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  1. Patti Fischer

    Are There Different Kinds of Ghost Writers?

    We don't do ghostwriting at RWA Online. Sorry.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Patti Fischer

    Chapter/Workshop registration problems?

    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.
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. Patti Fischer

    RWA Online's 2018 Workshop Schedule

    RWA Online members get to take them for free!
  9. COMPUTER SECURITY FOR AUTHORS AND THEIR CHARACTERS presented by Pam Trader Class begins: April 2, 2018 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens March 19, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=546 Workshop description: It's a dangerous cyberworld out there! Phishing and email scams and database hacking, oh my! What's an author to do about it all? Can you even be on the internet anymore? Is the "cloud" safe for our works in progress? Learn how phishing, spyware, and ransomware is used, how identity theft and internet scams work, and how to be safe on wi-fi networks and social media. We'll also look at the latest scary problem built into all of our computers - the villainous Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities - to assess how serious these threats are. This interactive workshop will tiptoe through the world of cybersecurity through two paths - one designed to provide authors with knowledge about computer security for their personal use. We'll also explore cybersecurity as our characters use, or avoid, those threats in our stories. Come prepared with both your questions and your character's questions in the world of cybersecurity. About Pam Trader Pam Trader is a geek who manages a few websites, webcasts a few RWA® chapter meetings, and helps her less computer-literate friends keep their computers running. In a former life she spent 20 years in the United States Air Force where she claims to have spent a lot of time on the phone with help desks trying to make the computer systems she used to do more than the designers intended. That segued into a job with a defense contractor who built those systems she nagged about where she learned the importance of good computer hygiene and eventually earned her COMPTIA Security+ certification. You can find Pam tethered to a computer in her day job building web-based instructional products and at night tinkering with those websites she manages when she's not inventing ways for her heroes and heroines to escape the clutches of notorious cyber villains. Deadline to register is April 2, 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.
  10. Obstacles to Your Success: What They Are and How to Overcome Them presented by MM Pollard Class begins: February 5, 2018 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens January 22, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop description: You can almost certainly name your obstacle, but thinking of ways to overcome it is much harder than it sounds. In this workshop, you’ll meet fifteen obstacles that writers face when trying to write their stories. You’ll also receive concrete methods to burst through each obstacle and continue on your way to your success. Here are the obstacles you will meet in this workshop. The Twin Obstacles: Perfectionism and Procrastination Pressure to Write More Poor Time Management Lack of Energy: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Creative Energy The Role of Fear in Writer’s Block The 9 Most Common Mistakes Which Will Slow Down Your Writing Of course, there will be homework. This is a Workshop with MM, after all. MM will comment on all homework posted when due to give you feedback on your assignments. As always, homework is optional. About MM Pollard MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire 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 Writer University, 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. MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM, editor, Black Velvet Seductions MM’s Fundamentals of English Deadline to register is February 5, 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.
  11. ****If you are a member of our chapter, RWA Online, you get to take the workshops for free**** RWA Online’s 2018 Workshop Schedule: Obstacles to Your Success: What They Are and How to Overcome Them presented by MM Pollard Class begins: February 5, 2018 Length of Class: 4 weeks Workshop description: You can almost certainly name your obstacle, but thinking of ways to overcome it is much harder than it sounds. In this workshop, you’ll meet fifteen obstacles that writers face when trying to write their stories. You’ll also receive concrete methods to burst through each obstacle and continue on your way to your success. Here are the obstacles you will meet in this workshop. The Twin Obstacles: Perfectionism and Procrastination Pressure to Write More Poor Time Management Lack of Energy: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Creative Energy The Role of Fear in Writer’s Block The 9 Most Common Mistakes Which Will Slow Down Your Writing Of course, there will be homework. This is a Workshop with MM, after all. MM will comment on all homework posted when due to give you feedback on your assignments. As always, homework is optional. #### Computer Security for Authors and Their Characters presented by Pam Trader Class begins: April 2, 2018 Length of class: 4 weeks Workshop description: It's a dangerous cyberworld out there! Phishing and email scams and database hacking, oh my! What's an author to do about it all? Can you even be on the internet anymore? Is the "cloud" safe for our works in progress? . Learn how phishing, spyware, and ransomware is used, how identity theft and internet scams work, and how to be safe on wi-fi networks and social media. We'll also look at the latest scary problem built into all of our computers - the villainous Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities - to assess how serious these threats are. This interactive workshop will tiptoe through the world of cybersecurity through two paths - one designed to provide authors with knowledge about computer security for their personal use. We'll also explore cybersecurity as our characters use, or avoid, those threats in our stories. Come prepared with both your questions and your character's questions in the world of cybersecurity. ##### For the Discouraged Writer: Rekindling the Passion in your Writing presented by Red Jameson Class begins: June 4, 2018 Length of class: 4 weeks 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. #### 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 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. ##### Freedom to Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers presented by Catherine Chant Class begins: October 1, 2018 Length of class: 2 weeks 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. ##### Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction presented by Peter Andrews Class begins: December 3, 2018 Length of class: 3 weeks 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
  12. Writing and Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success presented by Mindy Hardwick Workshop begins: December 4, 2017 Class length: 3 weeks Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: November 20, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=503 Workshop Description: You’ve got a great idea and are working full steam ahead. Suddenly everything grinds to a screeching halt. Commitments are screaming at you from all sides, you’ve got the flu and you just can’t get to your writing commitments. Stop. Don’t let fearful resistance block your success. In this workshop, we’ll look at the ways resistance shows up in our writing life, the causes of resistance and how it blocks our success. But more importantly, we’ll explore ways to fight the fear. Participants will create a plan of action for the next time that sneaky pest resistance shows up. About the Presenter: Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing first love and sweet, contemporary romance for all ages and is known for her small-town, artistic community stories. Her romance books include: Sweetheart Cottage, Sweetheart Summer, Romance for All the Seasons, and Weaving Magic. She also writes for children including: Seymour’s Secret, Stained Glass Summer and Finders Keepers. Mindy enjoys teaching others about writing and she frequently talks to writers groups, book clubs and libraries. When she’s not writing, Mindy can be found art journaling, visiting flea markets dreaming of new ways to repurpose old materials, and walking on the Oregon Coast beaches with her dog, Stormy. Mindy believes that a great story can warm the heart, lift the spirit, and heal the soul. Deadline to register is December 4, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=503 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.
  13. Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC presented by Meredith Bond Workshop begins: October 2, 2017 Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Class length: 2 weeks Registration opens: September 18, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=276 Workshop Description: We’ll cover the basics of self-publishing – how to go from typing “The End” straight through to marketing your newly published book. Going through the alphabet letter by letter, we’ll talk about - Building a schedule - Book Covers - Detailed instructions on formatting your book as an ebook - Formatting for Smashwords - Beginning Marketing - Print on Demand through CreateSpace - Your Virtual Presence - Uploading your work By the end of the course you’ll be an expert at Microsoft Word and have a number of options on how to create your ebook. There is also a Facebook Page to support students before, during and after the course. About the Presenter: Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published paranormal romances. Known for her characters "who slip readily into one's heart", Meredith's heart belongs to her husband and two children. Her paranormal romances include Magic in the Storm, Storm on the Horizon, and the short story "In A Beginning". Her traditional Regencies have recently been republished. Meredith also teaches writing. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer. Visit Meredith at her website, www.meredithbond.com Deadline to register is October 2, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=276 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.
  14. S.E.N.D presented by Tina Holland Workshop begins: August 7, 2017 Class length: Two weeks Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens July 24, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=466 Workshop Description: Submit your work Establish your brand Next book Discover your strengths. Are you struggling to find a home for your finished manuscript? Have you submitted your book, but have no idea where to go from here? Tina Holland's SEND workshop may be for you. In this class, you'll learn: 1) How to research and SUBMIT to a publishing house and get what you want. 2) How to ESTABLISH your brand, even when writing different genres or standalone books 3) The importance of working on the NEXT book 4) DISCOVER your strengths as a writer and learn to use them to your advantage. About the Presenter: Tina Holland was born in Frankfurt, Germany and is now settled in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. She lives on a hobby farm and enjoys horseback riding, camping, travelling, and reading books by her favorite authors. Tina has been published since 2005, and continues to release books as her schedule allows. Tina is a member of RWA Online, Zen Writer’s Garden and the F-M Word Weavers. She hosts a blog at https://tinaholland.wordpress.com/ and you can reach her at tina@tinaholland.com Deadline to register is August 7, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=466 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.
  15. Finish That Book: Patch Your Plot Holes with Brainstorming presented by Stephanie Queen Workshop begins: June 5, 2017 Class length: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens May 22, 2017 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=408 Workshop Description: • Are you stuck halfway through your book and don’t know where to go? • Are you ready to throw an incomplete ms. under the bed? • Do you have a problem right now with your plot that you can’t get past? • Would you like to brainstorm your plot with a group of smart like-minded writers? There is science behind creativity and brainstorming. This workshop will use a combination of techniques and personalized suggestions to allow each attendee to brainstorm their plot problems. • Exercises specifically designed to prompt writers past the plot problem • Personalized suggestions and feedback from the workshop leader • Input on individual plot problems from participants Workshop Goal: To assist authors by brainstorming through plotting problems so that they can finish their works-in-progress. About the presenter: Stephanie Queen is the author of fifteen plus published novels and novellas. She writes plot challenging romantic suspense, romantic mystery and contemporary romances. Ms. Queen holds a master’s degree in Literature & Creative Writing from Harvard University A long-time member of RWA, she was on the RWA History Committee, has been on more than one chapter board and has presented numerous workshops over the years. One of her favorite activities is to brainstorm plots with her many writer friends. Deadline to register is June 5, 2017 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=408 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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