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Dunes & Dreams RWA Chapter 215 (from Eastern Long Island) present a February

2011 Online Workshop.

http://www.dunesanddreams.org/writing-workshops

Cost: $10 D&D members, $25 all others. Payable in US funds only.

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FEBRUARY 1ST – 28TH

Where the Streets Have No Name: How Setting Shapes our Characters

with Sherry Peters

*WORKSHOP BLURB*: This workshop is designed to teach writers to use the

physical and cultural environment of a novel, to influence the personality

of the characters and add depth to the characters and their conflicts. The

lessons will cover: Introduction of the class

Political culture, using Northern Ireland, U.S. and Canadian political

systems as prime examples

Religious culture, discussing the essential traits of dominant religions and

smaller sects and their influences upon a person?s beliefs

Financial and economic circumstances, both economic status and personal

financial beliefs

Cultural influences of music, sports, and cultural celebrations

Wrap-Up and Q & A Supporting exercises will be used to reinforce the

lessons, developing setting and character. I plan to give individual

feedback on the exercises and on any questions submitted by the participants

throughout the workshop. Three lessons will be posted each week with time

allocated in between lessons for homework. *INSTRUCTOR BIO:* A writer of YA

Fantasy and Urban Fantasy, I am a PRO member of the Romance Writers of

America as well as a graduate of both the Odyssey Writing Workshop, and the

M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. To learn more

about me, please visit my website at www.dwarvenamazon.com.

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*DATE*: February 1 - 28

Registration deadline is January 29th.

*PLACE**: Dunes & Dreams RWA Workshop Yahoo Loop*

Registrants will receive a yahoo invitation to the workshop several days

before the workshop begins to allow ample time to accept it. Please notify

the coordinators if you have do not receive your invite before the class

begins.

*COST*: $10 Dunes & Dreams RWA Members/ $25 all others (US funds only –

paypal or checks)

*CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY*: No registration fees will be refunded. All

payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut off date.

Payments received after the cut-off date can be applied to a future workshop

of the

applicant's choosing.

If a workshop is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, such as

instructor inability to teach class, registration fees will be applied to a

future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

Hope to see you in class!

Registration form and more information:

http://www.dunesanddreams.org/writing-workshops or

email the coordinators at workshops.ddrwa@gmail.com

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Online Workshop: The Care and Feeding of AGENTS: When You Need One, What

they Do for You, and How to Find One

Instructor: Jennifer Ashley

Date: Feb 1-7, 2011

Sponsor: Desert Rose RWA

Description: Questions many authors face at the beginning of their careers

are: Do I need an agent? What for? How do I find one? Will an agent

represent an unknown, unpublished author? What about if I'm category

published or e-press published? The answer to all these questions is: "It

depends"--on many factors. Agents are not golden tickets to success; on the

other hand, navigating the waters of big-house publishing without them can

be tricky and sometimes impossible. This workshop will address what an

agent's job is, what you should expect from them (and what you should not

expect), when and why you should go it alone, how to find an agent to

represent you, and how to work well with your agent once your signed with

her.

Instructor Bio: Jennifer Ashley is an agented, multi-published, New York

Times bestselling, and RITA award winning author of more than thirty novels

and novellas. She writes historical and paranormal romances as Jennifer

Ashley and award-winning urban fantasy, and paranormal romance as Allyson

James. She writes for Berkley/Penguin Putnam and also for the independent

e-publisher, Ellora's Cave. Websites: <http://www.jennifersromances.com/>'>http://www.jennifersromances.com/>

http://www.jennifersromances.com and <http://www.allysonjames.com/>

http://www.allysonjames.com.

Fee: $15 DR Members; $20 Non-DR Members.

FMI: <http://www.drworkshops.com/> www.drworkshops.com Or email

<mailto:workshops@drworkshops.com> workshops@drworkshops.com

Thank you,

Helen King

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The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

Creating Memorable Characters -- Presented by Sue Viders and Becky Martinez

January 31, 2011 through February 27, 2011

http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=185

Need some help developing characters who leap off the page? Want to get to

know what makes your characters tick so that you can turn them into real

flesh and blood heroes and heroines? Join us for a workshop that will help

you learn how to make the characters in your books come alive. Discover how

you can turn your hero and heroine from wooden figures into realistic people

your readers will remember long after they put down the book.

Find out what it takes to develop your characters and then try using some of

the useful tools in hands on exercises that can help you each time you

tackle the problem of creating a new character, whether it be your heroine,

hero or the villain. By the end of the workshop, each participant will know

how to fully develop their characters and will take home the resources to

help create truly memorable characters on their own.

Get some practical help from two of the authors of the book 10 STEPS TO

CREATING MEMORABLE CHARACTERS!

WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

PayPal. The cost is $15.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP

members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

of registration.

REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=185

WHO: Sue Viders is the author of more than 20 books, numerous articles and

columns for both artists and writers. Her writing book Heroes and Heroines,

Sixteen Master Archetypes, is used in many college and university writing

courses. Her latest book, 10 Steps to Creating Memorable Characters is

gaining use as a practical workbook for writers who want to develop their

characters. She is a practicing artist, seminar leader, and educator with

on-line classes both for writers and artists. Her latest product for writers

is Deal a Story; an interactive card game consisting of 101 cards and six

sections and is based on her Heroes and Heroines book.

Becky Martinez is an award-winning former broadcast journalist and published

author. Her latest book, Deadly Messages was published by The Wild Rose

Press in February 2010. Her first romance novel, Love on Deck, was an Aspen

Gold finalist. She has had several short stories published and contributed

a short story to The Trouble with Romance, an anthology that was a 2007 New

Mexico Book Award finalist. She was also one of the co-authors of Ten Steps

to Creating Memorable Characters, a workbook for writers.

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4. Last chance to register! The Journey Cycle -- Presented by Robin Mat

Posted by: "Bonnie Johnston" persiphatta

Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:58 am (PST)

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The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

The Journey Cycle -- Presented by Robin Matheson

January 31, 2011 through February 27, 2011

http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=101

Is your protagonist poised at the Edge of the Forest, negotiating the Trail

of Breadcrumbs, or facing the Mirror on the Wall? To reach a satisfying

ending to any story, be it romance or another genre, each step in the

Journey requires careful deliberation if your hero or heroine is to pass the

Glass Slipper Test.

This course uses the familiar, symbolic world of Fairy Tales to reinterpret

the Heros Journey into easy to understand motifs. As a story building tool,

the course examines key issues and poses a series of questions about each

stage to help writers "troubleshoot" their way to the next "level". A 2-part

assignment is included with each of the 12 lectures.

Whether you are seeking a better understanding of the journey process to

create a stronger story structure or you are looking for some brainstorming

ideas to conquer a certain leg of that journey, this course is for you!

WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email

invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via

PayPal. The cost is $15.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP

members. If you are a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the

website before you register to get the member price. Payment is due at time

of registration.

REGISTRATION: http://www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=101

WHO: 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.

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5a. WORKSHOP: The Conflict Grid, Tool for Success with Lyn Cote starts F

Posted by: "Cathy Matuszak" tazteach1

Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:44 pm (PST)

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February 2011

THE CONFLICT GRID, TOOL FOR SUCCESS

INSTRUCTOR: Lyn Cote

WHEN: February 7 to February 18

WORKSHOP:

If you don't have conflict, you don't have a story. With Kathy Jacobson's CONFLICT GRID, you will learn to uncover every possible conflict inherent that keep your hero and heroine apart. No more sagging middle. No more trouble crafting a true black moment. No more trouble finding the unifying theme that gives your romance power, no matter what subgenre you write. The CONFLICT GRID also clarifies the basic elements of your romance so that you can pitch it to an editor and give her exactly the info she needs to assess whether it's a winner or not. The CONFLICT GRID, filled out in full, also provides you all you need to write a proposal. It can be your main planning tool for character and plot. Once you learn it, you'll wonder how you did without it!

The CONFLICT GRID is just one tool developed by Kathy Jacobsen AKA Kathy Lloyd in her full writing course, A NOVEL APPROACH, available for download in PDF form for $25 at http://www.kathyjacobsen.com.

ABOUT THE INSTURCTOR:

When Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Long years of rejection followed. Finally in 1997, Lyn got "the call." Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen by Steeple Hill. Lyn has had over twenty-five novels published since then. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, one of the highest awards in the romance genre. Lyn's brand "Strong Women, Brave Stories," always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Now, Lyn spends her days writing books that show the power of divine as well as human love.

Lyn helped found two RWA chapters: Heart of Iowa Fiction Authors in 1994 and Faith, Hope & Love Inspirational Chapter in 1997. She served as president of both. She is an active member of Wisconsin Romance Writers. Lyn has also written three articles for the RWR on the inspirational romance market and one on Classic Romantic Conflicts. Lyn has also taught regional and national workshops for RWA. Visit her online at http://www.LynCote.net.

For more information, please email Cathy Matuszak by clicking here . If you are using a web email and the link doesn't work for you, send the email to neorwaonline@gmail.com

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Cost for the workshop is $15 for NEORWA members, $20 for all others. You do not have to be an RWA member to take our workshops!

Please visit our website at http://www.neorwa.com and click on the Online Workshops link to find out more and the Registration link to register for our current workshop.

REGISTRATION CUT-OFF IS THE DAY BEFORE THE WORKSHOP STARTS Once registered, you will be subscribed to the workshop loop prior to and for the duration of the class.

ABOUT NEORWA'S ONLINE WORKSHOPS:

Admission to the workshop depends on receipt of this form and payment fee before the cut-off date for the workshop chosen. If the fee is received after the cut-off date, the fee can be applied to another workshop of your choosing.

Note: You will receive an invitation to join the group from Yahoo! Groups. You must reply to it in order to take the course. The invitation is good for seven (7) days only. PLEASE check your spam filter for the invitation so you don't miss anything in the workshop! There are no refunds if you fail to enroll yourself once being offered the invitation.

Upon receipt of your payment and registration form, you will receive an email confirming you have been registered for the workshop. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact the NEORWA Workshops Coordinator Cathy Matuszak and Alaina Silvestrini before the workshop begins.

NEORWA REFUND POLICY

Registration fees will be refunded only in the event the workshop is canceled. All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut-off date. No refund will be given for withdrawing from a workshop. In the event the instructor cancels a workshop or there are technical difficulties with the list provider (Yahoo!), NEORWA will offer the participant the option of receiving a refund or enrollment in another workshop of the participant's choice.

If a workshop does not have 10 students enrolled by the cut-off date, the workshop may be canceled, and the participant can either receive a refund or be enrolled in another workshop of the participant's choice.

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