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Here are a listing of some of the various chapter workshops. If you have any questions, contact them.

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ON-LINE W ORKSHOP: April 4 - 29, 2011 -- Can This Manuscript be Saved?

ONLY OFFERED ON-LINE ONCE IN 2011! Don't miss this opportunity.

INSTRUCTOR: Susan Meier

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: April 2, 2011

COURSE CONTENT: Rejected? Can't get an agent? Can't sell, even though your

critique partners LOVE your work? Susan Meier reviews the seven most common

rejection catch phrases and explains how determining whether your problem is

a story, scene or word problem, is the first step on the road to recovery.

She'll share tricks-of-the-trade to finding and fixing your errors before

you submit. Following the assignments at the end of each lesson, attendees

will learn how to "skim-read" their manuscripts quickly, marking specific

problems with post-its. Susan also demonstrates how to use a storyboard, a

list of twenty and a one-paragraph blurb to create a plan of attack for

fixing your book's trouble. She can't revise or rewrite your manuscript for

you, but with her tricks you'll not only see how to revise the book of your

heart; you'll also see how published authors are able to write four, five

and even six books a year without breaking a sweat!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Susan Meier is the author of over 45 books for

Harlequin and Silhouette and one of Guideposts' Grace Chapel Inn series

books. The Kindness of Strangers. Her books have been finalists for

Reviewers Choice Awards, National Reader's Choice Awards and Cataromance.com

Reviewer's Choice Awards and nominated for Romantic Times awards. Her book,

Her Baby's First Christmas won the traditional category in the 2009 More

Than Magic contest. The Magic of a Family Christmas is a finalist in the

Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence! Her Pregnancy Surprise, her first release

for the Harlequin Romance line, made both Walden's Bestseller List for

Series Romance and Bookscan. THE BABY PROJECT, SECOND CHANCE BABY, A BABY ON

THE RANCH and FLIRTING WITH CHRISTMAS (working title) are her 2011 releases.

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

HOW TO REGISTER: STAR's Workshops last four (4) weeks, consist of a mix of

lectures, exercises and discussions, and are conducted via a private Yahoo

Groups listserv.

Check/Money Order: 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), Phone Number, and RWA # (if applicable).

PayPal: If you have a PayPal account and would like to pay via PayPal, go

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

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

send your registration information (Name, Address, Email Address (and Email

Address you wish to use for the class), Phone Number, and RWA # (if

applicable). to: carolhenry@frontiernet.net).

All writers are welcome. If you know how to send e-mail, then you've

mastered all of the technical skills you need to participate in STAR's

workshops. You will be automatically enrolled in the workshop's listserv

prior to the start of the class. All of the messages posted by the

instructor and other participants will be delivered directly to your inbox,

although you may also view them from the Yahoo website.

Deadline to Register is: April 2, 2011! for the April 2011 class: Can This

Manuscript be Saved? With Susan Meier.

For more information on these and other STAR On-line Workshops visit STAR's

website at: starrwa.org.

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Is There A Set Designer In The House? Using Description To Enhance Your Storyline

Presented by Beth Daniels

Dates: April 1 – 28

Fee: OIRW Members $20 Non Members $25

Deadline: March 29

Course Description:

In the movie world, there are folks whose whole job revolves around finding locations in which to film. They look for elements that will add to the script, and so do the wardrobe people, the professionals who choose the actors, the composer who writes the theme song and/or scores the soundtrack, the stunt coordinator who teaches the star to fake the slug in the jaw. Well, it goes on and on.

But when we write a book it's all up to us. And we've got only one thing to use to bring it all together - words

This is a four week workshop for writers still working on their first manuscript and for those who want to improve their work through the use of description.

Assignments will have participants making lists of words they have used, and ones they could use to improve the clarity of what they see in their heads when it needs to land on the written page.

The emphasis will be on:

• Character Tells, Action Sequences,

• Verbal Nuances,

• Visuals with Background,

• Wardrobe and Character Description,

• Plus Sound, Touch, Scent, and Taste.

Presenter 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 sometime 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 currently/or has been a member of/or about to renew membership in Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Novelist Inc., and Historical Novelist Society.

Read more about Beth at her website: RomanceAndMystery.com

All workshops are open to everyone. You do not have to be a RWA member. You can register for the following on-line class through February 26. OIRW Members $20.00. Non Members $25.00. FMI: http://www.oirw.net/campus.htm

Or, email Campus Coordinator, Veronica Alderson, valderson80@yahoo.com using the Subject line: OIRW ONLINE WORKSHOP.

To find out more about our chapter, please visit us at http://www.oirw.net/index.htm

Thank you.

Veronica Alderson,

OIRW Campus Coordinator

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Author Branding Boot Camp, two weeks

Presented by Tivi Jones

Dates: April 1 – 15

Fee: OIRW Members $10 Non Members $15

Deadline: March 29

Course Description:

Branding is not just for big businesses, soda companies or cows anymore. Individuals are using branding to get jobs, develop new relationships and even sell books. But how?

Developing a solid author brand doesn't have to be some grand sleep-inducing process. This Author Branding Boot camp online class will help authors create an author brand that is simple, effective and one with room to grow as your career grows.

The course will:

• Outline the basics of branding,

• Show students how to create a targeted, but flexible brand and

• Introduce them to vehicles they can use to brand themselves.

By the end of the course, students will have a solid knowledge of branding strategy, their individual author brand and a plan to improve their brand over time.

Instructor Bio:

"Tivi's energy and enthusiasm is the perfect kick in the pants you need to spark your business into high gear!" ~National Bestseller CJ Lyons

"The Author Branding Bootcamp is a great class for those of us who don't know how to start branding and promoting our own work. I really enjoyed the humor with which [she] laid out the basics…" ~ Ryder Islington

Tivi Jones is a marketing professional with experience working with Fortune 500 companies, regional publications, technology companies and more. As founder of CreativityLoft.com a website and consulting agency for creative entrepreneurs, she indulges her passion for marketing, creativity, strategic planning and entrepreneurship. When she's not offering candid business advice, she's writing romance novels or reading them.

Tivi is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Advertising and Entrepreneurship. She's a member of Romance Writers of America.

All workshops are open to everyone. You do not have to be a RWA member. You can register for the following on-line class through March 29. FMI: http://www.oirw.net/campus.htm

Or, email Campus Coordinator, Veronica Alderson, valderson80@yahoo.com using the Subject line: OIRW ONLINE WORKSHOP.

To find out more about our chapter, please visit us at http://www.oirw.net/index.htm

Thank you.

Veronica Alderson,

OIRW Campus Coordinator

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The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA presents

***March Class #2***

Challenging Couples in Love Workshop

Class takes place: March 14th - 18th , 2011

Cost: $15 BDRWA members/ $20 non-members

Challenging Couples in Love

Instructor: Laurie Schnebly

Class Info:

While it's easy to create conflict between a hero and heroine whose kingdoms are at war, everyday life can be a tougher setting for plausible conflicts...especially when the hero and heroine are both lovable characters. But the same conflicts that trouble real-life couples--plus the solutions recommended by marriage counselors--work for fictional couples as well.

Instructor's Bio:

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops for writer groups about "Psychology for Creating Characters," "Making Rejection WORK For You," "Building A Happy Relationship For Your Characters (And Yourself)" and other issues that draw on her background as a counseling therapist and romance writer.

After six books for Special Edition, she turned her attention to writing non-fiction -- using her research into the nine personality types to help writers create plausible, likable people with realistic flaws. Her other favorite activities include playing with her husband and son, recording for the blind, counseling at a mental health center, traveling to Sedona (the Arizona red-rock town named for her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly) and working with other writers.

"People ask how I find time to do all that," Laurie says, "and I tell them it's easy. I never clean my house!"

Laurie welcomes email from readers-send her a "Hello!"

You can find Laurie at www.BookLaurie.com

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

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4. BDRWA Chapter Online Class for April 2011

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The Black Diamond Chapter Presents

***April Class***

Creating Memorable Characters

Class takes place: April 4th - 30th , 2011

Cost: $20 BDRWA members/ $25 non-members **4 week class

Creating Memorable Characters

Instructor: Sue Viders and Becky Martinez

Class Info:

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!

Instructor's Bio:

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, who writes romance, mystery and romantic suspense. Her latest romantic suspense, Deadly Messages was published by The Wild Rose Press in February 2010 and was an Aspen Gold finalist. She has had several romance short stories published and her newest novella, Shadows from the Past, will soon be available from The Wild Rose Press.

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.

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

Or contact mrsgodiva@comcast.net

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RWA's Mystery/Suspense Chapter is pleased to announce our COFFIN College of Felony and Intrigue KILLER INSTINCT online workshop for the month of April 2011.

WORKSHOP: The Organic Writer's Guide To Plotting As You Go

CLASS DESCRIPTION: How often have you attended a conference and heard an author in a workshop claim the way they write their books is basically the professional way to go about it, then move to the next workshop and hear another author tell how everything the last speaker you heard said was all wrong that that their way is the tried and true way to do things?

This workshop isn't going to claim anything of the sort. It is based on the premise that there is no one way to do anything. That the only 100% guaranteed way to write your manuscript is the way that works best for you.

Still, most of the workshops out there are run by dyed-in-the-wool Plotters who don't understand the way an Organic Writer's mind works...that is, sort of freeform and falling into and out of road blocks or having inspiration dry up when they most need it, yet savoring the excitement of never REALLY knowing what is going to happen next. You know, the same thrill we get when reading a book!

What's needed is a few guidelines and wild ideas on how an Organic Writer (or a Pantser as we're sometimes called) can work through just about anything that holds us up in a storyline. And there's not just one way to look at these things. One way simply lacks the variety needed.

During the 4-weeks of this workshop we'll play with at least 20, maybe more, ways to rethink or think ahead to and through the scenes yet to be written. Yes, there will be assignments, but I prefer to call them Challenges...much more Organic and open to interpretation...but it will be writer's choice on how you might use one of the ideas presented in working with your storyline.

While those who are primarily beginners, or unpublished writers might be the most interested in this class, it could also appeal to those who have had a book or two published but seem to have hit a wall, or are having difficulty moving ahead in a current project. Students are asked to have at least one story in progress to use for the Challenges.

The posting schedule, for both lessons and turn in of assignments, is twice a week with feedback from the instructor on each assignment, or questions asked prior to the next Monday's posting.

Syllabus:

Week #1 - Introduction and first four ideas presented. First Challenge given.

Week #2 - Six ideas presented and Second Challenge issued.

Week #3 - Another six ideas presented and Third Challenge issued.

Week #4 - Final four (and possibly bonus) ideas presented plus Q&A and final feedback.

INSTRUCTOR: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane

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 sometime 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.

Her first online fiction writing workshop was given in August 2009 but that number has grown to fifteen in 2010.

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 has completed 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.

Her website is RomanceAndMystery.com

KILLERINSTINCT workshops encompass writing and craft topics.

**PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 27TH day of the month PRIOR to the start of the COFFIN class. Cost of each Workshop is (Currently) $15.00 US for KOD Members, $30.00 US for non-KOD Members. (RWA membership NOT required to take the course).

For more information check out our website at http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org

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3. Murder One Online Course April 2011 - Behavioral Portraits of Crimin

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RWA's Mystery/Suspense Chapter is pleased to announce our COFFIN College of Felony and Intrigue MURDER ONE online Workshop for the month of April 2011.

WORKSHOP: Closer than They Appear: Behavioral Portraits of Criminal Predators.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Predatory offenders are a breed apart. These people develop special skills to spot vulnerable prey and work them into a corner. Whether it's online, on a playground, in a bar, or the workplace -- even in a family -- they're always a step ahead. In this course, you'll learn about different types of predators for adding dimensions to your villains, as well as ways to spot and defend against them (for your protagonists, and yourself). Female or male, child or adult, loner or team, con artist or killer, predators are the most dangerous human beings alive.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Dr. Katherine Ramsland counts a master's in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Forensic Science among her three graduate degrees, and teaches forensic psychology and criminal justice. She has been writing about forensics for over a decade, including hundreds of articles for The Crime Library and several books with former FBI profilers. Among her 38 books are The Forensic Science of CSI, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, The Real World of a Forensic Scientist (with Henry C. Lee), A Voice for the Dead (about exhumations), and The Devil's Dozen: How Cutting Edge Forensics Took Down 12 Notorious Serial Killers. She has also written four books for Praeger's "Inside the Minds of..." series, including serial killers, mass murderers, healthcare serial killers, and sexual predators. Her most recent book is about how mental health experts gained privileged access to extreme offenders to learn more about them than standard diagnostic tests yielded.

**PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 27TH day of the month PRIOR to the start of the COFFIN class. Cost of each workshop is (Currently) $15.00 US for KOD Members, $30.00 US for non-KOD Members (RWA membership NOT required to take the course).

For more information check out our website at http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org

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