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STORY BOOTCAMP Presenter: Peter Andrews Class begins: March 1, 2021 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration is open. Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/mar-2021-story-bootcamp/ About the workshop: Start fast! Keep it humming. End with authority. Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers. This course will explore the dimensions of your story and push them to the limits so you get the most from your premise and your readers get compelling experiences. No slackers! This is a highly interactive class that depends on commitment and participation. Lesson 1 Breaking the Chains and Going Bigger. Getting out of your own way. Lesson 2 Making Your Tale Epic. Premise, character, and story arc. Lesson 3 Power Positions – Story Bites Reader. Focus, friends and real requirements. Attention must be paid – from page one. Lesson 4 Pyramid Power. Characters have needs, too. And so do readers. Lesson 5 Twists and Turns That Will Leave a Mark. What’s the worst that can happen? Lesson 6 Shocking Revelations. First, surprise yourself. Lesson 7 Excruciating Details. Senses, settings, and special effects. Conflict, oh yeah. Lesson 8 Gut Check. Authenticity, the sadistic writer, and redlining emotion, Lesson 9 Major Surgery. Merciless restructuring. Lesson 10 Thrust into the Careless World. Titles as bait, urban myths, and endings that buzz. Presenter Bio: Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, the Westchester Center for the Arts, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers and Romance Writers of America, and he is past president of RWA’s young adult chapter (YARWA). His How to Write Fast blog can be found at http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/ Deadline to register is March 1, 2021 FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/mar-2021-story-bootcamp/ Or email Patti Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
RWA® Online is proud to present their October 2013 workshop: Writing Steamy Sex Scenes: Making your Readers Beg for More with instructor Suzanne Rock. Class begins: October 7, 2013 and runs through November 1, 2013 Cost: $15 (note: RWA® Online chapter members take the class for free) Registration begins: September 23, 2013 Registration page: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm The workshop will be held on the RWA Online message boards and available to both workshop registrants and our chapter members (who take the workshops for free). Class Blurb: Writing a good sex scene takes hard work. If an author isn’t careful, he or she can be caught up in clichés and euphemisms, both of which can detach the reader from the story. By contrast, a great sex scene can give the reader new insight into the characters and their relationship, as well as further the plot or expand a theme. In this course we will focus on the key elements that make a sex scene memorable and learn how to use writing tools such as prose, scenery, dialogue, and point-of-view to create scenes that both you and your readers will love. This class is NOT an editing class. Basic writing mechanics will not be discussed. Instead, we will discuss the elements of a good sex scene and learn how to apply those elements to our own writing. About Suzanne Rock: Bestselling author Suzanne Rock resides in central Massachusetts with her college sweetheart and two daughters. She published her first book in June 2009 and has since written almost thirty erotic stories through Loose Id, Ellora’s Cave, Siren Bookstrand, Red Sage, and self publishing. She has made numerous best seller lists with her stories, including Loose Id, Siren Bookstrand, All Romance Ebooks and Amazon. In addition to writing, she teaches courses on craft and the publishing industry through Romance Writers of America and Savvy Authors. For a listing of her books and workshops, please visit her website (http://www.SuzanneRock.com). She’s also the social media coordinator for Jupiter Gardens Press. Registration Period: September 23—October 7, 2013 Registration Deadline: October 7, 2013 Note: Email us at email@example.com for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends. Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops). Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access. The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop. For more information click here: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm or email the workshop chair at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you…and we look forward to seeing you in our workshop. Patti Fischer www.rwaonlinechapter.org