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  1. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: TAKING THE PAIN OUT OF POV Instructors: Jess Granger & Angie Fox Dates: October 1 - 14, 2009 Registration Opens: September 17, 2009 Registration Deadline: September 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: 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 workshops. For more information: (workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org) CLASS DESCRIPTION: This course will work through all things point-of-view beginning with the basics for new writers, and moving on to using point-of-view techniques to enhance writing style and discover an author’s voice. The workshop will last for two weeks, with lectures and homework assignments posted every other day. Students will receive feedback from at least one of the presenters on homework assigned *** Added Bonus: Join RWA Online members in our annual KIA Marathon writing competition during the entire month of October! BIO: Jess Granger earned her degree in Literature from the University of California at Davis, and has spent the last eight years as an active member of Romance Writers of America. Jess is celebrating the release of her debut novel, Beyond the Rain, available in bookstores August ’09 from Berkley Publishing. Visit her online: http://www.jessgranger.com/ Angie Fox is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Accidental Demon Slayer series. Angie earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She worked in television news and then in advertising before beginning her career as an author. She’s been a member of RWA for six years and will be on the board of the Missouri Romance Writers (MORWA) in 2009. Visit her online: http://angiefox.wordpress.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/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 *****
  2. The Muse Online Writers Conference Instructor: Various Dates: October 12th - 18th Registration Deadline: 6th Sept but they are still allowing people to register Cost: Free FMI: http://www.themuseonlinewritersconference.com/ The Muse Online Writer's Conference is unique. You'll get to meet some publishers, authors of various genres, editors...all here to answer questions you may have on writing, all teamed up on one writing lounge.
  3. October 2-30, 2009 "Kills, Chills and Thrills: A Guide to Writing Thriller Novels" by CJ Lyons www.WriterUniv.com Thrillers are hot! Look at any bestseller list and you'll find an overwhelming number of thriller novels. What makes them different from other genres? How can you use thriller techniques to make your own novels compelling, no matter the genre? And where the heck do writers come up with those ideas? CJ Lyons will dissect several popular thrillers as examples, offering insights from bestselling novelists such as David Morrell, Robin Cook, Carla Neggers, Robert Gregory Browne, JoAnn Ross, and Lisa Gardner. By the conclusion, you'll have all the tools necessary to craft a compelling thrill-ride of your own! Topics include: * What makes a thriller a thriller? * Tricks of the trade: research * The quirks of thriller characters * World building, plotting and pacing * Theme: intersection of plot and character * Hooks & twists, and series vs. stand-alone * Tips from reviewers who specialize in crime fiction Award-winning author CJ Lyons is a physician trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She has assisted police and prosecutors with cases involving child abuse, rape, homicide and Munchausen by Proxy; and has worked in several trauma centers, on the Navajo reservation, as a crisis counselor and victim's advocate, as well as a flight physician for Life Flight. Her debut medical suspense novel, LIFELINES, was released by Berkley in April, 2008. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ October 2-30, 2009 "Cheat Your Way to a Fabulous MySpace Design" by Mai Christy Thao www.WriterUniv.com MySpace is more than just the latest craze -- it's here to stay. And savvy writers are already utilizing it or thinking about setting up a MySpace page to connect with fans, readers and colleagues. In this workshop, you'll learn how to create, design, and maintain your MySpace page to reflect your brand and your writing -- all without any hair pulling or having to hire someone to design your page. Topics include: * What is MySpace, who's on it, and why you need it * What should be included in your profile (and left out) * MySpace and your author brand * Basic HTML for dummies * Best (and easy) designs to create; which scripts to use * Script placement within profile to achieve desired look * Image backgrounds, invisible boxes, and color scheme * MySpace extras -- blogs, neat tricks, adding music to your page Mai Christy Thao is a freelance web and graphic designer, and historical fantasy writer. She's an American Title finalist and a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. You can visit her at www.maichristythao.com or on MySpace at www.myspace.com/maichristythao. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ October 4-17 & 18-31, 2009 MASTER CLASS: "Digging Deep into the EDITS System" (Part 1 & 2) by Margie Lawson www.WriterUniv.com Prerequisite: Must have completed "Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices and More" Part 1 of DIGGING DEEP covers * The big picture and the nuances of the EDITS system * Writing emotion for visceral impact * Streaming emotion for your genre and style * Editing patterns and voids * Scene strategies: balancing and tracking * Tension, conflict, and the EDITS system Part 2 provides time to analyze your strengths and work on the areas you need to strengthen, per EDITS category. Using the Digging Deep worksheet, Anchor and Application, you'll dig deep into Diagnose and Treat while obtaining feedback from Margie. Applying the EDITS System, you'll know WHAT editing you need to do WHERE, WHY you need to edit that passage, and HOW (multiple options that fit your writing style) to make that passage stronger. Margie Lawson -- psychologist, writer and international presenter -- applied her pyschological expertise to analyze hundreds of novels and determine what made them bestsellers. She has developed innovative innovative editing systems and dozens of deep editing techniques. Margie teaches writers how to edit for psychological power, how to hook the reader viscerally, how to write page-turners. Read about her contests, three-day Immersion Master Classes, newsletter, online courses, Deep Editing Analyses and presentation schedule at www.margielawson.com. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  4. Registration is now open for the Wordpress Workshop (So Easy a Monkey Could Do It: Don't Go Bananas, Use Wordpress as a Website). There are two thoughts about building a name (and website) for yourself before you're published. Some say you should do everything you can to build your brand before you sell, others say you shouldn't bother launching a website until you sell. Either way, the Wordpress Workshop will teach you a very affordable way to have a website in case you want to get it going now or the minute after you sign your contract (assuming you can compute from the ceiling.) This workshop will teach you the basics of how to use Wordpress as a blog and a content management system capable of running your entire website. My goal is to teach you Wordpress terminology, how to post, how to add images, videos, and links, how to set up wordpress as a website, and how it can simplify your online promotional efforts and make it easy for you to update yourself. Best of all, each student will have access to their own private practice installation of Wordpress and will build a website during the workshop. There's no more excuse for a lackluster, out of date website. Wordpress is free to use and this course will teach you how to conquer it. Sign up now and get the early-bird rate of $25. http://design.pixelwareinc.com/workshop/ (Make sure you click the Return to Merchant button after you've completed payment at PayPal. PayPal takes PayPal balance, credit cards and checks.)
  5. ***PERMISSION TO FORWARD*** SELF-PROMOTION: Does the very term make you cringe? Do you suffer from "Not-Doing-Enough-Self-Promotion" guilt? Do you think self-promotion is something you'll have time to learn AFTER getting The Call? Here's THE online workshop for you: Sept. 14th - 25th -- A PR PRIMER: Promoting Yourself Before--and Just After--"The Call" by Marcia James PR consultant and Berkley author Marcia James and a slate of promotion-savvy guest lecturers will present this two-week online workshop that provides insider tips, hard-won knowledge, and tools to pick the PR options right for YOU. The lectures include: Promoting Yourself Before "The Call" by Beth Morrow (Wild Rose Press) Web Site Design by Karen McCullough (Cerridwen Press & Karen's Web Works) Online & Print Press Kits by Patricia Sargeant (Kensington/Berkley) Co-Promotion by Dianne Castell (Kensington, Berkley & Harlequin/Silhouette) Group Blogs by Donna MacMeans (Berkley) Author Promotion Sites by DeNita Tuttle (AuthorIsland.com) Print Advertising by Janice Maynard (NAL) Public Speaking by Karen Harper (MIRA) Networking/Power-Schmoozing by Susan Gee Heino (Berkley) Social Media Sites by Kathy Kulig (Ellora's Cave/Cerridwen Press) Author Newsletters by Kay Stockham (Harlequin Superromance/Berkley) Readers' Loops by Carol Ann Erhardt (Wild Rose Press) Podcasts by Melissa Alvarez w/a Ariana Dupre (Cerridwen Press) Workshop participants will learn about author branding, create tag lines, and identify elements within their work that lend themselves to niche marketing. In addition to the guest-lectures, Marcia will discuss cross-promotion, print and trinket PR materials, author interviews, and more. And all participants will receive Marcia's 240-page Microsoft WORD file, filled with detailed information on all types of promotional options. The workshop is hosted by the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA. Cost is $10 for MWV RWA members and $15 for non-members. See http://www.midwillamettevalleyrwa.com/online.classes.htm for details.
  6. FYI I've taken this class and found it really helpful. Hi everyone: Discovering Story Magic has been a wonderful class for us to teach, but we need to let you know that this is the last chance to take the Intro to Discovering Story Magic and the Master Class online for the foreseeable future. We will not be teaching the online class next year, so if you wondered what all the fuss was about, this is a unique opportunity to experience the Magic. We’ve even added another movie to the Discovering Story Magic repertoire for this very special Intro class. We hope you will be able to join us this fall! And don't forget about the packets for sale on our website. (www.discoveringstorymagic.com). There's some wonderful information available. See the flyer below for more information. For those who have taken the class and have found it useful, please take this opportunity to pass the flyer along for these very special workshops. Visit www.discoveringstorymagic.com for more information on purchasing lessons or see below for details on our online classes. Thanks. My best regards, Robin Perini http://www.robinperini.com/ 5-time RWA Golden Heart Finalist Discovering Story Magic 2009. Check out the schedule and Lessons for Sale at <http://www.discoveringstorymagic.com/> Next class - Introduction to DSM with a brand new movie - Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - September 5-20, 2009 <http://www.writersonlineclasses.com> ****Permission to forward or share granted and encouraged**** Discovering Story Magic: The Acclaimed Three-Step Method for Creating a Story They Can't Refuse YOUR LAST CHANCE – NO CLASSES NEXT YEAR! * Introduction to Discovering Story Magic - September 5 - 20, 2009 * Master Class (limited to 18 students with personal, private brainstorming) - October 17 - 30, 2009 www.writersonlineclasses.com PLUS Amazing New Lessons For Sale at www.discoveringstorymagic.com * Introduction to Discovering Story Magic Full Packets and * DSM Supplementals (NEW) * DSM II: Turning Points, Premise, Pitch (NEW!!!) * The Purposeful Writer (NEW!!!) When you are writing: • Do your characters become three-dimensional and alive? • Do conflicts escalate within a tight, interwoven plot? • Do your subplots and secondary characters broaden the scope and deepen your story? • Do you know the bedrock truth underlying your story? Learn how to create this kind of MAGIC every time you sit down to write. This is your chance. Laura Baker and Robin Perini are offering three unique opportunities to make yourself a better writer. Discovering Story Magic classes offer individual, focused, guidance and brainstorming on your stories, and the option of simply watching others as the magic of creating a story unfolds real-time. These interactive, hands-on classes give you tools and skills to make your writing more powerful from the start. You will learn: • How to build a firm foundation under your characters using the Character Grid • How to give your story a backbone by defining its Turning Points • How to use the Storyboard to organize scenes, control the pacing, and escalate the tension of your story. • And, most importantly, how to realize your Vision of the story you want and need to write. DSM works for all genres of popular fiction and for all levels of writers: multi-published, newbies, “plotters,” and “pantsters.” All have used DSM’s flexible tools to produce salable fiction by weaving together character, conflict, plot, realization, and turning points from the beginning of the writing process through revision and even the synopsis. ***************************************** INTRODUCTION TO DSM - BRAND NEW MOVIE ANALYSIS - DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YAYA SISTERHOOD September 5 - 20, 2009, $30 There are no pre-requisites for this class Included in the class: • The full 21-page handout • Lessons that walk you through the complete process using the women's fiction movie, Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood • Individual brainstorming on YOUR story • Learn as you observe Laura and Robin assisting others with their stories ************************************* DSM MASTER CLASS, $125 - limited to 18 students! October 17 - 30, 2009 Class pre-requisite is attendance in some version of DSM (online, conference, day-long, or purchase of lessons/handouts—recommended if you haven't taken an online course) What would you give for private one-on-one brainstorming sessions with Laura and Robin using the acclaimed Discovering Story Magic Method? As if you were off in a cabin with just the two of them, working exclusively on your story? Here is your chance. After receiving many requests for personal brainstorming attention where no one else would be a part of the posts, Laura and Robin have developed this amazing DSM class. A private class, where your emails are read ONLY by Laura and Robin. You get personal attention to make your story the best it can be. This class includes: • Quick review of the process • Private, personal brainstorming of your story • Limited size class of 18 participants so response times typically within 24 hours ***************************************** Handout Packets with Lessons from Online Classes available at www.discoveringstorymagic.com • Introduction to Discovering Story Magic - Only $25.00 The packet contains the outline, complete lessons, the assignments and all supporting handouts. A total of over 100 pages of detailed instruction, will take you through the DSM process using an analysis of your choice of three moves {Jerry Maguire (for romance), LA Confidential (for suspense), or Good Will Hunting (for romance/coming of age)}. You can purchase and read these lessons to meet the prerequisite requirements of taking the Advanced or Master Discovering Story Magic classes. • DSM Supplementals (BRAND NEW!) - Only $15.00 Already purchased the full INTRO to DSM packet and want to see how it would apply to other movies? If you have the full packet for one of the other movies, you may be interested in a supplemental, where we analyze the plots from one of the other choice of movies. The approximately 40-page supplemental packet contains only the GRID analysis, turning points and story board of Jerry Maguire (for romance), LA Confidential (for suspense), or Good Will Hunting (for romance/coming of age. • DSM II: Turning Points, Premise & Pitch (BRAND NEW!) - Only $25.00 Finally, a class that focuses on TURNING POINTS of plots and subplots, placing scenes where they will be the most powerful, and more importantly— layering THEME into your story! In this class you'll learn how to create turning points that really work and organizing scenes on the storyboard to control the pacing and to escalate the tension of your story. Then, in the lesson Premise, harness the dramatic purpose of your story through the "unity of opposites." This packet also includes a lesson on pitches, using the grid and turning points to create convincing, dramatic pitches. Learn how to take advantage of your Vision of the story you want and need to write. • The Purposeful Writer: Discovering Your Story (BRAND NEW!) - Only $25.00 How do you create a unique, cohesive, compelling story? By building on the bedrock of your own strengths. Define your vision for your story and get going! Award-winning author Laura Baker will help you tap into your resources for enhanced storytelling skills, building characters and increasing your novel's emotional resonance. The workshop starts with story ideas and the story box, then explores motivations, structure and profound events. Packed with writing exercises, the lessons help students progressively hone in on their own dramatic powers. With an emphasis on discovering each writer's individual strengths, this workshop is appropriate for those at the beginning of writing as well as those seeking to create a hallmark for their work. Endorsements of Story Magic “I have no doubt that the story and character development techniques I learned through DISCOVERING STORY MAGIC took my writing from passable to publishable. For the first time, I was able to see a clear process of storytelling that gave me a path without forcing the direction of my story and provided a structure without putting me in a box. The day after I took the seminar, I used everything I’d learned to crystallize characters and map out a plot using a story premise that had previously been nothing but a cobweb of ideas. Within a few days, I was able to start writing and within a few months, I’d finished the book that became my first sale, to Pocket Books. One reviewer called that book “breathtaking…a novel from the soul.” No…it was a novel from DISCOVERING STORY MAGIC! Since then, I’ve sold 14 books to two publishers, within three subgenres under two slightly different names. I’ve completed ten manuscripts and every single one starts with Story Magic!”—Roxanne St. Claire, national bestselling author and 2005 RITA finalist “The techniques and grids of DISCOVERING STORY MAGIC are revolutionary. They can help every writer understand the arc and plot development of unforgettable characters. In fact, the format grid has become an important part of my pre-writing. Laura and Robin have tapped into ‘magic’ and created a concept that is a must in every writer’s tool kit.”—Cathy Maxwell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. “As a writer, I feel obligated to provide my readers with a minimum of two things: believable, interesting characters and a coherent plot. STORY MAGIC, used correctly, is a no-fail system for achieving that—and more. I recommend the system to any writer, new or established, attempting to make a sale in today’s highly competitive publishing environment.”—Jasmine Cresswell, USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. Accolades from previous online classes: “I am so thrilled with your assessment. Your reasoning [about a character flaw] made so much sense that scenes started flashing in my mind. I couldn’t get to the computer fast enough. You and Robin blow me away. I humbly thank you for helping me to sort out the grids so I can make [the story] powerful and meaningful.” “I now know what’s been missing from this story. I finally “feel” the layers and the textures and the plot is no longer contrived. I’m so excited! I’m digging in, writing my little brain out.” “Your comments—your time and effort into really thinking about our stories—Wow! From the pantster who sees the grid as more frightening than a blank page…I’ve learned a lot and am ready to move forward!” “I have many [writing] books. I could never quite get my arms around all the concepts, and I have drawer warmers of (failed) copy to prove that statement. Laura and Robin—all of the hard work that you’ve put into this presentation is obvious in your dedication to responding to every stitch of messaging with such deliberation and attention to detail. My heartfelt thanks goes out to you for your mentoring people and furthering their dreams. I actually have an idea about what a successful (and success producing) process is all about. A million thanks.” To sign up and get more information just go to www.writersonlineclasses.com or www.discoveringstorymagic.com
  7. ***Permission Granted to forward**** Fiction Writers Boot Camp for Published and Unpublished Authors If going to a conference this year makes your already overtaxed wallet ache, the Ancient City Romance Authors of St Augustine, FL have a cure. Come to our Fiction Writer's Boot Camp for Published and Unpublished Authors. This "no-business-This "no-business-<WBR>suits-allowed" day of intense training includes morning and afternoon workshops led by our Drill Instructor, bestselling author of over forty novels . . . Stephanie Bond. Along with the workshops, the trainees will get lunch, book-signings, free books, a chance to win some fabulous prizes and day filled with networking and laughter. Whether you're a new writer or a veteran, this program is structured for Date: October 17, 2009 Place: Wilson's Toy Barn, 15610 Tison RD., Jacksonville, FL 32218 Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 Price: $40 (ACRA MEMBERS) $45 (NON MEMBERS) Special raffle prize: Acer Aspire Netbook Workshops: Writing a Selling Synopsis, Create a File Collage for Your Book, What If? Exercises to Jumpstart Your Story, Write Fast Write Well, and Q&A--What's on Your Mind? STEPHANIE BOND was seven years into a systems engineering career and pursuing an MBA at night when an instructor remarked that she had a flair for writing. Intrigued, and with no formal training in writing, she started writing a romance novel in her spare time. In 1997, with ten sales under her belt to two publishers, Stephanie left her corporate job to write fiction full-time. To date, she has written and published over 40 romance and mystery novels with Harlequin Books, Bantam, St. Martin's Press, Harper Collins, and Mira Books. She currently writes a sexy mystery series set in Atlanta called BODY MOVERS. Stephanie lives in midtown Atlanta. FMI EMAIL: _ESinclair1@aol.ESi_ (mailto:ESinclair1@aol.com) or _VLWKing@aol.VLW_ (mailto:VLWKing@aol.com) Go to _http://web.mac.http://web.mac.http://web.mahttp://webhttp_ (http://web.mac.com/vickihinze/ACRA/WRITERS_BOOT_CAMP.html) Print out registration form and send to Dolores J. Wilson, 15610 Tison Road, Jacksonville, Fl 32218. Please make checks payable to ACRA (Ancient City Romance Authors.
  8. September 1-28, 2009 "Sex Between The Pages: Understanding and Crafting Sexual Tension" by Mary Buckham www.WriterUniv.com How do you write great sexual tension? That’s the question Mary Buckham posed to Linda Howard, Stella Cameron, Susan Andersen, Nancy Warren and more romance writers who write great sexual tension from sweet to spicy hot. In her workshop, Mary combines these lessons from real-writers with practical understanding of the 12 Stages of Intimacy (based on Desmond Morris' works) and more recent findings by scientists on the amazing role biology plays in mate attraction and selection -- findings that can be directly incorporated in our creation of powerful sexual tension. So if you want to learn how to increase the sexual tension in your work, don’t miss this opportunity. Topics include: * Sex versus Intimacy * Using conflict to increase sexual tension * The importance of details * How to portray body language * Maximizing biological differences between the sexes * Analyzing those who write sexual tension well * Exercises for your work in progress Mary Buckham is the author of the June 2009 released Break Into Fiction™: Simple Steps to Complex Novels. Her action-adventure fiction, Invisible Recruit, was a May 2006 release that earned reviews such as "loved the volatile and sensual tension throughout the story." Mary loves sharing writing craft knowledge as a national writer workshop presenter both on-line and at workshops around the country. Visit www.MaryBuckham.com or www.BreakIntoFiction.com for more information about her and her current writing projects. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  9. **PERMISSION TO FORWARD** Heartbeat RWA presents: Six Keys to a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal Date: August 17 - August 31. Instructor: Virginia McCullough Some fiction writers get the itch to write nonfiction books, and the world of nonfiction publishing has its own conventions and etiquette. It certainly has unique--and constantly changing--proposal formats. This two-week workshop covers six key components of a winning nonfiction book proposal: The Hook, the Reason, Potential Readers, Timing, the Author, and Platform. Taught by a veteran nonfiction book author and ghostwriter/editor, this workshop illuminates each step in the proposal process. By addressing these key elements, authors discover a shortcut not only to producing an effective proposal, but also to planning, shaping, and writing the actual book. This class also discusses the realities of today's nonfiction market and provides a checklist and marketing tips. Virginia McCullough's new release, Option Trading in Your Spare Time: A Guide to Financial Independence for Women (Sourcebooks, July 2009, written with options expert, Wendy Kirkland) is available in bookstores now. Over the past 30 years, Virginia has ghosted or coauthored over 100 books on topics ranging from alternative healthcare to business management. She also coaches others about creating a full time writing business. Her single title romance, Island Healing, was a 2009 Golden Heart finalist. COST: Free to heartbeat members; $10 to all others For more information, or to register, go to www.HeartbeatRWA.com or contact Julie Rowe at Julie.Rowe@shaw.ca or Dianne Despain at DianneDespain@earthlink.net
  10. ***Permission to forward*** The Screenwriters' Workshop and The Midwest Fiction Writers Fall Harvest of Writing Essentials presents Story Mastery featuring Michael Hauge Saturday , September 26, 2009 in Bloomington, MN Before 9/1/2009 : $99 for MFW members and SWW members; $109 for non-members After 9/1/2008 , add $10 During this all-day seminar, Hollywood script and story consultant, Michael Hauge, will present his unique approach to creating compelling fiction, and to eliciting emotion in your readers through story concept, plot structure, love stories, character development and theme. Topics covered will include: *The primary goal of all story *The power of desire, need, longing and destiny *The essential conflict all characters must face *Turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a simple, powerful took you can easily apply to every story *The single key to creating character arc and theme *Creating unique rules of romantic comedy: fantasy, duality, deceit *Adapting your novel to film To register, go to www.midwestfiction.com Email mfwworkshop@midwestfiction.com with questions
  11. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: CHARACTERIZATION: Making Strengths and Weaknesses Work For You (or No More Mary Sues!) Instructor: Linnea Sinclair Dates: August 17 – 30, 2009 Registration Opens: August 3, 2009 Registration Deadline: August 16, 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: 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: Down with one-dimensional cartoon-like characters! Down with the two-dimensional ones, while we’re at it. Embrace your characters—warts and all—in this lively workshop with Bantam author Linnea Sinclair. Reviewers note that: “Her characters are intelligent, no-nonsense and have a depth that gives me an instant mental picture...” (Road to Romance Reviews) “I confess to a growing weakness for mature heroines who can present themselves as total equals, matching strengths and vulnerabilities to men with likewise believable and endearing characterizations. And Sinclair succeeds with pizzazz.” (Midwest Book Reviews) and “The author's sure hand with characterization makes each twist of this emotionally laden storyline as suspenseful as any well-wrought battle scene.” (Science Fiction Weekly) Sinclair, a retired private detective, will show attendees how she uses police and investigation suspect information sheets to help craft interesting, memorable characters that readers and reviewers will love. She’ll help writers dialogue with their characters to bring out information that builds depth and uniqueness. She’ll also discuss the pros and cons of using archetypes, astrology and tarot to build story people. 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 and HOPE’S FOLLY. 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 *****
  12. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ August 2-28, 2009 "Making Your Children's Book More Marketable" by Kate Coombs www.WriterUniv.com You've got the bug -- you're driven to write children's books and you're dying to publish them. But you've probably already discovered that the market is VERY competitive. How can you possibly break in? The first part is not in your control: editors' personal tastes and publishers' "no unsolicited manuscripts" rules. This class is about the part you CAN control: taking your manuscript to the next level while balancing your own creative needs against market demands. Please have at least one draft of your picture book or one chapter of your book for older readers, however rough it may be. Topics include: * Good/bad news -- where your book falls in today's market * Targeting hidden obstacles that keep books from fulfilling their potential * Strengthening character and plot * Tightening text, brightening language * From irresistible beginnings to slam-bang endings * Finding your spot and maximizing your voice * Tips about submissions and publishers * Developing new children's book projects Kate Coombs is that rare breed of author who has managed to break into the children's book market without an agent. She has two books in print, a 2006 Parents' Choice Recommended picture book called The Secret-Keeper and a 2007 American Library Association Notable Book called The Runaway Princess. Kate has four more books coming out in 2010-2011. She has also worked as a college writing teacher, a K-12 teacher, and a curriculum specialist. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ August 3-28, 2009 "Down & Dirty Media Training for Fiction Authors" by Theresa Meyers www.WriterUniv.com This is not your average media training advice. Step up to the next level in your promotion efforts, by learning how can get and make the most of interviews. You’ll come away with advice on how to protect yourself from the “go for the jugular” journalists, down & dirty tactics for attracting attention, and tips for taking charge of any interview situation so you can sell more books. In this month-long intensive workshop you’ll learn: * Why media don’t often want to interview fiction authors * Changing that with three strategies to hook producers or editors * Keys to developing message points and using them successfully * Tips on creating a sound bite * Strategies to avoid questions, direct interviews and capture audience attention * Five things you should always do during an interview * Techniques used to prepare NYT bestsellers for national media Best known for getting her clients chosen as two out of the total seven picks for the Kelly Ripa Book Club, Theresa Meyers spent over ten years working in public relations, garnering millions of dollars in media coverage for her clients, before she launched Blue Moon Communications. A former journalist and magazine columnist, she now focuses on strategic planning for her clients, media training and author-branded media campaigns. Find her online at www.bluemooncommunications.com. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ August 10-21, 2009 MASTER CLASS: "Tune Up That First Chapter" by Don McNair www.WriterUniv.com Prerequisite: Must have completed first chapter of a Work in Progress that is ready to submit. Why did that editor reject your novel? The sad truth? Editors reject most manuscripts after simply glancing at their first chapters. It’s as if their problems were lit with neon. This course will help you spot your own manuscript’s problems and--better yet--help you fix them. Use that rejected “first chapter” as your practice field for identifying and resolving your craft mistakes, then apply your new knowledge to the total manuscript. It will become much more compelling, and--hopefully--published! You’ll learn how to: * use strong “hooks” * turn “info dumps” into sparkling, vital prose * strengthen verbs * strip away author intrusions * identify crippling character filters * eliminate foggy phrases * correct passive voice * solve numerous other writing bugaboos Don McNair has written award-winning materials for forty years. He edited trade magazines, and oversaw a staff of writers as he wrote and placed hundreds of articles for a major PR firm (and won the nation’s top PR award in the process). For the next 20 years he ran his own PR business for national clients. He is also the author of five published books, including a young adult novel “Attack of the Killer Prom Dresses” (written under his “Donna McClaire” pen name) that was named a 2008 Eppie finalist. MAXWELL'S MANSION, released July 16th, and VALLEY OF LOVE, coming fall 2009, both by Red Rose Publishing. McNair now edits fiction for others at his www.McNairEdits.com website. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  13. July 6-31, 2009 "Knock 'em Dead: Writing Mystery & Suspense" by Stephen D. Rogers www.WriterUniv.com Do you lie awake at night punching your pillow while you stew about that ex, that boss, that too-busy-to-even-send-a-form-rejection agent or editor? Wouldn't it be great to kill that person, throw suspicion on someone else, and then step forward to save the day? You can. And readers will pay to see how it all plays out. (Note: While all characters and situations mentioned in class will be treated as fictional, students may elect to attend using an assumed name.) By taking this course, you'll learn how to: * Understand the different sub-genres * Create the story tripod * Develop a cast of characters * Describe settings (macro and micro) * Plant clues and red herrings * Research the specifics * Handle sex, language, and violence * Produce an ending that sells your NEXT manuscript Derringer winner Stephen D. Rogers is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Sisters in Crime. He has judged the Daphne duMaurier contest every year since 2004. Over 500 of his stories and poems have appeared in more than 200 publications, and the police have yet to come knocking at his door. Except at work, since he's the computer guy at a police department. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ July 20-31, 2009 MASTER CLASS: "Powering Up Your Pivotal Scenes" by Alicia Rasley www.WriterUniv.com Prerequisite: Must have taken one of Alicia’s writing craft classes and completed a draft or an outline. The pivotal scenes are the ones which propel the plot and characters forward in a dramatic way. Through strong structure and powerful narration, you can make these scenes the ones your readers will always remember. For anyone who's taken one of Alicia's writing craft classes and completed a draft or an outline, this one covers: * Determining your pivotal scenes. * Structuring the scene for drama. * Building towards disaster. * Confronting your characters with conflict. * Creating emotion through setting and point of view. Alicia Rasley is a nationally known writing teacher, whose Writer's Corner website www.rasley.com contains many articles about fiction writing. Her book, The Power of Point Of View, was published in 2008 by Writer's Digest Books. She teaches at two state colleges and tutors writers at another. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
  14. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: PLOT DOCTOR: FIXING YOUR STORY PROBLEMS Instructor: Kara Lennox Dates: June 17 – 30, 2009 Registration Opens: June 3, 2009 Registration Deadline: June 16, 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: 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: Do you create wonderful, three-dimensional characters who then stumble around blindly in your book, trying to find a story? As a frequent critiquer, contest judge, and the recipient of many, many rejection and revision letters over the years, Kara’s witnessed and personally experienced just about every way your plot can veer into a ditch. In this workshop Kara will cover the fifteen most common problems, how to spot them and how to fix them. BIO: Kara Lennox, who also writes as Karen Leabo, has written 50-plus contemporary romance novels for two major publishers: Harlequin Enterprises, the largest publisher of romance in the world, and Bantam Dell (Loveswept line). Since her first novel was released in 1989, her books frequently appear on romance bestseller lists. They have been translated into 17 languages and published in twenty-plus countries around the world, with over four million books in print. Visit her online at http://www.karenleabo.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 *****
  15. Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist ***Permission to Forward Granted*** WritersOnlineClasses.com presents: Title: Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist Instructor: Margie Lawson When: May 31 - June 13 Cost: $30 For more info or to register for any of these classes go to: http://www.writersonlineclasses.com/classes.html Learn how to write body language and dialogue cues from a kinesics specialist. Writers will learn how to write fresh: - Body Language Basics: facial messages, lips, eyes, chin, full facial expression, flicker-face, gestures, posture, hierarchical zones . . . - Body Language Clusters - Avoidance and deception cues - Vibes - beyond spidey senses and hair-raising - Turning Points driven by subtle body language cues - Body Language and Dialogue Cues for POV and Non-POV characters - Body Language and Dialogue Cues with Rhetorical Devices - Specific Emotion-driven full Kinesics Patterns for anxiety, fear, joy, sadness, lust, shock, surprise . . . Each teaching point will be illustrated with examples from bestselling authors, their excerpts dissected and analyzed. Bonus Lecture from a Police Detective: Body Language in the Police and Criminal Worlds -- Interrogations, Spotting Criminals, Hostage Negotiations Margie Lawson-psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter - analyzed hundreds of hours of body language and nuances of speech delivery in her post-master's psych specialization. A former university professor, Margie taught psychology, communication, and group dynamics courses at the graduate and doctoral levels. Her resume includes clinical trainer, professor, sex therapist, Director of an Impotence Clinic, and Ericksonian hypnotherapist. Margie uses her kinesics expertise in every clinical session as well as when she's a Trauma Specialist and facilitates group sessions for Critical Incidents. Margie is in demand as an on-line instructor and presenter. Over twothousand writers have been introduced to Margie's psychologically-based deep editing material by attending a full day Master Class. In 2008, Margie presented fifteen full day Master Classes, primarily across the U.S. and in Canada. In August, 2008, Margie was brought in as a guest speaker to present full day Master Classes in Melbourne for Romance Writers of Australia, and in Auckland, for Romance Writers of New Zealand. She was also honored at both the Australia and New Zealand conferences to present a Keynote speech. For more information regarding Margie's Master Classes, on-line courses, and Lecture Packets, visit: www.margielawson.com. What's the Buzz about Margie Lawson? "In the twenty years I've been writing fiction, two teachers have astounded me with their insights and taught me something radically new: Dwight Swain and Margie Lawson. After reading Margie's material on nonverbal communication and empowering characters' emotions, something clicked in my brain. Margie taught me a new ways to empower my writing." Randy Ingermanson, Ph. D., award-winning author and writing instructor "Margie's Empowering Characters' Emotions and Deep Editing classes not only helped me to get in touch with my characters' visceral reactions, they also showed me ways to use my characters' emotions to drive my plots in compelling and evocative new directions!" CJ Lyons, bestselling author of LIFELINES and WARNING SIGNS
  16. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** Online class: June 1-26, 2009 "Creating Your Hero's Fatal Flaw" by Laurie Schnebly Campbell Registration $30 at www.WriterUniv.com/ Giving likable, plausible characters a compelling conflict is easier with Enneagrams. Counselors and personnel manager suse this personality tool to identify the heroic qualities (and not-so-heroic qualities) for each of nine types: the Perfectionist, Nurturer, Achiever, Romantic, Observer, Skeptic, Adventurer, Leader and Peacemaker. Each of these types has distinctive traits, including a fatal--or not so fatal--flaw that will naturally bring them into conflict with other people...AND with themselves. Get ready for some hands-on-homework (to do during June or at leisure) and discover how to: * Determine your character's unique traits (or your own) * Turn all nine personality types into memorable characters * Build internal & external conflict with each type's fatal flaw * Resolve conflict by using each type's individual strengths * Expand the possibilities for drama with subtypes and more * Enhance characters you already have in mind or plan to create Besides writing about memorable characters--and how to create them--Laurie writes for an ad agency, teaches online, narrates for Talking Books, dithers over www.BookLaurie.com, and enjoys playing with her husband & son, vacationing in Sedona (the red-rock town named for her great-grandmother) and working with other writers. "People ask how I find time to do all that," she says, "and I tell them it's easy. I never clean my house!" ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  17. ************************Permission to Forward************************ RWA's Mystery/Suspense Chapter is pleased to announce our COFFIN College of Felony and Intrigue KILLER INSTINCT online workshop for the month of June 2009. WORKSHOP: 8 Steps to Murdering a Manuscript John Foxjohn's eight steps of murdering a manuscript without a conviction encompasses eight major categories most writers do that contribute to rejections. Foxjohn covers where to start a manuscript, conflict, voice, editing, and other essential parts of writing. INSTRUCTOR: John Foxjohn Best-selling author John Foxjohn epitomizes the phrase; "been there—done that." Born and raised in the rural East Texas town of Nacogdoches, he quit high school and joined the Army at seventeen. Viet Nam veteran, army Airborne Ranger, policeman and homicide detective, retired teacher and coach, and now, a multi-published author. His first novel, Code of Deceit, a murder mystery, became a best-seller three months after its release. Although John is proud and excited about his first novel, that pales in comparison to his excitement for the next two. In April his blockbuster historical fiction, Journey of the Spirit hit the shelves. In September, the sequel to Code of Deceit, Cold Tears, exploded on the market. Many readers shared John's belief in these two. In a worldwide reader poll, they voted Cold Tears the best mystery in the world in 2007. In the same poll, voted Jour ney of the Spirit second in the mainstream category. In August of 2008, John introduced the third novel in the David Mason series, Color of Murder. John is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Elements of Romance, Sisters-in-Crime, and League of Texas Writers. He is a full time writer and speaker and lives in Lufkin, Texas. KILLER INSTINCT workshops encompass writing and craft topics. PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 27TH day of the month PRIOR to the start of the COFFIN class. Cost of each Workshop is (Currently) $15.00 US for KOD Members, $30.00 US for non-KOD Members. (RWA membership NOT required to take the course). For more information check out our website at http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org *********************Permission to Forward**********************
  18. ********************Permission to Forward**************************** RWA's Mystery/Suspense Chapter is pleased to announce our COFFIN College of Felony and Intrigue MURDER ONE online Workshop for the month of June 2009. WORKSHOP: Running with Vampires: Surviving the Paranormal Investigation For two years Katherine Ramsland roamed the vampire subculture, and for most of her life she's investigated haunted places around the world. As a result, she has tested the many procedures and implements utilized for hunting down elusive entities. This course will cover both, encouraging participants to try things out and to then devise ways to utilize true-life methods and manifestations in their writing. Paranormal romance and suspense are popular genres and nothing adds a nightstalker's allure like gritty details of how such investigations are done. This is not a psychic's toolkit, but rather the "I want to believe" approach of "X-Files" FBI agent Fox Mulder. INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Ramsland Dr. Katherine Ramsland has published 35 books, 16 short stories, and over 800 articles. She currently chairs the Social Sciences Department at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches forensic psychology and criminal justice. Before that, she ventured into narrative nonfiction with a biography of Anne Rice and several tomes about Rice's fictional worlds, including The Vampire Companion. Then she took on investigative journalism with Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today, which led into a sequel, Ghost: Investigating the Other Side. Both inspired her novels, The Blood Hunters and The Heat Seekers, and then she wrote The Science of Vampires and Bethlehem Ghosts. Even in her forensic work, she has written about true-life vampire killers, and she continues to go on the occasional ghost hunt. She has also collected paranormal lore from around the world. Her Website is www.katherineramsland.com. MURDER ONE workshops encompass the technical aspects of murder and mayhem. PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 27TH day of the month PRIOR to the start of the COFFIN class. Cost of each workshop is (Currently) $15.00 US for KOD Members, $30.00 US for non-KOD Members (RWA membership NOT required to take the course). For more information check out our website at http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org ********************Permission to Forward****************************
  19. Sarah:

    This is the first time I've used RWA Online. I posted after 10pm last night and Lyn said she planned to post her next lesson later yesterday eveinng. I can't find her 2nd lesson. Did she post it or am I looking the the wrong place? Also, do I need to fill out the Profile, or can I leave that blank?


    Donna Lodge

  20. ***Permission to Forward Granted*** Patricia Kay presents: Title: SCENE & SEQUEL - BUILDING BLOCKS TO GREAT FICTION Instructor: Patricia Kay When: May 25, 2009 to June 20, 2009. Cost: $30 For more info or to register go to: http://www.patriciakay.com/classes/index.php Many writers, even published writers, seem to have a difficult time grasping the concept of story construction using the principles of scene and sequel. With a combination of 12 basic lessons, class discussion, homework, and feedback on your homework, Pat takes the mystery out of Scene & Sequel. Don't miss your chance to take this popular class. Pat is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 47 novels of romance and women's fiction which have been published in eighteen different countries. An acclaimed teacher, she formerly taught at The University of Houston, and has given writing workshops all over the country. She says there's nothing more satisfying to her than seeing that light bulb go off in a student's head.
  21. Permission to Forward... Thanks from us at STAR! Pat Barnes-Svarney, newsletter editor of STARbursts *** The Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR, NY) a chapter of RWA® has opened registration in their June 2009 On-line Workshop "Packing For Your Fictional Journey" by Janet Walters and Jane Toombs. The workshop runs from June 4 through June 29, and consists of a mix of lectures, exercises and discussions, via a private Yahoo Groups listserv. CLASS CONTENT: This workshop explores six elements a writer needs to plan their novel. Who, What, Why, When, Where and How. Who are the characters from major to minor, and walk-ins. What are the goals of the characters? When has to do with time and means more than night or day -- seasons, eras, the past, present or future belong to time. Where can mean a single setting, a town, a country or a milieu. Why are the reasons for the characters' goals and for their actions? How is the map the writer follows from the beginning to reach the end of the journey. INSTRUCTORS: Janet Walters and Jane Toombs are both authors of the EPPIE Winning: Becoming Your Own Critique Partner, published by Zumaya Publications. Jane has over 80 published books plus twenty-some novellas and short stories in anthologies or stand-alone. Her recent books include The Dark Lighthouse, a suspense romance and Traitor's Kiss, a historical romance. Janet is published in several genres including mystery, suspense, romance fantasy and non-fiction. She has worked as a ghost-writer for self-help books, and has published 25 novels. Their web sites include: www.janetoombs. com, and www.bookswelove. com. TO REGISTER/FEE: The cost is $20 for RWA members, and $25 for non-members. Send a check or Money Order in US Dollars, made out to STAR On-Line Workshop, and mail the check and the following information (name, address, phone number, RWA Membership Number, email address to be used for the class) to: Carol A. Henry, STAR Workshop Coordinator, 90 Dry Brook Road, Willseyville, NY 13864. To pay via a PayPal account, you can pay by going to http://www.PayPal. com, select the "send money" button, then enter the amount due, and STAR's email address for payment: starpay@gmail. com. Remember to send your registration information to STAR's On-line Coordinator at carolhenry@frontier net.net). DEADLINE: Registration closes June 2! All writers are welcome. If you know how to send e-mail, then you've mastered the technical skills needed to participate. Once you registration has been processed you will be enrolled in the workshop's listserv. All messages posted by the instructor and other students will be delivered directly to your inbox, although you may also view them from the Yahoo website. CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information contact carol at carolhenry@frontier net.net, or visit STAR's website at www.STARRWA. ORG.
  22. --------Permission Granted to Forward--------- FTHRW May Online Workshop http://fthrw.com/workshops/ Lights, Camera, Action -- Smile, Your Book Is Making A Commercial! Dates: May 4-29, 2009 Instructor: Kellie Finley Cost: FREE to FTHRW members; $20.00 for all others Registration Deadline: April 29, 2009 Course Description: Book trailers are starting to show up all over the place -- on websites, on YouTube, even on TV. But do you really need one? And if so, how do you go about getting one, after all, writing the book was hard enough, wasn't it? This workshop will look at the basics of book trailers starting with determining if you need one, who looks at them, what to include in one, whether to build one yourself or hire someone to do it, copyright guidelines around photos and sound/music you might use, and what to do with one once you've got it. We'll talk about different software tools that can be used to create book trailers and where the various pictures, sound, and music used in them can be obtained. We'll even take a quick look at how your book trailer can play into your overall image as a writer. Time permitting, we'll chat a bit about the world of YouTube. By the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of book trailers in general, and how they fit into your specific marketing plans for you the writer, and for your specific book. You will know whether you are willing to commit to building a trailer yourself, hiring to have one built, or whether you would be better off pursuing other marketing options. And you'll know a bit more about the world of YouTube. While any course looking at technology has the potential to get overly heavy or become overwhelm quickly, this course is designed for the non-technical at heart. At the core of the course is communication, and as writers, this is an area we are all more gifted in than most. And it's something we've all been doing that for years! About the Instructor: Kellie is a romantic suspense writer, originally from central U.S.A., now living in western Canada. She is a PRO member of RWA, the Calgary Association of RWA, the Mystery and Suspense Chapter of RWA, Kiss of Death (KOD), and the Elements of RWA (Elements). She has had multiple newsletter articles published by numerous RWA chapters, as well as several freelance, non-fiction magazine articles published. In addition, her manuscripts have been finalists in multiple contests. Before pursuing a career writing fiction, Kellie spent fifteen years working for some of the largest computer technology and management companies in the world and founded a small systems and management consulting company. She has degrees in marketing, accounting, and business administration. She has taught adult level courses at Illinois State University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Alberta, as well as for several large corporate clients. After designing and teaching her original online workshop, Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Having A Website But Were Afraid To Ask, multiple individuals have requested individual, more detailed courses for other tools available in building an internet presence, such as blogs, MySpage pages, online newsletters, and book trailers. This course focuses on book trailers. Kellie is in a unique position to teach this workshop, combining her technology and teaching experiences with her knowledge of life as a writer.
  23. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ May 1-30, 2009 "Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices and More" by Margie Lawson www.WriterUniv.com Margie Lawson, counseling psychologist, has developed innovative, psychologically-anchored editing systems and techniques that will show you how to write a page-turner. Deep Editing is not basic editing. It's post-graduate level editing. It's editing to hook the reader viscerally. In DEEP EDITING, participants will: * Learn the EDITS System and take it deeper * Learn the 25 rhetorical devices and practice using them * Develop skills by using worksheets provided in each lecture * Learn back story management, power lines, throw-away works * Learn clich� twists, back loading, tautologies, and Emotional Hits * Receive deep editing critiques from Margie on class assignments * Develop a personal editing checklist from the Master Editing Checklist * Learn to make FINAL EDITING PASS be your last pass Margie Lawson, psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter-applied her psychological expertise to dissect over a thousand novels and analyze how authors write page-turners. A former university professor, Margie focuses her analytical skills on writing craft, developing innovative editing systems and deep editing techniques. Her deep editing tools are used by all writers, from newbie to multi-award winners. For more information, visit her web site at www.MargieLawson.com. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ May 4-29, 2009 "Grammar For the Faint Of Heart" by Cheryl Norman www.WriterUniv.com Have you received critiques or returned contest entries that mention a need to improve grammar or writing mechanics? Do you struggle with punctuating the plural possessive of nouns and pronouns? Is the term �dependent clause� a vague memory from high school English class? Don't let poor grammar or weak writing hold back your riveting story from publication. You can be your own grammar cop when editing your manuscript by recognizing and correcting the top ten writing mistakes: * Misuse of apostrophes and hyphens * Noun-verb agreement errors * Using the wrong word or spelling * Lack of pronouns and antecedents agreement * Excessive use of quotation marks * Faulty comparisons and convoluted, wordy sentences * Vague word usage and other weak writing * Misplaced and misleading modifiers Cheryl Norman graduated with a BA in English from Georgia State University, had a 25-year career with a major telecommunications company, then quit to pursue writing. She authored numerous articles and two cookbooks while building her romance fiction career. Her first mass-market paperback release earned her a mention in Publisher's Weekly as one of ten romance authors to watch, and her latest release is RUNNING SCARED. Visit her Grammar Cop blog at www.cherylnorman.com/blog. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  24. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: Class: THE CONFLICT GRID, TOOL FOR SUCCESS Instructor: Lyn Cote Dates: May 4 -15, 2009 Registration Opens: April 20, 2009 Registration Deadline: May 3, 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: (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: If you don’t have conflict, you don’t have a story. With Kathy Jacobson’s CONFLICT GRID, you will learn to uncover every possible conflict inherent that keep your hero and heroine apart. No more sagging middle. No more trouble crafting a true black moment. No more trouble finding the unifying theme that gives your romance power, no matter what subgenre you write. The CONFLICT GRID also clarifies the basic elements of your romance so that you can pitch it to an editor and give her exactly the info she needs to assess whether it’s a winner or not. The CONFLICT GRID, filled out in full, also provides you all you need to write a proposal. It can be your main planning tool for character and plot. Once you learn it, you’ll wonder how you did without it! BIO: In 1996, Lyn Cote’s first inspirational historical manuscript was a finalist in the inspirational category in the RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. This became her first historical novel, Whispers of Love, in her “Blessed Assurance” series, which was reissued October 2007 by the new Avon Inspire line. Most recently, Chloe, the first novel in Lyn’s “Women of Ivy Manor” historical series was a 2006 RWA Rita Award finalist for Best Inspirational, as well as a finalist for the Holt Medallion and the National Readers Choice Contest. Lyn also writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Love Inspired. Author of over twenty novels, Lyn lives in the lovely northwoods of Wisconsin with her husband and three cats. But she is quick to point out that she loves dogs, too. Visit her online at www.LynCote.net. 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/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 *****
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