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RWA Online Chapter 2010 Workshop Schedule


Instructors: Sue Viders and Becky Martinez

Dates: Jan 10th 2010 – Feb 6th 2010

Registration Opens: December 27th, 2009 – January 9th 2010

Personality is a critical part of any character's make-up. It can mean the difference between a great character, one you remember forever, or a mediocre one you forget as soon as the book is read. This class looks at how to build and define a character’s personality and how to add those little details that make that character more realistic in his/her actions.


Instructor: Sherry Lewis

Dates: 1 – 31st March 2010

Registration: 15th - 28th February 2010

Learn how to show editors and agents that you can put together a compelling story filled with sympathetic characters. Learn how to include the motivation and conflict editors are looking for in a synopsis, how to format a synopsis, how to decide what to include and what to leave out, how to write a functional query letter, and how to pace the story to keep the editor hooked.


Instructor: Bob Mayer

Dates: 1 – 30th June 2010

Registration: 17th - 31st May 2010

Still vowing to finish that novel one day?

Still not published?

Published, but not where you want to be in your career?

Joined critique groups? Read stacks of books about writing? Paid big money to attend writing classes and conferences? Think you are doing everything right, but still something is missing? Maybe your writing isn’t what needs to change. Maybe it’s you.

Warrior-Writer is a one-of-a-kind Workshop focusing on you, the author. Behaviors become habits. Habits become character. Character defines destiny.

What is your destiny?

In Warrior-Writer Bob Mayer applies the battle-tested strategies of the Green Berets to the world of being an author. He’s taught thousands of writers over the years, but this new and innovative program goes deeper than words on the page. It is designed to teach you the writer to think, plan, and act like the elite.

The Green Berets are proof these tactics work, and the benefits will extend far beyond your writing. You will progress through two levels of Who Dares Wins: (1) An overall strategy for change and success. (2) Specific tactics you can apply immediately.

Become the change you seek, and take charge of your writing destiny.

PRUNE YOUR PROSE! Ten Tips to Tighten Your Fiction Writing

Instructor: Linnea Sinclair

August 16th – 29th, 2010

Registration August 1-14, 2010

As the saying goes, “Close only counts in…hand grenades.” Don’t let your manuscript bomb because of easily overlooked errors, or for lack of sophistication and polish. Learn how to make every chapter count, every scene earn its keep, every main character memorable. Award-winning Bantam Random House author Linnea Sinclair will take you though ten tips (and more!) that will make your story shine, move it out of the slush pile, onto an editor’s desk so that—when on the shelves—it can garner reviews that note: A must-read, by an author who never disappoints!

Attendees should bring sample pages of their work-in-progress (including their first page) and be prepared to share and improve!

SHORT STORY, BIG IMPACT: Taking the Short Story Road to Success

Instructor: Anna Hackett

Dates: 1st – 31st October 2010

Registration: 17th - 30th September 2010

Short stories pack a big punch! They can provide a path into the publishing world, a way to build writing credits or advance your career as part of an anthology. Not to mention that in today’s busy lifestyle, readers are looking for convenient reads of the perfect length. So what’s the difference between flash fiction, short stories, novelettes and novellas, and why write one? How can writing a short story help with crafting full length books? Anna Hackett provides writers with the skills they need to write a short story: from structure to pacing, characters to conflict*** Added Bonus: Join all of the RWA Online members in our annual KIA Marathon writing competition the entire month of October!


Instructor: Teresa Bodwell

Dates: November 29th, 2010 – December 12th, 2010

Registration: 15th - 28th November 2010

Your novel may be 90,000 words, but most readers (including agents and editors) will make their buying decision in the first few pages. Learning how to hook those readers and keep them turning pages is a critical skill for every writer. Using examples from published books along with writing assignments from your work in progress, this workshop helps you learn the techniques you need to grab readers and make a sale.

Writing assignments include the opening paragraph, first page, first five pages and first ten pages of your work in progress

All classes are free for members, $15 for everyone else.

For more information please visit: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org


The RWA Online Chapter #136 would like to thank our 2009 Workshop Presenters: TERESA BODWELL, LYN COTE, KARA LENNOX, LINNEA SINCLAIR, JESS GRANGER, ANGIE FOX & SUSAN MEIER for making the 2009 Workshop Program a great success


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Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I'm very new. It's my first workshop and I'm afraid that I'm a little bit of a newbie finding things. I finally managed to get to this link (login issues, don't ask) and I don't see the actual Short Story workshop in the list. So, I'm guessing that it takes some time for them to make it to the library some times? spw

I'm not Sarah, but as a member of RWA Online, you have access to all our archived workshops by going to our library here:


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Hey, Theresa, this is last year's workshop schedule. I'm going to "unpin" this topic so it will not appear at the top anymore.

Pam is our 2011 Workshop person and she has been finalizing the schedule and will post it soon. :)

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Hey, Theresa, this is last year's workshop schedule. I'm going to "unpin" this topic so it will not appear at the top anymore.

Pam is our 2011 Workshop person and she has been finalizing the schedule and will post it soon. :)

Thanks for the update Patti - I've been wondering that myself :)

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Hey, Theresa, this is last year's workshop schedule. I'm going to "unpin" this topic so it will not appear at the top anymore.

Pam is our 2011 Workshop person and she has been finalizing the schedule and will post it soon. :)

Oops, sorry! Should have checkd the date!

Awaiting new list with anticipation.


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