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  1. ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged*** Yes, You Can Use Commas Correctly By MM Pollard June 18-29, 2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Has comma chaos taken over your writing? Do you find yourself putting dashes where commas might go, but you’re not sure, so you throw in the dashes? Have you convinced yourself that commas hate you? If so, fear not. During this workshop, MM Pollard will use her unique way of distilling information so that you will use commas like a pro and editors will notice. MM throws in a bit of humor to make the lessons much more fun than your jr. high English classes were. Cross her heart! A few topics she will cover in the workshop are - comma use in introductory words and phrases, in non-restrictive clauses, in compound and complex sentences, - comma use in dialogue; - dashes and parentheses use instead of commas, and - the comma conventions. No, you don’t have to attend a huge meeting with a bunch of commas. Reward for doing your homework: If you post all of your homework when due, she’ll proofread your 1,000-word submission for grammar, usage, and punctuation errors. Critiquing story elements like point of view and character development she leaves to publishers. Workshop Outline Lessons will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Homework is due the day after it is assigned. Lessons 1 & 2: You will learn the comma rules regarding introductory elements in a sentence – interjections, nouns of direct address, verbal and prepositional phrases, and subordinate clauses. Lesson 3 & 4: You will learn the comma rules regarding restrictive and non-restrictive clauses, and appositive phrases. In Lesson 4, you will also learn the rules regarding dashes and parentheses and how to decide if you need commas, dashes, or parentheses. Lesson 5: You will learn the comma rules regarding items in a series and compound sentences. You will also meet and learn to correct the dreaded comma splice. Lesson 6: You will learn seven comma conventions, rules for using commas that don’t have a reason other than that’s how we do it in 2012. Each lesson will have homework that gives you the opportunity to practice what you learned in that day. You will use your WIP for some of the homework assignments. I will give you passages for other assignments. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: As an English teacher and acquisitions editor for Black Velvet Seductions, MM Pollard has had the mission to find ungrammatical grammar, misused usage, and problematic punctuation in others’ writing. Mistakes seem to jump off the page for her – yes, she’s that good. Her goal is to teach writers what they need to know about English grammar, usage, and punctuation so that they won’t need an editing service to correct their mistakes in these areas. MM has presented or will present workshops for Muse Online Writers Conference, Savvy Authors, Writers Online Classes, Novelists at Work, and Orange County Chapter RWA, in addition to those in her virtual classroom. WORKSHOP FEES: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: EROTIC COMMAS. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: EROTIC COMMAS in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer P.O. Box 2412 Norfolk, NE 68702 ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.*** AND... Creating the Perfect Predator By LD Madison July 7- 27, 2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Are all killers the same? Are all rapists motivated by the same things? Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding NO. Even though we’d like to think that all criminals are crazy or simply evil, they are complex creatures as varied and three-dimensional as the heroes we love. Creating the Perfect Predator the perfect place to start your journey into the recesses of your villain’s mind and psyche. Learn how they became the way they are, why they do thing heinous things they do – and what they get out of it. The four-week workshop is for authors at all levels of writing experience. There are no specific ‘prerequisites’ other than an open-mind, and a desire to create spine-chilling, believable predators. The workshop is meant to be an overview of criminals and predators – not just killers. It will include the psychology of rapists, arsonists, cult leaders and pedophiles – as well as a strategy for the hero/heroine to find and catch the villain. Workshop Schedule 1. Introduction to Creating a Believable Predator 2. Profiling – What to look for 3. Killers – Are they all the same? 4. Arsonists – A Burning Obsession 5. Rapists – Who Rapes and Why They Do It 6. Pedophiles – Are They All the Same? 7. Cult and Satanic Crimes – Fool Me Once 8. How Does Your Hero Catch Them? 9. Conclusion – Wrap Up and Q&A Assignments I will assign homework where the students have to write a short scene - 500 words or less - using information learned in the ‘lesson’. For example, during the Killers lesson, they have to write a scene using from the killer’s point of view. For the Arsonist lesson, I have them write a scene from the point of view of the arsonist. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: LD has been writing and researching criminal behavior and subcultures for the past ten years. In addition to publishing erotic romances, LD has a degree in organizational psychology, and is currently working on a graduate degree in criminology. If you have any questions, please feel free to email at: ldmadison.author@gmail.com WORKSHOP FEES: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: EROTIC PREDATOR. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: EROTIC PREDATOR in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer P.O. Box 2412 Norfolk, NE 68702 ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***
  2. Not sure if this is where I post NON- RWAOL workshop information. If it isn't please let me know and I'll post it in the appropriate place next time. Upcoming workshops through Passionate Ink Chapter **Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged** Author vs. Editors Ten Things I…About You! By Robin Matheson May 1-2, 2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Author vs. Editors Ten Things I…About You! The connection between author and editor remains one of the most unique in business. This workshop will review 10 key factors that can make or break a successful author-editor relationship. Apply the 4 Components of a Business Plan as it relates to authors. Special attention will also be paid to the nitty-gritty behind the 3 levels of the editing process. There will be lots of opportunity for Q&A. Target Audience: Beginner and Intermediate. Length of Workshop: 2 day intensive. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: An award winning author, Robin Matheson holds an honors specialist degree in Classical Civilization and English and a Master of Education. She’s taught numerous courses at college, overseas and, more recently, online courses on writing. One of Robin’s greatest passions is traveling. In addition to their home base, she and her family have also lived in South East Asia and South Africa. Visit her at www.robiemadison.com WORKSHOP FEES: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members To pay via PayPal, please send payment to robinrotham@yahoo.com and make the subject line WORKSHOP: AUTHORS VS EDITORS. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: AUTHORS VS EDITORS in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer P.O. Box 2412 Norfolk, NE 68702 ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.*** Beyond the Basic Google Search: How to Make the Most of Online Research By Ally Broadfield May 7- June 1,2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: There’s nothing more frustrating than wasting your precious writing time on a futile web search. Whether you are looking for a specific piece of information or need to research an entire time period or subject, this class will help you conduct the best search for your information needs. You will learn how to utilize multiple online search resources, including search engines, web directories, and databases. You will also learn how to refine search terms, narrow or broaden your search, how to use Boolean logic, and many other tips and tricks to make your research more efficient and successful. A list of searchable web directories and websites covering multiple topics based on the needs of workshop attendees will also be provided. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: A graduate of The George Washington University, Ally Broadfield is a former school librarian whose passion is sharing knowledge. She has participated in several RWA sponsored workshops and has studied every book about writing she’s been able to get her hands on since she decided to stop dabbling and get serious about being published. She is a News Writer for the Best Friends Animal Network and an RWA PRO. Her first manuscript she didn’t consign to the dust bunnies under her bed is currently on submission. She writes historical romance and young adult paranormal/fantasy romance, and is an active member of SCBWI and several RWA chapters, including YARWA, FF&P, HHRW and NTRWA. WORKSHOP FEES: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members To pay via PayPal, please send payment to robinrotham@yahoo.com and make the subject line WORKSHOP: BEYOND THE BASIC GOOGLE SEARCH. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: BEYOND THE BASIC GOOGLE SEARCH in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer P.O. Box 2412 Norfolk, NE 68702 ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***
  3. ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.*** Writing the Lesbian Hero: Is she any different from a conventional romance hero? By Radclyffe April 20-May 1, 2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Whether you're a plotter or a panster, writing a ménage or an erotic paranormal or a “traditional” romance with an exceptional heat index, you know what every romance writer knows--the characters and their central conflict are what hook the readers. Not that many years ago, the hero and heroine had very recognizable attributes and roles. The hero was a man, the heroine was a woman, and each had fairly predictable emotional, physical, and social characteristics. But what happens if you're writing a same-sex romance or a ménage with 2 women and a guy and your hero is a lesbian? Do the classic hero/heroine archetypes translate to the lesbian hero or is she a separate archetype? Do the traditional hero/heroine conflict dynamics work the same in f/f romances? What about sex—are there differences in courtships rituals, seduction scenes, and graphic language in f/f love scenes? This workshop takes as a starting point the premise that hero and heroine are gender-neutral terms--that a hero can be and often is female—and looks specifically at the attributes of the lesbian hero. Participants are encouraged but not required to present character profiles of works in progress and excerpts from sex scenes for discussion. Topics covered by this online class will include: Fundamentals 1) The role of the hero in romance fiction 2) Traits of the alpha and beta hero 3) “Hero types” 4) Traditional hero-heroine matches: enhancing conflict 5) Compare and contrast male and female alpha heroes Writing the lesbian hero 6) Defining the lesbian hero: physical, emotional, and sexual characteristics 7) Butch-femme archetypes: what are they? Archaic or relevant? 8) Avoiding stereotypes, internalized homophobia, and character convergence 9) Writing lesbian sex: dynamics and language 10) Writing female centric ménage-et-trois ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Len Barot is the founder and president of Bold Strokes Books, an independent LGBTQ publisher. Under the pseudonym Radclyffe, she has published over thirty-five romance and romantic intrigue novels as well as dozens of short stories, has edited numerous romance and erotica anthologies, and, writing as L.L. Raand, has authored a paranormal romance series, The Midnight Hunters. She is an eight-time Lambda Literary Award finalist in romance, mystery, and erotica—winning in both romance (Distant Shores, Silent Thunder) and erotica (Erotic Interludes 2: Stolen Moments edited with Stacia Seaman, and In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip written with Karin Kallmaker) and a 2010 RWA FF&P Prism award winner for Secrets in the Stone. Two of her titles, Trauma Alert and The Midnight Hunt were 2011 finalists for the RWA Gayle Wilson AoE, Foreword Book of the Year, RWA Colorado Romance Writers AoE and the RWA Passionate Plume, WisRWA, Foreword Book of the Year, and EPIC awards respectively. She is a member of the Saints and Sinners Literary Hall of Fame and an Alice B. Readers’ award recipient for her body of work. Learn more about her at www.radfic.com and www.boldstrokesbooks.com WORKSHOP FEES: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: WRITING THE LESBIAN HERO. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: WRITING THE LESBIAN HERO in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer P.O. Box 2412 Norfolk, NE 68702 ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***
  4. ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.*** Oh, the Horror! By J.K. Coi March 16-31, 2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: EC authors know how to make readers tremble…but can they make you Shiver? Learn about one of EC’s newest genres—erotic horror! J.K. Coi is one of the debut authors for this spine-tingling genre and she’ll be sharing her views about what makes the horror genre one of the most famous and intense forms of entertainment. One of the basic principles of horror is to take something that everyone is familiar with, and twist it until it becomes the very thing they've always dreaded...which is a good reason why there has always been sex in horror. This introduction will consist of examples of sex in horror, from film, art and literature. Participants will also enjoy an overview of the expectations and criteria of the horror genre and a brief discussion about the integral association between horror and sex. Finally, the workshop will touch on craft techniques for the writer, as well as practical in-class exercises and advice. Attendees will be invited and encouraged to discuss and ask questions. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: J.K. Coi is a multi-published, award winning author of Paranormal Romance, Steampunk, and Horror, and writes Upper YA Fantasy as Chloe Jacobs. She believes that every story should have at least a little darkness to counterbalance the light at the end of the tunnel (and sometimes that darkness completely eclipses the light). When she isn’t writing, she loves to watch (dissect) horror movies and read (devour) horror books. Visit her online at www.jkcoi.com and www.chloejacobs.com WORKSHOP FEES: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: OH THE HORROR!. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: OH THE HORROR! in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer P.O. Box 2412 Norfolk, NE 68702 ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***
  5. Just wanted to put in a quick update. I've gotten 2 roommates and I think I'm going to leave it at that. Bathroom time and having so many suitcases in the room will be crowded enough with the 3. Thank you so much for showing interest and helping me cut the cost. Looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can. Shay
  6. Hi, everyone. I have reservations for June 27- July 2. I'm looking for a roommate to split the cost with. I'm a quiet, non-smoker with night owl tendancies. This is my first conference and I'm really excited to get to meet so many great writers. If you're interested please contact me at shaymaclean@yahoo.com and we can work out the arrangements. Sharon King w/a Shay MacLean
  7. Thanks for letting me know. It will help alot not having any time constraint. I have two kids in high school and a good majority of their homework seems to have to be done on the computer. Even my fifth grader has to do some on here too. Sharon
  8. Sarah, Having never been to an online workshop I was wondering how it works. Do I need to be online by at a certain time or just when I have time that day? I am interested, but I would like to know if I need to make sure that I am on the computer(and not one of the kids or my husband). Unfortunatly we only have one computer hooked up to the internet right now. So I might have to schedule time on it. Thanks. Sharon King
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