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  1. 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.”

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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/

  6. 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.

     

  7. 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.

     

     

  8. 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.

                           

     

     

     

  9. Note: All classes are FREE for RWA Online Chapter members. If you are a RWA (Romance Writers of America) member, then you can also join our online chapter. The cost to join our chapter is $25 and is renewed yearly at the same rate. 

    To join RWA Online chapter, go to our main page: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    WRITER WELLNESS: A WRITER'S PATH TO HEALTH AND CREATIVITY with presenter Joy Held 

    Class begins: January 6, 2020

    Class Length: Four weeks

    Blurb:

     

    Good self-care is the new multi-vitamin! Writers should definitely take a multi-vitamin, and Writer Wellness is a complimentary plan to help you stay on target for writing and life. WW is a lifestyle technique for anyone who loves to create with activities to stimulate creativity and health by encouraging regular journal writing, exercise, relaxation, sound nutrition, and creative play. Regardless of style, genre, or writing goals, Writer Wellness is the perfect writer's companion.

     

    The workshop will offer three activities per key area (journaling, exercise, relaxation, nutrition, and creative play) for participant's to try then respond to discussion prompts posted in the course. This interactive workshop will present ideas any writer can put into practice, tweak, and maintain throughout a writing career with the goal of better health and expanded creativity for many years. Discover the Writer Wellness Warrior in you and be well, write well! 

     

    Presenter Bio:

     

    JOY E. HELD, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A. is an author, freelance editor, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self educator, 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. She has degrees in education, journalism, and writing popular fiction. www.joyeheld.com

     

    AUSTEN TO ALIENS:  CREATING THE CLASSIC TOUGH CHICK with presenter Jacqui Jacoby

    Dates: February 3-28

    Class Length: Four weeks

    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.           

     

     

    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) with presenter Kerry Blaisdell

    Dates: April 6-May 1

    Class Length: Four Weeks

    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.

     

     

     

    DRESS YOUR TECH FOR SUCCESS: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR AUTHORS (Who Aren’t Bestsellers...Yet, But Want to Act Like They Are) with presenter Kerry Blaisdell

    Dates: June 1-26

    Class Length: Four weeks

     

    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.

     

    GET MORE DONE: TIME MANAGEMENT FOR AUTHORS with presenter Mary E. Thompson

    Dates: August 3-14

    Class Length: Two weeks

    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.

     

    MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK TRAILER with presenter Tracee Garner

    Dates: October 5-23

    Class Length: Three weeks

    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

     

     

    HEARING VOICES 101: CREATING DISTINCT CHARACTERS with presenter Midnight Voss

    Dates: November 2-27

    Class Length: Four weeks

     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.

     

    We hope to see you in 2020 at our workshops!

  10. WRITER WELLNESS: A WRITER'S PATH TO HEALTH AND CREATIVITY

    Presenter: Joy Held

    Class begins: January 6, 2020

    Class Length: Four weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

     

     

    Registration opens December 23, 2019

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

     

    Blurb:

     

    Good self-care is the new multi-vitamin! Writers should definitely take a multi-vitamin, and Writer Wellness is a complimentary plan to help you stay on target for writing and life. WW is a lifestyle technique for anyone who loves to create with activities to stimulate creativity and health by encouraging regular journal writing, exercise, relaxation, sound nutrition, and creative play. Regardless of style, genre, or writing goals, Writer Wellness is the perfect writer's companion.

     

    The workshop will offer three activities per key area (journaling, exercise, relaxation, nutrition, and creative play) for participant's to try then respond to discussion prompts posted in the course. This interactive workshop will present ideas any writer can put into practice, tweak, and maintain throughout a writing career with the goal of better health and expanded creativity for many years. Discover the Writer Wellness Warrior in you and be well, write well! 

     

    Presenter Bio:

     

    JOY E. HELD, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A. is an author, freelance editor, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self educator, 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. She has degrees in education, journalism, and writing popular fiction. www.joyeheld.com

     

    Deadline to register is January 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.

  11. Writing Short presented by Jacqui Jacoby

    Class Begins: December 2, 2019

    Class Length: Two weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

     

    Registration opens November 18, 2019

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

     

    Blurb:

     

    In this workshop we address not only the steps to creating a shorter

    piece of fiction, but also ways in which it can be used to further your

    promotional standing, as well as sold in the market.  Both structure, creation

    and promotion is provided.

     

    Two days per week are lectures, with the rest being unlimited Q&A sessions.

     

    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. Follow her at www.jacquijaxjacoby.com

     

    Deadline to register is December 2, 2019

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

    You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class.

     

    Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend

     

  12. Killer Openings presented by Alexa Bourne

    Class Begins: September 30, 2019

    Class Length: Four weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

     

    Registration opens September 16, 2019

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

     

    Blurb:

     

    Students will learn the importance of a good opening and gain a better understanding of what makes a “killer opening.”  Students will study examples of good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work.  Students will also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive a critique.

     

     

     

    Week 1:

    Introduction- Class goals, “rules” for proper respectful participation, student

     

    introductions, instructor disclaimer

     

    Importance of openings, what makes a good opening

     

    *Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of good openings & why

     

    they work

     

    Week 2:  

     *Students present examples of good openings & why they work

     

    *Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of bad openings & why they

     

    don’t work.

     

    *Students present examples of bad openings & why they don’t work

     

    Weeks 3:              

    *1st lines, then students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

     

    *1st paragraphs- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

     

    Week 4: *1st page- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

     

    Discuss makings of a good 1st chapter

     

    (Questions/Catch up- if needed)

     

    Wrap Up-final thoughts, comments, questions

     

     

     

    *While each of these lessons has the instructor critiquing the work (whether published examples or student work), I will invite students to comment when they want as long as they are respectful about it and their comments are constructive criticism.

     

    Presenter Bio:

     

    Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her love of books with readers everywhere.

     

    When she's not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers, writers, students and colleagues. Learn more about her at www.alexabourne.com.

     

    Deadline to register is September 30, 2019

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

    You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class.

     

    Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend

  13. On 7/2/2019 at 8:11 AM, Laurie Kassim said:

    I'm trying to register for the August Workshop and when I follow the link to registration it seems to take me to many different pages but none of them with the actual link to register. Perhaps I'm overlooking something. I appreciate any help with this. Thanks so much! Laurie

    Registration isn't open yet. Will be on July 22nd.

    Also, members don't need to register but see my updated post either above in BOLD or in the General Discussion area when I explain it further. 

  14. Crafting Memorable Dialogue presented by Joni Fisher

    Class Begins: August 5, 2019

    Class Length: Four weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

     

    Registration opens July 22, 2019

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

     

     

    Blurb:

     

    We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The 4-week Crafting Memorable Dialogue Workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. At the end of each of the 10 lessons, students apply the lesson to their own work.

     

    The lessons are:

               discovering when and when not to use dialogue

               infusing the scene with the right level of conflict

               employing text and subtext

               creating suspense

               transforming the predictable

               cutting to the chase

               individualizing characters through speech markers

               applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity

               using three types of tags to show goals motivations and conflict

               and formatting and punctuating dialogue properly.

     

    We will select five people who join the workshop to receive a detailed critique from the presenter of the first 5,000-8,000 words of their manuscript. (The five will be selected via a “drawing”)

     

    Presenter Bio:

     

    Joni is the author of South of Justice, the first book in the four-part Compass Crimes Series. She lives in central Florida and North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, she can be found flying, hiking, writing for aviation magazines, reading, or at church. An active member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Romance Writers of America, and the Florida Writers Association, she is hard at work on her next novel. Website: http://www.jonimfisher.com.

     

    Deadline to register is August 5, 2019

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

    You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class.

     

    Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend

  15. Write the Effing Book presented by Mary E. Thompson

    Class Begins: June 3, 2019

    Class Length: Three weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter #136 members)

     

    Registration opens May 20, 2019

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

     

    Blurb:

     

    You have an idea. It's a great one. You know you can turn it into a book that will sell like crazy. But you just don't know where to get started.

     

    This workshop will take you through the process of plotting out your novel in a way that even (brave) pantsers will want to try. We will dive into who your characters are, what they really want, and why they think they can’t have it. We will plot the major points of your novel, and you will walk away with a plan that gives you enough detail to get started, whether you are a plotter and want to have each piece in place or a pantser who likes finding the surprise inside your story.

     

    By dissecting popular novels, we will explore multiple examples of how to take your idea from something small to something spectacular.

     

    Course Syllabus:

    Lesson One - Getting Started

    Lesson Two - Get To Know Your Characters

    Lesson Three - Digging Deeper Into Your Characters

    Lesson Four - Goal, Motivation, and Conflict

    Lesson Five - The Black Moment

    Lesson Six - Character Arc

    Lesson Seven - Turning Points

    Lesson Eight - Fill In The Gaps

    Lesson Nine - Break Their Rules, Not Yours

     

    Presenter Bio:

     

    Mary E. Thompson writes steamy, small town stories that give readers hope that romance still exists and keep them coming back for more. As an indie author of over 40 stories, Mary knows how to not only start, but also how to finish a book. She's developed her plotting process through years of experience in figuring out what works for her, as well as coaching other authors into getting their books written.

     

    When Mary isn’t writing, reading, or helping other authors, she’s doing her best to raise her daughter and son to be good people and living out her own real-life romance with her amazing husband. Visit her at http://maryethompson.com to learn more.

     

    Deadline to register is June 3, 2019

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

    You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class.

     

    Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.

  16. Flashbacks that Please Your Editor and Don’t Confuse Your Reader Presented by MM Pollard

    Class begins: April 1, 2019

    Class Length: Four weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

     

    Registration opens March 18, 2019

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

     

    Blurb:

     

    Flashbacks are a device that a writer must use with care, or she might lose her reader in that distant past, never to see that reader again. We’ll consider kinds of flashbacks, uses for flashbacks, and reasons not to use flashbacks.

    Flashbacks present a problem with verb tenses. Since a flashback is past, but you’re writing in past tense, how do you show the flashback is more past than past? Confused? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. Editor and writing coach Laurie Sanders says that the poorly written flashback is one of the reasons for rejected manuscripts.

    Lesson Outline: Homework with every lesson with instructor feedback

    Lesson 1: What Are Flashbacks, Why Are They Used, and Are They the Only Way to Do That?

    Lesson 2: Should You Use Flashbacks and What are the Rules?

    Lesson 3: What Are the Different Lengths of Flashbacks?

    Lesson 4: How Do You Clearly Signal Transitions between Story and Flashback?

    Lesson 5: Verb review

    Lesson 6: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Past Tense?

    Lesson 7: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Present Tense?

    Lesson 8: Review and Your Turn

    Lesson 9: MM’s comments on your flashbacks

    Reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback – like mini edits.

     

    Presenter Bio:

     

    MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire, her training as a certified copy editor, and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Savvy Authors, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English.

     

    MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops.

     

    Deadline to register is April 1, 2019

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

    You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class.

     

    Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.

     

     

  17. Surprises, Secrets, and Revelations - Adding Memorable Twists to your Stories presented by Peter Andrews

    Class Begins: Feb 4, 2019

    Class Length: Three weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

     

    Registration opens January 21, 2019

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

     

    Blurb:

     

    How do you keep a reader engaged? One tool is using the desire to find out what happens next. That means predictability is the death of stories. Many people will put down a mystery as soon as they figure out whodunit. And “spoilers” that give away turns and plot points in a movie or a TV show can ruin the experience for audiences.

     

    Twists in the story road add interest by shifting power, revealing intent, and taking things in unexpected directions. They may be tiny or they may be huge. Chandler suggested adding someone coming through the door with a gun when things got slow. Dickens exploited secrets, including family relationships. O. Henry made a career with surprise endings. The Sixth Sense reset the reality of the story in the final minutes of the film.

     

    Surprises may come naturally, as when writers surprise readers because they surprise themselves. But they also can be planned, injected, shaped, and highlighted deliberately.

     

    Lesson 1 The uses of surprise, secrets, and revelations

    Lesson 2 Raising questions and surprising yourself

    Lesson 3 Faking out the reader without being fake

    Lesson 4 Mistakes to avoid

    Lesson 5 Pacing (expected/unexpected)

    Lesson 6 Planting information

    Lesson 7 Revolting developments (amplifying impact)

    Lesson 8 Delving deeper

    Lesson 9 Working for wonder

     

    Presenter Bio:

     

    Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, the Westchester Center for the Arts, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers and Romance Writers of America, and he is past president of RWA’s young adult chapter (YARWA). His How to Write Fast blog can be found at http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/

     

    Deadline to register is February 4, 2019

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

    You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class.

     

    Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.

     

  18. February 2019:

    Surprises, Secrets, and Revelations - Adding Memorable Twists to your Stories presented by Peter Andrews

    Class Begins: Feb 4, 2019

    Class Length: Three weeks

    Blurb:

     How do you keep a reader engaged? One tool is using the desire to find out what happens next. That means predictability is the death of stories. Many people will put down a mystery as soon as they figure out whodunit. And “spoilers” that give away turns and plot points in a movie or a TV show can ruin the experience for audiences.

     

    Twists in the story road add interest by shifting power, revealing intent, and taking things in unexpected directions. They may be tiny or they may be huge. Chandler suggested adding someone coming through the door with a gun when things got slow. Dickens exploited secrets, including family relationships. O. Henry made a career with surprise endings. The Sixth Sense reset the reality of the story in the final minutes of the film.

     

    Surprises may come naturally, as when writers surprise readers because they surprise themselves. But they also can be planned, injected, shaped, and highlighted deliberately.

     

    Lesson 1 The uses of surprise, secrets, and revelations

    Lesson 2 Raising questions and surprising yourself

    Lesson 3 Faking out the reader without being fake

    Lesson 4 Mistakes to avoid

    Lesson 5 Pacing (expected/unexpected)

    Lesson 6 Planting information

    Lesson 7 Revolting developments (amplifying impact)

    Lesson 8 Delving deeper

    Lesson 9 Working for wonder

     

    April 2019: 

    Flashbacks that Please Your Editor and Don’t Confuse Your Reader Presented by MM Pollard

    Class begins: April 1, 2019

    Class Length: Four weeks

    Blurb:

     Flashbacks are a device that a writer must use with care, or she might lose her reader in that distant past, never to see that reader again. We’ll consider kinds of flashbacks, uses for flashbacks, and reasons not to use flashbacks.

    Flashbacks present a problem with verb tenses. Since a flashback is past, but you’re writing in past tense, how do you show the flashback is more past than past? Confused? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. Editor and writing coach Laurie Sanders says that the poorly written flashback is one of the reasons for rejected manuscripts.

    Lesson Outline: Homework with every lesson with instructor feedback

    Lesson 1: What Are Flashbacks, Why Are They Used, and Are They the Only Way to Do That?

    Lesson 2: Should You Use Flashbacks and What are the Rules?

    Lesson 3: What Are the Different Lengths of Flashbacks?

    Lesson 4: How Do You Clearly Signal Transitions between Story and Flashback?

    Lesson 5: Verb review

    Lesson 6: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Past Tense?

    Lesson 7: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Present Tense?

    Lesson 8: Review and Your Turn

    Lesson 9: MM’s comments on your flashbacks

    Reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback – like mini edits.

     

    June 2019:

     

    Write the Effing Book presented by Mary E. Thompson

    Class Begins: June 3, 2019

    Class Length: Three weeks

    Blurb:

     

    You have an idea. It's a great one. You know you can turn it into a book that will sell like crazy. But you just don't know where to get started.

     

    This workshop will take you through the process of plotting out your novel in a way that even (brave) pantsers will want to try. We will dive into who your characters are, what they really want, and why they think they can’t have it. We will plot the major points of your novel, and you will walk away with a plan that gives you enough detail to get started, whether you are a plotter and want to have each piece in place or a pantser who likes finding the surprise inside your story.

     

    By dissecting popular novels, we will explore multiple examples of how to take your idea from something small to something spectacular.

     

    Course Syllabus:

    Lesson One - Getting Started

    Lesson Two - Get To Know Your Characters

    Lesson Three - Digging Deeper Into Your Characters

    Lesson Four - Goal, Motivation, and Conflict

    Lesson Five - The Black Moment

    Lesson Six - Character Arc

    Lesson Seven - Turning Points

    Lesson Eight - Fill In The Gaps

    Lesson Nine - Break Their Rules, Not Yours

     

     August 2019:

     

    Crafting Memorable Dialogue presented by Joni Fisher

    Class Begins: August 5, 2019

    Class Length: Four weeks

    Blurb:

     

    We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The 4-week Crafting Memorable Dialogue Workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. At the end of each of the 10 lessons, students apply the lesson to their own work.

     

    The lessons are:

               discovering when and when not to use dialogue

               infusing the scene with the right level of conflict

               employing text and subtext

               creating suspense

               transforming the predictable

               cutting to the chase

               individualizing characters through speech markers

               applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity

               using three types of tags to show goals motivations and conflict

               and formatting and punctuating dialogue properly.

     

    The first five people to sign up will receive a detailed critique on the first 5,000-8,000 words of their manuscript.

     

    October 2019:

    Killer Openings presented by Alexa Bourne

    Class Begins: September 30, 2019

    Class Length: Four weeks

    Blurb:

     

    Students will learn the importance of a good opening and gain a better understanding of what makes a “killer opening.”  Students will study examples of good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work.  Students will also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive a critique.

     

    Week 1:

    Introduction- Class goals, “rules” for proper respectful participation, student

     

    introductions, instructor disclaimer

     

    Importance of openings, what makes a good opening

     

    *Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of good openings & why

     

    they work

     

    Week 2:  

     *Students present examples of good openings & why they work

     

    *Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of bad openings & why they

     

    don’t work.

     

    *Students present examples of bad openings & why they don’t work

     

    Weeks 3:              

    *1st lines, then students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

     

    *1st paragraphs- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

     

    Week 4: *1st page- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

     

    Discuss makings of a good 1st chapter

     

    (Questions/Catch up- if needed)

     

    Wrap Up-final thoughts, comments, questions. 

     

    *While each of these lessons has the instructor critiquing the work (whether published examples or student work), I will invite students to comment when they want as long as they are respectful about it and their comments are constructive criticism.

     December 2019:

    Writing Short presented by Jacqui Jacoby

    Class Begins: December 2, 2019

    Class Length: Two weeks

     

    Blurb: 

    In this workshop, we address not only the steps to creating a shorter

    piece of fiction, but also ways in which it can be used to further your

    promotional standing, as well as sold in the market.  Both structure, creation and promotion is provided.

     

    Two days per week are lectures, with the rest being unlimited Q&A sessions.

     

    Reminder: If you are an RWA Online Chapter member, you receive all of our workshops for free.

    If you are not a member, and you belong to RWA, you can join our chapter. 

     

    Check out our workshop page: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/

  19. Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction presented by Peter Andrews

    Class begins: December 3, 2018

    Length of class: 3 weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

    Registration opens: November 19, 2018

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

     

    Workshop description:

     

    Every story can benefit from an authentic, fully realized setting. By asking the right questions, the writer can immerse readers in a specific environment, time period, and culture. Whether it's a galaxy far, far away or your own backyard, a detailed setting can engage your reader and sharpen your conflict. 

    Make contemporary stories as surprising and exciting as SF and fantasy by moving past assumptions. Make your invented settings as real and believable as the town you live in. The class will explore settings from a variety of perspectives and apply what's learned to storytelling.     

    What catches readers' imaginations? How do you explore the environment and use what you learn to raise the stakes? What needs to be there, and what should be left out? Using the tools of fantasy and SF writers, discover how society, geography, history, and economics can make your story fresh, believable, and compelling.

    8 Lessons/3 weeks

     

    About Peter Andrews:

     

    Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, the Westchester Center for the Arts, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers and Romance Writers of America, and he is past president of RWA’s young adult chapter (YARWA). His How to Write Fast blog can be found at http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/

     

    Deadline to register is December 3, 2018

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

    You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class.

     

    Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.

     

     

  20. Freedom to Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers presented by Catherine Chant

    Class begins: October 1, 2018

    Length of class: 2 weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

    Registration opens: September 17, 2018

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

     

    Workshop description:

     

    Flying by the seat of your pants to write the first draft for your book feels so freeing. It’s a time to play, to experiment, to try out new ideas. What fun!

    But diving into a project as big as a novel without any plan at all often means a lot of extra work after the draft is completed as you scramble to revise hundreds of pages that might have no cohesion, inconsistent characters, or a wandering plot.

    One way to lessen that extra work is to go into the rough draft phase of your book with a better idea of where the story’s headed. That doesn’t mean knowing everything about your story (how boring would that be?), but it does mean knowing something to give your story direction.

    “Outline” is a scary word for most pantsers. It sounds restrictive, it sounds tedious, it sounds boring. So, there will be no “outlines” here. Nope. None. Instead, you’re going to build yourself a “framework” for your story that’s open and flexible, with plenty of room for playing, experimenting, and checking out new ideas off the beaten path whenever the inspiration strikes you.

    Story Planning for Pantsers: Keep your freedom, but keep on track, too.

     

    About Catherine Chant:

     

    Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. Her Soul Mates time travel series can be found at Amazon.com. You can connect with Catherine at her website http://CatherineChant.com, on Twitter @Catherine_Chant, or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels

     

    Deadline to register is October 1, 2018

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

    You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class.

     

    Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.

  21. Visibility Unlocked: How Authors Can Attract, Captivate, and Retain Their Audience presented by VaNessa Duplessie

    Class begins: August 6, 2018

    Length of class: 3 weeks

    Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)

    Registration opens: July 23, 2018

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Workshop Description:

     This Workshop is designed to teach new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before your first book release. You will leave with the tools enabling you to get started immediately to build or enhance an online presence. This workshop will share exactly what you need to do on a daily, weekly, & monthly basis to unlock your visibility. 

    About the presenter:

      VaNessa Duplessie is a digital marketing strategist by day & a contemporary romance writer by night under the pen name Leigh Duvan. She writes sweet and sassy stories and loves a loveable hero. She's a specialist in marketing & brand building designed to drawn in loyal and sticky fans. Complete with two decades of sales/marketing experience, she teaches new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before their first book release. An avid napper, she spends time running her kids here to there and traveling with her husband as often as possible. You can visit her at http://LeighDuvan.com.

    Deadline to register is August 6, 2018

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

    You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class.

    Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.

  22. Sorry I did not see this earlier. But we got Catherine fixed!

    FYI - if you've previously been registered with us, it might be a simple matter of logging into your old account and if you've forgotten the information, use the reset password to get it taken care of. Once you try to log in, it prompts you to pay. 

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