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RWA Online's April Workshop: Flashbacks that Please Your Editor and Don't Confuse Your Reader

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Flashbacks that Please Your Editor and Don’t Confuse Your Reader Presented by MM Pollard

Class begins: April 1, 2019

Class Length: Four weeks

Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)


Registration opens March 18, 2019


Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/




Flashbacks are a device that a writer must use with care, or she might lose her reader in that distant past, never to see that reader again. We’ll consider kinds of flashbacks, uses for flashbacks, and reasons not to use flashbacks.

Flashbacks present a problem with verb tenses. Since a flashback is past, but you’re writing in past tense, how do you show the flashback is more past than past? Confused? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. Editor and writing coach Laurie Sanders says that the poorly written flashback is one of the reasons for rejected manuscripts.

Lesson Outline: Homework with every lesson with instructor feedback

Lesson 1: What Are Flashbacks, Why Are They Used, and Are They the Only Way to Do That?

Lesson 2: Should You Use Flashbacks and What are the Rules?

Lesson 3: What Are the Different Lengths of Flashbacks?

Lesson 4: How Do You Clearly Signal Transitions between Story and Flashback?

Lesson 5: Verb review

Lesson 6: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Past Tense?

Lesson 7: How Do You Write a Flashback in a Story Written in Present Tense?

Lesson 8: Review and Your Turn

Lesson 9: MM’s comments on your flashbacks

Reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback – like mini edits.


Presenter Bio:


MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire, her training as a certified copy editor, and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Savvy Authors, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English.


MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops.


Deadline to register is April 1, 2019


FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class.


Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.



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