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  1. FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT: BEGINNER TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR AUTHORS (or, Using Technology to Act Like a Bestselling Author, Even If You Aren’t One...Yet) Presenter: Kerry Blaisdell Dates: April 6-May 1 Class Length: Four Weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: March 23, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ About the class INTRODUCTION Google got you down? Email signatures a mystery? Just want to know what's eye-catching vs. distracting on Instagram or Twitter? This course is for you! Award-winning author Kerry Blaisdell will teach you how to use technology effectively, to advance your writing career to the next level. From the basics of email and how to create effective social media posts, including the right balance between images and text, to effectively structuring your website, Facebook page, etc., this course is perfect for techno-phobes or fledgling authors, who want to know the best way to promote themselves. Even if you plan to hire a web designer or promotion service, your online presence is still all you, and should be consistent and professional across all platforms. Learn what works and what you can ignore, to save time and money, while making your author brand the best it can possibly be, right from the start! COURSE FORMAT This course will be delivered online, three lessons per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for a total of four weeks (12 lessons). On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the weekends, homework will be assigned, to practice the lessons learned on the previous class day. Homework is optional, but I encourage all students to participate, and share your efforts with me, so I can give you feedback. The more you engage, the more I can help you! SYLLABUS Note: The outline below is a general guide to the course. Depending on the interests of each class group, some topics may be condensed, expanded, or removed entirely. However, this is intended to be a beginner course specifically, so if a student feels they already understand the below information, they may want to consider enrolling in my advanced class instead. Topics covered in this course include: Email Basics and Netiquette (1 lesson) Online Communities (1 lesson) Graphic Design for Beginning Beginners (2 lessons) Web Design for Beginners - Even If You’re Hiring a Designer (2 lessons) Facebook Basics (1 lesson) Twitter Basics (1 lesson) Instagram Basics (1 lesson) Pinterest Basics (1 lesson) Gaining Followers (1 lesson) Ask Me Anything (1 lesson) Presenter Bio: Kerry Blaisdell is the award-winning author of The Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD (Book One)— 2019 HOLT Medallion double winner for Best Paranormal & Best First Book, Romance Writers of America RITA® Award finalist, InD’tale Magazine RONE Award finalist, and Royal Palm Literary Award finalist—and WAKING THE DEAD (Book Two). She also writes Romantic Suspense (PUBLISH OR PERISH, available for preorder now) and Historical Mystery (A LAMENTATION OF SWANS, coming soon). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature (French & Medieval English) from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Teaching English and Advanced Mathematics from the University of Portland. For over 20 years she worked in Corporate Communications and Marketing Technology, as a graphic designer, web developer, database programmer, and content writer, as well as developing and teaching technology courses for adults. After earning her MAT with Honors, she switched careers to become a full-time educator, and currently teaches high school math to middle school students. She lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her husband, two (mostly) adult “kids,” assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could reasonably consume. For more information, or to sign up for her mailing list or follow her on social media, visit her online at http://kerryblaisdell.com. Deadline to register is April 6, 2020 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  2. AUSTEN TO ALIENS: CREATING THE CLASSIC TOUGH CHICK Presenter: Jacqui Jacoby Dates: February 3-28 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens January 20, 2020 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: As martial artist, I am interested in self-defense and how women are portrayed in the media. At first, it seemed as if it was only Hollywood showing women in a tough light. With heroines such as Sarah Conner of the Terminator movies, and Ellen Ripely in the Alien films, women were the ones saving the day when men were being blown up or eaten. While attending the National Conference, I was able to meet with people in the industry who share my view that heroines in today’s market can be tough. People such as Natashya Wilson, Senior Editor: Vicki Hinze, author of books featuring tough chick heroines; and Suzanne Brockmann, best selling author of tough characters. This workshop would cover such topics as how to portray tough chick heroines. Not just illustrating self-defense techniques, but how to build a tough chick heroine from the inside out. What kind of women make up the tough chicks and what are they like in their everyday lives? What drives them to become tough? What kind of hero must stand beside her and what kind of villains will she face? According to editor Julie Barrett, tough chick heroines are not going anywhere. They are here to stay and it’s up to today’s romance writers to portray them in an accurate light. Note: Austen to Aliens is a four week course with two lectures per week, and three days for Q&A Presenter Bio: Jacqui Jacoby: As a women capable of taking down a 220 pound man in self-defense simulations, I have the background to understand tough chicks. As the writer of non-fiction articles for various RWA Chapter newsletters including The Kiss of Death, The Orange Blossom and The Heartbeat of Denver, I have the experience to research and present this workshop. First Place Winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award in Excellence, as well as the Suzannah and the Dixie for her books, she is a RWA Golden Heart Finalst. She is a workshop teacher who has appeared both live and online to give such classes as “From Austin to Aliens: How to Create Classic Tough Chicks” and “Lessons of Firefly.” Her novels, Dead Men Play the Game, Bystander and Aaden’s Hope continue to generate fan mail. If there is one thing I do know, it’s how to be a tough chick. Deadline to register is February 3, 2020 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  3. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** Seven Deadly Sins of Fiction When: October 1, 2012 to October 31, 2012 Cost: $20 HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers members, $25 all others Contact: Online Classes Coordinator HCRWonline@heartofcarolina.org Presented by Susan Palmquist Intended audience-beginning and intermediate writers Length-four weeks Cost- $20 for HCRW member, $25 for all others Register - http://heartofcarolina.org/ai1ec_event/seven-deadly-sins-of-fiction/?instance_id=45 Goals of Workshop-help writers avoid common mistakes that usually result in rejection letters Participants will-learn about the seven most common mistakes and reasons editors reject stories, how to find them in your own work and how to overcome these errors Schedule/Lesson Plan Week One, Lesson One-Welcome, Sin #1- Formatting, how to look like a professional Week One, Lesson Two-Sin #2 Dead end dialogue, how to put the right words into your character’s mouths Week Two, Lesson Three-Sin #3- Information dump, too much, too soon Week Two, Lesson Four-Sin #4- Same old plot, putting a new twist to hackneyed story lines Week Three, Lesson Five-Sin #5-Boring Characters, how to create people readers will love Week Three, Lesson Six-Sin #6-Head Hopping, knowing whose head you’re in Week Four, Lesson Seven-Sin #7-Not writing what you love, how to not to follow trends Week Four, Lesson Eight-recap, parting words and questions Exercises Exercise 1-Rewriting dialogue along lines discussed in the lesson Exercise 2-Rewriting a scene and removing the info dump Exercise 3-Put a new spin on a story Exercise 4-Create a new character Exercise 5-Finding the head hopping errors Exercise 6-What’s wrong with this submission- an overview of everything that’s been covered About Susan Susan Palmquist is a freelance writer and author of six novels, four of which are romances. She’s also a short story writer who’s been published in magazines in both the US and UK. Under her pen name, Vanessa Devereaux, she a bestselling author of both erotica and erotic romances and has published thirty five novels/novellas, with eight more releases set for later this year. She also writes a weekly money saving blog at called The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to the Universe. And is a writing tutor and the author of the soon to be released How To Write A Romance Novel, Getting It Written and Getting It Published by Compass Books. For more information about Susan, visit www.susanpalmquist.com Click Here to Signup
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