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March 14-26, 2011

Conquering FEARS and Getting Published

Presented by Tina Holland

Don't let FEARS hold you back. This class will give you tips to help you overcome writer's block to FINISH, give you some quick tips on how to EDIT, how to ANALYZE your book and it's genre, RESEARCH the market and SUBMIT to the perfect house using an ideal Query formula. This class is great for beginners and those who have a finished manuscript looking for a home.

About Tina:

Tina Holland was born in Frankfurt, Germany to military parents and is a self-proclaimed military brat.

Tina's debut e-book, The Pilot and the Pinup was released by Liquid Silver Books in 2005. Since then she has branched out into Paranormal and Science Fiction Romance. Her work can also be found at Resplendence Publishing.

Tina continues to write . She is active in Romance Writers of America (RWAOL chapter) and Evanston Writer's Workshop along with her local critique group. Tina attends conferences to network and continue learning. Her contemporary erotic romance, Sexing up the Spy is a 2011 EPPIE finalist. She's judged a few contests including the Emily's and The Golden Palm.


April 11-22,2011

The Reading Brain: How Details (Show and Tell) Change How We Read

Presented by Lisa Dale

You’ve heard the “show don’t tell” rule a hundred times, and you know that you should do it. But “telling” is our fundamental way of communicating in our everyday lives, so as a writer, it’s extremely difficult to shake off our inherent, natural instincts to “tell” a story. By demonstrating how the human brain processes ideas through reading and other real life situations, Lisa shows how “show, don’t tell” works on an emotional and neurological level. When you learn what happens in the brain when a person is reading or speaking, the murky and difficult “show, don’t tell” rule becomes a bit clearer. You’ll also learn when to ignore the “show don’t tell” rule to great effect!

About Lisa Dale:

A lifelong bookworm, Lisa Dale offers contemporary readers "stories for the head and heart." Her first two novels came out with Grand Central Publishing in 2009 and her next two books will be released by Berkley. Slow Dancing on Price's Pier, a story of love and family dynamics set in a Newport, RI, coffee shop, arrived April 5! Lisa worked briefly at a literary agency before going back to school to get an MFA in fiction. A nominee for Best New American Voices and the Pushcart Prize, her writing appears in many literary magazines, such as The Writer, Fourth Genre, Flyway, Fugue, Sou’wester, The Southeast Review, The MacGuffin, Many Mountains Moving, and more. Visit Lisa at her website at http://www.lisadalebooks.com


June 6-July 1, 2011

The Plotting Wheel

Presented by Becky Martinez and Sue Viders

The Plotting Wheel

Plotting a novel can be a daunting task, but no matter what method of plotting a writer uses, there are certain elements that need to go into any well told story. Don't get bogged down with a story going nowhere. This class illustrates how to tackle those various elements by using “The Plotting Wheel.” Learn how to build a plot from idea to satisfying conclusion by moving the story along using the spokes of the wheel.

The plotting wheel can help the writer make certain they’re headed in the right direction with their characters and that the story is moving forward through meaningful action, while building tension and making use of good pacing. The plotting wheel gets a story off to a quick start, props up the sagging middle and helps to insure a satisfying climax and conclusion.

Whether you’ve already written part of the story and are stuck with no place to go or just starting out, the wheel can provide some help to get you moving again. Even if you're a published writer, the wheel can help you tackle that next book and the next.

It even works for plotters who fly by the seat of their pants!

Join us for a fast-paced, but thorough explanation of a writing tool that can get your plot rolling without ignoring the main characters!

About Sue Viders and Becky Martinez

Sue Viders is the author of more than 20 books, numerous articles and columns for both artists and writers. She is co-author of the book Heroes and Heroines, Sixteen Master Archetypes, which is used in many college and university writing courses and co-authored the book, 10 Steps to Creating Memorable Characters. Her latest writing book is an e-book titled The Fiction Writing Workbook, which takes writers from first idea through a completed novel. She also developed Deal a Story, an interactive card game consisting of 101 cards and six sections and is based on her Heroes and Heroines book.

She is a practicing artist, seminar leader, and educator with on-line classes both for writers and artists.

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 and 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. For the past six years she has been teaching writing classes, both online and in person.

For more writing help, please visit their website for writers, www.writethatnovel.com.


Aug 8-19, 2011

Developing Historical Character Sketches

Presented by Kimberly Killion

Do you have a unique premise? Do editors and agents often comment on how interesting your plot is, but reject you because your characters fell flat? Chances are you aren’t developing your characters to their full potential. In this workshop, award-winning author and RITA nominee, Kimberly Killion, will teach you how to develop characters who jump off the page and into the reader’s mind.

Class features: lectures, examples, discussion, and an expanding worksheet. By the completion of the class, you should know your characters inside and out from the way they smell to how they curse.


Award-winning author, Kimberly Killion, has been hailed by Romantic Times Magazine as an author who writes “captivating romance with excellent pacing and characters who are honorable, intelligent and full of humanity.” Her debut book, Her One Desire, was nominated for the romance-publishing industry's highest award of distinction, the RITA® Award. Her One Desire won the 2009 Booksellers Best Award for both Long Historical and Best First Book. In addition, Kimberly’s writing was recognized in the 2009 National Readers’ Choice Awards, the 2009 Golden Quill Awards, the 2009 and 2010 HOLT Medallion, and the 2010 Lories Best Published. Romantic Times Magazine awarded Kimberly’s second Scottish-set novel, Highland Dragon (Kensington 2009), with the K.I.S.S. Award and said this is “a tale to cherish.”

She is excited about her recent releases from Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Educating Aphrodite and Taming a Highland Devil. Visit her website at www.KimberlyKillion.com


Sep 1-16, 2011

Five Days to a Stronger First Five Pages

presented by Jeannie Lin


Oct 3-14, 2011

I Used to Hate Writing a Synopsis, But Not Anymore!

Presented by Susan Palmquist

Learn why a good synopsis is like giving a great job interview

Learn why it's a must have skill for every writer

Learn what makes a good synopsis

Learn what should always be included

Learn what tense a synopsis should be written in and how it should be formatted

Learn to write both a short and long synopsis

There will be mini exercises after each lesson and two major exercises at the end of each week-

About Susan Palmquist:

Susan Palmquist is a freelance writer and author. Under her own name she's the author of six novels, four of which are romances. Under her pen name, Vanessa Devereaux, she writies erotica and erotic romances and has three published books and three upcoming titles.. She's also a published short story writer who's been published in both the US and UK and two of her stories have recently appeared in anthologies.

She also writes a weekly money saving blog at called The Budget Smart Girl's Guide to the Universe. Susan is also a writing tutor for Writer's Bureau and Writing Magazine UK.

While she might not have sold everything she's written, she's never had an editor refuse to read her work after seeing one of her synopsis. Her secret, she really loves to write them and thinks it's like creating a story in itself.

In her work as a tutor she gets to read a student's synopsis and while formatted right, many lack the I want to read this story quality, necessary to make a sale.

For more information about Susan, visit www.susanpalmquist.com and www.vanessadevereaux.com


November 17 - Dec 16, 2011

The Business of Writing

Presented by L.Pepper Norris

You’ve finished your novel, magazine article, or non-fiction work and are ready to send it out. Now what? Are you really ready for it to sell? Have you thought about how to handle all the business details that come with success? Are you taking advantage of the tax breaks that come from simply finishing the work-in-progress?

For instance: If you write in a pen name, who will hold the copyright to your book? Did you know that a single rejection letter can save you thousands in income taxes? Do you know how to set up a small business and deal with things like getting a tax ID number? Do you know how to avoid a random audit on your business and personal income taxes and how to keep red flags off your tax returns? Should you set up a corporation or an LLC? And what’s the difference? And how do you make a small business a sub-chapter S corporation? What are the tax advantages of doing so? What is a registered agent, why do you need one, and how do you get one? Can you prepare the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, etc., for your small business? When should you just use an assumed name for your business, and how do you get one? Will your small business require a business license?

The class will handle all this and more. From whether or not setting up a business is the right decision for you, to how to go about setting it up, what kind of business to set up, and how to minimize your tax liability. All on a shoestring. If you’re serious about being a professional writer, this class is for you.

About L. Pepper Norris:

L. Pepper Norris has a paralegal degree from the University Of San Diego Law School and has over twelve years’ experience working with business attorneys in both California and Oregon. Though she’s self-employed as a full-time researcher and non-fiction writer, she still freelances for attorneys throughout the US, doing research and preparing legal documents for them. She’s also worked a number of years with tax attorneys and consultants in helping business clients reduce their tax liabilities. She also has a doctorate in education and has been involved in the initial setup of a number of education related small businesses from daycare facilities to community educational centers. Over the years, she has taught a great number of adult education classes on many different subjects.

Registration for each workshop beings two weeks prior to the class start date. Visit http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm for registration info.

Each class is $15 for non-RWAOL members. Chapter members may attend classes for free. Chapter members do NOT need to register for classes, however registrations MUST be received from non-chapter members. RWAOL accepts payments via check or Paypal.

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