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  1. Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book Presenter: Jacqui Jacoby Class begins: May 2, 2022 Class Length: Four Weeks Cost: $30 (free for Romance Writers Online members) Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ Last day to register is May 2, 2022 Class Blurb: Before the book, before a writer types a word on a page, there is an idea. And behind that idea are the characters, the background, the location. Research is an important aspect of any story. Whether the writer prepares their background information before they begin to write the story, or if they make it up as they go, they will need to get to know the people they are creating. Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book is a class which will help writers learn the basics for researching their novels. Whether they are using the public library, stacking their own shelves or meeting with a professional in their character's profession, this class will give the writer the insiders look at how to do the research and then pull it all together. Presenter Bio: Award-winning author, Jacqui Jacoby lives and writes in the beauty of Northern Arizona. Currently adjusting to being an empty nester with her first grandchild to draw her pictures, Jacqui is a self-defense hobbyist. Having studied martial arts for numerous years she retired in 2006 from the sport, yet still brings strength she learned from the discipline to her heroines. She is a working writer, whose career includes writing books, teaching online and live workshops and penning short nonfiction. You can find the author at http://www.jacquijaxjacoby.com/ Learn about all the workshops offered at Romance Writers Online. FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com Note: We conduct all our workshops via a message board system located on our website. You cannot take the class via email, although our system can notify you when new lessons post if you set up board notifications. 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. RWA Online Chapter #136 will hold a Zoom Workshop October 16, 2021 @ 2:00 PM EST After THE END: Epilogues, Query Letters, Synopses, and More! Presented by Terri Brisbin Date: Saturday October 16, 2021, via Zoom Time: 2:00 PM EST/1:00 PM CST/Noon MST/11:00 AM PST Duration: 90 minutes Cost: Free for RWAOL (RWA Online Chapter #136) members. $15 for non-members. Public is welcome. Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/oct-18-after-the-end/ The workshop will be recorded. You must register before the workshop begins but the recording will be available to registrants soon after the workshop ends. While the workshop is mostly geared to those who are seeking traditional publishers, it will be a useful tool for any writer, including those self-published or still seeking publication. About the Workshop Most writers think that when they type the wondrous words – THE END – their work is done. In reality, it is just beginning! One decision is about whether to include an epilogue in your fiction. But, two of the most important parts of your work – the Query Letter and the Synopsis—still need to be created if you expect to market and/or publish your work. Both are critical tools that will grab the attention of a prospective editor or agent and help them sell your work to publishers. Terri, who has sold her work based on synopses, will discuss the final steps of fiction writing – crafting an epilogue, writing a query letter and composing a thorough synopsis – and give tips and share suggestions from leading editors and agents about those crucial final steps of novel writing. (For experienced writers nearing THE END or anyone who has a goal of being published by a traditional publisher) About the presenter In her previous lives, USA TODAY bestselling author Terri Brisbin has lived in ancient Egypt and medieval Scotland, but here and now she’s stuck in the wilds of southern New Jersey with one hubby, three sons (and three daughters-in-law), and FOUR grandbabies! When not living the life of a glamorous romance author or writing her way through deadline-binges-o-mania, she also continues in her practice as a dental hygienist. Since 1998, Terri’s more than 46 historical and paranormal romance novels, novellas and short stories have been published by Berkley, Harlequin, Kensington, NAL and SMP Swerve and released in 20 languages in 25 countries! Terri has also self-published some works and is working on more stories to be released in the future! You can connect with Terri on her website at www.terribrisbin.com *** This will be a Zoom videoconference workshop. Those who are RWA Online Chapter #136 members do not have to pay, and our members will be provided a link to register for free. Others will need to register and pay the $15 participation fee. For more information on how to join our chapter, or to check out our other workshops, visit us at https://rwaonlinechapter.org/
  3. RWA Online, Chapter #136 of Romance Writers of America is now accepting online workshop proposals for 2022. We are looking for experienced workshop presenters who have a passion for teaching the craft, the business of writing, a writer’s life, or publishing. You do not need to be a member of RWA to teach the workshop. Workshops may be 2-4 weeks in length and we are actively seeking presenters who can create interactive, student-centered learning opportunities that may include homework and feedback, question and answer sessions, and a stimulating discussion environment. RWAOL offers at least six or more online workshop sessions each year on various topics of interest to both the published and unpublished writer. Our workshops are held via a discussion board (forum) format on our website (www.rwaonlinechapter.org/Boards). (IMPORTANT: We do not hold any workshops via email loops, such as Google Groups or on Facebook.) RWAOL provides all workshops free of charge to its members and charges $15 for non-chapter members. We offer workshop presenters a flat-rate fee of $200 for two weeks, $300 for three weeks and $400 for four weeks or a full month for their services. We expect our presenters to be professional, prepared, available, and computer-savvy enough to present using a forums/discussion board format. Since some of our presenters have not used a forum format, we have a private forum for the presenter to test things and get help from us before the workshop starts or during the workshop. Our forum format also facilitates discussion, enables our presenters to include pictures/photographs and videos as well as links to articles on the internet in the text of their lessons. Our format allows presenters and students to access our forum 24/7. All workshop proposals should include a title, a blurb about the course, course syllabus, and a brief resume/bio of the instructor. Please include how many times the workshop was/are being taught in 2021 and when and where you are planning to teach it in 2022. RWAOL requests an exclusivity clause so that any negotiated workshop is not presented via another venue within 2 months of RWAOL's scheduled date. Note: If 2022 does not work and you are interested in teaching a class in 2023, let me know. Our members have expressed interest in workshops on editing, fast paced writing, and self-publishing, the business of writing as a career, plus any other targeted writing areas that would help them pursue their craft in romance, as long as it can be taught in a two to four-week period. The usual way classes are taught is to post lessons three days a week over the course period and to allow for time for questions to be asked and answered. We are looking for most any type of workshop that relates to romance writing. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. This is a great opportunity to earn some money and give back to fellow writers in teaching them the craft. Please send your workshop proposals (or your questions) to Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com Thank you. Patti Fischer Workshop Coordinator RWA Online Chapter http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/
  4. IRRESISTIBLE BLURBS Presenter: Siri Caldwell Class begins: May 3, 2021 Class Length: Two weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration is open. Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/may-2021-irresistible-blurbs/ About the workshop: Don’t lose sales with a less-than-ideal book description. In this workshop, designed for self-publishing romance writers, you’ll learn to distill your plot into a short, exciting blurb and write an engaging tagline, a compelling opening, and an intriguing ending. By breaking it down step by step, you really can write a book description that readers will love. Syllabus: 2 weeks Lesson 1: Identify your audience (subgenre, trope, keywords) Lesson 2: Blurb structure: one-part structure Lesson 3: Blurb structure: two-part and three-part structure Lesson 4: Opening line Lesson 5: Ending line Lesson 6: Tagline Each lesson will have homework, and feedback will be provided. By the end of the workshop you will have brainstormed several approaches and written and polished a complete blurb. Presenter Bio: Siri Caldwell writes contemporary and paranormal romance and is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is also the author of Irresistible Blurbs: How to Write a Book Description Romance Readers Will Love, a guide for indie-published romance novelists. You can find her at: https://siricaldwell.com/ Deadline to register is May 3, 2021 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.
  5. Write the Effing Book presented by Mary E. Thompson Class Begins: June 3, 2019 Class Length: Three weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter #136 members) Registration opens May 20, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: You have an idea. It's a great one. You know you can turn it into a book that will sell like crazy. But you just don't know where to get started. This workshop will take you through the process of plotting out your novel in a way that even (brave) pantsers will want to try. We will dive into who your characters are, what they really want, and why they think they can’t have it. We will plot the major points of your novel, and you will walk away with a plan that gives you enough detail to get started, whether you are a plotter and want to have each piece in place or a pantser who likes finding the surprise inside your story. By dissecting popular novels, we will explore multiple examples of how to take your idea from something small to something spectacular. Course Syllabus: Lesson One - Getting Started Lesson Two - Get To Know Your Characters Lesson Three - Digging Deeper Into Your Characters Lesson Four - Goal, Motivation, and Conflict Lesson Five - The Black Moment Lesson Six - Character Arc Lesson Seven - Turning Points Lesson Eight - Fill In The Gaps Lesson Nine - Break Their Rules, Not Yours Presenter Bio: Mary E. Thompson writes steamy, small town stories that give readers hope that romance still exists and keep them coming back for more. As an indie author of over 40 stories, Mary knows how to not only start, but also how to finish a book. She's developed her plotting process through years of experience in figuring out what works for her, as well as coaching other authors into getting their books written. When Mary isn’t writing, reading, or helping other authors, she’s doing her best to raise her daughter and son to be good people and living out her own real-life romance with her amazing husband. Visit her at http://maryethompson.com to learn more. Deadline to register is June 3, 2019 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.
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