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  1. Registration is close to capacity for the NJRW full day masterclass with Damon Suede on Saturday, April 14th. If you'd like to attend this event, don't wait to register! Seating is limited! NJRW is proud to present a full day masterclass with Damon Suede on Saturday, April 14th. Register now! Seating is limited! Based on techniques presented in his new book on characterization and story planning, Damon Suede presents a full-day masterclass on bringing stories to life and life to stories. This full-day workshop includes two masterclass sessions designed to help you tackle the issues and challenges specific to your creative process. MOVING CHARACTERS: action figures – 9am – 12pm Bestsellers start with fascinating people. Boost your writing process and anchor your career at any stage with a new characterization method that jumpstarts drafting, crafting, revision, and pitching. In this deep-dive morning session, we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your people, your plots, your hooks, and your voice whether you’re a plotter or pantser, a beginner or an expert. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so you can bust your ruts and build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. CASTING CALL: starring roles – 1:30pm – 4:30pm For the afternoon, we’ll get personal and practical. Expanding on the techniques presented earlier, this session gets down to the nitty gritty of crafting your own fascinating cast without unnecessary trivia, digression, or theory. Spotlight your primary characters with a supporting lineup that amps the stakes and emotion in every scene. Bring a project that’s in process or start one from scratch in the room, and we’ll zero in on the best possible dramatis personae so your story can write itself. In addition, each attendee will receive a print copy of Verbalize, a new writer guide which lays out fresh, practical solutions which will expand on the day’s material. Most writing manuals skirt craft questions with gimmicks and quick fixes rather than plugging directly into your story’s power source. Energize your fiction and boost your career with · a new characterization method that jumpstarts drafting, crafting, revision, and pitching. · skill-builders to intensify language, stakes, and emotion for your readers. · battle-tested solutions for common traps, crutches, and habits. · a dynamic story-planning strategy effective for plotters and pantsers. · ample examples and exercises to help you upgrade fiction in any genre. Blast past overused tics and types with storycraft that busts your ruts and awes your audience with a fresh set of user-friendly, language-based tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable genre fiction. About the Presenter Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet. Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Romance Writers. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He's won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Damon would love to hear from you.... Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com. Saturday, April 14th 9am – 4:30pm (Check in desk opens at 8:30am) Cost: $35 Cost of registration does not include lunch Pre-Registrations ONLY. Registration will NOT be taken at the door Be sure to act fast! Seating is limited! Register: https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=793 Renaissance Woodbridge 515 US Highway Route 1 South Iselin, NJ 08830 Questions? Contact RoseAnn DeFranco, radefranco@gmail.com Secretary, NJRW 2018 Special Event Coordinator
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