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  1. ***********************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 JULY 2008. WORKSHOP: The Lessons Of Firefly: Learning From the Works of Joss Whedon Though Joss Whedon's television show FIREFLY only aired through the fall months of 2002, it has continued to generate followers through word of mouth, DVD sales and an exhaustible amount of followers known as "Browncoats". The Romance Writers of America has many "Browncoasts" in their midst as Jacqui Jacoby learned though discussions with members at the RWA National Conference in both Atlanta and Dallas. Many of these followers love to listen and talk about what they learned from watching the series. Discussing dialogue is a favorite pastime, both at the conferences and online in writing loops. FIREFLY, created by the Rod Serling of our generation, was a masterpiece of writing. Each of its thirteen episodes taught character development, dialogue and plotting techniques. Its motion picture sequel, SERENITY, not only touched on these subjects but added relationships, loyalties and loss to its repertoire. In this workshop, Ms. Jacoby will reveal the lessons of FIREFLY. By using class participation and examples from the episodes, she will translate with words what Mr. Whedon was teaching us on screen. Joss Whedon has reviewed this workshop and has given his permission for it to be offered to The Romance Writers of America. INSTRUCTOR: Jacqui Jacoby Award winning writer and die-hard Firefly fan, Jacqui Jacoby recognized a long time ago that there is much to learn by watching Firefly and getting to know her characters and her world. She has studied the series as some student studies for class. Now, the blessing of Mr. Whedon himself, she wishes to offer it to RWA members and Browncoats anywhere. 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***********************
  2. LINNEA SINCLAIR WILL PRESENT RWAOnline’s June 2008 WORKSHOP WORLD BUILDING FOR WRITERS. OR, WHY EVERYONE IN THE GALAXY SHOULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH. REGISTRATION PERIOD: May 19 – June 1 ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: Class: World Building for Writers. Or, Why Everyone in the Galaxy shouldn't Speak English. Instructor: Linnea Sinclair Dates: June 2 – 13 Registration opens: May 19 Registration Deadline: June 1 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. FMI: workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org CLASS DESCRIPTION: Commercial fiction today has become more texturally-rich with the melding and combing of genres, from romantic suspense to urban fantasy to science fiction romance…and beyond. Yet too often, writers ignore the depths available and present the reader only with shades of well-known, present day locales with a magician, vampire or rocket ship added. Or else writers go to such depths that the novel ceases to be enjoyable fiction and instead becomes a dry, intergalactic travelogue or magical species encyclopedic entry. Multi-award winning science fiction and fantasy romance author Linnea Sinclair's workshop will teach you how to get the most out of your multi-genre novel and explore the importance of world building. You'll learn how to use your 'strangeness budget'; how to create customs, religions, histories, politics and languages; how to maintain reader interest in things known and unknown, and have fun at the same time. 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) and THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES (PEARL Award Honorable Mention), with SHADES OF DARK scheduled for July 2008. 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/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 *****
  3. ***Permission to Forward Granted*** Writer U presents: Title: Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More Instructor: Margie Lawson, M.S. When: May 1 - 30, 2008 Cost: $30 per class, payable by check or PayPal. For more info or to register go to: http://www.writeruniv.com/ DEEP EDITING is for the writer who wants to psychologically impact the unconscious of the reader. For the writer who wants to learn fresh editing techniques. For the writer who wants to edit for power. Participants will: * Learn the EDITS System and take it deeper. See the interplay of patterns on the page and analyze what's needed to strengthen their scene. This is not a broad-brush approach, its a roll up your sleeves and get to work making a difference with your manuscript. If you were introduced to Margie's EDITS System in her Empowering Characters' Emotions course, you'll learn how to expand the EDITS System in DEEP EDITING. * Learn 25 rhetorical devices and practice using them in your work. From anaphora to epsitrophe, amplification to epizeuxis - learn how and when to use these techniques. Examples of rhetorical devices from best selling authors will motivate writers to follow their lead. * Develop skills by using worksheets provided in each lecture. The worksheets also serve as a handy reference for learning the rhetorical devices. * Learn Deep Editing tips including Margie's Five Q, back story management, power lines, SAPs, throw-away words, cliché twists, back loading, tautologies, and emotional hits. * Develop a personal editing checklist from the Master Editing Checklist offered in the course. * Learn how to make a FINAL EDITING PASS and make it be your last pass. Margie Lawson, a counseling psychologist, merges her two worlds, psychology and writing by developing new editing techniques for writers. Formerly a college professor teaching graduate courses in psychology, she holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. her resume includes clinical trainer, psychologist, sex therapist, Director of an Impotence Clinic, hypnotherapist and keynote speaker. A frequent speaker at writing conferences, Margie also presents: 1) Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More, 2) Empowering Characters' Emotions and 3) Defeat Self-Defeating behaviors in high-energy one and two-day workshops to writing organizations nationally.
  4. Last few days to register! WritersOnlineClasses.com is proud to present: INTRODUCTION TO DISCOVERING STORY MAGIC March 15-28, 2008 2 WEEKS $30 Registration ends 14 March 2008 INSTRUCTORS: Laura Baker and Robin Perini CLASS DESCRIPTION: A New Year of Magic! We are excited to announce a new year of Discovering Story Magic online. And due to the overwhelming response last year, we have 3 special classes for the 2008 schedule! 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 classes this year based on their acclaimed course, Discovering Story Magic: Introduction advanced and a Master Class. INTRODUCTION TO DSM: March 15 through March 28, $30.00 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 · Individual brainstorming on Your story · Learn as you observe Laura and Robin assisting others with their stories This 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. 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.” http://www.writersonlineclasses.com/2008classes.html
  5. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** Online class: April 1-30, 2008 "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 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. She has hundreds of free-lance articles to her credit, a non-fiction book and is a former Magazine Editor. Currently she is a national writing-workshop presenter, both online and at conferences and wherever writers meet around the country. Visit www.MaryBuckham.com for more information about her and her current writing projects. ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  6. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** Online class: March 3-31, 2008 "Isn't It Romantic? Developing Romance in Your Romance Novel" by Virginia Kantra Registration $30 at www.WriterUniv.com/ RWA National defines a romance novel as "a central love story" with "an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending." To be emotionally satisfying, the romance must be true both to what the reader knows and to what the writer has to say. Good love stories are universal (tap into the readers' shared emotions and experiences) and unique (use specific, significant details that belong to the story). This workshop explores how combining universal emotion and unique detail in seven essential romance components result in love stories that are believable, memorable...and satisfying! Topics covered will include: * Physical awareness/attraction (you have to have it!) * Emotional conflict (not only external) * Scenes that develop emotional intimacy (action, not just sex and communication.) * Dating/courtship scenes * Sex scenes * The lovers in society * The payoff scene USA Today bestselling author Virginia Kantra is a six-time Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist and has won numerous writing awards, including the Golden Heart, Golden Leaf, Maggie Award, Holt Medallion, and 2003 and 2004 National Readers' Choice Awards. After selling over a dozen books to Silhouette, including her popular "MacNeill Brothers" and "Trouble in Eden" series, she now writes romantic suspense and fantasy novellas for Berkley. ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  7. I took this class last year and I found it really helpful in ramping up the sexual tension in my wip. Mary is a great teacher and there are lots of handouts (well over 100 pages). ****************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 FEBRUARY 2008. > > WORKSHOP: Sex Between the Pages: Understanding and Writing Sexual Tension > > How do you write great sexual tension whether you write Regencies or > Erotica or somewhere in between? Why is it some authors can make you > cheer and commiserate and ache as their characters take their > perilous journeys toward intimacy and others leave you feeling ho > hum? Mary Buckham interviewed authors Linda Howard, Stella Cameron, Susan Anderson and Lori Foster to learn how to write sexual tension from sweet to spicy hot for her SEX ON THE PAGE workshop. She also combines examples from other outstanding Romance authors with an in-depth analysis of the 12 stages of intimacy, findings in behavioral > science and the power of biology to better understand and incorporate sexual tension in your own writing. > > INSTRUCTOR: Mary Buckham > > Mary Buckham's last release, INVISIBLE RECRUIT, earned reviews such as "page-turning", "to-die for sexual tension" and "couldn't put it > down". Currently Mary is working on a Thriller series set in > Seattle's Pike Place Market. She has hundreds of free-lance articles > to her credit, a non-fiction book and is a former magazine Editor. > She is also a national writing workshop presenter, both on-line and > at workshops around the country. She also presents 2-day plotting > weekends throughout the country through www.BreakIntoFiction.com . In her spare time, Mary is one of the co-founders and a driving force > behind www.WriterUniv.com Mary encourages you to visit her website at www.MaryBuckham.com for more information about her, her appearances and workshops and her current writing projects. > > 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**************
  8. Online class: February 1-29, 2008 "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 character 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 what EVER 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 * Building Your Plot Laurie Schnebly Campbell grew up in a family that talked "motivation" around the dinner table. While her day job in advertising is responsible for her synopsis skills, her Master's in Counseling works for motivating characters in her novels...including one that beat out Nora Roberts for "Best Special Edition of the Year." Check her out at www.BookLaurie.com. ***OKAY TO FORWARD***
  9. ***OKAY TO FORWARD*** Online class: January 2-31, 2008 "Defeating Self-Defeating Behaviors: Allow Writing Productivity & Creativity To Soar" by Margie Lawson Registration $30 at www.WriterUniv.com/ Check out the new, expanded version of DSDB. It's Margie Lawson's popular and successful course with FIVE NEW TOPICS: The Power of Sleep, Stretch Breaks, Blasting Writer's Block, Optimizing Productivity, and...Simple Self-Hypnosis. 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***
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