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  2. February 4 - 22, 2019.  Presented by RWA Online and Peter Andrews. 

    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.  Learn how to execute the surprises, secrets, and mysteries that keep your reader in your story until the last page.

     

    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

    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/.

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

    $15.00

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  4. 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.
  5. 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/
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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

  9. Patti Fischer

    Are There Different Kinds of Ghost Writers?

    We don't do ghostwriting at RWA Online. Sorry.
  10. Every ghost writer has some unique quality or talent according to which they find the job to do. Just like multiple types of writing, there are different kinds of ghost writers who are assigned to write the material according to their expertise. There are novel ghost writers to help people writing, editing, or completing their novels. Then there are blog ghost writers who are hired to write the high-quality blogs for the clients. The most amazing kind of ghost writers is speech ghost writers since they get a chance to work with many famous people and celebrities. SO which one do you want to become?
  11. From Sept 1st to the end of December, the cost to join RWA Online is $15 and you not only get access to our chapter but the workshops for free. The only requisite is that you belong to RWA (check out https://www.rwa.org/ if aren't already a member). To join RWA Online, go back to our main page and click on Join Now. If you have any questions....just ask away.
  12. Freedom to Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers presented by Catherine Chant Class begins: October 1, 2018 Length of class: 2 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: September 17, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop description: 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. About Catherine Chant: Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. Her Soul Mates time travel series can be found at Amazon.com. You can connect with Catherine at her website http://CatherineChant.com, on Twitter @Catherine_Chant, or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels Deadline to register is October 1, 2018 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a 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. 2019 Emily Contest Sponsor: West Houston RWA Fee: $25 WHRWA members / $35 all others Opens: September 1, 2018 Closes: October 2, 2018, midnight CST Eligibility: unpublished in the category entered. Entry: First 5600 words, no synopsis. Categories: Contemporary-Long Contemporary-Short Historical FFP/Paranormal Romantic Suspense YA. Judges: First Round Judges: Published in Romance, PAN authors or PRO authors who give positive, helpful feedback. Final Judges: Two publishing professionals: agent and editor for each finalist. Top Prize: Silver Emily Pin and Certificate for winner, $100 Grand Prize. FMI: http://whrwa.com/theemily/. Best regards, Janice Martin, Chair The 2019 Emily Contest West Houston RWA emily.contest@whrwa.com
  14. San Francisco RWA is conducting its Heart-to-Heart Contest, open to unpublished authors of work in six different genres. They have some great talent lined up to read entries: highly-accomplished first-round author judges and two agents and one editor in each category for final rounds. The categories are: -Contemporary Romance -Romantic Suspense -Erotic Romance -Historical Romance -Speculative Romance -Young Adult For a complete list of eligibility guidelines, please visit the Contest Rules page: https://sfarwa.net/contests/contest-rules/. Here are our rules, at-a-glance. - Publication Status: Authors should be unpublished in novella- or novel-length work for at least five years - Word Count: First fifteen pages (limit: 4,000 words--no synopsis required) - Entry Fees: $25 for general entrants, $15 for SFA-RWA members; no RWA affiliation is required - Submission Format: Electronic only, according to formatting guidelines I'm happy to take questions at heart2heartcontest@gmail.com, or, if folks are ready to enter, they can do so here: https://sfarwa.net/contests/enter-the-contest/ Kilby Blades
  15. Karen Jones

    Need advice

    Deanna, you have something in common with many other writers, including ones who are very very well known and super successful. If you’re not already a member of Romance Writers of America, I strongly encourage you to join. Through RWA and its local and online chapters, you can get training and become part of a community that provides support to help with the fear of failure thingy. Plus, talking with other writers in person or online is fun. Even when the advice you hear is something like "you can't fix a blank page." That's from Nora Roberts. Here’s the link to join https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=521 After joining RWA, you can join a local chapter if there’s one nearby. Wherever you live, you can join an online chapter – like RWA Online. We would love to have you join us. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via our contact page https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=272 Karen N. Jones President, RWA Online (RWAOL)
  16. Guest

    Need advice

    Need advice I am starting out as a writer. I am starting a story but I am scared of failure
  17. Mid-Michigan RWA 2018 Best Banter Contest For Published and Unpublished Writers *****PERMISSION TO FORWARD IS GRANTED & APPRECIATED***** Enter up to 1500 words of your best banter. Categories include contemporary romance, historical romance, and paranormal romance. We are in the process of getting our final judges of agents and editors. Watch the contest website (bestbantercontest.com) for the list. Are you eligible? For unpublished entrants, you may enter if you’ve not published in the last 5 years traditionally or self-published or contracted to publish at contest deadline. For published entrants, you may enter a work with the first copyright date between Jan. 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. The contest welcomes both traditionally published and self-published authors. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. You will receive feedback via scoresheets with comments from first-round judges and if you are a finalist, additional feedback from the final judges. Deadline: September 10, 2018 (midnight EST) Cost: $20 per entry. (MMRWA members - $15) Check the contest rules and frequently asked questions on the website (bestbantercontest.com). ***Any category receiving fewer than 5 entries will be closed, and money refunded to those who have entered. *** For more information, you may contact the contest chair, Jessica Jefferson at mmrwabestbantercontest@gmail.com
  18. Visibility Unlocked: How Authors Can Attract, Captivate, and Retain Their Audience presented by VaNessa Duplessie Class begins: August 6, 2018 Length of class: 3 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: July 23, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop Description: This Workshop is designed to teach new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before your first book release. You will leave with the tools enabling you to get started immediately to build or enhance an online presence. This workshop will share exactly what you need to do on a daily, weekly, & monthly basis to unlock your visibility. About the presenter: VaNessa Duplessie is a digital marketing strategist by day & a contemporary romance writer by night under the pen name Leigh Duvan. She writes sweet and sassy stories and loves a loveable hero. She's a specialist in marketing & brand building designed to drawn in loyal and sticky fans. Complete with two decades of sales/marketing experience, she teaches new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before their first book release. An avid napper, she spends time running her kids here to there and traveling with her husband as often as possible. You can visit her at http://LeighDuvan.com. Deadline to register is August 6, 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.
  19. Donetta Jensen-Orjuela

    RWA Conference/Denver

    Hello, Is the RWA Online Chapter hosting a "get together" for members that are attending the conference in Denver? Thank you, Donetta
  20. Mo Boylan

    Deadline for 2018 PYHIAB Contest is EXTENDED

    Hi all, Only five more days to get your entries submitted! Just a reminder the entry deadline date for the 2018 PYHIAB Contest has been extended until 6/15. Get your entries in! http://www.njromancewriters.org/pyhiab-contest.html
  21. NJRW 2018 Conference Registration is NOW OPEN! ***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** Registration Now Open! 2018 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference For more information, go to: http://www.njromancewriters.org/conference.html For the link to register: Scroll to the bottom of this message and follow the link! October 19-20, 2018 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ Early bird registration -- May 28 through June 24, 2018 Rates: NJRW Member $235 /// Non-Member $260 Regular registration -- June 25 through October 5, 2018 Rates: NJRW Member $260 /// Non-Member $285 Pre-Conference Workshop Fee - $50 Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever! The 2018 Lineup! Virginia Kantra: Featured Keynote Speaker Jane Porter: Luncheon Keynote Speaker Hope Ramsay: Special Presentation Speaker **For the First 100 Registrants** Melinda Leigh: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($50) Rebecca Zanetti: Published Author Retreat Kickoff Keynote Here is your chance to spend time with some of the industry's most successful authors, in a more intimate setting! Some things to expect: • Workshops for writers of all levels • Editor/Agent Appointments • Book Fair & Author Signing • Opportunities for Networking Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend… Agents and Editors We will be adding the list of agents and editors, also what they're looking for in terms of submissions, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! For a full list, click here! Including the following: Pre-Conference Workshop – Melinda Leigh Special PRO Presentation/PUB/PAN Author Retreat Speaker Rebecca Zanetti Special Presentation – Hope Ramsay: "Using Archetypes to Find Your Love Story" Madeline Hunter -- Taking Your Writing to the Next Level Casey Hagen -- Taking the Plunge into Indie Waters ...and much more! To register for the 2018 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, click here! If you have questions, please contact: Lena Pinto, NJRW’s 2018 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters.org or Leigh Raffaele, Assistant Chair, at LeighRaff@aol.com. For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org.
  22. *** PLEASE SHARE *** The deadline for the 2018 Put Your Heart in a Book contest for unpublished authors has been extended! Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on June 15th, 2018, with extra emphasis on entries in the Historical, Romantic Suspense, and Young Adult categories. Please submit the entry form, first chapter, and synopsis to PYHIAB@njromancewriters.org and send payment ($25 NJRW members / $35 non-NJRW RWA members) to njrwcc@yahoo.com Full contest rules, entry form and final-round judges can be found at: http://www.njromancewriters.org/pyhiab-contest.html
  23. Patti Fischer

    Chapter/Workshop registration problems?

    Sorry I did not see this earlier. But we got Catherine fixed! FYI - if you've previously been registered with us, it might be a simple matter of logging into your old account and if you've forgotten the information, use the reset password to get it taken care of. Once you try to log in, it prompts you to pay.
  24. Guest

    Chapter/Workshop registration problems?

    Hi, I'm trying to register for the June class, but it never takes me to a payment screen after I click submit, so I don't know where to send the registration fee. Please advise. Thank you! Catherine Chant cchant86 @ yahoo .com
  25. Good news and bad news. I've been offline for a bit b/c my mom was ill.  She passed on May 3. I haven't been writing, but I am back at it today and it feels great. The good news is that when I pitched online in Feb for KissPitch on Twitter an agent requested the first 25 pages. She read those and said she "loved my first pages and premise and wanted to see how  my voice and characters develop." So she requested 50 pages. Fingers crossed. I hope you all have been having GREAT writing days! 🙂  

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    2. Darlene Marshall

      Darlene Marshall

      Life has a way of walloping with the best and the worst. I'm so sorry about your mother. It's never easy to accept these life passages.

      Good luck on the request and hang in there! 

      Darlene

    3. Betsy Gray

      Betsy Gray

      Sorry to hear about your mother. It's tough to go through that, and you'll still have days ahead when it hits you hard. It's great that you're getting back to your writing, and the request news is awesome! Congrats!!

      Betsy

    4. Rebecca Owens

      Rebecca Owens

      Ingram, I'm so sorry to learn of your loss.  You and your family are in my thoughts. Congrats on your agent request.  Hope it goes well! 

      ~ Rebecca 

  26. Hey unpublished authors, the June 1 deadline is fast approaching. Don't throw away your shot to be a winner. Enter your work in Put Your Heart In A Book Contest for Unpublished Authors today. Official Rules: 1) Entrant must be a member of RWA in good standing, unpublished, and not contracted in book-length romantic fiction at the contest deadline by any publisher and in any format within the last five years. 2) Previous winning or final-round entries may not be resubmitted, even in revised form. 3) Multiple entries may be submitted by a single entrant either writing within the same category or in different categories. However, the same entry may only be submitted in one category. 4) Entrant may not have accepted a publishing offer for a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more within the past five (5) years. Should the entrant accept an offer prior to the contest entry deadline, she/he will notify the contest chair and withdraw any and all entries. All entry fees will be forfeited. An official entry consists of: A) Completed electronic entry form. B) Check or money order for $25.00 (NJRW member) or $35.00 (all other RWA members) payable to New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRW) or by PayPal receipt. C) Entries will be submitted by electronic (email) submissions and will consist of a SYNOPSIS (2-5 pages) and FIRST chapter ONLY, not to exceed 30 pages combined. A prologue may be included as part of the first chapter, if within page total guidelines (please see Format below). D) The name of the category you are entering must be listed in the subject line of the email entry. E) You will receive a confirmation when the entry is received. If you do not receive confirmation within 72 hours please email the coordinator. Categories: All Categories have a 40,000-word minimum. Computer Count will be used to determine length. A) Contemporary Series - Category length romances and romantic suspense set in the present day B) Single-Title Contemporary - Romances set in present day. Not part of a series. C) Historical - Category and Single Title length romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. D) Paranormal - Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense. E) Romantic Suspense - Romance novel in which suspense is a major element of the plot. F) Young Adult — Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. A minimum of ten (10) entries must be received in each of the categories in order to consider it a separate category and award prizes. In case fewer than 10 entries are received for any of the categories, the entrants are asked for a second designation for assignment. Reassignment would occur only at the discretion of the contest coordinator. Format for Entry: A) All entries must be in RTF (rich text format) or DOC format only. It should be formatted in standard manuscript format. This includes header and page numbers. ~ One-inch margins double spaced, Times New Roman or Courier, font size 12 ~ 25 lines per page B) Header information should include: title and category in the upper left corner, and page number in the upper right corner only. TARGET MARKET/SUB-GENRE AND PROJECTED WORD COUNT SHOULD APPEAR ON THE FIRST MANUSCRIPT PAGE (only) so judges can customize their comments. C) A cover page is not necessary since the entry form will include all necessary information. D) Your name should only be on the electronic entry form and not on the entry anywhere. Prizes: Awarded in each category 1st Place: $50 + plaque 2nd Place: $35 + certificate 3rd Place: $25 + certificate Entries must be submitted by 12:01 a.m. June 1st, 2018 Eastern time zone. NO EXCEPTIONS! Finalists will be announced by August 31st, 2018. Any questions, contact Jessica Collins, Contest Coordinator, at PYHIAB@njromancewriters.org
  27. Course Syllabus: Rekindling the passion in your writing The Discouraged Writer Class is a four-week class. Each week there will be two to three lectures with lots of class interaction. The class is aimed for fiction writers, no matter how far along they are in their journey. There is something for the beginner, and a lot for the writer who’s been at it for eons. From figuring out ways to finish a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written, to strategies for social media, to learning how to bounce back when a publisher dumps you, to overcoming fear when there is little to no emotional support, this class will cover it all. - Week One (two lectures released Tuesday and Thursday) - How to Build a Fire — The building blocks of writing - How to finish that pesky novel — word count goals, and the foundation to fiction writing (Lecture 1) - Trees for the Forest: More building blocks to rekindle the fire in your writing — Elements of a novel (Lecture 2; 1 of 2) - Week Two (two lectures released Tuesday and Thursday) - Adding Kindling to the Fire - Forest for the Trees: More building blocks to rekindle the fire in your writing (Lecture 3; 2 of 2) - Dealing with rejection, knowing when you have no control (Lecture 4; 1 of 2) - Week Three (three lectures released Monday, Wednesday & Friday) - How to Start a Fire with Wet Wood: The obstacles in a writer’s way - Dealing with editors who retire, editors who don’t like you, editors who dump you, publishers who go bankrupt, etc. Dealing with a turbulent career & how to reclaim your writing (Lecture 5; 2 of 2) - Creating passion in your writing when your editor/publisher has dumped you. Who are you writing for? (Lecture 6) - Pressure to write quicker for publication/ways to write quicker/and how the pressure may not be founded on evidence (Lecture 7) - Week Four (two lectures released Monday, Wednesday & Friday) - Starting a Fire in a Blizzard: When a writer’s obstacles are overwhelming - Burn out (Lecture 8, a long one) - Social Media and Self Doubt (Lecture 9)
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