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  1. 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. 

  2. Course Syllabus:

     

    Rekindling the passion in your writing The Discouraged Writer Class is a four-week class. Each week there will be two to three lectures with lots of class interaction. The class is aimed for fiction writers, no matter how far along they are in their journey. There is something for the beginner, and a lot for the writer who’s been at it for eons. From figuring out ways to finish a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written, to strategies for social media, to learning how to bounce back when a publisher dumps you, to overcoming fear when there is little to no emotional support, this class will cover it all.

     

    - Week One (two lectures released Tuesday and Thursday)

     

    - How to Build a Fire — The building blocks of writing

    - How to finish that pesky novel — word count goals, and the foundation to fiction writing (Lecture 1)

    - Trees for the Forest: More building blocks to rekindle the fire in your writing — Elements of a novel (Lecture 2; 1 of 2)

     

     - Week Two (two lectures released Tuesday and Thursday)

     

    - Adding Kindling to the Fire

    - Forest for the Trees: More building blocks to rekindle the fire in your writing (Lecture 3; 2 of 2)

    - Dealing with rejection, knowing when you have no control (Lecture 4; 1 of 2)

     

     - Week Three (three lectures released Monday, Wednesday & Friday)

     

     - How to Start a Fire with Wet Wood: The obstacles in a writer’s way - Dealing with editors who retire, editors who don’t like you, editors who dump you, publishers who go bankrupt, etc. Dealing with a turbulent career & how to reclaim your writing (Lecture 5; 2 of 2)

     

    - Creating passion in your writing when your editor/publisher has dumped you. Who are you writing for? (Lecture 6)

    - Pressure to write quicker for publication/ways to write quicker/and how the pressure may not be founded on evidence (Lecture 7)

     

    - Week Four (two lectures released Monday, Wednesday & Friday)

     

    - Starting a Fire in a Blizzard: When a writer’s obstacles are overwhelming

     

    - Burn out (Lecture 8, a long one) - Social Media and Self Doubt (Lecture 9)

  3. For the Discouraged Writer: Rekindling the Passion in your Writing presented by Red Jameson

    Class begins: June 4, 2018

    Length of class: 4 weeks

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

    Registration opens: May 21, 2018

     

    Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=546

     

    Workshop description:

     

    When Red heard the advice that discouraged writers should get used to no longer feeling passionate about writing and to just get a hobby, she decided to challenge that. At almost every level of her writing career, she’s had some sort of discouragement. After so many years of it, she decided to shove it where the sun didn’t shine and find the fire in her writing once again. This workshop covers almost every area a writer—from those just starting out to those who have been writing before dinosaurs were love interests—can become discouraged and ways to overcome it. From finishing a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written to strategies for a shy writer to conquer social media, from bouncing back when a publisher rejects your brilliant story to dealing with editors who dump you, from overcoming fear and dealing with envy, this class covers the turbulent business of being an author.

     

    About Red Jameson:

     

    While finishing her Master’s Degree in US Military History, Red has had many part-time jobs to help pay bills but mostly to fund her addiction to fiction writing. Yoga instructor and weight management consultant were fun, but it wasn’t until she started proofing for a history journal that she knew true adventure, nearly getting into a back-alley fight over which writing style is the best. Chicago Style, of course. Formatting, graphic designing, then editing came later; although, she missed getting into cat fights with copyeditors about comma placement. Now, she writes her sizzling sexy yet cerebral stories full-time and wants to help other writers who need a hand up in this crazy business of writing.

     

    Deadline to register is June 4, 2018

     

    FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=546

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

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

     

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

  4. COMPUTER SECURITY FOR AUTHORS AND THEIR CHARACTERS presented by Pam Trader

    Class begins: April 2, 2018

    Length of Class: 4 weeks

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

    Registration opens March 19, 2018

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=546

     

    Workshop description:

     

    It's a dangerous cyberworld out there!  Phishing and email scams and database hacking, oh my!  What's an author to do about it all?  Can you even be on the internet anymore?  Is the "cloud" safe for our works in progress? Learn how phishing, spyware, and ransomware is used, how identity theft and internet scams work, and how to be safe on wi-fi networks and social media.  We'll also look at the latest scary problem built into all of our computers - the villainous Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities - to assess how serious these threats are.

     

    This interactive workshop will tiptoe through the world of cybersecurity through two paths - one designed to provide authors with knowledge about computer security for their personal use.  We'll also explore cybersecurity as our characters use, or avoid, those threats in our stories.   Come prepared with both your questions and your character's questions in the world of cybersecurity.

     

    About Pam Trader

    Pam Trader is a geek who manages a few websites, webcasts a few RWA® chapter meetings, and helps her less computer-literate friends keep their computers running.  In a former life she spent 20 years in the United States Air Force where she claims to have spent a lot of time on the phone with help desks trying to make the computer systems she used to do more than the designers intended.  That segued into a job with a defense contractor who built those systems she nagged about where she learned the importance of good computer hygiene and eventually earned her COMPTIA Security+ certification.   

     

     

    You can find Pam tethered to a computer in her day job building web-based instructional products and at night tinkering with those websites she manages when she's not inventing ways for her heroes and heroines to escape the clutches of notorious cyber villains.

     

    Deadline to register is April 2, 2018

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

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

     

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

     

  5. Obstacles to Your Success: What They Are and How to Overcome Them presented by MM Pollard

    Class begins: February 5, 2018

    Length of Class: 4 weeks

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

    Registration opens January 22, 2018

     

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

     

    Workshop description:

     

    You can almost certainly name your obstacle, but thinking of ways to overcome it is much harder than it sounds. In this workshop, you’ll meet fifteen obstacles that writers face when trying to write their stories. You’ll also receive concrete methods to burst through each obstacle and continue on your way to your success.

     

    Here are the obstacles you will meet in this workshop.

     

    The Twin Obstacles: Perfectionism and Procrastination

    Pressure to Write More

    Poor Time Management

    Lack of Energy: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Creative Energy

    The Role of Fear in Writer’s Block

    The 9 Most Common Mistakes Which Will Slow Down Your Writing

     

    Of course, there will be homework. This is a Workshop with MM, after all. MM will comment on all homework posted when due to give you feedback on your assignments. As always, homework is optional.

     

    About MM Pollard

     

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

     

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

     

    MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM,

    editor, Black Velvet Seductions

    MM’s Fundamentals of English

     

    Deadline to register is February 5, 2018

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

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

     

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

  6. ****If you are a member of our chapter, RWA Online, you get to take the workshops for free****

     

    RWA Online’s 2018 Workshop Schedule:

     

    Obstacles to Your Success: What They Are and How to Overcome Them presented by MM Pollard

    Class begins: February 5, 2018

    Length of Class: 4 weeks

     

    Workshop description:

     

    You can almost certainly name your obstacle, but thinking of ways to overcome it is much harder than it sounds. In this workshop, you’ll meet fifteen obstacles that writers face when trying to write their stories. You’ll also receive concrete methods to burst through each obstacle and continue on your way to your success.

     

    Here are the obstacles you will meet in this workshop.

     

    The Twin Obstacles: Perfectionism and Procrastination

    Pressure to Write More

    Poor Time Management

    Lack of Energy: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Creative Energy

    The Role of Fear in Writer’s Block

    The 9 Most Common Mistakes Which Will Slow Down Your Writing

     

    Of course, there will be homework. This is a Workshop with MM, after all. MM will comment on all homework posted when due to give you feedback on your assignments. As always, homework is optional.

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    Computer Security for Authors and Their Characters presented by Pam Trader
    Class begins: April 2, 2018
    Length of class: 4 weeks
     
    Workshop description:
     
    It's a dangerous cyberworld out there!  Phishing and email scams and database hacking, oh my!  What's an author to do about it all?  Can you even be on the internet anymore?  Is the "cloud" safe for our works in progress?  . Learn how phishing, spyware, and ransomware is used, how identity theft and internet scams work, and how to be safe on wi-fi networks and social media.  We'll also look at the latest scary problem built into all of our computers - the villainous Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities - to assess how serious these threats are.
     
    This interactive workshop will tiptoe through the world of cybersecurity through two paths - one designed to provide authors with knowledge about computer security for their personal use.  We'll also explore cybersecurity as our characters use, or avoid, those threats in our stories.   Come prepared with both your questions and your character's questions in the world of cybersecurity.

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    For the Discouraged Writer: Rekindling the Passion in your Writing presented by Red Jameson

    Class begins: June 4, 2018

    Length of class: 4 weeks

     

    Workshop description:

     

    When Red heard the advice that discouraged writers should get used to no longer feeling passionate about writing and to just get a hobby, she decided to challenge that. At almost every level of her writing career, she’s had some sort of discouragement. After so many years of it, she decided to shove it where the sun didn’t shine and find the fire in her writing once again. This workshop covers almost every area a writer—from those just starting out to those who have been writing before dinosaurs were love interests—can become discouraged and ways to overcome it. From finishing a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written to strategies for a shy writer to conquer social media, from bouncing back when a publisher rejects your brilliant story to dealing with editors who dump you, from overcoming fear and dealing with envy, this class covers the turbulent business of being an author.

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

    Class begins: August 6, 2018

    Length of class: 3 weeks

     

    Workshop Description: 

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

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

    Class begins: October 1, 2018

    Length of class: 2 weeks

     

    Workshop description:

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

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    Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction presented by Peter Andrews

    Class begins: December 3, 2018

    Length of class: 3 weeks

     

    Workshop description:

     

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

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

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

    8 Lessons/3 weeks

     

  7. Writing and Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success presented by Mindy Hardwick

    Workshop begins: December 4, 2017

    Class length: 3 weeks

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

    Registration opens: November 20, 2017

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=503

     

    Workshop Description:

     

    You’ve got a great idea and are working full steam ahead. Suddenly everything grinds to a screeching halt. Commitments are screaming at you from all sides, you’ve got the flu and you just can’t get to your writing commitments. Stop. Don’t let fearful resistance block your success. In this workshop, we’ll look at the ways resistance shows up in our writing life, the causes of resistance and how it blocks our success. But more importantly, we’ll explore ways to fight the fear. Participants will create a plan of action for the next time that sneaky pest resistance shows up.

     

    About the Presenter: 

     

    Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing first love and sweet, contemporary romance for all ages and is known for her small-town, artistic community stories. Her romance books include: Sweetheart Cottage, Sweetheart Summer, Romance for All the Seasons, and Weaving Magic. She also writes for children including: Seymour’s Secret, Stained Glass Summer and Finders Keepers. Mindy enjoys teaching others about writing and she frequently talks to writers groups, book clubs and libraries. When she’s not writing, Mindy can be found art journaling, visiting flea markets dreaming of new ways to repurpose old materials, and walking on the Oregon Coast beaches with her dog, Stormy. Mindy believes that a great story can warm the heart, lift the spirit, and heal the soul.

     

    Deadline to register is December 4, 2017

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=503

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

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

     

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

     

  8. Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC presented by Meredith Bond

    Workshop begins: October 2, 2017
    Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members)
    Class length: 2 weeks
    Registration opens: September 18, 2017
    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=276


    Workshop Description:

    We’ll cover the basics of self-publishing – how to go from typing “The End” straight through to marketing your newly published book. 
    Going through the alphabet letter by letter, we’ll talk about
    -          Building a schedule
    -          Book Covers
    -          Detailed instructions on formatting your book as an ebook 
    -          Formatting for Smashwords
    -          Beginning Marketing
    -          Print on Demand through CreateSpace
    -          Your Virtual Presence
    -          Uploading your work
    By the end of the course you’ll be an expert at Microsoft Word and have a number of options on how to create your ebook. There is also a Facebook Page to support students before, during and after the course.


    About the Presenter:

    Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published paranormal romances. Known for her characters "who slip readily into one's heart", Meredith's heart belongs to her husband and two children. Her paranormal romances include Magic in the Storm, Storm on the Horizon, and the short story "In A Beginning". Her traditional Regencies have recently been republished. 

    Meredith also teaches writing. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer. 

    Visit Meredith at her website, www.meredithbond.com

    Deadline to register is October 2, 2017

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=276

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

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

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

  9. S.E.N.D presented by Tina Holland
    Workshop begins: August 7, 2017
    Class length: Two weeks
    Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members)
    Registration opens July 24, 2017

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=466

    Workshop Description:

    Submit your work

    Establish your brand

    Next book 

    Discover your strengths. 

    Are you struggling to find a home for your finished manuscript?   Have you submitted your book, but have no idea where to go from here?   Tina Holland's SEND workshop may be for you.  In this class, you'll learn: 
     
    1) How to research and SUBMIT to a publishing house and get what you want. 
     
    2) How to ESTABLISH your brand, even when writing different genres or standalone books
     
    3)  The importance of working on the NEXT book
     
    4)  DISCOVER your strengths as a writer and learn to use them to your advantage. 

    About the Presenter:

    Tina Holland was born in Frankfurt, Germany and is now settled in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. She lives on a hobby farm and enjoys horseback riding, camping, travelling, and reading books by her favorite authors.

    Tina has been published since 2005, and continues to release books as her schedule allows. Tina is a member of RWA Online, Zen Writer’s Garden and the F-M Word Weavers. She hosts a blog at https://tinaholland.wordpress.com/ and you can reach her at  tina@tinaholland.com


    Deadline to register is August 7, 2017

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=466

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

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

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

  10. Finish That Book:  Patch Your Plot Holes with Brainstorming presented by Stephanie Queen
    Workshop begins: June 5, 2017
    Class length: 4 weeks
    Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members)
    Registration opens May 22, 2017

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=408

    Workshop Description:

    •    Are you stuck halfway through your book and don’t know where to go?

    •    Are you ready to throw an incomplete ms. under the bed?

    •    Do you have a problem right now with your plot that you can’t get past?

    •    Would you like to brainstorm your plot with a group of smart like-minded writers?

    There is science behind creativity and brainstorming. This workshop will use a combination of techniques and personalized suggestions to allow each attendee to brainstorm their plot problems.

    •    Exercises specifically designed to prompt writers past the plot problem

    •    Personalized suggestions and feedback from the workshop leader

    •    Input on individual plot problems from participants


    Workshop Goal:
    To assist authors by brainstorming through plotting problems so that they can finish their works-in-progress.

    About the presenter:


    Stephanie Queen is the author of fifteen plus published novels and novellas. She writes plot challenging romantic suspense, romantic mystery and contemporary romances. Ms. Queen holds a master’s degree in Literature & Creative Writing from Harvard University A long-time member of RWA, she was on the RWA History Committee, has been on more than one chapter board and has presented numerous workshops over the years.  One of her favorite activities is to brainstorm plots with her many writer friends.

    Deadline to register is June 5, 2017

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=408
    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com
    You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. 

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

  11. On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place presented by Catherine Chant

    Class begins: April 3, 2017

    Length of Class: 4 weeks

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

    Registration begins: March 20, 2017

     

    Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=284

     

    Workshop description:

     

    It’s often said that your opening chapters are the hardest part of a book to write. Why? Because you’re trying to do so much in that small area–convey the setting, introduce characters, set up the conflict–that it’s easy to get bogged down in too much unnecessary information. It’s also very easy to lose sight of where your story actually begins and end up with opening chapters filled with backstory and character history that are better used elsewhere in the book.

     

    On Your Mark, Get Set will help you pinpoint where your story really begins and help you cull that extraneous back history from the opening, saving it for where it really matters, the rest of the book.

     

    Over the course of five lessons, you’ll explore character backstory and GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) and use them to pinpoint your story’s inciting incident (a.k.a. the true beginning of your book). Each lesson includes a writing exercise and instructor feedback.

     

    About Catherine Chant:

     

    Catherine Chant is a PRO 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. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. Her young adult rock 'n' roll time travel series is available at Amazon.com. She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon's Kindle Worlds program, and is working on a new young adult novel. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year.

     

    Deadline to register is April 3, 2017

     

    FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=284

    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.

  12. Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher presented by MM Pollard

    Class begins: February 6, 2017

    Length of Class: 4 weeks

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

    Registration opens January 23, 2017

     

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

     

    Workshop description:

     

    In Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher, you will receive the equivalent of a master’s degree in passive voice, one of the writing errors that spell rejection by agents, editors, and publishers. We will cover what active voice and passive voice mean, how to form the passive voice, including a verb lesson, and how to form the active from the passive. We will cover the reasons not to use passive voice verbs and the few instances where passive voice is the best choice. By the end of this workshop, you will have everything you need to identify and correct passive voice writing in your writing.

     

    Homework: Each lesson will have homework. I will personally give you feedback on every lesson you post. Think of homework as an opportunity for a mini-edit by MM.

     

     

    About MM Pollard

     

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

     

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

     

    MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM,

    editor, Black Velvet Seductions

    MM’s Fundamentals of English

     

    Deadline to register is February 6, 2017

     

    FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

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

     

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

  13. ****Permission to Forward Granted****

    WRITING THE ROMANTIC NOVELLA presented by Catherine Chant

    Class begins: Dec 5, 2016

    Class length: Two weeks

    Cost of class: $15

    Registration Opens: Nov 21, 2016

    (RWA® Online Chapter members take the class for free)

    Course Description:

    In this workshop you will learn what a novella is, how it's more than word count that separates it from a novel, and how to successfully craft one of your own. Lesson topics include: Scope and Pacing, Character Development, Conflict, Plot and Format.

    At the end of the workshop, you will have a brief outline of a novella you can start working on this year, a list of prospective publishers to submit your work to, and some tips for self-publishing your novella at Amazon, if you prefer to go the indie route.

    About the Instructor:

    Catherine Chant is a PRO 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. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. Her young adult rock 'n' roll time travel series is available at Amazon.com. She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon's Kindle Worlds program, and is working on a new young adult novel. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. You can learn more at

    http://www.catherinechant.com

    Deadline to Register: Dec 5, 2016

    FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

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

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

  14. An Introduction to Self-Publishing: Where the Heck Do I start? Presented by Kathryn Jane

    Date Class Begins: Oct 3, 2016

    Class length: Three weeks

    Cost: $15

    Registration Opens: Sept 19, 2016

    (RWA® Online Chapter 136 members take the class for free)

    Workshop Registration Page: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Description:

    You’ve written the book. You’ve decided to jump into the pond and self-publish. But you have no idea what to do next, how to send your baby off into the world alone. Relax. That’s what I’m here to share with you. Four weeks of lessons that will set you up to take the next steps.

    Lessons will include: definitions of terms you’re going to hear; explanations of subjects such as branding and distribution; how to use social media, loops, signature lines and peripherals; what to expect from the industry professionals you decide to hire; covers and copyright pages explained; series vs serial vs stand alone; and much, much more.

    Course Outline:

    Welcome – Outline, What to Expect, introductions

    Lesson 1 – Editing

    Lesson 2 – Peripherals (Front and Back matter/data)

    Lesson 3 – Covers

    Lesson 4 – Product Identity in preparation for marketing

    Lesson 5 – More prep before uploading

    Lesson 6 – Formatting

    Lesson 7 – Uploading and then…

    Lesson 8 – How do people find your book?

    Wrap Up – Glossary, Links, Loops, and more

    About the Presenter:

    Award winning author, Kathryn Jane is known for rising to a challenge, whether it’s training for a pilot’s license, facing down cancer, training cantankerous horses or writing that first novel.

    Her personal tales of adventure include momentarily misplacing a thoroughbred filly inside a 747 at thirty thousand feet, planning the evacuation of over fifty horses in the path of an approaching wildfire, and being volunteered to represent her peers in a public speaking venue.

    In the novels she writes, Kathryn keeps her heroines busy surviving life threatening adventures, or soul searching personal journeys, while they are doggedly determined to not fall in love with men they really don’t need. Think modern-day white knights, and reluctant, self-sufficient damsels.

    In spite of ridiculous odds, every story has a happy ending, with both halves of a couple coming to terms with love and all its complications.


    Deadline to Register: Oct 5, 2016

    FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

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

    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. 2017 Workshop Schedule for RWA® Online:

    Cost is $15 but RWA® Online Chapter members take the workshops for free.

    Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher presented by MM Pollard

    Dates: 2/6/17 through 3/3/17

    *****

    On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place presented by Catherine Chant.

    Dates: 4/3/17 and ends 4/28/17

    *****

    Finish That Book: Patch Your Plot Holes with Brainstorming by Stephanie Queen

    Dates: 6/5/17 and ends 6/30/17

    *****

    S.E.N.D. – Submitting Your Work and Beyond by Tina Holland

    Dates: 8/7/17 and ends 8/17/17

    *****

    Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC presented by Meredith Bond

    Dates: 10/2/17 and ends 10/13/17

    *****

    Writing and Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success presented by Mindy Hardwick

    Dates: 12/4/17 and ends 12/22/17

    ****Please Forward to Your Writing Groups. Do not need to be a member of RWA® National to take our workshops but to join RWA® Online you have to first join RWA®.****

  16. RWA® Online Presents:

    Weaving Together Characterization and Plot presented by Tambra Nicole Kendall

    Class begins: August 1, 2016

    Length: 4 weeks

    Cost: $15

    (Class is free for RWA® Online chapter members)

    Registration opens: July 18, 2016

    Registration at http://rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Blurb: Learn the elements of how characterization and plotting weave together to make your story come alive.

    Some of the topics discussed are: Brainstorming, Character Profile Questions, Character Charts, Characterization, What is Plot? Backstory, Show Don't Tell, GMC: goals, motivation and conflict and more.

    About the presenter:

    Tambra Nicole Kendall knew when she was 12 years old she wanted to write romance. All those summers spent at the public library reading Nancy Drew, historical romance and category romance infused her love of the romance genre.

    She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the following chapters: Northwest Houston, Kiss of Death Romantic Suspense chapter, Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal and Celtic Hearts Romance Chapter.

    Publishing credits include nonfiction: magazine, newspaper and trade publications.

    Teaching is her way to give back to others and she teaches when time allows. In the past, she’s given workshops to various RWA chapters and Savvy Authors.

    You can connect with Tambra at:

    Website: http://www.daughersofavalonpublishing.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tambra.kendall

    Blog: https://tambranicolekendall.wordpress.com

    Class is open to both RWA® and non RWA® members.

    Note: Members of RWA® Online Chapter 136 do not pay for any of our workshops. Cost to join is $25 per year. We offer approximately six workshops a year.

    Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops). Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

    Our website is http://rwaonlinechapter.org/index.htm

    Deadline to register is August 1, 2016.

    If you have any questions about the class or the format, please email the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at fisc40pa@aol.com

  17. RWA Online Chapter 136 presents:

    PINTEREST FOR AUTHORS: Developing your Author Brand via Pinterest with presenter Lana Pattinson

    Workshop begins: May 2, 2016 and ends May, 20, 2016

    Cost: $15 (free to RWA Online Chapter members)

    Registration opens: April 18, 2016

    Register here: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Course blurb:

    Whether you are new to Pinterest or already have a personal account, we’ll discuss strategies for branding yourself as an author and developing your Author Platform.

    In this course, we’ll cover the following topics:

    • Why Pinterest?
    • The Basics: Setting up your Account
    • Pinterest as part of your Social Media plan and how to manage your time
    • Targeting your Audience
    • How to make a great Pin
    • Interacting on Pinterest
    • Nuts & Bolts: How to Pin, Whom to follow
    • Analytics
    • At the end of the course, each participant will receive their choice of a 30 minute phone call or a one page review of your Pinterest account from Lana.

    BIOGRAPHY: LANA PATTINSON

    Hi y’all! I’m a Marketing Consultant with expertise in Brand Planning and Social Media. For over 15 years I worked in the wine & spirits industry, marketing powerhouse brands globally such as The Macallan Scotch Whisky, Jacob’s Creek wines, and Kahlua Coffee Liqueur.

    I’ve lived all over: Ontario, Texas, Las Vegas, New York & Scotland. I have a BS in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    I write Young Adult Historical Fantasy, and am a Finalist in the 2015 Romance through the Ages Contest. I’m a member of RWA, YARWA, and CHRW.

    Currently, I live in Westchester County, New York with my husband, daughter, and furbaby. Connect with me via my website, LanaPattinson.com, where I blog about Books, Booze & Scotland. You can also find me on Pinterest or Twitter.

    Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops). Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

    Visit our website to learn more about the workshop and how we operate workshops:

    http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    You must be registered for the workshop and paid by May 2, 2016 in order to participate.

    If you have any questions, please contact Patti Fischer, workshop coordinator, at fisc40pa@aol.com

    Thank you.

    ****Please forward*****

  18. RWA® ONLINE presents:

    Become a Better Editor: Top Editing Strategies for Writers presented by MM Pollard

    Class begins: March 7, 2016

    Length: 4 weeks

    Registration opens: February 22, 2016

    Cost: $15

    Register at http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Class Blurb:

    Knowing HOW to edit is just as important as knowing WHAT to look for when you edit. During this four-week workshop, students will practice (homework) searching for and correcting common errors in punctuation, grammar, and usage, using MM’s seven editing strategies. This workshop covers common writing errors, like missing words and missing inflections, comma splices, and more. You will have the opportunity to practice using the strategies on your own worst errors.

    MM will give feedback to all participants who submit homework on time. Think of homework as an opportunity for a mini-edit by MM.

    About MM Pollard:

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

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

    Class is open to both RWA® and non RWA® members.

    Note: Members of RWA® Online Chapter 136 do not pay for any of our workshops. Cost to join is $25 per year.

    Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops). Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

    Deadline to register is March 9, 2016.

    If you have any questions about the class or the format, please email the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at fisc40pa@aol.com

  19. RWA Online’s 2016 Workshop Schedule:

    January:

    The Chunky Method of Time Management for Writers: Your Step-by-Step Plan to Write That Book

    Presenter: Allie Pleiter

    Class begins: January 4, 2016

    Length: 4 weeks

    March:

    Become a Better Editor: Top Editing Strategies for Writers

    Presenter: M.M. Pollard

    Class begins: March 7, 2016

    Length: 4 weeks

    May:

    Pinterest for Authors: Developing your Author Brand via Pinterest

    Presenter: Lana Pattinson

    Class begins: May 2, 2016

    Length: 3 weeks

    August:

    Weaving Together Characterization and Plot

    Presenter: Tambra Nicole Kendall

    Class begins: August 1, 2016

    Length: 4 weeks

    October:

    “Where the heck do I start?” – An Introduction to Self-Publishing

    Presenter: Kathryn Jane

    Class begins: October 3, 2016

    Length: 3 weeks

    December:

    Writing the Romantic Novella

    Presenter: Catherine Chant

    Class begins: December 5, 2016

    Length: 2 weeks

  20. RWA® Online presents:

    Creating an Author Website at Wordpress.com in Four Easy Lessons by Catherine Chant

    Class begins: November 2, 2015 and lasts two weeks.

    Cost: $15

    Registration and class info: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Registration opens: October 19, 2015

    Everything you wanted to know to know about creating an author website using WordPress.

    About the class:

    This two-week workshop covers all the information you need to create an author website including: setting up an account, understanding the dashboard, working with posts and pages, customizing appearance and layout, incorporating graphics, use of keywords and tags, and promoting via social media. We’ll also be discussing general web design principles such as typography and color theory as well as organization and usability considerations that will make your site the best it can be.

    This workshop is aimed at writers looking to create an author website themselves that is easy to set up and easy to maintain. No programming or web design experience is necessary to participate. Everything you need to know will be taught in class. The only pre-requisite is modern browser software and a good network connection.

    WordPress.com support strongly recommends using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to interact with their site.

    The workshop includes exercises with every lesson designed to strengthen the concepts discussed. Students do not need to have an active website to participate, but may find the lessons more “hands-on” if they do. The instructor will offer feedback on any student’s website during the workshop if the URL is offered during the class.

    Presenter Bio:

    Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant and spent several of those years serving as BC's web information services manager, maintaining and supporting the university web servers. Her first novel, WISHING YOU WERE HERE, a young adult rock 'n' roll time travel romance, is available at Amazon.com. She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon's Kindle Worlds program, and is working on a new young adult novel. You can visit her online at http://www.catherinechant.com

    Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops). Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

    For more information, including how to join RWA® Online (where our members take all of our workshops for free) please visit: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Or contact the workshop coordinator at fisc40pa@aol.com

    Thank you.

    Patti Fischer

    Workshop Coordinator

    RWA® Online Chapter 136

  21. RWA® Online presents:

    Adding the Spice of Diversity to Your Writing presented by B.A. Binns

    Class begins: 8/31/15 and ends 9/25/15

    Registration opens: 8/17/15

    Cost: $15

    Last day to register: 8/31/15

    Location: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Class Description

    This is a four week class with homework assignments. The target Audience is beginner and intermediate writers and anyone interested in about adding diversity and multicultural elements to their writing.

    Many authors fear inserting diverse characters and settings into their work for fear of creating a stereotype of not getting it right. This course will explore both the reader’s need for something different, and ways to put those different characters on the page free of stereotype. This includes characters from different races, ethnic backgrounds, and with disabilities.

    Schedule

    Week 1 –

    What is diversity/multiculturalism? (It may not be what you think)

    Why is it important to writers/readers

    Write what you know, and what you don’t know, learn

    Week 2 –

    Taking ourselves out of the story, putting the character in

    Research

    Introducing your characters and settings to your readers. Sometimes the hardest work happens at the start.

    Week 3 –

    Backstory - Getting to the heart and soul of a character

    Avoiding clichés and stereotypes

    Setting

    Description

    Dialog/Voice

    Week 4 –

    Final touches & Resources

    Keeping it together, revision and editing and keeping things real

    Presenter Bio:

    I am a member of the Chicago Writer's Association, Romance Writers of America, the Chicago Black Author’s Network, ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) and ACAIC (Association of Children's Authors and Illustrators of Color). In 2010 I was a finalist in the RWA Golden Heart® contest with my contemporary romantic elements novel, Damaged Goods which revolves around an inter-racial romance. I am also a member of the ALA (American Library Association) and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). My debut novel PULL was published in 2010 from Westside Books. My second novel, Being God, was published in Feb, 2013 with Minority Of One released in 2014. All feature males of different ages and backgrounds, and much were written using the male POV. I have given presentations on diversity in fiction to attendees at the 2014 Chicago North Spring Fling conference as well as to librarians at ALA, and conferences in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Connecticut. My novels and short stories, Pull (2010 Westside Books), Being God (2013 All The Colors Of Love) and Minority Of One (2014) all feature multicultural casts.

    My website is http://babinns.com and my blog is http://barbarabinns.com

    Facebook – http://facebook.com/allthecolorsoflove

    Note:

    Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops). Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

    The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop.

    For more information, contact the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at fisc40pa@aol.com

    Thank you.

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