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. ALL DAY WORKSHOP: Bob Mayer's Warrior Writer Workshop May 21st St. L

Posted by: "Amanda Berry"

Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:22 am (PST)

*******PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND APPRECIATED*******

WARRIOR WRITER WORKSHOP presented by Bob Mayer

Sponsored by Missouri Romance Writers (MORWA)

WHEN: May 21, 2011 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Drury Plaza Chesterfield, MO (STL)

COST: (includes box lunch): $25 MORWA members (as of 10/31/10),

$45 non-MORWA members

Link to register: http://morwa.org/workshop_intro.htm

Warrior-Writer is a one-of-a-kind Workshop focusing on you, the author. In

the Warrior-Writer Workshop, Bob Mayer applies the battle-tested strategies

of the Green Berets to the world of being a New York Times Best-Selling

author. He's taught thousands of writers over the years, but this new and

innovative program probes deeper than words on the page. It is designed to

teach you, the writer, how to think, plan, and become the future best

sellers in the new age of publishing. The benefits you'll gain from this

workshop will extend far beyond your writing and reach into all areas of

your life making dreams a reality.

During the Warrior Writer Workshop, you will:

. Develop an overall strategy for change and success. Specific tactics you

can apply immediately.

. Clearly define your writing goals and help you understand why you want to

achieve them.

. Examine your surroundings and discover those assets that will aid you in

achieving desired goals.

. Identify potential threats and help guide you around those barriers.

. Locate your blind spot, the part of your character that hinders you from

being as creative as you can be.

. Discover what you fear and how that fear could be sabotaging you from

turning your dreams into realities.

. Overcome procrastination.

. Finish what you start.

. Be consistent in your work.

. Set boundaries for work space and time.

. Achieve more than you ever thought possible.

FMI: Visit MORWA's website www.morwa.org <http://www.morwa.org/> or

contact Event Coordinator Megan

Kelly at megankellybooks@att.net <mailto:megankellybooks@att.net>

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Amanda Berry

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4a. BDRWA Chapter Online Class #1 for February 2011

Posted by: "mrsgodiva"mrsgodiva2000

Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:50 pm (PST)

Still time to sign up. Class starts Monday.

Was your New Year's resolution to learn to tell a better story? This is the class for you.

*****Permission Granted to Forward*****

The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA Presents

***February Class #1***

StoryTelling and FolkTales

Class takes place: January 31st - February 27th, 2011

Cost: $20 BDRWA members/ $25 non-members

Storytelling and Folk Tales

Instructor: Masha Holl

Class Info:

Old-World Storytelling, Old-Fashioned Structure

Before there was Joseph Campbell, there was Vladimir Propp, and before Propp, there were the storytellers themselves. What can we learn from them?

Translating it to modern tales

How we tell our tales

Story is still everything (without a plot you don't have a book)

A story well told will get you read again (the art of writing)

Knowing your audience

Professional writers

Structure and expectations (the HEA in romance)

Instructor's Bio:

Masha Holl was raised on magic tales, Russian literature, Mozart, Verdi, and French cuisine. Today, she writes romantic science fiction and fantasy-that's werewolves, spaceships, and alien universes-to the sounds of Metal Rock. Romance brought her to America, so expect love and happy endings in her stories.

Her novella The Brightest Heaven and her short story The Joining are available now from The Wild Rose Press.

Masha Holl also offers online workshops and web services for writers. Look her up on the web at www.MashaHoll.com and www.OtterCreations.com

For more info: www.bdrwa.com click on online classes

Or contact mrsgodiva@comcast.net

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5. Workshop: It's not too late to sign up! Lowcountry RWA February On

Posted by: "alde02"alde02

Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:37 pm (PST)

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Check out LRWA's workshops!

February 2011 – Puzzling Out the "Necessary" Bits

Presented by Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane

Dates: 4 – 25

Deadline: Feb 2

Fee: $16.00

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

Course Description:

Have you gotten rejection after rejection on manuscripts that your beta readers love but editors quibble over. You know the kind of rejection: "Love your writing style but the story just isn't right for us."

As nice as the compliment was, what you really want is a contract, right? So what the heck was missing or wrong to make the story not "right" for the publisher?

This is the workshop where we dig into what's being published to find the elements that slipped from our grasp before and make note them for inclusion in current or future projects.

The one thing students will be required to have are one or two books in the same genre that they really love. Books written by other authors, that is. These can be two by the same author or they can be by different authors. Why do we need them? Because they are going to serve as the treasure map, the mine to be plundered. From the elements gathered from these stories a personal format for use in our own books will be built.

Some of the things we'll look at are:

• Characters

• Settings

• Professions

• Technology

• Detail

• Backstory

• Tension Level

• Comedy Level

• Rise And Fall Of Action

• Heat Level Of Love Scenes

• Dialogue/Language

And anything else that appears pertinent based on what style and what genre each student is working within.

The class will run four weeks with lectures and/or assignments posted on Mondays and Wednesdays. Comments from the instructor on posted questions or completed assignments would be answered prior to the next Monday's lecture.

This class is for unpublished and newly published writers and for those interested in switching genres or the style of story within a genre.

Instructor Bio:

Beth Daniels currently writes as Beth Henderson and J.B. Dane, though she answered to Lisa Dane and Beth Cruise in the past as well. She has worked with editors at Berkley, Zebra, Leisure, Harlequin/Silhouette, and Simon and Schuster's Aladdin Paperbacks, done e-books for a now defunct company (not her fault, she says), and began her writing life with hardcover books slated for library use with a publisher that got out of the romance business (again, not her fault). More recently she's had a number of articles about writing picked up by e-zines, saw a short story published in a mystery and suspense magazine that turned up its toes the next year (really, really not her fault), and has a story in the MOTHER GOOSE IS DEAD anthology slated for publication by Dragon Moon Press in 2010.

For over a dozen years Beth taught college level composition, both in the classroom and online, and a credit course on Novel Writing. Five of her former Novel class students are now published.

Twenty-six of Beth's manuscripts have appeared in print or e-book format. These have been historical romantic adventures (6), romantic comedies (10), romantic-suspense (3), and young adult romantic comedy (7). Her titles have appeared in 12 different languages in over 20 countries. At the moment she is working on various manuscripts and attempting a collaboration with another RWA member on a contemporary/fantasy/romantic adventure. She also ventured into self-publishing to keep her out-of-print backlist in print, but previous e-books in print, and in frustration, to move beyond a manuscript she'd been reworking for editors for a decade with no bites, released a previously unpublished historical romantic adventure set in the American West.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and an active member and volunteer with the Kiss of Death Online romantic suspense chapter

Read more about Beth at her website: www.RomanceAndMystery.com

You can register for the following on-line class through February 2. Each class is $16.

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB

Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

Thank you.

Hope Candieas,

LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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Check out LRWA's workshops!

February 2011 – Dialogue Workshop

Presented by Laurie Sanders

Dates: 4 – 25

Deadline: Feb 2

Fee: $16.00

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

Course Description:

The romance genre is a unique genre. It's different from other genres because readers of romance don't read to find out how the story ends. We know when we pick up a romance novel that the story ends with the hero living happily ever after. That much is specified by the genre (at least according to RWA specifications.)

Instead, readers of romance read romance because they want to experience (vicariously through the characters) meeting someone special and falling in love.

The dialogue between characters is one of the primary ways that authors create the chemistry between characters that make readers follow them from initial meeting to happy ever after ending. If the dialogue between the characters is flat and unexciting the love story between the characters will also be flat and unexciting.

Dialogue is more than just the words spoken verbally between the characters. Dialogue also encompasses the non-verbal actions, facial expressions, and so on that make the dialogue not just auditory but also visual.

In this workshop, we will cover the basics of dialogue:

• How to write and punctuate dialogue

• Giving each character a unique voice

• The differences between male and female dialogue

• How dialogue changes based on emotional mood of the scene

• How to maintain deep point of view through dialogue passages where viewpoint often drifts or becomes shallow

• Why it's better break dialogue into small segments

• How to tag dialogue for added strength

• The ten keys to super strong dialogue

Instructor Bio:

Laurie Sanders

CEO/Editor Black Velvet Seductions Publishing

Laurie Sanders has a passion for creating. She realized that though she loved the raw process of creating characters and stories from scratch she also enjoyed working with authors to strengthen and perfect their stories.

Her need to create began in elementary school and into high school. Her love of the romance genre continued and blossomed when she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and found a small group of friends who were also aspiring authors. The group founded the Heart of Iowa Fiction Authors, an RWA chapter. Laurie served as newsletter editor for the group until an out of state move necessitated giving up that post. Years continued to pass and Laurie remained creative, her passion to create turning away from writing and toward quilting for a while.

In 2004, Laurie's focus returned to writing when she discovered that the romance industry had changed dramatically. The erotic romance genre had been born and that genre, with its greater creative freedom was a genre that Laurie was eager to write in. She began a new book, this one an erotic romance with a sweet, emotional edge. Her story had the deep characters and heavy backstory that she liked in the more traditional romance novels she read but also included more eroticism than traditional publishers were allowing at that time.

Laurie began researching the possibility of creating her own publishing company. Much research later, she approached her husband, a business analyst by trade, with the idea. Her husband Orville who has been a steadfast supporter of all of Laurie's creative endeavors was very supportive of this idea too and encouraged her to move forward. Plans were made, a name for the company was chosen, the company was incorporated, and then Laurie turned a new corner in her life of creative endeavor.

In March of 2008, Laurie finally released the book, which was the original impetus for Black Velvet Seductions when she released His Perfect Submissive under her pen name Alyssa Aaron.

Laurie continues to serve as both CEO and Editor-in-Chief at Black Velvet Seductions bringing her creative energy and vision to both roles. She is also hard at work on her second erotic romance novel A Dominant's Regret.

Read more about Laurie and Black Velvet Seductions at her website: http://www.blackvelvetseductions.com/

You can register for the following on-line class through February 2. Each class is $16.

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB

Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

Thank you.

Hope Candieas,

LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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Check out LRWA's workshops!

February 2011 – Web Design – It's More Than Just Being On The Internet

Presented by Florina Craven

Dates: 4 – 25

Deadline: Feb 2

Fee: $16.00

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

Course Description:

Web design does not have to be for pros only. In this class both pro and newbies alike will learn what it takes to have a good web site and why it's important to have one in the first place. We won't be discussing only how to make a website but will be creating an entire branding plan of action.

We'll cover the basics for creating your own website:

• How to register a domain name

• Hosting options

• Laying out the site template

• Build the menu structure

• Branding

• Learn elements that will give your site a professional edge

• Create an appealing design that fits your lifestyle, book or business with graphics and color

• WYSIWYG – HTML, Dreamweaver, CSS What are they?

Create your website from scratch with the guidance of the instructor and inputs from other class participants.

You can register for the following on-line class through February 2. Each class is $16.

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB

Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

Thank you.

Hope Candieas,

LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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Check out LRWA's workshops!

Writing Sex: A Guide for Love Scene Virgins

Presented by Patricia Mason

Dates: February 4 – 25

Deadline: February 2

Fee: $16.00

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

Course Description:

Writing about sex can be a nightmare especially if you're a love scene novice. So should we just ignore them and avoid the pain? Definitely not! A romance will fall flat if the love scenes don't convince your readers that the hero and heroine are really in love…or at least lust.

Topics will include:

• Finding your inspiration or love scene muse

• Describing the "mechanics" of body movement so the scene zings with action and doesn't read like tab A is being inserted into slot B

• Plotting the placement of love scenes for maximum impact

• Using tricks to infuse your scene with tension and emotion

This interactive online workshop will provide exercises designed to take you from love scene "virgin" to "professional" for genres spanning from sweet to erotic. You will have the opportunity to share portions of your WIP and/or writing exercise assignments with the online class group (or privately with the instructor) for feedback and constructive critique.

Instructor Bio:

Patricia Mason is the author of A GIRL, A GUY AND A GHOST, and SACRIFICE IN STONE from Ellora's Cave. Patricia Mason was an attorney for many years in Michigan before she escaped from the snowy Midwest winters of her youth by moving to a beautiful, historic city of Savannah, Georgia in 2001 to pursue her dream of being a novelist. She is hard at work on her next novel IN DEEP SHITAKE.

Read more about Patricia at her website: www.patriciamason.net.

You can register for the following on-line class through February 2. Each class is $16.

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB

Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

Thank you.

Hope Candieas,

LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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Check out LRWA's workshops!

February 2011 – Going Deep: Creating an Unbreakable Connection Between Your Characters and Readers

Presented by Toni Andrews

Dates: 4 – 25

Deadline: Feb 2

Fee: $16.00

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

Course Description:

Have you ever gotten so caught up in a book that you stayed up all night to finish it? Did you ever fail to hear the phone ringing because you were so absorbed in your reading? Chances are, it was because you had made a connection with the characters, and you couldn't stop turning the pages until you found out what happened to them.

We all want to write stories that pull readers in, bond them to characters, and forge relationships that will last to the end of the book. To do that, you must master three basic elements:

• Point of View,

• Character Voice, and

• Showing vs. Telling.

In this workshop, you'll learn how, handled properly, these three elements can be combined to make your writing more powerful and emotionally rich.

You'll master simple, easy to understand techniques to identify the issues that are pull the readers out of the story and sever their connection to the characters, and easy ways to eliminate those issues.

When you're done, you'll be astonished to see how your characters—and their scenes—come to life!

Special Workshop Bonus: In addition to being a multi-published author, Toni Andrews is also a professional book doctor. For the first twenty participants to sign up only, Toni will perform a manuscript analysis of their first five pages, a service which normally costs $25 through Book Rx.

The course will be broken down into six lessons, each with a corresponding exercise.

Introduction & Overview, followed by Point of View Part 1

• Omniscient POV vs. Character POV

• Perception: Using the POV character's five senses

Point of View Part 2

• Thinking: Getting into the POV character's head

• Proper use of POV to avoid Backstory/Information Dumping

Point of View Part 3

• Choosing a POV character for each scene

• Eliminating the dreaded Head Hop

Showing vs. Telling Part 1

• (Don't) Name that Emotion

• Using the five senses to Show rather than Tell what a character is feeling

Showing vs. Telling Part 2

• Bringing settings and situations to life.

• And how does that make you feel?

Character Voice

• Dialogue

• Internal Dialogue

• Point of View Narrative

Instructor Bio:

Toni Andrews likes to say it's easier to list the jobs she hasn't tried. From lifeguard to lounge singer, bartender to bill collector, door-to-door salesperson to corporate business analyst--Toni has been there and done that. Then, she decided that what she really wanted to be was a writer. After fifteen years in Southern California and seven in Miami, Toni returned to the lakeside cottage in Connecticut where she spent her childhood summers, where she writes full time. Toni also writes romance novels under the pen name Virginia Reede.

Toni is the President of the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Read more about Toni at her website: www.toniandrews.com

You can register for the following on-line class through February 2. Each class is $16.

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB

Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Hope Candieas, hopereneaa@hotmail.com using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list, LRWAonlinecourses@yahoogroups.com

Thank you.

Hope Candieas,

LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator

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6a. STAR's February On-line Class Muscling up the Gut of Your Story

Posted by: "Carol Henry" henryink25

Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:18 pm (PST)

REMINDER - DEADLINE in January 30! Don't Miss Out on this Great Course.

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On-line Workshop: February 2011: Muscling-up the Gut of Your Story! With

Susan Wingate.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2011.

Course Content: Ever wonder why stories you might have read seemed to go

flat after the beginning? Do you feel your own story lacks the umph to

retain a reader's attention? Well, if so, this workshop will show you how to

avoid writing boring middles of any story. Moving through each part of

storytelling: the beginning, the middle and the end, participants will walk

away from this class understanding how to develop a strong middle-section to

their novel. As well, each participant will end this workshop with a

fully-developed, working outline from which to write his or her novel.

About the Instructor:

Susan Wingate has written several plays, a screenplay, a short story

collection, and six novels with two more in the works. She is the author of

the series Bobby's Diner with Blue Star Books. Her first mystery novel

Falling of Law was released with Black Rose Writing in May 2010. Susan also

publishes as Myrah Lin (Camouflage) and received an editor's choice award

and placed as a semi-finalist in the 2009 Textnovel.com Writing Contest.

Bobby's Diner placed as a finalist in the 2010 International Book Awards.

You can visit Susan's website at: www.susanwingate.com.

COST: $20 for RWA members; $25 for non-members.

Deadline to Register: January 30, 2011.

How to Register: To register, please include a check or Money Order in US

Dollars, made out to STAR On-Line Workshop, and mail to: STAR Workshop

Coordinator, PO Box 6, Willseyville, NY 13864. Please include the following

information: Name, Address, Email Address (and Email Address you wish to use

for the class if different), Phone Number, and RWA # (if applicable).

If you have a PayPal account and want to pay via PayPal, go to

http://www.PayPal.com. Select the "send money" button, and then enter the

amount due, and STAR's email address for payment: starpay@gmail.com. Then

send your registration information to: carolhenry@frontiernet.net).

Workshops last four (4) weeks, consist of a mix of lectures, exercises, and

discussions, and are conducted via a private Yahoo Groups listserv. All

writers are welcome. If you know how to send e-mail, then you have already

mastered the technical skills needed to participate in STAR's workshops. You

will be enrolled in the workshop's listserv prior to the start of the class.

All of the messages posted by the instructor and other students will be

delivered directly to your inbox, although you may also view them from the

Yahoo website.

Deadline to Register: January 30, 2011! for February 2011, class:

Muscling-up the Gut of Your Story with Susan Wingate.

Carol

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