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  1. MEMBERS DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE CLASS FORUM WHEN IT STARTS.

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    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.

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  2. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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  12. Happy Holidays everyone! Looking for a fresh outlook on your manuscript in 2010? Check out January's 21 Steps to Fog-Free Writing

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    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

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    Diana Rowe

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    Check our 2010 Calendar at www.WritersOnlineClasses.com

  13. Happy Holidays! Writers? Organized? Kick-off 2010 with some new habits in The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Writers...

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    WritersOnlineClasses.com is proud to present one of its two online classes in January: The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Writers with Franklin Covey certified coach Adele San Miguel

    INSTRUCTOR: Franklin Covey certified coach Adele San Miguel

    CLASS: 8 Habits of Highly Effective Writers

    6 week class $50 January 15 – February 28, 2010

    Registration ends January 14, 2010

    Class Description: The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Writers will be taught by Franklin Covey certified coach Adele San Miguel. Dr. Stephen Covey has organized universal principles into The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, that have taught thousands of individuals and businesses how to move from where they were, to where they hoped to be. This class is the study guide for The 7 Habits, plus The 8th- from Effectiveness to Greatness, interpreted for the writer’s life. Learn to create change so that all you have to do does not overtake all you hope to be. Empower your own potential.

    Instructor Bio: Adele San Miguel is a life coach, a writer, an entrepreneur, and a walking marathoner. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University. She earned her coaching credentials through Mission Ignition and Franklin Covey, and is certified to teach The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

    Italian by birth and Puerto Rican by marriage, Adele lives her own vision of greatness with her husband, their children – a teen, a ‘tween, and a toddler – and their bouncing sheepdog, Lulu.

    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: Franklin Covey certified coach Adele San Miguel

    CLASS: 8 Habits of Highly Effective Writers

    6 week class $50 January 15 – February 28, 2010

    Registration ends January 14, 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

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    Check our 2010 Calendar at www.WritersOnlineClasses.com

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    January 4-29, 2010

    "Defeat Self-Defeating Behavior: Allow Writing Productivity and Creativity to Soar"

    by Margie Lawson

    www.WriterUniv.com

    What's preventing your success? Thoughts? Behavior? Low energy? Procrastination? Perfectionism? Overdoing? Counter-productivity? Negative self-talk? Disorganization? Time mismanagement? Unrealistic expectations? Defeat your self-defeating behaviors with this one-month mental boot-camp. You'll explore the new topics, plus the list below, and more!

    * Address the three fears that paralyze writers

    * Analyze yourself: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats

    * Challenge your internal dialogue

    * Redirect resistance and manage your moods

    * Duct-tape your inner critic

    * Protect your priorities

    * Practice conscious competence

    * Apply Margie's DUH Plan

    Margie Lawson's resume includes counseling psychologist, college professor, hypnotherapist, and keynote speaker. Margie analyzes writing craft as well as the psyche of the writer. She presents (1) Empowering Character Emotions, (2) Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices and More, and (3) Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors in full-day master classes internationally.

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    January 11-22, 2010

    MASTER CLASS: "Mystery Makeover"

    by Stephen D. Rogers

    www.WriterUniv.com

    Prerequisite: Must have taken "Knock 'Em Dead: Writing Mystery and Suspense" and/or have a completed draft in hand.

    The biggest difference between you and your cold-blooded killer is that you get do-overs. Revising a mystery is less about scanning for misplaced commas and more about conducting your own investigation and asking a series of questions that make your manuscript squirm. Only after you find the holes and contradictions can you then rewrite with the aim of creating a puzzle where every piece fits, until fate or a sleuth/detective starts to pick it apart. In this master class you'll learn how to:

    * Interrogate your characters to verify their motivation

    * Process the crime scene to ensure the details stick

    * Cross-reference times to make sure they fit like clockwork

    * Examine clues and red herrings to establish their effectiveness

    * Evaluate pacing to guarantee rising suspense

    * Analyze your ending to validate the conclusions

    Derringer winner Stephen D. Rogers is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society. He judged the Daphne du Maurier (published category) for Romance Writers of America, Mystery/Suspense Chapter, for four years and has written columns and articles for Dabbling Mum, Writer's Digest, and Writing World. Over five hundred of his stories and poems have appeared in more than two hundred publications.

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  15. ******PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED!!********

    WritersOnlineClasses.com is proud to a unique class beginning December 1st: Metaphysical Strategies for the New Year 2010 with Instructor

    Mary O'Gara.

    INSTRUCTOR: Mary O'Gara, Ph.D.

    CLASS: Metaphysical Strategies for the New Year 2010

    Class Description: You don't need to be an astrologer or even own a tarot deck to use tarot and astrology to plan for the New Year 2010.

    In a new workshop that is low on jargon and high on simple methods anyone can use, Mary O'Gara leads students through easy steps to working with the energies of the season in getting your next year off to a great start.

    With everything provided except your own pencil and paper, Mary will lead you through easy tarot-numerology methods for discovering support

    for your creativity, projects to move you ahead in harmony with current economic and timing cycles, and quick tricks to keep yourself focused on the highest priorities in your personal, family, social and career lives.

    Simple directions for every method will be written out in the lessons. No big learning curves–just the quick, easy applications professional astrologers and psychics use in their own lives. In this workshop, Mary is sharing for the first time simple methods she

    learned and/or developed to allow her to answer client questions quickly or teach beginning students how to use a little learning for a lot of living.

    You'll be directed to online resources for checking your own biorhythms and getting free astrology classes, but there's no intense study and the homework assignments are baby steps to making the whole year 2010 more productive, manageable and fun.

    Instructor Bio: Mary O'Gara began her internship in astrology in 1976 and has been a professional astrologer and psychic for more than three decades. She writes monthly astrology columns for Motorcycle Rider News and for Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine. Mary teaches workshops about psychics online and has been teaching live workshops on astrology, tarot, I Ching, dowsing (pendulums), biorhythms, numerology and psychic development since 1983.

    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.

    WritersOnlineClasses.com accepts personal checks or money orders (US FUNDS ONLY!).

    Please make checks payable to:

    Mary O'Gara -and mail to-

    5010 Cutler Ave NE Ste D-2 #185

    Albuquerque, NM 87110-4099

    INSTRUCTOR: Mary O'Gara, Ph.D.

    CLASS: Metaphysical Strategies for the New Year 2010

    December 1-31

    Late registrations accepted until December 7, 2009

    Electronic Payments accepted via Paypal at www.paypal.com. After

    logging on to paypal, Email electronic payments to:

    Paypal@WritersOnlineClasses.com

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    RWA® Online Chapter presents:

    CAN THIS MANUSCRIPT BE SAVED?

    Instructor: Susan Meier

    Dates: December 1 -15, 2009

    Registration Opens: November 17, 2009

    Registration Deadline: November 30, 2009

    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: 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)workshops AT rwaonlinechapter DOT org

    CLASS DESCRIPTION: Can This Manuscript Be Saved? Rejected? Can’t get an agent? Can’t sell, even though your critique partners LOVE your work? Susan Meier reviews the seven most common rejection catch phrases and explains why you and even your critique partners can't spot them, then shows how determining whether your book's trouble is a story, scene or word problem is the first step on the road to recovery.

    Following the assignments at the end of each lesson, attendees will learn how to "skim-read" their manuscripts quickly, marking specific problems with post-its. Susan also demonstrates how to use a storyboard, a list of twenty and a one-paragraph blurb to create a plan of attack for fixing your book's trouble.

    Susan can't revise or rewrite your manuscript for you, but with her tricks you'll not only see how to revise the book of your heart; you'll also see how published authors are able to write four, five and even six books a year without breaking a sweat!

    BIO: Susan Meier is the author of over 40 books for Harlequin and Silhouette and one of Guideposts' Grace Chapel Inn series books, The Kindness of Strangers. Her books have been finalists for Reviewers Choice Awards, National Reader's Choice Awards, More than Magic contest, Cataromance.com Reviewer's Choice Awards.

    Her latest book, THE MATIC OF A FAMILY CHRISTMAS was a November, 2009 release for the Harlequin Romance Line. MAID FOR THE MILLIONAIRE, MAID FOR THE SINGLE DAD and COUNTRY TWIN CHRISTMAS are her 2010 releases.

    Susan loves to teach as much as she loves to write and is a popular speaker at RWA conferences. Can This Manuscript Be Saved? and Plot Points, Taking the Train to Somewhere! are her most requested workshops. Her article, “How To Write a Category Romance” appeared in 2003 Writer’s Digest Novel and Short Story Markets. Susan has also given workshops on earthlycharms.com and her articles regularly appear in RWA chapter newsletters.

    Visit her online at http://www.susanmeier.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 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.

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  17. Subject: BOOTCAMP FOR NOVELISTS -- NEW NOVEMBER CLASSES 11/1 - 12/5

    NO CLASS ACTIVITY DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK

    REGISTER NOW! www.bootcampfornovelists.com

    BOOTCAMP for Novelists Online offers four classes each month. The Basic Track features the Four Pillars of Story Structure, which includes characterization, plot, scene structure and conflict. The Polish Track features the Techniques of the Pros, which includes the first three chapters, advanced characterization, escalating consequences and subplots and layers.

    November 1 to December 5

    DEVELOPING STORY IDEAS

    (Basic Track) taught by Connie

    You've got a cool idea for a setting, but have no idea who to put in it. A swaggering, broad-shouldered, chivalrous hero keeps walking through your head and you can't come up with an idea good enough for him. A publishing house puts out a call for a particular kind of story and nothing comes to mind. Anything like this ever happen to you? this course is about pulling in threads that build on and expand that small seed of an idea until it becomes something that will live on paper.

    Class questions -- contact Connie at bootcamp4novelists@cox.net

    ENROLL NOW! www.bootcampfornovelists.com $22

    STORY CONFLICT

    Conflict is the final pillar of story structure. Without it, nothing truly matters. Not to the characters, not to the readers and ultimately not to agents and editors. This course shows you how to use contrast and pressure and action to build stories that crackle from page one to the end.

    ENROLL NOW $25

    www.bootcampfornovelists.com THE BIG BLACK MOMENT

    (Polish Track) taught by Linda Style.

    Dramatic, powerful storytelling doesn't just happen. There's a story plan, with the big black moment a major piece of that plan. Many writers fail to get it right. While they understand this is the moment when all seems lost, they don't understand what goes into making it that way. In this class you'll learn how to make the black moment the most powerful scene in your story.

    Class questions -- contact Linda at

    bootcamp4novelists2@yahoo.com

    ENROLL NOW! www.bootcampfornovelists.com $22

    BUILDING SUBPLOTS AND LAYERS

    When story action gets high, with lots going on, the pros know how to divide the story lines so they can stay in control. This coure teaches you how to separate the plot spine from subplots and how to weave the subplots in so they enhance the spine plot and also shine on their own.

    ENROLL NOW $25

    www.bootcampfornovelists.com

    Connie Flynn has taught fiction writer for nearly fifteen

    years with seven years at Phoenix College's

    oft-praised Creative Writing Department. She's also taught for Arizona State University's Virginia G. Piper Creative Writing Center. With twelve novels - a half dozen or so for Harlequin Enterprise that include

    action/adventure, romantic suspense, and comedy,

    Connie's books have hit best seller lists and finaled in national contests, including the coveted PRISM Award for Best Time Travel of the year. Connie's short story, Old Bones was published in the mystery anthology MAP OF MURDER.

    Connie loves writing and teaching. She believes creativity is coaxed from students through an atmosphere of support and encouragement, and the classes are a roadway to express this creativity.

    www.ConnieFlynn.com

    Linda Style has been In the writing business for over

    25 years, and she loves sharing what she's learned.

    Linda's taught writing workshops for The Arizona

    Authors Association, Romance Writers of America, on

    both the local and national level, libraries, book stores

    and online. She holds degrees in journalism and behavioral science, writes fiction for Harlequin Superromance (over a dozen published novels to date) and nonfiction for newspapers and national magazines, including the Romance Writers

    Report (RWR). Most recently she worked as the

    Editor-in-Chief of View Highlife Magazine. The recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence and the Orange Rose Award for best book of the year, Linda's books are best known for their emotional impact, complex plots and deep characterization.

    www.LindaStyle.com

    For more details about BOOTCAMP for Novelists or to enroll in courses go to www.BootcampforNovelists.com

  18. November: Surviving Trauma with Dr. Moffatt:

    INSTRUCTOR: Gregory K. Moffatt, Ph.D., LPC

    CLASS: Surviving Trauma

    4-week class: $30 November 1-30, 2009

    Registration ends October 31, 2009

    Class Description: Surviving Trauma

    This workshop will address numerous case studies of individuals who have survived violent trauma including concentration camps in Germany, genocide in Rwanda, violent crime, spinal injury, childhood abuse, etc. The amazing survival stories are eclipsed by the fact that the subjects in Dr. Moffatt's study seemed to come through their various traumas with little side effects. The focus of the class will be on the characteristics of resiliency and the secrets of survival that these case studies bring into the open. The class will reflect the summation of five years of research and interviews that Dr. Moffatt conducted and will be printed in his forthcoming book on surviving trauma

    Instructor Bio: Gregory K. Moffatt, Ph.D., LPC is a counselor, college professor, and public speaker. Dr. Moffatt has been in private clinical practice for nearly twenty years.

    Dr. Moffatt has written, lectured and consulted in the area of violent behavior since 1993. For over a decade he has been a regular lecturer at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and he has consulted with Delta Airlines, U.S. Airways, Westinghouse Corporation, Johns Manville, law enforcement agencies, and numerous other businesses and schools. He has assisted law enforcement in the investigation of unsolved homicide cases and specializes in the assessment and prevention of homicidal and violent behavior. He served as an invited participant on the Atlanta Youth Homicide Initiative for Beverly Harvard, Chief of Police, Atlanta, Georgia in 1999. He currently is a regular consultant and profiler with the Atlanta Cold Case Squad.

    Dr. Moffatt is the author of numerous books on aggression and violence. Blind-Sided: Homicide Where it is Least Expected (Praeger Publishing, 2000) and A Violent Heart (Praeger Publishing, 2002) both address violent behavior, the development of aggression, homicide, and homicidal profiling. His book entitled Wounded Innocents and Fallen Angels (Praeger Publishing, 2003) addresses child abuse, sexual abuse, child abduction and child neglect. It also addresses aggression committed by children - homicide, sexual assault, vandalism/arson, and paricide. A parenting book entitled A Parent's Journey: Parenting From Conception Through Adolescence (Praeger, 2003) is available. His two newest books are Hancuffed: A Friendship Of Endurance (Publish America, 2008) and Stone Cold Souls: History's Most Vicious Killers (Praeger, 2008).

    For more information or to register, go to

    www.WritersOnlineClasses.com OR email info@WritersOnlineClasses.com

    Registration Deadline: October 31, 2009

    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.

    WritersOnlineClasses.com accepts personal checks or money orders (US FUNDS ONLY!).

    Please make checks payable to:

    Mary O'Gara -and mail to-

    5010 Cutler Ave NE Ste D-2 #185

    Albuquerque, NM 87110-4099

    INSTRUCTOR: Gregory K. Moffatt, Ph.D., LPC

    CLASS: Surviving Trauma

    4-week class: $30 November 1-30, 2009

    Registration ends October 31, 2009

    Electronic Payments accepted via Paypal at www.paypal.com. After

    logging on to paypal, Email electronic payments to:

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  19. Ignite your Fiction with Sally Walker:

    INSTRUCTOR: Sally Walker

    CLASS: Ignite Your Fiction

    4-week class: $30 November 1-30, 2009

    Registration ends October 31, 2009

    Class Description: Ignite Your Fiction

    Learn how to examine and WRITE succinct, vivid examples of Exposition, Description, Narration/Summary, and Action-Dialogue. Each of these “Elements of Prose” will be dissected for what is essential for today's sophisticated readers and the highly competitive fiction market. The concept of pacing in character and plot will be stressed as well as development of the writer’s own “voice.”

    One Fundamentals & Analysis of Elements of Prose

    Two Exposition Fundamentals & Techniques

    Three Description Fundamentals & Techniques

    Four Narration Fundamentals & Techniques

    Five Action for Characterization & in General

    Six Essence of Dialogue & Thought

    Seven Analyzing & Revising EDNA in YOUR Work

    Eight Q & A

    Instructor Bio: When Sally Walker started her full-time writing career over twenty years ago, she quickly won acclaim for her stage plays & screenplays, internationally published poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. Amazon.com lists her novels, as well as two adult literacy anthologies, TELL ME OF LOVE and THE REAL WEST, containing her work. She alternates her present writing schedule between a YA nursing series called "The Caregiver Chronicles," a series of picture books with a Scottish theme and a series of adult romances tied to various holidays.

    Currently she is Editorial Director for The Fiction Works, a small publishing company now in partnership with the renowned special effects studio WonderWorks to develop TFW material for the film industry. After six years of writing craft articles for SCREENTALK magazine, she has been hired as a staff writer for the international magazine MOVIESCOPE out of London.. Recommended for her analytical skills by members of the UCLA Film Department, she serves as a screenplay judge for one film festival and a national competition.

    With 24 screenplays to her credit, Sally signed with a well-known WGA-signatory agent in 2008 who also represents her fiction. Her writing affiliations include a 23-year-old study-critique group called the Nebraska Writers Workshop, Romance Writers of America, Western Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. She is the '07-09 President of the prestigious Nebraska Writers Guild. Sally presents writing seminars on a regular basis for her local community college and has taught at RT's annual convention and on-line for KOD and CAMEO, her local Chapter of RWA.

    For more information or to register, go to

    http://www.WritersOnlineClasses.com OR email info@WritersOnlineClasses.com

    Registration Deadline: October 31, 2009

  20. Writers, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals from around

    the world are gearing up for the third annual Catholic Writers'

    Conference Online, which will be held February 26-March 5, 2010.

    Sponsored by the Catholic Writer's Guild, the online conference is

    free of charge and open to writers of all levels who register between

    October 1, 2009 and February 15, 2010. Develop your skills with

    forum-based workshops, or tap experienced writers and editors for their

    knowledge in live chats. Do you have a Catholic book to pitch? Prominent

    Catholic publishers will be holding pitch sessions! (Limited

    attendance.) To register or get more information, go to

    http://www.catholicwritersconference.com

    Further info provided

    The conference is for all genres, fiction and non-fiction. Plus marketing, self-publishing, and more. Pitch sessions are almost exclusively to Catholic publishers, however. No erotica topics, naturally.

    Non-Catholics are welcome to attend, but will be removed if they disrespect Catholic beliefs. Regular prayer time will also be set aside during the conference.

  21. Free Workshop

    What: Writing the Breakout Novel

    Join us as we work our way through applying Donald Maass's Writing the

    Breakout Novel Workbook to our current WIP. We'll be doing a chapter a week

    and working until we reach the end of the workbook. We'll read the chapter

    and do the exercises at the end and post the answers to the list along with

    any questions, comments, suggestions, mental breakthroughs, rants or raves.

    The workbook is available on Amazon and other sites. That and a WIP or a

    story idea you want to develop are about all you'll need to join us. Well,

    that and a sense of humor. The book itself is helpful, has more detail and

    different examples but isn't required for the group.

    Each week will start on Monday, the first being Oct 5, 2009. We'll take a

    break Thanksgiving week (Nov 22nd to Nov 28th), from Dec 20th to Jan 3rd and

    from Mar 28th to Apr 4th. If I counted right we'll finish in time for

    Fourth of July. Symbolic, I'm sure.

    Where: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/writingthebr...tnovelworkshop/

    When: Starts October 5, 2009

    Questions? writingthebreakoutnovelworkshop-owner@yahoogroups.com

  22. ****permission to forward granted****

    RWA's Southern Magic (Birmingham, Alabama) will be presenting a FREE on-line workshop September 28 through October 2. It will have an open forum through a YAHOO loop format. If you plan to enter the Linda Howard Award of Excellence or any contest, or if want to be a first round judge, take this great workshop. We will cover the following points.

    MONDAY - What do contest entrants really want out of a contest? (Includes looking at the score sheet and going over the questions.)

    TUESDAY - What makes the contest experience unpleasant for entrants?

    WEDNESDAY - How do we give contest entrants what they want out of a contest while still being honest and forthright?

    THURSDAY - How do we avoid driving entrants away from our contest while we're being honest and forthright?

    FRIDAY - Open Q & A. Actually, every day is Q & A day---feel free to make comments and ask question any time.

    The instructors will be Carla Swafford, contest coordinator for the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, and YOU. Your opportunity to let others know how to be better judges.

    That week we will also post interviews or special links about our fabulous final judges on our blog, romancemagicians.blogspot.com.

    Categories

    Series/Short & Long Contemporary

    Final Judge: Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin

    Single Title

    Final Judge: Selina McLemore, Editor, Grand Central Publishers

    Suspense (series or single title)

    Final Judge: Megan MeKeever, Associate Editor, Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)

    Historical

    Final Judge: Alicia Condon, VP, Editorial Director, Dorchester

    Unique Genres (Paranormal, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel)

    Final Judge: Heather Osborn, Acquisitions Editor, Tor

    Romantic Sensual and Sizzling (Erotica)

    Final Judge: Raelene Gorlinsky, Editor, Ellora's Cave

    Young Adult

    Final Judge: Natashya Wilson, Senior Editor, Harlequin Teen

    Inspirational

    Final Judge: Tina Colombo, Editor, Steeple Hill

    Fill out to take the workshop

    Name:

    Address:

    City/State/Zip Code:

    Email Address:

    Include if you want to be a 1st round judge

    Telephone Number:

    RWA#

    RWA Status: PRO? PAN?

    Category you want to judge?

    How many entries?

    For PROs entering the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, see the rules for information on how you can save $5 by being a first round judge.

    Want to be part of the workshop? Any questions?

    Contact carlaswafford @ charter.net

    Thanks.

    Carla Swafford

    Contest Coordinator

    Linda Howard Award of Excellence

    Presented by www.southernmagic.org

    Birmingham, Alabama, USA

  23. The Black Diamonds are proud to presend a on-line class, presented by Jodi Henley.

    Jodi Henley

    October 5th - 11th,2009

    Running in the Dark: Organic Structure for Character-driven Stories

    By Jodi Henley

    "Character-driven" and "organic" are the new buzzwords, but do you really know what they mean and how they can help your writing? Build characters from the inside out, and write an emotional story that will land your book on the keeper shelf in this hands-on workshop that uses "your" story to get you unstuck and back into the flow.

    Jodi Henley is a long-time member of the popular on-line writer´s forum "Romance Divas" where her craft of writing articles have been archived as downloads in The Place for Answers, Romance Diva´s on-line library. Highly sought after for her plain-English approach to problem solving, Jodi spends her time dissecting the craft of writing. Her obsessive Myer-Briggs INTJ personality drives her to explain her findings, and she considers herself lucky to have a receptive audience. A long-time blogger, her blog, "Will Work for Noodles", is a popular writer´s reference for people in fields from play-writing to Christian magazines and newspaper journalism.

    Praise for Jodi Henley:

    "I'm so glad this story is FINALLY going somewhere! I've been working on this thing for like 4-5 years and then Jodi came along with her organic structure and BOOM! I always felt like this story could be something special but I just never felt I was ready to work on it. Jodi is a wealth of information"--Lauren Murphy, author of Cara´s Christmas Fantasy

    Jodi excels at simplifying overwhelming situations, breaking them down and providing a logical pathway. She leaves the student with a sense of accomplishment and focus, not just gratitude.-- Inez Kelley, author of Jinxed and Magic Bites

    Day One:

    · What do the terms "character-driven" and "organic" mean?

    · Use psychology, environment, and core events to create the people you need and understand what they´ll do. A brief overview of transformational and static character arcs.

    · The hero and heroine, two side-by-side arcs.

    Day Two:

    · Open discussion of your work in progress.

    · Trouble-shooting your people.

    · Talk about character arcs.

    Day Three:

    · If you don´t have a firm grip on your characters, we finish hammering out the details.

    · Finalize your character arc.

    Day Four:

    · How organic writing grows your story: a discussion of logical progression, emotion, and plot.

    · A discussion of structure and how it works for you. An overview of various forms.

    Day Five:

    · We explore character´s affect on plot, and discuss individual works in progress. We also explore structure for your story.

    Day Six and Seven:

    · Putting it all together using your work in progress.

    For more information on this workshop and how to sign up, go to www.bdrwa.com

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