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Various RWA chapter workshops offered. If any questions about them, you will need to contact them. I'm only passing along the info. :)


Posted by: "Debora Dennis" deboradennis@gmail.com deboradennis

Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:59 am (PST)


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Dunes & Dreams RWA Chapter 215 April 2011 Online Workshop.


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

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April 4th – 29TH

COMPLETING YOUR MYSTERY!With Jacqueline Corcoran

Description: Do you have an idea for a mystery or one that you have started

and then gotten stuck on? Then this workshop is for you. The writer will be

taken step-by-step through the process of opening the mystery, creating

characters, plotting, and writing scenes, dialogue, and description by using

the advice, ideas, and exercises provided by the instructor. The class will

motivate you, provide you with as much feedback as you want, and give you

the necessary logic and depth necessary to create a mystery that satisfies.See

complete course outline here:

http://dunesanddreams.org/writing-workshops/april-2011/Biography: Jacqueline

Corcoran is an adult educator. She has been on the faculty of two different

universities over the last 15 years, and is currently at Virginia

Commonwealth University. She is proficient in constructing exercises that

build students’ skills in a sequential manner, and, out of the 11 textbooks

she’s written, five are in workbook format. She has published a self-help

book, The Depression Solutions Workbook

http://www.newharbinger.com/bookstore/productdetails.cfm?PC=751, and is

currently working with an agent to represent her latest mystery, Maiming of

the Shrew, as well as a YA novel. Time Witch, a middle grade fantasy and

retelling of the fairytale of “The Snow Queen,” will be out soon with

Solstice Publishing. ____________________

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*DATE*: April 4 - 29

Registration deadline is April 2nd.

*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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*Debora Dennis ~ Spicy Romance with Timeless Adventure!*

Lyrical Press, Nov. 2010 ~ A Fistful of Fate


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Writing workshops! Registration and more information:




APRIL 2011


INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Chant

WHEN: April 4 to April 15


At the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding of what goes into making your author website more appealing and inviting to a visitor and thus more effective for promoting you and your work.

This workshop will cover the golden ratio of layout design, using web fonts and web-safe colors, using white space, user interface considerationsand website organization, web graphics for the artistically challenged, and the importance of testing websites with multiple operating systems andbrowser applications.

This workshop is aimed at writers who have websites already and want to make them better, or writers who are planning to set up a website and want to know more about how the content should be arranged, either because they plan to do it themselves, or they want to be more informed when hiring a professional designer.

PRE-REQUISITE: Students are expected to be familiar with the basics of setting up a website (domain name, software, etc.). This class focuses on design principles and how to make your website more user friendly, appealing and effective. It is NOT an HTML class on how to program your website or how to use website design software.

The workshop will include exercises designed to strengthen the concepts discussed. Students do not need to have an active website to participate, but may find the lessons more "hands-on" if they do. The instructor will offer feedback on any student's website during the workshop if the URL is offered during the class.


Catherine Chant is an award-winning writer from New England. She is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her short fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in RWA newsletters, Character S?, School Arts?, Metro Kids?, Twilight Times, Apollos Lyre, Crochet World, Garden Guides?.com . Her young adult time travel romance WISHING YOU WERE HERE was a finalist in the 2008 Golden Heart® awards. She is currently working a new young adult novel, writing how-to articles for Demand Studios, and offering knitting/crochet advice and instruction at creativemindandhands.com.

A graduate of Boston College, Catherine worked for fifteen years at her alma mater as a computing & communications consultant and spent many of those years as BC's web information services manager, maintaining and supporting the university web servers. She now provides freelance web editing and design services to other writers and clients such as BC's Lynch School of Education. While working at BC, she designed and gave many training courses on technology subjects. Since joining RWA in 2003, she has served four years as the Workshops chairperson (or co-chair) for FTHRW, an online chapter that offers 12 workshops a year to their 300+ members, and has been FTHRW's webmaster since 2004. Catherine has been giving her own workshops to RWA chapters since 2006. You can find out more about Catherine at her website: http://www.catherinechant.com/


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!


The registration deadline 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.

For more information, please check out our website at http://www.neorwa.com or email Cathy Matuszak If you are using a web email and the link doesn't work for you, send the email to neorwaonline at gmail dot com



For the writer's toolbox: Add another way to look at your book for

solid storytelling.

Elements of RWA Online Workshops


April 4 - 15, 2011

DIRECT YOUR BOOK! Theatrical Techniques to a Blockbuster Novel

by Leanna Renee Hieber


Non-members $15; Elements Members $9

To register for this workshop, click here.


Crack open a whole new way to think about your fiction by using

techniques inherent to actors, directors and other theatre

professionals. Troubleshoot your way towards an engaging, character-

rich, one-of-a-kind hit novel using a whole new mindset. Utilizing

basic theatrical as well as avant-garde theatre techniques, during

this two week online course, Leanna will break down the basic roles

of Cinematographer, Director and Actor and ask authors to take

critical looks at their manuscripts from each respective vantage

point, asking the necessary questions to get effective results in

setting, structure, world-building and character. These theatrical

vantage points are refreshing for those armed only with writing

vocabulary and craft, while the principles can be easily adapted and

co-opted for a novelist’s use. The class will offer presentation,

discussion and exercises that knit these two disparate yet related

mediums together. Because in the end, every artistic medium is after

the same goal: solid, blockbuster storytelling.


Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in Ohio inventing ghost stories. With a

theatre degree, a focus in the Victorian Era and a scholarship to

London, she has adapted works of 19th Century literature for the

stage and her one-act plays have been produced around the country.

Her fantasy novella Dark Nest won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence

in Futuristic / Fantasy / Paranormal Romance. Her debut novel, The

Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, first in her Strangely

Beautiful series with Dorchester, hit Barnes & Noble's Bestseller

list, was named a favourite of 2009 by numerous genre review blogs

and has been optioned for a musical theatre production. A member of

the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers

of America (SFWA), Horror Writers Association (HWA) and International

Thriller Writers (ITW), she’s a proud co-founder of Lady Jane's Salon

Reading Series in New York. A member of the performers unions AEA,

SAG and AFTRA, Leanna freelances in television. When not writing or

on set, she loves a good Goth club and adventuring in New York City,

where she resides with her real-life hero and beloved rescued lab

rabbit Persebunny. About Leanna as a presenter: A child of two

college professors and an ardent supporter of inter-disciplinary

education, teaching from all sides of her theatre, playwright and

fiction background is in her blood. She has taught fiction workshops

for RWA NYC, COFW Ohio, WIS-RWA Milwaukee, RWA Women’s Fiction,

spoken and presented in schools around the country, written articles

for the RWA NYC Keynotes newsletter and Dramatics magazine, as well

as teaching theatre and adaptation workshops for the Guthrie Theatre

and the International Thespian Festival.


Carol R. Wood

Co-Chair, Elements of RWA Education Committee

Co-Moderator, RWA ChapterEvents


***Permission to Forward Granted***

The Long Island Romance Writers is proud to present their first online class this May!

May 9-13, 2011


Kristen Lamb

Fee: $15 (for all)

Becoming a Brand:

Using Social Media to Become a Household Name

Want to become a brand like Stephenie Meyer, Nora Roberts or Stephen King? This session will show you how. Writers now are being required to have a social media platform. It doesn't have to be scary. This class is designed to change your habits, not your personality. My method will help you build a platform that is solid and expands in pace with your career, no matter what social media platform is in style. I will show you ways to grow your network in ways that will translate into book sales. And the coolest part? My approach leaves time to write more books. You don't have all day to market. You need time to write future best-selling books. Let me show you how.

Bio: Kristen Lamb is the author of the best-selling book We Are Not Alone-The Writer's Guide to Social Media. Kristen worked in international sales before transitioning into a career as an author, freelance editor and speaker. She takes her years of experience in sales & promotion and merges it with almost a decade as a writer to create a program designed to help authors construct a platform in the new paradigm of publishing. Kristen has guided writers of all levels, from unpublished green peas to NY Times best-selling big fish, how to use social media to create a solid platform and brand. Most importantly, Kristen helps authors of all levels connect to their READERS and then maintain a relationship that grows into a long-term fan base.

Check out Kristen's blog at: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/

TO REGISTER for class see:


(PayPal payment option on page)

If you'd prefer to send a check, please make it out to Long Island Romance Writers, Inc. and mail with your name and the email you wish to use for class to:

Judy Fischer, LIRW Treasurer

P.O. Box 496

Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0496

All payments must be received before the first day of class. If you have any questions, please contact longislandromancewriters@gmail.com

Thank you! And see you in class.


***** Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged *****//

The San Diego Chapter of RWA Presents

Investigations 101: A Cop's View

Presented By MA Taylor

April 4- 15, 2011

Cost - $20 RWASD everyone else $25


This class is geared to aid participants in making their Law Enforcement Character’s Investigations as realistic as possible. Topics to be covered:

Areas of Responsibilities, Rank Structure – Who’s really in Charge?

Surveillance: Electronic (WireTaps, Tracking Devices, Computers and more) vs Physical (Car vs Air, Single vs Team, Moving vs Fixed)

Undercover Operations, Narcotics Investigations, Money Laundering and Informants

Sex Crimes and Homicide.

Interviewing vs Interrogation - Which gets the job done.

Networking: A Cop’s and Your Character’s Greatest Investigative Tool.

M.A. Taylor

M.A. Taylor spent over twenty years in law enforcement. The first seven years were spent with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), she left to become a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice (DOJ), spending over ten years in Narcotics. Four of those years Margaret was assigned to a Federal DEA-HIDTA Task Force. Margaret’s many areas of expertise range from surveillance to wiretaps to Tribal Gaming, sexual predators and many others

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