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  1. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ April 3-30, 2009 "In & Out: Writing Believable Conflict" by Sherry Lewis www.WriterUniv.com This workshop focuses on the art and craft of creating realistic, believable conflict for your character, both internal and external, and on weaving those conflict together in ways that are fresh, exciting, and powerful enough to catch an editor's eye. Topics include: * Understanding how a character's core beliefs crate conflict * How internal and external conflicts work together * When to hang on to / let go of a character's past * Keeping conflicts realistic * Creating layers of conflict * Why urgency matters in conflict * Applying conflict to each scene you write * Avoiding anticipated conflict Sherry Lewis is a career writer with more than 30 published mystery, contemporary romance, and time travel romance novels to her credit. She loves sharing what she has learned since selling her first book fifteen years ago, and has given workshops all over the country. Sherry has also taught online workshops for several years. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ April 3-30, 2009 "Writing For Magazines" by Julie Rowe www.WriterUniv.com Interested in writing for magazines? Learn the process of creating an article, from coming up with an idea to how to sell that idea to a magazine and write your finished piece. This class will tear apart real examples of successful queries and their subsequent published articles see what worked, and what didn't work, and why. Topics include: * Why fiction writers should also write for magazines * Choosing the right magazine and editor to query * Topics, research, angles, titles and hooks * The knock-out magazine query letter * How to get quotes & statistics and fact check * Writing the article; sidebars and photography * Word count, deadlines, contracts and invoicing * Creating a portfolio and finding your niche Julie Rowe has been freelancing for magazines for over five years. She's an enthusiastic instructor who enjoys lively discussion and encourages questions. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines such as Today's Parent magazine, Reader's Digest (Canada), The Canadian Writer's Journal, Writer's Digest, Canadian Living, What's Up Kids Magazine, the Romance Writer's Report and various RWA chapter newsletters. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ April 6-17, 2009 MASTER CLASS: "Do-It-Yourself Media Kits" by Theresa Meyers www.WriterUniv.com Prerequisite: Published book or upcoming release date Working on your own promotion, but not sure what you should or shouldn’t include when you send material out to the media? Look no further. Public Relations guru Theresa Meyers takes you through the ins and outs of media kits, both print and electronic, and demystifies what you need to have on hand. In this course you’ll get: * The elements every media kit needs * How to create them yourself * Templates for making instant bios, press releases, and more! * What to include and omit based on the media contact * Fresh ideas for packaging your media kit * Knowledge of why print and electronic media kits are different * How to make each kind 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 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  2. ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged!!*** APRIL ONLINE CLASS SETTING IS MORE THAN A BACKDROP DATE: April 1 - 30 INSTRUCTOR: CHERYL ST.JOHN COST: $25. REGISTRATION VIA PAYPAL: http://cheryl-stjohn-workshop.blogspot.com/ REGISTRATION OPENS: March 7th REGISTRATION ENDS: When class is full CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you ever read a book that made you feel as though you were right there experiencing the story? Would you like to trigger a response like that in your readers? Included in what we generally think of as setting are aspects as diverse as accents, idioms, senses and weather. Period, traditions, moral beliefs, customs and the writer’s voice are all woven into the same tapestry that brings a story to life. Whether it’s your hometown or outer space, every location plays as much a part in adding depth and realism, as do the characters. An author should have a solid reason for where he or she places characters, and a skillful author can use setting to intensify reader involvement. This course will detail methods to make readers feel as though they are in the moment. Cheryl will provide instruction on how to bring a setting to life. She’ll explain the pitfalls of backstory and details, and she will share how to create authenticity. Experience has given Cheryl insight on storing and retrieving research. She’ll also give practical advice on: • engaging emotions and senses • adding physical realism • unifying scenes and plot threads • tightening suspense • explaining and motivating a character INSTUCTOR BIO: Among her achievements, which include over thirty published books in both contemporary and historical genres, Cheryl St.John has received multiple Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and three RITA nominations. In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, “emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real life situations.” She has taught writing on local and national levels, and is in demand as a motivational speaker. FORMAT: The class will be conducted via subscription to a private yahoogroup. Two lessons per week, followed by questions and answers. Each lesson will include one brief assignment pertaining to the participant’s current work in progress. Entire archived class will be available for one week after the ending date. RECOMMENDATIONS: “Cheryl St.John's course on setting rocks! Even after twenty-one published books, I gained valuable knowledge that I'll definitely use to make future books even better.” – bestselling author, Cindy Kirk “Cheryl St.John's course is a must for all writers - new or experienced. After taking Cheryl's class, I revised my manuscript to add atmosphere and depth to the story. Through examples and hands-on exercises, Cheryl demonstrates how setting is an integral character in all good story telling.” - aspiring author, Rebecca Ryan May's Workshop: GETTING THE MUDDLE OUT OF YOUR MIDDLE
  3. Have you always dreamed of writing a novel, but didn't quite know where to start? Have you started a novel and found you couldn't get beyond the first three chapters...or finished one but it keeps getting rejected? Are you an experienced writer and want to take your writing to the next level? If so, we at BOOTCAMP for Novelists are here to help you. Yes, we can! Between us, we have over twenty years experience teaching novel writing and have written over twenty-five novels. How did we do it? Step by step, that's how a book is written. Step by step, that's how your skills are built. Step by step, that's how we'll teach you those skills. BOOTCAMP for Novelists Online is a step by step program that will take you from the beginning of your novel to the end. If you're a beginner, you'll start with the BASICS (Level I). If you've been writing a while, start with the POLISH (Level II). Beginners will want to polish a basic skill before mastering the next skill and experienced writers may want to jump into a basic program to beef up a weak skill. Either way, if you follow our step by step program and do the work, you'll have the tools to write your novel and get it published. Check out our curriculum and see what it's about. And if you think the program is a little too nose-to-the-grindstone, no worries, lurkers are welcome and participation is voluntary. The courses will be delivered through Yahoo Groups by email in four week modules and are very reasonably priced at $22 each. Introductory Special BASIC NOVEL STRUCTURE A two week $10 Course beginning February 15, 2009 Regular Classes Begin March 1 THE BASICS Taught by Connie Flynn * CHARACTER * DIALOGUE * PLOT * STORY CONFLICT THE POLISH Taught by Linda Style * THE FIRST 3 CHAPTERS * DEEPENING CHARACTERIZATION * ESCALATING CONSEQUENCES * USING SUB-PLOTS http://bootcampfornovelists.com/index.html
  4. OKAY TO FORWARD Online class: March 1-31, 2009 "Pacing: How To Create A Page-Turning Manuscript" by Mary Buckham Registration $30 at www.WriterUniv.com/ What keeps a book intriguing enough to have fans turn the pages and not set it down? How can one author's books have you riveted and another's leave you feeling ho-hum? Ever wondered if there are key craft tips and techniques to balance fast-paced conflict, tension, suspense or mystery, action and emotion? In PACING: HOW TO CREATE A PAGE TURNING MANUSCRIPT you'll learn: * The ingredients of a page-turner * What hooks are and how to maximize them * The power of effective scenes: common pacing pitfalls to avoid * The ten elements of strong pacing * How to use subplots and secondary characters * How to avoid a sagging middle * What a beat is and how to use it * Great beginnings & endings that have your readers wanting more! Mary Buckhams debut Romantic Suspense novel, THE MAKEOVER MISSION, was a Silhouette Intimate Moments release. Her second novel, INVISIBLE RECRUIT, was a May 2006 Silhouette Bombshell. A former magazine editor, she has written hundreds of free-lance articles and a non-fiction book. Currently she is a national writing-workshop presenter, both online and at conferences. Visit www.MaryBuckham.com or www.BreakIntoFiction.com for more information about the release of her Break Into Fiction book coming June 2009. OKAY TO FORWARD
  5. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** Online Class: February 2-28, 2009 "Plotting Via Motivation" by Laurie Schnebly Campbell Registration $30 at www.WriterUniv.com/ Plotting starts with motivation, because that's what drives your story. Any of us could write a book in which characters set out for a three-hour tour and get shipwrecked on an uncharted desert isle. We've seen what seven such characters would do...over and over and over again. But what would YOURS do? If you nail down any character's motivation, it doesn't matter whether the ship capsizes or lands safely three hours later. Your characters will create a plot from whatEVER happens, because you've got their motivation built in from the very beginning. Find out how, with a workshop that covers: * Motivation's Big Question * The Surprising Core * How Deep Do You Go? * Motivation Checklist * The 14 Blanks * Goal vs Motivation * Gut-Level Conflict * Building Your Plot Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves what previous students have said about this workshop: "Now I'm actually excited about plotting." "I've learned more from this class than from years of buying books and attending conferences." "Loved the humor." "I started with a vague idea and ended up with the bones of a story." "It was worth the time and money to repeat." ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  6. *********Permission to Forward Granted*********** 2009 RWA Online Chapter #136 Workshop Schedule: LEGAL ISSUES FOR WRITERS Instructor: Teresa Bodwell January 19th - Feb 1st 2009 Registration: Jan 5th -18th, 2009 This workshop focuses on the major issues every author should know about—copyright basics, trademark use in fiction, defamation and related issues and the warranty clause in publishing contracts THE CONFLICT GRID: TOOL FOR SUCCESS Instructor: Lyn Cote May 4th - 15th 2009 Registration: April 20th - May 3rd 2009 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. PLOT DOCTOR: FIXING YOUR STORY PROBLEMS June 17th - 30th 2009 Instructor: Kara Lennox Registration 3rd to 16th June 2009 Do you create wonderful, three-dimensional characters who then stumble around blindly in your book, trying to find a story? In this workshop Kara will cover the fifteen most common problems, how to spot them and how to fix them. CHARACTERIZATION: Making Strengths and Weaknesses Work For You (or No More Mary Sues!) Instructor: Linnea Sinclair August 17th - 30th 2009 Registration 3rd to 16th August 2009 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. TAKING THE PAIN OUT OF POV Instructors: Jess Granger & Angie Fox October 1 - 14th 2009 Registration: 17th to 30th September 2009 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. *** Added Bonus: Join all of the RWA Online members in our annual KIA Marathon writing competition the entire month of October! CAN THIS MANUSCRIPT BE SAVED Instructor: Susan Meier December 1 - 15 2009 Registration: 17th to 30th November 2009 In 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 how determining whether your problem is a story, scene or word problem is the first step on the road to recovery, and shares tricks-of-the-trade to finding and fixing your errors before you submit! Workshop Fee: $15.00 each/Chapter #136 members: Free For more information, contact: (workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org) Or visit: RWA Online Chapter #136 (http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The RWA Online Chapter #136 would like to thank the following 2008 Workshop Presenters for making last year’s Workshops Program a great success: KATE PEARCE, ERIN McCARTHY and KATHY LOVE, LINNEA SINCLAIR, TERESA BODWELL, CANDACE HAVENS, ALFIE THOMPSON -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *********Permission to Forward Granted***********
  7. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** To enrol on any of these classes visit: http://www.writeruniv.com/ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ January 12-23, 2009 MASTER CLASS: "From Slush Pile to NYT List" by Katie MacAlister Going from the slush pile to the New York Times list in five years may not be an easy journey, but Katie MacAlister is living proof that it CAN be done. Find out how to achieve such not-so-impossible goals with WriterU's master class featuring the NYT bestselling author. Just 30 people will be subscribed to this intimate workshop, filled with Katie's own tips and tricks designed to help you keep your focus in the sometimes frustrating world of publishing. With plenty of opportunity for Q&A chat, her frank discussion will include: * Creating a five-year plan * Educating yourself on what works * Identifying your unique voice * Knowing what's right for you (and what's not) * Building your support team * Avoiding the negative aspects of being an author Katie MacAlister has gone from (utterly heartless) rejection to the top ten on the New York Times bestseller list. With more than thirty books published, ranging from paranormal to young adult to historical to contemporary novels, she's happy to share her experience with writers ready to forge their own path. Prerequisite: Must have completed manuscript ready to send agents/editors. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ January 2-30, 2009 "Building The Fiction Pitch, Step By Step" by Janet Wellington You’ve completed the manuscript of a story you love, and now all it needs is a home. Time for the next step: marketing your story to an agent and/or editor at a writing conference you’ve just decided to attend. The thing is, you might be the most talented writer on the planet -- but if you can’t describe your story in an exciting but succinct way during a pitching opportunity or appointment, you could be in real trouble. By taking this course you’ll learn: * What to do when preparing to pitch * Anatomy of a pitch; different lengths you’ll need and why * Techniques to help you analyze your story * The biggest mistake writers make in pitching their stories * How to craft the opening for your pitch * The top benefit of an editor/agent appointment at conferences * How to design a pitch for individual and group appointments * What to say -- and not say -- if they want more Janet Wellington is an award-winning author, writing teacher, and line-editor for both published and not-yet-published writers. She started learning the art of pitching stories in 1995 when she attended her first Romance Writers of America national conference, and hasn’t stopped since! She has presented workshops on the art of pitching both regionally and nationally, and now teaches online. Read more about her at: www.janetwellington.com. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ January 2-30, 2009 "Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors: Allow Productivity & Creativity to Soar" by Margie Lawson 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 Characters’ Emotions, 2) Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices & More, and 3) Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors in full-day master classes internationally. For more information, visit www.MargieLawson.com. ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  8. The movie is While you Were Sleeping. Another one will be optional - About about. She'll also reference several others. She thinks that most people will have seen them but you can ask questions if you haven't. She will go into more detail so that you the point is clear.
  9. Sorry, I've just spotted this query. I'll check with the instructor and let you know what she says.
  10. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: Class: BETTER WRITING THROUGH HOLIDAY MOVIES Instructor: Alfie Thompson Dates: December 1 – 12 Registration Opens: November 17 Registration Deadline: November 30 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: This course will give you a great excuse to watch a movie--"Sorry, honey, I can't go Christmas shopping right now. I'm working"--over the busy Holidays while improving your plotting and character growth skills. We'll analyze a movie using the Five Star plotting method and track the goals and character growth of the main characters. We'll also examine how tying the plot and character growth together can make writing your story easier. (A second movie will be discussed, but watching will be optional.) We will also touch lightly on conflict, suspending disbelief and several other tricks of the trade. Yes, there will be assignments, based on your own MIP. They will be simple and fun. And by the time the course is finished, you should have very good story targets to reach in writing your own manuscript. BIO: Alfie Thompson's received her first "we're buying your book" call in December 1989 and that first book was a Christmas story, published the following Christmas by Harlequin. Is it any wonder that she loves Christmas for more than the usual reasons. Since then, writing as Val Daniels, she has sold 9 more books to Harlequin/Silhouette, including 8 Romances, 1 Shadows (romantic suspense) and 1 Special Edition. Her books have been published in 22 languages and 32 countries and have sold 2.5 million copies. Her most recent book was published by Running Press (a division of Perseus) and is a non-fiction book on learning to write fiction by watching movies. Lights! Camera! Fiction! A Movie Lovers Guide to Writing a Novel by Alfie Thompson is available in bookstores and from the usual online booksellers. Alfie has given writing workshops from New York City to Hawaii and served for five years on RWA's Board of Directors. As conference chair in 1990, she initiated the first ever "Readers For Life" literacy book signing which has raised over a half million dollars for Literacy since its inception. http://www.lightscamerafiction.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 *****
  11. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** November 3-28, 2008 "The Heart of Your Story" by Bob Mayer Registration $30 at www.WriterUniv.com/ Can you say what your book is about in 25 words or less? Summarizing your original idea is essential to both writing a tight book and then selling it. Participants will get the opportunity to share their idea and have it discussed by the instructor and group. Find out what you really meant to write, and the level of interest it generates. In this highly interactive workshop, you'll learn how to: * Find and state your original idea in order to... * Excite the reader and stay the course while writing * Focus your creative energies * Keep from having a new idea supplant it during the creative process * Be able to pitch the book to an agent and editor succinctly * Allow your agent and editor to be able to sell the book * Give you the center of your marketing plan for your book New York Times best-selling author Bob Mayer graduated West Point and served in the Infantry and Special Forces (Green Berets) before earning his MA in Education. He's the author of over 35 fiction and non-fiction books, including The Novel Writer's Toolkit: a Guide to Writing Great Fiction and Getting it Published. He has been a speaker for over 500 groups and organizations, ranging from the US Army and the CIA to the University of Georgia and the Maui Writers Conference, on topics including the use of Special Operations Theory and Tactics in the Civilian World. Check him out at www.bobmayer.org. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ November 3-15, 2008 MASTER CLASS: "Mastering Scene & Sequel" by Sherry Lewis Registration $55 at www.WriterUniv.com/ Prerequisite: Must have a completed manuscript ready to submit You've heard about scene and sequel, and the idea of using it makes sense -- but can you use scene and sequel and still maintain the fluid style of writing you prefer? Will using scene and sequel box you in, or can you still fly by the seat of your pants? Learn how to use scene and sequel to create powerful scenes while maintaining your own artistic integrity. By taking this course you'll learn how to: * Identify the anatomy of scene and sequel * Use scene/sequel structure to build tension and highlight conflict * Use it to drive your story from scene to scene * Create hooks that keep the reader turning pages * Make characterization, motivation & conflict work together powerfully * Decide what to include and leave out of your manuscript * Avoid wandering off your story's path * Tailor scene-sequel to fit your writing style and unique story Sherry Lewis is an award-winning, bestselling author, writing teacher and writing coach for both published and aspiring writers. She has been using scene and sequel techniques in her own work since 1992, and teaching it to others around the country and online for more than 15 years. Read more about her at www.sherrylewisbooks.com. ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  12. “The Dark Side of Criminals, the Darker Side of Killers” by Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark, Forensic Psychologist CAMEO, RWA Chapter 123, presents a two part online class on Villainous characteristics, personalities and mindset. First we take a look at the Dark Side of a criminal mind. Our second part is an in-depth study of the Darkest psyche, that of a Serial Killer. Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark is going to share her knowledge from interviewing over 75 serial killers and the internal working of a serial killer’s darkest psyche. Talk a walk on the Dark Side of human nature, the side that commits the crime, the side that kills. Join us for either part or take both. Part One: October 15 thru November 15: Talk a walk on the Dark Side Talk a walk on the Dark Side with Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark: Have you ever wondered how to create criminal/villainous minds with reality and flair? Join Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark as she takes you through the darker sides of a character’s mind. “I would love to say it’s as easy as learning how to put together all the pieces as easy as 1, 2, 3, but it’s a bit more complicated. In our case, we will start with profiling, what it is and how to do it. From that we look at the crime and decide what type of criminal we’re looking to write about. Here we will weave in and out of real life as we plot, carry out and hopefully solve your writing needs. Using the psychological behavior of your criminal/villain’s mind by looking at –The Dark Side.” Part Two: November 16 thru December 16: A Serial Killers Psyche, the Darkest Mind, the One that Kills A Serial Killers’ Psyche, the Darkest Mind, the one that kills: Mind of a Killer Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark has interviewed over 70 serial killers/mass murderers in depth for her work. She is going to share the knowledge she gained in studying the dangerous psyche of the Mind of a killer. How he thinks, picks a victim, carries out his deepest desires and how he kills. Learn to create a serial killer/mass murderer character from the person who has spoken to them and understands the darkest mind. She is going to share this informed view into their psyche. ‘We will also look at a couple of school shooters in depth as well as whether or not the Son of Sam acted alone and whether Albert de Salvo was the Boston Strangler, plus more. An intense look into the Mind of a Killer.’ Biography: Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Cynthia Lea Clark began her acting career with Repertory Theatre of New Orleans, under Miss June Havoc. While attending Northwestern University where she attained multiple degrees, she was a former Miss Chicago(Miss USA), she then attended nursing school and became a Firefighter Paramedic. After working in Chicago, she moved to Los Angeles, to continue both her education and acting. As she worked on her Masters in Psychology and then a Doctorate, she appeared on many television shows such as Days of our Lives and STAT. During her time on STAT she was stalked which led her to Forensic Psychopathology. She has over 75 interviews with serial killers, mass murderers and other killers. She founded CrimeInMind.com with former FBI agent and author Rae Monet. Today she mixes Forensics with writing and acting as well as completing another Doctorate; this time in neural linguistics. Registration Information: Cost for the Online class is $15.00 for CAMEO members for one class, or $25.00 for both classes. For RWA members the cost is $25.00 for one class or $45.00 for both classes. For non-RWA members the cost is $30.00 for one class or $50.00 for both classes. Send payments via Paypal to: cameowriters@yahoo.com If you have questions you may email them to Lpatrice9@aol.com Subject line should say CAMEO class. Checks may be sent to: CAMEO Writers Inc. Lori Arnold-Mann 3763 So. 78th St. Omaha, NE 68124 * Payments for Class I: Talk a walk on the Dark Side must be sent by October 13, 2008. * Payment for Class II: A Serial Killers’ Psyche, the Darkest Mind, the one that kills: Mind of a Killer, must be sent by November 13, 2008. * To sign up for Both classes, payment must be sent by October 13, 2008. http://www.cameoromancewriters.com/online_class.htm
  13. ********************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 OCTOBER 2008. WORKSHOP: Understanding Undercover Operations for Writers: How to Set Them Up, Bust Them and Barely Live Through Them Go undercover with a veteran undercover agent who changed her identity more often than bed sheets! Lucinda Schoerder never knew where her new undercover role would take her next. Learn from the inside how she developed her cover stories, set up her props, picked her partners and her targets. In this fascinating class you'll gloat in the glory of catching bad guys in the cleverest ways. Lucinda will also reveal how her cover has been blown and what she did about it - something very rarely discussed by undercover agents. All of this is excellent fodder for fiction writers who want to incorporate undercover sleuths into their cloak and dagger stories. Come join the fun! INSTRUCTOR: Lucinda Schoerder For 30 years Lucinda Schroeder worked as a federal agent for the Department of the Interior. She was the first female agent to conduct undercover operations in her agency and continued to do so until she retired in 2004. Schroeder teaches undercover classes to police departments and federal agents through a program called "Bullet Proof Covert Identities." She is the author of "A Hunt for Justice" (Lyons Press), which is based on one of her cases where she infiltrated an illegal big game hunting camp in Alaska and took it down. "A true story that reads like a mystery." Tony Hillerman. For 30 years Lucinda Schroeder worked as a federal agent for the Department of the Interior. She was the first female agent to conduct undercover operations in her agency and continued to do so until she retired in 2004. Schroeder teaches undercover classes to police departments and federal agents through a program called "Bullet Proof Covert Identities." She is the author of "A Hunt for Justice" (Lyons Press) which is based on one of her cases where she infiltrated an illegal big game hunting camp in Alaska and took it down. "A true story that reads like a mystery." Tony Hillerman. 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 $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****************************
  14. ************************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 OCTOBER 2008. WORKSHOP: No Sag, No Drag: Pacing Tricks To Keep Your Readers Turning The Pages What is it about certain books that cause us to stay up all night reading them? One key answer is PACING. Pacing includes every aspect of a story from characters to lively writing to plot. If that sounds like too much to get a handle on, never fear. That's what this workshop is all about. Here are just some of the topics the class will cover: How to come up with a high concept story The importance of motivation arcs Devising a story that sets the reader up in the beginning and pays off big at the end Creating bold, interesting characters The gentle art of plot twisting Internal vs external plot and how to maximize both Incorporating archetypes to ratchet up your story How to use the Three Act Structure to avoid a sagging middle Enhancing subtext The vital art of rewriting Marilyn will be providing exercises to apply to your works-in- progress for those who wish to participate along with instructor feedback, but lurkers are more than welcome. INSTRUCTOR: Marilyn Jordan Marilyn Jordan is always happy to root out story sag and drag wherever they occur. Even in her youth, this avid reader used to skip the boring parts. She tried hard to keep up the tradition when she started writing her own books and is happy if she can help others do the same. Marilyn has published novels with Harlequin, Leisure, and Kensington. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a film librarian, a reference librarian, an editor, and a book reviewer. Marilyn writes both historical and contemporary romance as well as screenplays. She makes her home in sunny Florida with her husband and a small menagerie of cats and dogs. KILLERINSTINCT 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 $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**************************
  15. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: Class: FIRST DRAFT IN 14 DAYS Instructor: Candace Haven Dates: October 6 - 17 Registration Opens: September 22 Registration Deadline: October 5 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: Fast Draft in 14 Days: With Fast Draft writers learn how to use their time more wisely to complete their first draft in just 14 days, working only a few hours a day. Writers will also discover the magic that comes with Fast Draft and the creativity it spawns. This process can be adapted for new writers as well as New York Times Bestsellers. It's a way to make those personal and professional deadlines without driving yourself crazy. This class has been updated to include innovative ideas on how to engage your brain and make it work for you. (Candace Havens is also throwing in her bonus class Writer's Binge at the end of the session, which is another way to get fingers on the keyboard.) *** Added Bonus: Join all of the RWA Online members in our annual KIA Marathon writing competition the entire month of October! BIO: Candace "Candy" Havens is a best selling and award-winning author. Her novels include "Charmed & Dangerous", "Charmed & Ready", "Charmed & Deadly", "Like A Charm" and "The Demon King and I". She is known for writing strong female characters, who save the world, but aren't exactly perfect. She is a two-time RITA, Write Touch Reader and Holt Medallion finalist. She is also the winner of the Barbara Wilson award. Candy is a nationally syndicated entertainment columnist for FYI Television. A veteran journalist she has interviewed just about everyone in Hollywood from George Clooney and Orlando Bloom to Nicole Kidman and Kate Beckinsale. You can hear Candy weekly on 96.3 KSCS in the Dallas Fort Worth Area. Her popular online Writer's Workshop has more than 1000 students and provides free classes to professional and aspiring writers. http://www.candacehavens.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 *****
  16. September 8-19, 2008 MASTER CLASS: "Writing Back Cover Blurbs That Sell" by Theresa Meyers Registration $50 at www.WriterUniv.com/ Prerequisite: Must have a complete manuscript Research has shown that after looking at the cover, the next thing potential readers look at is the back of your book. Lose them on the back cover, and you could lose a possible sale! But how do you craft a selling back cover blurb, and what elements matter most? In this course you’ll find out: * The elements of a selling back cover blurb * How to structure three different types of back cover blurbs * Buzz words that get people to buy * Common mistakes authors make * How to craft a blurb that’ll help you sell more By day Theresa Meyers is president of Blue Moon Communications, a top public relations agency best know for securing placement for two of the seven picks of the Kelly Ripa Book Club. But by night she writes fiction. A member of RWA since 1993, she’s been a finalist in the American Title contest and is currently at work on her next novel. You can find her blogging online at www.bluemooncommunications.com and www.theresameyers.com. ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  17. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** September 2-29, 2008 "Sex Between The Pages: Understanding & Writing Sexual Tension" by Mary Buckham Registration $30 at 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’s debut Romantic Suspense novel, THE MAKEOVER MISSION, was a Silhouette Intimate Moments release. Her second novel, INVISIBLE RECRUIT, was a May 2006 Silhouette Bombshell. A former magazine editor, she has written hundreds of free-lance articles and a non-fiction book. Currently she is a national writing-workshop presenter, both online and at conferences. Visit www.MaryBuckham.com or www.BreakIntoFiction.com for more information about the release of her Break Into Fiction™ book coming June 2009.
  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 SEPTEMBER 2008. WORKSHOP: A Cop's Life A - Z Have you ever wondered what it's like to go in pursuit of a fleeing vehicle or be in an officer-involved shooting? Do you know the difference between burglary and robbery? What does ego have to do with being a police officer? These questions and more will be answered in the Kiss of Death COFFIN online workshop in September 2008. The instructor, Los Angeles Police Officer Kathy Bennett, will present twenty-six "lectures" on A Cop's Life A - Z and answer any resulting questions. Don't miss out on this opportunity to go behind the badge and find out what it's really like to be a cop. Instructor: Kathy Bennett Kathy Bennett has been a Los Angeles Police Officer for eighteen years currently assigned as a Senior Lead Officer with approximately seven square miles of the City of Los Angeles assigned to her. She is responsible for crime and quality of life issues within those seven square miles and if things aren't going well, the Chief of Police will want to talk to her and find out why. Kathy's career with the LAPD began in 1973 as a civilian employee of the department and in 1990 she fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a sworn police officer. Most of Kathy's career has been spent on patrol in a black and white police car, but she's also been a Firearms Instructor at the LAPD Police Academy, a crime analyst in the "War Room", a Field Training Officer, worked undercover in various assignments and is a certified DARE instructor. She's been named Officer of the Quarter twice, and Officer of the Year once. 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 $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. *************************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 SEPTEMBER 2008. WORKSHOP: A Method for Plotting Madness Wondering whether your book is as fast-paced as it can be? Troubled by the intricacies of balancing suspense and romance? Confused over whether your scenes are indeed building to a breakneck, satisfying conclusion, or whether they're simply making your reader wish she'd picked up a washing machine maintenance manual instead? This course can help! Blending several tried-and-true fiction-writing sources with her own peculiar methods, Tracy Montoya shows you how to start your book with a bang, keep the pacing tight and the romance and suspense plots focused, and how to stage a final confrontation that's satisfying and suspenseful. You'll receive plenty of instructor feedback and--whether you're a "plotter" or a "pantser"--you'll walk away with a grid you can use to plot or revise all of your future stories. INSTRUCTOR: Tracy Montoya Tracy Montoya has been writing for Harlequin Intrigue since 2000. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier award, the Beacon Award, and the Golden Quill award for romantic suspense A member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists, Tracy has written about everything from Booker Prize-winning poet Martín Espada to socially responsible mutual funds to soap opera summits. Her articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including Hope, Utne, Satya, YES!, Audubon, and the National Green Pages, and she writes a syndicated column called "The Spirit of Money" for Martha Stewart's Body + Soul. Prior to launching her journalism career, she taught in an under-resourced school in Louisiana through the AmeriCorps Teach for America program. Tracy holds a Master's degree in English literature from Boston College and a B.A. in the same from St. Mary's University. When she's not writing, she likes to scuba dive, forget to go to kickboxing class, wallow in bed with a good book, or get out her guitar with a group of friends and pretend she's Suzanne Vega. KILLERINSTINCT 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 $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************************
  20. Spread the word! TERESA BODWELL WILL PRESENT RWAOnline’s August 2008 WORKSHOP THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE ROMANCE NOVEL: HOW UNDERSTANDING OUR ROOTS CAN HELP TODAY’S AUTHORS WRITE A COMPELLING ROMANCE NOVEL REGISTRATION PERIOD OPENS: July 21 REGISTRATION PERIOD ENDS: August 10 ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: Class: The Natural History of the Romance Novel: How understanding our roots can help today's authors write a compelling romance novel Instructor: Teresa Bodwell Dates: August 11 – September 12 Registration Opens: July 21 Registration Deadline: August 10 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: This course will track the eight essential elements that define a romance novel according to A Natural History of the Romance Novel by Pamela Regis. Participants will learn how to apply the essential elements to create a compelling, romantic page-turner. According to Regis, the eight essential elements of a romance novel are: Society Defined; The Meeting; The Barrier; The Attraction; The Declaration; The Point of Ritual Death; The Recognition; The Betrothal The workshop will discuss all of these elements using examples from several romance novels. Participants will submit excerpts from their works in progress for comment. Assignments will include: the meeting, the barrier, the attraction and the point of ritual death. To get the most out of this course, participants should read the following books: The Natural History of the Romance Novel by Pamela Regis Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Montana Sky by Nora Roberts Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Scent of Roses by Kat Martin ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Teresa Bodwell lives in Montana where the mountains, rivers and sweeping plains inspire her stories of rugged characters facing untamed country and dangerous villains. Tough heroes and courageous heroines who struggle for survival, for family and for love. Teresa is the author of two western historical novels and a novella in the anthology, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. As an attorney she has learned that life can be unfair and a happy outcome is not always possible. She enjoys writing stories where happy endings are guaranteed. http://www.tbodwell.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 *****
  21. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** Online class: August 6-31, 2008 "Tips From Madison Avenue: The Selling Synopsis" by Laurie Schnebly Campbell Registration $30 at www.WriterUniv.com/ No wonder so many great novelists have a tough time writing a synopsis -- the two jobs require completely different skills! Advertising copywriters have discovered a variety of techniques that make people want to buy a specific product, whether it's a bike or a burger or a book. So this hands-on workshop teaches those same techniques, including: * Finding your unique selling points * Headlines (or openings) that grab a buyer * Identifying your target market * When details matter, and when they don't * Brainstorming a creative plot strategy * Highlights that sell your product * Changing format, emphasis or both An advertising copywriter for 25 years, Laurie Schnebly Campbell was amazed when she realized her day job made it easier to "sell" editors on her books. So far she's sold six to Silhouette, including one that beat out Nora Roberts for Best Special Edition of the Year, and loves sharing marketing techniques with people who DON'T work on Madison Avenue. ***OKAY TO FORWAD***
  22. ********************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 AUGUST 2008. WORKSHOP: Getting it Right: Real-life Detail for your Law Enforcement Hero Do you wonder what your law enforcement hero/heroine should act like? What type of equipment do they wear? What type of gun do they carry? What type of regulations laws and procedures bind them? Rae Monet, former FBI Special Agent and current PI, will review the Federal Side of Law Enforcement with the History of the FBI, facts and figures, how to become an Special Agent, jurisdictional authority issues and statutes, talk about how FBI agents liaison with local law enforcement, evaluate your questions/scenarios, give you the day in the life of an FBI agent, and talk about equipment an agent would use, among many other subjects. Instructor: Rae Monet Rae Monet is a multi-published, award winning, sensual romance author. She is a former Air Force NCOIC administration with the Office of Special Investigations, former FBI Agent, who worked Violent Crimes Major Offenders and the Cyber Squad. Rae has a BA, MA in business and is also a licensed PI in the state of California. 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 $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****************************
  23. ***********************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 AUGUST 2008. WORKSHOP: Dangerously Sexy: Putting Heat As Well As Danger in Your Romantic Suspense New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight discusses how to give your romantic suspense a sensual sizzle. Topics will include how to craft hot heroes that will make any reader's heart beat faster, as well as heroines who can match them in passion as well as danger. She'll also examine how far is too far when it comes to villains and sex crimes. And of course, she'll cover the construction and pacing of love scenes that don't kill the tension you're working to build in the rest of the book. INSTRUCTOR: Angela Knight Angela Knight is the USA Today bestselling author of the Mageverse series for Berkley Sensation. Besides her fiction work, Angela's publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name. In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company's Secrets 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas in Secrets before editor Cindy Hwang discovered her work there and asked her if she'd be interested in writing for Berkley. Not being an idiot, Angela said yes. Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county's Sheriff's Office. The couple has a grown son, Anthony. KILLERINSTINCT 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 $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***********************
  24. WritersOnlineClasses.com presents: Title: Discovering Story Magic's Turning Points Instructor: Laura Baker and Robin Perini When: July 5-20, 2008 (2 WEEKS) Cost: $30 Have you taken Discovering Story Magic and didn't quite get through Turning Points and the Story Board? Do you wonder how to use the steps of Discovering Story Magic to create compelling pitches and synopses? Here's Your Opportunity! 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! For more info or to register go to: http://www.writersonlineclasses.com/2008classes.html CLASS DESCRIPTION: When you are writing: * Have you conquered sagging middles? * Do conflicts escalate within a tightly interwoven plot? * Do your subplots and secondary characters broaden the scope and deepen your story? * Do all the elements of your story—plot, characters, conflict, and theme—express a dramatic purpose? * Do you know the bedrock truth underlying your story and know how to wield this very powerful tool? * Do you know how to use the elements of Discovering Story Magic to create a compelling pitch (and this is just in time for the conference season)? Take another step in the MAGIC. This is a brand new opportunity. Laura Baker and Robin Perini are offering to take you past the beginning and into Discovering Story Magic II. Bring a completed character grid and you'll get a chance to build YOUR story from YOUR great characters. With a focus on turning points, subplots, secondary characters and theme, this is your chance to really apply the nuances of the Discovering Story Magic process to YOUR story. Take advantage of Laura and Robin's ten years of experience in creating stories with the Discovering Story Magic technique to help you create the best story you can. Discovering Story Magic II - Turning Points, July 5 through July 20, $30.00 You must have one completed character grid to take this class. Included in the class: * More information on Turning Points, Subplots, Secondary Characters and Theme * Individual brainstorming on YOUR story * Learn as you observe Laura and Robin assisting others with their stories This class also offers 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: * Using the Character Grid to create scenes * Creating Turning Points that really work * Organizing scenes on the Storyboard to control the pacing, and escalate the tension of your story. * Harnessing the Dramatic Purpose of your story through the use of Premise – the “unity of opposites” * Between the grid, the turning points, and the theme, creating a convincing, dramatic pitch just in time for the conference season. * And, most importantly, how to take advantage of 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. INSTRUCTOR BIOS: Laura Baker: Award-winning author Laura Baker writes romantic suspense novels set in the Southwest. From the first release, Laura's books have garnered critical acclaim and awards, including the Aspen Gold and the Daphne du Maurier (and its precursor, the Kiss of Death). The list of national award nominations include the National Reader's Choice, the RITA, and twice for Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards. Her last three books were all selected as RT Top Picks. Laura's nonfiction articles on writing have been published in the Writer's Digest, the RWR, and newsletters across the country, and she presents fiction-writing classes at universities and conferences across the country. Twice she has coordinated the annual conference for Novelists' Inc, a national organization of authors published in popular fiction. One award she especially treasures is the RWA Service Award. Laura and her husband own an Indian arts gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and have been in the Indian business for thirty years. Her decades of experience as an Indian trader are the source for many of the off-beat characters and Indian legends in her stories. Robin Perini: Published in short, non-fiction, Robin Perini is a sought-after speaker on writing topics and time management. She is a four-time Finalist of the prestigious RWA Golden Heart Contest. She is a founding member of the Land of Enchantment Romance Authors and was on the committee that wrote, edited, designed and produced the LERA Writer's Guide, an instructional book for writers, which was the only self-published book, named as a resource in Writer's Digest's Romance Writers Sourcebook. Robin writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Her literary agent is Pattie Steele-Perkins. She resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is currently a software systems developer specializing in internet architecture, but she also uses her skills as a graphic artist and web site designer in her own business, Web Magic & More. In addition, Robin is pursuing an MBA at the University of New Mexico.
  25. ********************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 JULY 2008. WORKSHOP: What the Action Heroine Knows--and The Writer Should: Martial Arts, Fighting, and Weapons in Mystery and Suspense Conflict is where story comes to life. In the mystery or suspense novel, this conflict often takes physical form. As writers, our job is to describe physical conflict--whether it be a fight, an abduction or a holdup with a gun or knife--in a way that grips the reader. This workshop, taught by a black belt martial artist and writer, uses knives, swords, clubs, and the naked hand to demonstrate how to write about effective strikes as well as how to defend against them. Actual scenarios from stories will be used to demonstrate what works and what doesn't--both from a physical and emotional perspective and from the perspective of the story. You'll also learn how to avoid action clichés that can pull the reader out of their reading experience. Get tips on writing realistic, believable action scenes with confidence, scenes that enmesh the reader more deeply into the story and elevate your writing to the next level. INSTRUCTOR: Rob Preece Rob Preece is a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has also studied Jujitsu, Kobudo (martial arts weapons), Judo, and European (Olympic) Fencing. As a full-time writer, Rob has learned how to bring realistic fighting detail to the page, which clichés to avoid at all costs, and how to turn physical conflict into either gripping action, or sizzling sexual tension. Rob's seminar, How the Kick-Ass Heroine Kicks Ass, has been well received at RWA National, Epicon, Fencon, and several RWA chapters. When he's not taking punches or practicing with oak or steel weapons, Rob is a full-time writer (and 2005 Golden Heart Finalist) and electronic publisher. In an earlier life, Rob taught Economics at the University level, and he still keeps his hand in the teaching game as a professional bridge instructor. 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 $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****************************
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