is the link for our chapter members to register.
  7. Please advise, what thread is this class featured? I’m not seeing it under the general discussion forum. Thank you, Sue
  8. Joelle, check the post under General Discussion (members only) and there is a link for our chapter members to register without paying.
  9. is this like the text classes and an RWA member does not have to register? there is no option on the registration for "rwa online member" only the option to pay. Is this a pay class for all? Please advise.
  10. BRAND U How to Promote and Maximize Your Investment in Yourself Presented by J.T. Bock and Lynne Silver Saturday, June 26, 2021 via Zoom 2:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Central/12:00 pm Mountain/11:00 am Pacific Duration: 90 minutes Cost: Free for RWAOL members. $15 for non-members. Public is welcome. Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/june-26-brand-u/ The workshop will be recorded. You must register before the workshop begins but the recording will be available to registrants soon after the workshop ends. About the Workshop Professional graphic designer, J.T. Bock, and promotional industry insider, Lynne Silver, will give the inside scoop on your brand identity. Logo creation, color palettes, website design, marketing collateral, and more will be discussed in this behind-the-scenes comprehensive workshop. Perfect for new authors creating their brand and established authors who want to take their brand identity to the next level. BIOs Lynne Silver is the author of sexy contemporary romance such as the popular Alpha Heroes and Coded for Love series. She absolutely loves to travel and explore new cities. She has a slight (huge) addiction to donuts, fancy purses, romance novels, and video games. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two sons where she works at promotionals company. She loves connecting with readers so please find her on social media. In her UltraSecurity series, J.T. Bock has assembled a team of action heroes and set them on adventures to find their HEAs while battling supernatural creatures and maniacal villains. She regularly speaks at conferences about pop culture and graphic design—the not-so-secret career of her alter ego who also enjoys spending time with her workaholic husband and their sidekick rescue dog. This will be a Zoom videoconference workshop. RWA Online Chapter members will be provided a link to register for free. Others will need to register and pay the $15 participation fee. For more information, or to check out our other workshops, visit us at https://rwaonlinechapter.org/
  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) Registration is currently open. Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ 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: An author of both fiction and nonfiction books, Virginia McCullough writes award-winning romance and women’s fiction and is currently working on her third series for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Her multigenerational women’s fiction titles include AMBER LIGHT, ISLAND HEALING, and GRETA’S GRACE. A three-time Golden Heart finalist, Virginia’s novels are about everyday people struggling with everyday life issues. All her work explores hope, healing, and plenty of second chances. In addition to being a productivity coach, book doctor, workshop presenter, and ghostwriter, Virginia is an active member of RWA and is a past president of Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA). You can add you name to Virginia’s mailing list at www.virginiamccullough.com and visit her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/virginia.mccullough.7 and on Twitter: @VEMccullough Deadline to register is June 7, 2021 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.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.
  12. HOW TO TEACH AN ON-LINE CLASS HHRW May 10th - 21th, 2021 Instructors: Margaret "MA" Taylor and Pamela Moran COURSE DESCRIPTION Teaching an On-line Class is the perfect way to build your brand as a writer, develop a following and make some extra money. COURSE OUTLINE In this class we'll go over: How to move an idea from concept to Class Outline. How to prepare a class proposal How to structure your class. The best way to promote class participation. Using your class to build your Brand INSTRUCTOR BIOS: MARGARET "MA" TAYLOR AND PAMELA MORAN Margaret "MA" Taylor spent most of her adult life in law enforcement. She learned early on, she liked teaching as much as she did learning. An issue with a gun in a book she was reading led her to offer classes about law enforcement to writers. She teaches online and in person and the first in her Investigations 101 series (writers guides to law enforcement) is now also available in print. When she became the online class coordinator for RWA San Diego, she looked around, wondering why the chapter wasn't using the talent right there in their midst. A quick answer was that many didn't know how to approach putting a class together. So Margaret put together a class on teaching a class. Whether painting, out on a photo shoot or writing, Pamela Moran has always had a bend toward the creative side of life. Her favorite is when she can combine any of those with travel. Places get into her blood and she loves to explore the possibilities, always with characters and a story in mind. An astrologer for most of her adult life, Pam has been known to see auras & the occasional ghost. Considering she lives in a haunted house in the mountains of southern California, this keeps life interesting. Here’s the link to HHRW’s list of workshops with links to registering. https://hth.rwa.org/HTH/Events/HTH/Education/Education.aspx?CODE=HTH&hkey=cd163329-4c4c-4ce6-9df1-401bf4d9fd73
  13. Novellas and How to Knock ‘Em Out Fast presented by USA Today bestselling author Ivy Quinn Date: May 1 - 31, 2021 Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15 Non-A2P Member fee: $30 Details and registration here: https://agedtoperfectionromancewriters.com/workshops/ Questions: email Brooke at treasurer.a2pwrwa@gmail.com Full details and registration for all workshops at: https://agedtoperfectionromancewriters.com/workshops/
  14. Last Chance to Register Aged To Perfection Seasoned Romance Writers great month-long workshop in May you don’t want to miss! And this is your LAST CHANCE to register before they begin! “How’d I miss that?” (Self-Editing) presented by author, artist, and coach Kathryn Jane Date: May 1 - 31, 2021 Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15 Non-A2P Member fee: $30 Details and registration here: https://agedtoperfectionromancewriters.com/workshops/ Questions: email Brooke at treasurer.a2pwrwa@gmail.com Full details and registration for all workshops at: https://agedtoperfectionromancewriters.com/workshops/
  15. 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 intriguing ending. By breaking it down step by step, you really can write a book description that readers will love. Syllabus: 2 weeks 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/ Deadline to register is May 3, 2021 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.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.
  16. 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 – Write-in (optional) 7:00 PM – Happy Hour and Icebreakers Saturday, April 24th 10:00 AM – Welcome and social time 10:30 AM – Workshop: Choosing That Fatal Flaw Giving likable, plausible characters a compelling conflict is easier with enneagrams. Counselors and HR managers use this tool to identify the nine personality types: Reformer, Nurturer, Achiever, Romantic, Observer, Guardian, Adventurer, Leader, and Peacemaker. Each one has its own uniquely heroic and distinctive traits (as well as a troublesome weakness) that naturally bring them into conflict with other people...AND with themselves. 12:00 PM – Lunch Break 1:00 PM – Workshop: His Personality Ladder Every hero needs to move through five steps, comparable to climbing a ladder with a few detours here and there, along his journey from Mr. NOT YET Right to Mr. VERY Right. Of course, the heroine has her own ladder to climb in parallel stages...until the end, when they reach the ultimate triumph together. There's even a ladder for the villain, although in most books he never makes it to the top! 2:30 PM – Scavenger Hunt 3:15 PM – Mini Breakout Sessions 4:00 PM - Auction Closes 4:30 PM – Auction Winning Bids Announced, Recognition Ceremony, and Wrap-up And a bit about Laurie... Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops that draw on her background as an advertising copywriter, a counseling therapist, and a romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for "Best Special Edition of the Year." Her favorite books are those created during her classes, with 49 First Sales so far. In conjunction with the retreat we are hosting a spring auction. There will be an array of items to bid on such as: · Services such as beta reads, critique, editing, website design, and/or marketing · Handmade crafts such as knitted or crocheted items, jewelry, cards, etc. · Gift items such as gift bags, candles, plaques, wall décor, mugs, etc. · Gift cards from a place a writer will love! · Baskets · Themed book bundles Bidding opens on April 10th and closes on April 24th. Payments will be made through Pay Pal. https://www.facebook.com/events/908728186567135/ Visit http://midmichiganrwa.org/retreat-from-harsh-reality/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/736771336909013/ to register for our Retreat from Harsh Reality on March 10th.
  17. 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?
  18. 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 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/ Deadline to register is March 1, 2021 FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/mar-2021-story-bootcamp/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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