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  1. 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.
  2. Scene & Sequel presented by Damon Suede Date: January 15, 2022 Time: 2:00 EST/1:00 CST/12:00 MST/11:00am PST Cost: $15 (free for our chapter members) Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/scene-and-sequel/ This will be a Zoom workshop and will be recorded and available after the workshop. You must register in order to participate. Once you’re registered, a link for the Zoom workshop will be sent. Blurb: Scene and Sequel is a practical workshop about structuring the events of your story for maximum suspense and maximum emotional impact. In this session we’ll explore: · the neurological roots of popular entertainment · techniques for situating story points for escalation and payoff. · the ways scene and sequel can amp your revisions, shortening and strengthening the process. · structural tricks and traps especially the recurring pitfalls that can gum up the works sif you aren't paying attention. Scene and Sequel offers one of the simplest and most potent narrative tools to add punch and flow to any story. You’ll leave this class with a handle on a clear structural strategy that simplifies the challenge of planning, drafting, and revising your book. About the presenter: Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over: Houston, New York, London, Prague. Along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet. Beyond romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for almost three decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He's won some awards, but his blessings are more numerous: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Check out his website at: http://www.damonsuede.com/ · Deadline to register: January 15, 2022. · You do NOT need to be a member of RWA® or RWAOL to take this class. · 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/scene-and-sequel/
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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/
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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/
  10. 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.
  11. Joelle, check the post under General Discussion (members only) and there is a link for our chapter members to register without paying.
  12. 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/
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.”
  18. 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.
  19. Note: this is not geared just to romance. MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK TRAILER Presenter: Tracee Garner Dates: October 5-23 Class Length: Three weeks Registration opens: September 21, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Video is king. If you didn't know that, the thought of "going live" probably makes you cringe. There are other ways, however, besides going live that can still generate results, help you get your stories in front of new eyes and win readers who've never heard of you. If you could do this on your own without some major, high priced production company, wouldn't you want to try? In its simplest form, a book trailer for your story is nothing more than a descriptive sequence of words, awesome pictures and amazing music strung together in a logical but entertaining sequence that's not more than 60 or 90 seconds long. YOU can do this. In my book trailer course, we will learn how to use three of the most popular video production tools including, Youtube Studio Creator, Animoto and Ripl. All of these have free versions which will appeal to anyone, especially new users who are just starting out. We will also cover, where to find free or low costs graphics, word choice, finding a story element for the trailer and narrowing your focus as well as where to get awesome music loops and tracks for FREE? You will also get a cheat sheet, story board and resource guide in the course. Once you learn it, you'll wonder why you were so fretful. What author doesn't need more outlets to promote their books? Presenter Bio: Tracee Lydia Garner is a best-selling and award-winning author. She is a dynamic speaker and engaging presenter with a wealth of knowledge and resources. She writes fiction and nonfiction hoping to uplift, inspire as well as educate readers through her tales of hope, love and overcoming adversity. A northern Virginia native, Tracee makes her home in a suburb just outside of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and loves writing, reading and teaching all about marketing and publishing. As a person with a disability, Tracee has been an advocate for over twenty years and maintains a day job currently as a case manager in DC at a small nonprofit organization. Tracee Lydia Garner has done workshops for the RWA National conference on disability topics, diversity, as well for her local DC chapter of RWA where she is involved and has been the editor/agent coordinator at their annual retreat for three years. Tracee also taught How to Write the Novel, Romance Novel Writing and the Self-Publishing Boot Camp within her alma mater's workforce development section of the college’s offerings for almost 14 years. Visit me at www.TraceeGarner.com Deadline to register is October 5, 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.
  20. GET MORE DONE: TIME MANAGEMENT FOR AUTHORS Presenter: Mary E. Thompson Dates: August 3-14 Class Length: Two weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: July 20, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Workshop Course Description What would you do with an extra hour in your day? What about two? What about an extra ten minutes? We all struggle with getting everything we want to do done. We take on more than we can actually handle and regret it. Everything ends up suffering, especially us. We always wish for more time. This workshop will teach you how to manage your time so that you can find those extra minutes or hours in your day without having to give up other things to get them (like sleep). We’ll talk about using your time well, taking advantage of small moments, and focusing on what really matters so when you have time, you spend it where you want to. Workshop Syllabus Lesson 1 - What Really Matters? Lesson 2 - Where Did the Time Go? Lesson 3 - Get Sh*t Done Lesson 4 - Your New Favorite Word Lesson 5 - What To Do When Everything Changes Presenter Bio: Mary E Thompson has never been able to freeze time, pull all nighters, or lock herself in her room for hours at a time (her kids always find her). But she has managed to publish over 40 novels, serve on a chapter board for more than two years, and chair a popular RWA chapter contest. And that’s while raising her two elementary school aged children, managing the household for a family of four, and making sure her husband doesn’t miss that doctor’s appointment he forgot to put on his calendar. After being asked too many times how she does it all, she decided to share her not-so-secret secrets with you. Deadline to register is August 3, 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.
  21. RWA Online, Chapter #136 of Romance Writers of America is now accepting online workshop proposals for 2021. 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 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 Yahoo Groups.) 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 $185 for two weeks, $215 for three weeks and $250 for four weeks 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 2020 and when and where you are planning to teach it in 2021. 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 2021 does not work and you are interested in teaching a class in 2022, 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/
  22. DRESS YOUR TECH FOR SUCCESS: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR AUTHORS (Who Aren’t Bestsellers...Yet, But Want to Act Like They Are) Presenter: Kerry Blaisdell Dates: June 1-26 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: May 18, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: If you already took Kerry's beginner class (Fake It 'Til You Make It: How To Act Like A Best-Selling Author, Even If You Aren't One...Yet), or if you have some marketing and technology experience, this Advanced class is for you. She'll go deeper into website design and development, including adding services and features to make your author brand more professional. She will talk mailing lists, how to host your own giveaways, and go into more advanced ad creation, including discussions of which platforms work better in which situations (BookBub, Facebook, etc.). Also discussed will be advanced tech such as link shortening/tracking, and social media schedulers (such as Hootsuite). Presenter Bio: Kerry Blaisdell is the award-winning author of The Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD (Book One)— 2019 HOLT Medallion double winner for Best Paranormal & Best First Book, Romance Writers of America RITA® Award finalist, InD’tale Magazine RONE Award finalist, and Royal Palm Literary Award finalist—and WAKING THE DEAD (Book Two). She also writes Romantic Suspense (PUBLISH OR PERISH, available for preorder now) and Historical Mystery (A LAMENTATION OF SWANS, coming soon). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature (French & Medieval English) from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Teaching English and Advanced Mathematics from the University of Portland. For over 20 years she worked in Corporate Communications and Marketing Technology, as a graphic designer, web developer, database programmer, and content writer, as well as developing and teaching technology courses for adults. After earning her MAT with Honors, she switched careers to become a full-time educator, and currently teaches high school math to middle school students. She lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her husband, two (mostly) adult “kids,” assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could reasonably consume. For more information, or to sign up for her mailing list or follow her on social media, visit her online at http://kerryblaisdell.com. Deadline to register is June 1, 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.
  23. FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT: BEGINNER TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR AUTHORS (or, Using Technology to Act Like a Bestselling Author, Even If You Aren’t One...Yet) Presenter: Kerry Blaisdell Dates: April 6-May 1 Class Length: Four Weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: March 23, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ About the class INTRODUCTION Google got you down? Email signatures a mystery? Just want to know what's eye-catching vs. distracting on Instagram or Twitter? This course is for you! Award-winning author Kerry Blaisdell will teach you how to use technology effectively, to advance your writing career to the next level. From the basics of email and how to create effective social media posts, including the right balance between images and text, to effectively structuring your website, Facebook page, etc., this course is perfect for techno-phobes or fledgling authors, who want to know the best way to promote themselves. Even if you plan to hire a web designer or promotion service, your online presence is still all you, and should be consistent and professional across all platforms. Learn what works and what you can ignore, to save time and money, while making your author brand the best it can possibly be, right from the start! COURSE FORMAT This course will be delivered online, three lessons per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for a total of four weeks (12 lessons). On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the weekends, homework will be assigned, to practice the lessons learned on the previous class day. Homework is optional, but I encourage all students to participate, and share your efforts with me, so I can give you feedback. The more you engage, the more I can help you! SYLLABUS Note: The outline below is a general guide to the course. Depending on the interests of each class group, some topics may be condensed, expanded, or removed entirely. However, this is intended to be a beginner course specifically, so if a student feels they already understand the below information, they may want to consider enrolling in my advanced class instead. Topics covered in this course include: Email Basics and Netiquette (1 lesson) Online Communities (1 lesson) Graphic Design for Beginning Beginners (2 lessons) Web Design for Beginners - Even If You’re Hiring a Designer (2 lessons) Facebook Basics (1 lesson) Twitter Basics (1 lesson) Instagram Basics (1 lesson) Pinterest Basics (1 lesson) Gaining Followers (1 lesson) Ask Me Anything (1 lesson) Presenter Bio: Kerry Blaisdell is the award-winning author of The Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD (Book One)— 2019 HOLT Medallion double winner for Best Paranormal & Best First Book, Romance Writers of America RITA® Award finalist, InD’tale Magazine RONE Award finalist, and Royal Palm Literary Award finalist—and WAKING THE DEAD (Book Two). She also writes Romantic Suspense (PUBLISH OR PERISH, available for preorder now) and Historical Mystery (A LAMENTATION OF SWANS, coming soon). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature (French & Medieval English) from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Teaching English and Advanced Mathematics from the University of Portland. For over 20 years she worked in Corporate Communications and Marketing Technology, as a graphic designer, web developer, database programmer, and content writer, as well as developing and teaching technology courses for adults. After earning her MAT with Honors, she switched careers to become a full-time educator, and currently teaches high school math to middle school students. She lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her husband, two (mostly) adult “kids,” assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could reasonably consume. For more information, or to sign up for her mailing list or follow her on social media, visit her online at http://kerryblaisdell.com. Deadline to register is April 6, 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.
  24. AUSTEN TO ALIENS: CREATING THE CLASSIC TOUGH CHICK Presenter: Jacqui Jacoby Dates: February 3-28 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens January 20, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: As martial artist, I am interested in self-defense and how women are portrayed in the media. At first, it seemed as if it was only Hollywood showing women in a tough light. With heroines such as Sarah Conner of the Terminator movies, and Ellen Ripely in the Alien films, women were the ones saving the day when men were being blown up or eaten. While attending the National Conference, I was able to meet with people in the industry who share my view that heroines in today’s market can be tough. People such as Natashya Wilson, Senior Editor: Vicki Hinze, author of books featuring tough chick heroines; and Suzanne Brockmann, best selling author of tough characters. This workshop would cover such topics as how to portray tough chick heroines. Not just illustrating self-defense techniques, but how to build a tough chick heroine from the inside out. What kind of women make up the tough chicks and what are they like in their everyday lives? What drives them to become tough? What kind of hero must stand beside her and what kind of villains will she face? According to editor Julie Barrett, tough chick heroines are not going anywhere. They are here to stay and it’s up to today’s romance writers to portray them in an accurate light. Note: Austen to Aliens is a four week course with two lectures per week, and three days for Q&A Presenter Bio: Jacqui Jacoby: As a women capable of taking down a 220 pound man in self-defense simulations, I have the background to understand tough chicks. As the writer of non-fiction articles for various RWA Chapter newsletters including The Kiss of Death, The Orange Blossom and The Heartbeat of Denver, I have the experience to research and present this workshop. First Place Winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award in Excellence, as well as the Suzannah and the Dixie for her books, she is a RWA Golden Heart Finalst. She is a workshop teacher who has appeared both live and online to give such classes as “From Austin to Aliens: How to Create Classic Tough Chicks” and “Lessons of Firefly.” Her novels, Dead Men Play the Game, Bystander and Aaden’s Hope continue to generate fan mail. If there is one thing I do know, it’s how to be a tough chick. Deadline to register is February 3, 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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