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  1. Those Who Forget the Past: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel Presenter: Cynthia Owens Class begins: September 5, 2022 Class Length: Four Weeks Cost: $30 (free for Romance Writer Online members) Link to registrations: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ The link for non members to register will likely change soon as we move to our new website. A reminder that members of our organization do not need to register. Last day to register is September 5, 2022 Class Blurb: In Those Who Forget History: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel, students will examine how to use backstory effectively to enhance their stories using elements of a character’s past. We will cover: • What is Backstory? • Flashbacks and How to Use Them, • The Five Ws of Backstory—Who, What, Where, When and Why—of a character’s past. • Prologues—how to use a prologue to provide backstory. • Dialogue—how to manipulate your readers by using a character’s dialogue to hint at backstory. • Weaving—how to weave backstory into your story. • Inner Thought—revealing your character’s backstory through inner thought. • What Do They Want?—how your character’s backstory can affect his goals. Included in the workshop is a workbook with assignments, checklists, and more. Presenter Bio: I’m Cynthia Owens and I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17thCentury “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there. My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII. A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three. I’m the author of The Claddagh Series, historical romances set in Ireland and beyond, and The Wild Geese Series, in which five Irish heroes return from the American Civil War to find love and adventure. I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and the Quebec Writers Federation. A lifelong resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic hero. I have two adult children. Cynthia’s website: https://cynthiaowensromancewriter.net/ Learn about all the workshops offered at Romance Writers Online. FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com Note: We conduct all our workshops via a message board system located on our website. You cannot take the class via email, although our system can notify you when new lessons post if you set up board notifications. 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.
  2. Hook ‘em Dano: Writing the Grabber Opening Scene Presenter: Linnea Sinclair Class begins: August 1, 2022 Class Length: Four Weeks Cost: $30 (free for Romance Writers Online members) Link to registrations: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ Last day to register is August 1, 2022 Class Blurb: Today's editors and readers don't have time to waste getting into a book or its characters. While "Four score and seven years ago" might have worked fine for Old Abe, starting a book/story with flashback or lengthy description has fallen out of favor with the generation raised on MTV. "Hook 'Em" will dissect the good, the bad and the ugly of openers, why they work and why they don't. It will examine different categories and styles of opening lines and scenes and help students analyze their own writing. Presenter Bio: Workshop teacher Linnea Sinclair is a multi-award-winning science fiction and romance author whose plots, according to reviewers, readers and judges, ‘hit the ground running and never let up’. You can find her at https://www.linneasinclair.com/ Learn about all the workshops offered at Romance Writers Online. FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com Note: We conduct all our workshops via a message board system located on our website. You cannot take the class via email, although our system can notify you when new lessons post if you set up board notifications. 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. Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book Presenter: Jacqui Jacoby Class begins: May 2, 2022 Class Length: Four Weeks Cost: $30 (free for Romance Writers Online members) Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ Last day to register is May 2, 2022 Class Blurb: Before the book, before a writer types a word on a page, there is an idea. And behind that idea are the characters, the background, the location. Research is an important aspect of any story. Whether the writer prepares their background information before they begin to write the story, or if they make it up as they go, they will need to get to know the people they are creating. Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book is a class which will help writers learn the basics for researching their novels. Whether they are using the public library, stacking their own shelves or meeting with a professional in their character's profession, this class will give the writer the insiders look at how to do the research and then pull it all together. Presenter Bio: Award-winning author, Jacqui Jacoby lives and writes in the beauty of Northern Arizona. Currently adjusting to being an empty nester with her first grandchild to draw her pictures, Jacqui is a self-defense hobbyist. Having studied martial arts for numerous years she retired in 2006 from the sport, yet still brings strength she learned from the discipline to her heroines. She is a working writer, whose career includes writing books, teaching online and live workshops and penning short nonfiction. You can find the author at http://www.jacquijaxjacoby.com/ Learn about all the workshops offered at Romance Writers Online. FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com Note: We conduct all our workshops via a message board system located on our website. You cannot take the class via email, although our system can notify you when new lessons post if you set up board notifications. 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. All the workshops at Romance Writers Online are available to members for free. We offer from 6-10 workshops (online and Zoom) a year. You do not need to belong to RWA to join us. Consider joining us for $59.99 per year. https://rwaonlinechapter.org/
  5. Male POV presented by Sascha Illyvich Date: April 2, 2022 Time: 2:00 EST/1:00 CST/12:00 MST/11:00am PST Cost: $15 (free for our members) Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/male-pov/ This will be a Zoom workshop and will be recorded and available atter the workshop. You must register in order to participate. Once you’re registered, a link for the Zoom workshop will be sent. Blurb: In this workshop, we’ll break down the eight archetypes a little, give a bit of background on the male mindset and psychology behind it, and delve deeper into the male mind. We’ll explore how his issues affect your plot, why what those issues are is important, and how we make him come across. What you’ll learn from this class • Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters • How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do • How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story • How to get your man to express his true “self” • What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters* • A man’s self view* • The GAY MALE Viewpoint* • The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions • A man’s journey in life • What men really think About the presenter: Sascha, who was proclaimed by the publishing industry as The Gentleman Playboy of Romance, was first published in 1999 and continues to write. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read. Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker; and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing. He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts. Sascha has written for City Lights Publishing, Red Sage, Secret Cravings Publishing, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound, and Decadent Publishing. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com · Deadline to register: April 2, 2022. · Anyone can attend as long as you register. · This will be a Zoom virtual class. For more information, as well to register, check it out on our website: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/male-pov/ This is a Zoom workshop and will be recorded so that you will have access to it after the workshop.
  6. Join us and you get all the workshops free. It is open to anyone who are interested in pursuing a career in romance writing. FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/
  7. Mastering Character Arcs Presenter: Peter Andrews Class begins: April 4, 2022 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $30 (free for Romance Writers Online members) Link to workshop registrations: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ Last day to register is April 4, 2022 About the workshop: One reason we come to fiction is to experience the changes characters go through. And, while the external journey from maid to princess or farmer to Jedi knight may create engaging challenges, we identify with characters because they learn how to trust others or master their tempers or become their true selves. They go on journeys where they learn who they are and how they fit in. They overcome their flaws, form connections, grow up and heal. The internal change is shaped and forced by their external tasks, giving them arcs that delight readers. This class will help participants to honestly assess the flaws in characters they love. They'll look to how hard choices avoided make things worse and how choices faced with courage bring growth, understanding... and credible happy endings. Course syllabus: Lesson 1 What’s wrong with my hero? Lesson 2 Go big or go home Lesson 3 The role of external challenges, escalation Lesson 4 Caring about the internal struggle Worrying about characters Lesson 5 Meeting the unexpected (and stumbling) No smooth roads Lesson 6 The consequences of failure Lesson 7 Help along the way, reflections Lesson 8 Reasons to change/not to change. Lesson 9 Pushed to the limits (McKee) Lesson 10 The right ending for an arc 10 Lessons/4 weeks 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/ Learn about all the workshops offered at Romance Writer’s Online. FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com Note: We conduct all our workshops via a message board system located on our website. You cannot take the class via email, although our system can notify you when new lessons post if you set up board notifications. 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. 50 Rude Questions to Get to Know Your Characters Presenter: Peter Andrews Class begins: February 1, 2022 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Last day to register is February 1, 2022 About the workshop: Which would you choose? A picture of your protagonist? Or her story about burying her dog in the neighbor’s yard at midnight? Which would tell you more about her? Probably the latter. Deep secrets. Painful memories. Private joys. Embarrassments. Regrets. Anonymous works of charity. These can reveal characters more than their resumes, driver’s licenses, or physical descriptions. It’s great to have all of the above, but a story, free of cliche, emerges most easily from the answers to interviews. Even if the characters lie. This course is designed to help you learn what is deep, unexpected, and critical to how characters see themselves and how they fit in. And once you know those characters inside and out, their distinct and specific choices will be authentic and compelling. Your characters will have a greater chance of coming alive and telling you their stories. Course syllabus: Lesson 1 How to interview your characters Lesson 2 The questions that tell you the most Lesson 3 If you can catch your characters lying, you win Lesson 4 Interviews under different situations - Drunkenness, bribery, trickery and torture Lesson 5 Putting the answers to use Lesson 6 Magnifying flaws - It’s not the character, it’s you Lesson 7 Getting better answers from the antagonists Lesson 8 Making characters you know work together or betray each other Lesson 9 Summary and application to your story 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/ Learn about all the workshops offered at RWA® Online. FMI: https://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 our website. You cannot take the class via email, although our system can notify you when new lessons post if you set up board notifications. 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. 50 Rude Questions to Get to Know Your Characters Presenter: Peter Andrews Class begins: February 1, 2022 Description: Which would you choose? A picture of your protagonist? Or her story about burying her dog in the neighbor’s yard at midnight? Which would tell you more about her? Probably the latter. Deep secrets. Painful memories. Private joys. Embarrassments. Regrets. Anonymous works of charity. These can reveal characters more than their resumes, driver’s licenses, or physical descriptions. It’s great to have all of the above, but a story, free of cliche, emerges most easily from the answers to interviews. Even if the characters lie. This course is designed to help you learn what is deep, unexpected, and critical to how characters see themselves and how they fit in. And once you know those characters inside and out, their distinct and specific choices will be authentic and compelling. Your characters will have a greater chance of coming alive and telling you their stories. ***** Mastering Character Arcs Presenter: Peter Andrews Class begins: April 4, 2022 Class Length: Four weeks Description: One reason we come to fiction is to experience the changes characters go through. And, while the external journey from maid to princess or farmer to Jedi knight may create engaging challenges, we identify with characters because they learn how to trust others or master their tempers or become their true selves. They go on journeys where they learn who they are and how they fit in. They overcome their flaws, form connections, grow up and heal. The internal change is shaped and forced by their external tasks, giving them arcs that delight readers. This class will help participants to honestly assess the flaws in characters they love. They'll look to how hard choices avoided make things worse and how choices faced with courage bring growth, understanding... and credible happy endings. ***** Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book Presenter: Jacqui Jacoby Class begins: May 2, 2022 Class Length: Four weeks Description: Before the book, before a writer types a word on a page, there is an idea. And behind that idea are the characters, the background, the location. Research is an important aspect of any story. Whether the writer prepares their background information before they begin to write the story, or if they make it up as they go, they will need to get to know the people they are creating. Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book is a class which will help writers learn the basics for researching their novels. Whether they are using the public library, stacking their own shelves or meeting with a professional in their character's profession, this class will give the writer the insiders look at how to do the research and then pull it all together. ***** Hook ‘em Dano: Writing the Grabber Opening Scene Presenter: Linnea Sinclair Class begins: August 1, 2022 Class Length: Four Weeks Description: Today's editors and readers don't have time to waste getting into a book or its characters. While "Four score and seven years ago" might have worked fine for Old Abe, starting a book/story with flashback or lengthy description has fallen out of favor with the generation raised on MTV. "Hook 'Em" will dissect the good, the bad and the ugly of openers, why they work and why they don't. It will examine different categories and styles of opening lines and scenes and help students analyze their own writing. ***** Those Who Forget the Past: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel Presenter: Cynthia Owens Class begins: September 5, 2022 Class Length: Four Weeks Description: In Those Who Forget History: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel, students will examine how to use backstory effectively to enhance their stories using elements of a character’s past. We will cover: • What is Backstory? • Flashbacks and How to Use Them, • The Five Ws of Backstory—Who, What, Where, When and Why—of a character’s past. • Prologues—how to use a prologue to provide backstory. • Dialogue—how to manipulate your readers by using a character’s dialogue to hint at backstory. • Weaving—how to weave backstory into your story. • Inner Thought—revealing your character’s backstory through inner thought. • What Do They Want?—how your character’s backstory can affect his goals. Included in the workshop is a workbook with assignments, checklists, and more. ***** A Fiction Writer’s Secret Weapon: Show, Don’t Tell Presenter: Leslie J. Hall Class begins: October 3, 2022 Class Length: Three Weeks Description: Show, Don’t Tell. What does it really mean? How can we use it in stories? We’ll review the true meaning and how it connects to point of view, setting, and description. We’ll discuss how this tool helps connect reader to our stories, what ‘tell’ looks like, and how to change it to ‘show.’ We’ll review the before and after examples from books and music, and from attendee in class exercises. Great workshop for any level of writer who wants their stories to be powerful. Most writers have heard Show, Don’t Tell. What is it and how do we use it in stories? We’ll review the meaning of the phrase and how it connects with readers. Class covers writing in the active voice, how the tool assists with character development, how the tool helps us create engaging and visual settings, and how the tool and point of view are interconnected. Examples from books and songs will be used. ***** Outstanding Openings Presenter: Tina Tocco Class begins: December 5, 2022 Class Length: Three weeks Description: Opening paragraphs can be one of the most important — and most challenging — parts of any story. Even if writers have the perfect details swimming in their brains, what’s the best way to kickstart those first lines (and keep readers reading)? Action? Dialogue? A question? In this 2-week workshop, we’ll examine a variety of story openings and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. Then, you’ll revise your opening paragraphs multiple times, exploring what works best for your work in progress. You’ll post your assignments during both weeks, giving and receiving feedback, and are encouraged to share your writing process. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have at least two distinctly new versions of your original story opening, plus a greater understanding of how different styles for different projects can benefit your writing. You do not need to be a member of our chapter to register for our workshops but you would pay $15 for each workshop. Our chapter members take all our workshops for free. Do you belong to the Romance Writers of America? Consider joining our chapter. To join our chapter, RWA Online, go here for more information: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/about-3/#join
  10. 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR MUSE: CREATIVITY HACKS FOR WRITERS Presenter: Joy E. Held Class begins: November 29, 2021 Class length Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration is open! Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/dec-2020-creativityhacks/ About the workshop: This fun course presents 50 ways to maintain your creative edge and keep the artistic juices flowing. We take a look at Leonardo da Vinci’s methods for developing creative genius, how writer John Steinbeck utilized journal writing to stay focused on some of his greatest literary works, the science of where ideas come from, and much, much more. Participants will take part in activities and discussions and end the course with a list of resources and ideas to keep enthusiasm high and inspiration flowing. And yes, we will analyze Paul Simon’s song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” Presenter Bio: Joy E. Held, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A., is an author, freelance editor, educator, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self facilitator, and workshop presenter with over 500 articles published in trade magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Her historical romance novel Message to Love was published in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press. Her nonfiction book Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity will be released from Headline Books, Inc. in 2020. Her latest historical romance is forthcoming from Boroughs Publishing Group. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, Northeast Ohio RWA, and the Author’s Guild. She holds degrees in education and journalism, and an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Find Joy online: http://www.joyeheld.com Connect on Facebook: http://facebook.com/joy.e.held Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Joy_E_Held Deadline to register is December 1, 2021 FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/dec-2020-creativityhacks/ 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 (no email loops) that is located on our 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. RWA Online Chapter #136 will hold a Zoom Workshop October 16, 2021 @ 2:00 PM EST After THE END: Epilogues, Query Letters, Synopses, and More! Presented by Terri Brisbin Date: Saturday October 16, 2021, via Zoom Time: 2:00 PM EST/1:00 PM CST/Noon MST/11:00 AM PST Duration: 90 minutes Cost: Free for RWAOL (RWA Online Chapter #136) members. $15 for non-members. Public is welcome. Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/oct-18-after-the-end/ The workshop will be recorded. You must register before the workshop begins but the recording will be available to registrants soon after the workshop ends. While the workshop is mostly geared to those who are seeking traditional publishers, it will be a useful tool for any writer, including those self-published or still seeking publication. About the Workshop Most writers think that when they type the wondrous words – THE END – their work is done. In reality, it is just beginning! One decision is about whether to include an epilogue in your fiction. But, two of the most important parts of your work – the Query Letter and the Synopsis—still need to be created if you expect to market and/or publish your work. Both are critical tools that will grab the attention of a prospective editor or agent and help them sell your work to publishers. Terri, who has sold her work based on synopses, will discuss the final steps of fiction writing – crafting an epilogue, writing a query letter and composing a thorough synopsis – and give tips and share suggestions from leading editors and agents about those crucial final steps of novel writing. (For experienced writers nearing THE END or anyone who has a goal of being published by a traditional publisher) About the presenter In her previous lives, USA TODAY bestselling author Terri Brisbin has lived in ancient Egypt and medieval Scotland, but here and now she’s stuck in the wilds of southern New Jersey with one hubby, three sons (and three daughters-in-law), and FOUR grandbabies! When not living the life of a glamorous romance author or writing her way through deadline-binges-o-mania, she also continues in her practice as a dental hygienist. Since 1998, Terri’s more than 46 historical and paranormal romance novels, novellas and short stories have been published by Berkley, Harlequin, Kensington, NAL and SMP Swerve and released in 20 languages in 25 countries! Terri has also self-published some works and is working on more stories to be released in the future! You can connect with Terri on her website at www.terribrisbin.com *** This will be a Zoom videoconference workshop. Those who are RWA Online Chapter #136 members do not have to pay, and our members will be provided a link to register for free. Others will need to register and pay the $15 participation fee. For more information on how to join our chapter, or to check out our other workshops, visit us at https://rwaonlinechapter.org/
  12. FREEDOM AND FRAMEWORK: STORY PLANNING FOR PANTSERS Presenter: Catherine Chant Class begins: October 4, 2021 Class Length: Three weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration is open Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/oct-2020-storyplanning/ About the workshop: 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. Presenter Bio: Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She is the author of a young adult rock 'n' roll time travel series, available now at your favorite book retailer. She loves helping other writers and teaches several online workshops throughout the year. You can learn more at http://www.CatherineChant.com. Deadline to register is October 4, 2021 FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/oct-2020-storyplanning/ 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. If you're reading this and aren't a member of our chapter, you might want to consider joining our chapter. You have to be a member of RWA (Romance Writer's of America) first. Click here to join RWA. Then join our chapter. Our website page is https://rwaonlinechapter.org/ To join RWA, you pay $99 (at this time) and then to join us, you pay $25. Our workshops are FREE for all our chapter members.
  14. CHARACTERIZATION: MAKING STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES WORK FOR YOU Presenter: Linnea Sinclair Class begins: August 2, 2021 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens July 19, 2021 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ About the workshop: Down with one-dimensional cartoon-like characters! Down with the two-dimensional ones, while we’re at it. Embrace your characters—warts and all—in this lively workshop with Bantam author Linnea Sinclair. Reviewers note that: “Her characters are intelligent, no-nonsense and have a depth that gives me an instant mental picture...” (Road to Romance Reviews) and “The author's sure hand with characterization makes each twist of this emotionally laden storyline as suspenseful as any well-wrought battle scene.” (Science Fiction Weekly) Sinclair will help writers dialogue with their characters to bring out information that builds depth and uniqueness. She’ll also discuss the pros and cons of using archetypes, astrology and tarot to build story people. Presenter Bio: Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly. Romantic Times BOOK reviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” Her previous careers include news reporting and private investigation. Since 2000, she’s taught seminars in the craft of writing for all levels of writers via on-line writing sites and at writing conventions nationwide. Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com . Deadline to register is August 2, 2021 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 this workshop 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. RWA Online, Chapter #136 of Romance Writers of America is now accepting online workshop proposals for 2022. We are looking for experienced workshop presenters who have a passion for teaching the craft, the business of writing, a writer’s life, or publishing. You do not need to be a member of RWA to teach the workshop. Workshops may be 2-4 weeks in length and we are actively seeking presenters who can create interactive, student-centered learning opportunities that may include homework and feedback, question and answer sessions, and a stimulating discussion environment. RWAOL offers at least six or more online workshop sessions each year on various topics of interest to both the published and unpublished writer. Our workshops are held via a discussion board (forum) format on our website (www.rwaonlinechapter.org/Boards). (IMPORTANT: We do not hold any workshops via email loops, such as Google Groups or on Facebook.) RWAOL provides all workshops free of charge to its members and charges $15 for non-chapter members. We offer workshop presenters a flat-rate fee of $200 for two weeks, $300 for three weeks and $400 for four weeks or a full month for their services. We expect our presenters to be professional, prepared, available, and computer-savvy enough to present using a forums/discussion board format. Since some of our presenters have not used a forum format, we have a private forum for the presenter to test things and get help from us before the workshop starts or during the workshop. Our forum format also facilitates discussion, enables our presenters to include pictures/photographs and videos as well as links to articles on the internet in the text of their lessons. Our format allows presenters and students to access our forum 24/7. All workshop proposals should include a title, a blurb about the course, course syllabus, and a brief resume/bio of the instructor. Please include how many times the workshop was/are being taught in 2021 and when and where you are planning to teach it in 2022. RWAOL requests an exclusivity clause so that any negotiated workshop is not presented via another venue within 2 months of RWAOL's scheduled date. Note: If 2022 does not work and you are interested in teaching a class in 2023, let me know. Our members have expressed interest in workshops on editing, fast paced writing, and self-publishing, the business of writing as a career, plus any other targeted writing areas that would help them pursue their craft in romance, as long as it can be taught in a two to four-week period. The usual way classes are taught is to post lessons three days a week over the course period and to allow for time for questions to be asked and answered. We are looking for most any type of workshop that relates to romance writing. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. This is a great opportunity to earn some money and give back to fellow writers in teaching them the craft. Please send your workshop proposals (or your questions) to Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com Thank you. Patti Fischer Workshop Coordinator RWA Online Chapter http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/
  16. Sue, go into the General Discussion forum (available to members only and you must be logged in) and you should see the original post. Inside the post is the link for our chapter members to register.
  17. Joelle, check the post under General Discussion (members only) and there is a link for our chapter members to register without paying.
  18. BRAND U How to Promote and Maximize Your Investment in Yourself Presented by J.T. Bock and Lynne Silver Saturday, June 26, 2021 via Zoom 2:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Central/12:00 pm Mountain/11:00 am Pacific Duration: 90 minutes Cost: Free for RWAOL members. $15 for non-members. Public is welcome. Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/june-26-brand-u/ The workshop will be recorded. You must register before the workshop begins but the recording will be available to registrants soon after the workshop ends. About the Workshop Professional graphic designer, J.T. Bock, and promotional industry insider, Lynne Silver, will give the inside scoop on your brand identity. Logo creation, color palettes, website design, marketing collateral, and more will be discussed in this behind-the-scenes comprehensive workshop. Perfect for new authors creating their brand and established authors who want to take their brand identity to the next level. BIOs Lynne Silver is the author of sexy contemporary romance such as the popular Alpha Heroes and Coded for Love series. She absolutely loves to travel and explore new cities. She has a slight (huge) addiction to donuts, fancy purses, romance novels, and video games. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two sons where she works at promotionals company. She loves connecting with readers so please find her on social media. In her UltraSecurity series, J.T. Bock has assembled a team of action heroes and set them on adventures to find their HEAs while battling supernatural creatures and maniacal villains. She regularly speaks at conferences about pop culture and graphic design—the not-so-secret career of her alter ego who also enjoys spending time with her workaholic husband and their sidekick rescue dog. This will be a Zoom videoconference workshop. RWA Online Chapter members will be provided a link to register for free. Others will need to register and pay the $15 participation fee. For more information, or to check out our other workshops, visit us at https://rwaonlinechapter.org/
  19. LET’S DRESS UP: RHYTHM, RHYME, AND ADDING PIZZAZZ Presenter: Virginia McCullough Class begins: June 7, 2021 Class Length: Three weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration is currently open. Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ About the workshop: Flat or flowing, boring or brilliant? What separates good writing from fine writing? Sometimes it’s a matter of dressing up your writing with a smattering of carefully chosen accessories, from letters, journals, and recipes to alliteration, patterns, and rhythm. Add pizzazz to your work and lift it from good enough to standout and special. Presenter Bio: An author of both fiction and nonfiction books, Virginia McCullough writes award-winning romance and women’s fiction and is currently working on her third series for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Her multigenerational women’s fiction titles include AMBER LIGHT, ISLAND HEALING, and GRETA’S GRACE. A three-time Golden Heart finalist, Virginia’s novels are about everyday people struggling with everyday life issues. All her work explores hope, healing, and plenty of second chances. In addition to being a productivity coach, book doctor, workshop presenter, and ghostwriter, Virginia is an active member of RWA and is a past president of Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA). You can add you name to Virginia’s mailing list at www.virginiamccullough.com and visit her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/virginia.mccullough.7 and on Twitter: @VEMccullough Deadline to register is June 7, 2021 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.
  20. IRRESISTIBLE BLURBS Presenter: Siri Caldwell Class begins: May 3, 2021 Class Length: Two weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration is open. Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/may-2021-irresistible-blurbs/ About the workshop: Don’t lose sales with a less-than-ideal book description. In this workshop, designed for self-publishing romance writers, you’ll learn to distill your plot into a short, exciting blurb and write an engaging tagline, a compelling opening, and an intriguing ending. By breaking it down step by step, you really can write a book description that readers will love. Syllabus: 2 weeks Lesson 1: Identify your audience (subgenre, trope, keywords) Lesson 2: Blurb structure: one-part structure Lesson 3: Blurb structure: two-part and three-part structure Lesson 4: Opening line Lesson 5: Ending line Lesson 6: Tagline Each lesson will have homework, and feedback will be provided. By the end of the workshop you will have brainstormed several approaches and written and polished a complete blurb. Presenter Bio: Siri Caldwell writes contemporary and paranormal romance and is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is also the author of Irresistible Blurbs: How to Write a Book Description Romance Readers Will Love, a guide for indie-published romance novelists. You can find her at: https://siricaldwell.com/ Deadline to register is May 3, 2021 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.
  21. STORY BOOTCAMP Presenter: Peter Andrews Class begins: March 1, 2021 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration is open. Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/mar-2021-story-bootcamp/ About the workshop: Start fast! Keep it humming. End with authority. Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers. This course will explore the dimensions of your story and push them to the limits so you get the most from your premise and your readers get compelling experiences. No slackers! This is a highly interactive class that depends on commitment and participation. Lesson 1 Breaking the Chains and Going Bigger. Getting out of your own way. Lesson 2 Making Your Tale Epic. Premise, character, and story arc. Lesson 3 Power Positions – Story Bites Reader. Focus, friends and real requirements. Attention must be paid – from page one. Lesson 4 Pyramid Power. Characters have needs, too. And so do readers. Lesson 5 Twists and Turns That Will Leave a Mark. What’s the worst that can happen? Lesson 6 Shocking Revelations. First, surprise yourself. Lesson 7 Excruciating Details. Senses, settings, and special effects. Conflict, oh yeah. Lesson 8 Gut Check. Authenticity, the sadistic writer, and redlining emotion, Lesson 9 Major Surgery. Merciless restructuring. Lesson 10 Thrust into the Careless World. Titles as bait, urban myths, and endings that buzz. 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 March 1, 2021 FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/mar-2021-story-bootcamp/ 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.
  22. RESEARCHING FOR AUTHORS Presenter: Margaret Bates Class begins: January 4, 2021 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens December 21, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ About the workshop: You’ve had that problem before where you need to find out how a specific type of gun works for your romantic suspense or needed to find out if that one word was actually in use in Regency England. There’s always research involved in writing a convincing romance and the pitfalls of deep rabbit holes you might fall into as well. In this workshop, a psychologist and writer will teach you how to use a variety of resources from asking experts for interviews, library tricks and tips, as well as databases and deep journal and article research to create a better book. She’ll also work with you to ensure that you learn when to put the research down and plunge headfirst into the drafting so that you avoid being derailed by over-researching as well. Presenter Bio: Margaret Bates was Magna Cum Laude in psychology as an undergraduate at Duke University. During her undergraduate work, she spent six months as an intern at a state hospital for schizophrenics in La Pa, Bolivia. As part of her graduate studies, she spent five years working toward a Ph.D. in developmental psychology with an emphasis in autism intervention therapy and was everything but dissertation at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Currently, she is finishing her Master's thesis in industrial/organizational psychology at The University of Baltimore with a focus on workplace ostracism and its effects on meaningfulness in life and healthy psychological functioning. Deadline to register is January 4, 2021 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.
  23. Here is RWA Online's 2021 online workshop schedule. ***If you are not a member of our chapter, the cost to take each workshop is $15. If you are an RWA member, you can join our chapter. More info HERE (link). Cost to join our chapter is currently $25. Our members get each and every workshop for free. *** January: RESEARCHING FOR AUTHORS with presenter Margaret Bates Class opens January 4th Length: 4 weeks About the workshop: You’ve had that problem before where you need to find out how a specific type of gun works for your romantic suspense or needed to find out if that one word was actually in use in Regency England. There’s always research involved in writing a convincing romance and the pitfalls of deep rabbit holes you might fall into as well. In this workshop, a psychologist and writer will teach you how to use a variety of resources from asking experts for interviews, library tricks and tips, as well as databases and deep journal and article research to create a better book. She’ll also work with you to ensure that you learn when to put the research down and plunge headfirst into the drafting so that you avoid being derailed by over-researching as well. March: Story Bootcamp with presenter Peter Andrews Class opens March 1st Length: 4 weeks About the workshop: Start fast! Keep it humming. End with authority. Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers. This course will explore the dimensions of your story and push them to the limits so you get the most from your premise and your readers get compelling experiences. No slackers! This is a highly interactive class that depends on commitment and participation. Lesson 1 Breaking the Chains and Going Bigger. Getting out of your own way. Lesson 2 Making Your Tale Epic. Premise, character, and story arc. Lesson 3 Power Positions – Story Bites Reader. Focus, friends and real requirements. Attention must be paid – from page one. Lesson 4 Pyramid Power. Characters have needs, too. And so do readers. Lesson 5 Twists and Turns That Will Leave a Mark. What’s the worst that can happen? Lesson 6 Shocking Revelations. First, surprise yourself. Lesson 7 Excruciating Details. Senses, settings, and special effects. Conflict, oh yeah. Lesson 8 Gut Check. Authenticity, the sadistic writer, and redlining emotion, Lesson 9 Major Surgery. Merciless restructuring. Lesson 10 Thrust into the Careless World. Titles as bait, urban myths, and endings that buzz. May: Irresistible Blurbs with presenter Siri Caldwell Class opens May 3rd Length: 2 weeks About the workshop: Don’t lose sales with a less-than-ideal book description. In this workshop, designed for self-publishing romance writers, you’ll learn to distill your plot into a short, exciting blurb and write an engaging tagline, a compelling opening, and an intriguing ending. By breaking it down step by step, you really can write a book description that readers will love. June: Let's Dress Up: Rhythm, Rhyme, and adding Pizzazz with presenter Virginia McCullough Class opens June 7th Length 3 weeks About the workshop: Flat or flowing, boring or brilliant? What separates good writing from fine writing? Sometimes it’s a matter of dressing up your writing with a smattering of carefully chosen accessories, from letters, journals, and recipes to alliteration, patterns, and rhythm. Add pizzazz to your work and lift it from good enough to standout and special. August: Characterization: Making Strengths and Weaknesses Work for You with presenter Linnea Sinclair Class opens August 2nd Length: 4 weeks About the workshop: Down with one-dimensional cartoon-like characters! Down with the two-dimensional ones, while we’re at it. Embrace your characters—warts and all—in this lively workshop with Bantam author Linnea Sinclair. Reviewers note that: “Her characters are intelligent, no-nonsense and have a depth that gives me an instant mental picture...” (Road to Romance Reviews) and “The author's sure hand with characterization makes each twist of this emotionally laden storyline as suspenseful as any well-wrought battle scene.” (Science Fiction Weekly) Sinclair will help writers dialogue with their characters to bring out information that builds depth and uniqueness. She’ll also discuss the pros and cons of using archetypes, astrology and tarot to build story people. October: Freedom and Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers with presenter Catherine Chant Class opens Oct 4th Length: 3 weeks About the workshop: 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. December: 50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks for Writers with presenter Joy E. Held Class opens Nov 29th Length: 4 weeks About the workshop: This fun course presents 50 ways to maintain your creative edge and keep the artistic juices flowing. We take a look at Leonardo da Vinci’s methods for developing creative genius, how writer John Steinbeck utilized journal writing to stay focused on some of his greatest literary works, the science of where ideas come from, and much, much more. Participants will take part in activities and discussions and end the course with a list of resources and ideas to keep enthusiasm high and inspiration flowing. And yes, we will analyze Paul Simon’s song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”
  24. HEARING VOICES 101: CREATING DISTINCT CHARACTERS Presenter: Midnight Voss Dates: November 2-27 Class Length: Four weeks Registration opens: October 19, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Characters who readers tell their friends about. Characters who stay with you long after you’ve put the book down. Every writer wants their characters to resonate with their readers, but too often the gulf between your character sheet and what gets on the final page is too wide. If you’ve gotten feedback that all of your characters sound the same, or that your characters aren’t distinct, there is hope. In this workshop, we will cover how to layer in distinct details in your characters’ personalities and depicting those details in character voice and action. Exercises will be provided for crafting the perfect voice for your characters, so that you can hear them in your mind as you write them onto the page in dialogue and point of view, allowing your readers to hear them, as well. Presenter bio: Midnight Voss is a long-time teacher of writing and literature from argumentation to poetry to narrative. Throughout the year, she teaches online workshops for writers who want to hone their craft and deepen their worlds. She writes urban fantasy and dystopian fiction, as well as primarily f/f and m/m romance. When not immersed in her stories or the stories of others, Midnight likes to spend time with her cats and her girlfriend, reading and watching horror stories, and deconstructing problems in media. Visit her blog at https://midnightvosswriting.blogspot.com to read critiques or employ her services. Deadline to register is November 2, 2020 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.
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