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****If you are a member of our chapter, RWA Online, you get to take the workshops for free****


RWA Online’s 2018 Workshop Schedule:


Obstacles to Your Success: What They Are and How to Overcome Them presented by MM Pollard

Class begins: February 5, 2018

Length of Class: 4 weeks


Workshop description:


You can almost certainly name your obstacle, but thinking of ways to overcome it is much harder than it sounds. In this workshop, you’ll meet fifteen obstacles that writers face when trying to write their stories. You’ll also receive concrete methods to burst through each obstacle and continue on your way to your success.


Here are the obstacles you will meet in this workshop.


The Twin Obstacles: Perfectionism and Procrastination

Pressure to Write More

Poor Time Management

Lack of Energy: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Creative Energy

The Role of Fear in Writer’s Block

The 9 Most Common Mistakes Which Will Slow Down Your Writing


Of course, there will be homework. This is a Workshop with MM, after all. MM will comment on all homework posted when due to give you feedback on your assignments. As always, homework is optional.


Computer Security for Authors and Their Characters presented by Pam Trader
Class begins: April 2, 2018
Length of class: 4 weeks
Workshop description:
It's a dangerous cyberworld out there!  Phishing and email scams and database hacking, oh my!  What's an author to do about it all?  Can you even be on the internet anymore?  Is the "cloud" safe for our works in progress?  . Learn how phishing, spyware, and ransomware is used, how identity theft and internet scams work, and how to be safe on wi-fi networks and social media.  We'll also look at the latest scary problem built into all of our computers - the villainous Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities - to assess how serious these threats are.
This interactive workshop will tiptoe through the world of cybersecurity through two paths - one designed to provide authors with knowledge about computer security for their personal use.  We'll also explore cybersecurity as our characters use, or avoid, those threats in our stories.   Come prepared with both your questions and your character's questions in the world of cybersecurity.


For the Discouraged Writer: Rekindling the Passion in your Writing presented by Red Jameson

Class begins: June 4, 2018

Length of class: 4 weeks


Workshop description:


When Red heard the advice that discouraged writers should get used to no longer feeling passionate about writing and to just get a hobby, she decided to challenge that. At almost every level of her writing career, she’s had some sort of discouragement. After so many years of it, she decided to shove it where the sun didn’t shine and find the fire in her writing once again. This workshop covers almost every area a writer—from those just starting out to those who have been writing before dinosaurs were love interests—can become discouraged and ways to overcome it. From finishing a manuscript that is kicking and screaming not to be written to strategies for a shy writer to conquer social media, from bouncing back when a publisher rejects your brilliant story to dealing with editors who dump you, from overcoming fear and dealing with envy, this class covers the turbulent business of being an author.


Visibility Unlocked: How Authors Can Attract, Captivate, and Retain Their Audience presented by VaNessa Duplessie

Class begins: August 6, 2018

Length of class: 3 weeks


Workshop Description: 

This Workshop is designed to teach new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before your first book release. You will leave with the tools enabling you to get started immediately to build or enhance an online presence. This workshop will share exactly what you need to do on a daily, weekly, & monthly basis to unlock your visibility.


Freedom to Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers presented by Catherine Chant

Class begins: October 1, 2018

Length of class: 2 weeks


Workshop description:


Flying by the seat of your pants to write the first draft for your book feels so freeing. It’s a time to play, to experiment, to try out new ideas. What fun!

But diving into a project as big as a novel without any plan at all often means a lot of extra work after the draft is completed as you scramble to revise hundreds of pages that might have no cohesion, inconsistent characters, or a wandering plot.

One way to lessen that extra work is to go into the rough draft phase of your book with a better idea of where the story’s headed. That doesn’t mean knowing everything about your story (how boring would that be?), but it does mean knowing something to give your story direction.

“Outline” is a scary word for most pantsers. It sounds restrictive, it sounds tedious, it sounds boring. So, there will be no “outlines” here. Nope. None. Instead, you’re going to build yourself a “framework” for your story that’s open and flexible, with plenty of room for playing, experimenting, and checking out new ideas off the beaten path whenever the inspiration strikes you.

Story Planning for Pantsers: Keep your freedom, but keep on track, too.



Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction presented by Peter Andrews

Class begins: December 3, 2018

Length of class: 3 weeks


Workshop description:


Every story can benefit from an authentic, fully realized setting. By asking the right questions, the writer can immerse readers in a specific environment, time period, and culture. Whether it's a galaxy far, far away or your own backyard, a detailed setting can engage your reader and sharpen your conflict. 

Make contemporary stories as surprising and exciting as SF and fantasy by moving past assumptions. Make your invented settings as real and believable as the town you live in. The class will explore settings from a variety of perspectives and apply what's learned to storytelling.     

What catches readers' imaginations? How do you explore the environment and use what you learn to raise the stakes? What needs to be there, and what should be left out? Using the tools of fantasy and SF writers, discover how society, geography, history, and economics can make your story fresh, believable, and compelling.

8 Lessons/3 weeks


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