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  4. Killer Openings presented by Alexa Bourne Class Begins: September 30, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens September 16, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Students will learn the importance of a good opening and gain a better understanding of what makes a “killer opening.” Students will study examples of good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work. Students will also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive a critique. Week 1: Introduction- Class goals, “rules” for proper respectful participation, student introductions, instructor disclaimer Importance of openings, what makes a good opening *Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of good openings & why they work Week 2: *Students present examples of good openings & why they work *Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of bad openings & why they don’t work. *Students present examples of bad openings & why they don’t work Weeks 3: *1st lines, then students present examples from own manuscripts, critique *1st paragraphs- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique Week 4: *1st page- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique Discuss makings of a good 1st chapter (Questions/Catch up- if needed) Wrap Up-final thoughts, comments, questions *While each of these lessons has the instructor critiquing the work (whether published examples or student work), I will invite students to comment when they want as long as they are respectful about it and their comments are constructive criticism. Presenter Bio: Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her love of books with readers everywhere. When she's not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers, writers, students and colleagues. Learn more about her at www.alexabourne.com. Deadline to register is September 30, 2019 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
  5. *****PERMISSION TO FORWARD***** There's still time to enter! Mid-Michigan RWA's Best Banter Contest for Published and Unpublished Writers Would you like to have your work in front of these agents and editors? Leanne Morgena, Senior Editor, The Wild Rose Press Tera Gelsomino, One Track Literary Agency Julie Sturgeon, CEO Editor Mary Altman, Senior Editor, Sourcebooks Casablanca Kaycee John, Editor, The Wild Rose Press Ally Robertson, Editor, The Wild Rose Press Then enter up to 1500 words of your best banter in the Mid-Michigan RWA Best Banter Contest before September 10! CATEGORIES Unpublished Contemporary Published Contemporary Unpublished Historical Published Historical Unpublished Otherworldly Published Otherworldly (Want to know who the final judges are for your category? Check the contest website home page at midmichiganrwa.org/best-banter-contest). Entry deadline: September 10, 2019 (midnight ET) Cost: $20 for each entry ($15 per entry for MMRWA members) Visit the contest page for details, timeline, and FAQ. (midmichiganrwa.org/best-banter-contest) Questions? Email the contest co-chairs at mmrwabestbantercontest@gmail.com. ***Any category receiving fewer than five (5) entries will be closed and money refunded. ***
  6. Hi all. I'm with the Mid-Michigan chapter of RWA (MMRWA) as well as being a member of this online group. MMRWA is sponsoring a "Best Banter Contest" and I'm hoping you can help us spread the word. If your strong point is dialogue, then this contest is for you. The deadline for entries is September 10th. More details are included below or you may visit our website at http://midmichiganrwa.org/best-banter-contest/ . There are categories for both published and unpublished writers. Many thanks! Julie McMullen President-Elect Mid-Michigan RWA *****PERMISSION TO FORWARD***** Updated 8/18/2019 Mid-Michigan RWA announces the 2019 Best Banter Contest for Published and Unpublished Writers Open for Entries August 1 – September 10, 2019 Would you like to have your work in front of these agents and editors? · Leanne Morgena, Senior Editor, The Wild Rose Press · Tera Gelsomino, One Track Literary Agency · Julie Sturgeon, CEO Editor · Mary Altman, Senior Editor, Sourcebooks Casablanca · Kaycee John, Editor, The Wild Rose Press · Ally Robertson, Editor, The Wild Rose Press Then enter up to 1500 words of your best banter in the Mid-Michigan RWA Best Banter Contest! CATEGORIES · Unpublished Contemporary · Published Contemporary · Unpublished Historical · Published Historical · Unpublished Otherworldly · Published Otherworldly (Want to know who the final judges are for your category? Check the contest website home page at bestbantercontest.com). ELIGIBILITY For unpublished entrants, you’re eligible if: · You’ve never been traditionally, self-, or hybrid-published. · You’re entering work that is not/will not be contracted by the contest deadline on September 10, 2019 (midnight ET). For published entrants, you’re eligible if: · You’re entering a work in progress, one that is not yet traditionally, self-, or hybrid-published. Published work is not eligible. · You’re not entering a scene that previously won the Best Banter contest as an unpublished entry. CONTEST DETAILS Only electronic submissions will be accepted. You’ll receive feedback via scoresheets with comments from first round judges and if you’re a finalist, additional feedback from the final judges. Contest opens for entries: August 1, 2019 Entry deadline: September 10, 2019 (midnight ET) Cost: $20 for each entry ($15 per entry for MMRWA members) Visit the contest page for details, timeline, and FAQ. (bestbantercontest.com) Questions? Email the contest co-chairs at mmrwabestbantercontest@gmail.com. ***Any category receiving fewer than five (5) entries will be closed and money refunded. ***
  7. Help! I joined RWAOL on Aug 1 in order to take the Dialogue Class. I have been trying to get into the class It is August 5, the last day to register. I still cannot get into the class. It is 7:59pm Mountain time and 9:59 Eastern Time. My heart is sinking. I’d love to be in this class. Can you help Una Medina Olmsted uemedina@gmail.com
  8. Registration isn't open yet. Will be on July 22nd. Also, members don't need to register but see my updated post either above in BOLD or in the General Discussion area when I explain it further.
  9. Hi, I'm trying to register for the August Workshop and when I follow the link to registration it seems to take me to many different pages but none of them with the actual link to register. Perhaps I'm overlooking something. I appreciate any help with this. Thanks so much! Laurie
  10. Crafting Memorable Dialogue presented by Joni Fisher Class Begins: August 5, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens July 22, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The 4-week Crafting Memorable Dialogue Workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. At the end of each of the 10 lessons, students apply the lesson to their own work. The lessons are: • discovering when and when not to use dialogue • infusing the scene with the right level of conflict • employing text and subtext • creating suspense • transforming the predictable • cutting to the chase • individualizing characters through speech markers • applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity • using three types of tags to show goals motivations and conflict • and formatting and punctuating dialogue properly. We will select five people who join the workshop to receive a detailed critique from the presenter of the first 5,000-8,000 words of their manuscript. (The five will be selected via a “drawing”) Presenter Bio: Joni is the author of South of Justice, the first book in the four-part Compass Crimes Series. She lives in central Florida and North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, she can be found flying, hiking, writing for aviation magazines, reading, or at church. An active member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Romance Writers of America, and the Florida Writers Association, she is hard at work on her next novel. Website: http://www.jonimfisher.com. Deadline to register is August 5, 2019 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
  11. Reading Breakaway, one of the books recommended by Mary. Loving it. Reading isn't goofing off, right?!

  12. Write the Effing Book presented by Mary E. Thompson Class Begins: June 3, 2019 Class Length: Three weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter #136 members) Registration opens May 20, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: You have an idea. It's a great one. You know you can turn it into a book that will sell like crazy. But you just don't know where to get started. This workshop will take you through the process of plotting out your novel in a way that even (brave) pantsers will want to try. We will dive into who your characters are, what they really want, and why they think they can’t have it. We will plot the major points of your novel, and you will walk away with a plan that gives you enough detail to get started, whether you are a plotter and want to have each piece in place or a pantser who likes finding the surprise inside your story. By dissecting popular novels, we will explore multiple examples of how to take your idea from something small to something spectacular. Course Syllabus: Lesson One - Getting Started Lesson Two - Get To Know Your Characters Lesson Three - Digging Deeper Into Your Characters Lesson Four - Goal, Motivation, and Conflict Lesson Five - The Black Moment Lesson Six - Character Arc Lesson Seven - Turning Points Lesson Eight - Fill In The Gaps Lesson Nine - Break Their Rules, Not Yours Presenter Bio: Mary E. Thompson writes steamy, small town stories that give readers hope that romance still exists and keep them coming back for more. As an indie author of over 40 stories, Mary knows how to not only start, but also how to finish a book. She's developed her plotting process through years of experience in figuring out what works for her, as well as coaching other authors into getting their books written. When Mary isn’t writing, reading, or helping other authors, she’s doing her best to raise her daughter and son to be good people and living out her own real-life romance with her amazing husband. Visit her at http://maryethompson.com to learn more. Deadline to register is June 3, 2019 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.
  13. The 2019 New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book contest for unpublished romance authors is now open and accepting entries! Submit the first 30 pages of your manuscript to be judged by industry professionals - authors, literary agents, and editors - and get the chance to have "Award-Winning" grace the cover of your very first publication! Review the rules below and click here for more information/to enter: www.njromancewriters.org/pyhiab-contest.html Entries Submissions will consist of a FIRST chapter, not to exceed 30 pages, and a PROJECTED WORD COUNT of the completed manuscript. A prologue may be included as part of the first chapter, if within page total guidelines. An UNJUDGED SYNOPSIS must be included at the end of the submission, clearly defined with a page break and titled "SYNOPSIS". The synopsis will not count toward the page count. Categories (All Categories have a 40,000-word minimum. Computer count will be used to determine length.) Contemporary Series Category length romances and romantic suspense set in the present day. Single-Title Contemporary Romances set in present day. Not part of a series. Historical Category and Single Title length romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. Paranormal Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense. Romantic Suspense Romance novel in which suspense is a major element of the plot. Young Adult Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers.
  14. Hey, Hana, thanks for your nice words and a hale and hearty welcome right back at ya!

    And as for the loling, I get that a lot when I tell people I'm a writer, even more after they've read my work.

  15. Virginia Romance Writers Fool for Love Contest – Pubbed & Pre-pubbed authors Note from Karen: This contest provides the opportunity to revise your entry before the final round if you’re a finalist. The deadline has been extended to April 8th. It all starts with a dream and a 7500-word submission... This contest is for both Published and Pre-Published Authors. This year, instead of a Published Author "catch-all" category, each subgenre will have a Published Author track, so your entries can be judged against other published author entries in your genre! NO SYNOPSIS! And you don't have to have a completed manuscript to enter... just the first 7500 words of your manuscript. First-round feedback from published and pre-published judges and the opportunity to revise your entry before the final round if you are a finalist! Visit us for more details on eligibility and entry requirements! We have a great line up of agents and editors for our Final Round: Long Contemporary – Published Author: ANN LESLIE TUTTLE, AGENT, DYSTEL,GODERICH & BOURRET LLC Long Contemporary: GABRIELLE KELLY, GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING Short Contemporary Romance – Published Author: JESSICA ERRERA, AGENT, JANE ROTROSEN AGENCY Short Contemporary Romance: AMANDA LEUCK, AGENT, THE SPENCERHILL AGENCY Historical Romance – Published Author: JENNIE CONWAY, ST. MARTIN'S PRESS Historical Romance: ALYCIA TORNETTA, ENTANGLED PUBLISHING Romantic Suspense – Published Author: MARTIN BIRO, KENSINGTON PUBLISHING Romantic Suspense: ALLISON LYONS, HARLEQUIN Young Adult Romance – Published Author: KARLY KASERVA, AGENT, FUSE LITERARY AGENCY Young Adult Romance: REBECCA STRAUSS, AGENT, DEFIORE AND COMPANY Paranormal Romance – Published Author: KAT ENRIGHT, AGENT, THE SEYMOUR AGENCY Paranormal Romance: ALETHEA SPIRIDON, ENTANGLED PUBLISHING Top Prize: 1st Place in each category – $50 plus ONE free manuscript entry into either of VRW's annual contests; 2nd and 3rd place will receive a certificate and free entry in next year's FOOL FOR LOVE contest. (I know VRW has the Holt, this is different. Published authors can submit their UNPUBLISHED manuscripts for feedback and chance at review from final judges. It's a way to support the chapter and get your work seen by an industry pro if you are in the market for one.)
  16. PS....RWA Online Chapter members take all our workshops for FREE. If you belong to RWA, you can join us for $25 a year.
  17. Flashbacks that Please Your Editor and Don’t Confuse Your Reader Presented by MM Pollard Class begins: April 1, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens March 18, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Flashbacks are a device that a writer must use with care, or she might lose her reader in that distant past, never to see that reader again. We’ll consider kinds of flashbacks, uses for flashbacks, and reasons not to use flashbacks. Flashbacks present a problem with verb tenses. Since a flashback is past, but you’re writing in past tense, how do you show the flashback is more past than past? Confused? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. Editor and writing coach Laurie Sanders says that the poorly written flashback is one of the reasons for rejected manuscripts. Lesson Outline: Homework with every lesson with instructor feedback Lesson 1: What Are Flashbacks, Why Are They Used, and Are They the Only Way to Do That? Lesson 2: Should You Use Flashbacks and What are the Rules? Lesson 3: What Are the Different Lengths of Flashbacks? Lesson 4: How Do You Clearly Signal Transitions between Story and Flashback? Lesson 5: Verb review Lesson 6: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Past Tense? Lesson 7: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Present Tense? Lesson 8: Review and Your Turn Lesson 9: MM’s comments on your flashbacks Reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback – like mini edits. Presenter Bio: MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire, her training as a certified copy editor, 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 Savvy Authors, 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. Deadline to register is April 1, 2019 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.
  18. September 30 - October 25, 2019.  Presented by RWA Online and Alexa Bourne

    Students will learn the importance of a good opening and gain a better understanding of what makes a “killer opening.” Students will study examples of good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work. Students will also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive a critique.

    Week 1: 
    - Class goals, “rules” for proper respectful participation, student introductions, instructor disclaimer 
    - Importance of openings, what makes a good opening
    - Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of good openings & why they work

    Week 2: 
    - Students present examples of good openings & why they work
    - Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of bad openings & why they don’t work. 
    - Students present examples of bad openings & why they don’t work

    Weeks 3: 
    - 1st lines: Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique
    - 1st paragraphs: Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique 

    Week 4: 
    - 1st page- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique
    - Discuss makings of a good 1st chapter
    - (Questions/Catch up- if needed)
    - Wrap Up-final thoughts, comments, questions 

    *While each of these lessons has the instructor critiquing the work (whether published examples or student work), I will invite students to comment when they want as long as they are respectful about it and their comments are constructive criticism.

    Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her love of books with readers everywhere. 

    When she's not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers, writers, students and colleagues. Learn more about her at www.alexabourne.com.

    Learn more about RWA Online's workshop and format at https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=1042.

    $15.00

  19. August 5 - 30, 2019.  Presented by RWA Online and Joni Fischer.

    We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The 4-week Crafting Memorable Dialogue Workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. At the end of each of the 10 lessons, students apply the lesson to their own work.

    The first five people to sign up will receive a detailed critique on the first 5,000-8,000 words of their manuscript.

    The lessons are:

    • discovering when and when not to use dialogue
    • infusing the scene with the right level of conflict
    • employing text and subtext
    • creating suspense
    • transforming the predictable
    • cutting to the chase
    • individualizing characters through speech markers
    • applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity
    • using three types of tags to show goals motivations and conflict, and 
    • formatting and punctuating dialogue properly

    Joni is the author of South of Justice, the first book in the four-part Compass Crimes Series. She lives in central Florida and North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, she can be found flying, hiking, writing for aviation magazines, reading, or at church. An active member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Romance Writers of America, and the Florida Writers Association, she is hard at work on her next novel. Website: http://www.jonimfisher.com.

    Learn more about RWA Online's workshop and format at https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=1042.

    $15.00

  20. April 1 - 26, 2019.  Presented by RWA Online and MM Pollard.

     

    Flashbacks are a device that a writer must use with care, or she might lose her reader in that distant past, never to see that reader again. We’ll consider kinds of flashbacks, uses for flashbacks, and reasons not to use flashbacks.Flashbacks present a problem with verb tenses. 

    Since a flashback is past, but you’re writing in past tense, how do you show the flashback is more past than past? Confused? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. Editor and writing coach Laurie Sanders says that the poorly written flashback is one of the reasons for rejected manuscripts.

    Lesson Outline: Homework with every lesson with instructor feedback.  Reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback – like mini edits.
     

    • Lesson 1: What Are Flashbacks, Why Are They Used, and Are They the Only Way to Do That?
    • Lesson 2: Should You Use Flashbacks and What are the Rules?
    • Lesson 3: What Are the Different Lengths of Flashbacks?
    • Lesson 4: How Do You Clearly Signal Transitions between Story and Flashback?
    • Lesson 5: Verb review
    • Lesson 6: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Past Tense?
    • Lesson 7: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Present Tense?
    • Lesson 8: Review and Your Turn
    • Lesson 9: MM’s comments on your flashbacks

    MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire, her training as a certified copy editor, 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 Savvy Authors, 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.

    Find out more about RWA Online's workshops at https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=1042.

    $15.00

  21. Surprises, Secrets, and Revelations - Adding Memorable Twists to your Stories presented by Peter Andrews Class Begins: Feb 4, 2019 Class Length: Three weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens January 21, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: How do you keep a reader engaged? One tool is using the desire to find out what happens next. That means predictability is the death of stories. Many people will put down a mystery as soon as they figure out whodunit. And “spoilers” that give away turns and plot points in a movie or a TV show can ruin the experience for audiences. Twists in the story road add interest by shifting power, revealing intent, and taking things in unexpected directions. They may be tiny or they may be huge. Chandler suggested adding someone coming through the door with a gun when things got slow. Dickens exploited secrets, including family relationships. O. Henry made a career with surprise endings. The Sixth Sense reset the reality of the story in the final minutes of the film. Surprises may come naturally, as when writers surprise readers because they surprise themselves. But they also can be planned, injected, shaped, and highlighted deliberately. Lesson 1 The uses of surprise, secrets, and revelations Lesson 2 Raising questions and surprising yourself Lesson 3 Faking out the reader without being fake Lesson 4 Mistakes to avoid Lesson 5 Pacing (expected/unexpected) Lesson 6 Planting information Lesson 7 Revolting developments (amplifying impact) Lesson 8 Delving deeper Lesson 9 Working for wonder 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 February 4, 2019 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.
  22. February 2019: Surprises, Secrets, and Revelations - Adding Memorable Twists to your Stories presented by Peter Andrews Class Begins: Feb 4, 2019 Class Length: Three weeks Blurb: How do you keep a reader engaged? One tool is using the desire to find out what happens next. That means predictability is the death of stories. Many people will put down a mystery as soon as they figure out whodunit. And “spoilers” that give away turns and plot points in a movie or a TV show can ruin the experience for audiences. Twists in the story road add interest by shifting power, revealing intent, and taking things in unexpected directions. They may be tiny or they may be huge. Chandler suggested adding someone coming through the door with a gun when things got slow. Dickens exploited secrets, including family relationships. O. Henry made a career with surprise endings. The Sixth Sense reset the reality of the story in the final minutes of the film. Surprises may come naturally, as when writers surprise readers because they surprise themselves. But they also can be planned, injected, shaped, and highlighted deliberately. Lesson 1 The uses of surprise, secrets, and revelations Lesson 2 Raising questions and surprising yourself Lesson 3 Faking out the reader without being fake Lesson 4 Mistakes to avoid Lesson 5 Pacing (expected/unexpected) Lesson 6 Planting information Lesson 7 Revolting developments (amplifying impact) Lesson 8 Delving deeper Lesson 9 Working for wonder April 2019: Flashbacks that Please Your Editor and Don’t Confuse Your Reader Presented by MM Pollard Class begins: April 1, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Blurb: Flashbacks are a device that a writer must use with care, or she might lose her reader in that distant past, never to see that reader again. We’ll consider kinds of flashbacks, uses for flashbacks, and reasons not to use flashbacks. Flashbacks present a problem with verb tenses. Since a flashback is past, but you’re writing in past tense, how do you show the flashback is more past than past? Confused? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. Editor and writing coach Laurie Sanders says that the poorly written flashback is one of the reasons for rejected manuscripts. Lesson Outline: Homework with every lesson with instructor feedback Lesson 1: What Are Flashbacks, Why Are They Used, and Are They the Only Way to Do That? Lesson 2: Should You Use Flashbacks and What are the Rules? Lesson 3: What Are the Different Lengths of Flashbacks? Lesson 4: How Do You Clearly Signal Transitions between Story and Flashback? Lesson 5: Verb review Lesson 6: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Past Tense? Lesson 7: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Present Tense? Lesson 8: Review and Your Turn Lesson 9: MM’s comments on your flashbacks Reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback – like mini edits. June 2019: Write the Effing Book presented by Mary E. Thompson Class Begins: June 3, 2019 Class Length: Three weeks Blurb: You have an idea. It's a great one. You know you can turn it into a book that will sell like crazy. But you just don't know where to get started. This workshop will take you through the process of plotting out your novel in a way that even (brave) pantsers will want to try. We will dive into who your characters are, what they really want, and why they think they can’t have it. We will plot the major points of your novel, and you will walk away with a plan that gives you enough detail to get started, whether you are a plotter and want to have each piece in place or a pantser who likes finding the surprise inside your story. By dissecting popular novels, we will explore multiple examples of how to take your idea from something small to something spectacular. Course Syllabus: Lesson One - Getting Started Lesson Two - Get To Know Your Characters Lesson Three - Digging Deeper Into Your Characters Lesson Four - Goal, Motivation, and Conflict Lesson Five - The Black Moment Lesson Six - Character Arc Lesson Seven - Turning Points Lesson Eight - Fill In The Gaps Lesson Nine - Break Their Rules, Not Yours August 2019: Crafting Memorable Dialogue presented by Joni Fisher Class Begins: August 5, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Blurb: We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The 4-week Crafting Memorable Dialogue Workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. At the end of each of the 10 lessons, students apply the lesson to their own work. The lessons are: • discovering when and when not to use dialogue • infusing the scene with the right level of conflict • employing text and subtext • creating suspense • transforming the predictable • cutting to the chase • individualizing characters through speech markers • applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity • using three types of tags to show goals motivations and conflict • and formatting and punctuating dialogue properly. The first five people to sign up will receive a detailed critique on the first 5,000-8,000 words of their manuscript. October 2019: Killer Openings presented by Alexa Bourne Class Begins: September 30, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Blurb: Students will learn the importance of a good opening and gain a better understanding of what makes a “killer opening.” Students will study examples of good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work. Students will also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive a critique. Week 1: Introduction- Class goals, “rules” for proper respectful participation, student introductions, instructor disclaimer Importance of openings, what makes a good opening *Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of good openings & why they work Week 2: *Students present examples of good openings & why they work *Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of bad openings & why they don’t work. *Students present examples of bad openings & why they don’t work Weeks 3: *1st lines, then students present examples from own manuscripts, critique *1st paragraphs- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique Week 4: *1st page- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique Discuss makings of a good 1st chapter (Questions/Catch up- if needed) Wrap Up-final thoughts, comments, questions. *While each of these lessons has the instructor critiquing the work (whether published examples or student work), I will invite students to comment when they want as long as they are respectful about it and their comments are constructive criticism. December 2019: Writing Short presented by Jacqui Jacoby Class Begins: December 2, 2019 Class Length: Two weeks Blurb: In this workshop, we address not only the steps to creating a shorter piece of fiction, but also ways in which it can be used to further your promotional standing, as well as sold in the market. Both structure, creation and promotion is provided. Two days per week are lectures, with the rest being unlimited Q&A sessions. Reminder: If you are an RWA Online Chapter member, you receive all of our workshops for free. If you are not a member, and you belong to RWA, you can join our chapter. Check out our workshop page: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/
  23. Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction presented by Peter Andrews Class begins: December 3, 2018 Length of class: 3 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: November 19, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop description: Every story can benefit from an authentic, fully realized setting. By asking the right questions, the writer can immerse readers in a specific environment, time period, and culture. Whether it's a galaxy far, far away or your own backyard, a detailed setting can engage your reader and sharpen your conflict. Make contemporary stories as surprising and exciting as SF and fantasy by moving past assumptions. Make your invented settings as real and believable as the town you live in. The class will explore settings from a variety of perspectives and apply what's learned to storytelling. What catches readers' imaginations? How do you explore the environment and use what you learn to raise the stakes? What needs to be there, and what should be left out? Using the tools of fantasy and SF writers, discover how society, geography, history, and economics can make your story fresh, believable, and compelling. 8 Lessons/3 weeks About Peter Andrews: 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 December 3, 2018 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.
  24. West Houston RWA is Proud to Present an All-Day Workshop with Skye Warren http://www.skyewarren.com/ November 10, 2018 Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance with over one million books sold. Her author business started as a five-figure struggle with long hours and a constant fear she wouldn’t make enough to pay the mortgage. Investing in marketing and Facebook ads is what transformed her business into a high six-figure salary working four hours per day. It's her goal to empower romance authors to sell more of the books they work so hard to write. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat. 10:30 am - Noon Facebook Ads for Romance Authors How can you sell more books every day? Let's talk about how to make effective Facebook ads so that you're always finding new readers. Topics include: effective ad images with limited design skills, copy that makes readers one-click, and how to target audiences that are right for your books. Google can tell you how to boost a post, we're going to talk about how to make ads profitable specifically for romance authors. Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch and Book Signing Croissant Sandwich and Salad Lunch included in the price. (Multiple vegetarian selections available.) 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Make Your Next Book Launch Bigger Are your new releases reaching more readers than your last one? Visibility and marketing in the book world is constantly evolving. Find out what’s working now to make the most of your time and money. This workshop includes specific launch strategies including advertising, packaging, and viral marketing strategies to make a book launch bigger. This workshop is designed for authors with an established platform who are looking to grow. Price: WHRWA Members: $20.00 RWA Members: $30.00 General Public: $40.00 Register at: http://www.whrwa.com/november-workshop-registration/ Karen
  25. I can't seem to download the scrivener template. My Scrivener is up to date. I have an older Apple iMac with Safari 11.1. The message I'm getting is that Safari can't open the app. I'm doing everything according to the directions and video. Any hints?

    Thanks,

    Steph

  26. We don't do ghostwriting at RWA Online. Sorry.
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