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  1. COMPUTER SECURITY FOR AUTHORS AND THEIR CHARACTERS presented by Pam Trader Class begins: April 2, 2018 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens March 19, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=546 Workshop description: It's a dangerous cyberworld out there! Phishing and email scams and database hacking, oh my! What's an author to do about it all? Can you even be on the internet anymore? Is the "cloud" safe for our works in progress? Learn how phishing, spyware, and ransomware is used, how identity theft and internet scams work, and how to be safe on wi-fi networks and social media. We'll also look at the latest scary problem built into all of our computers - the villainous Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities - to assess how serious these threats are. This interactive workshop will tiptoe through the world of cybersecurity through two paths - one designed to provide authors with knowledge about computer security for their personal use. We'll also explore cybersecurity as our characters use, or avoid, those threats in our stories. Come prepared with both your questions and your character's questions in the world of cybersecurity. About Pam Trader Pam Trader is a geek who manages a few websites, webcasts a few RWA® chapter meetings, and helps her less computer-literate friends keep their computers running. In a former life she spent 20 years in the United States Air Force where she claims to have spent a lot of time on the phone with help desks trying to make the computer systems she used to do more than the designers intended. That segued into a job with a defense contractor who built those systems she nagged about where she learned the importance of good computer hygiene and eventually earned her COMPTIA Security+ certification. You can find Pam tethered to a computer in her day job building web-based instructional products and at night tinkering with those websites she manages when she's not inventing ways for her heroes and heroines to escape the clutches of notorious cyber villains. Deadline to register is April 2, 2018 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a 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. 2017 Workshop Schedule for RWA® Online: Cost is $15 but RWA® Online Chapter members take the workshops for free. Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher presented by MM Pollard Dates: 2/6/17 through 3/3/17 ***** On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place presented by Catherine Chant. Dates: 4/3/17 and ends 4/28/17 ***** Finish That Book: Patch Your Plot Holes with Brainstorming by Stephanie Queen Dates: 6/5/17 and ends 6/30/17 ***** S.E.N.D. – Submitting Your Work and Beyond by Tina Holland Dates: 8/7/17 and ends 8/17/17 ***** Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC presented by Meredith Bond Dates: 10/2/17 and ends 10/13/17 ***** Writing and Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success presented by Mindy Hardwick Dates: 12/4/17 and ends 12/22/17 ****Please Forward to Your Writing Groups. Do not need to be a member of RWA® National to take our workshops but to join RWA® Online you have to first join RWA®.****
  3. On October 12, 2013 Bob Mayer will be speaking near Raleigh, NC on Events of Your Story and Selling ebooks. http://heartofcarolina.org/2013/07/register-now-for-the-october-workshop-by-bob-mayer/
  4. ***** 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
  5. Who: Madeline Hunter When: October 13, 2012 from 9am to 6pm Where: Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary,NC 27513 How: http://heartofcarolina.org/ai1ec_event/all-day-workshop-presented-by-madeline-huner/?instance_id=32 All Day Workshop includes coffee and pastries in the morning. Lunch will be on your own! Morning workshop: The Book that Writes Itself Editors demand good stories, and the heart of a good story is conflict. This workshop will explain how a strong central conflict will immediately improve characterization, plot, and pacing, and will drive the story so powerfully that it all but writes itself. The discussion will be followed by a hands-on session, during which workshop participants will analyze their works in progress (or next projects) to identify and strengthen the core conflicts and develop secondary and supportive conflicts. They will then use that analysis and brainstorming, along with Madeline’s guidance and template, to create rough drafts of conflict-driven synopses. Afternoon workshop: An Industry Primer Walk with Madeline through a virtual publishing house, and learn how the power flows, who does what, and which players can influence your career and how. Along the way she will describe the editorial pecking order, the roll of acquisition meetings, concepts such as publisher support, the distribution system, and the role your editor plays in all of this, from “the call” to the profit and loss report. The discussion will provide writers with knowledge that empowers them to make good decisions and become active partners in building their careers, and also enables them to position themselves and choose story ideas that will be the ones publishers want to bring on board. The potential benefits (and potential pitfalls) of self-publishing will also be discussed, along with an outline of what is involved in self-publishing. Book Signing Immediately following the workshop, there will be a book-signing featuring many of our local romance authors, free and open to the public. This will begin at 5:00 p.m. Pricing All-Day Workshop In Advance: $45 for members $50 for non-members All-Day Workshop At the Door: $50 for members $55 for non-members *Please note that there are only 60 seats available for the all-day workshop. If you want to come to the whole day, you’ll want to register ASAP! Afternoon Workshop Only (starting at 2:00) In Advance: $25 for members $30 for non-members Afternoon Workshop Only (starting at 2:00) At the Door: $35 for all Register Here
  6. ***** Permission to Forward ****** February 2012 Workshop Register for Class Vision Boards Instructor: Misa Ramirez / Melissa Bourbo When: February 1-14, 2012 Cost: $15 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $20 for All Others WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION There are lots of reasons to make dream boards, also called vision boards. They’re great for goal-setting, visualizing the abstract things you want, giving concrete visuals to the abstract, and they can take you deeper into yourself--if you let them. While it’s an excellent exercise to make a vision board about your own life, it’s also great fun--and very informative--to make one about your hero and/or heroine. Sometime we write characters without knowing much about our characters. Sometimes we fill out character inventories to help us know as much as possible about them: hair color, eye color, height, weight, political affiliation, religion, pets, etc. This is all great, but I’ve never found the character inventory very helpful. That may just be me, but what I end up with are things that are very much on the surface and I still come away not knowing very my characters with any depth and not remembering those character elements because I haven’t made a connection with them. It’s the what makes them tick concepts that help me, but they evolve throughout the writing process and through vision boarding. Our class on Vision Boards is interactive, can be done with magazines and glue, or it can be done virtually. I'll take you through exercises to get you thinking about interesting ways to represent your characters and/or world. It's best if you're willing to share and have creative time to devote to actually making vision boards! INSTRUCTOR BIO Misa Ramirez / Melissa Bourbon is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series: Living the Vida Lola (January ’09) and Hasta la Vista, Lola! (2010) from Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Minotaur, Bare-Naked Lola (April 2012, Entangled Publishing), and A Dressmaker’s Mystery series for NAL (Pleating for Mercy, August 2011) and A Fitting End (February 2012). She is also the Marketing Director for Entangled Publishing. A former middle and high school teacher, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola and Harlow on their many adventures. Whether it’s contemplating belly button piercings, visiting nudist resorts, or hanging out with seamstresses, she’s always up for the challenge. She is published in Woman’s World Magazine and Romance Writers Report, and GLOW Magazine (11/2010), is the co-author of The Tricked-Out Toolbox (January 2012), and has a children’s book published. Register for Class
  7. Heart of Carolina Romance Writers is proud to present NY Times Best Selling Author and RWA PRO Mentor of the Year Cherry Adair. Cherry will be speaking on Texturing and Layering from 9am to 4pm at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Durham. Cost is $50 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers members and $55 for nonmembers. A free book signing will occur after the meeting from 4pm to 5pm with Cherry and several other HCRW authors. Link to Flyer: http://www.heartofcarolina.org/programming/2011OctoberWorkshop.pdf Link to Registration page: http://www.heartofcarolina.org/progr...adair_reg.html
  8. ******Permission to Forward Granted****** October Online Workshop Registration Deadline WhenSunday, Sep 25, 2011 Wherehttp://heartofcarolina.org/online-classes.html (map) DescriptionEnneagrams: What Are They and How Can I Use Them In My Writing? Instructor: Misa Ramirez When: October 1-31, 2011 Cost: $20 for HCRW and Carolina Romance Writers Members, $25 for All Others WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Enneagrams are a fun and effective tool to use when crafting your characters. Character growth must happen, right? But how do we stay focused on who our characters are and stay true to their personalities with that growth? People develop their personality types early in life and those traits stay with them. What changes is the understanding we have of the personality we’ve had all along. Our personalities frame how we respond to situations. This is true for your characters, as well. Is your hero a Reformer? Or a Helper? Or maybe he or she is a Motivator. What is their shadow self? Enneagrams help identify psychological motivations. They are used as a diagnostic tool to look at one’s emotional outlook. This online workshop will teach you: Enneagram Basics How to apply them to crafting your characters Help you use these identifiers as you traverse your turning points so that you stay true to who your character is as they grow. Your character development will never be the same! INSTRUCTOR BIO Misa Ramirez / Melissa Bourbon is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series: Living the Vida Lola (January ’09) and Hasta la Vista, Lola! (2010) from Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Minotaur and A Dressmaker’s Mystery series for NAL (Pleating for Mercy, fall 2011). On top of that, she has two romantic suspense e-novels, The Chain Tree and Cursed, from Diversion Books. A former middle and high school teacher, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola and Harlow on their many adventures. Whether it’s contemplating belly button piercings, visiting nudist resorts, or hanging out with seamstresses, she’s always up for the challenge. Misa has two middle grade series for girls in development, is published in Woman’s World Magazine and Romance Writers Report, and GLOW Magazine (11/2010), and has a children’s book published.
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