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  1. I'm once again posting a cross listing of various chapter online workshops. If you have any questions about the workshops, contact them.

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    > Dunes & Dreams RWA Chapter 215 (from Eastern Long Island) present a March

    > 2011 Online Workshop.

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    > http://www.dunesanddreams.org/writing-workshops

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

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    > March 1ST – 29TH

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    >

    > WARDROBES, WEAPONS, WARBLINGS AND WORDS:

    > Shopping, Entertainment, and Slang for Your Historical Characters

    >

    > Presenter, Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson

    >

    >

    > To get the right feel in a historical novel, it’s all about stage setting,

    > looking right, sounding right, and having the right “water cooler” chit chat

    > for the people who traipse through your historical landscape. Can you trust

    > what you’ve read elsewhere? Maybe, maybe not. So how do you decide what you

    > need BEYOND the plot? And where do you go to find it?

    >

    > Those are exactly the questions that this workshop addresses.

    >

    > In fact, we go looking FOR dresses! Yes, shopping with your heroine is the

    > first thing on the list, whether she needs to don farthingales or those

    > frisky little flapper frocks. We’ll spend a full week searching out

    > everything the well prepared heroine might need.

    >

    > Then during week two, we pry the hero away from napping in a comfy haystack

    > or armchair and trail after him as he roams through gun shops, smith’s

    > forges (for swords, knives), armament rooms (maces, axes, armour, shields,

    > bows and arrows), and then looks over the available carriages from horse

    > drawn to snappy 1920s motor cars. He shouldn’t mind this sort of shopping.

    >

    > But historicals of any kind are not ALL dire events to be dressed right to

    > endure, be they ballrooms or battlefields. No, characters like to be

    > entertained as well, so we’ll look at entertainments, songs, musical

    > instruments, poetry, paintings, plays, games of chance and dances for

    > flirtation. And while our characters chat each other up we’ll make sure they

    > drop a few words to tell readers they aren’t in the 21st century anymore, so

    > we’ll use appropriate slang or phrasing or words that can be slipped into

    > conversations.

    >

    > And we’ll do all that in four short weeks.

    >

    > Instructor Bio: Presenter Beth Daniels is the author of six historical

    > novels (and 20 other non-historical novels) and holds a BA in History and a

    > MA in English Composition and Rhetoric. She is also a researchoholic, and

    > not only will share sources but issue Challenges (otherwise known as

    > Assignments) to send participants off each week to ferret out their

    > characters’ most necessary accoutrements, build era perfect party mixes, and

    > quip the most atrociously amusing fribbles.

    >

    > The workshop caters to pre-published, minimally-published and

    > multi-published writers looking for a way to lift their historical novel out

    > of the ordinary run of things. Participants don’t need a work-in-progress,

    > but do need at least a hero and heroine who will appear opposite each other

    > in a forthcoming tale.

    >

    > The time periods covered will be basically Renaissance/Elizabethan through

    > the 1920s, but those looking to deck out early to late medieval characters

    > are welcome as well.

    >

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    > *DATE*: March 1 - 29

    >

    > Registration deadline is February 27th.

    >

    >

    >

    > *PLACE**: Dunes & Dreams RWA Workshop Yahoo Loop*

    >

    > Registrants will receive a yahoo invitation to the workshop several days

    > before the workshop begins to allow ample time to accept it. Please notify

    > the coordinators if you have do not receive your invite before the class

    > begins.

    >

    >

    >

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

    > paypal or checks)

    >

    >

    >

    >

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

    > All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut off

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

    > workshop of the

    > applicant's choosing.

    >

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

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

    > future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

    >

    > Hope to see you in class!

    >

    > Registration form and more information:

    >

    > http://www.dunesanddreams.org/writing-workshops or

    >

    >

    > email the coordinators at workshops.ddrwa@gmail.com

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    Check out this Colorado Romance Writers, Inc. Online Workshop Series

    class for MARCH 2011! [Please note our website address has changed!]

    Online Workshop: Using the Rule of Six to Strengthen Everything from

    Plot to Titles

    Instructor: NY Times Bestselling Author Shirley Jump

    Date: February 28 – March 25, 2011

    DESCRIPTION: Capitalize on this technique marketing gurus have used for

    years to find the "thought not thought of yet" and avoid duplicating a

    plot line, character quirk or other idea already out there (that you may

    have seen subconsciously). Then learn how to use this technique to take

    your writing deeper and draw out more emotion, more conflict...more of

    everything! It's truly astounding when you see it in action. With this

    interactive class, New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump will

    show you how to use "Shirley's Rule of Six" for everything from plot to

    word choice. The result? More powerful writing that has that unique

    touch editors today are looking to buy.

    BIO: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends

    her days writing women's fiction and romantic comedies (Vegas

    Pregnancy Surprise, July 2010) to feed her shoe addiction and avoid

    cleaning the toilets. As AJ Whitten (www.ajwhitten.com), she also

    writes horror young adult novels for Houghton Mifflin's Graphia

    imprint with her daughter (The Well, September 2009). She cleverly

    finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress

    in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double

    as vacuum cleaners. Visit her website at www.shirleyjump.com

    <http://www.shirleyjump.com/> or read recipes and life adventures at

    www.shirleyjump.blogspot.com <http://www.shirleyjump.blogspot.com/> .

    Fee: $20 CRW Members; $25 Non-CRW Members. FMI about the workshops or

    speakers, or to register: http://crw-rwa.ning.com

    <http://crw-rwa.ning.com/> or email Online Workshop Series Coordinator,

    Karen Docter, at coloromancewritersonlineclasses@yahoo.com

    <mailto:coloromancewritersonlineclasses@yahoo.com> . To subscribe to

    Online Workshop Series mailing list,

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CRWOnlineclasses

    <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CRWOnlineclasses> . A minimum of 5

    students registered two days prior to class start is required for

    workshop to remain viable. No refunds after 24 hours prior to class

    start.

    Thank you.

    Karen Docter, Coordinator

    2011 Online Workshop Series

    Colorado Romance Writers, Inc.

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    4. Workshop: Write Naked: Finding & Developing....Voice

    Posted by: "coloromancewritersonlineclasses" coloromancewritersonlineclasses@yahoo.com coloromancewritersonlineclasses

    Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:33 pm (PST)

    Check out this Colorado Romance Writers, Inc. Online Workshop Series

    class for MARCH 2011! [Please note our website address has changed!]

    Online Workshop: Write Naked: Finding & Developing Your Authentic Voice

    Instructor: Wendy Lyn Watson

    Date: February 28 – March 25, 2011

    DESCRIPTION: We hear it all the time from editors and agents: "I

    love your voice," or "I'm looking for a strong voice."

    A writer's voice is a combination of style, tone, and theme. Voice

    is not your story, it's the way you tell it. The great thing about

    voice is that everyone has one (really!) and each one is unique. The

    trick is to define your voice, to develop it, and to make sure it shines

    through in your story. In this interactive workshop, you'll engage

    in writing exercises aimed at identifying and developing your voice.

    You'll leave with a better sense of what makes your writing your

    writing and a set of tools to help you make your voice even stronger.

    BIO: Wendy Lyn Watson writes deliciously funny cozy mysteries with a

    dollop of romance. Her Mysteries a la Mode feature amateur sleuth

    Tallulah Jones, who solves murders in between scooping sundaes. While

    she does not commit--or solve--murders in real life, Wendy can kill a

    pint of ice cream in nothing flat. She's also passionately devoted to

    80s music, Asian horror films, and reality TV.

    Fee: $20 CRW Members; $25 Non-CRW Members. FMI about the workshops or

    speakers, or to register: http://crw-rwa.ning.com

    <http://crw-rwa.ning.com/> or email Online Workshop Series Coordinator,

    Karen Docter, at coloromancewritersonlineclasses@yahoo.com

    <mailto:coloromancewritersonlineclasses@yahoo.com> . To subscribe to

    Online Workshop Series mailing list,

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CRWOnlineclasses

    <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CRWOnlineclasses> . A minimum of 5

    students registered two days prior to class start is required for

    workshop to remain viable. No refunds after 24 hours prior to class

    start.

    Thank you.

    Karen Docter, Coordinator

    2011 Online Workshop Series

    Colorado Romance Writers, Inc.

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    *Yellow Rose RWA Online Course:* From Tweens to Twilight: Considering a Move

    to YA

    *Dates*: March 1-31

    *Instructor*: Grace Conley

    *Register* at www.yellowroserwa.com/workshops

    *Coordinator*: Sophie Oak, sophie@sophieoak.com

    *From Tweens to Twilight: Considering a Move to YA*

    >

    > Presented by Barbara Grace Conley

    > March 1 – March 31, 2011 (4 weeks)

    >

    > *Course Description:*

    > Thinking of writing your first Young Adult novel?

    >

    > Interested in learning how L’Engle, Cormier, and Blume gave rise to Meyer,

    > Marr, and Dessen?

    >

    > During this workshop, we’ll cover:

    > • An overview of modern Young Adult literature

    > • Principal themes and subgenres in YA

    > • Handling your approach: YA vs. YA with Romantic Elements

    > • Voice and the YA Writer

    > • The different audiences: writing for Tweens vs. Teens (and the Adults who

    > read YA)

    > • The business side: agents, marketing considerations, and resources for

    > the YA writer

    >

    > This 101-level overview of the YA genre is appropriate both for new writers

    > and for authors experienced in other subgenres who are considering writing

    > YA as an additional career path.

    >

    > *About Grace Conley:*

    >

    > Grace is a professional trainer and curriculum developer with over fifteen

    > years of experience creating engaging and informative classes for Silicon

    > Valley technology companies. After the birth of her first child, her husband

    > suggested that she use her writing talents for The Forces of Good (that is,

    > writing fiction) – and she hasn’t turned back! Grace serves on the board of

    > the Silicon Valley RWA, and is a member of YARWA, the Young Adult Chapter of

    > RWA. Watch for publication news in 2011!

    >

    > Read more about Grace at her website: www.graceconley.com

    >

    > All classes are $15.00 for Yellow Rose Members / $25.00 for non-Yellow Rose

    > members.

    >

    > http://yellowroserwa.com/workshops/

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    Mid-Willamette Valley RWA Presents:

    Our March 2011 online class:

    World-Building for Writers

    Taught by Rebecca Lynn

    Description: A world-building course focusing on all facets of

    fictional writing, not just on fantasy and paranormal books.

    Historical fiction and contemporary genre fiction writers need to

    know how to world-build, as well. World-building, at its foundation,

    is about incorporating details into narrative. This class will start

    with the basic building blocks of a world (whether known or invented)

    and move toward the integration of research and worldbuilding into

    narrative fiction.

    Week One: You Are God - The building blocks of fictional worlds; the

    two main methods of world-building.

    Week Two: The Genesis Effect - Organizing and ordering your fictional

    world; resources for world-building in genres.

    Week Three: Hobbits and iPods and Claymores, Oh My - Integrity in

    your fictional world; dissecting student examples.

    Week Four: Writer as Weaver - Integrating world-building details into

    narrative and dialogue.

    BIO

    Rebecca Lynn took an MFA in Creative Writing and an undergraduate

    degree in Linguistics and Literature, and has taught both writing and

    literature courses on the collegiate level. She has published short

    fiction as well as some short non-fiction, and academic articles.

    Class runs from 3/1/2011 to 3/31/2011. Cost is $20 for MWV RWA

    members and $25 for non-members.

    See http://www.midwillamettevalleyrwa.com/online.classes.htm for details

  2. Reminder:

    You can join the Chapters Event loop here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chapterevents/ It's open to RWA members ONLY.

    LAST CHANCE! Class starts Monday morning.

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    The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA Presents

    ***February Class #2***

    Digital Publishing

    Class takes place: February 14th - February 27th, 2011

    Cost: $15 BDRWA members/ $20 non-members

    Digital Publishing

    Instructor: Claire Ashgrove

    Class Info:

    Digital Publishing -- How did we get here, and is it right for me? Join Claire Ashgrove for an in depth look on the origins of digital publishing, the differences and similarities between digital and standard print presses, and an analysis of benefits and drawbacks to signing with an electronic house.

    Instructor's Bio:

    Contemporary and paranormal romance author, Claire Ashgrove, spent most of her life writing, in one form or the other. In 2008 she left the corporate world to pursue her favorite past time - writing the romance novel full time, and has since sold several titles. Active with her Missouri RWA chapters, she's held the office of Vice President, coordinated programs, guided critique groups, judged countless contest entries, and presented various workshops within the chapters. Additionally, under a different hat, she edits for a major digital publishing house and has offered guidance to aspiring authors who later went on to achieve publication.

    Find Claire at: www.claireashgrove.com

    For more info: www.bdrwa.com click on online classes

    Or contact mrsgodiva@comcast.net

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    2a. BDRWA Chapter Online Class #1 for March 2011

    Posted by: "mrsgodiva" mrsgodiva@comcast.net mrsgodiva2000

    Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:18 pm (PST)

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    The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA presents

    ***March Class #1***

    Query Letter Workshop

    Class takes place: March 7th - 20th , 2011

    Cost: $15 BDRWA members/ $20 non-members

    Query Letter Workshop

    Instructor: CJ Redwine

    Class Info:

    Query Workshop:

    "I had absolutely NO idea how to write a query letter, but with CJ's help, I wrote a query that earned five partial requests and an offer of representation after only two weeks of querying. Take this workshop--she knows what she's doing!" -Shannon Messenger, repped by Laura Rennert

    "After C.J. helped me with my query, I sent it to 10 agents. I got 6 requests and 2 offers of representation within a few weeks. C.J.'s methods work!" -Myra McEntire, HOURGLASS Summer 2011

    Course description: Learn how to write an amazing query letter! Course focuses on basic query structure, do's and don'ts, how to target the right agent for you, and how to identify your basic plot and conflict to use in writing a stellar hook. Also includes an in-depth personalized critique on your query letter to make it perfect! *

    *Each class participant will be able to submit one query letter to have perfected by CJ's methods. Includes one in-depth personalized critique of your query

    Instructor's Bio:

    C.J. Redwine is an urban fantasy author repped by Holly Root of Waxman Literary Agency. She teaches query, synopsis, and plotting workshops both online and in conference settings. To learn more about her workshops or to contact her, please go to http://queryworkshop.blogspot.com

    For more info: www.bdrwa.com click on online classes

    Or contact mrsgodiva@comcast.net

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    3. BDRWA Chapter Online Class #2 for March 2011

    Posted by: "mrsgodiva" mrsgodiva@comcast.net mrsgodiva2000

    Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:19 pm (PST)

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    The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA presents

    ***March Class #2***

    Challenging Couples in Love Workshop

    Class takes place: March 14th - 18th , 2011

    Cost: $15 BDRWA members/ $20 non-members

    Challenging Couples in Love

    Instructor: Laurie Schnebly

    Class Info:

    While it's easy to create conflict between a hero and heroine whose kingdoms are at war, everyday life can be a tougher setting for plausible conflicts...especially when the hero and heroine are both lovable characters. But the same conflicts that trouble real-life couples--plus the solutions recommended by marriage counselors--work for fictional couples as well.

    Instructor's Bio:

    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.

    After six books for Special Edition, she turned her attention to writing non-fiction -- using her research into the nine personality types to help writers create plausible, likable people with realistic flaws. Her other favorite activities include playing with her husband and son, recording for the blind, counseling at a mental health center, traveling to Sedona (the Arizona red-rock town named for her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly) and working with other writers.

    "People ask how I find time to do all that," Laurie says, "and I tell them it's easy. I never clean my house!"

    Laurie welcomes email from readers-send her a "Hello!"

    You can find Laurie at www.BookLaurie.com

    For more info: www.bdrwa.com click on online classes

    Or contact mrsgodiva@comcast.net

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    There’s still time to register for the March 12th Southern Lights Writer’s mini-Conference and LIGHT UP YOUR CAREER!

    Sign up to pitch your manuscript to Tessa Woodward of Avon or Emmanuelle Morgen of Judith Ehrlich Literary Management then join us in Jacksonville, FL and enter the raffle to win any of nearly twenty critiques offered by editors, agents, and authors.

    Just a few of the critique donations available at the raffle include:

    Agents:

    Anita Mumm, Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

    Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger, Inc.

    Stephany Evans, President FinePrint Literary Management

    Adrienne Rosado, PMA Literary & Film Management

    Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency

    Editors:

    Raelene Gorlinksky, Ellora’s Cave, Cerridwen Press and The Lotus Circle

    Rhonda Stapleton, Editor, Carina Press

    Authors:

    Karen Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling Author

    Joanne Rock, 3-Time Rita Nominee

    Elizabeth Sinclair, Author of The Dreaded Synopsis

    Kasey Michaels, New York Times Bestselling Author

    Vanessa Kelly, Regency Romance Author

    Sharon Page, USA Today Bestselling Author

    If you’re looking for a fun, friendly atmosphere in which to meet and learn from other talented writers and industry professionals, you won’t want to miss this conference. Join us for a full day of craft and industry workshops, editor/agent pitch appointments, critique raffles and networking opportunities.

    Special Guest Speaker: USA Today and NY Times bestselling author C.L. Wilson

    See www.firstcoastromancewriters.com more information on the conference speakers, schedule, and program.

    Conference Chair: Vanessa Kelly, conference@firstcoastromancewriters.com

    Registration Coordinator: JS Nichols, registrar@firstcoastromancewriters.com

    Editor/Agent Appointments: Randall Sykes, appts@firstcoastromancewriters.com

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    Los Angeles Romance Authors and East Valley Authors have teamed up this year to bring special writing workshops to our members and the writing community of Southern California. Our first foray will be a workshop on voice led by Jane Porter, Liza Palmer and Megan Crane. You do not want to miss this event.

    When: March 27, 2011 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Special Mini Workshop

    Where: Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

    Cost: $25.00

    Speakers: Jane Porter, Liza Palmer and Megan Crane

    Voice & Market Workshop: Writing Smart, Writing Well, Writing to Sell

    Description: Your writing voice is you on paper. It's the basic storyteller in each of us putting an idea together. This workshop uses fairy tales, Greek myths, and market knowledge to teach others how to succeed in the romance industry. The workshop focuses on Voice & Style, Voice & Theme, and Voice & Market. It helps participants identify their own strengths and personal themes, along with possible markets for submission.

    To join us, please go here http://www.lararwa.com/calendar.html and scroll down to the March 27th date. You can pay by pay pal right now or wait until the meeting on February 20th and pay by check.

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    Save the Date!

    The MaineRWA (MERWA) Annual Writers' Retreat will be
held
May 20

    - 21, 2011 at The Embassy Suites Hotel, Portland, Maine. Limited seating.

    Keynote speaker: Hannah Howell

    Exciting workshop presenters: KA Mitchell

    Julia Spencer Fleming

    Agent: Diane Freed, Fine Print Literary

    For more info: www.mainerwa.com

  4. Okay, I'm going to post some more workshop opportunies here. Once again, a reminder that if you're a RWA member, you can join the RWA Chapter Event Yahoo group:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chapterevents/

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    The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA presents

    ***March Class #1***

    Query Letter Workshop

    Class takes place: March 7th - 20th , 2011

    Cost: $15 BDRWA members/ $20 non-members

    Query Letter Workshop

    Instructor: CJ Redwine

    Class Info:

    Query Workshop:

    "I had absolutely NO idea how to write a query letter, but with CJ's help, I wrote a query that earned five partial requests and an offer of representation after only two weeks of querying. Take this workshop--she knows what she's doing!" -Shannon Messenger, repped by Laura Rennert

    "After C.J. helped me with my query, I sent it to 10 agents. I got 6 requests and 2 offers of representation within a few weeks. C.J.'s methods work!" -Myra McEntire, HOURGLASS Summer 2011

    Course description: Learn how to write an amazing query letter! Course focuses on basic query structure, do's and don'ts, how to target the right agent for you, and how to identify your basic plot and conflict to use in writing a stellar hook. Also includes five days of in-depth personalized critiques on your query letter, with as many revisions as it takes to make it perfect! *

    *Each class participant will be able to submit one query letter to have perfected by CJ's methods.

    Instructor's Bio:

    C.J. Redwine is an urban fantasy author repped by Holly Root of Waxman Literary Agency. She teaches query, synopsis, and plotting workshops both online and in conference settings. To learn more about her workshops or to contact her, please go to http://queryworkshop.blogspot.com

    For more info: www.bdrwa.com click on online classes

    Or contact mrsgodiva@comcast.net

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    Hi everyone! Check out the exciting online classes offered by the Orange County Chapter of RWA!

    "OMG I Love It: Writing the YA Teens Want to Read"

    with Suzanne Lazear

    February 14 to March 12, 2011

    Enrollment Information at http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclassFeb11.html

    COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members

    If you have specific questions, email occrwaonlineclass@yahoo.com

    ABOUT THE CLASS:

    The Young Adult market seems the place to be, but how to you not only make your story stand out in the crowd, but write a story teens want to read?

    Teens are smart, savvy, and the books they read today are not your mother's teen fiction.

    Come join us and find out what teens expect out of a YA novel and how to write the YA story you want to tell in a way that appeals to today's teens. Learn about the different genres from paranormal to contemporary and from clean teen to racy reads.

    This hands-on class will work on the mechanics of writing YA and how it differs from writing for adults. Topics include creating realistic dialogue, characters, worlds, and plots teens can relate to, tone and pacing, and other differences and avoiding common YA pitfalls as well as what teens expect from today's YA authors.

    All YA manuscripts in all genres are welcome from "I have an idea" to polished and ready.

    ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

    Suzanne Lazear writes for teens because her dancers made her and she never looked back. Sometimes known as "Lolita Suzanne," she's a regular blogger at the Steampunk group blog Steamed! www.Ageofsteam.wordpress.com and a member of the Los Angeles Romance Writers. She's never had trouble standing out in the crowd, but wearing a tiara will do that.

    Her Steampunk Dark Fairytale for teens, "Innocent Darkness" will be released by Flux in August, 2012. She occupies a small corner of the West Coast where she lives with the hubby, the tot, a hermit crab, and two chickens, and is currently trying to make a ray gun to match her ball gown.

    Enrollment Information at http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclassFeb11.html

    COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members

    Coming in March 2011

    "Mauled Men, Drowned Dames and Crispy Critters; a Body Disposal Primer for Writers"

    with Jeanne Adams

    You've axed, shot or otherwise knocked off a key character in your latest book, now what? You have to do SOMETHING with the body! Find out everything you ever wanted to know and how to use minutiae of death to throw your characters together or drive them apart.

    Jeanne P. Adams knows a thing or two about getting rid of a body. She is a multi-published author of romantic suspense novels as well as a non-fiction writer and consultant with twelve years of funeral business experience.

    Check out our full list of workshop at http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html

    Want to be notified personally two weeks before each class? Be sure you're signed up for our Online Class Notices Yahoo Group! Sign up at the bottom of http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html or send a blank email to OCCRWAOnlineClassNotices-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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    Marianne Donley

    occrwaonlineclass@yahoo.com

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    The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

    Cracking the Romance Code -- Presented by Kimberly Llewellyn

    February 7, 2011 through February 25, 2011

    http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=281

    When it comes to writing the romance novel, everyone wants to know the secret handshake--there isn't one! But by understanding the romance novel's embedded core romance elements, you can unlock the code to writing a compelling story of your own. Book Sense Notable Pick recipient, author, Kimberly Llewellyn, shares how to decode the secrets to writing the quintessential romance novel and create a captivating read. At the end of this workshop you will recognize the romance codes more easily in books and incorporate them into your own writing. Also, you'll be able to speak the code with authors, agents, and editors. Lastly, Kimberly will share other authors' significant ah-ha moments and hopefully inspire some of your own.

    Audience: A good workshop for beginners looking to break into the romance genre. Also very good for those romance writers who've been writing for a while and want to take their writing to the next level by understanding the nuances of the romance code.

    Prior to the workshop: You can pick your own favorite romance novel that you've read several times; it will serve as a fun tool for you. Feel free to keep his favorite story in mind as you learn about and recognize the romance code.

    Introduction

    Review of the course: We'll start off easy and light, reviewing the basics, and then dig deeper with each new lesson using analysis and self-directed assignments.

    Lesson One

    The power of love

    What makes the language of romance writing so special?

    MSMs: A review of metaphor, simile, and motif

    Lesson Two

    Romance codes on the outside

    Analysis of cover: genre hook(s), title, artwork, back cover copy

    Lesson Three

    The A.C.E. opening: Part I

    What A.C.E. stands for in your novel's opening

    Activity of the opening and the inciting incident

    Lesson Four

    The A.C.E. opening: Part II

    Taking internal and external conflict to the next level to get the editor's attention

    Lesson Five

    The A.C.E. opening: Part III

    Attraction, romantic conflict, and resistance

    Lesson Six

    The A.C.E. opening: Part IV

    Emotion: Using deep emotional codes that captivate your reader and create a compelling read

    Lesson Seven

    Character codes: characterization and emotion techniques that go beyond a "sympathetic" character

    Code Word: H.E.R.O. What does it stand for?

    Lesson Eight

    The Romance Plot

    Key romantic plot points that make up the spine of your story

    Romance beats checklist and literary devices that serve the romance story well

    Lesson Nine

    Speaking the code to industry professionals

    Hot buttons to generate editor/agent interest

    Editorial codes: understanding an editor's or agent's needs

    WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

    HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via PayPal. The cost is $15.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time of registration.

    REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=281

    WHO: Known as "the Wedding Writer," Kimberly Llewellyn has worked with four publishing houses over the years and is the author of five contemporary novels. Currently, she writes for Berkley Books, part of Penguin. Her latest releases include two humorous comedic women's fiction novels in trade paperback, Tulle Little, Tulle Late and The Quest for the Holy Veil. Prior to these, she wrote three short contemporary romances for Avalon and Kensington and worked on nonfiction projects for Prentice Hall as a corporate writer for NAI. She's written articles for newsletters as well as the Romance Writers Report and stories for the confessions market. She gives writing workshops, in person and online, and is the author of I Want to Be an Author: Now What? (June 2010), which is geared toward new writers. She also enjoys promoting fiction for women to the media, from newspaper interviews to guest appearances on television. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in English with a c oncentration in Media Communications, she worked in the field of advertising, then in desktop publishing as a corporate writer and editor, until working full time as a novelist. Her website is: www.KimberlyLlewellyn.com

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    RWA's Mystery/Suspense Chapter is pleased to announce our COFFIN

    College of Felony and Intrigue KILLER INSTINCT online workshop for the

    month of March 2011.

    WORKSHOP: Mindful Creating: coaxing the muse to nourish your writing

    and your writing life

    CLASS DESCRIPTION: Mindful Creating aka How to get the most from your

    muse when you want it, is a month-long workshop focusing on quieting,

    focusing and working with your creative mind. You've taken your Inner

    Writer on artist dates and talked to her in morning pages; you've tried

    all the writing software and attended all the workshops. You may have

    plotted six thousand books you haven't written yet or learned to write a

    book in a month. And whatever you've done is good-but it's the dating

    and courtship stage.

    INSTRUCTOR: Mary O'Gara

    Mary O'Gara, Ph.D. is an experienced instructor, creativity coach and

    writer who has returned to C.O.F.F.I.N. with new workshops for more than

    a decade. In this workshop, Mary brings together her know-how about

    using the mind from a lifetime of studying psychic and creative

    subjects. She has been writing for pay since she was 16 and was a

    professional psychic for more than three decades.

    KILLERINSTINCT workshops encompass writing and craft topics.

    **PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 27TH day of the month PRIOR to the

    start of the COFFIN class. Cost of each Workshop is (Currently) $15.00

    US for KOD Members, $30.00 US for non-KOD Members. (RWA membership NOT

    required to take the course).

    For more information check out our website at

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    RWA's Mystery/Suspense Chapter is pleased to announce our COFFIN

    College of Felony and Intrigue MURDER ONE online Workshop for the month

    of March 2011.

    WORKSHOP: Historical Forensics

    CLASS DESCRIPTION: Today we're all familiar with the marvels of CSI,

    whether from reading mysteries or true crime or watching television

    programs and movies. But all these ways to pin the crime -- and the

    criminal -- down had to start somewhere! So where and when did it all

    begin? And what sorts of things were early forensic investigators able

    to do?

    This class will cover the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an era

    that gave birth to so many forensic techniques: fingerprints, blood

    typing, firearm's examinations, toxicology, and the expansion of the

    autopsy into the forensic arena. This will give the writer of historical

    fiction the accurate information needed and will give all crime writers

    a firm foundation for understanding the world of modern forensics.

    Dr. Doug Lyle, M.D. will lay the historic groundwork in March 2011's

    Murder One workshop, HISTORICAL FORENSICS.

    INSTRUCTOR: D.P. Lyle, MD

    The author of FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES, which won the Macavity Award and

    was nominated for an Edgar in 2005, Doug writes thrillers (Devil's

    Playground, Double Blind and Stress Fracture) as well as crime scene

    non-fiction, and has worked with writers on television shows such as Law

    and Order, CSI: Miami, Monk, House, and others.

    Website: www.dplylemd.com <http://www.dplylemd.com/>

    Blog: writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com

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    Now available: STRESS FRACTURE, a Dub Walker Thriller

    **PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 27TH day of the month PRIOR to the

    start of the COFFIN class. Cost of each workshop is (Currently) $15.00

    US for KOD Members, $30.00 US for non-KOD Members (RWA membership NOT

    required to take the course).

    For more information check out our website at

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    Check out Outreach International Romance Writer workshops!

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    MSWord For Writers

    Presented by Catherine Chant

    Dates: March 1 - 31

    Fee: OIRW Members $20 Non Members $25

    Deadline: February 26

    Course Description:

    This online workshop focuses on teaching you the aspects of the Word program that are most useful for fiction writers, and the subjects presented will help you streamline your on-screen tasks so you can think more about your story and less about what the computer is doing (or not doing).

    Included in this workshop will be:

    • Lectures on proper manuscript formatting,

    • Creating headers/footers,

    • Working with page numbers,

    • Creating a pre-formatted manuscript template that can be used on all your new book projects,

    • Customizing the toolbars,

    • Understanding and customizing the Auto-Correct feature,

    • Using the Work menu,

    • Formatting the query letter,

    • Creating a template for the query,

    • Printing envelopes,

    • Printing labels for SASEs,

    • Using Track Changes, and

    • Backing up your computer files.

    NOTE: This workshop is designed for BOTH Macintosh and PC users, and has been written for versions of Word from '97 to 2008.

    Prerequisites - A copy of MS Word and basic knowledge of how to open the program, create a file, save a file, print a file and type words on the screen (VERY basic Word commands); the lessons teach you how to use those MSWord commands related to novel writing in a step-by-step fashion.)

    Instructor Bio:

    Catherine Chant is an award-winning writer from New England. She is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

    A graduate of Boston College, she worked for fifteen years at her alma mater as a computing & communications consultant and now provides freelance web editing and design services to other writers and clients such as BC's Lynch School of Education.

    Her short fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in RWA newsletters, Characters, SchoolArts, MetroKids, Twilight Times, Apollos Lyre, eHow.com, GardenGuides.com, Overstock.com and CreativeMindAndHands.com.

    Her young adult time travel romance WISHING YOU WERE HERE was a finalist in the 2008 Golden Heart® awards. She is currently working a new young adult novel.

    Visit her online at www.catherinechant.com

    All workshops are open to everyone. You do not have to be a RWA member. You can register for the following on-line class through February 26. OIRW Members $20.00. Non Members $25.00. FMI: http://www.oirw.net/campus.htm

    Or, email Campus Coordinator, Veronica Alderson, valderson80@yahoo.com using the Subject line: OIRW ONLINE WORKSHOP.

    To find out more about our chapter, please visit us at http://www.oirw.net/index.htm

    Thank you.

    Veronica Alderson,

    OIRW Campus Coordinator

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    Dialogue That Dazzles

    Presented by Lori Wilde

    Dates: March 1 - 28

    Fee: OIRW Members $20 Non Members $25

    Deadline: February 26

    Course Description:

    Dialogue that dazzles is about creating the most exciting, compelling conversations you've ever written. Stellar dialogue can make your story leap to life the way nothing else can. If you've gotten comments from editors and agents that your dialogue is trite or stilted or dull, we've got the cure for you.

    This workshop is designed to teach you how to write fresh, natural dialogue that dazzles. You'll learn new techniques for rewriting any lines of dialogue and improving them spectacularly.

    You'll uncover secrets of incorporating these methods into your writing style. Learn how to make your dialogue stand out and dramatically increase your chances of selling your book!

    Topics covered include:

    • What is great dialogue?

    • Using dialogue to breathe life into your characters

    • Creating expressive language

    • People rarely say what they mean--subtext

    • Subtext part 2

    • Structuring dialogue to match real conversations

    • Dusting your book with dazzling dialogue

    • And much more

    Instructor Bio:

    Lori Wilde has sold fifty-two novels for four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelors degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensics. She volunteers as a sexual assault first responder for Freedom House, a shelter for battered women. She has also served as the RWA National conference workshop chair and PAN retreat chair.

    She is an instructor for a company who provides online community education to over 1500 colleges and universities. Lori is a past RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Lories, The More Than Maggie, the Golden Quill, The Laurel Wreath and The BestBooks of 2006 Book Award.

    Her books have been translated into 22 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, All You and Quick and Simple magazines. She's appeared numerous times on the Waldenbook's bestseller list, The Barnes and Noble bestseller list, Bookscan Top 40 and Ingram's Top 50. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

    Find out more: http://www.loriwilde.com/

    All workshops are open to everyone. You do not have to be a RWA member. You can register for the following on-line class through February 26. OIRW Members $20.00. Non Members $25.00. FMI: http://www.oirw.net/campus.htm

    Or, email Campus Coordinator, Veronica Alderson, valderson80@yahoo.com using the Subject line: OIRW ONLINE WORKSHOP.

    To find out more about our chapter, please visit us at http://www.oirw.net/index.htm

    Thank you.

    Veronica Alderson,

    OIRW Campus Coordinator

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    Check out LRWA's workshops!

    March 2011 – Scene CPR: Breathing Life Into Ailing Scenes With Scene Goals, Disasters & Sequels

    Presented by Laurin Wittig

    Dates: 4 – 31

    Deadline: Mar 2

    Fee: $16

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

    Course Description:

    Revision is where you get the opportunity to craft the story you've worked long and hard to draft, but do you know where to start?

    • Do you need help with Pacing?

    • Do you need help with Characterization?

    • Do you need help with Conflict?

    • Do you waver over whose Point of View a scene should be in?

    • How can you avoid head hopping yet reveal a non-point of view character's reaction?

    • How can you reveal emotion and move your plot forward all in the same scene?

    • How can you weave in motivation without slowing down the action of your story?

    Laurin Wittig will show you a simple but powerful way to turn your ailing scene into a robust part of your story with scene goals and disasters.

    She will also teach you the power of the four stage sequel and how to combine it with your scenes to create a story that keeps your readers turning the pages long into the night.

    If you've ever written a scene only to have it lie gasping for breath on the page, Scene CPR is just what you need.

    Instructor Bio:

    Laurin Wittig, award winning, multi-published author of Scottish historical romance novels, has 20+ years of experience in the writing business as an author, a critiquer, and a teacher of creative writing. Laurin has recently republished her backlist books digitally. She also provides professional critiques for both published and aspiring authors through Between the Lines Critiques.

    Laurin can be found on-line at LaurinWittig.com, BTLCritiques.com, @LaurinWittig on Twitter, and on Facebook.

    You can register for the following on-line class through March 2. Each class is $16.

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAR

    Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

    Thank you.

    Hope Candieas,

    LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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    Check out LRWA's workshops!

    March 2011 – How To Design And Teach An Online Workshop, Two Weeks

    Presented by Catherine Chant

    Dates: 6 – 18

    Deadline: Mar 2

    Fee: $16

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

    Course Description:

    This two-week workshop begins with an overview of why you would want to create and teach an online workshop, and covers these topics:

    • Developing a workshop topic

    • Identifying your audience

    • Designing a lesson plan

    • Interacting with your students

    • Designing exercises for your students

    • Your workshop proposal

    • Technical aspects of online teaching (e.g. Yahoogroups)

    At the end of this workshop you will have a basic outline of your course and the first draft of a proposal ready to polish and send out to workshop coordinators.

    Instructor Bio:

    Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her short fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in RWA newsletters, CharacterS, SchoolArts, MetroKids, Twilight Times, Apollos Lyre, Crochet World, GardenGuides.com and Overstock.com. Her young adult time travel romance WISHING YOU WERE HERE was a finalist in the 2008 Golden Heart® awards. She is currently working a new young adult novel, writing how-to articles for Demand Studios, and offering knitting/crochet advice and instruction at creativemindandhands.com.

    A graduate of Boston College, Catherine worked for fifteen years at her alma mater as a computing & communications consultant. She now provides freelance web editing and design services to other writers and clients such as BC's Lynch School of Education. While working at BC, she designed and gave many training courses on technology subjects. Since joining RWA in 2003, she has served four years as the Workshops chairperson (or co-chair) for FTHRW, an online chapter that offers 12 workshops a year to their 300+ members as well as non-member registrants. Catherine has also been giving her own workshop, MSWord for Writers, to RWA chapters several times a year since 2006 and began giving a new workshop "Principles of Good Website Design for Writer" in 2010.

    You can find out more about Catherine at her website: http://www.catherinechant.com

    You can register for the following on-line class through March 2. Each class is $16.

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAR

    Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

    Thank you.

    Hope Candieas,

    LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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    Check out LRWA's workshops!

    March 2011 – Before You Hit Send: Self-Editing for Published and Unpublished Authors

    Presented by Angela James

    Dates: 4 – 31

    Deadline: Mar 2

    Fee: $16

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

    ***Limited to 20 Students***

    Course Description:

    Join Angela James for a three week workshop as she shares some of the common pitfalls she's seen in submissions and contest entries. This workshop is limited to the first 20 students. Instructions for joining Angela's exclusive workshop will be sent prior to class start.

    She'll give you:

    • Ideas, Tips and Tricks for Polishing and Self-Editing Your Manuscript

    Discuss things such as:

    • Dialogue Tags

    • Whether all forms of "to be" are really evil and

    • Just what you're doing to your life expectancy with your use of that exclamation point

    The course, updated and enhanced from its 2010 version, will guide you from the basics of self-editing and grammar in a clear, conversational manner with examples, to more advanced topics such as show versus tell and passive voice.

    Through it all, Angela will be available for clarification and questions in order to help you on your way to a cleaned-up manuscript and understanding the basics of editing your manuscript.

    Instructor Bio:

    Executive editor of Carina Press, Harlequin's digital-first imprint, and veteran of the digital publishing industry, Angela James is a well-known advocate for digital publishing. James has enjoyed a long and varied career in digital publishing, including launching and serving as executive editor for Samhain Publishing. James frequently travels to regional, national and international writing conferences to meet with authors and readers, and present workshops on digital publishing for both authors and readers of all genres of fiction.

    You can read more about Angela at her website: www.nicemommy-evileditor.com

    You can register for the following on-line class through March 2. Each class is $16.

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAR

    Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

    Thank you.

    Hope Candieas,

    LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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    March 2011 – Writing for Category

    Presented by Nina Bruhns

    Dates: 7 – 18

    Deadline: Mar 5

    Fee: $16

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

    Course Description:

    To successfully write category romance takes a special set of skills. Those who do it well make it look deceptively easy. But in fact, it is not. There are very specific guidelines, and a language all its own. Those who don't understand the basics of the genre can find themselves frustrated by rejections, often for manuscripts with no discernible flaws. What gives? Is there a secret Harlequin handshake, or what?

    Join award-winning author Nina Bruhns as she reveals the keys to writing for category romance.

    Instructor Bio:

    Longtime organizer of the LRWA Beach Retreat events, bestselling romantic thriller writer Nina Bruhns has published over twenty-five novels to date, of which nearly two million copies have been sold, and been translated into a half dozen languages. Best known for her vivid settings, unique characters, and page-turning plot twists, Nina writes romantic thrillers for Berkley Publishing (Penguin/Putnam), and romantic suspense as well as paranormal romance for Silhouette Books. She also pens erotic romance for Berkley Heat under the pseudonym Nikita Black.

    Ms. Bruhns is the recipient of numerous awards for her books, including three prestigious Daphne du Maurier Awards of Excellence for Overall Best Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year, five Dorothy Parker Awards, and a National Readers Choice Award, along with two Rita nominations, just to name a few.

    Read more about Nina at her website: http://www.ninabruhns.com/

    You can register for the following on-line class through March 5. Each class is $16.

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAR

    Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

    Thank you.

    Hope Candieas,

    LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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    Check out LRWA's workshops!

    March 2011 – The Art of the Eight-Second Pitch

    Presented by Jeannie Eddy

    Dates: 4 – 31

    Deadline: Mar 2

    Fee: $16

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

    Course Description:

    Writers today need to be able to overcome the economic obstacles to sell their books and themselves with fast and compelling pitches.

    1990s entrepreneurs called the short "ads" elevator pitches, able to be presented during an elevator ride – which might be the only time you can get with the agent or editor of your dreams. Every writer needs one and that's what this class is for. I'll help you develop and hone your pitch so when someone says, "what do you write?" you can catch their interest with the right words and ideas.

    Instructor Bio:

    Jeannie Eddy is a writer and freelance editor (book doctor) who has worked with many small presses and writers to help hone manuscripts into saleable books. She donates a read of a partial every year for the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction (in May), and spends her spare time editing court transcripts and grading English papers. She also coordinates pitch sessions at many national and regional conferences.

    You can register for the following on-line class through March 2. Each class is $16.

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAR

    Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

    Thank you.

    Hope Candieas,

    LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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    MARCH 2011

    PITCH LIKE A PRO FOR WRITERS (includes Editor pitch session)

    INSTRUCTOR: Kerri Nelson

    WHEN: Mar. 1 to Mar. 29

    WORKSHOP:

    Want to practice your pitch for an upcoming pitch session to an agent or editor? Need help refining your pitch to include in a query letter? Well, practice makes perfect!

    Sign on for this handy four week pitch practice workshop, taught by multi-published romantic suspense author, Kerri Nelson.

    *During class you'll get to practice pitches for up to 2 different novels AND at the end of class you'll have the opportunity to pitch before a real acquiring EDITOR from a major publisher!*

    Over the past five years, Kerri has pitched more than thirty different books in every imaginable genre (from erotica to young adult) to multiple agents and editors with a tremendous success rate for follow-up requests for both partial and full manuscripts. She has sold fourteen novels and novellas in the last eighteen months after perfecting her pitch process!

    In this intensive interactive course, Kerri offers up the secrets to nailing your pitch, how to score a home run with editors, and how not to stop short of getting the results you want!

    Start the year off right with the book contract you've been waiting for!

    Students from prior classes have sold 3 book deals to Sourcebooks, been offered representation by agents, and many other successes after perfecting their pitch with me.

    ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

    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 currently lives in the sunny south with her romance inspiring husband and her adorable children. When she's not reading or writing, you'll find her baking homemade goodies for her family. Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Writers.

    In addition, Kerri has been contracted to publish fourteen books with six different publishers in multiple genres. She continues to pitch both live and online to agents and editors on a monthly basis and has received requests for nearly one hundred percent of her pitches! Check out her website at: www.kerrinelson.com

    www.KerriNelson.com

    Romance so good, it should be illegal...

    Vegan Moon Now Available from Eternal Press

    REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

    Cost for the workshop is $15 for NEORWA members, $20 for all others. You do not have to be an RWA member to take our workshops!

    REGISTRATION CUT-OFF IS THE DAY BEFORE THE WORKSHOP STARTS. Once registered, you will be subscribed to the workshop loop prior to and for the duration of the class.

    For more information, please email Cathy Matuszak If you are using a web email and the link doesn't work for you, send the email to neorwaonline "at" gmail "dot" com. Or visit our website at www.neorwa.com and click on the link for Online Workshops.

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    DREAMIN' IN DALLAS 2011 April1st and 2nd

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    Keynote Speakers: NYT Bestselling Authors: AllisonBrennan and Richelle

    Mead

    OUTSTANDINGWORKSHOP PRESENTERS:

    * Highly-sought-after editing guru and psychologist - Margie Lawson

    * NYT Bestselling Suspense Author - Allison Brennan

    * NYT Bestselling author of the Vampire Academyseries for young adults -

    Richelle Mead

    * Dean Lorey -author of Nightmare Academy children's series& TV

    Screenwriter on My Wife and Kids and Arrested Development

    * USA Bestselling author of YA and Historical Romance - Lorraine Heath

    * USAand NYT Bestselling Regency author - JuliaLondon

    * Bestselling, award-winning author - Jo Davis

    * Fantasy author of the acclaimed Redheaded Stepchildseries - Jaye Wells

    AGENTS andEDITORS:

    * Allison Lyons, Editor- Harlequin

    * Amanda Bergeron, Editor- Avon

    * Kerry Donovan, Editor- NAL

    * Beth Miller, Agent- Writers House

    * Lucienne Diver, Agent- The Knight Agency

    * Suzie Townsend, Agent- Fineprint Literary Agency

    Join us April 1st at 7:00 pm at the Doubletree Inn as wekick off the

    Dreamin' in Dallasconference with a MULTI-AUTHORBOOKSIGNING. This event

    is FREE and open to the public. A portion of theproceeds will benefit

    the Scottish Rite Children's Library.

    SPECIAL FRIDAYWORKSHOP FOR REGISTERED ATTENDEES: Join us Friday, April

    1st at 9:00pm as Margie Lawson presents her thrillingworkshop: TICK,

    TOCK, KILL: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF A KILLER MIND

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    First Coast Romance Writers announces an action-packed event:

    The Annual Southern Lights Conference - Light Up Your Career!

    March 12, 2011

    Special Guest Speaker: New York Times Best-selling author CL Wilson

    Featured Agent: Emmanuelle Morgan, Judith Erlich Literary Management

    Featured Editor: Tessa Woodward of Avon

    Featured FCRW Author: Award-winning Harlequin author, Renee Ryan

    Featured Local Author: Award-winning author and regional director of the Florida Writer’s Association, Vic DiGenti

    A full day of workshops, industry panels, optional pitch appointments, critique raffles, and lunch.

    Conference Location

    Jacksonville Marriott Hotel

    4670 Salisbury Rd.

    Jacksonville, FL 32250

    1-904-296-2222

    Early bird registration is now open!

    Fees (full lunch included):

    Early bird registration by Jan. 31st - $75 members, $95 non-members

    Regular registration - $90 members, $110 non-members

    See http://www.firstcoastromancewriters.com/ for more information and to register.

    Questions? Email conference@firstcoastromancewriters.com

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

    2011 Online Workshop.

    http://www.dunesanddreams.org/writing-workshops

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

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    March 1ST – 29TH

    WARDROBES, WEAPONS, WARBLINGS AND WORDS:

    Shopping, Entertainment, and Slang for Your Historical Characters

    Presenter, Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson

    To get the right feel in a historical novel, it’s all about stage setting,

    looking right, sounding right, and having the right “water cooler” chit chat

    for the people who traipse through your historical landscape. Can you trust

    what you’ve read elsewhere? Maybe, maybe not. So how do you decide what you

    need BEYOND the plot? And where do you go to find it?

    Those are exactly the questions that this workshop addresses.

    In fact, we go looking FOR dresses! Yes, shopping with your heroine is the

    first thing on the list, whether she needs to don farthingales or those

    frisky little flapper frocks. We’ll spend a full week searching out

    everything the well prepared heroine might need.

    Then during week two, we pry the hero away from napping in a comfy haystack

    or armchair and trail after him as he roams through gun shops, smith’s

    forges (for swords, knives), armament rooms (maces, axes, armour, shields,

    bows and arrows), and then looks over the available carriages from horse

    drawn to snappy 1920s motor cars. He shouldn’t mind this sort of shopping.

    But historicals of any kind are not ALL dire events to be dressed right to

    endure, be they ballrooms or battlefields. No, characters like to be

    entertained as well, so we’ll look at entertainments, songs, musical

    instruments, poetry, paintings, plays, games of chance and dances for

    flirtation. And while our characters chat each other up we’ll make sure they

    drop a few words to tell readers they aren’t in the 21st century anymore, so

    we’ll use appropriate slang or phrasing or words that can be slipped into

    conversations.

    And we’ll do all that in four short weeks.

    Instructor Bio: Presenter Beth Daniels is the author of six historical

    novels (and 20 other non-historical novels) and holds a BA in History and a

    MA in English Composition and Rhetoric. She is also a researchoholic, and

    not only will share sources but issue Challenges (otherwise known as

    Assignments) to send participants off each week to ferret out their

    characters’ most necessary accoutrements, build era perfect party mixes, and

    quip the most atrociously amusing fribbles.

    The workshop caters to pre-published, minimally-published and

    multi-published writers looking for a way to lift their historical novel out

    of the ordinary run of things. Participants don’t need a work-in-progress,

    but do need at least a hero and heroine who will appear opposite each other

    in a forthcoming tale.

    The time periods covered will be basically Renaissance/Elizabethan through

    the 1920s, but those looking to deck out early to late medieval characters

    are welcome as well.

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    *DATE*: March 1 - 29

    Registration deadline is February 27th.

    *PLACE**: Dunes & Dreams RWA Workshop Yahoo Loop*

    Registrants will receive a yahoo invitation to the workshop several days

    before the workshop begins to allow ample time to accept it. Please notify

    the coordinators if you have do not receive your invite before the class

    begins.

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

    paypal or checks)

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

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

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

    of the

    applicant's choosing.

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

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

    future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

    Hope to see you in class!

    Registration form and more information:

    http://www.dunesanddreams.org/writing-workshops or

    email the coordinators at workshops.ddrwa@gmail.com

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    What I Wish I'd Done Before I Published

    PRO Recommended

    Dates: February 7-21, 2011

    San Diego RWA

    In this workshop, Ann will cover the essentials for career building, promo

    and marketing are a lot of it, but it's more on how to get started,

    resources and ideas for setting up a website, social networking sites, media kit,

    career planning, organization, etc

    R. Ann Siracusa

    _R. ANN SIRACUSA _ (http://www.rannsiracusa.com/) is involved in many

    activities, but her two favorite are traveling the world and writing fiction.

    This talented author combines those loves into novels which transport

    readers to exotic settings and immerse them in romance, intrigue, and foreign

    cultures.

    Ann lives in San Diego, California, and writes full time. She has been

    active in Romance Writers of America since 1985 and recently served two terms

    as Co-president of the San Diego RWA Chapter. Her first novel was

    published in 2008, and since then Sapphire Blue Publishing has released four more

    works.check out FMI

    _http://www.rwasd.com/training/index.html_

    (http://www.rwasd.com/training/index.html)

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    Mid-Willamette Valley RWA Presents:

    Our March 2011 online class:

    World-Building for Writers

    Taught by Rebecca Lynn

    Description: A world-building course focusing on all facets of

    fictional writing, not just on fantasy and paranormal books.

    Historical fiction and contemporary genre fiction writers need to

    know how to world-build, as well. World-building, at its foundation,

    is about incorporating details into narrative. This class will start

    with the basic building blocks of a world (whether known or invented)

    and move toward the integration of research and worldbuilding into

    narrative fiction.

    Week One: You Are God - The building blocks of fictional worlds; the

    two main methods of world-building.

    Week Two: The Genesis Effect - Organizing and ordering your fictional

    world; resources for world-building in genres.

    Week Three: Hobbits and iPods and Claymores, Oh My - Integrity in

    your fictional world; dissecting student examples.

    Week Four: Writer as Weaver - Integrating world-building details into

    narrative and dialogue.

    BIO

    Rebecca Lynn took an MFA in Creative Writing and an undergraduate

    degree in Linguistics and Literature, and has taught both writing and

    literature courses on the collegiate level. She has published short

    fiction as well as some short non-fiction, and academic articles.

    Class runs from 3/1/2011 to 3/31/2011. Cost is $20 for MWV RWA

    members and $25 for non-members.

    See http://www.midwillamettevalleyrwa.com/online.classes.htm for details

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    Online Workshop: Free Your Muse!

    Instructor: Calista Fox (aka Ava McKnight)

    Date: March 1-April 12, 2011

    Sponsor: Desert Rose RWA

    Description:

    Do you have a story to tell? With the amazing impact technology has had on

    the publishing industry, now is the perfect time to write that story and get

    it sold! Multi-published and award-winning author Calista Fox (aka Ava

    McKnight) is conducting a six-week, online writing course that will cover

    creative writing mechanics, plot development, characterization, dialogue,

    writing voice, self-editing and publishing.

    Instructor Bio:

    Multi-published, award-winning author Calista Fox (aka Ava McKnight) began

    her professional fiction-writing career in 2005, following an exciting

    career in PR, where she specialized in writing speeches and Congressional

    testimonies. Her books have received rave reviews, and she has won several

    contests with publication as the prize. She is also the recipient of Romance

    Reviews Today's Best Book of 2008 for its category and a Reviewer's Choice

    Award for Best Sci-Fi Erotic Novella. In 2007, Calista's paranormal romance,

    One Wish, helped to launch the e-publishing venture for print publisher Red

    Sage Publishing, Inc. She is a college graduate and avid vacationer. She has

    traveled the country many times over by Lear and Gulfstream jets (thanks to

    the PR gig), always with her laptop in tow to capture intriguing story

    elements and locales! <http://www.calistafox.com/> www.calistafox.com and

    <http://www.avamcknight.blogspot.com/> www.avamcknight.blogspot.com

    Fee: $30 DR Members; $40 All Others.

    FMI: <http://www.drworkshops.com/> www.drworkshops.com Or email

    <mailto:workshops@drworkshops.com> workshops@drworkshops.com

    Thank you,

    Helen King

    Desert Rose Workshops Coordinator

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    Elements of RWA Online Workshops

    http://www.elementsofrwa.com/workshops.html

    A writer can be trapped by their own sensory preferences or they can

    use it to create unique characters and believable conflict.

    March 7 - 25, 2011

    Power of the Senses: Enhancing Author's Voice, Characterization, and

    Conflict

    by Bill Haggart

    REGISTRATION ENDS March 2nd

    Non-members $20; Elements Members $12

    To register for this workshop, click here.

    Description: Each of us have our own unique way of learning, and

    part of that style involves which senses we favor in experiencing the

    world—even how we write and how we love. Everyone prefers one sense

    over the other four: Kinesthetic, Tactual, Auditory, and Visual.

    Those preferences shape a writer’s voice, brand, writing processes as

    well as the characters they create. How their novel's conflict and

    romance develops depends on how their characters learn. In this

    interactive workshop, Participants will:

    1. Identify their own sensory preferences with a short profile,

    discovering how sensory preferences affect their behavior. This

    includes their own writing processes.

    2. Explore how sensory preferences influence a writer’s voice and Brand.

    As romance writer Virginia Kendra observes: “This is part of author

    voice. Our choices of significant, specific details awaken our

    readers to what it is we see” —or hear, feel or do. Our choices

    depend in part on our preferences. We will examine the writing of

    well-know authors to illustrate this aspect of the author's voice, as

    well as developing your unique brand.

    3. Examine how sensory preferences can help a writer decide how to

    use the senses, actually deepening a character's POV. Julia Ross

    observed, “Even when a scene is deeply emotional and full of sensory

    input, it’s often more powerful to limit the character’s awareness to

    just one or two senses at a time.” Sensory Preferences reveals

    these sense choices naturally, enhancing characterization.

    Participants will practice creating distinctive characters and deep

    POVs with learning styles.

    4. Learn how to differentiate Author Voice from the characters' POV.

    This includes all aspects of their novel, from first meet, attraction

    and learning to love, conflict, sexual desire and satisfaction, as

    well as how conflict is resolved.

    5. Explore how sensory preferences can enhance believable conflict.

    Any conflict begins with the senses. Examples will demonstrate what

    readers know intuitively—the simplest things count. Including

    learning preferences can make conflicts between characters far more

    real and dynamic. Throughout the course, activities will be provided

    for writers to practice with the methods offered, including feedback

    from the instructor.

    Bio: Bill Haggart has been an educator for over thirty years. He has

    been a teacher, an educational trainer, consultant and executive

    with a national training company. He now heads up his own consulting

    business, Insights & Innovations. He has presented to over 180,000

    educators nationwide and worked with over 400 schools and

    organizations. He is the creator of the Kaleidoscope Profiles, a

    popular learning styles inventory. He is also the author of several

    educational books and articles. He has been a member of RWA since

    1998, as well as a terrific local group, the Sacramento Valley Rose.

    He has won and placed in nearly a dozen contests such as 'The Molly'

    and 'Suzannah' and "The Merritt" with both his contemporary, time-

    travel and Regency novels. A member of the Beau Monde since 2000,

    Bill presented at their conference in New York in 2002 and 2006. This

    workshop, “The Power of the Senses; Enhancing Author's Voice,

    Characterization, and Conflict” has been well-received by several

    writing groups, including The Sacramento Valley Rose. A history

    major, he particularly loves the Napoleonic war period and the

    Regency. He began reading historical romances decades ago, and

    finally decided to write them, after being encouraged by Joy, his

    partner and heroine for the last thirty-eight years. She is also a

    fantastic teacher. Bill has two terrific sons, Sean and Cory. Sean is

    an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, CA. The

    Mars Rovers have parts created by him. Cory is a marketing and public

    relations consultant in Ottawa, Canada. He critiques all of his

    father’s manuscripts. They both are models for my heroes. The real

    homeowners, an Australian Shepard mix named Nikki and a feline,

    Kitty, also are inspirations for characters in his books.

  8. Everything you want to know about Digital Publishing but are afraid to ask, or not sure of the right questions. This is the class for you.

    *****Permission Granted to Forward*****

    The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA Presents

    ***February Class #2***

    Digital Publishing

    Class takes place: February 14th - February 27th, 2011

    Cost: $15 BDRWA members/ $20 non-members

    Digital Publishing

    Instructor: Claire Ashgrove

    Class Info:

    Digital Publishing -- How did we get here, and is it right for me? Join Claire Ashgrove for an in depth look on the origins of digital publishing, the differences and similarities between digital and standard print presses, and an analysis of benefits and drawbacks to signing with an electronic house.

    Instructor's Bio:

    Contemporary and paranormal romance author, Claire Ashgrove, spent most of her life writing, in one form or the other. In 2008 she left the corporate world to pursue her favorite past time - writing the romance novel full time, and has since sold several titles. Active with her Missouri RWA chapters, she's held the office of Vice President, coordinated programs, guided critique groups, judged countless contest entries, and presented various workshops within the chapters. Additionally, under a different hat, she edits for a major digital publishing house and has offered guidance to aspiring authors who later went on to achieve publication.

    Find Claire at: www.claireashgrove.com

    For more info: www.bdrwa.com click on online classes

    Or contact mrsgodiva@comcast.net

  9. I think I'm all caught up now. :)

    If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact the workshop coordinators.

    Thanks.

    . ALL DAY WORKSHOP: Bob Mayer's Warrior Writer Workshop May 21st St. L

    Posted by: "Amanda Berry"

    Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:22 am (PST)

    *******PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND APPRECIATED*******

    WARRIOR WRITER WORKSHOP presented by Bob Mayer

    Sponsored by Missouri Romance Writers (MORWA)

    WHEN: May 21, 2011 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Drury Plaza Chesterfield, MO (STL)

    COST: (includes box lunch): $25 MORWA members (as of 10/31/10),

    $45 non-MORWA members

    Link to register: http://morwa.org/workshop_intro.htm

    Warrior-Writer is a one-of-a-kind Workshop focusing on you, the author. In

    the Warrior-Writer Workshop, Bob Mayer applies the battle-tested strategies

    of the Green Berets to the world of being a New York Times Best-Selling

    author. He's taught thousands of writers over the years, but this new and

    innovative program probes deeper than words on the page. It is designed to

    teach you, the writer, how to think, plan, and become the future best

    sellers in the new age of publishing. The benefits you'll gain from this

    workshop will extend far beyond your writing and reach into all areas of

    your life making dreams a reality.

    During the Warrior Writer Workshop, you will:

    . Develop an overall strategy for change and success. Specific tactics you

    can apply immediately.

    . Clearly define your writing goals and help you understand why you want to

    achieve them.

    . Examine your surroundings and discover those assets that will aid you in

    achieving desired goals.

    . Identify potential threats and help guide you around those barriers.

    . Locate your blind spot, the part of your character that hinders you from

    being as creative as you can be.

    . Discover what you fear and how that fear could be sabotaging you from

    turning your dreams into realities.

    . Overcome procrastination.

    . Finish what you start.

    . Be consistent in your work.

    . Set boundaries for work space and time.

    . Achieve more than you ever thought possible.

    FMI: Visit MORWA's website www.morwa.org <http://www.morwa.org/> or

    contact Event Coordinator Megan

    Kelly at megankellybooks@att.net <mailto:megankellybooks@att.net>

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    4a. BDRWA Chapter Online Class #1 for February 2011

    Posted by: "mrsgodiva"mrsgodiva2000

    Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:50 pm (PST)

    Still time to sign up. Class starts Monday.

    Was your New Year's resolution to learn to tell a better story? This is the class for you.

    *****Permission Granted to Forward*****

    The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA Presents

    ***February Class #1***

    StoryTelling and FolkTales

    Class takes place: January 31st - February 27th, 2011

    Cost: $20 BDRWA members/ $25 non-members

    Storytelling and Folk Tales

    Instructor: Masha Holl

    Class Info:

    Old-World Storytelling, Old-Fashioned Structure

    Before there was Joseph Campbell, there was Vladimir Propp, and before Propp, there were the storytellers themselves. What can we learn from them?

    Translating it to modern tales

    How we tell our tales

    Story is still everything (without a plot you don't have a book)

    A story well told will get you read again (the art of writing)

    Knowing your audience

    Professional writers

    Structure and expectations (the HEA in romance)

    Instructor's Bio:

    Masha Holl was raised on magic tales, Russian literature, Mozart, Verdi, and French cuisine. Today, she writes romantic science fiction and fantasy-that's werewolves, spaceships, and alien universes-to the sounds of Metal Rock. Romance brought her to America, so expect love and happy endings in her stories.

    Her novella The Brightest Heaven and her short story The Joining are available now from The Wild Rose Press.

    Masha Holl also offers online workshops and web services for writers. Look her up on the web at www.MashaHoll.com and www.OtterCreations.com

    For more info: www.bdrwa.com click on online classes

    Or contact mrsgodiva@comcast.net

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    5. Workshop: It's not too late to sign up! Lowcountry RWA February On

    Posted by: "alde02"alde02

    Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:37 pm (PST)

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    Check out LRWA's workshops!

    February 2011 – Puzzling Out the "Necessary" Bits

    Presented by Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane

    Dates: 4 – 25

    Deadline: Feb 2

    Fee: $16.00

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

    Course Description:

    Have you gotten rejection after rejection on manuscripts that your beta readers love but editors quibble over. You know the kind of rejection: "Love your writing style but the story just isn't right for us."

    As nice as the compliment was, what you really want is a contract, right? So what the heck was missing or wrong to make the story not "right" for the publisher?

    This is the workshop where we dig into what's being published to find the elements that slipped from our grasp before and make note them for inclusion in current or future projects.

    The one thing students will be required to have are one or two books in the same genre that they really love. Books written by other authors, that is. These can be two by the same author or they can be by different authors. Why do we need them? Because they are going to serve as the treasure map, the mine to be plundered. From the elements gathered from these stories a personal format for use in our own books will be built.

    Some of the things we'll look at are:

    • Characters

    • Settings

    • Professions

    • Technology

    • Detail

    • Backstory

    • Tension Level

    • Comedy Level

    • Rise And Fall Of Action

    • Heat Level Of Love Scenes

    • Dialogue/Language

    And anything else that appears pertinent based on what style and what genre each student is working within.

    The class will run four weeks with lectures and/or assignments posted on Mondays and Wednesdays. Comments from the instructor on posted questions or completed assignments would be answered prior to the next Monday's lecture.

    This class is for unpublished and newly published writers and for those interested in switching genres or the style of story within a genre.

    Instructor Bio:

    Beth Daniels currently writes as Beth Henderson and J.B. Dane, though she answered to Lisa Dane and Beth Cruise in the past as well. She has worked with editors at Berkley, Zebra, Leisure, Harlequin/Silhouette, and Simon and Schuster's Aladdin Paperbacks, done e-books for a now defunct company (not her fault, she says), and began her writing life with hardcover books slated for library use with a publisher that got out of the romance business (again, not her fault). More recently she's had a number of articles about writing picked up by e-zines, saw a short story published in a mystery and suspense magazine that turned up its toes the next year (really, really not her fault), and has a story in the MOTHER GOOSE IS DEAD anthology slated for publication by Dragon Moon Press in 2010.

    For over a dozen years Beth taught college level composition, both in the classroom and online, and a credit course on Novel Writing. Five of her former Novel class students are now published.

    Twenty-six of Beth's manuscripts have appeared in print or e-book format. These have been historical romantic adventures (6), romantic comedies (10), romantic-suspense (3), and young adult romantic comedy (7). Her titles have appeared in 12 different languages in over 20 countries. At the moment she is working on various manuscripts and attempting a collaboration with another RWA member on a contemporary/fantasy/romantic adventure. She also ventured into self-publishing to keep her out-of-print backlist in print, but previous e-books in print, and in frustration, to move beyond a manuscript she'd been reworking for editors for a decade with no bites, released a previously unpublished historical romantic adventure set in the American West.

    She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and an active member and volunteer with the Kiss of Death Online romantic suspense chapter

    Read more about Beth at her website: www.RomanceAndMystery.com

    You can register for the following on-line class through February 2. Each class is $16.

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB

    Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

    Thank you.

    Hope Candieas,

    LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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    Check out LRWA's workshops!

    February 2011 – Dialogue Workshop

    Presented by Laurie Sanders

    Dates: 4 – 25

    Deadline: Feb 2

    Fee: $16.00

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

    Course Description:

    The romance genre is a unique genre. It's different from other genres because readers of romance don't read to find out how the story ends. We know when we pick up a romance novel that the story ends with the hero living happily ever after. That much is specified by the genre (at least according to RWA specifications.)

    Instead, readers of romance read romance because they want to experience (vicariously through the characters) meeting someone special and falling in love.

    The dialogue between characters is one of the primary ways that authors create the chemistry between characters that make readers follow them from initial meeting to happy ever after ending. If the dialogue between the characters is flat and unexciting the love story between the characters will also be flat and unexciting.

    Dialogue is more than just the words spoken verbally between the characters. Dialogue also encompasses the non-verbal actions, facial expressions, and so on that make the dialogue not just auditory but also visual.

    In this workshop, we will cover the basics of dialogue:

    • How to write and punctuate dialogue

    • Giving each character a unique voice

    • The differences between male and female dialogue

    • How dialogue changes based on emotional mood of the scene

    • How to maintain deep point of view through dialogue passages where viewpoint often drifts or becomes shallow

    • Why it's better break dialogue into small segments

    • How to tag dialogue for added strength

    • The ten keys to super strong dialogue

    Instructor Bio:

    Laurie Sanders

    CEO/Editor Black Velvet Seductions Publishing

    Laurie Sanders has a passion for creating. She realized that though she loved the raw process of creating characters and stories from scratch she also enjoyed working with authors to strengthen and perfect their stories.

    Her need to create began in elementary school and into high school. Her love of the romance genre continued and blossomed when she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and found a small group of friends who were also aspiring authors. The group founded the Heart of Iowa Fiction Authors, an RWA chapter. Laurie served as newsletter editor for the group until an out of state move necessitated giving up that post. Years continued to pass and Laurie remained creative, her passion to create turning away from writing and toward quilting for a while.

    In 2004, Laurie's focus returned to writing when she discovered that the romance industry had changed dramatically. The erotic romance genre had been born and that genre, with its greater creative freedom was a genre that Laurie was eager to write in. She began a new book, this one an erotic romance with a sweet, emotional edge. Her story had the deep characters and heavy backstory that she liked in the more traditional romance novels she read but also included more eroticism than traditional publishers were allowing at that time.

    Laurie began researching the possibility of creating her own publishing company. Much research later, she approached her husband, a business analyst by trade, with the idea. Her husband Orville who has been a steadfast supporter of all of Laurie's creative endeavors was very supportive of this idea too and encouraged her to move forward. Plans were made, a name for the company was chosen, the company was incorporated, and then Laurie turned a new corner in her life of creative endeavor.

    In March of 2008, Laurie finally released the book, which was the original impetus for Black Velvet Seductions when she released His Perfect Submissive under her pen name Alyssa Aaron.

    Laurie continues to serve as both CEO and Editor-in-Chief at Black Velvet Seductions bringing her creative energy and vision to both roles. She is also hard at work on her second erotic romance novel A Dominant's Regret.

    Read more about Laurie and Black Velvet Seductions at her website: http://www.blackvelvetseductions.com/

    You can register for the following on-line class through February 2. Each class is $16.

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB

    Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

    Thank you.

    Hope Candieas,

    LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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    Check out LRWA's workshops!

    February 2011 – Web Design – It's More Than Just Being On The Internet

    Presented by Florina Craven

    Dates: 4 – 25

    Deadline: Feb 2

    Fee: $16.00

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

    Course Description:

    Web design does not have to be for pros only. In this class both pro and newbies alike will learn what it takes to have a good web site and why it's important to have one in the first place. We won't be discussing only how to make a website but will be creating an entire branding plan of action.

    We'll cover the basics for creating your own website:

    • How to register a domain name

    • Hosting options

    • Laying out the site template

    • Build the menu structure

    • Branding

    • Learn elements that will give your site a professional edge

    • Create an appealing design that fits your lifestyle, book or business with graphics and color

    • WYSIWYG – HTML, Dreamweaver, CSS What are they?

    Create your website from scratch with the guidance of the instructor and inputs from other class participants.

    You can register for the following on-line class through February 2. Each class is $16.

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB

    Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

    Thank you.

    Hope Candieas,

    LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

    * * * Permission To Forward Granted and Appreciated! * * *

    Check out LRWA's workshops!

    Writing Sex: A Guide for Love Scene Virgins

    Presented by Patricia Mason

    Dates: February 4 – 25

    Deadline: February 2

    Fee: $16.00

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

    Course Description:

    Writing about sex can be a nightmare especially if you're a love scene novice. So should we just ignore them and avoid the pain? Definitely not! A romance will fall flat if the love scenes don't convince your readers that the hero and heroine are really in love…or at least lust.

    Topics will include:

    • Finding your inspiration or love scene muse

    • Describing the "mechanics" of body movement so the scene zings with action and doesn't read like tab A is being inserted into slot B

    • Plotting the placement of love scenes for maximum impact

    • Using tricks to infuse your scene with tension and emotion

    This interactive online workshop will provide exercises designed to take you from love scene "virgin" to "professional" for genres spanning from sweet to erotic. You will have the opportunity to share portions of your WIP and/or writing exercise assignments with the online class group (or privately with the instructor) for feedback and constructive critique.

    Instructor Bio:

    Patricia Mason is the author of A GIRL, A GUY AND A GHOST, and SACRIFICE IN STONE from Ellora's Cave. Patricia Mason was an attorney for many years in Michigan before she escaped from the snowy Midwest winters of her youth by moving to a beautiful, historic city of Savannah, Georgia in 2001 to pursue her dream of being a novelist. She is hard at work on her next novel IN DEEP SHITAKE.

    Read more about Patricia at her website: www.patriciamason.net.

    You can register for the following on-line class through February 2. Each class is $16.

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB

    Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

    Thank you.

    Hope Candieas,

    LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

    * * * Permission To Forward Granted and Appreciated! * * *

    Check out LRWA's workshops!

    February 2011 – Going Deep: Creating an Unbreakable Connection Between Your Characters and Readers

    Presented by Toni Andrews

    Dates: 4 – 25

    Deadline: Feb 2

    Fee: $16.00

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

    Course Description:

    Have you ever gotten so caught up in a book that you stayed up all night to finish it? Did you ever fail to hear the phone ringing because you were so absorbed in your reading? Chances are, it was because you had made a connection with the characters, and you couldn't stop turning the pages until you found out what happened to them.

    We all want to write stories that pull readers in, bond them to characters, and forge relationships that will last to the end of the book. To do that, you must master three basic elements:

    • Point of View,

    • Character Voice, and

    • Showing vs. Telling.

    In this workshop, you'll learn how, handled properly, these three elements can be combined to make your writing more powerful and emotionally rich.

    You'll master simple, easy to understand techniques to identify the issues that are pull the readers out of the story and sever their connection to the characters, and easy ways to eliminate those issues.

    When you're done, you'll be astonished to see how your characters—and their scenes—come to life!

    Special Workshop Bonus: In addition to being a multi-published author, Toni Andrews is also a professional book doctor. For the first twenty participants to sign up only, Toni will perform a manuscript analysis of their first five pages, a service which normally costs $25 through Book Rx.

    The course will be broken down into six lessons, each with a corresponding exercise.

    Introduction & Overview, followed by Point of View Part 1

    • Omniscient POV vs. Character POV

    • Perception: Using the POV character's five senses

    Point of View Part 2

    • Thinking: Getting into the POV character's head

    • Proper use of POV to avoid Backstory/Information Dumping

    Point of View Part 3

    • Choosing a POV character for each scene

    • Eliminating the dreaded Head Hop

    Showing vs. Telling Part 1

    • (Don't) Name that Emotion

    • Using the five senses to Show rather than Tell what a character is feeling

    Showing vs. Telling Part 2

    • Bringing settings and situations to life.

    • And how does that make you feel?

    Character Voice

    • Dialogue

    • Internal Dialogue

    • Point of View Narrative

    Instructor Bio:

    Toni Andrews likes to say it's easier to list the jobs she hasn't tried. From lifeguard to lounge singer, bartender to bill collector, door-to-door salesperson to corporate business analyst--Toni has been there and done that. Then, she decided that what she really wanted to be was a writer. After fifteen years in Southern California and seven in Miami, Toni returned to the lakeside cottage in Connecticut where she spent her childhood summers, where she writes full time. Toni also writes romance novels under the pen name Virginia Reede.

    Toni is the President of the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America

    Read more about Toni at her website: www.toniandrews.com

    You can register for the following on-line class through February 2. Each class is $16.

    FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB

    Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

    Thank you.

    Hope Candieas,

    LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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    6a. STAR's February On-line Class Muscling up the Gut of Your Story

    Posted by: "Carol Henry" henryink25

    Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:18 pm (PST)

    REMINDER - DEADLINE in January 30! Don't Miss Out on this Great Course.

    Permission to Forward and Post

    On-line Workshop: February 2011: Muscling-up the Gut of Your Story! With

    Susan Wingate.

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2011.

    Course Content: Ever wonder why stories you might have read seemed to go

    flat after the beginning? Do you feel your own story lacks the umph to

    retain a reader's attention? Well, if so, this workshop will show you how to

    avoid writing boring middles of any story. Moving through each part of

    storytelling: the beginning, the middle and the end, participants will walk

    away from this class understanding how to develop a strong middle-section to

    their novel. As well, each participant will end this workshop with a

    fully-developed, working outline from which to write his or her novel.

    About the Instructor:

    Susan Wingate has written several plays, a screenplay, a short story

    collection, and six novels with two more in the works. She is the author of

    the series Bobby's Diner with Blue Star Books. Her first mystery novel

    Falling of Law was released with Black Rose Writing in May 2010. Susan also

    publishes as Myrah Lin (Camouflage) and received an editor's choice award

    and placed as a semi-finalist in the 2009 Textnovel.com Writing Contest.

    Bobby's Diner placed as a finalist in the 2010 International Book Awards.

    You can visit Susan's website at: www.susanwingate.com.

    COST: $20 for RWA members; $25 for non-members.

    Deadline to Register: January 30, 2011.

    How to Register: To register, please include a check or Money Order in US

    Dollars, made out to STAR On-Line Workshop, and mail to: STAR Workshop

    Coordinator, PO Box 6, Willseyville, NY 13864. Please include the following

    information: Name, Address, Email Address (and Email Address you wish to use

    for the class if different), Phone Number, and RWA # (if applicable).

    If you have a PayPal account and want to pay via PayPal, go to

    http://www.PayPal.com. Select the "send money" button, and then enter the

    amount due, and STAR's email address for payment: starpay@gmail.com. Then

    send your registration information to: carolhenry@frontiernet.net).

    Workshops last four (4) weeks, consist of a mix of lectures, exercises, and

    discussions, and are conducted via a private Yahoo Groups listserv. All

    writers are welcome. If you know how to send e-mail, then you have already

    mastered the technical skills needed to participate in STAR's workshops. You

    will be enrolled in the workshop's listserv prior to the start of the class.

    All of the messages posted by the instructor and other students will be

    delivered directly to your inbox, although you may also view them from the

    Yahoo website.

    Deadline to Register: January 30, 2011! for February 2011, class:

    Muscling-up the Gut of Your Story with Susan Wingate.

    Carol

  10. Here are several more.

    ******PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED ******

    * *

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

    2011 Online Workshop.

    http://www.dunesanddreams.org/writing-workshops

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

    * *

    * *

    FEBRUARY 1ST – 28TH

    Where the Streets Have No Name: How Setting Shapes our Characters

    with Sherry Peters

    *WORKSHOP BLURB*: This workshop is designed to teach writers to use the

    physical and cultural environment of a novel, to influence the personality

    of the characters and add depth to the characters and their conflicts. The

    lessons will cover: Introduction of the class

    Political culture, using Northern Ireland, U.S. and Canadian political

    systems as prime examples

    Religious culture, discussing the essential traits of dominant religions and

    smaller sects and their influences upon a person?s beliefs

    Financial and economic circumstances, both economic status and personal

    financial beliefs

    Cultural influences of music, sports, and cultural celebrations

    Wrap-Up and Q & A Supporting exercises will be used to reinforce the

    lessons, developing setting and character. I plan to give individual

    feedback on the exercises and on any questions submitted by the participants

    throughout the workshop. Three lessons will be posted each week with time

    allocated in between lessons for homework. *INSTRUCTOR BIO:* A writer of YA

    Fantasy and Urban Fantasy, I am a PRO member of the Romance Writers of

    America as well as a graduate of both the Odyssey Writing Workshop, and the

    M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. To learn more

    about me, please visit my website at www.dwarvenamazon.com.

    * *

    *DATE*: February 1 - 28

    Registration deadline is January 29th.

    *PLACE**: Dunes & Dreams RWA Workshop Yahoo Loop*

    Registrants will receive a yahoo invitation to the workshop several days

    before the workshop begins to allow ample time to accept it. Please notify

    the coordinators if you have do not receive your invite before the class

    begins.

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

    paypal or checks)

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

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

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

    of the

    applicant's choosing.

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

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

    future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

    Hope to see you in class!

    Registration form and more information:

    http://www.dunesanddreams.org/writing-workshops or

    email the coordinators at workshops.ddrwa@gmail.com

    ********************************

    ***********

    Online Workshop: The Care and Feeding of AGENTS: When You Need One, What

    they Do for You, and How to Find One

    Instructor: Jennifer Ashley

    Date: Feb 1-7, 2011

    Sponsor: Desert Rose RWA

    Description: Questions many authors face at the beginning of their careers

    are: Do I need an agent? What for? How do I find one? Will an agent

    represent an unknown, unpublished author? What about if I'm category

    published or e-press published? The answer to all these questions is: "It

    depends"--on many factors. Agents are not golden tickets to success; on the

    other hand, navigating the waters of big-house publishing without them can

    be tricky and sometimes impossible. This workshop will address what an

    agent's job is, what you should expect from them (and what you should not

    expect), when and why you should go it alone, how to find an agent to

    represent you, and how to work well with your agent once your signed with

    her.

    Instructor Bio: Jennifer Ashley is an agented, multi-published, New York

    Times bestselling, and RITA award winning author of more than thirty novels

    and novellas. She writes historical and paranormal romances as Jennifer

    Ashley and award-winning urban fantasy, and paranormal romance as Allyson

    James. She writes for Berkley/Penguin Putnam and also for the independent

    e-publisher, Ellora's Cave. Websites: <http://www.jennifersromances.com/>'>http://www.jennifersromances.com/>

    http://www.jennifersromances.com and <http://www.allysonjames.com/>

    http://www.allysonjames.com.

    Fee: $15 DR Members; $20 Non-DR Members.

    FMI: <http://www.drworkshops.com/> www.drworkshops.com Or email

    <mailto:workshops@drworkshops.com> workshops@drworkshops.com

    Thank you,

    Helen King

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    The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

    Creating Memorable Characters -- Presented by Sue Viders and Becky Martinez

    January 31, 2011 through February 27, 2011

    http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=185

    Need some help developing characters who leap off the page? Want to get to

    know what makes your characters tick so that you can turn them into real

    flesh and blood heroes and heroines? Join us for a workshop that will help

    you learn how to make the characters in your books come alive. Discover how

    you can turn your hero and heroine from wooden figures into realistic people

    your readers will remember long after they put down the book.

    Find out what it takes to develop your characters and then try using some of

    the useful tools in hands on exercises that can help you each time you

    tackle the problem of creating a new character, whether it be your heroine,

    hero or the villain. By the end of the workshop, each participant will know

    how to fully develop their characters and will take home the resources to

    help create truly memorable characters on their own.

    Get some practical help from two of the authors of the book 10 STEPS TO

    CREATING MEMORABLE CHARACTERS!

    WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

    invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

    HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

    PayPal. The cost is $15.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP

    members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

    website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

    of registration.

    REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=185

    WHO: Sue Viders is the author of more than 20 books, numerous articles and

    columns for both artists and writers. Her writing book Heroes and Heroines,

    Sixteen Master Archetypes, is used in many college and university writing

    courses. Her latest book, 10 Steps to Creating Memorable Characters is

    gaining use as a practical workbook for writers who want to develop their

    characters. She is a practicing artist, seminar leader, and educator with

    on-line classes both for writers and artists. Her latest product for writers

    is Deal a Story; an interactive card game consisting of 101 cards and six

    sections and is based on her Heroes and Heroines book.

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

    author. Her latest book, Deadly Messages was published by The Wild Rose

    Press in February 2010. Her first romance novel, Love on Deck, was an Aspen

    Gold finalist. She has had several short stories published and contributed

    a short story to The Trouble with Romance, an anthology that was a 2007 New

    Mexico Book Award finalist. She was also one of the co-authors of Ten Steps

    to Creating Memorable Characters, a workbook for writers.

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    4. Last chance to register! The Journey Cycle -- Presented by Robin Mat

    Posted by: "Bonnie Johnston" persiphatta

    Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:58 am (PST)

    \\***** Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged *****//

    The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

    The Journey Cycle -- Presented by Robin Matheson

    January 31, 2011 through February 27, 2011

    http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=101

    Is your protagonist poised at the Edge of the Forest, negotiating the Trail

    of Breadcrumbs, or facing the Mirror on the Wall? To reach a satisfying

    ending to any story, be it romance or another genre, each step in the

    Journey requires careful deliberation if your hero or heroine is to pass the

    Glass Slipper Test.

    This course uses the familiar, symbolic world of Fairy Tales to reinterpret

    the Heros Journey into easy to understand motifs. As a story building tool,

    the course examines key issues and poses a series of questions about each

    stage to help writers "troubleshoot" their way to the next "level". A 2-part

    assignment is included with each of the 12 lectures.

    Whether you are seeking a better understanding of the journey process to

    create a stronger story structure or you are looking for some brainstorming

    ideas to conquer a certain leg of that journey, this course is for you!

    WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

    invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

    HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

    PayPal. The cost is $15.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP

    members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

    website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

    of registration.

    REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=101

    WHO: Award winning author Robin Matheson holds an honors specialist degree

    in Classical Civilization and English and a Master of Education. She's

    taught numerous courses at college, overseas and more recently online

    courses on writing. One of Robin's greatest passions is traveling. In

    addition to their home base, she and her family have also lived in South

    East Asia and South Africa.

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    5a. WORKSHOP: The Conflict Grid, Tool for Success with Lyn Cote starts F

    Posted by: "Cathy Matuszak" tazteach1

    Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:44 pm (PST)

    ***PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED***

    February 2011

    THE CONFLICT GRID, TOOL FOR SUCCESS

    INSTRUCTOR: Lyn Cote

    WHEN: February 7 to February 18

    WORKSHOP:

    If you don't have conflict, you don't have a story. With Kathy Jacobson's CONFLICT GRID, you will learn to uncover every possible conflict inherent that keep your hero and heroine apart. No more sagging middle. No more trouble crafting a true black moment. No more trouble finding the unifying theme that gives your romance power, no matter what subgenre you write. The CONFLICT GRID also clarifies the basic elements of your romance so that you can pitch it to an editor and give her exactly the info she needs to assess whether it's a winner or not. The CONFLICT GRID, filled out in full, also provides you all you need to write a proposal. It can be your main planning tool for character and plot. Once you learn it, you'll wonder how you did without it!

    The CONFLICT GRID is just one tool developed by Kathy Jacobsen AKA Kathy Lloyd in her full writing course, A NOVEL APPROACH, available for download in PDF form for $25 at http://www.kathyjacobsen.com.

    ABOUT THE INSTURCTOR:

    When Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Long years of rejection followed. Finally in 1997, Lyn got "the call." Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen by Steeple Hill. Lyn has had over twenty-five novels published since then. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, one of the highest awards in the romance genre. Lyn's brand "Strong Women, Brave Stories," always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Now, Lyn spends her days writing books that show the power of divine as well as human love.

    Lyn helped found two RWA chapters: Heart of Iowa Fiction Authors in 1994 and Faith, Hope & Love Inspirational Chapter in 1997. She served as president of both. She is an active member of Wisconsin Romance Writers. Lyn has also written three articles for the RWR on the inspirational romance market and one on Classic Romantic Conflicts. Lyn has also taught regional and national workshops for RWA. Visit her online at http://www.LynCote.net.

    For more information, please email Cathy Matuszak by clicking here . If you are using a web email and the link doesn't work for you, send the email to neorwaonline@gmail.com

    REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

    Cost for the workshop is $15 for NEORWA members, $20 for all others. You do not have to be an RWA member to take our workshops!

    Please visit our website at http://www.neorwa.com and click on the Online Workshops link to find out more and the Registration link to register for our current workshop.

    REGISTRATION CUT-OFF IS THE DAY BEFORE THE WORKSHOP STARTS Once registered, you will be subscribed to the workshop loop prior to and for the duration of the class.

    ABOUT NEORWA'S ONLINE WORKSHOPS:

    Admission to the workshop depends on receipt of this form and payment fee before the cut-off date for the workshop chosen. If the fee is received after the cut-off date, the fee can be applied to another workshop of your choosing.

    Note: You will receive an invitation to join the group from Yahoo! Groups. You must reply to it in order to take the course. The invitation is good for seven (7) days only. PLEASE check your spam filter for the invitation so you don't miss anything in the workshop! There are no refunds if you fail to enroll yourself once being offered the invitation.

    Upon receipt of your payment and registration form, you will receive an email confirming you have been registered for the workshop. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact the NEORWA Workshops Coordinator Cathy Matuszak and Alaina Silvestrini before the workshop begins.

    NEORWA REFUND POLICY

    Registration fees will be refunded only in the event the workshop is canceled. All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut-off date. No refund will be given for withdrawing from a workshop. In the event the instructor cancels a workshop or there are technical difficulties with the list provider (Yahoo!), NEORWA will offer the participant the option of receiving a refund or enrollment in another workshop of the participant's choice.

    If a workshop does not have 10 students enrolled by the cut-off date, the workshop may be canceled, and the participant can either receive a refund or be enrolled in another workshop of the participant's choice.

  11. Here are more RWA chapter workshops.

    Again, if you're interested in joining the listserve and are a RWA member, you can find the Yahoo Group here:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chapterevents/

    1. Online Class: Story, Theme and Vehicle

    Posted by: "Barbara Cool Lee"

    Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:37 pm (PST)

    ***Permission To Forward Granted***

    Mid-Willamette Valley RWA Presents:

    Our February 2011 online class:

    Story, Theme and Vehicle

    Taught by Susan Meier

    Description: Have you ever written a book that was good, but simply

    didn't seem good enough? Or one that wasn't cohesive? Or one that

    should have been wonderful but seemed to fall flat? In STORY, THEME

    AND VEHICLE, Susan Meier explains how knowing your book's story type,

    story question, and the difference between its theme and its

    "vehicle" will keep your book focused. Learn the five easy steps to a

    synopsis and the four steps to a one-paragraph pitch.

    Susan Meier is the author of over 45 books for Harlequin and

    Silhouette and one of Guideposts' Grace Chapel Inn series books, THE

    KINDNESS OF STRANGERS. Her books have been finalists for Reviewers

    Choice Awards, National Reader's Choice Awards and Cataromance.com

    Reviewer's Choice Awards, and nominated for Romantic Times awards.

    Her book, HER BABY'S FIRST CHRISTMAS won the traditional category in

    the 2009 More Than Magic contest. THE MAGIC OF A FAMILY CHRISTMAS is

    a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence! HER PREGNANCY

    SURPRISE, her first release for the Harlequin Romance line, made both

    Walden's Bestseller List for Series Romance and Bookscan. In 2011,

    her BABY IN THE BOARDROOM series will be released in April, May and

    June.

    Susan loves to teach as much as she loves to write and is a popular

    speaker at RWA chapter conferences. "Can This Manuscript Be Saved?"

    and "Journey Steps, Taking the Train to Somewhere!" are her most

    requested workshops. Her article "How to Write a Category Romance"

    appeared in 2003 Writer's Digest Novel and Short Story Markets.

    Susan also gives online workshops for various groups and her

    articles regularly appear in RWA chapter newsletters.

    Class runs from 2/1/2011 to 2/25/2011. Cost is $20 for MWV RWA

    members and $25 for non-members.

    See http://www.midwillamettevalleyrwa.com/online.classes.htm for details.

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    2a. BDRWA Chapter Online Class #1 for February 2011

    Posted by: "

    Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:15 pm (PST)

    Was your New Year's resolution to learn to tell a better story? This is the class for you.

    *****Permission Granted to Forward*****

    The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA Presents

    ***February Class #1***

    StoryTelling and FolkTales

    Class takes place: January 31st - February 27th, 2011

    Cost: $20 BDRWA members/ $25 non-members

    Storytelling and Folk Tales

    Instructor: Masha Holl

    Class Info:

    Old-World Storytelling, Old-Fashioned Structure

    Before there was Joseph Campbell, there was Vladimir Propp, and before Propp, there were the storytellers themselves. What can we learn from them?

    Translating it to modern tales

    How we tell our tales

    Story is still everything (without a plot you don't have a book)

    A story well told will get you read again (the art of writing)

    Knowing your audience

    Professional writers

    Structure and expectations (the HEA in romance)

    Instructor's Bio:

    Masha Holl was raised on magic tales, Russian literature, Mozart, Verdi, and French cuisine. Today, she writes romantic science fiction and fantasy-that's werewolves, spaceships, and alien universes-to the sounds of Metal Rock. Romance brought her to America, so expect love and happy endings in her stories.

    Her novella The Brightest Heaven and her short story The Joining are available now from The Wild Rose Press.

    Masha Holl also offers online workshops and web services for writers. Look her up on the web at www.MashaHoll.com and www.OtterCreations.com

    For more info: www.bdrwa.com click on online classes

    Or contact mrsgodiva@comcast.net

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    3a. BDRWA Chapter Online Class #2 for February 2011

    Posted by: mrsgodiva" mrsgodiva2000

    Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:22 pm (PST)

    Everything you want to know about Digital Publishing but are afraid to ask, or not sure of the right questions. This is the class for you.

    *****Permission Granted to Forward*****

    The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA Presents

    ***February Class #2***

    Digital Publishing

    Class takes place: February 14th - February 27th, 2011

    Cost: $15 BDRWA members/ $20 non-members

    Digital Publishing

    Instructor: Claire Ashgrove

    Class Info:

    Digital Publishing -- How did we get here, and is it right for me? Join Claire Ashgrove for an in depth look on the origins of digital publishing, the differences and similarities between digital and standard print presses, and an analysis of benefits and drawbacks to signing with an electronic house.

    Instructor's Bio:

    Contemporary and paranormal romance author, Claire Ashgrove, spent most of her life writing, in one form or the other. In 2008 she left the corporate world to pursue her favorite past time - writing the romance novel full time, and has since sold several titles. Active with her Missouri RWA chapters, she's held the office of Vice President, coordinated programs, guided critique groups, judged countless contest entries, and presented various workshops within the chapters. Additionally, under a different hat, she edits for a major digital publishing house and has offered guidance to aspiring authors who later went on to achieve publication.

    Find Claire at: www.claireashgrove.com

    For more info: www.bdrwa.com click on online classes

    Or contact mrsgodiva@comcast.net

  12. I'm going to start posting some of the listings off the Chapter Events Yahoo group of workshops, etc, as I have the time. If you don't belong to the Chapter Events Yahoo group and are interested, I encourage you to join at:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chapterevents/

    **Group membership is restricted to RWA members**

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    1a. Workshop - Designed to Sell...How to Enhance Your Writing's Curb App

    Posted by: "Beth Caudill" Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:26 pm (PST)

    February Online Workshop Registration Deadline

    WhenTuesday, Jan 25, 2011

    Wherehttp://heartofcarolina.org/online-classes.html

    <http://heartofcarolina.org/online-classes.html> (map

    <http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=http%3A%2F%2Fheartofcarolina.org%2F\

    online-classes.html> ) DescriptionDesigned to Sell…How to Enhance

    Your Writing's Curb Appeal

    Instructors: Grammar Divas -- Annie Oortman and Darlene Buchholz

    When: February 1-28, 2011

    Cost: $20 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $25 for All

    Others

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

    In today's buyer's market, anything you can do to enhance your

    manuscript's appeal puts you one step ahead of everyone else trying

    to

    sell. By taking a look at your writing with a fresh eye, you'll

    discover

    ways to make the most of your writing's appearance, readability, and

    impact. The Grammar Divas share episodes of popular writing improvement

    shows such as Dream Words, This Old Sentence, Extreme Makeover:

    Paragraph Edition, Trading Spaces, Fun Shui, and Designed to Sell. You

    leave the workshop with decorating ideas, remodeling projects, and prose

    improvements that can make your manuscript appealing to a potential

    buyer… an editor!

    INSTRUCTOR BIOS

    Grammar wasn't Annie Oortman's first love (actually, it was a cute boy

    in her second-grade class named Henry Talley) or even her second

    (avoiding barn work). However, after getting an A for content but an F

    for readability on a third-grade book report, she learned having great

    ideas was one thing, communicating them well on paper another.

    Annie became a disciple of the church of Proper Grammar and

    card-carrying member of The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar

    (www.spogg.org <http://www.spogg.org/> ). Nowadays, she diagrams

    sentences for fun (yes, for fun), corrects her

    children when they say "I did good on the test" (I did well.), and

    argues with fellow grammar devotees on the acceptability of ending a

    sentence with a preposition (don't do it).

    BTW, Annie is hoping to see her name on the cover of a fiction novel

    soon... very soon. (And, if you're wondering, Henry Talley never

    even

    noticed Annie as he had a mad crush on blonde-haired, blue-eyed Libby

    Boxler.)

    Darlene Buchholz fell in love in the first grade with a boy named Neil.

    He shared his crackers and milk at recess after someone took her snack

    and never got caught. She's loved romance and intrigue ever since.

    By

    the third grade, she discovered Nancy Drew mysteries and developed a

    great passion for perky heroines who drove convertibles (proof they were

    in charge of their own lives). She wrote her own one-hundred-page

    mysteries, giving the heroine a much better hero than wimpy Ned

    Nickerson, who seemed more fashion accessory than hero. What woman

    wouldn't prefer a cowboy or a cop named…well, Neil, of course?

    Darlene never thought of grammar as a challenge. It was, instead, a tool

    to help her express the ideas she felt passionate about. She served as a

    peer mentor in junior high and high school. Becoming a high school

    English teacher was a natural for Darlene. She loved sharing ideas

    expressed in great literature and exposition.

    Now, family raised, Darlene has decided to write stories again. She

    writes romantic suspense, and sometimes her heroines drive trucks rather

    than convertibles. Her heroes are still cowboys and cops. She hopes to

    publish soon.

    BTW… Darlene disagrees with Annie about the acceptability of ending

    a

    sentence with a preposition. Yes, you can! No one, absolutely no one,

    including Annie, says: On what did you step? Not in casual conversation

    and not in situations where you'd like to impress the committee in

    charge of awarding you a grant or a fellowship. We all say: What did you

    step on?

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    1b. Workshop - Designed to Sell...How to Enhance Your Writing's Curb App

    Posted by: "Beth Caudill" Jan 22, 2011 5:48 pm (PST)

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

    February Online Workshop Registration Deadline WhenTuesday, Jan 25, 2011

    Wherehttp://heartofcarolina.org/online-classes.html

    <http://heartofcarolina.org/online-classes.html> (map

    <http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=http%3A%2F%2Fheartofcarolina.org%2F\

    online-classes.html> ) DescriptionDesigned to Sell…How to Enhance

    Your Writing's Curb Appeal

    Instructors: Grammar Divas -- Annie Oortman and Darlene Buchholz

    When: February 1-28, 2011

    Cost: $20 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $25 for All

    Others

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

    In today's buyer's market, anything you can do to enhance your

    manuscript's appeal puts you one step ahead of everyone else trying

    to

    sell. By taking a look at your writing with a fresh eye, you'll

    discover

    ways to make the most of your writing's appearance, readability, and

    impact. The Grammar Divas share episodes of popular writing improvement

    shows such as Dream Words, This Old Sentence, Extreme Makeover:

    Paragraph Edition, Trading Spaces, Fun Shui, and Designed to Sell. You

    leave the workshop with decorating ideas, remodeling projects, and prose

    improvements that can make your manuscript appealing to a potential

    buyer… an editor!

    INSTRUCTOR BIOS

    Grammar wasn't Annie Oortman's first love (actually, it was a cute boy

    in her second-grade class named Henry Talley) or even her second

    (avoiding barn work). However, after getting an A for content but an F

    for readability on a third-grade book report, she learned having great

    ideas was one thing, communicating them well on paper another.

    Annie became a disciple of the church of Proper Grammar and

    card-carrying member of The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar

    (www.spogg.org <http://www.spogg.org/> ). Nowadays, she diagrams

    sentences for fun (yes, for fun), corrects her

    children when they say "I did good on the test" (I did well.), and

    argues with fellow grammar devotees on the acceptability of ending a

    sentence with a preposition (don't do it).

    BTW, Annie is hoping to see her name on the cover of a fiction novel

    soon... very soon. (And, if you're wondering, Henry Talley never

    even

    noticed Annie as he had a mad crush on blonde-haired, blue-eyed Libby

    Boxler.)

    Darlene Buchholz fell in love in the first grade with a boy named Neil.

    He shared his crackers and milk at recess after someone took her snack

    and never got caught. She's loved romance and intrigue ever since.

    By

    the third grade, she discovered Nancy Drew mysteries and developed a

    great passion for perky heroines who drove convertibles (proof they were

    in charge of their own lives). She wrote her own one-hundred-page

    mysteries, giving the heroine a much better hero than wimpy Ned

    Nickerson, who seemed more fashion accessory than hero. What woman

    wouldn't prefer a cowboy or a cop named…well, Neil, of course?

    Darlene never thought of grammar as a challenge. It was, instead, a tool

    to help her express the ideas she felt passionate about. She served as a

    peer mentor in junior high and high school. Becoming a high school

    English teacher was a natural for Darlene. She loved sharing ideas

    expressed in great literature and exposition.

    Now, family raised, Darlene has decided to write stories again. She

    writes romantic suspense, and sometimes her heroines drive trucks rather

    than convertibles. Her heroes are still cowboys and cops. She hopes to

    publish soon.

    BTW… Darlene disagrees with Annie about the acceptability of ending

    a

    sentence with a preposition. Yes, you can! No one, absolutely no one,

    including Annie, says: On what did you step? Not in casual conversation

    and not in situations where you'd like to impress the committee in

    charge of awarding you a grant or a fellowship. We all say: What did you

    step on?

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    2a. The Journey Cycle -- Presented by Robin Matheson

    Posted by: "Bonnie Johnston"

    Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:34 pm (PST)

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    The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

    The Journey Cycle -- Presented by Robin Matheson

    January 31, 2011 through February 27, 2011

    http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=101

    Is your protagonist poised at the Edge of the Forest, negotiating the Trail

    of Breadcrumbs, or facing the Mirror on the Wall? To reach a satisfying

    ending to any story, be it romance or another genre, each step in the

    Journey requires careful deliberation if your hero or heroine is to pass the

    Glass Slipper Test.

    This course uses the familiar, symbolic world of Fairy Tales to reinterpret

    the Hero’s Journey into easy to understand motifs. As a story building tool,

    the course examines key issues and poses a series of questions about each

    stage to help writers "troubleshoot" their way to the next "level". A 2-part

    assignment is included with each of the 12 lectures.

    Whether you are seeking a better understanding of the journey process to

    create a stronger story structure or you are looking for some brainstorming

    ideas to conquer a certain leg of that journey, this course is for you!

    WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

    invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

    HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

    PayPal. The cost is $15.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP

    members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

    website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

    of registration.

    REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=101

    WHO: Award winning author Robin Matheson holds an honors specialist degree

    in Classical Civilization and English and a Master of Education. She's

    taught numerous courses at college, overseas and more recently online

    courses on writing. One of Robin's greatest passions is traveling. In

    addition to their home base, she and her family have also lived in South

    East Asia and South Africa.

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    3a. Creating Memorable Characters -- Presented by Sue Viders and Becky M

    Posted by: "Bonnie Johnston" Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:34 pm (PST)

    \\***** Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged *****//

    The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

    Creating Memorable Characters -- Presented by Sue Viders and Becky Martinez

    January 31, 2011 through February 27, 2011

    http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=185

    Need some help developing characters who leap off the page? Want to get to

    know what makes your characters tick so that you can turn them into real

    flesh and blood heroes and heroines? Join us for a workshop that will help

    you learn how to make the characters in your books come alive. Discover how

    you can turn your hero and heroine from wooden figures into realistic people

    your readers will remember long after they put down the book.

    Find out what it takes to develop your characters and then try using some of

    the useful tools in hands on exercises that can help you each time you

    tackle the problem of creating a new character, whether it be your heroine,

    hero or the villain. By the end of the workshop, each participant will know

    how to fully develop their characters and will take home the resources to

    help create truly memorable characters on their own.

    Get some practical help from two of the authors of the book 10 STEPS TO

    CREATING MEMORABLE CHARACTERS!

    WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

    invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

    HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

    PayPal. The cost is $15.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP

    members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

    website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

    of registration.

    REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=185

    WHO: Sue Viders is the author of more than 20 books, numerous articles and

    columns for both artists and writers. Her writing book Heroes and Heroines,

    Sixteen Master Archetypes, is used in many college and university writing

    courses. Her latest book, 10 Steps to Creating Memorable Characters is

    gaining use as a practical workbook for writers who want to develop their

    characters. She is a practicing artist, seminar leader, and educator with

    on-line classes both for writers and artists. Her latest product for writers

    is Deal a Story; an interactive card game consisting of 101 cards and six

    sections and is based on her Heroes and Heroines book.

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

    author. Her latest book, Deadly Messages was published by The Wild Rose

    Press in February 2010. Her first romance novel, Love on Deck, was an Aspen

    Gold finalist. She has had several short stories published and contributed

    a short story to The Trouble with Romance, an anthology that was a 2007 New

    Mexico Book Award finalist. She was also one of the co-authors of Ten Steps

    to Creating Memorable Characters, a workbook for writers.

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    4. Cracking the Romance Code -- Presented by Kimberly Llewellyn

    Posted by: "Bonnie Johnston" Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:38 pm (PST)

    \\***** Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged *****//

    The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

    Cracking the Romance Code -- Presented by Kimberly Llewellyn

    February 7, 2011 through February 25, 2011

    http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=281

    When it comes to writing the romance novel, everyone wants to know the

    secret handshake--there isn’t one! But by understanding the romance novel's

    embedded core romance elements, you can unlock the code to writing a

    compelling story of your own. Book Sense Notable Pick recipient, author,

    Kimberly Llewellyn, shares how to decode the secrets to writing the

    quintessential romance novel and create a captivating read. At the end of

    this workshop you will recognize the romance codes more easily in books and

    incorporate them into your own writing. Also, you'll be able to speak the

    code with authors, agents, and editors. Lastly, Kimberly will share other

    authors' significant ah-ha moments and hopefully inspire some of your own.

    Audience: A good workshop for beginners looking to break into the romance

    genre. Also very good for those romance writers who've been writing for a

    while and want to take their writing to the next level by understanding the

    nuances of the romance code.

    Prior to the workshop: You can pick your own favorite romance novel that

    you’ve read several times; it will serve as a fun tool for you. Feel free to

    keep his favorite story in mind as you learn about and recognize the romance

    code.

    Introduction

    Review of the course: We'll start off easy and light, reviewing the basics,

    and then dig deeper with each new lesson using analysis and self-directed

    assignments.

    Lesson One

    The power of love

    What makes the language of romance writing so special?

    MSMs: A review of metaphor, simile, and motif

    Lesson Two

    Romance codes on the outside

    Analysis of cover: genre hook(s), title, artwork, back cover copy

    Lesson Three

    The A.C.E. opening: Part I

    What A.C.E. stands for in your novel's opening

    Activity of the opening and the inciting incident

    Lesson Four

    The A.C.E. opening: Part II

    Taking internal and external conflict to the next level to get the editor's

    attention

    Lesson Five

    The A.C.E. opening: Part III

    Attraction, romantic conflict, and resistance

    Lesson Six

    The A.C.E. opening: Part IV

    Emotion: Using deep emotional codes that captivate your reader and create a

    compelling read

    Lesson Seven

    Character codes: characterization and emotion techniques that go beyond a

    "sympathetic" character

    Code Word: H.E.R.O. What does it stand for?

    Lesson Eight

    The Romance Plot

    Key romantic plot points that make up the spine of your story

    Romance beats checklist and literary devices that serve the romance story

    well

    Lesson Nine

    Speaking the code to industry professionals

    Hot buttons to generate editor/agent interest

    Editorial codes: understanding an editor's or agent's needs

    WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

    invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

    HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

    PayPal. The cost is $15.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP

    members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

    website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

    of registration.

    REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=281

    WHO: Known as "the Wedding Writer," Kimberly Llewellyn has worked with four

    publishing houses over the years and is the author of five contemporary

    novels. Currently, she writes for Berkley Books, part of Penguin. Her latest

    releases include two humorous comedic women’s fiction novels in trade

    paperback, Tulle Little, Tulle Late and The Quest for the Holy Veil. Prior

    to these, she wrote three short contemporary romances for Avalon and

    Kensington and worked on nonfiction projects for Prentice Hall as a

    corporate writer for NAI. She’s written articles for newsletters as well as

    the Romance Writers Report and stories for the confessions market. She gives

    writing workshops, in person and online, and is the author of I Want to Be

    an Author: Now What? (June 2010), which is geared toward new writers. She

    also enjoys promoting fiction for women to the media, from newspaper

    interviews to guest appearances on television. After earning a Bachelor’s

    Degree in English with a concentration in Media Communications, she worked

    in the field of advertising, then in desktop publishing as a corporate

    writer and editor, until working full time as a novelist. Her website is:

    www.KimberlyLlewellyn.com

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    5. The Plotting Wheel -- Presented by Sue Viders and Becky Martinez

    Posted by: "Bonnie Johnston" Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:45 pm (PST)

    \\***** Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged *****//

    The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

    The Plotting Wheel -- Presented by Sue Viders and Becky Martinez

    February 28, 2011 through March 27, 2011

    http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=269

    Coming up with an idea for a book is never easy, but plotting that novel

    once you have an idea or perfect character can be a real mystery. The

    Plotting Wheel can help! Join two seasoned writers who have developed a new,

    logical way to figure out how to plot that next book. New writers looking to

    take the next step and published authors seeking a new method to plot will

    find this four-week class beneficial. From two of the co-authors of the

    book, Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters, the Plotting Wheel can

    help you with your next book.

    Need some help with your plot? Have an interesting story in your head but no

    idea where to go next? The Plotting Wheel may hold the answer. No matter

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

    to go into any well told story. This class introduces the various elements

    that make up the spokes of "The Plotting Wheel" and shows how to use those

    spokes to move your story along into a well-developed plot.

    The Plotting Wheel can help the writer make certain they’re headed in the

    right direction with their plot and that the story is moving forward through

    meaningful action, building tension and providing good pacing. The Plotting

    Wheel can help get a story off to a good beginning, work to prop up a

    sagging middle and provide assistance to insure a satisfying climax and

    conclusion.

    The class runs for four weeks and each lecture includes exercises on the

    various spokes in the Plotting Wheel. Both Becky and Sue individually

    critique completed exercises and answer questions and provide ideas for

    improving your work.

    WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

    invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

    HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

    PayPal. The cost is $15.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP

    members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

    website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

    of registration.

    REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=269

    WHO: Sue Viders is the author of more than 20 books, numerous articles and

    columns for both artists and writers. Her writing book Heroes and Heroines,

    Sixteen Master Archetypes, is used in many college and university writing

    courses. Her latest book, 10 Steps to Creating Memorable Characters is

    gaining use as a practical workbook for writers who want to develop their

    characters.

    She is a practicing artist, seminar leader, and educator with on-line

    classes both for writers and artists. Her latest product for writers is Deal

    a Story; an interactive card game consisting of 101 cards and six sections

    and is based on her Heroes and Heroines book.

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

    author. Her latest book, Deadly Messages is a romantic suspense, published

    by The Wild Rose Press in February 2010. It received a Top Pick from Night

    Owl Reviews and Romantic Times Book Review gave it Four Stars. Her first

    romance novel, Love on Deck, was an Aspen Gold finalist. She has had several

    short stories published and contributed a short story to The Trouble with

    Romance, an anthology which was a 2007 New Mexico Book Award finalist.

    She is also one of the co-authors of Ten Steps to Creating Memorable

    Characters, a workbook for writers and has been teaching writing workshops

    online and in person for seven years.

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    6. To Agent or Not to Agent -- Presented by Donna Alward

    Posted by: "Bonnie Johnston" Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:48 pm (PST)

    \\***** Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged *****//

    The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

    To Agent or Not to Agent -- Presented by Donna Alward

    February 28, 2011 through March 6, 2011

    http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=271

    Taught from the perspective of an author who started her career without an

    agent and now has representation, this workshop will cover topics concerning

    an agent’s role in your career, what you can (and should!) do yourself, how

    to get an agent and the dynamics of the agent/author relationship. This is

    a six part (one week) workshop with minimal optional assignments for

    participants.

    WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

    invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

    HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

    PayPal. The cost is $10.00 for FFnP members and $20.00 for non-FFnP

    members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

    website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

    of registration.

    REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=271

    WHO: A busy wife and mother of three (2 daughters and the family dog),

    Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world; a combination of

    stay-at-home mom and romance novelist. An avid reader since childhood,

    Donna always made up her own stories. She completed her Arts Degree in

    English Literature in 1994, but it wasn’t until 2001 that she penned her

    first full-length novel, and found herself hooked on writing romance. In

    2006 she sold her first manuscript, and currently writes warm, emotional

    stories for Harlequin’s Romance line and Samhain Publishing.

    Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly 12 years in

    Alberta where her Harlequin career began, writing about cowboys and the

    west. Donna’s debut Romance, Hired by the Cowboy, was awarded the

    Booksellers Best Award in 2008 for Best Traditional Romance. With the

    Atlantic Ocean only minutes from her doorstep, Donna has found a fresh take

    on life and promises even more great romances in the near future!

    Donna loves to hear from readers; you can contact her through her website at

    www.donnaalward.com

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    7. How to Final in the Golden Heart (or any contest) -- Presented by An

    Posted by: "Bonnie Johnston" Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:49 pm (PST)

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    The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

    How to Final in the Golden Heart (or any contest) -- Presented by Ann Roth

    February 28, 2011 through March 6, 2011

    http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=284

    Contest judging is a subjective process. You'll never be able to please

    everyone. But you can do everything possible to make your contest entry the

    best it can be. During this one-week course, you will learn 10 nuts and

    bolts tools that will help you final in any writing contest.

    WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

    invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

    HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

    PayPal. The cost is $10.00 for FFnP members and $20.00 for non-FFnP

    members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

    website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

    of registration.

    REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=284

    WHO: Award-winning author Ann Roth lives in the greater Seattle area with

    her husband. After earning an MBA, she worked as a banker and corporate

    trainer. She gave up the corporate life to write, and if they awarded PhDs

    in writing happily ever after stories, she'd have one. In 1999 Ann won the

    prestigious Golden Heart award for unpublished writers for best long

    contemporary series. Since then she has sold over fifteen novels, both

    romance and women's fiction, a novella and a serialized online romance, and

    finaled in numerous contests for published authors. For a list of published

    novels and other information, visit www.annroth.net.

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    8. Get the Most Out of Writer's Conferences -- Presented by Ann Roth

    Posted by: "Bonnie Johnston"

    Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:23 pm (PST)

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    The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

    Get the Most Out of Writer's Conferences -- Presented by Ann Roth

    February 28, 2011 through March 6, 2011

    http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=314

    Whether you love conferences or dread them, you want to get the most out of

    the experience. This week-long class provides tools and tips to help you do

    just that.

    WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

    invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

    HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

    PayPal. The cost is $10.00 for FFnP members and $20.00 for non-FFnP

    members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

    website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

    of registration.

    REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=314

    WHO: Award-winning author Ann Roth lives in the greater Seattle area with

    her husband. After earning an MBA, she worked as a banker and corporate

    trainer. She gave up the corporate life to write, and if they awarded PhDs

    in writing happily ever after stories, she'd have one. In 1999 Ann won the

    prestigious Golden Heart award for unpublished writers for best long

    contemporary series. Since then she has sold over fifteen novels, both

    romance and women's fiction, a novella and a serialized online romance, and

    finaled in numerous contests for published authors. For a list of published

    novels and other information, visit www.annroth.net.

  13. ****Permission to forward granted & appreciated****

    Florida Romance Writers presents

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

    With award-winning author, Linda Conrad

    Dates: October 17 - 31, 2010

    Fee: $20 FRW member & $25 non FRW member

    Learn the tricks and secrets that turned Linda into a bestselling, award winning romance author. In a series of hands-on lessons, find out the truth behind sexual tension; how to recognize it and how to write it. Learn how to use intimacy, the senses and body language to create a selling romance story no matter its length or genre.

    Every successful romance is built on three main points of sexual tension. With Linda showing you the way in simple, easy to understand guided lessons, you can apply those points to your own story and become a writing super star!

    About Linda Conrad:

    Best selling author Linda Conrad writes for Harlequin-Silhouette Books. Her novels have been translated into sixteen languages and are sold in over twenty-two countries!

    Linda’s sensual characters and passionate stories have brought her numerous awards and raves, including the 2010 Maggie Award! Over the years her workshops for RWA chapters and conferences have helped many writers learn new skills and techniques.

    Read more about Linda at www.lindaconrad.com

    For registration visit FRW online workshops:

    http://www.frwriters.org/workshops.html

    Kristin Wallace

  14. REGISTRATION for Conference is OPEN!

    Mark your calendars: April 29-30, 2011 at the historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem,

    MA.

    The NECRWA Let Your Imagination Take Flight conference committee is very

    excited about the 2011 event. So excited, in fact that we are offering early

    registration. By the time you read this, registration will have begun and I

    would urge you to register as early as you are able.

    What are the benefits of early registration, you ask? To start ALL of our

    attending agents and editors have agreed to read sample pages ahead of time

    instead of doing verbal pitches and there is no extra charge for this. It's a

    great opportunity to get professional feedback on your writing.

    Early registration is a numbers game. The more early registrations we get the

    more we’ll be able to offer you in the way of fun, food and fabulous

    presentations. The earlier we pass our break-even point the more time we’ll

    have to plan all that fabulousness! Oh, and early registration is discounted so

    not only do you get more stuff, you get it for less money! So what are we so

    excited about?

    How about...

    Anne Stuart, RWA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and NYT Best-selling author

    of Fire and Ice, Night and Day, The Widow.

    Co-author of Dogs and Goddesses Annette Blair, award winning author of the

    Works Like Magick series and The Accidental Witch Trilogy

    Lani Diane Rich, aka Lucy March, NYT and USA Today Best-selling author of Wish

    You Were Here and Dogs and Goddesses, co-written with Anne Stuart and

    JenniferCrusie

    Donald Maass, Agent and author of Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in

    Fiction

    Agent and Editor Appointments:

    Each appointment includes a critique of the first 10 manuscript pages!

    Megan Records,Editor, Kensington

    Jessica Sebor, Editor, Bantam Dell

    Brenda Chin, Senior Editor, Harlequin

    Holly Root, Agent, Waxman Literary Agency

    Barbara Poelle, Agent, Irene Goodman Literary Agency

    Heather Evans, Junior Agent, Fine Print- Literary Management

    Stephany Evans, Agent, Fine Print Literary Management

    Emily Sylvan Kim, Agent, The Prospect Agency

    For information about conference: http://www.necrwa.org/conference.html

    To register: http://www.necrwa.org/Forms/conference.html

    We hope you will join us in April!

    Thank you!

    The 2011 NECRWA Conference Committee

    The NECRWA Board

    Tara Holt (holt_tara@yahoo.com)

    NECRWA President

  15. Elements of RWA Online Workshops

    http://www.elementsofrwa.com/workshops.html

    Nov. 1-12 2010

    Series Business – Is Writing A Series Right For You?

    By Misty Evans

    REGISTRATION ENDS Oct. 29

    Elements Member $9, Non-member $15

    To register for this workshop click here.

    Description: No matter what genre, series are in demand by readers and publishers alike. But is writing a series right for you? This workshop will help you:

    • Examine the pros and cons of writing a series

    • Define and evaluate your idea

    • Develop a Series Bible to track plot lines, characters and story arcs

    • Develop a Pitch Bible that includes blurbs, synopses and series story arc to market to agents and editors

    • Turn your series idea into a workable project with tools, templates and one-on-one help

    Bio: Misty Evans was bitten by the writing bug when she won a contest in 4th grade with an essay about her dad. Today, she writes the award-winning Super Agent Series and Witches Anonymous series. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. Her debut novel, Operation Sheba, Super Agent Series Book 1, won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2008, a CAPA nomination in 2009, and the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010. I’d Rather Be In Paris, the second book in her Super Agent Series, was also nominated for a 2009 CAPA for Best Romantic Suspense. To learn more about Misty and her books, visit www.readMistyEvans.com or follow her on www.twitter.com/readmistyevans.

    November 8 - 12, 2010

    The 5 P's of Self-Promotions: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

    by John Foxjohn

    REGISTRATION ENDS Nov. 4

    Elements Member $6, Non-member $10

    To register for this workshop click here.

    Description: John Foxjohn, known as the king of self-promotions, presents this interactive class. He delves into inexpensive or free ways to promote the author and books. The class includes internet marketing and getting TV and radio interviews, as well as how to create media releases.

    Bio: Best-selling author John Foxjohn epitomizes the phrase “been there—done that.” Whether consciously or unconsciously, maybe one of the first authors he followed contributed to this.

    Many years ago, John became afflicted with a disease he calls “readaholism.” His addiction to reading led him to Louis L’Amour, and even today, he continues to reread books by this author.

    Louis L’Amour had a diverse background before he began to write and John followed that path—born and raised in the rural East Texas town of Nacogdoches, he quit high school and joined the Army at seventeen. Viet Nam veteran, Army Airborne Ranger, policeman and homicide detective, retired teacher and coach, and now he is a multi-published author.

    Although John writes an entirely different genre than Louis L’Amour, he followed the author’s path by using his diverse background and meticulous research. Although John’s novels are fictional, many readers believe they are true stories.

    Like his favorite author, John creates characters that readers love and root for—not cardboard cutouts. John says, “Normal people have faults and strengths—they make mistakes and need to overcome them and other obstacles thrown in their path. People judge others by how they handle adversity. That’s how I attempt to create characters.”

    If you have read John’s novels, you know that he is successful.

    John hasn’t yet reached the huge success of Louis L’Amour, but I wouldn’t bet against him.

    John is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Elements of Romance, Kiss of Death, Lethal Ladies, Sisters-in-Crime, East Texas Writers Guild, League of Texas Writers, and more online writing groups than he can count. He is a full time writer and speaker and lives in Lufkin, Texas, but travels extensively across the U.S.

  16. ::::PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED. THANKS:::::

    CORW November Online Workshop

    Riding The Writing Life Roller Coaster with instructor Barbara Wallace

    RIDING THE WRITING LIFE ROLLER COASTER

    A writing career is like a roller coaster. Just when you think you've reached the top, it sends you plummeting. To survive you need more than a strong stomach. You need perseverance and a strong soul. Otherwise, you're likely to fall off. Through exercises and online discussion, this workshop aims to help attendees stay the course without losing their lunch. Topics include redefining success, setting realistic goals, protecting the muse and dealing with the internal crazies.

    Speaker Bio:

    Barbara Wallace doesn't claim to be a life coach. But she did wait over fifteen years before getting The Call making her well-versed in the ups and downs of writing life. A Golden Heart finalist in 2005 and a Golden Heart winner in 2007, she sold to Harlequin Romance in 2009. Her debut release, Magic Under the Mistletoe, will be released in November as part of a Christmas anthology. Her first full-length Harlequin Romance, The Cinderella Bride will be out in December, with a second novel BEAUTY AND THE BROODING BOSS, scheduled for March 2011. She's currently finishing her third Romance with a fourth under contract. You can also read Barbara's writing every Tuesday at www.TheMoodyMuses.com, a website about the struggles of writing life.

    To register, visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CORWNovember2010/

    Fee is ten dollars for CORW members, fifteen dollars for all others.

    Payment may be made by PayPal, with MoneyManagerCORW@gmail.com as the recipient

    OR

    check payable to CORW and sent to:

    CORW

    PO Box 185284

    Hamden, CT 06518

    or contact AnnaCBowling@gmail.com with any questions

    :::PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND REQUESTED:::

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

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

    Date: 11/02/10 To 11/26/2010

    Workshop title: Story Aerobics: Shaping Up Sagging Middles

    Instructor: Raquel Rodriguez

    After a brilliant start, does your story slow down and loose it's sparkle? Do your characters run out of things to say? Too early in the story for a love scene, and you don't have a dead body to thrown in?

    Learn how to confront these stumbling blocks that cause your problem scenes with a few simple steps and exercises. Learn to define the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the real situation. Recognize how your story choices can help strengthen motivation, or change the direction for more realistic conflicts. Learn how not to get stuck on minor characters or problematic scenes, and put your time into pages that will move your plot forward. Get to the heart of the difficulty and extrapolate the answer to get your scene flowing again to engage your reader.

    Areas covered:

    - Enhance your tension

    - Up the stakes

    - Add realistic conflict

    - Cutting "deadwood" to move your story forward

    Deadline to register: 11/02/2010

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

    Anyone can take our courses.

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

    www.yosemiteromancewriters.com .

    www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/6.html

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

    Checks for class can be mailed to:

    Yosemite Romance Writers

    4294 W. Dakota Ave.

    Fresno, CA 93722

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

    Thank you for considering our workshops!!

    ************************

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

    Date: 11/02/10 To 11/26/2010

    Workshop title: Designed To Sell

    Instructor: Annie Oortman

    In today’s buyer’s market, anything you can do to enhance your manuscript’s appeal puts you one step ahead of everyone else trying to sell. By taking a look at your writing with a fresh eye, you’ll discover ways to make the most of your writing’s appearance, readability, and impact.

    The Grammar Divas (an English teacher and a professional copywriter) share episodes of popular writing improvement shows such as Dream Words, This Old Sentence, Extreme Makeover: Paragraph Edition, Trading Spaces, Fun Shui, and Designed to Sell. You leave the workshop with decorating ideas, remodeling projects, and prose improvements that can make your manuscript appealing to a potential buyer… an editor!

    Deadline to register: 11/02/2010

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

    Anyone can take our courses.

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

    www.yosemiteromancewriters.com .

    www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/6.html

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

    Checks for class can be mailed to:

    Yosemite Romance Writers

    4294 W. Dakota Ave.

    Fresno, CA 93722

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

    Thank you for considering our workshops!!

    ********************

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

    Date: 11/02/10 To 11/26/2010

    Workshop title: Goal setting

    Instructor: Tawny Webber

    Create a solid, workable plan to make all your dreams come true. Want to sell a book? Hit a list? Snag that perfect-for-you agent? This workshop will give you solid, time-tested tools to help you make all of those dreams happen. Dreams to Reality is a method of using goal setting, personal empowerment and planning to get from where you are to where you want to be – in your writing career and in your life.

    Isn’t it time you made your dreams into reality?

    Deadline to register: 11/02/2010

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

    Anyone can take our courses.

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

    www.yosemiteromancewriters.com .

    www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/6.html

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

    Checks for class can be mailed to:

    Yosemite Romance Writers

    4294 W. Dakota Ave.

    Fresno, CA 93722

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

    Thank you for considering our workshops!!

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