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  3. MEMBERS DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE CLASS FORUM WHEN IT STARTS. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: SHORT STORY, BIG IMPACT: Taking the Short Story Road to Success Instructor: Anna Hackett Dates: 4th – 31st October 2010 Registration Opens: 20th September 2010 Registration Deadline: 3rd October 2010 Fee: $15 Non-Chapter members. RWAOL Chapter #136 members; free. Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! It’s safe and fast! Check and money orders also accepted. FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Email: workshops AT rwaonlinechapter DOT org NOTE: -Use your real First and Last Name & Choose Pay Option. ONLY Chapter #136 members choose the Chapter Member option button. For more information: (workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org) CLASS DESCRIPTION: Short stories pack a big punch! They can provide a path into the publishing world, a way to build writing credits or advance your career as part of an anthology. Not to mention that in today’s busy lifestyle, readers are looking for convenient reads of the perfect length. So what’s the difference between flash fiction, short stories, novelettes and novellas, and why write one? How can writing a short story help with crafting full length books? Anna Hackett provides writers with the skills they need to write a short story: from structure to pacing, characters to conflict. The course includes interviews with bestselling authors, insights from Deep Editing expert and international presenter, Margie Lawson on how to revise short stories, and fun exercises to practice your new skills. By the conclusion of SHORT STORY, BIG IMPACT you'll have all the tools you need to write a compelling story to take you down the short story road to success. Topics include: • Short, shorter, shortest: types of short stories • Theme: resonating with readers • Painting your characters quickly • Structure for short stories of all different lengths • Guidelines for specific genres: from Fantasy to Suspense to Romance • Finding conflict and emotion fast • Making every word count • Margie Lawson’s lecture: Deep Editing for Short Stories • How short stories can help craft a full length novel • Interviews with bestselling authors BIO: Anna Hackett is a mining engineer by day and a writer by night. She delights in combining action, adventure and a healthy dose of romance in her paranormal stories. An experienced trainer and presenter, Anna loves sharing the writing craft tips and tricks she’s learned as a writer. Anna writes paranormal short stories for Harlequin Nocturne Bites and her latest release is Hunter’s Surrender. Visit her online at: www.annahackettbooks.com FORMAT: Course is conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website. Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access. Instructions for login are presented after the registration pages (or to return to the login instructions, go to http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/workshopregistrationTY.htm . The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop. ***** Permission To Forward Granted *****
  4. I took this last year for the first time, it was amazing for a free event. There were chats, pitching sessions, and workshops. http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/ Registration is now open for our October 11 - 17, 2010 Conference! Deadline to register is August 15, 2010. Don't delay! Register today! No matter where you live, what you write, at what point you are in your writing career, you'll find a workshop that fits your needs during our weeklong conference. Register here: http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/2010MuseConferenceRegistration/ Deadline to register is the 15th of this month so if you have any writing pals please let them know because as of the 16th there will be a five dollar late charge and the deadline will be September 10th. After that point no one will be able to register.
  5. *****Permission to Forward***** OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL is pleased to announce our CAMPUS online workshop/class for the month of September THE JOY OF INDEPENDENCE: SEVEN MINUTES TO A FULLTIME WRITING BUSINESS INSTRUCTOR: Virginia McCullough DATES: September 2nd – 29th, 2010 COST: $15 - Members, $25 - Non Members REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 31st, 2010 FMI: http://www.oirw.net/campus/currentcourselist.htm COURSE DESCRIPTION In addition to the joy they find in writing, some authors have another great passion: they yearn for professional independence. Using a series of leading questions and a 7-minute brainstorming exercise, this workshop invites participants to dig deep into their well of interests, professional expertise, life experience, and creativity to explore nonfiction writing as a path to a writing business. Designed for those who dream about working for themselves and writing fulltime, The Joy of Independence provides information about opportunities available in a variety of nonfiction venues, including commercial/corporate markets, magazines and newspapers, nonfiction books, and ghosting/editing for individual clients. The desire for independence is the primary motivation to explore the possibilities this workshop offers. The stage of one’s writing career isn’t important and is of interest to both published and unpublished alike. An essential part of this workshop is the opportunity to ask “how to” questions about getting started, balancing projects, reaching markets, setting goals and timelines, and coping with the ups and downs of self-employment. PRESENTER BIO Two-time Golden Heart finalist, and seasoned workshop presenter, Virginia McCullough has run her own fulltime writing business for over twenty-five years. As a ghostwriter/editor, she has written over 100 books for her clients and co-authors, who include doctors, therapists, and other healthcare professionals, speakers, attorneys, and other professionals. Her eleven co-authored books include her 2009 Sourcebooks release, Option Trading in Your Spare Time: A Guide to Financial Independence for Women, written with option trading expert Wendy Kirkland. Her 2008 release, 52 Ways to Bring More Humor, Hugs, and Hope into Your Life, was co-authored with professional speaker, Greg Risberg, MSW, a professional speaker. The Oxygen Revolution (Sourcebooks 2007), written with hyperbaric medicine pioneer, Paul Harch, MD, is coming out in softcover and digital format in 2010 and a Slovakian edition is scheduled for April 2010. Virginia initially broke into publishing through magazine articles on family living, women’s issues, children’s literature, and sailing. A member of the Author’s Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Speakers Association, she has presented numerous “live” workshops on writing/publishing issues and while living in Chicago, she presented her workshop, “How to Get Your Published,” more than a dozen times. Her two-week online versions of Six Keys to a Wining Nonfiction Book Proposal offered by two RWA chapters were well-attended and well-received. (She’s also given a popular four-week online workshop, The Joy of Independence, for two RWA chapters.) Virginia’s contemporary single-title manuscripts have won numerous chapter contests. Since she enjoys nothing more than hanging out with other writers, she belongs to several RWA chapters in addition to her home group, the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (WisRWA), and enjoys producing essays for chapter newsletters. The mother of two grown children, Virginia currently lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but has lived in several states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Visit her online at: www.virginiamccullough.com CUTOFF DATE FOR REGISTRATION IS: August 31st, 2010 CAMPUS workshops encompass the RESEARCH, CRAFT and BUSINESS aspects of writing. The workshops are conducted via email only, no real-time or live chats, on a private list. Participants will be subbed to the list for the month of the workshop then un-subbed when it's over. Each workshop includes lectures and Q & A sessions. You don't have to be an RWA member to take these workshops; they are open to everyone with email capability who wishes to participate. ON RECEIPT OF YOUR PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION FORM YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN REGISTRATED FOR THE WORKSHOP. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE WORKSHOP CO-ORDINATOR BEFORE THE WORKSHOP BEGINS. CAMPUS REFUND POLICY-- No refunds will be given for withdrawing from a workshop. In the event a workshop is canceled by the instructor CAMPUS offers the option of taking another workshop or the return of payment check. In the event the class member misses the cut-off date for a workshop, the payment check will be returned or another workshop can be selected. Check out the OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL website at http://www.oirw.net/, WHERE you can find out more about becoming a member of OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL ROMANCE WRITERS Chapter. *****Permission to forward*****
  6. *****Permission to Forward***** OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL is pleased to announce our CAMPUS online workshop/class for the month of August SIX KEYS TO A WINNING NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL INSTRUCTOR: Virginia McCullough DATES: August 16th – 29th, 2010 COST: $10 - Members, $20 - Non Members REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 14th, 2010 FMI: http://www.oirw.net/campus/currentcourselist.htm COURSE DESCRIPTION Many novelists nurture ideas for nonfiction books, but lack the know-how to create effective book proposal packages, the basic marketing tool for nonfiction books, particularly for memoir, how-to, and self-help. The world of nonfiction has its own conventions and etiquette, and unique—and constantly changing—proposal package formats. This workshop covers six key components of a winning nonfiction book proposal: Hook, Reason, Readers, Timing, Author, and Platform. The “six keys” concept provides a shortcut to constructing a proposal sure to attract attention of agents and editors. The workshop format breaks down each key, and discusses its importance in all types of nonfiction. For some authors, timing is everything, but for others, credentials are more important than anything else. In addition to illuminating each step in the proposal process, the workshop includes a discussion of the additional components of the package, including sample chapters, spin-off projects and supporting materials. PRESENTER BIO Two-time Golden Heart finalist, and seasoned workshop presenter, Virginia McCullough has run her own fulltime writing business for over twenty-five years. As a ghostwriter/editor, she has written over 100 books for her clients and coauthors, who include doctors, therapists, and other healthcare professionals, speakers, attorneys, and other professionals. Her eleven coauthored books include her 2009 Sourcebooks release, Option Trading in Your Spare Time: A Guide to Financial Independence for Women, written with option trading expert Wendy Kirkland. Her 2008 release, 52 Ways to Bring More Humor, Hugs, and Hope into Your Life, was coauthored with professional speaker, Greg Risberg, MSW, a professional speaker. The Oxygen Revolution (Sourcebooks 2007), written with hyperbaric medicine pioneer, Paul Harch, MD, is coming out in softcover and digital format in 2010 and a Slovakian edition is scheduled for April 2010. Virginia initially broke into publishing through magazine articles on family living, women’s issues, children’s literature, and sailing. A member of the Author’s Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Speakers Association, she has presented numerous “live” workshops on writing/publishing issues and while living in Chicago, she presented her workshop, “How to Get Your Published,” more than a dozen times. Her two-week online versions of Six Keys to a Wining Nonfiction Book Proposal offered by two RWA chapters were well-attended and well-received. (She’s also given a popular four-week online workshop, The Joy of Independence, for two RWA chapters.) Virginia’s contemporary single-title manuscripts have won numerous chapter contests. Since she enjoys nothing more than hanging out with other writers, she belongs to several RWA chapters in addition to her home group, the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (WisRWA), and enjoys producing essays for chapter newsletters. The mother of two grown children, Virginia currently lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but has lived in several states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Visit her online at: www.virginiamccullough.com CUTOFF DATE FOR REGISTRATION IS: August 14th, 2010 CAMPUS workshops encompass the RESEARCH, CRAFT and BUSINESS aspects of writing. The workshops are conducted via email only, no real-time or live chats, on a private list. Participants will be subbed to the list for the month of the workshop then un-subbed when it's over. Each workshop includes lectures and Q & A sessions. You don't have to be an RWA member to take these workshops; they are open to everyone with email capability who wishes to participate. ON RECEIPT OF YOUR PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION FORM YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN REGISTRATED FOR THE WORKSHOP. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE WORKSHOP CO-ORDINATOR BEFORE THE WORKSHOP BEGINS. CAMPUS REFUND POLICY-- No refunds will be given for withdrawing from a workshop. In the event a workshop is canceled by the instructor CAMPUS offers the option of taking another workshop or the return of payment check. In the event the class member misses the cut-off date for a workshop, the payment check will be returned or another workshop can be selected. Check out the OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL website at http://www.oirw.net/, WHERE you can find out more about becoming a member of OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL ROMANCE WRITERS Chapter. *****Permission to forward*****
  7. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: PRUNE YOUR PROSE! Ten Tips to Tighten Your Fiction Writing Instructor: Linnea Sinclair August 16th – 29th, 2010 Registration Period: August 2-15, 2010 Fee: $15 Non-Chapter members. RWAOL Chapter #136 members; free. Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! It’s safe and fast! Check and money orders also accepted. Registration: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm NOTE: -Use your real First and Last Name & Choose Pay Option. ONLY Chapter #136 members choose the Chapter Member option button. For more information: workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org CLASS DESCRIPTION: As the saying goes, “Close only counts in…hand grenades.” Don’t let your manuscript bomb because of easily overlooked errors, or for lack of sophistication and polish. Learn how to make every chapter count, every scene earn its keep, every main character memorable. Award-winning Bantam Random House author Linnea Sinclair will take you though ten tips (and more!) that will make your story shine, move it out of the slush pile, onto an editor’s desk so that—when on the shelves—it can garner reviews that note: A must-read, by an author who never disappoints! Attendees should bring sample pages of their work-in-progress (including their first page) and be prepared to share and improve! BIO: Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair's novels "have the wow-factor in spades," earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Sinclair's current releases are GAMES OF COMMAND (PEARL Award winner and RITA finalist), THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES (PEARL Award Honorable Mention), SHADES OF DARK, HOPE’S FOLLY and REBELS & LOVERS. A former news reporter and retired private detective, Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida (winters) and Columbus, Ohio (summers) along with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their two 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. FORMAT: Course is conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website. Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access. Instructions for login are presented after the registration pages (or to return to the login instructions, go to http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/workshopregistrationTY.htm. The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop. ***** Permission To Forward Granted *****
  8. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: THE WARRIOR-WRITER— IMPROVE THE AUTHOR, IMPROVE THE WRITING. Instructor: Bob Mayer Dates: 1 – 30th June 2010 Registration Opens: 17th May 2010 Registration Deadline: 31st May 2010 Fee: $15 Non-Chapter members. RWAOL Chapter #136 members; free. Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! It’s safe and fast! Check and money orders also accepted. Registration: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm NOTE: -Use your real First and Last Name & Choose Pay Option. ONLY Chapter #136 members choose the Chapter Member option button. For more information: (workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org) CLASS DESCRIPTION: Still vowing to finish that novel one day? Still not published? Published, but not where you want to be in your career? Joined critique groups? Read stacks of books about writing? Paid big money to attend writing classes and conferences? Think you are doing everything right, but still something is missing? Maybe your writing isn’t what needs to change. Maybe it’s you. Warrior-Writer is a one-of-a-kind Workshop focusing on you, the author. Behaviors become habits. Habits become character. Character defines destiny. What is your destiny? In Warrior-Writer Bob Mayer applies the battle-tested strategies of the Green Berets to the world of being an author. He’s taught thousands of writers over the years, but this new and innovative program goes deeper than words on the page. It is designed to teach you the writer to think, plan, and act like the elite. The Green Berets are proof these tactics work, and the benefits will extend far beyond your writing. You will progress through two levels of Who Dares Wins: (1) An overall strategy for change and success. (2) Specific tactics you can apply immediately. Become the change you seek, and take charge of your writing destiny. BIO: Bob Mayer is the Best-Selling Author of over 40 books, both fiction and non-fiction. He is a West Point graduate who later served in the Infantry and Special Forces (Green Berets). Bob commanded an A-Team and was an instructor at the JFK Special Warfare Center & School at Fort Bragg. His books have hit the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, USA Today and other best-seller lists. With over 3 million books in print, he is the author of Who Dares Wins: The Green Beret Way to Conquer Fear & Succeed. You can find out more at http://www.bobmayer.org/ FORMAT: Course is conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website. Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access. Instructions for login are presented after the registration pages (or to return to the login instructions, go to http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/workshopregistrationTY.htm . The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop. ***** Permission To Forward Granted *****
  9. *****Permission to Forward***** OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL is pleased to announce our CAMPUS online workshop/class for the month of April HOW TO DESIGN AND TEACH AN ONLINE WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Chant DATES: April 11th - 24th, 2010 COST: $10 - Members, $20 - Non Members REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 9th, 2010 FMI: http://www.oirw.net/campus/currentcourselist.htm COURSE DESCRIPTION This workshop begins with an overview of why you would want to create and teach an online workshop, and covers these topics: 1. Developing a workshop topic 2. Identifying your audience 3. Designing a lesson plan 4. Interacting with your students 5. Designing exercises for your students 6. Your workshop proposal 7. Technical aspects of online teaching (e.g. Yahoogroups) PRESENTER BIO Catherine Chant is an award-winning writer from New England. She is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her short fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in RWA newsletters, CharacterS, SchoolArts, MetroKids, Twilight Times, Apollos Lyre, Crochet World, GardenGuides.com and Overstock.com. Her young adult time travel romance WISHING YOU WERE HERE was a finalist in the 2008 Golden Heart® awards. She is currently working a new young adult novel, writing how-to articles for Demand Studios, and offering knitting/crochet advice and instruction at creativemindandhands.com . A graduate of Boston College, Catherine worked for fifteen years at her alma mater as a computing & communications consultant. She now provides freelance web editing and design services to other writers and clients such as BC's Lynch School of Education. While working at BC, she designed and gave several training courses on technology subjects. Since joining RWA in 2003, she has served four years as the Workshops chairperson (or co-chair) for FTHRW, an online chapter that offers 12 workshops a year to their 300+ members as well as non-member registrants. Catherine has also been giving her own workshop, MSWord for Writers, to RWA chapters several times a year since 2006. You can find out more about Catherine at her website: http://www.catherinechant.com CUTOFF DATE FOR REGISTRATION IS: APRIL 9th, 2010 CAMPUS workshops encompass the RESEARCH, CRAFT and BUSINESS aspects of writing. The workshops are conducted via email only, no real-time or live chats, on a private list. Participants will be subbed to the list for the month of the workshop then un-subbed when it's over. Each workshop includes lectures and Q & A sessions. You don't have to be an RWA member to take these workshops; they are open to everyone with email capability who wishes to participate. ON RECEIPT OF YOUR PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION FORM YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN REGISTRATED FOR THE WORKSHOP. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE WORKSHOP CO-ORDINATOR BEFORE THE WORKSHOP BEGINS. CAMPUS REFUND POLICY-- No refunds will be given for withdrawing from a workshop. In the event a workshop is canceled by the instructor CAMPUS offers the option of taking another workshop or the return of payment check. In the event the class member misses the cut-off date for a workshop, the payment check will be returned or another workshop can be selected. Check out the OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL website at http://www.oirw.net/, WHERE you can find out more about becoming a member of OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL ROMANCE WRITERS Chapter. *****Permission to forward*****
  10. *****Permission to Forward***** OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL is pleased to announce our CAMPUS online workshop/class for the month of April AN INTRODUCTION TO WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE INSTRUCTOR: Jan Springer DATES: April 2nd to 4th, 2010 COST: $8 – Members, $12- Non Members REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 31st, 2010 FMI: http://www.oirw.net/campus/currentcourselist.htm Workshop Description: Discussions will include: An introduction to the erotic romance genre market; writing steamy sex scenes using a variety of techniques which include bondage, adult toys, different sexual positions & places, m/m/f, m/m, f/f, threesomes etc; using your five senses; hooking your reader and sexual terminology. Writers will be introduced to explicit excerpts from Jan’s erotic-romance books. Some writing exercises will be included. Writer can try exercises on their own or share with the class. WARNING: This workshop is open to people 18 years and older only. Please be aware of Coarse Language and Explicit Scenes. If you offend easily, this workshop may not be for you. Note from the Instructor: “As an erotic romance writer you must write a solid plot along with a sizzling romance as well as intense and in depth sex /love scenes. You must bring your reader right into bed with your characters. Readers of erotic romances want to be sexually aroused while reading a great romance. You will be encouraged to use sexual terminology. Here’s the rule of thumb - If you aren’t aroused when you write your love scenes then the reader won’t be either.” PRESENTER BIO: Jan Springer has written more than twenty erotic romances for publishers such as Ellora’s Cave, Pocket Books, Total E Bound and more. She is a member of RWA and Passionate Ink. Jan writes full time in Minden Hills, Ontario Canada. Hobbies are kayaking, hiking, gardening, reading and writing. Her website is: http://www.janspringer.com CUTOFF DATE FOR REGISTRATION IS: MARCH 31ST, 2010 CAMPUS workshops encompass the RESEARCH, CRAFT and BUSINESS aspects of writing. The workshops are conducted via email only, no real-time or live chats, on a private list. Participants will be subbed to the list for the month of the workshop then un-subbed when it's over. Each workshop includes lectures and Q & A sessions. You don't have to be an RWA member to take these workshops; they are open to everyone with email capability who wishes to participate. ON RECEIPT OF YOUR PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION FORM YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN REGISTRATED FOR THE WORKSHOP. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE WORKSHOP CO-ORDINATOR BEFORE THE WORKSHOP BEGINS. CAMPUS REFUND POLICY-- No refunds will be given for withdrawing from a workshop. In the event a workshop is canceled by the instructor CAMPUS offers the option of taking another workshop or the return of payment check. In the event the class member misses the cutoff date for a workshop, the payment check will be returned or another workshop can be selected. Check out the OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL website at http://www.oirw.net/, WHERE you can find out more about becoming a member of OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL ROMANCE WRITERS Chapter. *****Permission to forward*****
  11. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: THE SELLING SYNOPSIS Instructor: Sherry Lewis Dates: 1 – 31st March 2010 Registration Opens: 15th February 2010 Registration Deadline: 28th February 2010 Fee: $15 Non-Chapter members. RWAOL Chapter #136 members; free. Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! It’s safe and fast! Check and money orders also accepted. FMI & Registration: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm NOTE: -Use your real First and Last Name & Choose Pay Option. Chapter #136 members DO NOT need to register. For more information: (workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org) CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to show editors and agents that you can put together a compelling story filled with sympathetic characters. Learn how to include the motivation and conflict editors are looking for in a synopsis, how to format a synopsis, how to decide what to include and what to leave out, how to write a functional query letter, and how to pace the story to keep the editor hooked. BIO: Sherry Lewis is an award-winning career writer with more than 25 published books to her credit. Her books include traditional mystery, contemporary romance, time travel romance, and romantic suspense. A long-time member of Romance Writers of America and a member of Sisters in Crime, Sherry is a frequent judge on the contest circuit, and has taught writing classes both on-line and in person for more than 15 years. Visit her online at: http://www.sherrylewisbooks.com/ or http://dancingoncoals.com/ FORMAT: Course is conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website. Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access. Instructions for login are presented after the registration pages (or to return to the login instructions, go to http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/workshopregistrationTY.htm . The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop. ***** Permission To Forward Granted *****
  12. *********Permission to Forward Granted*********** RWA Online Chapter 2010 Workshop Schedule PERSONALITY PLUS: MAKING YOUR CHARACTERS REAL Instructors: Sue Viders and Becky Martinez Dates: Jan 10th 2010 – Feb 6th 2010 Registration Opens: December 27th, 2009 – January 9th 2010 Personality is a critical part of any character's make-up. It can mean the difference between a great character, one you remember forever, or a mediocre one you forget as soon as the book is read. This class looks at how to build and define a character’s personality and how to add those little details that make that character more realistic in his/her actions. THE SELLING SYNOPSIS Instructor: Sherry Lewis Dates: 1 – 31st March 2010 Registration: 15th - 28th February 2010 Learn how to show editors and agents that you can put together a compelling story filled with sympathetic characters. Learn how to include the motivation and conflict editors are looking for in a synopsis, how to format a synopsis, how to decide what to include and what to leave out, how to write a functional query letter, and how to pace the story to keep the editor hooked. THE WARRIOR-WRITER— IMPROVE THE AUTHOR, IMPROVE THE WRITING. Instructor: Bob Mayer Dates: 1 – 30th June 2010 Registration: 17th - 31st May 2010 Still vowing to finish that novel one day? Still not published? Published, but not where you want to be in your career? Joined critique groups? Read stacks of books about writing? Paid big money to attend writing classes and conferences? Think you are doing everything right, but still something is missing? Maybe your writing isn’t what needs to change. Maybe it’s you. Warrior-Writer is a one-of-a-kind Workshop focusing on you, the author. Behaviors become habits. Habits become character. Character defines destiny. What is your destiny? In Warrior-Writer Bob Mayer applies the battle-tested strategies of the Green Berets to the world of being an author. He’s taught thousands of writers over the years, but this new and innovative program goes deeper than words on the page. It is designed to teach you the writer to think, plan, and act like the elite. The Green Berets are proof these tactics work, and the benefits will extend far beyond your writing. You will progress through two levels of Who Dares Wins: (1) An overall strategy for change and success. (2) Specific tactics you can apply immediately. Become the change you seek, and take charge of your writing destiny. PRUNE YOUR PROSE! Ten Tips to Tighten Your Fiction Writing Instructor: Linnea Sinclair August 16th – 29th, 2010 Registration August 1-14, 2010 As the saying goes, “Close only counts in…hand grenades.” Don’t let your manuscript bomb because of easily overlooked errors, or for lack of sophistication and polish. Learn how to make every chapter count, every scene earn its keep, every main character memorable. Award-winning Bantam Random House author Linnea Sinclair will take you though ten tips (and more!) that will make your story shine, move it out of the slush pile, onto an editor’s desk so that—when on the shelves—it can garner reviews that note: A must-read, by an author who never disappoints! Attendees should bring sample pages of their work-in-progress (including their first page) and be prepared to share and improve! SHORT STORY, BIG IMPACT: Taking the Short Story Road to Success Instructor: Anna Hackett Dates: 1st – 31st October 2010 Registration: 17th - 30th September 2010 Short stories pack a big punch! They can provide a path into the publishing world, a way to build writing credits or advance your career as part of an anthology. Not to mention that in today’s busy lifestyle, readers are looking for convenient reads of the perfect length. So what’s the difference between flash fiction, short stories, novelettes and novellas, and why write one? How can writing a short story help with crafting full length books? Anna Hackett provides writers with the skills they need to write a short story: from structure to pacing, characters to conflict*** Added Bonus: Join all of the RWA Online members in our annual KIA Marathon writing competition the entire month of October! HOOK ‘EM & HOLD ‘EM Instructor: Teresa Bodwell Dates: November 29th, 2010 – December 12th, 2010 Registration: 15th - 28th November 2010 Your novel may be 90,000 words, but most readers (including agents and editors) will make their buying decision in the first few pages. Learning how to hook those readers and keep them turning pages is a critical skill for every writer. Using examples from published books along with writing assignments from your work in progress, this workshop helps you learn the techniques you need to grab readers and make a sale. Writing assignments include the opening paragraph, first page, first five pages and first ten pages of your work in progress All classes are free for members, $15 for everyone else. For more information please visit: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The RWA Online Chapter #136 would like to thank our 2009 Workshop Presenters: TERESA BODWELL, LYN COTE, KARA LENNOX, LINNEA SINCLAIR, JESS GRANGER, ANGIE FOX & SUSAN MEIER for making the 2009 Workshop Program a great success ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *********Permission to Forward Granted***********
  13. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: PERSONALITY PLUS: MAKING YOUR CHARACTERS REAL Instructors: Sue Viders and Becky Martinez Dates: Jan 10th 2010 – Feb 6th 2010 Registration Opens: December 27th, 2009 Registration Deadline: January 9th, 2010 Fee: $15 Non-Chapter members. RWAOL Chapter #136 members; free. Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! It’s safe and fast! Check and money orders also accepted. FMI & Registration: http://www. rwaonlinechapter. org/campus.htm (without the spaces) Email: workshops AT rwaonlinechapter DOT org NOTE: -Use your real First and Last Name & Choose Pay Option. Chapter #136 members DO NOT need to register for workshops. CLASS DESCRIPTION: Personality is a critical part of any character's make-up. It can mean the difference between a great character, one you remember forever, or a mediocre one you forget as soon as the book is read. This class looks at how to build and define a character’s personality and how to add those little details that make that character more realistic in his/her actions. BIO: Sue and Becky have been teaching on-classes for many years, as a team and individually. They have presented at numerous conferences together and separately. Both have given sessions at the national Romance Writers of America Conference. Sue has taught dozens of classes, both online and in person. Sue has published the following books and games for writers: Heroes and Heroines, Sixteen Master Archetypes, Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters, Deal a Story - a card game for writers Becky is also one of the co-authors of Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters. She is multi-published in full length romance novels and romance short stories under the pseudonym of Rebecca Grace. Her most recent short story, “The Problem,” was published The Wild Rose Press, which will also publish her next book, Deadly Messages, a romantic suspense coming in February 2010. She is currently working on her next romantic mystery. Becky and Sue are also working on their next nonfiction book for writers, Ten Ways to Plot a Great Story. This will be a companion book to the Character book. FORMAT: Course is conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website. Chapter members DO NOT need to register for workshops. Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access. Instructions for login are presented after the registration pages (or to return to the login instructions, go to http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/WorkshopAppTY.html . The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop. ***** Permission To Forward Granted *****
  14. **** Permission to Forward **** Write On, Vancouver Vancouver, BC, Canada The mini-conference for fiction writers May 28th - 29th, 2010 _________________________________ Special Guest Keynote Speaker Laura Resnick An award-winning fantasy, romance, and short fiction author, past president of Novelists, Inc., a popular columnist and public speaker, and author of the highly acclaimed: Rejection, Romance, & Royalties: The Wacky World of a Working Writer "The best book on the writing life since Bird By Bird or The Artist's Way. The incisive and insightful Laura Resnick cuts right to the heart of the joys, sorrows, costs, and rewards of pursuing the creative dream." Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author WORKSHOPS: Laura Resnick - Story Development and 20 Questions, an interactive industry Q&A Eileen Cook - Pitch Perfect Terri Smolar - Building Your Brand: What every writer should know about developing a media presence Nancy Warren - The Conflict's in the Character...and the Character's in the Conflict INDUSTRY PANEL AND EDITOR APPOINTMENTS: Martin Biro - Kensington Publishing Johanna Raisanen - Harlequin/Silhouette Leanne Salter - Cobblestone Press _________________________________ Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Campus 8771 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond, BC REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Early Bird bookings before March 31 Members $100 - Non Members $130 Regular bookings from April 1 Members $130-Non Members $160 An ideal Christmas gift! For all registration information and bookings please contact Sally Collins at SallyCollins@shaw.ca or phone 604.568.3047 PROMO OPPORTUNITY: We welcome promo items from authors. For more information, contact SallyCollins@shaw.ca. _________________________________ Presented by Romance Writers of AmericaR Greater Vancouver Chapter http://www.rwagvc.com **** Permission to Forward ****
  15. Happy Holidays everyone! Looking for a fresh outlook on your manuscript in 2010? Check out January's 21 Steps to Fog-Free Writing ******PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED!!******** WritersOnlineClasses.com is proud to present one of its two online classes in January: 21 Steps to Fog-Free Writing with instructor Don McNair: Instructor: multi-published author Don McNair CLASS: 21 Steps to Fog-Free Writing 4-week class $30 January 11 – February 11, 2010 Registration ends January 10, 2010 Class Description: 21 Steps to Fog-Free Writing Publishers and agents reject 99 percent of received manuscripts after simply glancing at their first chapters. This class shows why your own manuscript was rejected . . . and how to fix it! Don McNair, a professional writer and editor for forty years, discovered the answers years ago while editing a manuscript on an airplane trip for a public relations client. Months of follow-up research showed him there were twenty-one problems that “fog up” a manuscript, diminishing its clarity and power. The big secret? Remove one or more words from those problem sentences. He named the solutions to these problems “The 21 Steps to Fog-Free Writing.” This course presents those 21 problems and solutions. After you’ve finished it you’ll be able to self-edit your work and: • Eliminate weak verb forms • Strip away author intrusions • Identify character filters • Ban redundancies • Eliminate foggy phrases • Correct passive voice sentences • Slash misused and overused words • Correct other writing bugaboos. This class will help you identify and overcome specific, personal writing challenges. When you apply this new knowledge to your manuscripts you'll immediately make them more appealing to editors and agents. And who knows? You may finally become published! Instructor Bio: Don McNair is a multi-published author who has spent forty years writing and editing for others. He first edited national trade magazines for 12 years, then handled national clients for a large public relations firm for six, and headed his own marketing communications firm for 21. His creativity won three Golden Trumpets from the Publicity Club of Chicago and the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil. The latter the U.S. PR industry’s equivalent of an Oscar or Emmy. During that time he also wrote three published non-fiction books and hundreds of articles. When McNair retired from the corporate communications world he wrote fiction. In 2006 Medallion Press published his The Long Hunter, which reviewer Harriet Klausner called “a fabulous insightful historical thriller.” Since then he’s written three more novels under his Donna McClaire penname. Calderwood Books published his young adult novel in 2007 (Attack of the Killer Prom Dresses), which was selected by EPIC as an Eppie finalist. Red Rose Publishing produced two romance novels in 2009—Maxwell’s Mansion and Valley of Love—and has accepted a third. Two years ago McNair launched McNairEdits.com, an online editing service, to help others solve writing problems he himself has overcome in his long career. His specialty is analyzing fiction writers’ first chapters, to point out and repair pitfalls that keep them from being published. He also edits complete novels and non-fiction material for both publishers and individual writers. For more information or to register, go to www.WritersOnlineClasses.com OR email info@WritersOnlineClasses.com WritersOnlineClasses.com Refund Policy: Cash Refunds only when requested within 30 days of initial payment. After 30 days, refund will be credit toward a future class. Instructor: multi-published author Don McNair CLASS: 21 Steps to Fog-Free Writing 4-week class $30 January 11 – February 11, 2010 Registration ends January 10, 2010 Please make checks* payable to: Mary O’Gara -and mail to- Post Office Box 35938 Albuquerque, NM 87176 *PLEASE NOTE: WritersOnlineClasses.com accepts personal checks or money orders (US FUNDS ONLY!). Electronic Payments accepted via Paypal at http://www.paypal.com. After logging on to paypal, Email electronic payments to: Paypal@WritersOnlineClasses.com To subscribe to announcement only list, email: WritersOnlineClassesannounce-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Kind regards, Diana Rowe info@WritersOnlineClasses.com Check our 2010 Calendar at www.WritersOnlineClasses.com
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