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Presenter: Jacqui Jacoby

Dates: February 3-28

Class Length: Four weeks

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


Registration opens January 20, 2020


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




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.           


            Deadline to register is February 3, 2020


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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