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  1. Hook ‘em Dano: Writing the Grabber Opening Scene Presenter: Linnea Sinclair Class begins: August 1, 2022 Class Length: Four Weeks Cost: $30 (free for Romance Writers Online members) Link to registrations: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/ Last day to register is August 1, 2022 Class Blurb: Today's editors and readers don't have time to waste getting into a book or its characters. While "Four score and seven years ago" might have worked fine for Old Abe, starting a book/story with flashback or lengthy description has fallen out of favor with the generation raised on MTV. "Hook 'Em" will dissect the good, the bad and the ugly of openers, why they work and why they don't. It will examine different categories and styles of opening lines and scenes and help students analyze their own writing. Presenter Bio: Workshop teacher Linnea Sinclair is a multi-award-winning science fiction and romance author whose plots, according to reviewers, readers and judges, ‘hit the ground running and never let up’. You can find her at https://www.linneasinclair.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. 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.
  3. Flashbacks that Please Your Editor and Don’t Confuse Your Reader Presented by MM Pollard Class begins: April 1, 2019 Class Length: Four weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens March 18, 2019 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Blurb: Flashbacks are a device that a writer must use with care, or she might lose her reader in that distant past, never to see that reader again. We’ll consider kinds of flashbacks, uses for flashbacks, and reasons not to use flashbacks. Flashbacks present a problem with verb tenses. Since a flashback is past, but you’re writing in past tense, how do you show the flashback is more past than past? Confused? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. Editor and writing coach Laurie Sanders says that the poorly written flashback is one of the reasons for rejected manuscripts. Lesson Outline: Homework with every lesson with instructor feedback Lesson 1: What Are Flashbacks, Why Are They Used, and Are They the Only Way to Do That? Lesson 2: Should You Use Flashbacks and What are the Rules? Lesson 3: What Are the Different Lengths of Flashbacks? Lesson 4: How Do You Clearly Signal Transitions between Story and Flashback? Lesson 5: Verb review Lesson 6: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Past Tense? Lesson 7: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Present Tense? Lesson 8: Review and Your Turn Lesson 9: MM’s comments on your flashbacks Reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback – like mini edits. Presenter Bio: MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire, her training as a certified copy editor, and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Savvy Authors, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English. MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops. Deadline to register is April 1, 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.
  4. Visibility Unlocked: How Authors Can Attract, Captivate, and Retain Their Audience presented by VaNessa Duplessie Class begins: August 6, 2018 Length of class: 3 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: July 23, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Workshop Description: This Workshop is designed to teach new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before your first book release. You will leave with the tools enabling you to get started immediately to build or enhance an online presence. This workshop will share exactly what you need to do on a daily, weekly, & monthly basis to unlock your visibility. About the presenter: VaNessa Duplessie is a digital marketing strategist by day & a contemporary romance writer by night under the pen name Leigh Duvan. She writes sweet and sassy stories and loves a loveable hero. She's a specialist in marketing & brand building designed to drawn in loyal and sticky fans. Complete with two decades of sales/marketing experience, she teaches new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before their first book release. An avid napper, she spends time running her kids here to there and traveling with her husband as often as possible. You can visit her at http://LeighDuvan.com. Deadline to register is August 6, 2018 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. For the Discouraged Writer: Rekindling the Passion in your Writing presented by Red Jameson Class begins: June 4, 2018 Length of class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens: May 21, 2018 Link to registration: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=546 Workshop description: When Red heard the advice that discouraged writers should get used to no longer feeling passionate about writing and to just get a hobby, she decided to challenge that. At almost every level of her writing career, she’s had some sort of discouragement. After so many years of it, she decided to shove it where the sun didn’t shine and find the fire in her writing once again. This workshop covers almost every area a writer—from those just starting out to those who have been writing before dinosaurs were love interests—can become discouraged and ways to overcome it. From finishing a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written to strategies for a shy writer to conquer social media, from bouncing back when a publisher rejects your brilliant story to dealing with editors who dump you, from overcoming fear and dealing with envy, this class covers the turbulent business of being an author. About Red Jameson: While finishing her Master’s Degree in US Military History, Red has had many part-time jobs to help pay bills but mostly to fund her addiction to fiction writing. Yoga instructor and weight management consultant were fun, but it wasn’t until she started proofing for a history journal that she knew true adventure, nearly getting into a back-alley fight over which writing style is the best. Chicago Style, of course. Formatting, graphic designing, then editing came later; although, she missed getting into cat fights with copyeditors about comma placement. Now, she writes her sizzling sexy yet cerebral stories full-time and wants to help other writers who need a hand up in this crazy business of writing. Deadline to register is June 4, 2018 FMI: https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=546 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.
  6. RWA® ONLINE presents: Become a Better Editor: Top Editing Strategies for Writers presented by MM Pollard Class begins: March 7, 2016 Length: 4 weeks Registration opens: February 22, 2016 Cost: $15 Register at http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Class Blurb: Knowing HOW to edit is just as important as knowing WHAT to look for when you edit. During this four-week workshop, students will practice (homework) searching for and correcting common errors in punctuation, grammar, and usage, using MM’s seven editing strategies. This workshop covers common writing errors, like missing words and missing inflections, comma splices, and more. You will have the opportunity to practice using the strategies on your own worst errors. MM will give feedback to all participants who submit homework on time. Think of homework as an opportunity for a mini-edit by MM. About MM Pollard: MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Writer University, many RWA® chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English. MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops. Class is open to both RWA® and non RWA® members. Note: Members of RWA® Online Chapter 136 do not pay for any of our workshops. Cost to join is $25 per year. 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. Deadline to register is March 9, 2016. If you have any questions about the class or the format, please email the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at fisc40pa@aol.com
  7. ********Permission to Forward Granted****** RWA® Online Chapter 136 presents: Let's Submit -- Solving the Synopsis and Query Dilemma Presenter: Becky Martinez RWA® Online Workshop Website: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm Class begins 4/28/14 and ends 5/23/14. Registration opens 4/14/14 Cost is $15 for the entire 4 weeks. RWA® Online members take the class for free. Blurb: A good query letter can be every bit as important as the opening pages of your novel. It’s your first opportunity to show your writing skills to a prospective agent or editor. Make it count! Make it shine! The same is true for your synopsis. It should tell your story and show off your writing style. How can you learn to write the perfect query letter? What should you put in a synopsis? Here’s a chance to learn how to make those query letters sing and write the synopsis that has the editor asking for more pages or the entire manuscript. Get practical information on how to write your own queries and how to create a synopsis in an easy step-by-step method. About the presenter: Becky Martinez is an award-winning former broadcast journalist who left the newsrooms after 30+ years and now focuses on fiction writing instead of nonfiction. She is a multi-published author in romance and romantic suspense who also teaches online writing classes, mentors and coaches writers. Her latest book is DEAD MAN'S RULES, the first in a three book romantic suspense trilogy published by The Wild Rose Press. Class 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. Payment must be received prior to class start or you will not be allowed to participate. If you have any questions, please contact the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at either workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org or fisc40pa@aol.com Thank you. Patti Fischer www.rwaonlinechapter.org
  8. ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged*** Yes, You Can Use Commas Correctly By MM Pollard June 18-29, 2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Has comma chaos taken over your writing? Do you find yourself putting dashes where commas might go, but you’re not sure, so you throw in the dashes? Have you convinced yourself that commas hate you? If so, fear not. During this workshop, MM Pollard will use her unique way of distilling information so that you will use commas like a pro and editors will notice. MM throws in a bit of humor to make the lessons much more fun than your jr. high English classes were. Cross her heart! A few topics she will cover in the workshop are - comma use in introductory words and phrases, in non-restrictive clauses, in compound and complex sentences, - comma use in dialogue; - dashes and parentheses use instead of commas, and - the comma conventions. No, you don’t have to attend a huge meeting with a bunch of commas. Reward for doing your homework: If you post all of your homework when due, she’ll proofread your 1,000-word submission for grammar, usage, and punctuation errors. Critiquing story elements like point of view and character development she leaves to publishers. Workshop Outline Lessons will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Homework is due the day after it is assigned. Lessons 1 & 2: You will learn the comma rules regarding introductory elements in a sentence – interjections, nouns of direct address, verbal and prepositional phrases, and subordinate clauses. Lesson 3 & 4: You will learn the comma rules regarding restrictive and non-restrictive clauses, and appositive phrases. In Lesson 4, you will also learn the rules regarding dashes and parentheses and how to decide if you need commas, dashes, or parentheses. Lesson 5: You will learn the comma rules regarding items in a series and compound sentences. You will also meet and learn to correct the dreaded comma splice. Lesson 6: You will learn seven comma conventions, rules for using commas that don’t have a reason other than that’s how we do it in 2012. Each lesson will have homework that gives you the opportunity to practice what you learned in that day. You will use your WIP for some of the homework assignments. I will give you passages for other assignments. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: As an English teacher and acquisitions editor for Black Velvet Seductions, MM Pollard has had the mission to find ungrammatical grammar, misused usage, and problematic punctuation in others’ writing. Mistakes seem to jump off the page for her – yes, she’s that good. Her goal is to teach writers what they need to know about English grammar, usage, and punctuation so that they won’t need an editing service to correct their mistakes in these areas. MM has presented or will present workshops for Muse Online Writers Conference, Savvy Authors, Writers Online Classes, Novelists at Work, and Orange County Chapter RWA, in addition to those in her virtual classroom. WORKSHOP FEES: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: EROTIC COMMAS. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: EROTIC COMMAS in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer P.O. Box 2412 Norfolk, NE 68702 ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.*** AND... Creating the Perfect Predator By LD Madison July 7- 27, 2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Are all killers the same? Are all rapists motivated by the same things? Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding NO. Even though we’d like to think that all criminals are crazy or simply evil, they are complex creatures as varied and three-dimensional as the heroes we love. Creating the Perfect Predator the perfect place to start your journey into the recesses of your villain’s mind and psyche. Learn how they became the way they are, why they do thing heinous things they do – and what they get out of it. The four-week workshop is for authors at all levels of writing experience. There are no specific ‘prerequisites’ other than an open-mind, and a desire to create spine-chilling, believable predators. The workshop is meant to be an overview of criminals and predators – not just killers. It will include the psychology of rapists, arsonists, cult leaders and pedophiles – as well as a strategy for the hero/heroine to find and catch the villain. Workshop Schedule 1. Introduction to Creating a Believable Predator 2. Profiling – What to look for 3. Killers – Are they all the same? 4. Arsonists – A Burning Obsession 5. Rapists – Who Rapes and Why They Do It 6. Pedophiles – Are They All the Same? 7. Cult and Satanic Crimes – Fool Me Once 8. How Does Your Hero Catch Them? 9. Conclusion – Wrap Up and Q&A Assignments I will assign homework where the students have to write a short scene - 500 words or less - using information learned in the ‘lesson’. For example, during the Killers lesson, they have to write a scene using from the killer’s point of view. For the Arsonist lesson, I have them write a scene from the point of view of the arsonist. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: LD has been writing and researching criminal behavior and subcultures for the past ten years. In addition to publishing erotic romances, LD has a degree in organizational psychology, and is currently working on a graduate degree in criminology. If you have any questions, please feel free to email at: ldmadison.author@gmail.com WORKSHOP FEES: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: EROTIC PREDATOR. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: EROTIC PREDATOR in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer P.O. Box 2412 Norfolk, NE 68702 ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***
  9. Not sure if this is where I post NON- RWAOL workshop information. If it isn't please let me know and I'll post it in the appropriate place next time. Upcoming workshops through Passionate Ink Chapter **Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged** Author vs. Editors Ten Things I…About You! By Robin Matheson May 1-2, 2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Author vs. Editors Ten Things I…About You! The connection between author and editor remains one of the most unique in business. This workshop will review 10 key factors that can make or break a successful author-editor relationship. Apply the 4 Components of a Business Plan as it relates to authors. Special attention will also be paid to the nitty-gritty behind the 3 levels of the editing process. There will be lots of opportunity for Q&A. Target Audience: Beginner and Intermediate. Length of Workshop: 2 day intensive. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: An award winning author, Robin Matheson holds an honors specialist degree in Classical Civilization and English and a Master of Education. She’s taught numerous courses at college, overseas and, more recently, online courses on writing. One of Robin’s greatest passions is traveling. In addition to their home base, she and her family have also lived in South East Asia and South Africa. Visit her at www.robiemadison.com WORKSHOP FEES: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members To pay via PayPal, please send payment to robinrotham@yahoo.com and make the subject line WORKSHOP: AUTHORS VS EDITORS. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: AUTHORS VS EDITORS in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer P.O. Box 2412 Norfolk, NE 68702 ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.*** Beyond the Basic Google Search: How to Make the Most of Online Research By Ally Broadfield May 7- June 1,2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: There’s nothing more frustrating than wasting your precious writing time on a futile web search. Whether you are looking for a specific piece of information or need to research an entire time period or subject, this class will help you conduct the best search for your information needs. You will learn how to utilize multiple online search resources, including search engines, web directories, and databases. You will also learn how to refine search terms, narrow or broaden your search, how to use Boolean logic, and many other tips and tricks to make your research more efficient and successful. A list of searchable web directories and websites covering multiple topics based on the needs of workshop attendees will also be provided. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: A graduate of The George Washington University, Ally Broadfield is a former school librarian whose passion is sharing knowledge. She has participated in several RWA sponsored workshops and has studied every book about writing she’s been able to get her hands on since she decided to stop dabbling and get serious about being published. She is a News Writer for the Best Friends Animal Network and an RWA PRO. Her first manuscript she didn’t consign to the dust bunnies under her bed is currently on submission. She writes historical romance and young adult paranormal/fantasy romance, and is an active member of SCBWI and several RWA chapters, including YARWA, FF&P, HHRW and NTRWA. WORKSHOP FEES: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members To pay via PayPal, please send payment to robinrotham@yahoo.com and make the subject line WORKSHOP: BEYOND THE BASIC GOOGLE SEARCH. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: BEYOND THE BASIC GOOGLE SEARCH in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop. Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer P.O. Box 2412 Norfolk, NE 68702 ***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***
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