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





    Incorporating
    Humor into Your Writing with presenter Ally Broadfield





    Class Dates: April 15 through May 10, 2013





    Class Location: RWA® Online Chapter 136



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





    About the class:





    Humor is a part of our everyday lives.
    It can inspire hope, relieve tension, and help connect us to one another.
    Learning to use humor effectively will enhance your work and may even boost
    your creativity by challenging you to approach your craft in a new way. Even if
    your subject matter is serious, the subtle use of humor can help ease tension
    and give your readers a chance to breathe again after an intense scene.
    Learning to be funny is one of the most difficult writing skills to master, but
    as long as you possess a sense of humor, this class will teach you the skills
    you need to add humor to your stories.





    Course Syllabus:





    Lesson One: What
    Makes You Laugh?





    Lesson Two: The Building Blocks of Humor



    Part I-Wordplay



    How Words Sound



    Words with a Hard “K” or Hard “C” Sound
    are Funny



    Pick a Word that Breaks a Pattern



    The Rule of Three



    Put the Funniest Word at the End



    Use a Thesaurus



    Double Entendre



    Malapropism



    Part II: More Tools



    Simile



    Metaphor



    Alliteration



    Onomatopoeia



    Phonetic Spelling



    Satire



    Parody



    Surprise



    Exaggeration



    Mangled Cliché



    What If?





    Lesson Three: Adding Humor to Dialogue



    Part I: Dialogue Basics



    Construction of
    Paragraphs



    Punctuation & Rhythm



    Dialogue Tags & Positioning



    Dialogue Tags v. Action Tags



    Pacing



    Part II: Modes of Comedic Dialogue



    Word Choice



    Misunderstanding



    Misuse



    Slang



    Specific
    Terminology



    Vocabulary




    Vulgarity/Profanity



    Method of Speaking



    Dialect



    Diction




    Loudness/Softness



    Mimicry



    Speed



    Tone



    Part III: Action & Narrative



    Action



    Setting



    Internal Dialogue



    Character
    Names





    Lesson Four: Humorous Characters



    Exaggeration



    Reversal of
    Expectations



    Ridicule





    Lesson Five: Situational Humor



    Everyday Situations



    Find the Absurd in a
    Serious Situation



    Lighten Up a Serious
    Story with Humor



    Parody



    Satire



    What You Can Learn From Sitcoms





    Lesson Six: Physical Humor





    Lesson Seven: Things to Avoid



    Character Reactions



    Telling Jokes




    Physical Humor



    Be Careful Who You Make
    Fun Of



    Wordplay



    Don’t Go Overboard





    Lectures will include examples and
    topics for group discussion, and homework assignments will be used to reinforce
    lessons. Individual feedback will be provided on all exercises.





    Ally
    Broadfield’s bio
    :





    A
    graduate of The George Washington University, Ally Broadfield is a former
    school librarian whose passion is sharing knowledge. She has participated in
    several RWA sponsored workshops and has studied every book about writing she’s
    been able to get her hands on since she decided to stop dabbling and get serious
    about being published. She is a News Writer for the Best Friends Animal Network
    and an RWA PRO. Her first manuscript she didn’t consign to the dust bunnies
    under her bed is currently on submission. She writes historical romance and
    young adult paranormal/fantasy romance, and is an active member of SCBWI and
    several RWA chapters, including YARWA, FF&P, HHRW and NTRWA.





    Registration Period: April 1 - 15, 2013





    Registration Deadline: April 15, 2013





    Note: Email me at 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. If you decide to join our chapter, it costs $25 and you
    must be a member of Romance Writers of America®.





    For more information, please contact me
    at fisc40pa@aol.com or visit our website
    at http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/index.htm





    Patti Fischer



  2. RWA® Online presents: Put Your Prose on a Diet

    Instructor: MM Pollard

    Dates: March 4-25, 2013, 10 lessons

    Cost: $15. Free for RWA® Online Chapter members

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

    Workshop Description:

    You’ve decided to be a big girl or a big boy and cut the fat from your baby, your manuscript. In this four-week workshop, MM Pollard will show you where and how to cut the excess without too much pain and agony.

    In lessons titled Hacking Away with a Machete, Using Pruning Shears, and Triage for Your Wounded Story you’ll learn how to cut large portions of your manuscript and how to repair the holes left by the massive cutting.

    The focus narrows to smaller cuts in lessons titled Slash Wordy Sentences, Clip Wordy Phrases, Snip Wordy Words Here, Snip Wordy Words There, and Refurbish Your Word Choices.

    No writer likes to cut, but your characters and your future editor will thank you. Will it hurt? Maybe. Keep this prose diet in prospective -- it’s so much easier trimming your flabby prose than trimming your flabby tummy. Trust MM -- she knows first-hand of what she writes.

    Free Edit: If you complete all of your homework, MM will edit 1,000 words of your writing. That’s your reward for all that cutting you’re going to do during this month-long workshop.

    Be sure to join us and learn how to Put Your Prose on a Diet.

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

    About the presenter:

    As an English teacher for fifteen years and, currently, as acquisitions editor for Black Velvet Seductions, MM Pollard has had as her the mission to find and correct ungrammatical grammar, misused usage, problematic punctuation, and poor writing in others' work.

    MM has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops. Yes, the basics of English composition can be fun! She has presented or will present workshops on Writers Online Classes, Novelists at Work, Savvy Authors, Orange County RWA, and Celtic Hearts RWA, just to name a few. She is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

    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.

    Registration Period: Feb 18 – March 4, 2013

    Registration Deadline: March 4, 2013

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

  3. ****Permission to Forward Granted***

    RWA® Online’s February 2013 Workshop:

    GETTING YOUR STORY OFF TO THE RIGHT START with presenter Beth Cornelison

    Class dates: February 4 through 15, 2013.

    Registration opens January 21, 2013.

    Do you want to start off the new year of writing by starting your novel off with the right beginning? Then join us in this two week workshop as you learn the tools to hone your craft and get your story going in the right direction.

    Learn about the important elements needed to set up your characters, plot and pacing in order to hook the reader/editor from page one and avoid common mistakes that can bog down your story.

    Class Outline:

    This workshop gives a set by step, detailed check list of elements to consider as you start each new book. The workshop covers:

    1) Finding story ideas

    2) Choosing a hook

    3) Setting up characters with interesting conflict, backstories and motivations

    4) Outlining where your story will go (goals, story themes, character growth)

    5) Defining characters through their actions

    6) Inciting incidents

    7) Weaving in backstory without slowing the pace

    8) Clichéd first meets and other things to avoid

    All of the concepts covered are illustrated through examples and participation from the audience is encouraged.

    Workshop registration link: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    For more information or questions, contact: workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org

    About the Presenter:

    Award winning author Beth Cornelison received her degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. She debuted with Silhouette Intimate Moments in April 2005 and has published 16 more books with Harlequin since that time. Her October 2009 release, THE CHRISTMAS STRANGER, was a 2010 Rita finalist. She has published with Sourcebooks, Samhain, Five Star and her self-pubbed book, TRUST IN ME reached #1 on the Free Kindle bestsellers list in May 2012. Cornelison has served as the conference coordinator and contest coordinator for her local RWA chapter and has presented workshops online and to numerous

    conferences across the country. Mrs. Cornelison lives in Louisiana with her husband and son.

    Registration Period: January 21 through February 4, 2013

    Registration Deadline: February 4, 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. If you’re interested in joining RWA Online, membership costs $25.

    Click here to register or to learn more information on workshops at RWA® Online and about our chapter:

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

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

    PERFECT PEOPLE ARE BORING-

    What You Need To Know About Character Growth presented by Beth Cornelison

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

    Dates: January 7th—18th, 2013

    Class Registration opens Dec 23st, 2012

    In the workshop Perfect People Are Boring, you will look at memorable characters from classic romances and popular movies and show how their flaws set up story conflict and internal conflict. Learn how the plot points forced the character to make choices and learn from mistakes. Through these tests in the characters' growth arc, they learned and changed enough by the end of the story to make a sacrifice for love they wouldn't have been able to make at the start of the book or movie. Through this sacrifice, they earn their happily ever after. The instructor will explain these concepts, showing how to apply these techniques to build stronger plots and memorable characters.

    Course Outline:

    I. Introducing your Flawed character

    A. Show him/her in action

    B. Give him/her redeeming qualities

    C. Challenge his/her self-concept

    D. Call to Adventure from Hero's Journey

    II. Back Your Flawed Character in a Corner (or two!)- CONFLICT

    A. When tested, he/she will have to make choices

    B. Good choices and Bad Choices

    C. Reflection Time- What has he/she learned so far?

    D. Illustrate Small Changes Through Actions

    III. Sacrifice- The Ultimate Test of How They've Grown

    A. Earn your HEA- Prove they've changed

    B. Big or Small- It's the thought that counts

    C. Reaping their reward- the HEA

    Beth Cornelison’s bio

    Award winning author Beth Cornelison received her degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. She debuted with Silhouette Intimate Moments in April 2005 and has published 16 more books with Harlequin since that time. Her October 2009 release, THE CHRISTMAS STRANGER, was a 2010 Rita finalist. She has published with Sourcebooks, Samhain, Five Star and her self-pubbed book, TRUST IN ME reached #1 on the Free Kindle bestsellers list in May 2012. Cornelison has served as the conference coordinator and contest coordinator for her local RWA chapter and has presented workshops online and to numerous conferences across the country. Mrs. Cornelison lives in Louisiana with her husband and son.

    Registration Period: Dec 23rd through January 7th

    Registration Deadline: January 7th, 2013

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

    Workshop Registration Fee: $15

    Note: Join our chapter and get the workshops for free.

    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, feel free to email workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org

  5. Need a reason to join RWA Online? Make it part of your New Year's resolutions?

    Here is the list of workshops RWA Online is offering and every single one of them are free for RWA Online chapter members:

    January 7th through 18th – Perfect People are Boring presented by Beth Cornelsion

    Feb 4th through 15th – Getting your Story Started Right presented by Beth Cornelsion

    March 4th through 25th -- Putting your Prose under the Knife presented by M.M. Pollard

    April 15th through May 10th – Incorporating Humor into your Writing presented by Ally Broadfield

    June 10th through 24th – Supporting Characters presented by Devon Ellington

    August 4th through 16th – Principles of Good Website Design for Writers presented by Catherine Chant

    Sept 9th through 23rd – Block-busting: Putting the Joy Back in Writing presented by Laurie Schnebly

    Oct 7th through Nov 1st – Writing Steamy Sex Scenes presented by Suzanne Rock

  6. RWA ® Online Chapter 136 presents:

    Ebook and Digital Publishing - Is it for me? with Suzanne Rock

    Course begins October 1, 2012 and ends October 25, 2012.

    Registration opens Sept 17, 2012 at http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    Did you ever want to learn about the ins and outs of e-publishing? Are you thinking of self-publishing? Then this course is for you.

    Registration opens September 17, 2012. You can register as late as October 7, 2012 and still get in the class, though it will be in progress.

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

    Blurb:

    Digital books are becoming more and more popular. Devices such as the Kindle, iPAD and Nook have brought ebooks into the limelight and provided many new and exciting publishing opportunities for writers. Despite this, many are still confused about the epublishing process. This course is for beginners who want to learn more about digital publishing and determine if it’s a good fit for them. We will touch on big vs. small epress, self-publishing, vanity publishing, contracts, promotions and dealing with epirates. By the end of class, the student should have a good understanding of the options available and have the tools they need if they wish to move toward digital publication.

    Introduction - Getting to Know you

    Lesson 1 - Setting Goals and Creating a Brand

    Lesson 2 - Researching Publishers - Part 1

    Lesson 3 - Researching Publishers - Part 2

    Lesson 4 - Contracts

    Lesson 5 – Avoiding the Scam - Vanity and Subsidy Press

    Lesson 6 - Self Publishing and POD

    Lesson 7 - Promotion Part 1

    Lesson 8 - Promotion Part 2

    Lesson 9 - ePiracy

    Lesson 10 - Parting Thoughts

    About Suzanne Rock:

    Award winning and bestselling author Suzanne Rock resides in central Massachusetts with her college sweetheart and two daughters. She started writing paranormal erotic romance in 2009 and sold her first story, Spyder’s Web, to Loose Id in June of that year. She now actively writes for Loose Id, Red Sage and Elloras Cave. In addition to writing, she teaches courses on craft and the publishing industry through Romance Writers of America and Savvy Authors. She’s also is the social media coordinator for Pink Petal Books and Astraea Press.

    For more information, please visit www.suzannerock.com

    Registration Begins: September 17, 2012

    Registration Deadline: October 7, 2012

    Email us at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org if you have any questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.

    Fee: $15 per workshop

    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.

    Cost to join RWA® Online chapter is currently $15 and members receive all the workshops for free. You must be a RWA® member to join our chapter. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org

    Thank you.

    Patti Fischer

    Workshop Chair

    www.rwaonlinechapter.org

  7. For the newbies joining us for the Make it Last workshop presented by Linda Conrad, you can find the workshop here:

    http://www.rwaonline...hp?showforum=57

    Log in is required with the log in name and password you created upon signing up.

    If you forgot your password, you can request a new one using the board software system.

    Right now there is only a Check in thread visible, but starting on 9/10/12, the rest of the workshop area will be revealed and the workshop will begin.

  8. RWA ® Online Chapter 136 presents…

    MAKE IT LAST: How to add Sexual Tension to Your Manuscript No Matter What Romance Genre You Write

    Class in session: September 10th through September 21st, 2012

    Instructor: Linda Conrad

    Description: What would you do if an editor asked you to “add sexual tension” to your manuscript? Well that’s what happened to multi-published author Linda Conrad as she was about to sell her first book to Silhouette Desire. Follow along with Linda as she takes her journey of discovery and learn the tricks and techniques you can apply to your own writing.

    Seasoned pro or beginner, inspirational or erotica writer – it doesn’t make any difference. Every author who includes two main characters in conflict can benefit from adding sexual tension to their manuscripts. This intense workshop will include six lessons, homework and online personal participation. Learn simple secrets the best-sellers know for making your work stand out with editors and agents.

    Outline of workshop:

    First off, Sexual Tension has absolutely nothing to do with the act of having sex. Huh?

    Well, let’s look at the definitions.

    SEXUAL = not the act of having sex, but thinking about having sex

    TENSION = mental or emotional strain: suspense, anxiety, excitement

    So, we can say that Sexual Tension is “thinking about” or “wishing for” sex but being conflicted about actually doing it.

    Interesting, no? What that means is that a character can be conflicted about either having sex or not having sex for any number of reasons. But you can see that same conflict (or tension) fitting into all romance genres from erotica to inspirational.

    Follow along with author Linda Conrad as she retakes her own journey of discovery on how to write Sexual Tension. In this class you will learn how any good romance writer will go show sexual tension in her manuscripts.

    The following is a listing of the lessons we’ll cover:

    Lesson One: Character and Internal Conflict

    Lesson Two: Character Actions and Reactions and Deep POV

    Lesson Three: The Senses and Dialogue

    Lesson Four: Body Language and Women’s Fantasies

    Lesson Five: Putting it all Together and the Trick

    Lesson Six: What “NOT” to write

    That is a lot to cover in two weeks. So plan on working hard. There will be homework and class work, but it will be worth the time.

    About the instructor

    Bestselling author, Linda Conrad, has written thirty-two contemporary novels for Harlequin-Silhouette Books. To date, her books have been translated into more than sixteen languages and sold in over twenty-two countries.

    Linda’s sensual characters and passionate stories have brought her numerous awards and superlative reviews. Linda is happy to be able to give back to the writing community that made the difference for her. Over the years her workshops and articles have helped many writers learn new skills and techniques.

    Linda’s books have appeared on the both the Walden Books Series Bestseller lists and on the BookScan Top One Hundred. Her books have been honored as the winner of the Reader’s Choice Award, Write Touch Readers Award, Holt Medallion Award of Merit, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and the Maggie Award for Short Contemporary Romance.

    A Florida native, Linda, her husband moved around, finding homes in Texas and California before returning to South Florida. Now Linda, her husband and dog, KiKi, live by the sea where Linda enjoys boating, shopping and telling the stories in her heart.

    To learn more about Linda and her books visit her website: http://www.LindaConrad.com

    Registration Period: August 27th – September 9, 2012

    Registration Deadline: September 9, 2012

    Note: We may be able to accept late registrations up to September 12, 2012. 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. The cost to join effective September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 is $15. You must be a RWA member to join our chapter.

    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.

    Thank you,

    Patti Fischer

    RWA® Online Chapter Workshop Chair

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

  9. Here is the official list for next year:

    January 7th through 18th – Perfect People are Boring presented by Beth Cornelsion

    Feb 4th through 15th – Getting your Story Started Right presented by Beth Cornelsion

    March 4th through 25th -- Putting your Prose under the Knife presented by M.M. Pollard

    April 15th through May 10th – Incorporating Humor into your Writing presented by Ally Broadfield

    June 10th through 24th – Supporting Characters presented by Devon Ellington

    August 4th through 16th – Principles of Good Website Design for Writers presented by Catherine Chant

    Sept 9th through 23rd – Block-busting: Putting the Joy Back in Writing presented by Laurie Schnebly

    Oct 7th through Nov 1st – Writing Steamy Sex Scenes presented by Suzanne Rock

    Reminder: All RWA Online chapter members take each and every workshop for free.

    To join RWA Online, you must be a member of RWA in good standing and join our chapter here:

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

    Cost to join us is currently $25.

  10. ***Permission to Forward is granted***

    RWA® Online Presents

    Create Peace and Harmony in Your Writing

    presented by MM Pollard

    July 30 - Aug 25, 2012

    Cost: $15

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

    Registration begins July 10th

    RWA® Online members take all of our workshops for free. Currently the cost to join our chapter is $25.

    Learn more at: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/joinus.htm

    About the Class:

    Every good story has great conflict – internal conflict within the main characters to give the story its angst and external conflict between characters that either keeps them apart or puts them in danger.

    Conflict makes the story exciting and worth reading, except when the conflict is between your subjects and verbs or between your pronouns and their antecedents. Conflict here and your manuscript will never be published.

    Subject—verb agreement and pronoun—antecedent agreement are basic to using our language effectively to communicate to your reader. The problem is it is easier for parents and teenagers to agree on a curfew than it is for these parts of speech to agree in your story.

    In this four week workshop, I will show you how to create peace and harmony among subjects, verbs, and pronouns in your writing.

    Week 1, three lessons – finding subjects and verbs in sentences, brushing up on simple present tense of verbs,

    Week 2, three lessons – creating agreement between subjects and verbs, highlighting sentence structure that causes the most disagreement between the two parts of speech,

    Week 3, three lessons – finding pronoun and their antecedents in sentences, brushing up on pronoun cases,

    Week 4, three lessons – creating agreement between pronouns and their antecedents in sentences.

    At the end of the workshop, students will be able to create agreement between subjects and verbs and between pronouns and their antecedents.

    Agreement between parents and children – sorry, I can’t help you there.

    About the Instructor:

    As editor for Black Velvet Seductions, MM Pollard has read many entertaining and thought-provoking stories over the past two years. She has also found some common mistakes in punctuation, grammar, and usage in these manuscripts.

    With fifteen years of experience teaching English, MM decided to start her own workshop business, Workshops with MM. She has presented workshops to Savvy Authors, Muse Online Writers Conference, Orange County Chapter RWA, Writers Online Classes, and Celtic Hearts RWA, as well as on her own site.

    MM has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops. She has presented workshops for many RWA chapters, Savvy Authors, Writers Online Classes, and in her own virtual classroom. She is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English.

    Registration Period: July 10 - July 29, 2012

    Registration Deadline: July 29, 2012

    Note: We may be able to accept late registrations up to July 30, 2012. Email us at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.

    Join us as we learn about achieving Peace and Harmony in our writing.

    ***Permission to Forward is granted***

    Patti Fischer

    Workshop Chair

    http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org

  11. RWA Online Chapter #136 Call for 2013 Workshop Proposals

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

    RWA Online, Chapter #136 of Romance Writers of America is now accepting online workshop proposals for 2013. 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. We have a multi-media rich environment capable of supporting audio, video, graphics, and text for a full-featured workshop presentation.

    Our members have indicated a need for classes on plot structure, male POV, crafting a heroine or hero, and GMC.

    RWAOL offers five to 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.) 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 2012 and when and where you are planning to teach it in 2013. RWAOL requests an exclusivity clause so that any negotiated workshop is not presented via another venue within 3 months of RWAOL's scheduled date.

    Please indicate when in 2013 you are interested in teaching this session for RWAOL. Provided there is no previously scheduled workshop, the month is negotiable. If 2013 does not work for you and you are interested in teaching a class in 2014, let me know.

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

    Thank you.

  12. ***Permission to Forward***

    RWA® Online Presents

    SCENE AND SEQUEL with your instructor Bonnie Edwards

    Date presented: April 23-May 4, 2012

    Scene and Sequel

    (Or the last thing I learned before I sold)

    With deepest appreciation to the experts in this field: Dwight Swain and Jack Bickham.

    Do you fly into the mist of a new story without a plot? A strong grasp of Scene and Sequel will make your second draft stronger and your revisions easier.

    Does your story fizzle out by the end of Chapter whatever? Scene and Sequel can point the way ahead.

    Or maybe you need a detailed outline before you type a word. Scene and Sequel can help your plot stay true, can help raise tension and up the stakes at the plotting stage. Applying scene and sequel to your work is one of the most versatile tools in your writer’s toolkit. This is storytelling in its basic form: it improves pacing, plot, how you reveal character and can tighten those dreaded sagging middles.

    Join us for an online workshop at www.rwaonlinechapter.org starting April 23rd for two weeks to see how adding Scene and Sequel to your arsenal as a writer can help propel your work into an editor’s “yes!” pile.

    Here is the course outline:

    Outline for 6 Lessons

    Lesson 1: Definition of Scene and how it is structured for clarity in prose. i.e. scene goal

    Lesson 2: Definition of Sequel and its role in storytelling i.e. pacing, character development

    Lesson 3: POV in Scene and Sequel – who is telling this part of your story? And WHY?

    Lesson 4: Conflict in Scene and Variants in Sequel (includes an exercise for your own work)

    Lesson 5: Discussion of Scene and Sequel from the exercise above i.e. applying the structure to YOUR story and how to step back to analyze your prose and strengthen your storytelling technique

    Lesson 6: Review and final Q&A (review will come from the above discussion because I tailor classes to students’ needs and questions)

    Please come prepared to join in and share!

    Bonnie Edwards has worked at a variety of jobs but loves storytelling best. She lives on an island within view of the Coastal Mountains and the City of Vancouver. Bonnie enjoys teaching writing for genre fiction online.

    She lives with her husband and a variety of pets and battles an addiction to ice cream on a daily basis. Hiking in the woods and down to the seashore keep her romance fiction ideas flowing from her heart to yours.

    In 2006, her novella BodyWork was in the launch anthology The Hard Stuff for the Kensington Aphrodisia erotic romance line. With several more Aphrodisia releases, she’s also published with Harlequin Blaze, and Harlequin’s digital-first Carina Press. Bonnie’s next release is a short story in the upcoming electronic-only anthology: It Happens at Midnight. For more information, covers, excerpts and updates check out her website: www.bonnieedwards.com where you can follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

    Registration Opens: April 9, 2012

    Registration Deadline: April 23, 2012

    Note: We may be able to accept late registrations up to April 30, 2012. Email us at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.

    Workshop Fee: $15

    RWA Online Chapter Members ONLY receive free workshops. No registration required for chapter members. Cost to join RWA Online is $25 and you must be a member of Romance Writers of America.

    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 more information, check out us out at www.rwaonlinechapter.org or email workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org for questions.

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    RWA® Online Presents:

    Online Workshop March 12-25, 2012

    The Personal and Technical Arts of Promotion Presented by Shawntelle Madison and Angie Fox

    About the class:

    Everybody is talking about promotion these days. But what does it really mean? How can you target readers, book sellers, and the publishing community the most efficient, effective way possible? Authors Angie Fox and Shawntelle Madison will show you the branding and technological tricks you need to know to promote yourself while still leaving plenty of time for writing - and life!

    So what will Angie and Shawntelle talk about in The Personal and Technical Arts of Promotion?

    Discussion Points:

    -The Power of Viral Marking

    -Building Reader Relationships (signings, book clubs, enhancing your core readership)

    -Building Bookseller Relationships

    -Getting to Know Libraries

    -How to use Facebook and Twitter

    -The Do's and Don'ts of Conferences

    -Planning Online Campaigns

    -Harnessing Basic/Advanced Online Tools to Promote Your Work like widgets and applications

    -Ways Your Publisher Can Help

    About the instructors:

    Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She'd never admit it, but if asked she'd say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detassling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobs--from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she's not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime.

    Angie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of books about demon slayers, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. She claims that researching her books can be just as much fun as writing them. In the name of fact-finding, Angie has ridden with Harley biker gangs, explored the tunnels underneath Hoover Dam and found an interesting recipe for Mamma Coalpot’s Southern Skunk Surprise (she’s still trying to get her courage up to try it).

    Angie earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She worked in television news and then in advertising before beginning her career as an author.

    Registration Period: March 5th – March 25th, 2012

    Registration Deadline: March 25th, 2012

    Fee: $15

    For more information, go here: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

    RWA® Online Chapter Members receive workshops for free. 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 more information on RWA® Online, check out our website:

    http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/

    Thank you.

  14. Thinking of joining RWA Online? Members take the workshops for free. As long as you are a RWA member, then you can join our chapter at the cost of $25.

    Here is the 2012 Workshop schedule:

    Editor’s First Aid: CPR for Your Dying Manuscript

    Instructor: Lynnette Labelle

    Feb 6th through March 2nd.

    The Personal and Technical Arts of Promotion

    Instructors: Angie Fox and Shawntelle Madison

    March 12th through March 26th

    Scene and Sequel

    Instructor: Bonnie Edwards

    April 23rd through May 4th

    Create Peace and Harmony in your Writing

    Instructor: MM Pollard

    July 30th through August 25th.

    How to Create Sexual Tension

    Instructor: Linda Conrad

    September 10th through September 21st

    Ebook and Digital Publishing Course

    Instructor: Suzanne Rock

    October 1st through October 26th

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    Here is the list of RWA Online Chapter 136 Workshop schedule for 2012. The workshops are subject to change. Please feel free to pass onto your other writing groups or chapters.

    Editor's First Aid: CPR for Your Dying Manuscript

    Instructor: Lynnette Labelle

    Feb 6th through March 2nd.

    The Personal and Technical Arts of Promotion

    Instructors: Angie Fox and Shawntelle Madison

    March 12th through March 26th

    Scene and Sequel

    Instructor: Bonnie Edwards

    April 23rd through May 4th

    Create Peace and Harmony in your Writing

    Instructor: MM Pollard

    July 30th through August 25th.

    How to Create Sexual Tension

    Instructor: Linda Conrad

    September 10th through September 21st

    Ebook and Digital Publishing Course

    Instructor: Suzanne Rock

    October 1st through October 26th

  16. ***Permission to forward granted***

    RWA® Online presents:

    Editor’s First Aid: CPR for Your Dying Manuscript presented by Lynnette Labelle

    Maybe the horror stories about the hard road to publication are keeping you from finishing your novel. Maybe you've had one too many rejections with no explanation. No matter what is killing your writing, it’s time to breathe a little life into your manuscript.

    Not sure where to start? As a freelance editor, I'm telling you there’s only one surefire way to avoid the dreaded rejection slip—know your craft. And I mean really learn it. Knowing your craft inside and out is the only way to identify and correct the problems in your writing.

    Feeling overwhelmed? Maybe you think editing just isn't your strong suit? Don't worry. You don't have to do it alone. I'll walk you through some of the most common mistakes writers make so you can apply CRP to your dying manuscript.

    In Editor’s First Aid, you'll learn about dialogue dilemmas, plotting problems, and bad beginnings, including:

    • The 13 most common dialogue mistakes.
    • How to avoid dialogue blunders.
    • How to correct episodic writing.
    • Understanding poor execution of GMCs (goals, motivations, conflicts).
    • How to turn up the emotion.
    • When (if ever) to add a prologue.
    • All about the inciting incident and why it’s the best place to start your story.

    Other benefits of Editor’s First Aid include:

    • A professional editor to answer your questions.
    • Opportunities to have your work professionally edited. (Samples will be randomly selected with a minimum of six critiques.)
    • A chance to see real examples of how an editor looks at a manuscript.

    About the Instructor: Lynnette Labelle is a freelance copyeditor, proofreader, and manuscript editor with over ten years of experience. She’s the owner of Labelle’s Writing on the Wall, an editing and coaching service for writers. Lynnette specializes in developmental copyediting, including line editing, for romance (all subgenres except historical), mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, YA, middle grade, and children’s fiction. She proofreads non-fiction and all fiction genres, and also helps writers create hooky query letters and strong synopses. Lynnette has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She’s a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Romance Writers of America, RWA Online, and Savvy Authors. For more information, visit www.labelleseditorialservices.com

    When: February 6 – March 2, 2012

    Where: RWA® Online (www.rwaonlinechapter.org)

    Cost for the workshop is $15.

    RWA® Online chapter members take the workshop for free. The cost to join RWA Online is currently $25.

    FMI: check www.rwaonlinechapter.org We were the first ever online RWA® chapter.

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