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  1. CRAFTING MEMORABLE DIALOGUE presented by Joni M. Fisher

    Location: RWA® Online Chapter website http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org

    Dates: May 4-29, 2015

    Registration opens: April 20, 2015

    Last day to register is May 4, 2015

    Cost: $15

    (You do not have to be a RWA® member to take this workshop)

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

    Or email the workshop coordinator Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

    Blurb for CRAFTING MEMORABLE DIALOGUE:

    We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. Discover how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. Conducted online over four weeks, the Crafting Memorable Dialogue Workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. At the end of each of the 10 lessons, the student applies the lesson to a chapter of his own work in progress.

    The lessons are:

    • Discovering when and when not to use dialogue
    • Infusing conflict
    • Employing text and subtext
    • Creating suspense
    • Transforming the predictable
    • Cutting to the chase
    • Individualizing characters through speech markers
    • Applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity
    • Using three types of tags to show goals, motivations and conflict, and
    • Formatting and punctuating dialogue properly.

    About the presenter:

    Joni M. Fisher is a published author, journalist, playwright and book editor. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America, and active in the Tampa Area Romance Authors and the Kiss of Death Chapters. She has conducted her dialogue workshop for three years for various writing groups and organizations. She worked for five years a staff writer and an instructor for a Fortune 500 company. She is currently writing a suspense trilogy. Visit http://www.jonimfisher.com to learn about her other published works.

    How to pay for the workshop:

    Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.

    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 registration information go to http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    We hope to see you there!

    Patti Fischer

    Workshop Coordinator

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

  2. ******Permission to Forward is Granted and Encouraged******

    RWA® Online presents their April 2015 online workshop:

    Secondary Characters: The Good, The Bad, and the Quirky presented by Beth Corneilson

    Dates Presented: April 4-17.

    Workshop registration opens March 23.

    Cost: $15.00

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

    About the workshop:

    Secondary Characters: The Good, the Bad and the Quirky covers the types of secondary characters that appear in books and the many roles these characters play in supporting and enhancing your plot or main character development. We will discuss was to make unique (not trite!) secondary characters that add depth to your story without taking over the book. Also covered is how to handle those secondary characters that do try to steal scenes…and how to set up secondary characters for books of their own.

    Course Outline:

    I. The functions or roles your secondary characters can play:

    Mentor

    Informant

    Confidante/Sidekick

    Comic Relief

    Foil (Symbolic Mirror to Compare/Contrast with the protagonist)

    Competitor

    Catalyst for action/decision

    Obstacle to achieving a goal

    Red-herring in a mystery/suspense

    Expendable victim

    Dependent/ protégé

    II. What to do when a secondary character takes over the book

    About the presenter:

    Award winning author Beth Cornelison received her bachelor's degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. After working in public relations for about a year, she moved with her husband to Louisiana, where she decided to pursue her love of writing fiction.

    Since that time, she has won numerous honors for her work including a final in the 2010 Rita contest sponsored by the Romance Writers of America. She made her first sale to Silhouette Intimate Moments in June 2004 and has gone on to sell many more books to Harlequin/Silhouette. She has also published with Five Star Expressions, Samhain Publishing, and Sourcebooks.

    Beth has presented workshops across the country to numerous chapter meetings, conferences, online classes and book clubs. She lives in a newly empty nest in Louisiana with her husband and a fluctuating number of cats who think they are people. Find her on the web at bethcornelison.com.

    Deadline to register for the workshop is April 4, 2015.

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

    Note: Workshops are conducted via the chapter message board. In addition to registering for the workshop you must also register for the message board.

    You do not need to be a RWA member to take the workshop. However, RWA® Online chapter members take our workshops for free and it’s only $25.00 to join (you do have to be an active RWA® member) and get all the workshops for the whole year.

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

    Thank you…and we hope to see you there!

  3. RWA® ONLINE 2015 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

    ****Permission to Forward is Granted and Encouraged***

    Here is RWA® Online’s 2015 Workshop Schedule

    February 2 through 27 – KILLER OPENINGS presented by Alexa Bourne

    April 4 through 17 – Secondary Characters: the Good, the Bad and the Quirky presented by Beth Corneilsen

    May 4 through 29 – Crafting Memorable Dialogue presented by Joni Fisher

    August 31 through September 25 – Adding the Spice of Diversity to Your Writing presented by B.A. Binns

    November 2 through 13 – Creating an Author Website at Wordpress.Com in Four Easy Lessons presented by Catherine Chant

    Cost of each workshop is $15, but RWA® Online members take the workshop for free. To join RWA® Online, you must be a RW®A member in good standing.

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

    Patti Fischer

  4. RWA Online Workshop: The Book Factory: Producing Multiple Novels in One Year
    Presented by Kerri Nelson

    Class begins Dec 1 and ends Dec 26.

    Registration is open NOW.

    Cost: $15

    Location: RWA Online Chapter ( http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/)

    Classes take place on our message boards.

    Go here to register for this class: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Note: if you want to register late for the class, be sure to contact the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at fisc40pa@aol.com or if you have questions.

    Course Description:

    • Is life getting in the way of you completing that novel?

    • Ever think there’s not enough hours in the day to find time to write?

    • Have a full time job distracting you from your real passion of being a novelist?

    • Are family responsibilities weighing you down and interfering with your writing goals?

    I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN DO IT ALL and DO IT SUCCESSFULLY!

    In 2009, I successfully managed one husband, two jobs, three children, a difficult pregnancy, AND still managed to write twelve books, sell ten of those books (including all the editing and promotion), and coped with other various life challenges thrown in just for fun!

    How did I do all of that and still find time to eat and sleep?

    I developed a method of writing known as “The Book Factory Method”. It does require commitment and desire to “get it done”. If you’re willing to put in the effort, you can produce multiple books in one year.

    What’s the benefit of completing multiple books in one year?

    The more books you have ready to submit, the more chance you’ll receive contract offers on one or more of those books.

    Why shouldn’t you just focus on one book and continue polishing that book all year long?

    The cold, hard truth is that you might not ever sell that one specific book. You should always have more than one project “in the works”.

    Are you one of those writers who starts multiple projects but never finishes any of them?

    Then this class is for you as well. We’ll talk about how to finally see those projects through to completion.

    Have trouble with time management or procrastination?

    We’ll address methods for getting organized and staying focused. Plus much, much more!

    If you want to learn how to get started, stay on track, and get those books ready to submit…this workshop puts a method to the madness of novel writing.

    Instructor Bio:

    Kerri Nelson has always been passionate about reading books but when she wrote her first poem in the second grade, she discovered her love of writing. At the age of sixteen, she became a columnist for her local newspaper as the high school correspondent for the weekly “Panther Tales” column. She won the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.

    After an education and career in the legal field, Kerri began to pen romantic suspense novels with a legal or law enforcement theme. She is a true southern belle and comes complete with her dashing southern gentleman husband and three adorable children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her baking homemade goodies for her family or volunteering for her many writing chapters.

    Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime as well as numerous Chapters including her Presidency of Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal and Co-Membership Chair of Kiss of Death (Chapter for Romantic Suspense Authors).

    Kerri is a multi-published author of romance in almost every genre under the sun (and moon) from romantic suspense and paranormal to young adult and inspirational novels. In 2009, Kerri wrote and sold twelve books to multiple publishers using her Book Factory method. Since that time, she’s gone on to publish a total of twenty two novels and novellas with half a dozen more in the works!

    Read more about Kerri’s books at her website: www.kerrinelson.com

    For more info:

    Note: Email us at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org (or fisc40pa@aol.com) for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.

    Fee: $15

    RWA Online Chapter Members ONLY receive free workshops. No registration required for chapter members.

    Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

    Patti Fischer

    Workshop Coordinator

  5. *****Permission to forward is granted and encouraged*****

    RWA® Online presents:

    Avoid the Rough: Turning Your Story Idea into a Workable Plot with instructor Catherine Chant

    Workshop dates: Oct 6-26

    Cost: $15

    (RWA® Online chapter members take all of our workshops for free)

    Registration is open now through Oct 2.

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

    Class blurb:

    Do you have a story idea but aren’t sure what to do next? Have you started writing a story, but now find your plot stuck in a corner? Have you lost interest in your story idea because the plot became boring? Whether you’re a plotter who loves to outline or a pantser who prefers to hit the open road without a map, a broad strokes outline can help you avoid the pitfall of the unworkable plot.

    Avoid the Rough (or as I like to call it Avoiding the “Rough” in Rough Draft) guides you in creating a broad strokes outline at the “idea” stage, so you get the “big picture” of the story right away and can more easily spot and correct plot problems, such as the sagging middle or superficial conflict, before they become writing roadblocks that waste your time. If you’re stuck in a story, the broad strokes outline can help pinpoint where you might have taken a wrong turn and guide you back to the right course.

    You don’t necessarily need to write a bad “rough” first draft. A little planning can save you a lot of time during revisions. And a broad strokes outline, which only hits the high points of the story to keep you on track, won’t bog you down with so many details you feel stifled. You can still write by the seat of your pants, if that’s your style, but the outline offers you some boundaries so you don’t disappear into the weeds and have to start all over.

    And as a bonus, your outline quickly converts into a brief synopsis with only a little editing and gives you a head start on your query letter.

    The instructor will give feedback on all homework and offer students the opportunity to submit homework privately if they don’t feel comfortable sharing their plot ideas in a public forum. Students who complete all the exercises will have a broad strokes outline and a draft of a brief synopsis completed by the end of the workshop.

    Lesson topics include: Story Idea, Main Characters, Character GMC and Story Problem, Conflict, Inciting Incident, Turning Points, Black Moment, Resolution and Character Arc, and Turning the Outline into a Brief Synopsis, with a bonus lesson on writing a logline for queries or conferences.

    About Catherine Chant:

    Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. Her first novel, WISHING YOU WERE HERE (Soul Mates #1), is a young adult time travel romance and available in both print and electronic editions at Amazon.com.

    Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at Boston College before becoming a full-time writer. She currently teaches four online workshops for writers at various RWA chapters throughout the year. Her non-fiction work has appeared on numerous websites where she writes instructional articles about computing, gaming and crafts.

    Catherine is currently working on a new young adult suspense novel, and the next book in her Soul Mates series.

    You can find out more about Catherine at her website CatherineChant.com, Twitter @Catherine_Chant or Facebook CatherineChantNovels.

    Payment method:

    Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.

    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.

    If you have any questions please contact the workshop coordinator at fisc40pa@aol.com or workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org (Note: the first email address is better as mail to our chapter sometimes is rejected).

    For more information on RWA® Online or how to join our chapter, just head to our website at www.rwaonlinechapter.org

    Thank you.

    Patti Fischer

    Workshop Coordinator

  6. *****Permission to Forward Granted****

    RWA Online Chapter presents: Tips and Techniques for More Effective Proofreading presented by Ally Broadfield.

    Class dates: August 4-29.

    Registration is open!

    Cost: $15

    RWA Online members take the class for free.

    Click here for more information on how to register: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Blurb:

    Editing is one of the most difficult tasks a writer faces and even seasoned authors often have difficultly detecting errors in their own work. When writers proofread their own work, it’s not unusual for them to overlook errors because their mind knows how the text should read and automatically corrects it. Whether you’re polishing your manuscript for a contest, preparing to submit to an agent or editor, or planning to self-publish, knowing how to effectively proofread your work is an essential skill. This class will cover tips and techniques for better proofreading, how to identify common errors in capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, verb tense, and dialogue, misplaced and dangling modifiers, homonyms, and plural and possessive forms. Workshop participants will create a comprehensive proofreading checklist during the class and a list of grammar resources will be provided.

    The lessons include:

    Lesson One Tips for More Effective Proofreading

    Lesson Two Punctuation Part I - Commas

    Lesson Three Punctuation Part II - Everything Else

    Lesson Four Dialogue

    Lesson Five Plurals & Possession

    Lesson Six Capitalization

    Lesson Seven Pronouns

    Lesson Eight Sentence Structure

    Lesson Nine Verbs

    Lesson Ten Word Use

    Lesson Eleven Breaking the Rules

    List of Grammar Resources

    Tips for Working with a Proofreader

    Instructor bio: Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, a parrot, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance and middle grade/young adult fantasy. Her first book, a Regency historical romance, is coming from Entangled Publishing in October 2013.

    You can find Ally on her website, Facebook, and Twitter (though she makes no claims of using any of them properly).

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

    Payment: We accept Paypal but you can pay by personal check as long as the check reaches us before class begins.

    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.

    Registration will close August 6.

    If you have any questions, please contact the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org or fisc40pa@aol.com

    We’d love to have you join us!

    Patti Fischer

  7. RWA® Online Chapter 136 presents:

    Breathing Life Into Your Scenes presented by Beth Cornelison

    Dates: June 16-27

    Registration will open approximately June 2.

    Where: RWA Online Chapter 136

    Cost: $15 for nonmembers.

    RWA Online chapter members take the class for free.

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

    Breathing Life Into your Scenes-offers a step by step approach to layering vivid details about setting, emotion and character into each scene you write. Harlequin Romantic Suspense author Beth Cornelison will show you how to select the right details and character-specific information to place your reader in the scene and make a powerful impression, without bogging down your pace. Elements discussed include environment, setting, costume, five senses, physical presence, mood and emotion. The workshop helps writers select the best details to support their story, weave it in through character perceptions, and avoid slowing the pace with unneeded information or overlong description. Well-chosen description can make your writing come alive and lift your manuscript out of the slush pile!

    About the presenter: Beth Cornelison has won numerous honors for her work including a final in the 2010 Rita contest sponsored by the Romance Writers of America. She made her first sale to Silhouette Intimate Moments in June 2004 and has gone on to sell many more books to Harlequin/Silhouette. She has also published with Five Star Expressions, Samhain Publishing, and Sourcebooks.

    Snoopy is her muse, and she loves cats, chocolate, and being lazy. Her only son recently started college, so she has an empty nest (room for more cats?) Beth has presented workshops across the country to numerous chapter meetings, conferences, online classes and book clubs. She lives in north Louisiana with her husband and a fluctuating number of kitties who think they are people.

    Class 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. Payment must be received prior to class start or you will not be allowed to participate.

    Check out our website at http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/ to see what we offer.

    If you have any questions, please contact the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at either workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org or fisc40pa@aol.com

    Thank you.

  8. ********Permission to Forward Granted******

    RWA® Online Chapter 136 presents:

    Let's Submit -- Solving the Synopsis and Query Dilemma

    Presenter: Becky Martinez

    RWA® Online Workshop Website: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Class begins 4/28/14 and ends 5/23/14.

    Registration opens 4/14/14

    Cost is $15 for the entire 4 weeks.

    RWA® Online members take the class for free.

    Blurb:

    A good query letter can be every bit as important as the opening pages of your novel. It’s your first opportunity to show your writing skills to a prospective agent or editor. Make it count! Make it shine! The same is true for your synopsis. It should tell your story and show off your writing style. How can you learn to write the perfect query letter? What should you put in a synopsis? Here’s a chance to learn how to make those query letters sing and write the synopsis that has the editor asking for more pages or the entire manuscript. Get practical information on how to write your own queries and how to create a synopsis in an easy step-by-step method.

    About the presenter:

    Becky Martinez is an award-winning former broadcast journalist who left the newsrooms after 30+ years and now focuses on fiction writing instead of nonfiction. She is a multi-published author in romance and romantic suspense who also teaches online writing classes, mentors and coaches writers. Her latest book is DEAD MAN'S RULES, the first in a three book romantic suspense trilogy published by The Wild Rose Press.

    Class 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. Payment must be received prior to class start or you will not be allowed to participate.

    If you have any questions, please contact the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at either workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org or fisc40pa@aol.com

    Thank you.

    Patti Fischer

    www.rwaonlinechapter.org

  9. ******Permission to Forward granted*****

    RWA ® ONLINE presents: Swear to Tell the Truth: How to Write Realistic Courtroom/legal Scenes presented by Jody Lebel

    Workshop Registration is open through 3/3/14.

    Registration cost is $15.00

    RWA ® Online members get the workshop for free

    Click here to register: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Course Description:

    At the end of this workshop the student will be able to write realistic courtroom scenes by learning the different roles of common courtroom personnel (such as the judge, district attorney, defense/public defender, court steno, bailiff, probation officer, and clerk), understanding what their jobs are and what they can and cannot do, and how a hearing or trial proceeds. Lessons 9 and 10 cover crime scene and law enforcement.
    The audience for the workshop will be writers of any genre and any skill level who want to create clean courtroom scenes and/or understand the functions of the court.

    The lessons - Week 1

    Lesson 1 - Courtrooms . What is the “bar”? Who is allowed and who is not in a courtroom? Where does everyone sit? Closed courtrooms vs open courtrooms vs judge’s chambers. Dockets. Short writing homework.

    Lesson 2 - Types of courts. Jury vs bench trial. Felony vs. misdemeanor. Civil/family/Juvenile/Probate. Short research homework.

    Lesson 3 - The ‘Players’. Short dialogue homework.

    Lesson 4 – Lingo. Short dialogue homework.

    Lesson 5 – Writing legal scenes. Homework? None…have a good weekend.

    The lessons - Week 2

    Lesson 6- Trials Part 1. Short ‘find the error’ homework.

    Lesson 7 – Trials – Part 2. Short scene writing homework.

    Lesson 8 – Sentencing and mitigation. Short writing homework.

    Lesson 9 – Crime Scene – Short homework.

    Lesson 10– Depositions and EUOs. Let’s talk Cops. Wrap up and Goodbye!

    About the Instructor

    Following sixteen years as a travel agent (more travel than money) Jody Lebel switched gears, returned to school and became a court reporter (more money than travel). She swapped jetting off to fun and exotic locations for reporting the cases of murderers, rapists, and thieves who are, by the way, almost never in a good mood. Being assigned to the chief judge in Broward County exposed her to a wide spectrum of cases; from funny to tragic to bizarre to downright creepy. She has reported everything from a homeless guy who had jumped the turnstile on the Metrorail and was now in jail for not having a quarter, to the Tamiami Strangler, a serial killer who murdered six women.

    I have participated as a panel member in multiple writing conferences on the subject of writing accurate courtroom, legal and police scenes. On my last panel the speakers consisted of a judge, an attorney and myself as the court reporter. I revamped this in-person session to form an on-line class which allows me to expand the lessons, and assist writers to construct solid, realistic legal/police scenes.

    I am a criminal court stenographer by day, and have been working in the field since 1997 in both southern Florida and Massachusetts.


    RWA ® Online is the first online chapter and our members take our workshops for free. To join our chapter, you only need to be a member of RWA ® and pay $25.

    For more information, contact me at fisc40pa@aol.com

    We look forward to seeing you in our workshops!

    Patti Fischer

  10. RWA ONLINE ® presents:

    Raiding the Poet’s Toolbox to Enrich Your Writing

    Presenter: MM Pollard, Editor, Black Velvet Seductions

    Dates: January 6-31, 2014

    Cost: $15 (free to members)

    Registration: Opens December 23, 2013

    Last day to register: January 8, 2014

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

    Blurb:

    This workshop is for writers of poetry or prose who want to sharpen their descriptive skills and make their work sing. In eight lessons over the course of a month, MM Pollard will define selected figures of speech — metaphor, simile, personification, allusion — and sound devices — alliteration, assonance, consonance, and onomatopoeia. She will give examples of each in poetry and in prose.

    Each lesson comes with homework. You will practice creating an example of the topic of the day in a poem or in a paragraph, your choice. The instructor will encourage you to complete and submit.

    Bio:

    As an English teacher for fifteen years and, currently, as acquisitions editor and copy editor for Black Velvet Seductions, MM Pollard has helped writers correct ungrammatical grammar, misused usage, problematic punctuation, and poor writing.

    She has presented workshops on Writers Online Classes, Savvy Authors, and many RWA local chapters. Through her fun workshops — the basics of English composition can be fun! — she is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

    About our chapter:

    RWA® Online is the first online chapter and is available to members 24/7 via our online message boards. Wherever you live, in the United States or beyond, we are here for you as long as you have an internet connection. You can find our chapter located at: www.rwaonlinechapter.org

    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.

    The cost to join our chapter is $25 from January through August, then $15 from September through December.

    If you have any questions about the workshop or our chapter, contact me at fisc40pa@aol.com

    Sincerely,

    Patti Fischer

    Workshop Coordinator

    RWA Online

  11. 1/6 thru 1/31/14 MM Pollard

    Raiding the Poet’s Toolbox to Enrich Your Writing

    3/3 thru 3/14/14 Jody Lebel

    'Swear to Tell the Truth'

    4/28/14 thru 5/23/14 Becky Martinez

    Let's Submit -- Solving the Synopsis and Query Dilemma

    6/16 through 6/27/14 Beth Corneilson

    Breathing Life Into your Scenes

    8/4 thru 8/29/14 Ally Broadfield

    Tips and Techniques for More Effective proofreading

    10/6/14 thru 10/26/14 Catherine Chant

    Avoid the Rough: Turning Your Story Idea into a Workable Plot

    12/1/2014 thru 12/26/14 Kerri Nelson

    The Book Factory: Producing Multiple Novels in One Year

    Remember: members of RWA Online get the workshops for free.

  12. Since our board notification system is hit and miss, I thought I'd put up a post where folks can let us know if they're having issues with registering or other problems with our board system.

    Give us time to respond!

    And continue to contact us through the Contact us page.

    One way or the other, we will get back to you.

    Thank you.

  13. RWA® Online is proud to present their October 2013 workshop: Writing Steamy Sex Scenes: Making your Readers Beg for More with instructor Suzanne Rock.

    Class begins: October 7, 2013 and runs through November 1, 2013

    Cost: $15 (note: RWA® Online chapter members take the class for free)

    Registration begins: September 23, 2013

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

    The workshop will be held on the RWA Online message boards and available to both workshop registrants and our chapter members (who take the workshops for free).

    Class Blurb:

    Writing a good sex scene takes hard work. If an author isn’t careful, he or she can be caught up in clichés and euphemisms, both of which can detach the reader from the story. By contrast, a great sex scene can give the reader new insight into the characters and their relationship, as well as further the plot or expand a theme. In this course we will focus on the key elements that make a sex scene memorable and learn how to use writing tools such as prose, scenery, dialogue, and point-of-view to create scenes that both you and your readers will love.

    This class is NOT an editing class. Basic writing mechanics will not be discussed. Instead, we will discuss the elements of a good sex scene and learn how to apply those elements to our own writing.

    About Suzanne Rock:

    Bestselling author Suzanne Rock resides in central Massachusetts with her college sweetheart and two daughters. She published her first book in June 2009 and has since written almost thirty erotic stories through Loose Id, Ellora’s Cave, Siren Bookstrand, Red Sage, and self publishing. She has made numerous best seller lists with her stories, including Loose Id, Siren Bookstrand, All Romance Ebooks and Amazon. In addition to writing, she teaches courses on craft and the publishing industry through Romance Writers of America and Savvy Authors. For a listing of her books and workshops, please visit her website (http://www.SuzanneRock.com). She’s also the social media coordinator for Jupiter Gardens Press.

    Registration Period: September 23—October 7, 2013

    Registration Deadline: October 7, 2013

    Note: Email us at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.

    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 click here: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm or email the workshop chair at fisc40pa@aol.com

    Thank you…and we look forward to seeing you in our workshop.

    Patti Fischer

    www.rwaonlinechapter.org

  14. ****Permission to Forward****

    RWA® Online presents: Block-Busting: Putting the Joy Back in Writing with Laurie Schnebly Campbell

    Workshop will begin Sept 9, 2013 and runs two weeks.

    Registration opens August 26, 2013 and can be found here:

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

    Class Blurb:

    At some point, almost all writers suffer from the inability to tell
    The story they want. Part of writer's block is a lack of joy in the
    Process. So counselor Laurie Schnebly Campbell looks at the causes --
    Including exhaustion, boredom and fear of success -- and the benefits
    Of this block. Writers take home new awareness of what works for them
    And renewed inspiration for returning to the craft they love.

    Registration Period:

    Opens August 26, 2013

    Registration Deadline: Sept 9, 2013

    Workshop fee: $15

    Note: Email the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at fisc40pa@aol.com if you have questions.


    About the instructor:

    Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops for writer groups about "Psychology for Creating Characters," "Making Rejection WORK For You," "Building A Happy Relationship For Your Characters (And Yourself)" and other issues that draw on her background as a counseling therapist and romance writer.

    In fact, she chose her website (www.BookLaurie.com) so people would find it easy to Book Laurie for programs.

    But giving workshops -- for students from London and Los Angeles to New Zealand and New York -- is just one of her interests. During weekdays, she writes and produces videos, brochures and commercials (some of which feature her voice) for a Phoenix advertising agency. For several years she would turn off her computer every day at five o'clock, wait thirty seconds, turn it on again and start writing romance.

    It finally paid off. Her first novel was nominated by Romantic Times as the year's "Best First Series Romance," and her second beat out Nora Roberts for "Best Special Edition of the Year." But between those two successes came a three-year dry spell, during which Laurie discovered that selling a first book doesn't guarantee ongoing success.

    Additional information:

    RWA® Online Chapter Members ONLY receive free workshops. No registration required for chapter members.

    Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.

    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 further information, visit our workshop page:

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

    FMI: contact Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

  15. RWA® Online Chapter 13 presents:

    PRINCIPLES OF GOOD WEBSITE DESIGN with Catherine Chant

    Two week course, August 4-16, 2013

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

    Registration opens July 23.

    About the class:

    At the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding of what goes into making your author website more appealing and inviting to a visitor and thus more effective for promoting you and your work.

    This two-week workshop will cover the golden ratio of layout design, web fonts and web-safe colors, using white space, user interface considerations and website organization, web graphics for the artistically challenged, and the importance of testing websites with multiple operating systems and browser applications.

    This workshop is aimed at writers who have websites already and want to make them better, or writers who are planning to set up a website and want to know more about how the content should be arranged, either because they plan to do it themselves, or they want to be more informed when hiring a professional designer.

    This workshop is the perfect follow-up to any class you've taken on HTML or creating a web presence. When you know HTML or a piece of web software, you know how to make a basic web page. The "Principles of Good Website Design for Writers" workshop guides you through the NEXT STEP in the website development process by showing you how to take that basic page and make it a GOOD web page. One that invites visitors to stick around and read what you have to say.

    PRE-REQUISITE: Students should be familiar with the basics of setting up a website (domain name, software, etc.). This class focuses on design principles and how to make your website more user friendly, appealing and effective. It is NOT a coding class on how to program your website or how to use website design software.

    The workshop will include exercises 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.

    Registration Period:

    July 23 – August 4, 2013

    Registration Deadline: August 4, 2013

    Note: Email us at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.

    Fee: $15

    (Note: RWA ® Online Chapter Members ONLY receive free workshops. Cost to join is currently $25)

    Go here to register: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Contact me if you have any questions.

    Patti Fischer

    Workshop Chair

    RWA® Online Chapter 136


  16. RWA®Online Presents:





    Supporting Characters presented by Devon
    Ellington



    Class Dates: June 10-24, 2013



    Registration opens May 27, 2013



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





    Class blurb:





    One of the many challenges writers face
    is creating supporting characters that are unique and memorable without either
    falling into overused tropes or taking away from the primary relationship
    between protagonist and antagonist. This
    workshop gives an overview of supporting archetypes in fiction and other types
    of entertainment, and ideas on how to twist them, shape, them, develop them,
    and make them uniquely your own. Be
    prepared to write -- there will be a combination of overviews, discussions, and
    short exercises. This is not a workshop
    for lurkers.





    Required Text: Strunk & White's Elements of Style





    Exercises will include creating the
    protagonist's circle, the antagonist's circle, making archetypical caricatures
    into characters, and how to reign in characters who try to take over. Exercises build on each other, and must be
    done IN ORDER and turned in by DEADLINE.
    New exercises are posted when the previous exercise is due, not handed
    out at the top of the class.





    Presenter bio:



    Devon Ellington is a full-time writer,
    publishing under a half a dozen names in both fiction and non-fiction. She’s published hundreds of articles and
    short stories. Her plays are produced in
    New York, London, Edinburgh, and Australia.
    ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT (as Annabel Aidan) was named a “hot book for cold Cape Cod nights” by the
    CAPE COD TIMES. HEX BREAKER and
    OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, the first two Jain Lazarus Adventures, were released by Solstice Publishing. Devon
    teaches both online and in-person all over the world, known as the
    "Tiger Mom" of teachers -- but students who survive her class tend to
    get published. Visit her website, www.devonellingtonwork.com and her
    blog on the writing life, Ink in My Coffee, http://devonellington.wordpress.com
    .





    Registration Deadline: June10, 2013







    Note: Email us at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org
    for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the
    course ends.





    Fee: $15





    RWA Online Chapter Members ONLY receive
    free workshops. No registration required
    for chapter members.





    Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks
    and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment
    promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.







    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.





    FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm
    or contact me at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org







  17. RWA Online Chapter #136 Call for 2014 Workshop Proposals



    ***Please Forward. Permission is granted***



    RWA Online, Chapter #136 of Romance Writers of America is
    now accepting online workshop proposals for 2014. We are looking for
    experienced workshop presenters who have a
    passion for teaching the craft or business of writing or publishing.



    Workshops may be 2-4 weeks in length and we are actively
    seeking presenters who can create interactive,
    student-centered learning opportunities that may include homework and feedback,
    question and answer sessions, and a stimulating discussion environment.





    RWAOL offers at least six online workshop sessions each year on various topics
    of interest to both the published and unpublished writer. Our workshops are
    held via a discussion board (forum) format on our website
    (www.rwaonlinechapter.org/Boards). (IMPORTANT: We do not hold any workshops via
    email loops, such as Yahoo Groups.) RWAOL provides all workshops free of charge
    to its members and charges $15 for non-chapter members. We offer workshop presenters a flat-rate fee of $150 for two weeks and
    $200 for four weeks for their services. (Note: if another fee structure is
    desired, we will negotiate but is subject to BOD approval.)



    We expect our presenters to be
    professional, prepared, available, and computer-savvy enough to present using a
    forums/discussion board format (technical support is provided).



    All workshop proposals should include a title, a blurb about the course, course
    syllabus, and a brief resume/bio of the instructor. Please include how many times
    the workshop was/are being taught in 2013 and when and where you are planning
    to teach it in 2014. RWAOL requests an exclusivity clause so that any
    negotiated workshop is not presented via another venue within 2 months of
    RWAOL's scheduled date.



    Please indicate when in 2014 you are interested in teaching this session for
    RWAOL. Provided there is no previously scheduled workshop, the month is
    negotiable. If 2014 does not work for you and you are interested in teaching a
    class in 2015, let me know.



    Please send your workshop proposals (or if you have any
    questions) to Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com



    Thank you.



  18. Hi!

    I'm hoping someone can help me.

    I paid my membership renewal, but as of today, whenever I log into the forums... I get a blank screen. The top banner that says RWA Online, Members, Chat, etc. is there. I can look at and access my profile links. But the forum itself with all the messages have vanished.

    Thanks bunches for the help!

    Hmm... I sent Pam an email on Friday about you (before I saw this) because I noticed you were in a "holding" group. Not sure why. Anyway, she should get you fixed soon.

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