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 2016


No classes scheduled.

FEBRUARY 2016


Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book

Presented by Jacqui Jacoby
Dates: Feb 1 – 28, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Before the book, before a writer types a word on a page, there is an idea. And behind that idea are the characters, the background, the location. Research is an important aspect of any story. Whether the writer does all their background information before they begin to write the story, or if they make it up as they go, they will need to get to know the people they are creating. The writer will need to know their character’s job, their family, their friends. When it comes time to add this information to the books, it will need to be added with delicacy and finesse.
Behind the Scenes is a four week course with two lectures per week, and three days for Q&A.

Instructor Bio:
As the former owner of her own information retrieval firm, JJW Associates, Jacqui Jacoby used to ferret out information for other fiction writers. Now she uses her time for her own books and articles, as well as teaching others what she learned in the business. With the kids grown, she manages her career and own publishing firm Body Count Productions, Inc with several authors requesting representation. 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.”
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 Finalist and the author of two published novels, with three more finished and slated for publication by the summer of 2016.

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Stretching Sentence Recipes

Presented by MM Pollard
Dates: Feb 1 – 28, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
When I was growing up, “doctoring” wasn’t so much about giving aspirin as it was about reaching for spices and herbs. I’m not talking about home remedies; I’m talking about cooking. My mom was a wonderful cook who loved to “doctor” a recipe, using the rest of the family as guinea pigs. I am happy to say, none of us died… or even came close.
In this workshop you will learn how to “doctor” your writing by trying different sentence recipes and then adding variety to the new ones as well as to the ones you usually use.
During the four-week workshop, MM Pollard will present ten sentence patterns and introduce ways to vary basic sentence structure. You will have homework so that you can practice using the patterns with MM looking over your shoulder (in a good, not creepy way).
Your reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback. Think of homework as opportunities for mini edits.

Instructor Bio:
MM Pollard puts her training as a certified copy editor, her skills 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! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops.

MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM, editor, Black Velvet Seductions

MM’s Fundamentals of English

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How to Write a Romance Novel – The Mini Course (Two Weeks Only)

Presented by Susan Palmquist
Dates: Feb 1 – 15, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
This is a short course for those thinking about writing a romance novel but not sure if it’s for them or even where to start. It covers the very basics of plot, characterization, dialogue, POV and writing a synopsis. Ideal for the beginning writer or one who wants a refresher course.

Instructor Bio:
Susan writes under her own name and her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 80 plus books, including 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.

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MARCH 2016


On Your Mark, Get Set–Starting Your Novel in the Right Place (2 WEEKS)

Presented by Catherine Chant
Dates: Mar 7 – 21, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
It’s often said that your opening chapters are the hardest part of a book to write. Why? Because you’re trying to do so much in that small area–convey the setting, introduce characters, set up the conflict–that it’s easy to get bogged down in too much unnecessary information. It’s also very easy to lose sight of where your story actually begins and end up with opening chapters filled with back story and character history that are better used elsewhere in the book.

On Your Mark, Get Set will help you pinpoint where your story really begins and help you cull that extraneous back history from the opening, saving it for where it really matters, the rest of the book.

Over the course of five lessons, you’ll explore character back story and GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) and use them to pinpoint your story’s inciting incident (a.k.a the true beginning of your book). Each lesson includes a writing exercise and instructor feedback.

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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Crafting the Short Story

Presented by Susan Palmquist
Dates: Mar 7 – 28, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
With the growth of the online market and e-books, there are more opportunities for writing short stories. This workshop 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 workshop 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 writes under her own name and her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 80 plus books, including 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.

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Serialized

Presented by Ines Johnson
Dates: Mar 7 – 28, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Shows like Scandal and The Walking Dead pride themselves on the jaw dropping final few seconds of the show which have viewers eager to tune in the next week. Never hear another complaint about a cliffhanger ending again when you learn to plot your serialized novel like a season of a television show. Let veteran television writer, Ines Johnson teach you her twelve-point method to structure each episode of your serial. Then go further by planning the 6 to 12 episodes of the season of your story.

Instructor Bio:
Ines Johnson is a television writer turned romance novelist. She currently teaches college level courses in scriptwriting and story development.

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Ines is best known for her charming fairytale retelling romance Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story. The Cindermama series features single mothers who’ve given up on love after kissing toads, but they each get a second chance at love with a prince charming.

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.

Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.

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APRIL 2016


Writing Flash Fiction

Presented by PJ Andrews
Dates: Apr 4 – 25, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Don’t have time to write a novel? Well, fewer people have time to read one. That’s why flash fiction is hot, with over 300 paying markets looking for well-formed stories of 1000 words or less. Learn how to write, market and sell these tiny tales.

Week one
1. What flash fiction is – The class will review the elements of a good story, talk about creating texture and see how flash fiction differs from slice of life and other short forms.
2. Examples of flash fiction
3. The story of you – Who are you? Why do you want to write flash fiction? What do you need to achieve your goal? What are your obstacles? With success in flash fiction, where do you see yourself in five years?
4. Getting story ideas – The class will come up with story ideas, work to frame them in 15 words or less and discuss what makes them good.
5. Emotions and hooks – How do you make a character likable? How do you raise questions and build emotions? The class will see how word choice, character design and the order of expression can engage an audience.
6. Telling a story – Students will be invited to share stories with the class and will receive personalized critiques from the teacher.

Week two
1. Making time to write – Even a 1000-word story takes time to write. Students will exchange ideas on how to get started, How to avoid distractions and what can be done in 15 minutes each day.
2. How to say it fast – With a little help from Strunk & White, students will look at how to write things economically and see the power of concise expression. As a class, they practice trimming some long sentences.
3. The satisfying ending – Students will test real endings to see if they may sense, are earned and pay off on the promise of the story’s premise.
4. Analysis of student stories

Week three
1. What audiences want – It doesn’t become personal until you write the story to someone. Finding out who your audience is, why they are reading your story and what they expect involves reading, listening, and asking questions. Fellow students in the class will play the role of audience for this interactive exercise.
2. Rewriting – The class will discuss techniques for making stories better and work through a step-by-step exercise with a real example.
3. Getting it sold – The Internet is a goldmine of opportunities for selling flash fiction, with over 300 paying markets. The class will learn how to choose the best markets for them, how to present their material and how to track their efforts
4. The uses of flash fiction (for the author) – No one gets rich writing flash fiction, but there are possibilities for credit, building an audience, getting feedback and even leveraging stories for bigger opportunities. The class will explore how they can take full advantage of their baby steps toward being published authors.

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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WriteSEX (2 Weeks)

Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: Apr 4 – 18, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
A primer on writing erotica, covering the basics of writing erotica for a profit. This is an extension of the WriteSEX blog and is usually taught by a few of the panel members from WriteSEX.

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

Agency Representation provided by The Corvisiero Agency

Sascha also edits for Ardent Books, a division of Assent Publishing, and Sizzler Editions Intoxication Line, a division of Sizzler Editions. Sascha is also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group defining erotica for writers in any genre! Find us at http://www.write-sex.com

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Tough Chick

Presented by Jacqui Jacoby
Dates: Apr 4 – 29, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:

Instructor Bio:
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 and the author of two published novels, with three more finished and slated for publication by the summer 2016.

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

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MAY 2016


Schmoozing 101

Presented by Jacqui Jacoby
Dates: May 2 – 30, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Some people call it networking. Some people, however, think that’s far too sterile a name for something that can be so fun in a business which is so creative.

Schmoozing. That’s what we do. And we do it sincerely. When we mosey up to the book editor to introduce ourselves, we aren’t there because this is just another person in the industry. We’re there because we know that this is a person with something interesting to say. Agents, editors, authors: they all have something to offer. Their experiences, their insight. All we have to do is listen and learn.
Schmoozing 101 will help teach the participants how to make the unapproachable, approachable. We will learn how to make sure the people we talk to will know our names and remember our faces.

Whether it’s an in-person meeting, an e-mail that has to be sent, or a phone call that must be made, this class will help writers know what to say, when to say it and how to say it. The
next time you run into that famous face, they will smile and ask how you are doing.

This workshop would cover topics such as to conduct an interview, both in person, by phone and by e-mail. It will discuss not only should we attend a conference, but what we should do once we get there, what should we say and how we should act.

Instructor Bio:
When Jacqui Jacoby hits a conference or function, she never “works the room.” She seeks out old friends and makes new ones as she listens and learns.

An award winning writer, she has has two books out, penned non fiction articles for various RWA Chapter newsletters including The Kiss of Death, The Orange Blossom and The Heartbeat of Denver, as well as RWR Magazine. She has met with such notable authors as Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann and Debbie Macomber. She has done phone interviews with editors and agents and she has conducted e mail interviews with Sandra Brown and Jayne Ann Krentz, just to name a few.

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Writing Erotic Romances and Erotica (ages 18 over)

Presented by Susan Palmquist
Dates: May 2 – 30, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
This workshop is for students who are thinking of writing their first erotic romance or erotica story. It will cover some of the standards of these sub-genres and look at why they sell so well. What’s a good erotic story and what’s bad? We’ll look at sexual tension and emotion. The difference between erotic romance and erotica. What exactly is erotica and how it’s different to the pornographic story. This workshop is for writers over 18 only.

Instructor Bio:
Susan writes under her own name and her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 80 plus books, including 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.

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Writing from the Male POV

Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: May 2 – 16, 2016
Cost: $20

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

A few extras

Using character creations sheets (don’t groan!) that have all the relevant information you’ll need, you’ll be able to craft male characters that are just as deep as your female characters.  Getting inside the heads of your male characters is the most important aspect of “how to write” them.

Cross gender writing can make or break an author’s career if they cannot portray the opposite gender clearly and accurately.  With the growing popularity of M/M romances, it’s becoming increasingly important for males to be portrayed in the proper light!  We’ll cover all that here and a lot more over the next week.

 

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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JUNE 2016


Tick Tock

Presented by Jacqui Jacoby
Dates: June 6 – 30, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Tick Tock,Time Management for Writers

Writer’s goals come in as many shapes and colors and sizes as the writer themselves. Where someone might want to create their story and have it reach the hands of loyal fans, someone else might want to be the next Nora Roberts.

Identifying goals is the first step in planning the path that will take us where we want to go. Taking those goals and assigning them a structured map will move us from point A to point B … though Ms. Jacoby can’t promise you’ll be the next Nora, or even get that publishing deal as so many elements are out of our control, she can give you the road map you need to become the best you can be and you at your best, is the best.

Tick Tock is a four week course with two lectures per week, and three days for Q&A

Instructor Bio:
A working writer who raised three kids through every stage of childhood while maintaining her career, Ms. Jacoby studied the aspects of time management and goal setting through numerous live courses she attended and even more book she read. With her infamous computerized day planner, Miguel with her every step of the way, the kids grew up fairly normal and the books and articles and blogs and … they all got done.

Now, with the kids grown, she managers her career and her own publishing firm Body Count Productions, Inc with several authors requesting representation.

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 “Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book.”

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 and the author of two published novels, with three more finished and slated for publication by the summer 2016.

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Plotting Your Novel (Boot Camp Workshop Limited to 10 Students)

Presented by Susan Palmquist
Dates: Jun 6 – 30, 2016
Cost: $20

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 workshop, we’ll work one on one on your outline, synopsis, and chapter by chapter break down so when the boot camp finishes you’re set to go.

Instructor Bio:
Susan writes under her own name and her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 80 plus books, including 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.

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Lost in the Story

Presented by PJ Andrews
Dates: Jun 6- 27, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
A workshop on reader immersion.

We all know what it’s like when we enter a story so thoroughly we forget the world around us. Getting readers totally engaged is a huge part of success for fiction writers. In this class, you’ll work with the instructor to master the four essential elements of story immersion: creating a good foundation (meaning avoiding mistakes that can distract), sensory details (in the right measure), emotion (especially concern for the protagonist), and verisimilitude. As you continue, you’ll learn to architect your story with hooks, surprises, turns, pacing, and a satisfying ending. The class will conclude with voice, style, and ways to charm the reader.

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 2016


Monster Revision, including Deep POV from Draft Zero to Done

Presented by Suzanne Johnson
Dates: Jul 5 – 29, 2016
Cost: $20

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 workshop; 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 workshop 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/

Click on the “Newsletter” tab for a monthly update, release news, sneak peeks and special giveaways: http://suzannejohnsonauthor.com/newsletter.

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BDSM

Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: July 5 – 19, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:

Instructor Bio:

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DIY Blog Tours

Presented by Ines Johnson
Dates: July 5 – 29, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Book Tours are an excellent and cost effective way to spread the word about your new release and gain exposure. However, they can be a costly endeavor for new writers whose dimes have gone to copyedits and covers. Learn how to DIY your blog tour in six steps which include building a media kit, targeting the right bloggers for your book, tailoring your email to each blogger to break through their slush pile, how to keep records of which sites you’re visiting along with what and when to give them materials, promoting your tour on your social media sites, and following up to ensure you’ll be invited back. Using these techniques with each of my book releases, I was able to launch into the Amazon Top 100 during my release week.

Instructor Bio:
Ines Johnson is a television writer turned romance novelist. She currently teaches college level courses in scriptwriting and story development. Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books! Ines is best known for her charming fairytale retelling romance Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story. The Cindermama series features single mothers who’ve given up on love after kissing toads, but they each get a second chance at love with a prince charming. Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations. Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.

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AUGUST 2016


Writing from the Male POV

Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: August 1 – 15, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:

Instructor Bio:

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Social Media for the Confused and Terrified

Presented by Elena Dillon
Dates: August 1 – 29, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
In this class we will go over the basics of the social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Blab. I will give you ways to stream line social media, we will do goal setting and discuss the ways and reasons to use each platform.

This class is for people who are uncomfortable with Social Media, its different formats and want an easy way to make it work for them as an author. So if you’ve been putting off getting comfortable with the many different platforms now’s your chance!

Instructor Bio:
Author, Elena Dillon, is the winner of a Weta Nichols Writing Award and an InD’tale RONE award. She was also a finalist in the Book Buyers Best, the Published Maggie’s and the Reader’s Favorite Awards all in the Young Adult category. She writes sweet teenage romance with sass,suspense and swoon. Elena has never lived anywhere besides Southern California, which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife to her husband of twenty-five years and a mother to her three kids and high-maintenance bulldog, Brutus. A self-proclaimed nerd, she spends her days writing and catering to Brutus, who considers her “the help.”

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Fights, Farce and Fiction

Presented by Merien Grey
Dates: August 1 – 29, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Fights are as good for evoking emotions as making love. If done properly, a reader can tell more about a character in those few minutes before, during and after a fight or violent scene than you can in several paragraphs or even chapters worth of backstory. This class is to give authors insight into the various story-enhancing opportunities they have when using weapons and in fight scenes. Teaching authors to present more than just the glint of a blade, the sizzle or rasp of a sword being drawn and showing them how to research and exploit all the aspects of confrontations to add as many emotion invoking tools to their writers tool box to create detailed realistic fiction as possible. At the end or the course, the instructor will take one question or excerpt from each attendee and answer the question or questions via video conference or email as per the attendees request.

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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SEPTEMBER 2016


Speed Writing: Which Plan Works Best For You

Presented by MM Pollard
Dates: Sep 5 – 30, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
It’s easy to find how-to books on writing fast, but which one represents the solution to your plodding 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 skills 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! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops.

MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM, editor, Black Velvet Seductions

MM’s Fundamentals of English

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Writing the continuing Series and/or Trilogy

Presented by Susan Palmquist
Dates: Sep 5 – 30, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Do you have an idea for more than one book featuring the same characters? If so, this workshop will show you how to cultivate the idea and plan out not only the first book, but future books too. The lessons will take you from brainstorming to creating three dimensional characters, how to keep track of who’s who and what’s what. Examples of successful series books. Pitfalls and potential markets.

Instructor Bio:
Susan writes under her own name and her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 80 plus books, including 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.

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Writing Young Adult Fiction

Presented by Catherine Chant
Dates: Sep 12 – 24, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
In this workshop you will learn what young adult fiction is, how it’s more than just stories with younger characters, and how to successfully craft a novel aimed at the young adult market.

Lesson topics include:
Getting to Know the YA Market
Genre Expectations
Characters
Revisiting Your Premise & Plotting
Myths about YA

At the end of the workshop, you will have a brief outline of a YA novel you can start working on this year.

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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OCTOBER 2016


Word Choice Made Simpler

Presented by MM Pollard
Dates: Oct 3 – 28, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Is this you? “What difference does it make if I use me for I and drug for dragged? The reader will get it.”

Or is this you? Eager and anxious – They mean pretty much the same thing – so what difference does it make if I use one or the other?

Trust MM Pollard, it makes a difference! Writers today must be their own editors because publishing firms are downsizing just like other businesses.

In her four-week workshop Word Choice Made Simpler, she covers confusing words and phrases that often spell confusion for writers and their readers and give you tips to use to remember what you learn during the workshop. Even if you slept through high school English class, you will understand and be able to apply her information to your own writing. MM also adds a splash of humor to make each lesson “go down easier.”

Each lesson comes with homework. MM gives feedback on every assignment students return. Think of homework as an opportunity for mini-edits by MM.

Instructor Bio:
MM Pollard puts her training as a certified copy editor, her skills 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! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops.

MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM, editor, Black Velvet Seductions

MM’s Fundamentals of English

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Alphas: Leaders of the Pack

Presented by Robie Madison
Dates: Oct 3 – 28, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:

You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter who’s more interested in my numbers than your instincts. … Good, because I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. …

-Judy Dench as M to Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Goldeneye

Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.

-Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia to Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope

Who is he and what’s her story?

Using numerous examples from movies and books, award winning author Robie Madison demystifies the male and female alpha archetype.

Topics include:

1. The Basics behind Pack Mentality and the Dominant Wolf
2. Key Personality Profile Traits of a Typical Alpha
3. Identifying an Alpha Skill Set
4. Goals and Motivations: The Focused Alpha
5. Archetypal Alphas
6. On Being a Man—On Being a Woman: The Alpha’s Emotional Vulnerabilities

Instructor Bio:
A multi-published, award winning author, Robie Madison has worked as a distribution manager, information specialist, and model—which included 15 seconds of fame (if that!) in a television commercial. She is fascinated with early 20th century polar exploration, but takes every opportunity she can get to live in tropical climates. In addition to their home base, she and her family have also lived in South East Asia and South Africa.

When not traveling or planning her next trip, Robie creates characters that can do the adventuring for her. She can also be found teaching writing courses online.

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The Culture of War, Weapons and Violence During the Regency

Presented by Merien Grey
Dates: Oct 3 – 28, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Working as an intelligence professional for over a decade, one aspect I always had to consider was how the cultures and peoples I observed placed value on life. I was required to determine everything from how desensitized they were to violence and suffering, to how far they would go to preserve a life or how easily they would take it. Character research in fiction is done via many of the same basic principles. Where characters are concerned, watching one make life and death decisions or if and how they use a weapon, can be as telling as watching them give a tender caress or make love. If done subtly, a reader can discern more about a character in a few seconds of violence, or how the character reacts to violence, than in several paragraphs or even chapters’ worth of backstory.

This class will cover the culture of war and violence just prior to and during the Regency. It will also cover several classes of weapon and various individual weapons for the purpose of representing them and their use accurately. To cover a weapon without covering how, why and to what degree of ferocity it was employed provides only a small portion of the story. Over the month, we will cover how people who lived during the Regency looked at violence, how they came to feel that way, which weapons they might use for any number of confrontations and why. In each section, I will provide a list of programs, videos, photos and references. Upon closing, I will give each participant a free pass to ask about one class related aspect specific to their work in progress, at their convenience, off loop, to round out the subject matter and make sure every student takes something useful away from the class.

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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Prep for NaNoWriMo the Bare Bones Way (2 Week Class)

Presented by Catherine Chant
Dates: Oct 1 – 14, 2016
Cost: $20

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* workshop 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.Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at her alma mater Boston College before becoming a full-time writer. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year and provides instructional articles on computing, gaming and crafts to different websites.

Catherine is currently working on a new young adult suspense novel, and the next book in her Soul Mates series.

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NOVEMBER 2016


Medicine Before 1840: How to heal or kill your characters

Presented by Georgie Lee
Dates: Nov 1 – 18, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
In the mid-19th century, radical development in science and technology helped to revolutionize the treatment and understanding of illness and disease. Until then, medicine and medical practices had changed very little since ancient times. Medical practitioners were poorly trained and poorly equipped to deal with the myriad of ailments which people faced. They did the best they could with the tools and knowledge they had. In this workshop, participants will be taken through the ins and outs of medical history from a writer’s perspective. Most of the focus will be on the Georgian and Regency eras because that is when changes started to happen, but medieval medical practices will be discussed. Topics will include the training and techniques of doctors and surgeons, as well as the medicines and pain relief available, hospitals, infection and common diseases. Period nomenclature, tools and other details necessary for writers looking to craft realistic scenes will also be highlighted. Firsthand accounts from medical practitioners and their patients will help provide a full picture of medicine in the time before antibiotics or 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. Please visit www.georgie-lee.com to learn more about Georgie and her books.

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Crafting Effective Dialogue

Presented by Amanda Renee
Dates: Nov 14 – 18, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Dialogue is an author’s opportunity to give their characters additional depth and flavor. Sometimes it’s not what a character says, but how they say it. Other times, it’s what they leave out that drives the story further. Over the course of one week, we’ll examine different forms of dialogue and learn how to maintain equal balance with your narrative. There will be daily opportunities to post your own dialogue questions and samples for review.

Instructor Bio:
Amanda Renee was raised in the northeast and now wriggles her toes in the warm sand of coastal South Carolina. Her career began when she was discovered through Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest. When not creating stories about love and laughter, she enjoys the company of her schnoodle—Duffy, camping, playing guitar and piano, photography and anything involving horses. You can visit her at amandarenee.com.

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Adding Value to E-Newsletters to Grow Your List and Strengthen Readership Loyalty

Presented by Jessie Clever
Dates: Nov 1 – 18, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Stumbling along the ever changing landscape of social media? Frustrated with posts that only reach 25% of your followers?

Drive traffic to a source you control: your e-newsletter.

In this workshop, you will learn strategies for growing your list by offering value adds to your e-newsletter subscribers. In addition, we will take a look at tools for measuring the responsiveness of your list, what attracts readers, and what simply doesn’t work. Take control of communicating with your readers. Build an e-newsletter that works for you.

Instructor Bio:
Jessie Clever always wanted to be a writer. Then she found out you had to market your books. While she went on to write Regency romance, Jessie kept to the practical course and earned her MBA with a concentration in marketing, gaining hands on experience in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-channel international retailers. She now uses her knowledge and experience to help authors expand their readership and deepen the loyalty of their readers. Connect with Jessie at jessieclever.com.

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