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RWA Online's 2020 Workshop Schedule

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Note: All classes are FREE for RWA Online Chapter members. If you are a RWA (Romance Writers of America) member, then you can also join our online chapter. The cost to join our chapter is $25 and is renewed yearly at the same rate. 

To join RWA Online chapter, go to our main page: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

WRITER WELLNESS: A WRITER'S PATH TO HEALTH AND CREATIVITY with presenter Joy Held 

Class begins: January 6, 2020

Class Length: Four weeks

Blurb:

 

Good self-care is the new multi-vitamin! Writers should definitely take a multi-vitamin, and Writer Wellness is a complimentary plan to help you stay on target for writing and life. WW is a lifestyle technique for anyone who loves to create with activities to stimulate creativity and health by encouraging regular journal writing, exercise, relaxation, sound nutrition, and creative play. Regardless of style, genre, or writing goals, Writer Wellness is the perfect writer's companion.

 

The workshop will offer three activities per key area (journaling, exercise, relaxation, nutrition, and creative play) for participant's to try then respond to discussion prompts posted in the course. This interactive workshop will present ideas any writer can put into practice, tweak, and maintain throughout a writing career with the goal of better health and expanded creativity for many years. Discover the Writer Wellness Warrior in you and be well, write well! 

 

Presenter Bio:

 

JOY E. HELD, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A. is an author, freelance editor, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self educator, and workshop presenter with over 500 articles published in trade magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Her historical romance novel Message to Love was published in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press. She has degrees in education, journalism, and writing popular fiction. www.joyeheld.com

 

AUSTEN TO ALIENS:  CREATING THE CLASSIC TOUGH CHICK with presenter Jacqui Jacoby

Dates: February 3-28

Class Length: Four weeks

Blurb:

 

As martial artist, I am interested in self-defense and how women are portrayed in the media.  At first, it seemed as if it was only Hollywood showing women in a tough light.  With heroines such as Sarah Conner of the Terminator movies, and Ellen Ripely in the Alien films, women were the ones saving the day when men were being blown up or eaten.           

            While attending the National Conference, I was able to meet with people in the industry who share my view that heroines in today’s market can be tough.  People such as Natashya Wilson, Senior Editor: Vicki Hinze, author of books featuring tough chick heroines; and Suzanne Brockmann, best selling author of tough characters.  

            This workshop would cover such topics as how to portray tough chick heroines.  Not just illustrating self-defense techniques, but how to build a tough chick heroine from the inside out.  What kind of women make up the tough chicks and what are they like in their everyday lives?  What drives them to become tough?  What kind of hero must stand beside her and what kind of villains will she face?

            According to editor Julie Barrett, tough chick heroines are not going anywhere.  They are here to stay and it’s up to today’s romance writers to portray them in an accurate light.

 

Note: Austen to Aliens is a four week course with two lectures per week, and three days for Q&A

 

Presenter Bio:

 

            Jacqui Jacoby: As a women capable of taking down a 220 pound man in self-defense simulations, I have the background to understand tough chicks.  As the writer of non-fiction articles for various RWA Chapter newsletters including The Kiss of Death, The Orange Blossom and The Heartbeat of Denver, I have the experience to research and present this workshop. 

            First Place Winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award in Excellence, as well as the Suzannah and the Dixie for her books, she is a RWA Golden Heart Finalst.  She is a workshop teacher who has appeared both live and online to give such classes as “From Austin to Aliens: How to Create Classic Tough Chicks” and “Lessons of Firefly.” Her novels, Dead Men Play the Game, Bystander and Aaden’s Hope continue to generate fan mail.

            If there is one thing I do know, it’s how to be a tough chick.           

 

 

FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT: BEGINNER TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR AUTHORS

(or, Using Technology to Act Like a Bestselling Author, Even If You Aren’t One...Yet) with presenter Kerry Blaisdell

Dates: April 6-May 1

Class Length: Four Weeks

About the class

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Google got you down? Email signatures a mystery? Just want to know what's eye-catching vs. distracting on Instagram or Twitter? This course is for you! Award-winning author Kerry Blaisdell will teach you how to use technology effectively, to advance your writing career to the next level. 

 

From the basics of email and how to create effective social media posts, including the right balance between images and text, to effectively structuring your website, Facebook page, etc., this course is perfect for techno-phobes or fledgling authors, who want to know the best way to promote themselves. 

 

Even if you plan to hire a web designer or promotion service, your online presence is still all you, and should be consistent and professional across all platforms. Learn what works and what you can ignore, to save time and money, while making your author brand the best it can possibly be, right from the start!

 

COURSE FORMAT

 

This course will be delivered online, three lessons per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for a total of four weeks (12 lessons). On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the weekends, homework will be assigned, to practice the lessons learned on the previous class day. Homework is optional, but I encourage all students to participate, and share your efforts with me, so I can give you feedback. The more you engage, the more I can help you!

 

SYLLABUS 

 

Note: The outline below is a general guide to the course. Depending on the interests of each class group, some topics may be condensed, expanded, or removed entirely. However, this is intended to be a beginner course specifically, so if a student feels they already understand the below information, they may want to consider enrolling in my advanced class instead.

 

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Email Basics and Netiquette (1 lesson)
  • Online Communities (1 lesson)
  • Graphic Design for Beginning Beginners (2 lessons)
  • Web Design for Beginners - Even If You’re Hiring a Designer (2 lessons)
  • Facebook Basics (1 lesson)
  • Twitter Basics (1 lesson)
  • Instagram Basics (1 lesson)
  • Pinterest Basics (1 lesson)
  • Gaining Followers (1 lesson)

Ask Me Anything (1 lesson)

 

Presenter Bio:

 

Kerry Blaisdell is the award-winning author of The Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD (Book One)— 2019 HOLT Medallion double winner for Best Paranormal & Best First Book, Romance Writers of America RITA® Award finalist, InD’tale Magazine RONE Award finalist, and Royal Palm Literary Award finalist—and WAKING THE DEAD (Book Two). She also writes Romantic Suspense (PUBLISH OR PERISH, available for preorder now) and Historical Mystery (A LAMENTATION OF SWANS, coming soon). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature (French & Medieval English) from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Teaching English and Advanced Mathematics from the University of Portland.

 

For over 20 years she worked in Corporate Communications and Marketing Technology, as a graphic designer, web developer, database programmer, and content writer, as well as developing and teaching technology courses for adults. After earning her MAT with Honors, she switched careers to become a full-time educator, and currently teaches high school math to middle school students. She lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her husband, two (mostly) adult “kids,” assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could reasonably consume.

 

For more information, or to sign up for her mailing list or follow her on social media, visit her online at http://kerryblaisdell.com.

 

 

 

DRESS YOUR TECH FOR SUCCESS: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR AUTHORS (Who Aren’t Bestsellers...Yet, But Want to Act Like They Are) with presenter Kerry Blaisdell

Dates: June 1-26

Class Length: Four weeks

 

Blurb:

 

If you already took Kerry's beginner class (Fake It 'Til You Make It: How To Act Like A Best-Selling Author, Even If You Aren't One...Yet), or if you have some marketing and technology experience, this Advanced class is for you. She'll go deeper into website design and development, including adding services and features to make your author brand more professional. She will talk mailing lists, how to host your own giveaways, and go into more advanced ad creation, including discussions of which platforms work better in which situations (BookBub, Facebook, etc.). Also discussed will be advanced tech such as link shortening/tracking, and social media schedulers (such as Hootsuite). 

 

Presenter Bio:

 

Kerry Blaisdell is the award-winning author of The Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD (Book One)— 2019 HOLT Medallion double winner for Best Paranormal & Best First Book, Romance Writers of America RITA® Award finalist, InD’tale Magazine RONE Award finalist, and Royal Palm Literary Award finalist—and WAKING THE DEAD (Book Two). She also writes Romantic Suspense (PUBLISH OR PERISH, available for preorder now) and Historical Mystery (A LAMENTATION OF SWANS, coming soon). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature (French & Medieval English) from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Teaching English and Advanced Mathematics from the University of Portland.

 

For over 20 years she worked in Corporate Communications and Marketing Technology, as a graphic designer, web developer, database programmer, and content writer, as well as developing and teaching technology courses for adults. After earning her MAT with Honors, she switched careers to become a full-time educator, and currently teaches high school math to middle school students. She lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her husband, two (mostly) adult “kids,” assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could reasonably consume.

 

For more information, or to sign up for her mailing list or follow her on social media, visit her online at http://kerryblaisdell.com.

 

GET MORE DONE: TIME MANAGEMENT FOR AUTHORS with presenter Mary E. Thompson

Dates: August 3-14

Class Length: Two weeks

Blurb:

 

Workshop Course Description

 

What would you do with an extra hour in your day? What about two? What about an extra ten minutes?

 

We all struggle with getting everything we want to do done. We take on more than we can actually handle and regret it. Everything ends up suffering, especially us.

 

We always wish for more time.

 

This workshop will teach you how to manage your time so that you can find those extra minutes or hours in your day without having to give up other things to get them (like sleep). We’ll talk about using your time well, taking advantage of small moments, and focusing on what really matters so when you have time, you spend it where you want to.

  

Workshop Syllabus

 

Lesson 1 - What Really Matters?

 

Lesson 2 - Where Did the Time Go?

 

Lesson 3 - Get Sh*t Done

 

Lesson 4 - Your New Favorite Word

 

Lesson 5 - What To Do When Everything Changes

 

Presenter Bio:

 

Mary E Thompson has never been able to freeze time, pull all nighters, or lock herself in her room for hours at a time (her kids always find her). But she has managed to publish over 40 novels, serve on a chapter board for more than two years, and chair a popular RWA chapter contest. And that’s while raising her two elementary school aged children, managing the household for a family of four, and making sure her husband doesn’t miss that doctor’s appointment he forgot to put on his calendar. After being asked too many times how she does it all, she decided to share her not-so-secret secrets with you.

 

MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK TRAILER with presenter Tracee Garner

Dates: October 5-23

Class Length: Three weeks

Blurb: 

Video is king. If you didn't know that, the thought of "going live" probably makes you cringe. There are other ways, however, besides going live that can still generate results, help you get your stories in front of new eyes and win readers who've never heard of you. If you could do this on your own without some major, high priced production company, wouldn't you want to try? In its simplest form, a book trailer for your story is nothing more than a descriptive sequence of words, awesome pictures and amazing music strung together in a logical but entertaining sequence that's not more than 60 or 90 seconds long. YOU can do this.

 

In my book trailer course, we will learn how to use three of the most popular video production tools including, Youtube Studio Creator, Animoto and Ripl. All of these have free versions which will appeal to anyone, especially new users who are just starting out. We will also cover, where to find free or low costs graphics, word choice, finding a story element for the trailer and narrowing your focus as well as where to get awesome music loops and tracks for FREE? You will also get a cheat sheet, story board and resource guide in the course. Once you learn it, you'll wonder why you were so fretful. What author doesn't need more outlets to promote their books?

 

Presenter Bio:

 

Tracee Lydia Garner is a best-selling and award-winning author. She is a dynamic speaker and engaging presenter with a wealth of knowledge and resources. She writes fiction and nonfiction hoping to uplift, inspire as well as educate readers through her tales of hope, love and overcoming adversity. A northern Virginia native, Tracee makes her home in a suburb just outside of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and loves writing, reading and teaching all about marketing and publishing. As a person with a disability, Tracee has been an advocate for over twenty years and maintains a day job currently as a case manager in DC at a small nonprofit organization. Tracee Lydia Garner has done workshops for the RWA National conference on disability topics, diversity, as well for her local DC chapter of RWA where she is involved and has been the editor/agent coordinator at their annual retreat for three years. Tracee also taught How to Write the Novel, Romance Novel Writing and the Self-Publishing Boot Camp within her alma mater's workforce development section of the college’s offerings for almost 14 years. Visit me at www.TraceeGarner.com

 

 

HEARING VOICES 101: CREATING DISTINCT CHARACTERS with presenter Midnight Voss

Dates: November 2-27

Class Length: Four weeks

 Blurb: 

Characters who readers tell their friends about. Characters who stay with you long after you’ve put the book down. Every writer wants their characters to resonate with their readers, but too often the gulf between your character sheet and what gets on the final page is too wide.

 

If you’ve gotten feedback that all of your characters sound the same, or that your characters aren’t distinct, there is hope. In this workshop, we will cover how to layer in distinct details in your characters’ personalities and depicting those details in character voice and action. Exercises will be provided for crafting the perfect voice for your characters, so that you can hear them in your mind as you write them onto the page in dialogue and point of view, allowing your readers to hear them, as well. 

Presenter bio:

Midnight Voss is a long-time teacher of writing and literature from argumentation to poetry to narrative. Throughout the year, she teaches online workshops for writers who want to hone their craft and deepen their worlds. She writes urban fantasy and dystopian fiction, as well as primarily f/f and m/m romance.

 

When not immersed in her stories or the stories of others, Midnight likes to spend time with her cats and her girlfriend, reading and watching horror stories, and deconstructing problems in media. Visit her blog at https://midnightvosswriting.blogspot.com to read critiques or employ her services.

 

We hope to see you in 2020 at our workshops!

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