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  1. On October 12, 2013 Bob Mayer will be speaking near Raleigh, NC on Events of Your Story and Selling ebooks. http://heartofcarolina.org/2013/07/register-now-for-the-october-workshop-by-bob-mayer/
  2. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** HCRW January 2013 Online Workshop - Self-Publishing From Start to Finish presented by Sarra Cannon Register Here Begins: January 7, 2013 Registration Deadline: December 31, 2012 Length: 2 weeks Cost: $10 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers $15 for All Others Curious about self-publishing, but feeling overwhelmed by all the information out there? Don't worry! This two-week course will walk you through the process from start to finish with topics like formatting, finding a cover designer you can afford, marketing your book, and even deciding how to price your work. Whether you are merely indie-curious or already self-publishing, this course will introduce you to a wealth of online resources and give you the practical knowledge you need to get started and find success in this new world of online publishing. Sarra Cannon has been self-publishing since 2010 and has sold more than 110,000 copies of her ebooks. Recently, she signed a contract with Sea Lion Books to create a graphic novel adaptation of her popular YA book Beautiful Demons, set for release in 2013. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and new baby. Register Here at the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers website
  3. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** Seven Deadly Sins of Fiction When: October 1, 2012 to October 31, 2012 Cost: $20 HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers members, $25 all others Contact: Online Classes Coordinator HCRWonline@heartofcarolina.org Presented by Susan Palmquist Intended audience-beginning and intermediate writers Length-four weeks Cost- $20 for HCRW member, $25 for all others Register - http://heartofcarolina.org/ai1ec_event/seven-deadly-sins-of-fiction/?instance_id=45 Goals of Workshop-help writers avoid common mistakes that usually result in rejection letters Participants will-learn about the seven most common mistakes and reasons editors reject stories, how to find them in your own work and how to overcome these errors Schedule/Lesson Plan Week One, Lesson One-Welcome, Sin #1- Formatting, how to look like a professional Week One, Lesson Two-Sin #2 Dead end dialogue, how to put the right words into your character’s mouths Week Two, Lesson Three-Sin #3- Information dump, too much, too soon Week Two, Lesson Four-Sin #4- Same old plot, putting a new twist to hackneyed story lines Week Three, Lesson Five-Sin #5-Boring Characters, how to create people readers will love Week Three, Lesson Six-Sin #6-Head Hopping, knowing whose head you’re in Week Four, Lesson Seven-Sin #7-Not writing what you love, how to not to follow trends Week Four, Lesson Eight-recap, parting words and questions Exercises Exercise 1-Rewriting dialogue along lines discussed in the lesson Exercise 2-Rewriting a scene and removing the info dump Exercise 3-Put a new spin on a story Exercise 4-Create a new character Exercise 5-Finding the head hopping errors Exercise 6-What’s wrong with this submission- an overview of everything that’s been covered About Susan Susan Palmquist is a freelance writer and author of six novels, four of which are romances. She’s also a short story writer who’s been published in magazines in both the US and UK. Under her pen name, Vanessa Devereaux, she a bestselling author of both erotica and erotic romances and has published thirty five novels/novellas, with eight more releases set for later this year. She also writes a weekly money saving blog at called The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to the Universe. And is a writing tutor and the author of the soon to be released How To Write A Romance Novel, Getting It Written and Getting It Published by Compass Books. For more information about Susan, visit www.susanpalmquist.com Click Here to Signup
  4. Who: Madeline Hunter When: October 13, 2012 from 9am to 6pm Where: Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary,NC 27513 How: http://heartofcarolina.org/ai1ec_event/all-day-workshop-presented-by-madeline-huner/?instance_id=32 All Day Workshop includes coffee and pastries in the morning. Lunch will be on your own! Morning workshop: The Book that Writes Itself Editors demand good stories, and the heart of a good story is conflict. This workshop will explain how a strong central conflict will immediately improve characterization, plot, and pacing, and will drive the story so powerfully that it all but writes itself. The discussion will be followed by a hands-on session, during which workshop participants will analyze their works in progress (or next projects) to identify and strengthen the core conflicts and develop secondary and supportive conflicts. They will then use that analysis and brainstorming, along with Madeline’s guidance and template, to create rough drafts of conflict-driven synopses. Afternoon workshop: An Industry Primer Walk with Madeline through a virtual publishing house, and learn how the power flows, who does what, and which players can influence your career and how. Along the way she will describe the editorial pecking order, the roll of acquisition meetings, concepts such as publisher support, the distribution system, and the role your editor plays in all of this, from “the call” to the profit and loss report. The discussion will provide writers with knowledge that empowers them to make good decisions and become active partners in building their careers, and also enables them to position themselves and choose story ideas that will be the ones publishers want to bring on board. The potential benefits (and potential pitfalls) of self-publishing will also be discussed, along with an outline of what is involved in self-publishing. Book Signing Immediately following the workshop, there will be a book-signing featuring many of our local romance authors, free and open to the public. This will begin at 5:00 p.m. Pricing All-Day Workshop In Advance: $45 for members $50 for non-members All-Day Workshop At the Door: $50 for members $55 for non-members *Please note that there are only 60 seats available for the all-day workshop. If you want to come to the whole day, you’ll want to register ASAP! Afternoon Workshop Only (starting at 2:00) In Advance: $25 for members $30 for non-members Afternoon Workshop Only (starting at 2:00) At the Door: $35 for all Register Here
  5. August-September 2012 Workshop Register for Class The Age of Sail: Ships and Trade Instructor: Cindy Vallar When: August 1-September 28, 2012 Cost: $20 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $25 for All Others WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION The sight of tall masts with billowing sails paints a romantic image that brings to mind times when wooden ships scudded across the waves, traveling to distant ports. The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with a basic knowledge of the Age of Sail from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century when steam replaced wind as the principal power for moving a vessel from one port to the next. The topics covered include: Types of boats and ships Their parts The language of mariners Who’s who aboard a merchant ship and what do they do Major ports of call Navigation Clothing Life at sea How sailors entertain themselves Women at sea and in port Trade Marine insurance, risks, and naval escorts Flags Passengers Ship building Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss the types of ships they’d use in their stories, character profiles, and how to bring the flair of the sea into a story without making it incomprehensible to the reader. The assignments provide a variety of contexts to reinforce what’s covered in the class to make certain everyone understands what’s covered, for the maritime world is akin to entering a foreign country where English isn’t the native language. At the end of the workshop, Cindy offers to provide a free edit of a chapter from participants’ manuscripts. Past Workshop Participants’ Comments: Your course presented what I as a writer wanted to know about the times—not just straight history. – Judith Hanes Your course has been extraordinary to say the least. Thank you for the extensive information and feedback you’ve offered. – Kathleen Kirwood, His Fair Lady (Signet) Your ability to put a lot of information in a succinct and entertaining fashion is truly amazing. – Elizabeth Bryant This has been one of the most awesome and informative courses I’ve ever taken. I feel like I could be a pirate. – Judy Soifer INSTRUCTOR BIO A retired librarian, Cindy Vallar began researching maritime history while working on The Rebel and the Spy, a historical novel about Jean Laffite and the Battle of New Orleans. She is the Editor of Pirates and Privateers, a monthly column on the history of maritime piracy. She also reviews maritime fiction and non-fiction, maintains an annotated list of the best piracy and maritime sites on the web, and compiles specialized maritime resource lists. The former Associate Editor of Industry for Solander, a magazine published by the Historical Novel Society, she reviews novels and writes “The Red Pencil”, an editing column, for their journal,Historical Novels Review. She is a freelance editor, speaker, and workshop presenter. She is also the Secretary for the North American HNS Conference Board, whose conference will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida in June 2013. Aside from her membership in HNS, she belongs to the Laffite Society, the Louisiana Historical Society, the National Maritime Historical Society, the Military Writers Society of America, and the Clan Cameron Association of North America. She is the author of The Scottish Thistle, her debut historical novel about Scotland’s Rising of 1745, and Odin’s Stone, a romantic short story of how the Lord of the Isles settled the medieval feud between the MacKinnons and MacLeans on the Isle of Skye. She invites you to visit her award-winning web site, Thistles & Pirates (http://www.cindyvallar.com/), to learn more. Register for Class
  6. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** May 2012 Workshop Register for Class Yes, You Can Quit Your Day Job Instructor: Kara Lennox When: May 7-26, 2012 Cost: $15 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $20 for All Others WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Do you dream of working at home every day, sitting at your computer in your sweats communing with your muse? It's not an impossible dream no matter what your situation. With some careful planning and a lot of self-discipline, you, too, can look forward to Monday morning as a stay-at-home writer. Kara Lennox gave up the corner office more than twenty years ago and has never regretted it. In this workshop, she will discuss making the transition to self-employment while meeting all financial obligations, from both a published and unpublished perspective. the pros and cons of having a regular job the best jobs for novelists (it's not what you think) how and when to quit, or sorta quit when writing IS your job--acting like a professional innovative ways to make ends meet, including corners you shouldn't cut keeping Uncle Sam happy contingency plans INSTRUCTOR BIO Bestselling author Kara Lennox, also known as Karen Leabo, left the corporate rat race more than twenty years ago and hasn't ever regretted it. As a fulltime writer she has penned more than 60 contemporary novels of romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin and Bantam Loveswept. Her books have finaled in several romance industry contests including the RITA, and she has received an RT Bookclub Reviewers' Choice award. Kara has also written ten screenplays and hundreds of nonfiction articles for newspapers, magazines and websites. Currently she writes her own series of romantic suspense novels for Harlequin Superromance (Project Justice). In addition, some of her classic Bantam titles are soon to be reissued as e-books by the publisher’s newly revived Loveswept Classic line. She also has an upcoming release for Harlequin Heartwarming, WORTH ANY RISK. Kara lives in southern California with her husband, a cat and a bird in a historic landmark money pit. Register for Class
  7. April 2012 Workshop Register for Class Steamed Up: The Anatomy of Writing Steampunk Instructor: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane (and Nied Darnell) When: April 1-30, 2012 Cost: $20 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $25 for All Others WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Toss another shovel full of coal on the fire, it’s time to get steamed up with steam punk, one of the newest “societies” around. What qualifies it as a society? Let’s see, there are graphic novels, jewelry, apparel, home accessories, music, movies, video games, roll playing games, and, oh, yeah, novels all circling around the essence of steampunk. And if you loved the Robert Downey Jr. SHERLOCK HOLMES movie, enjoy Victorian settings or alternative history in your reading material, and a touch of the paranormal or magic, steampunk may be just up your alley…or mews. It could certainly intrigue your writing muse! Now, while you may decide to reconfigure your computer to look like it was produced by a 19th century craftsman or want to don Victorian styled clothing when you sit down before it (in a comfy winged and tufted armchair, of course), if you are intrigued by steampunk’s growing popularity and are thinking of swinging aboard this particular locomotive, there are a few…well, quite a few, really…elements to take into consideration. And that’s what this workshop aims to do. We’ll look at the basic requirements for any steampunk tale. We’ll consider what’s been published, what’s been filmed, where to search out the historical data necessary, how to warp it into what we need it to be, and…well, get ourselves really steamed up over writing what looks to be a very promising land for new manuscripts. There will be lists and lists and lists of books to read, be they the current crop of steampunk titles or the classics upon which the concept is founded – does the name Jules Verne ring a bell? Considering how “new” the genre appears to be, it’s been around in graphic novels, movies, and television series since before the 1980s. And in fantasy novels even longer. Steampunk is basically alternative history, taking inventions out of their time period and plunking them down in another, in time travel, the paranormal world, and in magic. And because the setting is frequently (but not always) Victorian England, things can get shrouded in fog. But that’s what this workshop aims to do: clear the fog over the anatomy of a steampunk novel, and create a visual guideline on how to write steampunk fiction. The workshop would run four weeks with two lectures per week. Assignments would revolve around feedback from participants as they read steampunk, watch steampunk, submerge themselves in steampunk. And there will be lists of research materials, novels, available videos, websites, magazines, all dealing with steampunk to aid writers as they dive into the genre. Writing level for the workshop is varied, only enthusiasm for new market opportunities is required. INSTRUCTOR BIO Beth Daniels currently writes fiction as Beth Henderson and J.B. Dane, though she answered to Lisa Dane and Beth Cruise in the past as well. She has worked with editors at Berkley, Zebra, Leisure, Harlequin/Silhouette, and Simon and Schuster's Aladdin Paperbacks, done e-books for a now defunct company (not her fault, she says), and began her writing life with hardcover books slated for library use with a publisher that got out of the romance business (again, not her fault). More recently she’s had a number of articles about writing picked up by e-zines, saw a short story published in a mystery and suspense magazine that turned up its toes the next year (really, really not her fault), and has a story in the MOTHER GOOSE IS DEAD anthology from Damnation Books. She is also the author of WRITING STEAMPUNK, and co-author of LOVING TRIXIE FINE, a Babyboomer romantic fantasy comedic mystery adventure. For over a dozen years Beth taught college level composition, both in the classroom and online, and a credit course on Novel Writing. Given a choice, she’d rather be talking about writing fiction. Twenty-eight of Beth’s manuscripts have appeared in print or e-book format, and in 12 different languages in over 20 countries. At the moment she is working on various manuscripts, some fiction, some non-fiction but related to writing. AND attempting to finish a growing number of Steampunk tales that she hasn’t quite brought to a close yet. Doing research and dreaming up new fantastical, adventurous disasters is simply too much fun to let them go. Websites: www.RomanceAndMystery.com and www.WRITINGSTEAMPUNK.vpweb.com Blog: www.2Write2Write2Write.blogspot.com and at the WRITING STEAMPUNK website Register for Class
  8. ***** Permission to Forward ****** March 2012 Workshop Register for Class Where the Streets Have No Name: How Setting Shapes our Characters Instructor: Sherry Peters When: March 1-31, 2012 Cost: $20 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $25 for All Others WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION This workshop is designed to teach writers to use the physical and cultural environment of a novel, to influence the personality of the characters and add depth to the characters and their conflicts. The lessons will cover: Introduction of the class Political culture, using Northern Ireland, U.S. and Canadian political systems as prime examples Religious culture, discussing the essential traits of dominant religions and smaller sects and their influences upon a person's beliefs Financial and economic circumstances, both economic status and personal financial beliefs Cultural influences of music, sports, and cultural celebrations Wrap-Up and Q & A Supporting exercises will be used to reinforce the lessons, developing setting and character. I plan to give individual feedback on the exercises and on any questions submitted by the participants throughout the workshop. Three lessons will be posted each week with time allocated in between lessons for homework. INSTRUCTOR BIO Sherry Peters lives in Winnipeg, where she spends her days working at St John's College at the University of Manitoba, and her evenings and weekends writing. Sherry graduated from the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2005 and earned her M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2009. She credits the year she spent in Northern Ireland as not only being one of the best years of her life, but for being a daily inspiration and motivation in her writing. For more information on Sherry and her workshop, please visit her website at www.dwarvenamazon.com. Register for Class
  9. ***** Permission to Forward ****** February 2012 Workshop Register for Class Vision Boards Instructor: Misa Ramirez / Melissa Bourbo When: February 1-14, 2012 Cost: $15 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $20 for All Others WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION There are lots of reasons to make dream boards, also called vision boards. They’re great for goal-setting, visualizing the abstract things you want, giving concrete visuals to the abstract, and they can take you deeper into yourself--if you let them. While it’s an excellent exercise to make a vision board about your own life, it’s also great fun--and very informative--to make one about your hero and/or heroine. Sometime we write characters without knowing much about our characters. Sometimes we fill out character inventories to help us know as much as possible about them: hair color, eye color, height, weight, political affiliation, religion, pets, etc. This is all great, but I’ve never found the character inventory very helpful. That may just be me, but what I end up with are things that are very much on the surface and I still come away not knowing very my characters with any depth and not remembering those character elements because I haven’t made a connection with them. It’s the what makes them tick concepts that help me, but they evolve throughout the writing process and through vision boarding. Our class on Vision Boards is interactive, can be done with magazines and glue, or it can be done virtually. I'll take you through exercises to get you thinking about interesting ways to represent your characters and/or world. It's best if you're willing to share and have creative time to devote to actually making vision boards! INSTRUCTOR BIO Misa Ramirez / Melissa Bourbon is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series: Living the Vida Lola (January ’09) and Hasta la Vista, Lola! (2010) from Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Minotaur, Bare-Naked Lola (April 2012, Entangled Publishing), and A Dressmaker’s Mystery series for NAL (Pleating for Mercy, August 2011) and A Fitting End (February 2012). She is also the Marketing Director for Entangled Publishing. A former middle and high school teacher, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola and Harlow on their many adventures. Whether it’s contemplating belly button piercings, visiting nudist resorts, or hanging out with seamstresses, she’s always up for the challenge. She is published in Woman’s World Magazine and Romance Writers Report, and GLOW Magazine (11/2010), is the co-author of The Tricked-Out Toolbox (January 2012), and has a children’s book published. Register for Class
  10. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** Heart of Carolina Romance Writers is pleased to present our November Online Workshop Register for Class The Next Book Instructor: Beth Henderson When: November 1-30, 2011 Cost: $20 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $25 for All Others WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing a series with continuing characters or stand alone titles, the one thing that a professional writer must always keep in mind is: What’s the NEXT book going to be about? Why? Well, it’s certainly going to be one of the things an editor will ask. In fact, the first thing my first editor asked me once I’d cried “YES!!!” upon being offered a contract was, “do you have anything else finished or in progress?” Fortunately, I could follow that “yes” up with a “yep” and get something else in the mail to her. The Next Book workshop is geared to thinking ahead. If you’re writing stand alone titles, then one of the things to consider is how you can write a similar book without repeating yourself. Readers like consistency and if you want them lining up to purchase the next title, you can’t disappoint them. So, what elements do you need to keep and which ones can be jettisoned, even temporarily. They could resurface in the next-next book after all. Writing a group of linked books, that is, a series of three to four (or more) books that revolve around different members of the same family or town or friends? You’ll need more than just a mention of or a cameo appearance by the characters who have yet to appear as the main characters, or who “starred” in a previous book. So what are those similarities and how do you keep them yet make them different? And what about those long running series? Did you have a preplan that would cover five, ten, twenty, titles with the same characters holding down the hero and/or heroine positions? How can you make each of those titles a reflection of what has come before and yet not bore your reader into turning elsewhere for their next purchase? The Next Book is an important element in the planning and execution of your current work in progress. It should be percolating in the back of your mind. And this class offers guidelines on what to clone, what to change, and finding the correct direction a writer should go as they work ever closer to turning The Next Book into the Current Project. Students should be currently working on a manuscript so that they have a launching pad to begin sorting out what elements are needed in the Next Book. Lectures would be posted on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students would be asked to share synopses with everyone through posts, then discuss what elements they plan to continue as well as ask the classroom at large what elements they recommend be kept. Comments from the instructor would be posted prior to the next Monday’s lecture. This class can be for the unpublished, for the newly published, or midlist authors. INSTRUCTOR BIO Beth Daniels currently writes as Beth Henderson and J.B. Dane, though she answered to Lisa Dane and Beth Cruise in the past as well. She has worked with editors at Berkley, Zebra, Leisure, Harlequin/Silhouette, and Simon and Schuster's Aladdin Paperbacks, done e-books for a now defunct company (not her fault, she says), and began her writing life with hardcover books slated for library use with a publisher that got out of the romance business (again, not her fault). More recently she’s had a number of articles about writing picked up by e-zines, saw a short story published in a mystery and suspense magazine that turned up its toes the next year (really, really not her fault), and has a story in the MOTHER GOOSE IS DEAD anthology slated for publication by Dragon Moon Press sometimes in 2010. For over a dozen years Beth taught college level composition, both in the classroom and online, and a credit course on Novel Writing. Five of her former Novel class students are now published. Twenty-six of Beth’s manuscripts have appeared in print or e-book format. These have been historical romantic adventures (6), romantic comedies (10), romantic-suspense (3), and young adult romantic comedy (7). Her titles have appeared in 12 different languages in over 20 countries. At the moment she is working on various manuscripts and attempting a collaboration with another RWA member on a contemporary/fantasy/romantic adventure. She also ventured into self-publishing to keep her out-of-print backlist in print, but previous e-books in print, and in frustration, to move beyond a manuscript she’d been reworking for editors for a decade with no bites, released a previously unpublished historical romantic adventure set in the American West. She is currently/or has been a member of/or about to renew membership in Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Novelist Inc., and Historical Novelist Society. Website: RomanceAndMystery.com Register for Class
  11. Heart of Carolina Romance Writers is proud to present NY Times Best Selling Author and RWA PRO Mentor of the Year Cherry Adair. Cherry will be speaking on Texturing and Layering from 9am to 4pm at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Durham. Cost is $50 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers members and $55 for nonmembers. A free book signing will occur after the meeting from 4pm to 5pm with Cherry and several other HCRW authors. Link to Flyer: http://www.heartofcarolina.org/programming/2011OctoberWorkshop.pdf Link to Registration page: http://www.heartofcarolina.org/progr...adair_reg.html
  12. ******Permission to Forward Granted****** October Online Workshop Registration Deadline WhenSunday, Sep 25, 2011 Wherehttp://heartofcarolina.org/online-classes.html (map) DescriptionEnneagrams: What Are They and How Can I Use Them In My Writing? Instructor: Misa Ramirez When: October 1-31, 2011 Cost: $20 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $25 for All Others WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Enneagrams are a fun and effective tool to use when crafting your characters. Character growth must happen, right? But how do we stay focused on who our characters are and stay true to their personalities with that growth? People develop their personality types early in life and those traits stay with them. What changes is the understanding we have of the personality we’ve had all along. Our personalities frame how we respond to situations. This is true for your characters, as well. Is your hero a Reformer? Or a Helper? Or maybe he or she is a Motivator. What is their shadow self? Enneagrams help identify psychological motivations. They are used as a diagnostic tool to look at one’s emotional outlook. This online workshop will teach you: Enneagram Basics How to apply them to crafting your characters Help you use these identifiers as you traverse your turning points so that you stay true to who your character is as they grow. Your character development will never be the same! INSTRUCTOR BIO Misa Ramirez / Melissa Bourbon is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series: Living the Vida Lola (January ’09) and Hasta la Vista, Lola! (2010) from Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Minotaur and A Dressmaker’s Mystery series for NAL (Pleating for Mercy, fall 2011). On top of that, she has two romantic suspense e-novels, The Chain Tree and Cursed, from Diversion Books. A former middle and high school teacher, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola and Harlow on their many adventures. Whether it’s contemplating belly button piercings, visiting nudist resorts, or hanging out with seamstresses, she’s always up for the challenge. Misa has two middle grade series for girls in development, is published in Woman’s World Magazine and Romance Writers Report, and GLOW Magazine (11/2010), and has a children’s book published.
  13. Distraction of the Day: Earthquake along East Coast.

  14. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** September 2011 Workshop Register for Class Using Grammar to Develop and/or Strengthen Your Distinctive Writing Tone and Voice Instructors: Grammar Divas -- Annie Oortman and Darlene Buchholz When: September 1-30, 2011 Cost: $20 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $25 for All Others WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Attention-getting, unforgettable writing is a delicate balance between what a writer says and how a writer says it. This course offers practical advice on how to use the subtle elements of tone and voice to develop a unique presence on the page. The Grammar Divas explain the finer aspects of point of view, such as each type’s appropriateness, effectiveness, and weaknesses. We show you how to read your current fiction work in progress and ensure your writing reflects your distinct personality with careful word choice and positioning, paragraphing, and pacing. We explain how words have positive, negative, and neutral associations and how word choice and positioning help you add tonal cues to your sentences and paragraphs that help readers “get” your mood and tone. INSTRUCTOR BIOS Grammar wasn't Annie Oortman's first love (actually, it was a cute boy in her second-grade class named Henry Talley) or even her second (avoiding barn work). However, after getting an A for content but an F for readability on a third-grade book report, she learned having great ideas was one thing, communicating them well on paper another. Annie became a disciple of the church of Proper Grammar and card-carrying member of The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (www.spogg.org). Nowadays, she diagrams sentences for fun (yes, for fun), corrects her children when they say "I did good on the test" (I did well.), and argues with fellow grammar devotees on the acceptability of ending a sentence with a preposition (don't do it). BTW, Annie is hoping to see her name on the cover of a fiction novel soon... very soon. (And, if you’re wondering, Henry Talley never even noticed Annie as he had a mad crush on blonde-haired, blue-eyed Libby Boxler.) Darlene Buchholz fell in love in the first grade with a boy named Neil. He shared his crackers and milk at recess after someone took her snack and never got caught. She’s loved romance and intrigue ever since. By the third grade, she discovered Nancy Drew mysteries and developed a great passion for perky heroines who drove convertibles (proof they were in charge of their own lives). She wrote her own one-hundred-page mysteries, giving the heroine a much better hero than wimpy Ned Nickerson, who seemed more fashion accessory than hero. What woman wouldn’t prefer a cowboy or a cop named…well, Neil, of course? Darlene never thought of grammar as a challenge. It was, instead, a tool to help her express the ideas she felt passionate about. She served as a peer mentor in junior high and high school. Becoming a high school English teacher was a natural for Darlene. She loved sharing ideas expressed in great literature and exposition. Now, family raised, Darlene has decided to write stories again. She writes romantic suspense, and sometimes her heroines drive trucks rather than convertibles. Her heroes are still cowboys and cops. She hopes to publish soon. BTW… Darlene disagrees with Annie about the acceptability of ending a sentence with a preposition. Yes, you can! No one, absolutely no one, including Annie, says: On what did you step? Not in casual conversation and not in situations where you’d like to impress the committee in charge of awarding you a grant or a fellowship. We all say: What did you step on? Register for Class
  15. Scrambling through the ToDo list before going to the beach.

    1. Samanthya Wyatt

      Samanthya Wyatt

      We went to Myrtle Beach for a week, came home, got grandkids, and went back for another week. LOL Punishent?

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