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  1. Registration isn't open yet. Will be on July 22nd. Also, members don't need to register but see my updated post either above in BOLD or in the General Discussion area when I explain it further.
  2. Crafting Memorable Dialogue presented by Joni Fisher Class Begins: August 5, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens July 22, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The 4-week Crafting Memorable Dialogue Workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. At the end of each of the 10 lessons, students apply the lesson to their own work. The lessons are: • discovering when and when not to use dialogue • infusing the scene with the right level of conflict • employing text and subtext • creating suspense • transforming the predictable • cutting to the chase • individualizing characters through speech markers • applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity • using three types of tags to show goals motivations and conflict • and formatting and punctuating dialogue properly. We will select five people who join the workshop to receive a detailed critique from the presenter of the first 5,000-8,000 words of their manuscript. (The five will be selected via a “drawing”) Presenter Bio: Joni is the author of South of Justice, the first book in the four-part Compass Crimes Series. She lives in central Florida and North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, she can be found flying, hiking, writing for aviation magazines, reading, or at church. An active member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Romance Writers of America, and the Florida Writers Association, she is hard at work on her next novel. Website: http://www.jonimfisher.com. Deadline to register is August 5, 2019 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend
  3. Write the Effing Book presented by Mary E. Thompson Class Begins: June 3, 2019 Class Length: Three weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter #136 members) Registration opens May 20, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: You have an idea. It's a great one. You know you can turn it into a book that will sell like crazy. But you just don't know where to get started. This workshop will take you through the process of plotting out your novel in a way that even (brave) pantsers will want to try. We will dive into who your characters are, what they really want, and why they think they can’t have it. We will plot the major points of your novel, and you will walk away with a plan that gives you enough detail to get started, whether you are a plotter and want to have each piece in place or a pantser who likes finding the surprise inside your story. By dissecting popular novels, we will explore multiple examples of how to take your idea from something small to something spectacular. Course Syllabus: Lesson One - Getting Started Lesson Two - Get To Know Your Characters Lesson Three - Digging Deeper Into Your Characters Lesson Four - Goal, Motivation, and Conflict Lesson Five - The Black Moment Lesson Six - Character Arc Lesson Seven - Turning Points Lesson Eight - Fill In The Gaps Lesson Nine - Break Their Rules, Not Yours Presenter Bio: Mary E. Thompson writes steamy, small town stories that give readers hope that romance still exists and keep them coming back for more. As an indie author of over 40 stories, Mary knows how to not only start, but also how to finish a book. She's developed her plotting process through years of experience in figuring out what works for her, as well as coaching other authors into getting their books written. When Mary isn’t writing, reading, or helping other authors, she’s doing her best to raise her daughter and son to be good people and living out her own real-life romance with her amazing husband. Visit her at http://maryethompson.com to learn more. Deadline to register is June 3, 2019 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  4. PS....RWA Online Chapter members take all our workshops for FREE. If you belong to RWA, you can join us for $25 a year.
  5. Flashbacks that Please Your Editor and Don’t Confuse Your Reader Presented by MM Pollard Class begins: April 1, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens March 18, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Flashbacks are a device that a writer must use with care, or she might lose her reader in that distant past, never to see that reader again. We’ll consider kinds of flashbacks, uses for flashbacks, and reasons not to use flashbacks. Flashbacks present a problem with verb tenses. Since a flashback is past, but you’re writing in past tense, how do you show the flashback is more past than past? Confused? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. Editor and writing coach Laurie Sanders says that the poorly written flashback is one of the reasons for rejected manuscripts. Lesson Outline: Homework with every lesson with instructor feedback Lesson 1: What Are Flashbacks, Why Are They Used, and Are They the Only Way to Do That? Lesson 2: Should You Use Flashbacks and What are the Rules? Lesson 3: What Are the Different Lengths of Flashbacks? Lesson 4: How Do You Clearly Signal Transitions between Story and Flashback? Lesson 5: Verb review Lesson 6: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Past Tense? Lesson 7: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Present Tense? Lesson 8: Review and Your Turn Lesson 9: MM’s comments on your flashbacks Reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback – like mini edits. Presenter Bio: MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire, her training as a certified copy editor, and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Savvy Authors, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English. MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops. Deadline to register is April 1, 2019 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  6. Surprises, Secrets, and Revelations - Adding Memorable Twists to your Stories presented by Peter Andrews Class Begins: Feb 4, 2019 Class Length: Three weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens January 21, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: How do you keep a reader engaged? One tool is using the desire to find out what happens next. That means predictability is the death of stories. Many people will put down a mystery as soon as they figure out whodunit. And “spoilers” that give away turns and plot points in a movie or a TV show can ruin the experience for audiences. Twists in the story road add interest by shifting power, revealing intent, and taking things in unexpected directions. They may be tiny or they may be huge. Chandler suggested adding someone coming through the door with a gun when things got slow. Dickens exploited secrets, including family relationships. O. Henry made a career with surprise endings. The Sixth Sense reset the reality of the story in the final minutes of the film. Surprises may come naturally, as when writers surprise readers because they surprise themselves. But they also can be planned, injected, shaped, and highlighted deliberately. Lesson 1 The uses of surprise, secrets, and revelations Lesson 2 Raising questions and surprising yourself Lesson 3 Faking out the reader without being fake Lesson 4 Mistakes to avoid Lesson 5 Pacing (expected/unexpected) Lesson 6 Planting information Lesson 7 Revolting developments (amplifying impact) Lesson 8 Delving deeper Lesson 9 Working for wonder Presenter Bio: Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, the Westchester Center for the Arts, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers and Romance Writers of America, and he is past president of RWA’s young adult chapter (YARWA). His How to Write Fast blog can be found at http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/ Deadline to register is February 4, 2019 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  7. February 2019: Surprises, Secrets, and Revelations - Adding Memorable Twists to your Stories presented by Peter Andrews Class Begins: Feb 4, 2019 Class Length: Three weeks Blurb: How do you keep a reader engaged? One tool is using the desire to find out what happens next. That means predictability is the death of stories. Many people will put down a mystery as soon as they figure out whodunit. And “spoilers” that give away turns and plot points in a movie or a TV show can ruin the experience for audiences. Twists in the story road add interest by shifting power, revealing intent, and taking things in unexpected directions. They may be tiny or they may be huge. Chandler suggested adding someone coming through the door with a gun when things got slow. Dickens exploited secrets, including family relationships. O. Henry made a career with surprise endings. The Sixth Sense reset the reality of the story in the final minutes of the film. Surprises may come naturally, as when writers surprise readers because they surprise themselves. But they also can be planned, injected, shaped, and highlighted deliberately. Lesson 1 The uses of surprise, secrets, and revelations Lesson 2 Raising questions and surprising yourself Lesson 3 Faking out the reader without being fake Lesson 4 Mistakes to avoid Lesson 5 Pacing (expected/unexpected) Lesson 6 Planting information Lesson 7 Revolting developments (amplifying impact) Lesson 8 Delving deeper Lesson 9 Working for wonder April 2019: Flashbacks that Please Your Editor and Don’t Confuse Your Reader Presented by MM Pollard Class begins: April 1, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Blurb: Flashbacks are a device that a writer must use with care, or she might lose her reader in that distant past, never to see that reader again. We’ll consider kinds of flashbacks, uses for flashbacks, and reasons not to use flashbacks. Flashbacks present a problem with verb tenses. Since a flashback is past, but you’re writing in past tense, how do you show the flashback is more past than past? Confused? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. Editor and writing coach Laurie Sanders says that the poorly written flashback is one of the reasons for rejected manuscripts. Lesson Outline: Homework with every lesson with instructor feedback Lesson 1: What Are Flashbacks, Why Are They Used, and Are They the Only Way to Do That? Lesson 2: Should You Use Flashbacks and What are the Rules? Lesson 3: What Are the Different Lengths of Flashbacks? Lesson 4: How Do You Clearly Signal Transitions between Story and Flashback? Lesson 5: Verb review Lesson 6: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Past Tense? Lesson 7: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Present Tense? Lesson 8: Review and Your Turn Lesson 9: MM’s comments on your flashbacks Reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback – like mini edits. June 2019: Write the Effing Book presented by Mary E. Thompson Class Begins: June 3, 2019 Class Length: Three weeks Blurb: You have an idea. It's a great one. You know you can turn it into a book that will sell like crazy. But you just don't know where to get started. This workshop will take you through the process of plotting out your novel in a way that even (brave) pantsers will want to try. We will dive into who your characters are, what they really want, and why they think they can’t have it. We will plot the major points of your novel, and you will walk away with a plan that gives you enough detail to get started, whether you are a plotter and want to have each piece in place or a pantser who likes finding the surprise inside your story. By dissecting popular novels, we will explore multiple examples of how to take your idea from something small to something spectacular. Course Syllabus: Lesson One - Getting Started Lesson Two - Get To Know Your Characters Lesson Three - Digging Deeper Into Your Characters Lesson Four - Goal, Motivation, and Conflict Lesson Five - The Black Moment Lesson Six - Character Arc Lesson Seven - Turning Points Lesson Eight - Fill In The Gaps Lesson Nine - Break Their Rules, Not Yours August 2019: Crafting Memorable Dialogue presented by Joni Fisher Class Begins: August 5, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Blurb: We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The 4-week Crafting Memorable Dialogue Workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. At the end of each of the 10 lessons, students apply the lesson to their own work. The lessons are: • discovering when and when not to use dialogue • infusing the scene with the right level of conflict • employing text and subtext • creating suspense • transforming the predictable • cutting to the chase • individualizing characters through speech markers • applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity • using three types of tags to show goals motivations and conflict • and formatting and punctuating dialogue properly. The first five people to sign up will receive a detailed critique on the first 5,000-8,000 words of their manuscript. October 2019: Killer Openings presented by Alexa Bourne Class Begins: September 30, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Blurb: Students will learn the importance of a good opening and gain a better understanding of what makes a “killer opening.” Students will study examples of good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work. Students will also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive a critique. Week 1: Introduction- Class goals, “rules” for proper respectful participation, student introductions, instructor disclaimer Importance of openings, what makes a good opening *Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of good openings & why they work Week 2: *Students present examples of good openings & why they work *Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of bad openings & why they don’t work. *Students present examples of bad openings & why they don’t work Weeks 3: *1st lines, then students present examples from own manuscripts, critique *1st paragraphs- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique Week 4: *1st page- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique Discuss makings of a good 1st chapter (Questions/Catch up- if needed) Wrap Up-final thoughts, comments, questions. *While each of these lessons has the instructor critiquing the work (whether published examples or student work), I will invite students to comment when they want as long as they are respectful about it and their comments are constructive criticism. December 2019: Writing Short presented by Jacqui Jacoby Class Begins: December 2, 2019 Class Length: Two weeks Blurb: In this workshop, we address not only the steps to creating a shorter piece of fiction, but also ways in which it can be used to further your promotional standing, as well as sold in the market. Both structure, creation and promotion is provided. Two days per week are lectures, with the rest being unlimited Q&A sessions. Reminder: If you are an RWA Online Chapter member, you receive all of our workshops for free. If you are not a member, and you belong to RWA, you can join our chapter. Check out our workshop page: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/
  8. Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction presented by Peter Andrews Class begins: December 3, 2018 Length of class: 3 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: November 19, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop description: Every story can benefit from an authentic, fully realized setting. By asking the right questions, the writer can immerse readers in a specific environment, time period, and culture. Whether it's a galaxy far, far away or your own backyard, a detailed setting can engage your reader and sharpen your conflict. Make contemporary stories as surprising and exciting as SF and fantasy by moving past assumptions. Make your invented settings as real and believable as the town you live in. The class will explore settings from a variety of perspectives and apply what's learned to storytelling. What catches readers' imaginations? How do you explore the environment and use what you learn to raise the stakes? What needs to be there, and what should be left out? Using the tools of fantasy and SF writers, discover how society, geography, history, and economics can make your story fresh, believable, and compelling. 8 Lessons/3 weeks About Peter Andrews: Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, the Westchester Center for the Arts, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers and Romance Writers of America, and he is past president of RWA’s young adult chapter (YARWA). His How to Write Fast blog can be found at http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/ Deadline to register is December 3, 2018 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  9. We don't do ghostwriting at RWA Online. Sorry.
  10. From Sept 1st to the end of December, the cost to join RWA Online is $15 and you not only get access to our chapter but the workshops for free. The only requisite is that you belong to RWA (check out https://www.rwa.org/ if aren't already a member). To join RWA Online, go back to our main page and click on Join Now. If you have any questions....just ask away.
  11. Freedom to Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers presented by Catherine Chant Class begins: October 1, 2018 Length of class: 2 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: September 17, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop description: Flying by the seat of your pants to write the first draft for your book feels so freeing. It’s a time to play, to experiment, to try out new ideas. What fun! But diving into a project as big as a novel without any plan at all often means a lot of extra work after the draft is completed as you scramble to revise hundreds of pages that might have no cohesion, inconsistent characters, or a wandering plot. One way to lessen that extra work is to go into the rough draft phase of your book with a better idea of where the story’s headed. That doesn’t mean knowing everything about your story (how boring would that be?), but it does mean knowing something to give your story direction. “Outline” is a scary word for most pantsers. It sounds restrictive, it sounds tedious, it sounds boring. So, there will be no “outlines” here. Nope. None. Instead, you’re going to build yourself a “framework” for your story that’s open and flexible, with plenty of room for playing, experimenting, and checking out new ideas off the beaten path whenever the inspiration strikes you. Story Planning for Pantsers: Keep your freedom, but keep on track, too. About Catherine Chant: Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. Her Soul Mates time travel series can be found at Amazon.com. You can connect with Catherine at her website http://CatherineChant.com, on Twitter @Catherine_Chant, or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels Deadline to register is October 1, 2018 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  12. Visibility Unlocked: How Authors Can Attract, Captivate, and Retain Their Audience presented by VaNessa Duplessie Class begins: August 6, 2018 Length of class: 3 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: July 23, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop Description: This Workshop is designed to teach new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before your first book release. You will leave with the tools enabling you to get started immediately to build or enhance an online presence. This workshop will share exactly what you need to do on a daily, weekly, & monthly basis to unlock your visibility. About the presenter: VaNessa Duplessie is a digital marketing strategist by day & a contemporary romance writer by night under the pen name Leigh Duvan. She writes sweet and sassy stories and loves a loveable hero. She's a specialist in marketing & brand building designed to drawn in loyal and sticky fans. Complete with two decades of sales/marketing experience, she teaches new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before their first book release. An avid napper, she spends time running her kids here to there and traveling with her husband as often as possible. You can visit her at http://LeighDuvan.com. Deadline to register is August 6, 2018 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  13. Sorry I did not see this earlier. But we got Catherine fixed! FYI - if you've previously been registered with us, it might be a simple matter of logging into your old account and if you've forgotten the information, use the reset password to get it taken care of. Once you try to log in, it prompts you to pay.
  14. Course Syllabus: Rekindling the passion in your writing The Discouraged Writer Class is a four-week class. Each week there will be two to three lectures with lots of class interaction. The class is aimed for fiction writers, no matter how far along they are in their journey. There is something for the beginner, and a lot for the writer who’s been at it for eons. From figuring out ways to finish a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written, to strategies for social media, to learning how to bounce back when a publisher dumps you, to overcoming fear when there is little to no emotional support, this class will cover it all. - Week One (two lectures released Tuesday and Thursday) - How to Build a Fire — The building blocks of writing - How to finish that pesky novel — word count goals, and the foundation to fiction writing (Lecture 1) - Trees for the Forest: More building blocks to rekindle the fire in your writing — Elements of a novel (Lecture 2; 1 of 2) - Week Two (two lectures released Tuesday and Thursday) - Adding Kindling to the Fire - Forest for the Trees: More building blocks to rekindle the fire in your writing (Lecture 3; 2 of 2) - Dealing with rejection, knowing when you have no control (Lecture 4; 1 of 2) - Week Three (three lectures released Monday, Wednesday & Friday) - How to Start a Fire with Wet Wood: The obstacles in a writer’s way - Dealing with editors who retire, editors who don’t like you, editors who dump you, publishers who go bankrupt, etc. Dealing with a turbulent career & how to reclaim your writing (Lecture 5; 2 of 2) - Creating passion in your writing when your editor/publisher has dumped you. Who are you writing for? (Lecture 6) - Pressure to write quicker for publication/ways to write quicker/and how the pressure may not be founded on evidence (Lecture 7) - Week Four (two lectures released Monday, Wednesday & Friday) - Starting a Fire in a Blizzard: When a writer’s obstacles are overwhelming - Burn out (Lecture 8, a long one) - Social Media and Self Doubt (Lecture 9)
  15. For the Discouraged Writer: Rekindling the Passion in your Writing presented by Red Jameson Class begins: June 4, 2018 Length of class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: May 21, 2018 Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=546 Workshop description: When Red heard the advice that discouraged writers should get used to no longer feeling passionate about writing and to just get a hobby, she decided to challenge that. At almost every level of her writing career, she’s had some sort of discouragement. After so many years of it, she decided to shove it where the sun didn’t shine and find the fire in her writing once again. This workshop covers almost every area a writer—from those just starting out to those who have been writing before dinosaurs were love interests—can become discouraged and ways to overcome it. From finishing a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written to strategies for a shy writer to conquer social media, from bouncing back when a publisher rejects your brilliant story to dealing with editors who dump you, from overcoming fear and dealing with envy, this class covers the turbulent business of being an author. About Red Jameson: While finishing her Master’s Degree in US Military History, Red has had many part-time jobs to help pay bills but mostly to fund her addiction to fiction writing. Yoga instructor and weight management consultant were fun, but it wasn’t until she started proofing for a history journal that she knew true adventure, nearly getting into a back-alley fight over which writing style is the best. Chicago Style, of course. Formatting, graphic designing, then editing came later; although, she missed getting into cat fights with copyeditors about comma placement. Now, she writes her sizzling sexy yet cerebral stories full-time and wants to help other writers who need a hand up in this crazy business of writing. Deadline to register is June 4, 2018 FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=546 Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
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