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

2011 Online Workshop.


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

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March 1ST – 29TH


Shopping, Entertainment, and Slang for Your Historical Characters

Presenter, Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson

To get the right feel in a historical novel, it’s all about stage setting,

looking right, sounding right, and having the right “water cooler” chit chat

for the people who traipse through your historical landscape. Can you trust

what you’ve read elsewhere? Maybe, maybe not. So how do you decide what you

need BEYOND the plot? And where do you go to find it?

Those are exactly the questions that this workshop addresses.

In fact, we go looking FOR dresses! Yes, shopping with your heroine is the

first thing on the list, whether she needs to don farthingales or those

frisky little flapper frocks. We’ll spend a full week searching out

everything the well prepared heroine might need.

Then during week two, we pry the hero away from napping in a comfy haystack

or armchair and trail after him as he roams through gun shops, smith’s

forges (for swords, knives), armament rooms (maces, axes, armour, shields,

bows and arrows), and then looks over the available carriages from horse

drawn to snappy 1920s motor cars. He shouldn’t mind this sort of shopping.

But historicals of any kind are not ALL dire events to be dressed right to

endure, be they ballrooms or battlefields. No, characters like to be

entertained as well, so we’ll look at entertainments, songs, musical

instruments, poetry, paintings, plays, games of chance and dances for

flirtation. And while our characters chat each other up we’ll make sure they

drop a few words to tell readers they aren’t in the 21st century anymore, so

we’ll use appropriate slang or phrasing or words that can be slipped into


And we’ll do all that in four short weeks.

Instructor Bio: Presenter Beth Daniels is the author of six historical

novels (and 20 other non-historical novels) and holds a BA in History and a

MA in English Composition and Rhetoric. She is also a researchoholic, and

not only will share sources but issue Challenges (otherwise known as

Assignments) to send participants off each week to ferret out their

characters’ most necessary accoutrements, build era perfect party mixes, and

quip the most atrociously amusing fribbles.

The workshop caters to pre-published, minimally-published and

multi-published writers looking for a way to lift their historical novel out

of the ordinary run of things. Participants don’t need a work-in-progress,

but do need at least a hero and heroine who will appear opposite each other

in a forthcoming tale.

The time periods covered will be basically Renaissance/Elizabethan through

the 1920s, but those looking to deck out early to late medieval characters

are welcome as well.

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*DATE*: March 1 - 29

Registration deadline is February 27th.

*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


*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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What I Wish I'd Done Before I Published

PRO Recommended

Dates: February 7-21, 2011

San Diego RWA

In this workshop, Ann will cover the essentials for career building, promo

and marketing are a lot of it, but it's more on how to get started,

resources and ideas for setting up a website, social networking sites, media kit,

career planning, organization, etc

R. Ann Siracusa

_R. ANN SIRACUSA _ (http://www.rannsiracusa.com/) is involved in many

activities, but her two favorite are traveling the world and writing fiction.

This talented author combines those loves into novels which transport

readers to exotic settings and immerse them in romance, intrigue, and foreign


Ann lives in San Diego, California, and writes full time. She has been

active in Romance Writers of America since 1985 and recently served two terms

as Co-president of the San Diego RWA Chapter. Her first novel was

published in 2008, and since then Sapphire Blue Publishing has released four more

works.check out FMI




***Permission To Forward Granted***

Mid-Willamette Valley RWA Presents:

Our March 2011 online class:

World-Building for Writers

Taught by Rebecca Lynn

Description: A world-building course focusing on all facets of

fictional writing, not just on fantasy and paranormal books.

Historical fiction and contemporary genre fiction writers need to

know how to world-build, as well. World-building, at its foundation,

is about incorporating details into narrative. This class will start

with the basic building blocks of a world (whether known or invented)

and move toward the integration of research and worldbuilding into

narrative fiction.

Week One: You Are God - The building blocks of fictional worlds; the

two main methods of world-building.

Week Two: The Genesis Effect - Organizing and ordering your fictional

world; resources for world-building in genres.

Week Three: Hobbits and iPods and Claymores, Oh My - Integrity in

your fictional world; dissecting student examples.

Week Four: Writer as Weaver - Integrating world-building details into

narrative and dialogue.


Rebecca Lynn took an MFA in Creative Writing and an undergraduate

degree in Linguistics and Literature, and has taught both writing and

literature courses on the collegiate level. She has published short

fiction as well as some short non-fiction, and academic articles.

Class runs from 3/1/2011 to 3/31/2011. Cost is $20 for MWV RWA

members and $25 for non-members.

See http://www.midwillamettevalleyrwa.com/online.classes.htm for details

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Online Workshop: Free Your Muse!

Instructor: Calista Fox (aka Ava McKnight)

Date: March 1-April 12, 2011

Sponsor: Desert Rose RWA


Do you have a story to tell? With the amazing impact technology has had on

the publishing industry, now is the perfect time to write that story and get

it sold! Multi-published and award-winning author Calista Fox (aka Ava

McKnight) is conducting a six-week, online writing course that will cover

creative writing mechanics, plot development, characterization, dialogue,

writing voice, self-editing and publishing.

Instructor Bio:

Multi-published, award-winning author Calista Fox (aka Ava McKnight) began

her professional fiction-writing career in 2005, following an exciting

career in PR, where she specialized in writing speeches and Congressional

testimonies. Her books have received rave reviews, and she has won several

contests with publication as the prize. She is also the recipient of Romance

Reviews Today's Best Book of 2008 for its category and a Reviewer's Choice

Award for Best Sci-Fi Erotic Novella. In 2007, Calista's paranormal romance,

One Wish, helped to launch the e-publishing venture for print publisher Red

Sage Publishing, Inc. She is a college graduate and avid vacationer. She has

traveled the country many times over by Lear and Gulfstream jets (thanks to

the PR gig), always with her laptop in tow to capture intriguing story

elements and locales! <http://www.calistafox.com/> www.calistafox.com and

<http://www.avamcknight.blogspot.com/> www.avamcknight.blogspot.com

Fee: $30 DR Members; $40 All Others.

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

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

Thank you,

Helen King

Desert Rose Workshops Coordinator

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