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  1. Elements of RWA Online Workshops


    Discovering Your Author Brand

    by Theresa Meyers

    February 8 - 26, 2010

    Registration Open until February 4th

    Member $12, Non-member $20


    Author branding is one of the hottest buzz words it the industry, but what

    is it? How does it work? And why is it something that every NYT bestseller

    does? Discovering Your Author Brand is an interactive workshop that gives

    attendees not only the information about the basics of what author branding

    is and why works, but also offers how-to tips to realizing their own author

    brand and utilizing it to improve marketability of their books, improve

    relationships/contracts with publishers and increase their readership.

    During the workshop attendees will discover: The basics of author branding,

    what it is, why it works and what advantages it offers. The three phases of

    brand building and the roles of author, publisher, publicist and agent. Why

    brand building and brand awareness are different and how you can shoot your

    career in the foot if you aren't careful. What roles producing books,

    advertising, marketing and publicity play in creating an author brand. What

    brand equity is and how it works to your advantage. Seven Steps to building

    a strong author brand for yourself. How to use your author brand as a map

    for your career.


    Best known for getting her clients chosen as two out of the total seven

    picks for the Kelly Ripa Book Club on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, Theresa

    Meyers spent over ten years working in public relations garnering millions

    of dollars in media coverage for her clients on national television and in

    daily newspapers, before she launched Blue Moon Communications in 2001. A

    former journalist and magazine columnist, she now works with New York Times

    bestsellers and many of the largest fiction publishers in New York including

    St. Martins Press, Warner Books (now Grand Central), MIRA Books (Harlequin),

    NAL, Dorchester and others, focusing on strategic planning for her clients,

    media training and author branded media campaigns. But what many people

    don't know is that by night she also writes and novels. A member of RWA

    since 1993, she was one of 11 people in the nation to final in the American

    Title 2 Contest (The American Idol of books). Her most recent book,

    Salvation of the Damned was released by Harlequin/Silhouette in March 2009,

    with two more paranormal romances to follow soon from Silhouette's Nocturne

    line. You can find her online at <http://www.theresameyers.com/>


  2. **Permission to forward granted and encouraged**

    North Texas Two Step

    A Writing Conference

    March 19-21, 2010

    NTRWA presents

    STORY MASTERY with Michael Hauge

    Best-selling author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds:The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read

    During this special all-day seminar, Hollywood script and story consultant Michael Hauge, will present his unique approach to creating compelling fiction, and to eliciting emotion in your readers. Using clips from recent blockbuster love stories and romantic comedies, along with hands on exercises, Michael will help you strengthen your story concepts, plot structure, love stories, character development and themes.

    As an added bonus, on Sunday morning Michael will do an in-depth analysis of the film LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, illustrating the essential principles of story structure, character arc, love stories and romantic comedies.

    Topics covered will include:

    • The primary goal of all story

    • The power of desire, need, longing and destiny

    • The essential conflict all characters must face

    • Turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a simple,

    powerful tool you can easily apply to every story

    • The single key to creating character arc and theme

    • Creating unique, believable and fulfilling love stories

    • The unique rules of romantic comedy: fantasy, duality, deceit

    • Adapting your novel to film

    If you want to elevate your fiction writing to the highest possible level, this event is a must.

    Also attending:

    Adam Wilson, Associate Editor, MIRA and Harlequin Teen

    Holly Blanck, Assistant Editor, St. Martin's Press

    Joy Azmitia, Agent, Russell and Volkening

    Becca Stumpf, Agent, Prospect Agency

    Registration costs are as follows:

    NT members through 1-16- 10: $95.00

    1-17 through 2-27- 10: $155.00

    DARA, & Yellow Rose Members through 1-16- 10: $125.00

    1-17 through 2-27- 10: $155.00

    General Registration through 1-16- 10: $155.00

    1-17 through 2-27- 10: $185.00

    Late Registration 2-28 through 3-20-10: $215.00

    For registration details please check the conference page on the website: www.ntrwa.org. For questions contact Marty Tidwell: conference@ntrwa.org

  3. **Permission to forward granted and encouraged**

    Yosemite Romance Writers is proud to present their online workshop for January 2010.

    Date: 02/01/2010 – 02/26/2010


    Writing And Selling Your Romance Novel

    Instructor: Jessica Barksdale Inclan

    Registration deadline: 1/31/10

    With 1.4 billion dollars in sales, 26.4 share of the market, and over 6,000 novels published every year, it's clear that the American public wants to read love stories. The other good news is that romances are fun to write. This course begins by identifying current key sub-genres and their particular requirements, including contemporary, paranormal, inspirational, comedic, mystery, erotic, and historical. We then consider what story you want to write and how to structure its plot, scenes, conflict, central characters, and most importantly, a believable romantic relationship. Short in-class writing exercises allow you to work on some of these important aspects, and you finish the day by learning about the marketplace and writing query letters. By the end of the class, you have a clear focus on the type of romance novel you are writing, a working outline, a couple of new scenes, and knowledge on how to move forward in writing and preparing your book for the marketplace.

    Jessica Barksdale Inclán's debut novel Her Daughter's Eyes, published in 2001, was the premier novel published under New American Library's new imprint Accent. Her Daughter's Eyes was a final nominee for the YALSA Award for the best books of 2001 and best paperbacks for 2001 and has been published in Dutch and Spanish. Her next novel The Matter of Grace was published in May 2002 and was re-released in a mass market version in May 2004. Her third, When You Go Away, came out April 1, 2003. Her fourth, One Small Thing, was published April 2004, and has been published in Dutch and Spanish. Her fifth, Walking With Her Daughter, was published in April 2005. The Instant When Everything is Perfect was published in February 2006. In June 2006, she published the first in a trilogy from Kensington Books. When You Believe was followed by Reason to Believe and Believe in Me. Being with Him--the first in a second trilogy, was published February 2008 and the second, Intimate Beings, is due out October 2008.. She is a 2002 recipient of the CAC Artist's Fellowship in Literature. Inclán teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women's literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and on-line creative writing courses for UCLA extension. She has studied with Sharon Olds, Anne Lamott, Kate Braverman, Grace Paley, Marjorie Sandor, and Cristina Garcia. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Rockhurst Review, Hotwired, The Salt Hill Journal, Free Lunch, The West Wind Review, The Prairie Star, Gargoyle and many other journals and newspapers. Her short story Open Eyes was given first prize by Sandra Cisneros for El Andar magazine's 2000 writing contest. She co-edited a women's literature/studies textbook Diverse Voices of Women (Mayfield Publishing, 1995). Ms. Inclán has degrees in sociology and English literature from CSU Stanislaus and a Master's degree in English literature from SFSU. Ms. Inclán lives in Oakland, California and is currently at work on her next novel.

    Deadline to register: 01/31/2010

    Fee: $20 YWR members; $25 non-members. RWA Membership isn't required;

    Anyone can take our courses.

    Where to sign up: You may register online at our website,

    www.yosemiteromancewriters.com .

    Please click the Pay Now button and follow the instructions for Paypal. You will receive a confirmation from us once your payment is received.

    If you prefer to pay by check please mail to:

    Yosemite Romance Writers

    4294 W. Dakota Ave.

    Fresno, CA 93722

    You may also contact YRW at YosemiteRomanceWriters@yahoo.com if you have any other questions.


    On behalf of the RWA-New England Chapter's Conference Committee, I am

    happy to invite you to attend our 2010 Let Your Imagination Take Flight


    The conference will take place March 26-27, 2010, at the Sheraton Tara

    in Framingham, MA. Speakers include: Keynote, Mary Janice Davidson;

    Luncheon, Judith Arnold; and EXTRA! Workshop titled Emotion: The Heart

    of the Novel conducted by Brenda Novak.

    For a direct link to our registration page, go to:





    This email is my opportunity to share some important changes to the NEC

    Conference registration process with you.

    The major change to note: We will not be doing a conference mailing as

    we have in years past. Conference registration information will only be

    made available via the Chapter web site. Attendees will have the option

    to register electronically using PayPal, or to print the registration

    form from the web site and snail mail that form with a check.

    The second major change to the registration process concerns what we

    have traditionally called the EXTRA workshop. In years past, we have

    opened the EXTRA to anyone who wanted to pay the 'extra' fee to attend

    it. This year, we are opening up this session to the first one hundred

    registrants (no extra cost). Therefore, attendance for this session

    – Emotion: The Heart of the Novel – presented by Brenda Novak -

    will be first come, first serve. We are asking that you select the

    workshop on the registration form, so if extra tickets are available, we

    know who to add to our alternate list.

    As will the assignment of editor and agent pitch appointments, just as

    we have in years past.

    We are still looking to line up an additional editor for the conference.

    Our slate of industry professionals so far includes:


    -Keyren Gerlach (Harlequin)

    -Kathy Cottrell (Wild Rose Press)

    -Holly Schmidt (Ravenous Romance)


    - Diana Fox (Fox Literary Agency)

    - Eileen Fallon (Fallon Literary Agency)

    The conference ends Saturday, March 27, with a book signing - a portion

    of the proceeds will go to benefit MA literacy. If you are a published

    author and are interested in participating in the book signing, please

    note this on the registration form.

    Please continue to check the NEC web site for updates or changes at

    http://www.necrwa.org/conference.htm <http://www.necrwa.org/conference.htm>


    <http://www.necrwa.org/conference.htm>> .

    After registering, you will be directed to a page with a link for a

    special conference hotel rate of $109/night single/double until March 6,

    2010. After March 6, regular room rates apply. You may also call: (508)

    879-7200. If calling, mention NEC to receive the discount rate.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at necreg@loriella.com


    We look forward to seeing you March 26-27, 2010, at the wonderful

    Sheraton Tara in Framingham, MA!


    Mary Reiber, 2010 Conference Chair

    Lori Philbin, 2010 Registration Chair

    Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference


  5. **Permission to Forward Given**

    If you want to publish, you have to grab your reader from the very first word. Come join us as we welcome Kris Kennedy to our online campus.

    Class: Powerful Openings

    Instructor: Kris Kennedy

    Dates: February 1 - 12, 2010

    Registration Deadline: January 2, 2010

    Fee: $10/HHRW members, $20/others

    To register for this class: http://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/classreg.htm

    FMI: HHRW Campus Coordinator: classes@heartsthroughhistory.com

    Class Description:

    In this competitive market and fast-moving world, the vast majority of readers are not going to spend the time `sinking into' a good book, not unless it has a powerful opening that really hooks them and promises great drama. This 2 week class will discuss specific, simple strategies for writing powerful openings that hook the reader—be it an agent, an editor, or a reader—and don't let go.


    Psychotherapist, mom, wife and writer, Kris Kennedy doesn't have much time for anything. Including reading. A story opening has to absolutely grab her for her to keep reading. She's been working to hone these skills and strategies to help make her own book potent from the very first work. Kris won RWA's Golden Heart® for Best Historical Novel in `08. Her debut book, THE CONQUEROR, came out in May `09, and her second THE IRISH WARRIOR, winner of the `08 GH, comes out in June, from Kensington. She recently signed another 2 book contract with Pocket.

    Format: Course is conducted via Yahoo Groups email with lessons and Q&A. You will receive an invitation to join the group a few days before. If you don't receive this invitation, please contact the Campus Coordinator: classes@heartsthroughhistory.com

    For additional information, contact the Campus Coordinator at classes@heartsthroughhistory.com

    To register for this class: http://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/classreg.htm




    INSTRUCTOR: Sylvie Kurtz

    WHEN: February 1 to February 18 (6 lessons posted over 2 weeks)

    COST: $15 NEORWA members/$20 for all others. www.neorwa.com for

    registration information or contact Cathy Matuszak and Alaina Silvestrini at

    neorwaonline@... <neorwaonline@gmail.com>.


    The story arc and the seven story spines I'm going to share with you are a distillation of what I've learned about story structure over my career and how using those basic elements helped me create deeper, more emotional stories. I'll take you through the basic story arc and discuss why readers expect it, then walk you through each of the seven story spines--the set-up, the meet, the first complication, the mid-point, the swivel, the dark moment and the joyful resolution--giving examples along the way.

    1. Introduction

    2. The Basics

    3. Going Deeper

    4. Characters

    5. The Set-Up

    6. The Meet

    7. The First Complication

    8. The Mid-Point

    9. The Swivel Decision

    10. The Dark Moment

    11. The Joyful Resolution

    12. Wrap-Up


    Flying an eight hour solo cross-country in a Piper Arrow with only the airplane's crackling radio and a large bag of M & Ms for company, Sylvie Kurtz realized a pilot's life wasn't for her. The stories zooming in and out of her head proved more entertaining than the flight itself. Not a quitter, she finished her pilot's course, earning her commercial license and instrument rating.

    Since then, she's traded in her pilot's license for a keyboard, where she lets her imagination soar to create fictional adventures that explore the power of love and the thrill of suspense.

    Her first Harlequin Intrigue, One Texas Night, was a 1999 Romantic Times nominee for Best First Category Romance and a finalist for a Booksellers Best Award. Her Silhouette Special Edition, A Little Christmas Magic was a 2001 Readers' Choice Award Finalist and a Waldenbooks bestseller. Remembering Red Thunder was a 2002 Romantic Times Nominee for Best Intrigue. She was a 2005 and 2007 Romantic Times nominee for Lifetime Achievement for Series Romantic Adventure. Ms. Longshot has been optioned by Twin Star Entertainment as a possible TV movie. She has written twenty novels. To learn more about Sylvie visit her website at http://www.sylviekurtz.com.

  7. ***** Permission Granted To Forward *****

    Early Bird Deadline approaching.

    The $25 discount for early registration to the Written In The Stars conference ends on Jan 10th, so if you've already made up you mind to attend, now's the time to register. The line up this year is super - just look at the list of editors and agents slated to attend:

    Laura Bradford - Bradford Literary Agency

    Terry Burns - Hartline Literary Agency

    Melissa Jeglinski - The Knight Agency

    Beth Miller - Writer's House

    Wanda Ottewell - Harlequin Superromance

    Laurie Rauch - Samhain Publishing

    Jessica Sebor - Bantam/Dell Publishing

    In addition, there are 17 speakers presenting three tracks of workshops on craft and career topics - there'll definitely be something for everyone!

    The conference will be held March 5th and 6th in Shreveport Louisiana. Attendance will be capped at 125.

    For more information, please visit www.nolastars.com

    ***** Permission Granted To Forward *****


    Yellow Rose Romance Writers is pleased to announce our February 2010

    workshop! All workshops are $15 for Yellow Rose members and $25 for

    non-Yellow Rose members.

    Starting February 1, 2010, Karen Sandler will present Creating Characters

    That Walk Off The Page. This is a 2-week course. To register, go to

    http://www.yellowroserwa.com/workshops.php and fill in the form. We accept

    PayPal and check/money order. Registration deadline is January 31, 2010.

    Creating Characters That Walk Off The Page

    Karen Sandler

    February 1 - February 14, 2010

    More than any other genre, believable, well-rounded characters are crucial

    to romance fiction. They have to be heroic, yet imperfect, because without

    flaws, your reader won't be able to identify with your heroine or fall in

    love with your hero. Your fictional characters must be so real, you'll know

    them better than you do your best friends. The trick--talk to your hero and

    heroine, then be ready to listen for their answers.

    "Trigger questions" to spark creativity, and fill-in forms and character

    interviews will assist you in creating dynamic, likeable characters.

    Along the way, you'll develop a captivating story and some of its turning

    points as well. You'll also learn the all important distinction between

    inner and outer conflict and how to create inner conflict that will sustain

    the tension between hero and heroine for the length of your novel.


    Karen Sandler first caught the writing bug at age nine when, as a

    horse-crazy fourth grader, she wrote a poem about a pony named Tony.

    Many years of hard work later, she sold her first book (and she got that

    pony--although his name was Ben). Since then, she's published a total of

    seventeen books, ten of them for Silhouette Special Edition. She enjoys

    writing novels, short stories and screenplays and has produced two short

    films. Check out Karen's website at www.karensandler.net.

  9. ****Permission to forward is granted and encouraged. Thank you.*****

    Make 2010 The Year of the Writer!

    Did you make a resolution to write in 2010? Are you looking for some

    motivation? Want to take some craft workshops? Learn more about characters,

    plotting, or even PR? Then we've got the conference for you!

    Join the Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA for a writing conference at the beach!

    What: 2010 Silken Sands Writers' Conference

    Where: Beautiful Pensacola Beach, Florida (the hotel is directly on the

    beach-you can't beat this view!)

    When: March 19-21, 2010

    Keynote speaker: NYT best-selling author Karen Rose

    Kick-off speaker: NYT best-selling author Dianna Love

    Agent and editor pitch appointments are still available. The following

    agents will be attending the Silken Sands Conference: Laura Bradford of the

    Bradford Literary Agency, Elaine Spencer of the Knight Agency, and Joyce

    Holland of the D4EO Agency. The following editors will also be taking pitch

    appointments: Megan Records of Kensington Publishing, Lindsey Faber of

    Samhain, and Patience Smith of Silhouette/Harlequin.

    With over twenty workshops scheduled for the weekend, this conference will

    offer something for writers at every level of their careers.

    Fly away from the snow-come down to the beach and get inspired!

    More information about the Silken Sands Writers' Conference may be found at:


    See you at the beach!

    Cynthia Eden

    Silken Sands Conference Chair



    Let's get those stories plotted and written in 2010!

    Southern Tier Authors of Romance is starting off their 2010 On-line

    Workshops in February with The Plotting Wheel. Check it out below.

    FEBRUARY 1 - 26, 2010 -- On-Line Workshop: The Plotting Wheel: Ten Elements

    that Move Your Story Forward is being offered by Becky Martinez and Sue

    Viders through the Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR - NY).

    Registration is open now through January 31, 2010.


    Plotting can be a big challenge, even for a seasoned writer. This class

    introduces the Plotting Wheel, a step by step method that can help everyone

    from beginners to published authors develop their ideas into novel form. No

    matter what method of plotting a writer uses, there are certain elements

    that need to go into any well told story. This interactive workshop goes

    through the various elements and turns them into the spokes of "The Plotting

    Wheel." Learn how to use those spokes to move your story along into a

    well-developed plot. The plotting wheel can help the writer make certain

    they're headed in the right direction with their plot and that the story is

    moving forward through meaningful action, building tension, and good pacing.

    The plotting wheel can help get a story off to a good beginning, help prop

    up a sagging middle and provide help to insure there is a satisfying climax

    and conclusion.

    THE INSTRUCTORS: Sue Viders is the author of more than 20 books, numerous

    articles and columns for both artists and writers. Her writing book Heroes

    and Heroines, Sixteen Master Archetypes, is used in many college and

    university writing courses. Her latest product for writers is Deal a Story;

    an interactive card game consisting of 101 cards and six sections and is

    based on her Heroes and Heroines book.

    Becky Martinez is an award-winning former broadcast journalist and published

    romance novelist. Her latest romantic suspense novel, Deadly Messages will

    be published by The Wild Rose Press in February 2010. Her first romance

    novel was an Aspen Gold finalist. She has had several short stories

    published, including "The Problem" in 2008 by The Wild Rose Press and she

    contributed a short story to The Trouble with Romance, an anthology that was

    a 2007 New Mexico Book Award Finalist.

    Both Sue and Becky were co-authors of the writing book, 10 Steps to Creating

    Memorable Characters. This workbook for writers is gaining use as a

    practical tool for beginning writers who want to develop their characters as

    they build their plot.

    THE COST: Still only$20 for RWA members, and $25 for non-members.

    TO REGISTER: To register, send a check or Money Order in U.S. Dollars, made

    out to STAR On-Line Workshop, and mail to: Carol A. Henry, STAR On-line

    Workshop Coordinator, 90 Dry Brook Road, Willseyville, NY 13864.

    Alternatively, if you have a PayPal account, you can pay by going to

    <http://www.PayPal.com> http://www.PayPal.com. Select the "send money"

    button, enter the amount due, and STAR's email address for payment:

    <mailto:starpay@gmail.com> starpay@gmail.com. Then send your registration

    information (name, address, phone number, email address, RWA#) to Carol at:

    <mailto:carolhenry@frontiernet.net> carolhenry@frontiernet.net).

    NEED MORE INFORMATION about STAR's On-line Workshop(s): Contact Carol Henry

    at carolhenry@frontiernet.net.

    The Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR) a chapter of RWAR is thrilled to

    be able to offer workshops from highly-respected, successful authors willing

    to share their time and skills with other writers. Workshops last four (4)

    weeks, consist of a mix of lectures, exercises and discussions, and are

    conducted via a private Yahoo Groups listserv.

    All writers are welcome. If you know how to send e-mail, then you've

    mastered all of the technical skills you need to participate in our

    workshops. You will be automatically enrolled in the workshop's listserv

    just before the class beings. All of the messages posted by the instructor

    and other students will be delivered directly to your inbox, although you

    may also view them from the Yahoo website.

    Carol Henry

    On-line Workshop Coordinator/President Southern Tier Authors of Romance

    (STAR - NY)

  11. [Permission granted to forward, and encouraged.]

    The Red River Romance Writers of Wichita Falls, Texas, presents --

    "The Xtremely Productive Writer" with Kara Lennox

    February 2010 --

    Join us for a two-week intensive workshop Feb. 1-14.

    Price: RRRW Members - $15; Non-members - $20

    "The Xtremely Productive Writer" with Kara Lennox

    Do you wish you could write more? Does life get in the way? Do you

    frequently miss deadlines? Does your manuscript languish for weeks at

    a time, withering from lack of attention? Do you look at writers who

    write three, four, five or more books a year and figure they must be


    In this two-week intensive class, you will learn how to identify the

    things that interfere with your productivity and keep you from

    writing. Then we'll discuss strategies for writing more without

    compromising quality or neglecting the rest of your life. This

    workshop includes some hands-on homework and exercises to get your

    hands onto that keyboard right away, and keep you writing on into the

    rest of the year. In addition to presenting ten "lectures," Kara

    Lennox will address students' individual questions and unique

    situations and provide as much feedback as time allows. A lively

    give-and-take among students is also encouraged.


    Kara Lennox (a.k.a. Karen Leabo) has written more than 50 contemporary

    romance novels for Harlequin/Silhouette and Bantam Loveswept. Since

    her first novel was released in 1989, her books frequently appear on

    romance bestseller lists. She is currently working on a romantic

    suspense trilogy, "Project Justice," for Harlequin Superromance, to be

    published in 2011. Kara's books have finaled in several romance

    industry contests including the National Readers' Choice Awards, the

    Holt Medallion competition, and the RITA. Her Harlequin American

    Romance PLAIN JANE'S PLAN won a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice


    For more information visit:



    Dunes & Dreams RWA Chapter 215 (from Eastern Long Island) present their

    January 2010 Online Workshop.


    Cost: $10 D&D members, $25 all others. Payable in US funds only.

    January 4 through January 29

    No Matter How Busy You Are, You Can FIND TIME TO WRITE!

    With Kelly L. Stone

    Blurb: Writers Write. Yes, you’ve heard it before. You know that writers

    write. And by golly, you’d love to be writing. But the problem is where do

    you find the time to do it? Between jobs, kids, spouses, cooking, cleaning,

    laundry, grocery shopping, walking the dog, school activities, social and

    religious obligations, sleep and leisure time, it seems like you simply

    cannot squeeze one more minute out of your day. Well, come learn from the

    pros!! This workshop is based on the instructor's book TIME TO WRITE: More

    Than 100 Professional Writers Reveal How to Fit Writing Into Your Busy Life

    (Adams Media, Jan 08) which features interviews with 104 professional

    writers, including 45 national bestsellers on how they found time to write

    before they were career published (including Sandra Brown, Jodi Picoult, Ann

    Major, Christine Feehan, Steve Berry, Tess Gerritsen, Pamela Morsi, Eloisa

    James, and many more!).

    Topics include:

    · Your Burning Desire to Write and how to put it into Action

    · Find a Writing Schedule that Works!

    · Creating a Personalized Writing Action Plan

    · Dealing with Resistance to Writing and other Blocks

    · Dealing with Interuptions, Distractions, Kids, Spouses, Dogs, Neighbors,


    Bio: Kelly L. Stone (www.KellyLStone.com) earned a master's degree in

    counseling from Florida State University, and she is currently a licensed

    mental health counselor with 20 years of experience. She is also the author

    of three books, GRAVE SECRET (Mundania Press, Sept 2007), which was called

    powerful" and "well written" by Romantic Times Book Reviews; TIME TO WRITE:

    More Than 100 Professional Writers Reveal How to Fit Writing Into Your Busy

    Life (Adams Media, Jan 2008) and THINKING WRITE: The Secret to Freeing Your

    Creative Mind (Adams Media, Oct 2009). TIME TO WRITE was nominated for the

    American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book of 2008 award.


    DATE: January 4 – January 29

    Registration deadline is December 31st.

    PLACE: Dunes & Dreams RWA Forum

    Registrants will receive a login password to the workshop forum by January

    2nd to allow ample time to become familiar with the forum.

    COST: $10 Dunes & Dreams RWA Members/ $25 all others (US funds only – paypal

    or checks)

    If you pay for a workshop and do not receive a confirmation email and a

    login by January 2nd, please contact our workshop coordinators at


    CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: No registration fees will be refunded. All

    payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut off date.

    Payments received after the cut-off date can be applied to a future workshop

    of the

    Applicant's' choosing.

    If a workshop is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, such as

    instructor inability to teach class, registration fees will be applied to a

    future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

    Hope to see you in class!

    Registration form and more information:



    Desert Dreams 2010 Writers Conference

    April 16-17-18, 2010

    Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

    Complete conference and hotel information:


    Registration open now:


    Updates on the Desert Dreams Conference blog at:


    Open to any writer in any fiction genre, from beginner to multipublished, this bi-annual conference offers not only a multitude of workshops for writers at any level, but the opportunity for aspiring and published authors to network and meet with agents and editors from all over the country. Editor/Agent Panel and Individual Appointments available. Get the inside buzz on what editors and agents are looking for, and how to give them what they want. Then enjoy your own 10-minute appointment with one of our attending editors or agents. (Appointments are based on a first-registered basis and subject to availability. Additional appointments, if available, may be purchased on the premises for an additional $25 cash).

    Keynote speakers:

    Linda Lael Miller: On all of the National Best seller lists, Linda Lael Miller is one of today's most successful authors with more than eighty contemporary and historical novels to her credit. Linda is also a recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Awards.


    Brad Schreiber: (Sunday speaker) As VP of Storytech Literary Consulting, part of Chris Vogler's "Writer's Journey," Brad Schreiber is an accomplished writer, teacher, screenwriter and much more.



    Carla Neggers, Jodi Thomas, Sharon Sala, Toni McGee Causey, Eileen Rendahl, Connie Flynn, Kate Herbert (screenwriting), Erin Quinn, Beth Kendrick, Jennifer Ashley, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Diana Gabaldon (tentative), Vijaya Schartz, Robin Lee Hatcher... (more to be announced soon).



    Kathleen Scheibling - Harlequin; Kate Seaver - Berkley; Heather Osborn - TOR; Peter Senftleben - Kensington Publishing, Deb Werksman - Sourcebooks; Laurie Rauch - Samhain (more to be announced soon).



    Steve Laube - Steve Laube Agency; Jill Marsal - Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Miriam Kriss - Irene Goodman Agency; Janet Reid - Fine Print Literary Management; Page Wheeler, (more to be announced soon).


    All our conference attendees may enter a special contest that will be judged by our slate of editors and agents. This is a great opportunity to get your work in front of the professionals. The contest is up and running. Only ten pages, no names, manuscript format. $30 entry fee. Deadline January 31, 2010.

    Find all the specifics with categories, and rules at: http://www.desertroserwa.org/DDContest.htm

    Registration fee:

    Early bird (through 12-31-09): RWA members $208 - Non-members: $228

    Regular registration (1-1-10 to 3-1-10): RWA members $228 - Non-members: $248

    Brad Shreiber Workshop only (Sunday morning): $75.00

    Contest entry (Starting October 1, 2009 - for registered attendees only): $30.00

    Hotel rooms:

    Chaparral Suite Resort - 5001 N. Scottsdale Road - Scottsdale, AZ 85250

    Room rates: $169-$199 a night

    All rooms are suites that can accommodate multiple guests for a small extra fee.

    Hotel rate includes cooked to order breakfast, nightly reception, and free airport transport from 6 am to 10 pm.



    Yellow Rose Romance Writers is pleased to announce our January 2010

    workshop! All workshops are $15 for Yellow Rose members and $25 for

    non-Yellow Rose members.

    Starting January 18, 2010, Eileen Wilks will present VOICE: Get Your

    Fingerprints All Over Your Story. This is a 2-week course. To register, go

    to http://www.yellowroserwa.com/workshops.php and fill in the form. We

    accept PayPal and check/money order. Registration deadline is January 17,


    VOICE: Get Your Fingerprints All Over Your Story

    By Eileen Wilks

    January 18 - February 1, 2010

    A strong, distinctive voice--editors and agents clamor for it. Readers fall

    for it. Jayne Ann Krentz says it may delay that first sale, but end up

    landing you on bestseller lists. But what is voice, exactly? How can we find

    ours and develop it?

    It's easier to describe voice allusively than to define it concretely. Voice

    is to authors and editors what pornography is to the Supreme Court: we know

    it when we hear it. Bearing that in mind, the workshop will cover some of

    the components of voice:

    . worldview

    . word choice

    . emotional rhythm

    . overall rhythm: paragraphs, sentences, transitions, ratio of


    . to narration to action. Punctuation.

    Writing teacher Karen Pape says that voice is like fingerprints: each is

    unique. Mixing lecture with interactive segments, this workshop will help

    get your fingerprints all over your story.

    About Eileen Wilks:

    Eileen Wilks has been published by Silhouette, St. Martin's, and Berkley.

    Her current series for Berkley features Lily Yu, a homicide cop turned

    paranormal investigator. She has a novella in INKED, an anthology out now,

    and her sixth book in the series, BLOOD MAGIC, will be released Fed. 5. Her

    accomplishments include:

  15. **Permission to forward granted and encouraged**

    Yosemite Romance Writers is proud to present their online workshop for January 2010.

    Date: 01/04/2010 – 01/29/2010

    Workshop title: MASTERING POINT OF VIEW

    Mastering Point of View

    Instructor: Diane O'Connell

    Registration deadline: 1/3/10

    What’s the secret every successful author knows and most new authors don’t? It’s point of view (POV). In this workshop, Diane will show how truly understanding and mastering point of view can fix an ailing manuscript and turn a decent but lackluster novel into a page-turner. You’ll learn:

    • the biggest mistakes authors make with POV — and how to avoid them

    • how to use POV to liven up description, dialogue, and action

    • the advantages — and drawbacks — of different POV choices

    • how to choose your POV characters

    • how to use POV to increase suspense and tension

    Once you really know how to use this technique, you’ll never write the same way again.

    About the instructor: Dianne O’Connell

    Diane O’Connell is a New York-based publishing specialist with over 25 years experience. A former editor with Random House, she is the author of five books. Diane specializes in working with first-time authors and has helped dozens of writers become published authors — including a first-time novelist who got a $500,000 two-book contract from Bantam after working with her. Diane has presented workshops throughout the country, including the Writer’s Voice in New York City and the Southwest Writers Conference in New Mexico.

    Deadline to register: 01/03/2010

    Fee: $20 YWR members; $25 non-members. RWA Membership isn't required;

    Anyone can take our courses.

    Where to sign up: You may register online at our website,

    www.yosemiteromancewriters.com .

    Please click the Pay Now button and follow the instructions for Paypal. You will receive a confirmation from us once your payment is received.

    You may also contact YRW at YosemiteRomanceWriters@yahoo.com if you have any other questions.

    Thank you for considering our workshops!!

    Dawna Richard

    President, YRW

  16. **Permission to forward granted and encouraged**

    Yosemite Romance Writers is proud to present their online workshop for January 2010.

    Date: 01/04/2010 – 01/29/2010


    Have you made a new year's resolution to finally, finally write the book of your heart? Is it your goal to submit to an editor? Find an agent? Enter the Golden Heart. You can't any of that without actually having a full manuscript and you can't write a completed manuscript without both motivations and tools.

    About the instructor: Susan Meier

    Susan Meier is the author of over 35 books for Harlequin and Silhouette and one of Guideposts' Grace Chapel Inn series books, The Kindness of Strangers. Her books have been finalists for Reviewers Choice Awards, National Reader's Choice Awards and Cataromance.com Reviewer's Choice Awards.

    Her 2007 release Her Pregnancy Surprise an October 2007 release was both a Walden Books bestseller and a bookscan bestseller! Her 2008 releases are MILLIONAIRE DAD, NANNY NEEDED! part of the Wedding Planners Continuity and HER BABY'S FIRST CHRISTMAS, a touching Christmas story sure to warm your heart!

    Deadline to register: 01/03/2010

    Fee: $20 YWR members; $25 non-members. RWA Membership isn't required;

    Anyone can take our courses.

    Where to sign up: You may register online at our website,

    www.yosemiteromancewriters.com .

    Please click the Pay Now button and follow the instructions for Paypal. You will receive a confirmation from us once your payment is received.

    You may also contact YRW at YosemiteRomanceWriters@yahoo.com if you have any other questions.

    Thank you for considering our workshops!!

    Dawna Richard

    President, YRW

  17. ** Permission to Forward granted **

    The Beau Monde Academe is proud to present:

    Want to start 2010 off right? Get writing with April Kihlstrom's 7 Days of

    Motivation. She'll give you excited about your work and raring to go!

    Class Dates: January 10 thru 16, 2010

    Fee: $15 for Non-Members & $10 for Members

    Register Here: http://www.thebeaumonde.com/academe/

    More about our presenter:

    April Kihlstrom is the award winning author of 31 romance novels, 28 of them

    Signet Regencies. She also coaches writers, presents workshops and teaches

    online writing classes, often focusing on motivation. Her techniques have

    helped many writers get past writer's block, write faster and better and

    have more fun while doing so.


    Announcing the Heart of Carolina Romance Writer's January Online Workshop:

    Turning Your Dreams into Reality

    Instructors: Tawny Weber and Beth Andrews

    When: January 1-31, 2010

    Cost: $20 for HCRW and CRW Members, $25 for All Others


    Kick off the new year with a solid, workable plan to make all your dreams come true. Want to sell a book? Hit a list? Snag that perfect-for-you agent? This workshop will give you solid, time-tested tools to help you make all of those dreams happen. Dreams to Reality is a method of using goal setting, personal empowerment and planning to get from where you are to where you want to be – in your writing career and in your life. Isn’t it time you made your dreams into reality?


    Tawny Weber is usually found dreaming up stories in her California home, surrounded by dogs, cats and kids. When she’s not writing hot, spicy stories for Harlequin Blaze, she’s shopping for the perfect pair of shoes or drooling overJohnny Depp pictures (when her husband isn’t looking, of course). In September’09 Tawny launched Dressed to Thrill, a fun, four-author costume shop continuity with her release of her sixth Blaze, FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME. And in January 2010, her novella, YOU HAVE TO KISS A LOT OF FROGS, is out in the Blazing Bedtime Story anthology. Come by and visit her on the web at www.tawnyweber.com

    Superromance author Beth Andrews is living her dream, writing romance for Harlequin while looking after her real-life hero and their three children. She has been honored by her kids as The Meanest Mom in the World–as if there’s something wrong with counting down the remaining days of summer vacation until school starts again. Beth enjoys making some of the many recipes she collects, redecorating her home and stringing beads together. To learn more about Beth and her recent Superromance releases, A NOT-SO-PERFECT PAST and HIS SECRET AGENDA, check out her website: www.bethandrews.net



    Cost for the workshop is $20 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers members, $25 for all others. All fees payable in US dollars only. The workshop will run from January 1-31. Registration deadline is January 1, 2010. Once registered, you will be subscribed to the workshop loop prior to and for the duration of the class.

    To register, please visit the HCRW website at: www.heartofcarolina.org and click on the Online Workshops page.

    You may pay by check made out to HCRW or by credit card (via Paypal on the site).


    You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal and you may pay by credit card through PayPal. However, if you want to join this class, but prefer to pay by check or money order, please print the registration form and send your check or money order made to payable to HCRW in US funds. The mailing address is:

    HCRW Online

    PO Box 811

    Louisburg, NC 27549

    You may contact the coordinator at : HCRWonline@heartofc arolina.org with questions.

    If you pay for a workshop and do not receive an invitation to join the workshop loop by the first of the month,

    please contact Elizabeth at HCRWonline@heartofc arolina.org.

    Cancellation and refund policy: No registration fees will be refunded. All payments for a workshop must be

    received by the registration cut off date. Late payments can be applied to a future workshop of the

    applicant's choosing.

    If a workshop does not have 10 students enrolled by the first of the month, the workshop will be canceled

    and registration fees will be applied to a future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

    Hope to see you in class!

    Heart of Carolina Romance Writers ~ RWA Chapter 114


  19. *Permission Granted to Forward to RWA Loops and Members*

    January’s PRO Bootcamp, The Healthy Writer, is coming up fast! We begin

    January 4th, so don't delay, get signed up today!

    The first bootcamp of 2010 is a three-week long course, chock full of new

    and fun information designed to get your new year off to a fantastic start!

    We have an amazing SEVEN instructors presenting for three days each over

    the three-week period. They’ll be right there ON the PRO-Class loop with

    you, so their answers to your follow-up questions will appear more quickly. Of

    course, you don't have to participate in every topic we're offering in

    January, but we think you'll want to.

    Check out this line-up:

    WEEK 1

    January 4–6, 2010

    EXERCISE with KERI STEVENS. Are you ready to sweat? Keri’s ready to tell

    you all you need to keep that body in shape and fight against that “trucker

    rear” from long periods of sitting.

    January 7–9, 2010

    ERGONOMICS with DALE MAYER & RR (Ronna) SMYTHE. If you've ever endured the

    agony of neck strain or overuse of your mouse hand (and who hasn't?),

    don't miss this topic that combines Ronna’s medical expertise and Dale’s

    intensive research and first-hand experience.

    WEEK 2

    January 11–13, 2010

    EATING HEALTHY with MICHELLE BUTLER. Do you turn to food to help relieve

    your writing stress or other negative emotions? Healthy Writer Blogger

    Michelle Butler will offer tips and advice on how to develop a healthy

    relationship with food, find other ways to comfort yourself, and share how she lost

    more than 30 pounds in 2009.

    January 14–16, 2010

    OFFICE FENG SHUI with BELLA ANDRE. According to Feng Shui expert Bella

    Andre, your space has an impact on how you feel, which can impact how you

    write. Join Bella for tips on balancing the energies in your writing space to

    stimulate and invigorate your writing.

    WEEK 3

    January 18–20, 2010

    PRIORITIZING with KARI LEE TOWNSEND. Kids. Spouses. Food. Pets. Sleep.

    Deadlines. Kari juggles her family's needs (four children!) and her personal

    needs with her commitment for six(!) contracted books. Kari will share how

    she keeps organized so her life doesn’t spin out of control.

    January 21–23, 2010

    MAXIMIZE YOUR WRITING TIME with CANDACE HAVENS. This bestselling author

    and nationally syndicated entertainment columnist will show us how we can be

    more productive during every writing session—whether it's ten minutes or

    two hours long.

    Are you excited yet? We are! By the time you finish this class, you’ll be

    ready to break in the New Year as the perfect "Healthy Writer."

    We look forward to seeing you there,

    Keri Ford and Natalie Damschroder

    PRO-Education Co-Chairs

    PS—Are you PRO-Eligible? You know you do not want to miss out on the

    wonderful and FREE classes offered to all RWA PROs. Not sure if you’re

    PRO-Eligible? Go here:

    _http://www.rwanatio nal.org/cs/ member_resources /PRO_membership_

    (http://www.rwanational.org/cs/member_resources/pro_membership) (you must be

    signed in to the RWA website to view this link)

    Are you ready for the PRO Classes? The PRO-Class Loop was wiped clean on

    Nov 19, 2009, and the PRO Liaison has been re-approving membership requests

    since. If you were a PRO Class Member last year and have not reapplied

    since Nov 19, 2009, you must re-subscribe. If you’re PRO-Approved by RWA (and

    are not PAN or PAN-Eligible) and would like to participate in PRO Classes,

    send an email to _PRO-Class-subscribe @yahoogroups. com_

    (mailto:PRO-Class-subscribe@yahoogroups.com) with your name and email address on file with

    RWA and your RWA#. If you’d like to be subscribed to the loop with a

    different email address, please add that, too.

  20. ***OKAY TO FORWARD***

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    November 2-27, 2009

    "Writing Teen Fiction"

    by Niki Burnham


    Niki Burnham is living proof that you don't have to: a) be a teen; b) have a teen living in your house; or c) be a high school teacher in order to write convincing fiction for teens. If you want to write for this challenging group of readers, but don't know about the teen market or what teens today are dying to read, this is the class for you.

    Topics include:

    * Learning About the Teen Fiction Market

    * Suggestions for Teen Reading

    * Why Theme (Yes, Theme!) Matters

    * Creating Convincing Teen Characters

    * Sounding Teen

    * Plotting Your Teen Novel

    Niki Burnham is the RITA-Award winning author of two novellas and six novels for teens, including ROYALLY JACKED, a Teen People pick and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers. Her online home is www.nikiburnham.com.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    November 9-21, 2009

    MASTER CLASS: "Dramatic Techniques for Engaging the Reader"

    by Patricia Kay


    Prerequisite: Must have submitted at least one manuscript to an agent or publisher.

    Great books are about more than good plotting, likable characters, lots of conflict, and skillful writing. For a book to really grab a reader, the author must make an emotional connection with that reader. Otherwise, even though the reader may enjoy the book, it won't be one he'll remember. It won't be one he'll talk about. And it won't be one he'll recommend to others. In this class, you'll learn all about stirring the reader's feelings and engaging him emotionally. Sessions will cover:

    * Techniques to create instant empathy

    * The emotional palette and how to use it

    * Crafting powerful scenes that keep readers turning pages

    * Common flaws and ways to fix them

    * Plus: "It takes a lot of rewriting!"

    Pat Kay is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly 50 novels of romance and women's fiction. She sold her first category romance to Silhouette Books in 1990 and her first mainstream novel, which was nominated for a Rita, to Berkley in 2000. A former writing instructor at the University of Houston, Pat has written numerous articles on craft and/or the business of writing for magazines including The Writer and Romance Writers Report.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


    Note: For more information, go to the Writer U website at www.WriterUniv.com

  21. Anyone who joins this chapter (you also have to be a RWA National member or apply for it) then the dues are $12.50 between now and 12/31/09. You would be good here through 3/31/09, as our renewals are in March.

    And there are two workshops still left for the year which are free to members. Not sure what workshops are in store for 2010, as our lovely Workshop head hasn't completely divulged the list, except she mentioned Bob Mayer.

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