2017 Online Courses

Courses are taught via Yahoo Groups and feature craft, writing and genre specific topics. Membership in LRWA is not required.

Courses are open to anyone with email capability, not just LRWA or RWA members.

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JANUARY 2017

You’ve Written a Manuscript, Now What?


Presented By Susan Palmquist
Dates: January 3-28
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Are you just about ready to send out that manuscript to an editor or agent? This course will cover a basic checklist for getting your manuscript in tip-top shape. I’ll cover some of the biggest problems found in manuscripts, everything from head-hopping to flat sounding dialogue to how to look at your work with a new set of eyes. The course will also touch upon getting a synopsis and cover letter together.

Instructor Bio:
Susan Palmquist writes under her own name and also her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 100 plus books, including writing how tos, mysteries and romances and a bestselling author of erotic romances and erotica. She pens three ongoing series called Perfect Pairing, Big Sky County and the bestselling Kalispell Shifters. Her books have been bestsellers on all the major book sites, including Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance E Books (TOP 50 Author), Fictionwise, and Kobo. She’s also a recipient of Evernight’s Reader’s Choice Award. She’s been teaching courses for various RWA chapters for the last five years and has been a writing tutor for four years for an online writing school.

You can find out more about Susan at www.susanpalmquist.com, www.thiswriterslife.com, and www.vanessadevereaux.com

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Monster Revision, including Deep POV from Draft Zero to Done


Presented by Suzanne Johnson
Dates: Jan 3- 28
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Learn the steps of a “monster revision” method that will take your shambling, shuffling zombie of a manuscript and make it sparkle like a teenage vampire in sunlight. (Well, you know what I mean.) This is a hands-on course; be prepared to dig deep and get those manuscripts ready to submit! Participants can work on their own WIPs, or can use one of their completed manuscripts. Don’t have one finished? Use the methods to “deconstruct” a favorite novel off your keeper shelf. We’ll look at ways to spot plot holes and inconsistences, construct a timeline, examine pacing, and then take our POV very, very deep to make sure the whole manuscript shines. Each course participant will receive individual feedback through a series of class assignments using their own manuscripts.

Instructor Bio:
Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series for Tor Books, including the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award-winning Elysian Fields. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is author of the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, including the 2013 Holt Medallion winner for paranormal romance Absolution, as well as The Collectors romantic suspense series, including Lovely, Dark, and Deep, 2015 Holt Medallion winner and 2015 Booksellers Best Award winner for romantic suspense. A displaced New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama. Suzanne loves SEC football, fried gator on a stick, uptown New Orleans, all things Cajun (including a certain Cajun merman in the Sentinels series), and redneck reality TV. For more information, please visit Suzanne’s website: http://www.suzannejohnsonauthor.com/

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Writing Sports Romance


Presented by Cassandra Carr
Dates: Jan 3- 28
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Sports romance is one of the fastest-growing subgenres, and this course will teach you how to write compelling, realistic stories. You’ll learn about the specific personality traits of elite athletes, what their day-to-day lives are like, how to describe the atmosphere in a locker room, and other details you’ll need to make your book the best it can be.

Instructor Bio:
Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on the computer.

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com

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FEBRUARY 2017

Crisis, Climax, Resolution: Writing to the End


Presented by Robin Matheson
Dates: January 31 – February 25
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
A book is more than a great idea or even a first chapter with a terrific hook. Reaching those two gratifying words—The End—can be daunting.

Introducing a 5 Point Plot Structure, this course examines the crucial psychological factors facing the protagonist at both the Crisis and Climax points within a story. Using easy to understand Fairy Tale motifs, the impact of the protagonist’s choices and actions are reviewed in light of possible Resolutions.

This course includes lectures, charts and tons of examples, plus lots of opportunity for Q&A.

Instructor Bio:
An award winning author, Robin Matheson holds an honors specialist degree in Classical Civilization and English and a Master of Education. She’s taught numerous courses at college, overseas, and online courses on writing since 2004. Her in depth knowledge of mythical structures combined with her dynamic presentation style, have made courses such as The Journey Cycle and Crisis, Climax, Resolution: Writing to the End popular.

One of Robin’s greatest passions is traveling. In addition to their home base in Canada, she and her family have also lived in South East Asia and South Africa. Visit her at www.robiemadison.com.

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Crafting Memorable Dialogue


Presented by Joni Fischer
Dates: January 31 – February 25
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The 4-week Crafting Memorable Dialogue course offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. At the end of each of the 10 lessons, the student applies the lesson to a chapter of his own work in progress. The lessons are: discovering when and when not to use dialogue, infusing conflict, employing text and subtext, creating suspense, transforming the predictable, cutting to the chase, individualizing characters through speech markers, applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity, using three types of tags to show goals motivations and conflict, and formatting and punctuating dialogue properly.

The first 10 people to sign up will receive a detailed critique on the first 50 pages of their manuscripts.

Instructor Bio:
Joni is the author of South of Justice, the first book in the four-part Compass Crimes Series. She lives in central Florida and North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, she can be found flying, hiking, writing for aviation magazines, reading, or at church. An active member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Romance Writers of America, and the Florida Writers Association, she is hard at work on her next novel. Website: http://www.jonimfisher.com.

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What is a tweet and Why Should I Care?


Presented by: Jessie Cleaver
Dates: January 31 – February 25
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
You’ve signed up for Facebook, posted a picture of your dog, and your friends liked it. Now what? With the ever changing world of social media, it can be intimidating and confusing when deciding what works best for your author platform. In this course, you will learn the facets of Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest and what types of content work best for each. In addition, you will learn strategies for using each platform to present a seamless author brand and build your reading community. Finally, we will cover some tools you can use to make keeping up with social media a little easier.

Instructor Bio:
In the second grade, Jessie began a story about a duck and a lost ring. Two harrowing pages of wide ruled notebook paper later, the ring was found. And Jessie has been writing ever since. Taking her history degree dangerously, Jessie tells the stories of courageous heroines, the men who dared to love them, and the world that tried to defeat them. Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.

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MARCH 2017

Crafting the Short Story and Novella


Presented By Susan Palmquist
Dates: March 6-31
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
With the growth of the online market and e-books, there are more opportunities for writing short stories. This course is for those writers who want to give the shorter format a try, or for the beginning writer who wants to use short story writing as a stepping stone to novel writing. The course covers such things as differences in writing in long and short forms, finding the right story for the shorter format, plot, characterization, mistakes most writers make, and markets for short stories

Instructor Bio:
Susan Palmquist writes under her own name and also her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 100 plus books, including writing how tos, mysteries and romances and a bestselling author of erotic romances and erotica. She pens three ongoing series called Perfect Pairing, Big Sky County and the bestselling Kalispell Shifters. Her books have been bestsellers on all the major book sites, including Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance E Books (TOP 50 Author), Fictionwise, and Kobo. She’s also a recipient of Evernight’s Reader’s Choice Award. She’s been teaching courses for various RWA chapters for the last five years and has been a writing tutor for four years for an online writing school.

You can find out more about Susan at www.susanpalmquist.com, www.thiswriterslife.com, and www.vanessadevereaux.com

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Writing from the Male POV


Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: March 6 – 18
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
In this updated version, learn the ins and outs of character creation from a side of romance we rarely hear from, the male romance reader/writer! Paranormal Romance author Sascha Illyvich shares with us tips on how to create more memorable characters, avoid some common pitfalls and have more fun with our writing!

What you’ll learn from this class
• Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
• How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
• How to get your man to express his true “self” and speak in his voice
• What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*
• Relationship issues Men face*
• A man’s self view*
• The Gay Male Mindset
• The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
• A man’s journey in life and his Success
• How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story

Instructor Bio:
Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, Sascha started writing fifteen years ago. Author of over 45 titles, his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.Former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, Sascha continues to write for Red Sage, Ardent Books, Secret Cravings Publishing, Decadent Publishing, Sizzler Editions and Totally Bound. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com

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Story Clinic


Presented by PJ Andrew
Dates: March 6-25
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Do you have creaking characters or plodding plots? Has your tale lost its zip? Did you pants your way into a blind alley? From time to time, everyone needs help in getting cooperation from their characters and keeping their stories on track and moving forward. This clinic is design to help you figure out what’s wrong and what to do through a series of questions, tips, discussions, diagnostics… and a little handholding. You can bring your own problems to the course and you can learn even more by joining in as others search for answers.
So whether you have a secondary character taking over or are caught in the mid-novel slump, this interactive course is for you.

Instructor Bio:
Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog. He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and president of its Young Adult Chapter.

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Contraception, Pregnancy and Childbirth in History


Presented by: Georgie Lee
Dates: March 6 – 18
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Pregnancy and childbirth are a natural part of life that women of the past looked on with both excitement and fear. They never knew if it would be the beginning of a new life with a baby or the end of theirs. For those wishing to prevent a pregnancy, contraception was available, a lady just needed to know where to find it.

During this two week class, participants will be taken through the ins and outs of the history of contraception, pregnancy and childbirth from ancient times up through the Victorian era, from a writer’s perspective. Lectures will cover the training and techniques of midwives and doctors, as well as the medicines, pain relief, complications and mortality rates surrounding childbirth. Period nomenclature, tools and other details necessary for writers looking to craft realistic scenes will be discussed, as well as methods of contraception available and how information about it was disseminated. Firsthand accounts from medical practitioners and their patients will help provide a full picture of pregnancy and childbirth in the time before antibiotics, epidurals and germ theory.

Instructor Bio:
Award winning author Georgie Lee was born and raised in San Diego where she also attended college, majoring in television and film production. She began her professional writing career at a local cable TV station writing marketing videos, promotional spots and public service announcements, some of which still haunt the airwaves.

Blinded by the dazzling lights of Hollywood, she headed north to Los Angeles where she earned her MA in Screenwriting, met her husband, and settled into a career in the interesting but strange world of the entertainment industry.

A lifelong history buff, Georgie hasn’t given up hope that she will one day inherit a title and a manor house. Until then, she fulfills her dreams of lords, ladies and a season in London through her stories. She writes Regency set historical romance for Harlequin Historical and Carina Press. When not writing, she can be found reading non-fiction history or watching any movie with a costume and an accent.

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APRIL 2017

Character Torture 101: Writing Conflict


Presented by Linnea Sinclair
Dates: April 3 – 28
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Writing Guru Dwight Swain said that it’s the author’s job to manipulate the emotions of the reader. There’s no better way to do this than for the author to put his characters through one roller coaster episode after another, taking the reader along for the ride. But how much conflict, how much character angst is too much? How can an author keep the action from becoming cartoonish? Bantam Spectra author Linnea Sinclair answers those questions and more in this fun and fast-paced (because torturing students is good, too!) course that explores the importance of conflict in today’s commercial fiction novels.

Instructor Bio:
Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades,” earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.”

Her previous careers include news reporting (television and newspaper) and private investigation (she was a licensed private investigator in Florida for ten years). She teaches seminars in both the craft of writing for all levels of writers and private investigation techniques for mystery authors via on-line writing sites and at writing conventions nationwide.

Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com.

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Author Marketing and Branding


Presented by Cassandra Carr
Dates: April 3-28
Cost: 20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
This course will help students address seven areas of marketing and branding that are most relevant to writers.
• Lesson One: Introduction to Branding and Platform
• Lesson Two: Book Launches, Signings and Knowing Your Audience
• Lesson Three: Blogging, Tours and Hops, Working with Bloggers
• Lesson Five: Author Pages On Amazon and Goodreads; Google Author Rank; Reviews; Cross Promotion
• Lesson Six: All About Websites
• Lesson Seven: Marketing Plans, Street Teams, Newsletters and Promotional Products

Instructor Bio:
Cassandra Carr is a multi-published, award-winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Siren, Sybarite Seductions and Loose Id who lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Cassandra’s book Caught was recently named Best BDSM Book 2011 by LoveRomancesCafe and Impact was named BDSM Book of the Month for May 2012 by BDSM Book Reviews.

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at www.booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Cassandra_Carr

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Intro to Writing Regency Romance


Presented by Elena Greene
Dates: April 3 – 28
Cost: $20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Are you interested in writing a Regency romance, but daunted by the research involved? Or have you started writing a Regency, but worry that you’re not getting the details right? This course will provide a helpful introduction as well as identify resources for more detailed research. Topics will include:
· an overview of Regency history
· favorite story settings such as London, Brighton, Bath, and the countryside
· social classes and their interactions
· titles and forms of address
· rules for inheritance, courtship, marriage and divorce
· fashion
· etiquette
· entertainment and pastimes.

Instructor Bio:
Elena Greene grew up reading Regencies and after a three year international assignment in England, she started writing them as well. Her books have won a number of awards including RT Book Club’s Best Regency Romance of 2005 for Lady Dearing’s Masquerade, which also made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. Elena is a member of the Beau Monde, RWA’s special interest chapter for Regency romance writers, and has maintained the Regency Realm, the Beau Monde’s compendium of resources for writing in this era. When not writing, Elena enjoys meditation, volunteer work, and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire, and beads than she would like to admit.

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MAY 2017

So You Want to Self-Publish Your Novel?


Presented by Susan Palmquist
Dates: May 1-26
Cost: 20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
A beginner’s guide to becoming your own publisher. The course will cover topics like planning your project from writing your story all the way through to uploading it to various sites. Tips on formatting. Cutting down on the learning curve with some dos and don’ts. Where to load your manuscript and tips to follow for each platform. The course will offer tips on loading books to Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, All Romance E books and Smashwords. How to write a description and what keywords and categories to pick. Tips on getting a cover made and findingsomeone to edit your work. The course is ideal for both fiction and non-fiction titles.

Instructor Bio
Susan Palmquist writes under her own name and also her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 100 plus books, including writing how tos, mysteries and romances and a bestselling author of erotic romances and erotica. She pens three ongoing series called Perfect Pairing, Big Sky County and the bestselling Kalispell Shifters. Her books have been bestsellers on all the major book sites, including Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance E Books (TOP 50 Author), Fictionwise, and Kobo. She’s also a recipient of Evernight’s Reader’s Choice Award. She’s been teaching courses for various RWA chapters for the last five years and has been a writing tutor for four years for an online writing school.

You can find out more about Susan at www.susanpalmquist.com, www.thiswriterslife.com, and www.vanessadevereaux.com

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Promise of the Premise


Presented By PJ Andrews
Dates May 1-20
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
What’s your story about? When people ask this question, they’re interested in the concept behind your story, the central idea that makes it intriguing. They want an answer that raises questions and suggests possibilities. As a writer, you want these things, too. After all, if your story’s a novel, you’ll need to carry it through hundreds of pages with regular surprises and payoffs. So it’s worth the effort to create a premise that is rich in possibilities.

In this course, you’ll:
• Learn the elements of a good premise.
• Discover how a premise can go wrong and what you can do about it.
• Develop a premise that’s powerful enough to guide your story.
• Explore the potential in your premise so it will reach its full value in your story, including suggesting interesting tasks and obstacles.
• Analyze your premise by answering ten questions that will help you to engage others and fully commit to your story.

After you’ve done this work, we’ll explore using your premise to build effective loglines, query summaries, pitches, and synopses.

Instructor Bio:
Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog. He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and president of its Young Adult Chapter

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Speed Writing: Which Plan Works Best For You


Presented By MM Pollard
Dates May 1-26
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
It’s easy to find how-to books on writing fast, but which one represents the solution to your plotting problem?

Let MM Pollard, writer, editor, and workshop presenter, help you sort through all of the different advice on this subject in eight lessons. She will focus on increasing daily word count as well as on quicker methods to plan and organize your book, using information from several fiction and nonfiction writers who have done just that. Students will be encouraged to try the techniques presented in each lesson to see if they work for them.

Instructor Bio:
MM Pollard puts her training as a certified copy editor, her skill as English teacher extraordinaire, 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, Writer U, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived to show pictures! The Greater Detroit RWA wowed her when their program director invited her to give a workshop during their June, 2016, meeting. MM still pinches herself to make sure she isn’t dreaming! She would love to present at more meetings and conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops.

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JUNE 2017

The Foolproof Synopsis and Query Letter


Presented By Robin Matheson
Dates June 5-24
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Build a synopsis and a query letter from the ground up!

When you know everything there is to know about your story, it’s hard to stay focused on the big picture. This hands-on course teaches you how to convert your creative concept into bite-sized promotional chunks that will allow you to effectively market your manuscript. Discover how the 5 Point Plot Structure helps you to construct a selling synopsis. Finally, master the “ABC Formula” that allows you to compose any business letter in 3 easy steps. Honest!

In addition to the course material, students will also have an opportunity to receive a critique of either a synopsis or a query letter.

Instructor Bio:
An award winning author, Robin Matheson holds an honors specialist degree in Classical Civilization and English and a Master of Education. She’s taught numerous courses at college, overseas, and online courses on writing since 2004. Her in depth knowledge of mythical structures combined with her dynamic presentation style, have made courses such as The Journey Cycle and Crisis, Climax, Resolution: Writing to the End popular.

One of Robin’s greatest passions is traveling. In addition to their home base in Canada, she and her family have also lived in South East Asia and South Africa. Visit her at www.robiemadison.com.

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Hardwired for Hot©


Presented By Merien Grey
Dates June 5-30
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Ever wonder why, we as humans, find the things we do attractive? There are biological reasons we enjoy sex but what about before we get to that part? As humans, we are hardwired to find certain things “hot”. This course examines the newest innovative theory behind what determines what we find attractive and why. It will cover what catches our eye in the first place and why we immediately have the urge to leave or stay. There will be an extensive list of traits and mannerisms the average human female instinctively finds hot, with scientific explanations why. The material is based on cutting edge anthropological, biological and sociological concepts that are beginning to unravel the mysteries of initial human attraction.

Instructor Bio:
Merien Grey spent over a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst observing all manner of people and their behavior. During her exploits, she was forced to develop a working knowledge of what many consider “historical” weapons since many third world countries still use them. This line of study took on a life of its own and became a hobby she has enjoyed and built on over the years. When she began writing Regency romance, it was a natural progression to make the Regency her main period of interest. It has been her favorite recreational study subject for over a decade now. Merien has degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English and Communications Technology. Merien currently lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier in Washington state with her husband, two dogs and a kiddo who rules the land with an iron hand, at least until bedtime.

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Career Planning for Writers


Presented By PJ Andrews
Dates: June 5-30
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Achieving your goals as a writer takes more than creating your stories and emailing them to editors and agents. You need to get a deep understanding of what you want, to assess where you need to develop your skills, to choose and develop your topics wisely, to build relationships with editors, agents, readers, and helpful professionals, to assemble achievement that credential you and demonstrate your capabilities, and to challenge yourself to exceed your expectations.

This work must be done against a background of change, where new options for publication – including multi-book deals, self-publishing, blended careers, and small press — continue to emerge. And don’t forget the requirements for engaging with social media.

Instructor Bio:
Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog. He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and president of its Young Adult Chapter.

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JULY 2017

My Story’s Been Rejected Now What? (A Rewrite Bootcamp limited to ten students)


Presented By Susan Palmquist
Dates July 3- 28
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
It’s a common dilemma for both beginning and even published writers. The story you thought would garner you that first sale or another contract. This course will help you rework the story to see what’s working and what’s not.

Instructor Bio:
Susan Palmquist writes under her own name and also her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 100 plus books, including writing how tos, mysteries and romances and a bestselling author of erotic romances and erotica. She pens three ongoing series called Perfect Pairing, Big Sky County and the bestselling Kalispell Shifters. Her books have been bestsellers on all the major book sites, including Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance E Books (TOP 50 Author), Fictionwise, and Kobo. She’s also a recipient of Evernight’s Reader’s Choice Award. She’s been teaching workshops for various RWA chapters for the last five years and has been a writing tutor for four years for an online writing school.

You can find out more about Susan at www.susanpalmquist.com, www.thiswriterslife.com, and www.vanessadevereaux.com

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BDSM


Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: July 3 – 20
Cost: $20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
This course is for authors particularly in the romance genre who dabble BDSM in any form, be it writing spanking stories, light bondage, or like myself, heavier darker things. Many folks think that once a book is written the author’s job is done. Not so. As any seasoned author knows, once we finish writing, we have edits, cover art choices, more edits, and of course the hype. Marketing, promotions. PR Hell as it is known in some circles. That’s the toughest part of any author’s job IMO and will make or break any author dumb enough to rely solely on the publisher. Our job as authors is a business and needs to be treated like such, even if we DO get to have a little more fun than any corporate schmo.

So, in order of author responsibilities:
1. Establish the Brand (I’m Sascha Illyvich, paranormal erotica/BDSM romance author)
2. Maintain the Brand (Primarily through PR, I write about wolves, fae, vampires, but you’ll never see me write a western!)
3. Grow the Brand (I write paranormal romances, which puts me in with the anime crowd who likes dark fantasy!)

This course will focus on Number 3: Grow the Brand. What authors often fail to realize is that in including different elements like spanking or light bondage that they are writing for their normal audiences but with a little more effort could target not just the fringe readers; those who are closeted about their darker desires, but those who are a little open with their darker desires.

Instructor Bio:
Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, Sascha started writing fifteen years ago. Author of over 50 titles in a variety of subgenres, his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Sascha writes for Red Sage, Ardent Books, Secret Cravings Publishing, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound and Decadent Publishing. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com

Agency Representation provided by The Corvisiero Agency

Managing Imprint Editor for Ardent Books, the erotic division of Assent Publishing, and Imprint Editor at Sizzler Editions, Sascha continues to help other authors build the careers they strive for, as those who came before him helped to do.

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AUGUST 2017

Hook ‘Em Dano – Writing the Grabber Opening Scene


Presented By Linnea Sinclair
Dates August 7-31
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Today’s editors and readers don’t have time to waste getting into a book or its characters. While “Four score and seven years ago” might have worked fine for Old Abe, starting a book/story with flashback or lengthy description has fallen out of favor with the generation raised on MTV. “Hook ‘Em” will dissect the good, the bad and the ugly of openers, why they work and why they don’t. It will examine different categories and styles of opening lines and scenes and help students analyze their own writing. Linnea Sinclair is a multi-award winning science fiction and romance author whose plots, according to reviewers, readers and judges, ‘hit the ground running and never let up’

Instructor Bio:
Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades,” earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.”

Her previous careers include news reporting (television and newspaper) and private investigation (she was a licensed private investigator in Florida for ten years). She teaches seminars in both the craft of writing for all levels of writers and private investigation techniques for mystery authors via on-line writing sites and at writing conventions nationwide.

Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats.(Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com.

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Novel in a Month


Presented By PJ Andrews
Dates August 7-31
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Committing yourself to writing a novel in a month can help you build good habits, clarify your dedication to writing, and rediscover the joy of storytelling. It may even catalyze the creation of a wonderful book. Learn how to get the most out of this Ironman event of writing (completing a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days!) through preparation, focus, proven techniques, and attitude. And find out how you can keep the momentum going into the months and years ahead.

Instructor Bio:
Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog. He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and president of its Young Adult Chapter.

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Creating the Writing Habit


Presented By MM Pollard
Dates August 7 – 31
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Do you have the desire to write, but you can’t seem to get your rear in the chair to do it on a consistent basis? If so, then Creating the Writing Habit is the course for you. You will learn the science behind forming habits as well as proven techniques to help you form your writing habit. One size doesn’t fit all, so Creating the Writing Habit will give you multiple ways to help you start writing consistently and maintain your momentum to create a lifelong writing habit. Here are a few topics in this course:
• Habit and the Subconscious
• Tracking Methods
• Goal Setting
• Support Systems
• Your Process could be the problem
• Exercises to help you develop a writing habit

Of course, there will be homework. This is a course with MM, after all. MM will give feedback on all assignments posted when due. If you are serious about writing for a lifetime, then taking Creating the Writing Habit is a positive leap toward that goal.

Instructor Bio:
MM Pollard puts her training as a certified copy editor, her skill as English teacher extraordinaire, 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, Writer U, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived to show pictures! The Greater Detroit RWA wowed her when their program director invited her to give a workshop during their June, 2016, meeting. MM still pinches herself to make sure she isn’t dreaming! She would love to present at more meetings and conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops.

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SEPTEMBER 2017

Plotting Your Novel (Boot Camp Workshop Limited to ten students)


Presented By Susan Palmquist
Dates: September 4 – 29
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Do you have an idea for a book, but have no clue as to how to sit down and plot the story? In this boot camp course, we’ll work one on one in working on your outline, synopsis and chapter by chapter break down so when the boot camp finishes you’re set to go.

Instructor Bio:
Susan Palmquist writes under her own name and also her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 100 plus books, including writing how tos, mysteries and romances and a bestselling author of erotic romances and erotica. She pens three ongoing series called Perfect Pairing, Big Sky County and the bestselling Kalispell Shifters. Her books have been bestsellers on all the major book sites, including Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance E Books (TOP 50 Author), Fictionwise, and Kobo. She’s also a recipient of Evernight’s Reader’s Choice Award.She’s been teaching workshops for various RWA chapters for the last five years and has been a writing tutor for four years for an online writing school.

You can find out more about Susan at www.susanpalmquist.com, www.thiswriterslife.com, and www.vanessadevereaux.com

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OCTOBER 2017

Prep For NanoWriMo the Bare Bones Way


Presented By Catherine Chant
Dates October 2-18
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Are you a plotter? A panster? A little of both? Have no idea yet? No matter what your writing style, the bare bones method of prepping for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November or Camp NaNoWriMo in July can help you do just enough prep work for your novel-writing adventure that you enter the challenge with a strong plan, but not so much pre-planning that it stifles your creativity or kills your enthusiasm for the project.

The bare bones method focuses on giving you a strong foundation on which to build your story, and also gives you a direction to head in once November 1 (or July 1) comes long. No more fearing that blank page. Now you’ll have a plan of attack!

This two-week course covers the following lesson topics:
• Overview of the NaNoWriMo Challenge
• Growing Your Story Idea
• Getting to Know Your Main Character
• Starting in the Right Place
• Story High Points and Low Points
• Scene Brainstorming from Your Character’s Point of View

Each lesson includes one or more exercises to reinforce the concepts discussed in the lesson, and individual feedback from the instructor is always provided.

Instructor Bio:
Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. Her young adult rock ‘n’ roll time travel series is available at Amazon.com. She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program, and is working on a new young adult novel. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. You can learn more at http://www.catherinechant.com

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Quilting 101: Patchworking the Perfect Plot


Presented By Suzanne Johnson
Dates October 2-27
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Do storyboards, sticky notes, spreadsheets and index cards give you hives? Does your manuscript wander in circles – yet you’re afraid a detailed outline will suck the heart and soul out of your writing? Do you want to take part in NaNoWriMo and ensure that you succeed?

All you need is a simple word-processing program to stitch together the perfect quilt of a plot to keep your novel on track and moving in the right direction – while still giving your muse room to play. We’ll use several techniques quilted together to plot a novel from start to finish, and give you a huge head start on your first draft (and the dreaded synopsis). You’ll be ready for NaNo to begin.

This will be a working course! Bring your best idea (the one that’s been bubbling in your brain for six months) or a manuscript that’s wandering in the desert, and we’ll shape up that bad boy and get it moving. If you follow the course to the end, you’ll finish with a sentence outline or full plot arc from which to write.

Instructor Bio:
Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series for Tor Books, including the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award-winning Elysian Fields. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is author of the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, including the 2013 Holt Medallion winner for paranormal romance Absolution, as well as The Collectors romantic suspense series, including Lovely, Dark, and Deep, 2015 Holt Medallion winner and 2015 Booksellers Best Award winner for romantic suspense. A displaced New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama. Suzanne loves SEC football, fried gator on a stick, uptown New Orleans, all things Cajun (including a certain Cajun merman in the Sentinels series), and redneck reality TV.

For more information, please visit Suzanne’s website: http://www.suzannejohnsonauthor.com/

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Overcoming Procrastination and Perfectionism: An Eight-Step Program for Writers


Presented By MM Pollard
Dates: October 2-27
Cost:$20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
Do you put off until tomorrow what you could do today? Are you afraid to try something new because you don’t think you can do it perfectly? Does your internal editor do more accusing, blaming, belittling you than actually editing your work? Do you use LIFE as an excuse for not reaching your goals?

You could be suffering from procrastination or even the dreaded perfectionism. Overcoming Procrastination and Perfectionism: An Eight-Step Program for Writers is a four-week course designed to help you face what is slowing you down, blocking your progress, and making it impossible to reach your goals. You’ll learn motivational techniques that replace procrastination with action, persistence, and intensity. You’ll learn how to talk to your inter perfectionist to silence the negative talk it spews every time you begin to write or edit your work. These techniques will keep you on track to making your goals a reality.

Instructor Bio:
MM Pollard puts her training as a certified copy editor, her skill as English teacher extraordinaire, 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, Writer U, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived to show pictures! The Greater Detroit RWA wowed her when their program director invited her to give a workshop during their June, 2016, meeting. MM still pinches herself to make sure she isn’t dreaming! She would love to present at more meetings and conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops.

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NOVEMBER 2017

World Building From an Intelligence Point of View


Presented By Merien Grey
Dates: November 1-30
Cost: $20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
I spent eleven years in the military intelligence. I learned a lot of things and specifically ways to pick things apart to determine what significance each tiny item has. As writers we always look for ways to make our jobs easier. If you are building a world from scratch you have enough on your plate. One of the things intelligence professionals do is build country studies. They are very similar to what an author does when they build their world. I wanted to teach other writers what they were and how to use them. It is very easy to take one or two country studies that have a characteristic based on something in your story and find dozens of cause and effect relationships to build conflict. All you have to do is know where and how to look. In this class I teach that. By the time we are done you will know how to build one of your own and how to use the ones already available.

Your setting is a character of its own. It can push characters to kill, love, despair or feel great joy. Everything in your story stems from and hinges on the world you build it in. When the stakes are high (life, love, money, freedom) the first thing any real organization (military or private) does is do a country study or some version thereof. These studies expose where potential conflicts may arise for those wanting to travel in this new land. As a writer you are after those potential conflicts, they ground your writing in reality and keep the cardboard out of your characters. This course is to provide you with new insights to how everyday things can change your setting. There are over forty key items intelligence professionals know before anyone goes near new territory. You will be given the perspective to look at your world like an intelligence operative would. Links to real world country studies will be provided along with how to understand them and apply that type of information gathering to your world making it fuller, more believable and roiling with conflict for you to capitalize on.

Instructor Bio:
Merien Grey spent over a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst observing all manner of people and their behavior. During her exploits, she was forced to develop a working knowledge of what many consider “historical” weapons since many third world countries still use them. This line of study took on a life of its own and became a hobby she has enjoyed and built on over the years. When she began writing Regency romance, it was a natural progression to make the Regency her main period of interest. It has been her favorite recreational study subject for over a decade now. Merien has degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English and Communications Technology. Merien currently lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier in Washington state with her husband, two dogs and a kiddo who rules the land with an iron hand, at least until bedtime.

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Synopsis Writing Boot Camp (two week course)


Presented By Susan Palmquist
Dates: November 1-18
Cost: $20.00 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
This is an intensive course where students will write both a short and long synopsis. It’s more one on one and therefore should be limited to ten students.

Instructor Bio:
Susan Palmquist writes under her own name and also her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 100 plus books, including writing how tos, mysteries and romances and a bestselling author of erotic romances and erotica. She pens three ongoing series called Perfect Pairing, Big Sky County and the bestselling Kalispell Shifters. Her books have been bestsellers on all the major book sites, including Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance E Books(TOP 50 Author), Fictionwise, and Kobo. She’s also a recipient of Evernight’s Reader’s Choice Award. She’s been teaching workshops for various RWA chapters for the last five years and has been a writing tutor for four years for an online writing school.

You can find out more about Susan at www.susanpalmquist.com, www.thiswriterslife.com, and www.vanessadevereaux.com

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Writing Alcohol, Drugs and Sex


Presented By Sascha Illyvich
Dates: November 1-18
Cost: $20 for LRWA Members/$25 for Non Members

Course Description:
(More information coming soon)

Instructor Bio:
Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, Sascha started writing fifteen years ago. Author of over 50 titles in a variety of subgenres, his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Sascha writes for Red Sage, Ardent Books, Secret Cravings Publishing, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound and Decadent Publishing. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com Agency Representation provided by The Corvisiero Agency

Managing Imprint Editor for Ardent Books, the erotic division of Assent Publishing, and Imprint Editor at Sizzler Editions, Sascha continues to help other authors build the careers they strive for, as those who came before him helped to do.

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