Outreach International Romance Writers ©

2015 Online Workshops


Outreach International Romance Writers Chapter of RWA® offers online workshops and classes through the Outreach Online Campus.

Classes vary in length and are conducted via e-mail. Most run as e-mail listserv, much like your chapter and RWA® affiliated loops.

Some workshops may offer real time or live chats. Participants are subscribed into the list for the length of the class then unsubscribed when it’s over. These classes are open to anyone with e-mail capability wishing to participate.

*Invites are sent three days before the workshop begins. Deadlines are the first day if class. Late registrations are accepted at the discretion of the Campus Coordinator and instructor.


Workshop Fees:

OIRW MEMBERS NON-MEMBERS
30 Days $20.00 USD 30 Days $25.00 USD
Two Weeks $10.00 USD Two Weeks $15.00 USD


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Outreach International Romance Writers

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Upcoming 2015 Online Workshops

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**Cancellation and Refunds Policy: No registration fees will be refunded. All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cutoff date. Payments received after the cut-off date can be applied to a future workshop of the Applicant’s’ choosing.

In the event a workshop is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, such as instructor inability to teach class, registration fees will be applied to a future workshop of the applicant’s choosing.

A Confirmation Letter of Payment will be sent promptly. Invitations to the workshop are sent 2 days prior to the start of class. If you pay for a workshop and do not receive a confirmation letter and an invite please contact the Campus Coordinator immediately.

Questions? For more information, please contact our Campus Coordinator.


JAN 2015 PXL 1


Sex as a Tool for Character Transformation
Presented by Jeffe Kennedy
Dates: January 5-16, 2015
Deadline: January 5, 2015
Fee: OIRW Member $10
Fee: Non-Member $15


Course Description:

Nothing is worse than the gratuitous sex scene, right? We’ve all been there-skimming the pages to get back to the “interesting” stuff that advances the plot and transforms the characters. But that’s not the sex scene’s fault. It’s the writer’s! Done well, a sex scene, from mild to steamy, should move the story forward and-most importantly-drive a change in the characters.

In this course, students will learn what makes a sex scene sing and what makes one sag. Working with the model of character transformation, the class will lead students through the concepts of sexual taboos and the mental, emotional and spiritual impacts of breaking them. Students will explore the concepts of intimacy and personal barriers and practice tools for using them to move their characters forward on every level. Writers will be able to submit short scenes to the instructor or the group for feedback.

Instructor Bio:

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter. She is represented by Foreword Literary.

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Dialogue: Don’t Let ‘Em Say What You Mean
Presented by Shannon Donnelly
Dates: January 5-31, 2015
Deadline: January 5, 2015
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

We all know great dialogue when we read it—and the best dialogue seems effortless. But good dialogue takes work and a few key ingredients.

What do you need to get your characters talking in ways that make for riveting, exciting scenes?

  1. Your Characters’ Voices
  2. Conflict: Everyone Needs to Want Something
  3. Making it Better Than Reality
  4. Subtext: Layering Under the Words
  5. Internal Dialogue – What’s too Much?
  6. Invisible Tags and Punctuation
  7. Accents, Ye Olde English, and Slang
  8. Punch it! – Making Careful Edits

Instructor Bio:

Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”

Her Regency romances can be found as ebooks on all formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing, and include a series of four novellas.

She also has out the Mackenzie Solomon, Demon/Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers. Her work has been on the top seller list of Amazon.com and includes Paths of Desire, a Historical Regency romance.

She is the author of several young adult horror stories, and computer games. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and only one love of her life. Shannon can be found online at sd-writer.com, facebook.com/sdwriter, and twitter/sdwriter.

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The Book Factory: Producing Multiple Novels in One Year
Presented by Kerri Nelson
Dates: January 5-31, 2015
Deadline: January 5, 2015
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25


Course Description:

  • Is life getting in the way of you completing that novel?
  • Ever think there’s not enough hours in the day to find time to write?
  • Have a full time job distracting you from your real passion of being a novelist?
  • Are family responsibilities weighing you down and interfering with your writing goals?

I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN DO IT ALL and DO IT SUCCESSFULLY!

In 2009, I successfully managed one husband, two jobs, three children, a difficult pregnancy, AND still managed to write twelve books, sell ten of those books (including all the editing and promotion), and coped with other various life challenges thrown in just for fun!

How did I do all of that and still find time to eat and sleep?

I developed a method of writing known as “The Book Factory Method”. It does require commitment and desire to “get it done”. If you’re willing to put in the effort, you can produce multiple books in one year.

What’s the benefit of completing multiple books in one year?

The more books you have ready to submit, the more chance you’ll receive contract offers on one or more of those books.

Why shouldn’t you just focus on one book and continue polishing that book all year long?

The cold, hard truth is that you might not ever sell that one specific book. You should always have more than one project “in the works”.

Are you one of those writers who starts multiple projects but never finishes any of them?

Then this class is for you as well. We’ll talk about how to finally see those projects through to completion.

Have trouble with time management or procrastination?

We’ll address methods for getting organized and staying focused. Plus much, much more!

If you want to learn how to get started, stay on track, and get those books ready to submit…this workshop puts a method to the madness of novel writing.

Instructor Bio:

Kerri Nelson has always been passionate about reading books but when she wrote her first poem in the second grade, she discovered her love of writing. At the age of sixteen, she became a columnist for her local newspaper as the high school correspondent for the weekly “Panther Tales” column. She won the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.

After an education and career in the legal field, Kerri began to pen romantic suspense novels with a legal or law enforcement theme. She is a true southern belle and comes complete with her dashing southern gentleman husband and three adorable children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her baking homemade goodies for her family or volunteering for her many writing chapters.

Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime as well as numerous Chapters including her Presidency of Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal and Co-Membership Chair of Kiss of Death (Chapter for Romantic Suspense Authors).

Kerri is a multi-published author of romance in almost every genre under the sun (and moon) from romantic suspense and paranormal to young adult and inspirational novels. In 2009, Kerri wrote and sold twelve books to multiple publishers using her Book Factory method. Since that time, she’s gone on to publish a total of twenty two novels and novellas with half a dozen more in the works!

Read more about Kerri’s books at her website: www.kerrinelson.com

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Developing Stronger Characters Through Journaling
Presented by Catherine Chant
Dates: January 5-16, 2015
Deadline: January 5, 2015
Fee: OIRW Member $10
Fee: Non-Member $15


Course Description:

While exciting events in a book may entertain you, it’s really the characters that grab the your attention and hold it on the page. Strong characters pull you in and keep you invested in the story, turning those pages. Creating a strong character comes from understanding who this imaginary person is inside and out, not just on the surface, and conveying that to the reader. Journaling is a fun way to dig deep enough below the surface to unlock your character’s hidden secrets and bring that character alive on the page.

At the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of what makes your main character tick, what drives your character through the story, and how conflict affects character growth and change. You’ll get inside your character’s deepest thoughts and fears to discover what’s missing from his/her life and how to use this to drive your story’s plot to a satisfying conclusion.

The workshop includes exercises with every lesson designed to strengthen the concepts discussed, including several short writing exercises.

Instructor Bio:

Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. 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 novel, WISHING YOU WERE HERE, a rock ‘n’ roll time travel romance set in 1957, is available at Amazon.com. She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program, and is working on the next young adult novel in her Soul Mates series. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. You can learn more at http://www.catherinechant.com

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FEB 2015 PXL 1


Male POV: Creating Better Heroes
Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: February 2–28, 2015,
Deadline February 2, 2015
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25


Course Description:

Know Male Point of View about romance.

One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard in romance is that the heroes fall flat. Oh sure they have some of the static traits that women love, but many just don’t hold the muster in being memorable. This isn’t a trend for just indie/e-publishers but NY as well.

The romance genre is filled with a plethora of writers who write straight erotic romances as well as an increasing number of writers who write male/male romances. Obviously, bringing our characters to life is key to keeping and gaining new readers, but what if you’re a woman who has never really been able to grasp the male mindset?

For example, do you know why some men are jaded, yet they appear successful and happy? Or do you realize that a man who is more effeminate is not always gay? What are these guys thinking? Do you utilize the eight stereotypes in your writing to create better heroes? Do you truly know the men in your life?

In this workshop, we’ll break down the eight archetypes a little, give a bit of background on the male mindset and psychology behind it and delved deeper into the wonderful yet confusing male mind.

We’ll explore how his issues affect your plot, why what those issues are is important and how we make him come across. We’ll discuss cross gender writing and author bias, tearing bias down so we can give you new insight into the male mind.

Having hosted this workshop several times has allowed me to customize the depth of focus to include the gay male mindset and a few other things I think are relevant to creating the male hero in romance. “What Men really care about?” is our ever expanding section detailing the important factors in the lives of successful men. Without the picture of perfection, we’d struggle to get our hero to understand the change/growth difference and how it applies to his life through the heroine as a device for both.

One thing we’ll also cover has to do with my editorial bias in gay romance and why knowing your market is utterly important.

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 take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story

  • How to get your man to express his true “self”

  • What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*

  • A man’s self view*

  • The GAY MALE Viewpoint*

  • The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions

  • A man’s journey in life

  • What men really think

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.

One of the important things to me as a writer is speed. I like to write fast, edit faster and get a book out even faster so as not to lose reader focus. It’s not that I’m competitive, though I am, it’s that readers are so demanding and trying to build back the reader base becomes difficult with slow writing. So the methods I use are all influenced heavily by Morgan Hawke, who puts a lot of pre work into the basics without wasting a lot of time because the back work makes all the difference in the final product.

Cross gender writing can make or break an author’s career if they cannot portray the opposite sex 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!

Instructor Bio:

Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, Sascha started writing fourteen years ago. 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.

Former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata Sascha continues to write for Red Sage, Decadent Publishing, Sizzler Editions and Total E-bound. Find him at www.saschaillyvichauthor.com Agency Representation provided by The Corvisiero Agency

Editor for Sizzler Editions Intoxication Erotic Romance line, Sascha is also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group defining erotica for writers in any genre!

Find us at www.write-sex.com

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Writing Great Historical Fiction
Presented by Gillian Bagwell
Dates: February 2–28, 2015,
Deadline February 2, 2015
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25


Course Description:

At the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding of how to create a realistic character and story in a historical setting.

Topics will include:

  • Choosing a main character. Real or fictional? Location and time period? Write in first person or third person? Thinking about how the lives and experiences of characters in other periods were very different from ours. Research sources.

  • Creating your character’s world – Immersion in another time and place is one of the things that make historical fiction compelling. Your character’s place in the world – social structure, class, money, government, personal autonomy, family, friends, religion, education, government, work. Experience of and expectations about romance, sex, marriage, and children. Geographic location. What did it look like? Reconstructing places that aren’t there anymore. Research sources.

  • Creating the specifics of your character’s daily life. Bringing to life the physical details of your character’s world puts us in their skin and their head. Clothes, fashion, grooming and personal care, home and furnishings, household matters, food, health and medicine, birth control and childbirth, transportation, entertainment, money. Research sources.

  • Writing believable historical dialogue and effective narration that doesn’t pull your readers out of your story. Ranks of the British nobility and correct address.

  • Creating a narrative structure from the life of a real person (or creating one for a fictional character. Taking liberties with historical facts and filling in the unknowns.

  • General tips for strong writing. Authors to read. Research sources. Critique of an excerpt of your writing.

Instructor Bio:

Gillian Bagwell’s richly detailed historical novels bring to vivid life England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Venus in Winter, based on the first forty years of the life of the formidable four-times widowed dynast Bess of Hardwick.

The Darling Strumpet puts the reader smack in the tumultuous world of seventeenth century London, charting Nell Gwynn’s meteoric rise from the grimy slums to triumph as a beloved comic actress, through the cataclysmic years of the last plague epidemic and the Great Fire of 1666, to the licentious court and the arms of the king. It was a 2012 finalist for an RWA RITA award for Best First Book.

The September Queen (U.K. title The King’s Mistress) is the first fictional accounting of the extraordinary real-life adventure of Jane Lane, who risked all to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester in 1651, saving his life and the future of the English monarchy.

Gillian has taught workshops on writing historical fiction at the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference and for the YA and OIRWA chapters of RWA, and provides coaching and editing services to writers. She also uses her years of experience in theatre an actress, director, and producer to help authors give effective public readings, through workshops and private coaching.

Please visit Gillian’s website, www.gillianbagwell.com, for further information about her books and upcoming events, and links to her blogs, articles, and videos of sites in Nell Gwynn’s London.

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Presented by Pat Haggerty
Dates: February 2–28, 2015
Deadline February 2, 2015
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25


Course Description:

These days most of us have a working knowledge of word processing. Word, Pages, Word Perfect, whatever the tool, we’ve all spent time hunched over a keyboard trying to get our thoughts down in a usable format for our teacher, editor, friend, or work partner. Word processors are effective when it comes to general document creation, but their use for creating serious works of fiction has limitations.

Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your publisher.

Topics will include:

  • Yup, that says
  • Scrivener, now what?

  • Getting around the home screen
  • Knowing enough to get writing
  • Starting a new Novel
  • Editing 101

But I’m no pantster, I need to plan before I write.

  • Capturing your plan and
  • Synopsis
  • Setting up the Corkboard
  • Getting index cards created and organized
  • Outlining

What do you mean I don’t have to worry about chapters yet?

  • Organizing and reorganizing with the Binder
  • Creating parts, chapters, scenes
  • Sorting things the way you want
  • Mapping into your template
  • Editing options and views
  • Whew, my book is ready, now how do I get it out?

    • Compiling basics
    • Choosing an output format
    • Compiling to PDF
    • Compiling for Kindle
    • Revisiting the template and formatting options

    I’ve lost work before and now I’m paranoid, how can Scrivener help?

    • Backing up locally automatically
    • Backing up to the cloud (Dropbox) automatically

    I can do this geek thing, what other cool things should I know

    • Outputting for comment and review
    • Online synchronization for phone and tablet editing

    Ending with some Lagniappe

    Instructor Bio:

    Patrick Haggerty has a degree in Actuarial Science with a minor in Computers from Georgia State University. He has spent the past 15 years developing and delivering technical training courses for Learning Tree International. On the side he has a successful consulting practice doing web application development for clients ranging from the United State Marines to Delta Airlines.

    Seven years ago, stuck reading a mediocre book in yet another hotel, Patrick decided to try his hand at fiction. He may not be published, but these days you are much more likely to find him spending his evenings writing romance, than code. Patrick is an active member of RWA, RWAustralia, RW New Zealand, and is VP of Membership for Gulf Coast Romance Writers of America, and President of OIRWA.

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    Beginning WordPress
    Presented by Pepper O’Neal
    Dates: February 2-28, 2014
    Deadline: February 2, 2014
    Fee: OIRW Member $20
    Fee: Non-Member $25


    Course Description:

    This class will focus on understanding the basic functions of the WordPress backend. It will include: making posts and pages, adding images, copying and pasting from one post or page to another, creating links, connecting your social media links for FaceBook, Twitter, etc., using plugins, widgets, and themes, creating parent and child pages, using menus, and customizing the look and feel of your site. In short, everything you need to set a website or blog and make it uniquely yours.

    Topics Covered:

    • Navigating the Back End of WordPress
    • Understanding Themes: Changing the Look of Your Site Through Themes
    • Customizing the Themes: Changing the Header and Background.
    • Understanding the Difference Between Posts & Pages: What They Are; How to Use Them
    • Adding Images & Links
    • Things you can do to Jazz up your site. Using Asides and Widgets
    • Working with Plugins: Understanding Plugins, Some Plugins You Must Have, Setting Up FB & Twitter
      Links on Your Site
    • Some Things You Need to Know About the Web and Websites

    Instructor Bio:

    Pepper O’Neal has a doctorate in education and has taught a number of adult education classes on many different subjects. She currently works as a freelance researcher and author. When she was told by both of her publishers that she needed to have a website, she realized she needed to finally join the age of technology. She also realized she had two options. She could pay someone to design the site for her, or she could to do it herself. As she hates depending on others for things involving her career, she decided to learn how to use the free web-design software WordPress and Joomla. She took classes, hired experts for tutors, and picked the brains of her web-designer friends. After designing her own websites, she decided she liked doing it, and now she designs websites for others.

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    MAR 2015 PXL

    Writing Fight Scenes
    Presented by Rayne Hall
    Dates: March 2–31, 2015
    Deadline March 2, 2015
    Fee: OIRW Member $20
    Fee: Non-Member $25


    Course Description:

    Do you want to create realistic fight scenes which leave your readers breathless with excitement?

    The course gives you a six-part structure to use as blueprint for your scene. It reveals tricks how to combine fighting with dialogue, which senses to use when and how, how to create a sense of realism, and how to stir the reader’s emotions.

    You’ll decide how much violence your scene needs, what’s the best location, how your heroine can get out of trouble with self-defense and how to adapt your writing style to the fast pace of the action. You will learn about different types of weapons, how to use them in fiction, and how to avoid embarrassing blunders.

    This class will give you twelve lessons with assignments and individual feedback, and a chance to have your scene critiqued by the instructor and your peers.

    Please note: This is a class that assumes you have some fiction writing experience, and that you’re ready to take your craft skills to the next level. It is not recommend for absolute beginners. The instructor uses British English.

    Instructor Bio:

    Rayne Hall has published more than sixty books in several languages under several pen names with several publishers in several genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. She is a trained publishing manager, holds a masters degree in Creative Writing, and has worked in the publishing industry for over thirty years. She is the author of the bestselling Writer’s Craft series and editor of the Ten Tales short story anthologies.

    Having lived in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has now settled in a small dilapidated town of former Victorian grandeur on the south coast of England where she enjoys reading, gardening and long walks along the seashore. She shares her home with a black cat adopted from the cat shelter who likes lie on the desk and snuggle into Rayne’s arms when she’s writing.

    Rayne enjoys teaching writers who are serious about taking their craft skills to the next level, and helping students with insider tips and individual advice. Many students say that Rayne’s classes have given a big boost to their success. But be prepared: Rayne makes her students work.

    Rayne enjoys teaching writers who are serious about taking their craft skills to the next level, and helping students with insider tips and individual advice. Many students say that Rayne’s classes have given a big boost to their success. But be prepared: Rayne makes her students work.

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    “How’d I Miss That?” Tips and Tricks for Self-Editing
    Presented by Kathryn Jane
    Dates: March 2–31, 2015
    Deadline March 2, 2015
    Fee: OIRW Member $20
    Fee: Non-Member $25


    Course Description:

    Let me save you from the embarrassment of the mistakes I made when I self-published my first three books. Yes, I was a slow learner, but you don’t have to be.

    Don’t make your editors grimace when they open your manuscripts. Learn how to easily spot mistakes like crutch words, spelling weaknesses, inconsistencies, repetitious and overused words, passive words, slow pacing, redundancies, clichés, poor word use, clunky dialogue rhythm, punctuation typos, and of course the dreaded Point of View issues.

    Do not follow in my footsteps! Instead, learn from my mistakes and leap right past those embarrassing moments.


    Instructor Bio:

    Kathryn Jane is the award winning author of the Intrepid Women Series—a collection of Romantic Adventures about stubborn, self-sufficient women, and the men who dare to love them. Kathryn’s self-publishing career began in 2012 with the release of Do Not Tell Me No.

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    WordPress Advanced
    Presented by Pepper O’Neal
    Dates: March 2–31, 2015
    Deadline March 2, 2015
    Fee: OIRW Member $20
    Fee: Non-Member $25


    Course Description:

    Now that you have your website or blog set up, it’s time to get creative. This course will focus on advanced customizing of WordPress sites. It will include: installing WordPress on your home computer and creating a webhost server that is not connected to the internet so that you can test ideas in a risk-free environment, troubleshooting your site when it crashes, creating custom menus, importing and exporting content from different sources, creating user-friendly permalinks, search engine optimization, and using the WordPress community forum. The class lasts four weeks.

    Topics Include:

    • Setting up WP on your home computer: working with local host for both Mac and PC.
    • Working with menus: creating custom menus, putting menus in your sidebar.
    • Playing around in the WP Content Folder and troubleshooting: what to do if you crash your site.
    • Fun things you can do with your site: embedding videos and adding images from the web.
    • Optimizing your site for search engines, part 1 | part 2.
    • Going live, part 1: uploading your practice site to the web.

    Instructor Bio:

    Pepper O’Neal has a doctorate in education and has taught a number of adult education classes on many different subjects. She currently works as a freelance researcher and author. When she was told by both of her publishers that she needed to have a website, she realized she needed to finally join the age of technology. She also realized she had two options. She could pay someone to design the site for her, or she could to do it herself. As she hates depending on others for things involving her career, she decided to learn how to use the free web-design software WordPress and Joomla. She took classes, hired experts for tutors, and picked the brains of her web-designer friends. After designing her own websites, she decided she liked doing it, and now she designs websites for others.

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    Advanced GMC
    Presented by Kat Duncan
    Dates: March 2–31, 2015
    Deadline March 2, 2015
    Fee: OIRW Member $20
    Fee: Non-Member $25


    Course Description:

    You’ve read Debra Dixon’s book several times and used it to plot out one or more novels or novellas. You understand external and internal goals and their related motivations. You have a good grasp on conflict, and yet your novels either seem weak in the areas of tension and suspense, or agents and editors keep passing on your partials or fulls.

    What’s missing?

    What are you doing wrong?

    Goals, motivations and conflicts can be fantastic, but they must also be presented in a way that motivates readers to read.

    Take a fresh look at GMC with this workshop which will show you how to look at goals, motivations and conflicts from a reader’s point of view. We’ll explore ways to ensure that your GMCs will work together well as well as investigate how well you have applied them.

    Come prepared to analyze novels on your bookshelf or e-reader (no TV or movies allowed) the way a literature professor would, and do exercises writing new scenes with instructor-given GMCs. And then apply the lessons learned to your own WIPs so that your GMC charts are not only crystal clear, but those GMCs flood the page with prose that rivets the reader’s attention like a bestseller.


    Instructor Bio:

    Kat Duncan obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and German from Regis College in Weston, MA. She is a Fulbright Scholar who spent a year in West Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She tutors students from elementary through college and beyond in all subjects as well as study skills.

    Kat writes romantic suspense for The Wild Rose Press and is an indie publisher of romantic suspense, historical suspense and non-fiction shorts on writing.

    Visit her on her website: www.katduncan.net/writeabout

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    APR 2015 LLC


    Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher
    Presented by MM Pollard
    Dates: April 1–30, 2015
    Deadline April 1, 2015
    Fee: OIRW Member $20
    Fee: Non-Member $25


    Course Description:

    In Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher, you will receive the equivalent of a master’s degree in passive voice, one of the writing errors that spell rejection by agents, editors, and publishers. We will cover what active and passive voices mean, how to form the passive voice, including a verb lesson, and how to form the active from the passive. We will cover the reasons not to use passive voice verbs and the few instances where passive voice is the best choice. By the end of this workshop, you will have everything you need to identify and correct passive voice writing in your writing.

    Homework: Each lesson will have homework. I will personally give you feedback on every lesson you post. Think of homework as an opportunity for a mini-edit by MM.

    Free Edit: If you turn in all of the homework when due, I will edit 1,000 words of your writing free. How’s that for an incentive to do your homework!

    Instructor Bio:

    As an English teacher for fifteen years and, currently, as acquisitions editor and copy editor for Black Velvet Seductions, MM Pollard has had the mission to find and correct ungrammatical grammar, misused usage, problematic punctuation, and poor writing in others’ work.

    MM has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops. Yes, the basics of English composition can be fun! She has presented or will present workshops on Writers Online Classes, Savvy Authors, Orange County RWA, and Celtic Hearts RWA, just to name a few. She is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

    Visit MM at her website MM’s Fundamentals of English

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    Plotting from Character
    Presented by Shannon Donnelly
    Dates: April 1–30, 2015
    Deadline April 1, 2015
    Fee: OIRW Member $20
    Fee: Non-Member $25


    Course Description:

    Have no idea what to do with your characters? Do you have a story but no idea how to structure the plot? This workshop covers some ideas on how to create the story from the inside out.

    Plotting from character can not only give you a more inventive story, it can also be a more fun story to write.

    What we’ll cover:

    1. Starting at the deepest point: for every character, find that person’s core need.
      • Keeping the Focus of the story: one character’s specific growth.
        • Goals and Motivations — going beyond cliché with your characters.
          • How to use secrets that a character has (maybe even one that stays hidden).
            • Setting up conflict, inside and out, with your characters’ history–and those goals and motivations.
              • Leaving room for characters (and plots) to surprise you.
                • Using layers for plot twists – Conflict, Conflict, Conflict
                  • Playing the “what if” game whenever you get stuck.

                  Instructor Bio:

                  Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”

                  Her Regency romances can be found as ebooks on all formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing, and include a series of four novellas.

                  She also has out the Mackenzie Solomon, Demon/Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers. Her work has been on the top seller list of Amazon.com and includes Paths of Desire, a Historical Regency romance.

                  She is the author of several young adult horror stories, and computer games. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and only one love of her life.

                  Shannon can be found online at sd-writer.com, facebook.com/sdwriter, and twitter/sdwriter.

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                  WriteSEX: Defining Erotica with Erotica
                  Presented by Sascha Illyvich
                  Dates: April 1–30, 2015
                  Deadline April 1, 2015
                  Fee: OIRW Member $20
                  Fee: Non-Member $25


                  Course Description:

                  Sascha Illyvich is going to explore the daunting aspects of erotica in all its forms. He’ll discuss every aspect of writing sexy fiction from what makes a story erotic even if there is little to no sex involved. Writers of all genres will come away with writing tips that will benefit their careers. he’ll cover author marketing, what defines a story as erotic, things new writers need to consider and the business angle of writing erotica. Every week he focus on a different aspect of writing erotica.

                  I’ll be covering writing style in general for starters. For this class, we’re going to take our lessons deeper in plot, audio and marketing so that the author comes away with a more comprehensive understanding of the erotic business, be it romance or more adult oriented.

                    Instructor Bio:

                    Sascha started writing ten years ago, releasing poetry and an occasional short erotica story before focusing on kinky erotic romance in various subgenres. His books have been listed under the Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, as well nominated for the CAPA.

                    He is also the host of the Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata and continue to write for Renaissance E-books, and Total E-bound. Readers can find his work, plus free reads on his website www.saschaillyvich.com.

                    He’s also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group that’s defining erotica for writers in any genre!

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                    Deep POV Workshop
                    Presented by Laurie Sanders
                    Dates: April 1–30, 2015
                    Deadline April 1, 2015
                    Fee: OIRW Member $20
                    Fee: Non-Member $25


                    Course Description:

                    If you’ve received a rejection letter or your entries have scored low in a writing contest or reviewers don’t connect with your characters or don’t understand their motivations there is a good chance the culprit is shallow point of view.

                    Join Black Velvet Seductions founder and Editor-in-Chief Laurie Sanders for an in depth look at deep point of view. Laurie will share insights about what readers (and editors) really want when they buy fiction and will show you through examples, exercises and feedback how to incorporate this important element into your work. In this workshop we will look beyond the basics of viewpoint and examine why it is such an important tool and how to use the deeper nuances of viewpoint to add emotion, texture, motivation, conflict, and drama to a manuscript.

                    At the end of this hands on workshop participants will know what deep point of view is and why it is important to editors and readers. Participants will be able to spot shallow point of view in their own manuscript and will have the knowledge and skills necessary to deepen the point of view when necessary. This knowledge and skill will inoculate participants against one of the most common reasons editors reject manuscripts and readers abandon authors.

                    Topics covered will include:

                    • What readers want from fiction and how deep point of view gives it to them
                      • How to recognize passages that are in shallow viewpoint and how to revise them so that they will be deeper,
                        and more meaningful
                        • How to decide whose point of view to use for key scenes
                          • How to make the most of the viewpoint you choose
                            • How to use deep point of view to show the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of a character who is not the viewpoint character
                              • Instructor Bio:

                                Until July 2014 Laurie Sanders was the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief at Black Velvet Seductions. In 2014 after almost 10 years as CEO and editor-in-chief Laurie was ready to take a step back to enjoy some time with family and to engage in her other long neglected hobbies. She sold Black Velvet Seductions to long time Black Velvet Seductions cover artist Richard Savage who now heads the company.

                                Laurie now keeps busy teaching online writing workshops for a global community of writers who attend her classes online through various RWA chapters and through her own site at lauriesplace.net. She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and continues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her Yellow Highlighter Classes.

                                Laurie teaches on a diverse range of topics covering subjects that caused the most rejections during her years as editor-in-chief at Black Velvet Seductions.

                                Read more about Laurie at Lauriesplace.net. Contact her at Laurie@Lauriesplace.net

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                                MAY 2015

                                Crafting the Short Story
                                Presented by Susan Palmquist
                                Dates: May 1–31, 2015
                                Deadline May 1, 2015
                                Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                Fee: Non-Member $25


                                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 Palmquist is a freelance writer, author and also writes under the pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 50 books including mysteries, erotica and romance including the continuing series of paranormal books called Perfect Pairing. She’s also the author of the bestselling e-book, How To Write A Romance Novel…getting it written and getting it published. When she’s not writing she’s teaching workshops and tutoring students. Prior to her writing career, Susan worked in public relations and was a book publicist for three years.

                                  Find out more about her and her workshops at www.thiswriterslife.com, www.susanpalmquist.com, and www.vanessadevereaux.com.

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                                  Alpha Males, from Abe to Zeus
                                  Presented by Laurie Schnebly
                                  Dates: May 1–15, 2015
                                  Deadline May 1, 2015
                                  Fee: OIRW Member $10
                                  Fee: Non-Member $15


                                  Course Description:

                                  Readers love alpha males. (Maybe not for a real-life marriage, but for a thrilling romance there’s nothing better.) Yet writers sometimes find it tricky to create an alpha male without falling into stereotypes. What MAKES an alpha male? (It’s more than just power.) What challenges does he face? (The answers will surprise you.) How can your hero take on solely the alpha-male traits you want? Get ready to find out…and maybe to fall in love.

                                    Instructor Bio:

                                    Laurie Schnebly Campbell keeps dithering over which is more fun — writing her own books, like the Special Edition which won RT’s “Best of the Year” over Nora Roberts, or sharing the techniques she’s learned from her counseling professors and marketing experience with other writers. She’s leaning more toward teaching, which may be why she now has fifteen novels on her bookshelf with acknowledgments from authors inspired by her classes.

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                                    Alpha Females: Making Them Shine
                                    Presented by Laurie Schnebly
                                    Dates: May 16–31, 2015
                                    Deadline May 16, 2015
                                    Fee: OIRW Member $10
                                    Fee: Non-Member $15


                                    Course Description:

                                    Throughout history, alpha women have drawn their power from more than just a top-dog mate. Still, even a real-life heroine who rules her world, whether that’s a large family or a small empire, can’t have all the answers–otherwise there’s no story. Learn how to create what readers enjoy most in an alpha female, including her hidden weaknesses…and her hidden strengths.

                                      Instructor Bio:

                                      Laurie Schnebly Campbell keeps dithering over which is more fun — writing her own books, like the Special Edition which won RT’s “Best of the Year” over Nora Roberts, or sharing the techniques she’s learned from her counseling professors and marketing experience with other writers. She’s leaning more toward teaching, which may be why she now has fifteen novels on her bookshelf with acknowledgments from authors inspired by her classes.

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                                      Are You Pitch-worthy? All You Need to Know to Score Big with your Book’s Pitch
                                      Presented by Kerri Nelson
                                      Dates: May 1–15, 2015
                                      Deadline May 1, 2015
                                      Fee: OIRW Member $10
                                      Fee: Non-Member $15


                                      Course Description:

                                      Want to practice your pitch for an upcoming pitch session to an agent or editor? Need help refining your pitch to include in a query letter? Well, practice makes perfect!

                                      Sign on for this handy pitch practice workshop, taught by multi-published romantic suspense author, Kerri Nelson.

                                      During class you’ll get to practice your pitch (up to 4 drafts with suggested revisions); view examples of the good versus the bad; and polish your skills on developing the elusive perfect sales hook for your book.

                                      Over the past five years, Kerri has pitched more than thirty different books in every imaginable genre (from erotica to young adult) to multiple agents and editors with a tremendous success rate for follow-up requests for both partial and full manuscripts. She has sold twenty two novels and novellas in the last three years after perfecting her pitch process.

                                      In this intensive interactive course, Kerri offers up the secrets to nailing your pitch, how to score a home run with editors, and how not to stop short of getting the results you want!

                                      Finally get the contract you’ve been waiting for!

                                      Students from prior classes have sold multi-book deals to publishers, been offered representation by agents, and many other successes after perfecting their pitch with Kerri.

                                        Instructor Bio:

                                        Kerri Nelson discovered her love of writing at an early age and soon became a columnist for her local newspaper winning the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts. After a fifteen year career in the legal field, Kerri fulfilled her lifelong dream of publication and is now an award winning multi-published author of twenty-two novels and novellas.

                                        A true southern belle, she comes complete with a dashing gentleman and three darling children for whom she often bakes many homemade treats. Kerri is an active member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America as well as numerous chapters including the Kiss of Death Chapter for mystery/suspense authors and Young Adult Romance Writers. She owns and operates The Book Boost (an affordable author promotion company); works part time as a Content Editor for a publishing house and offers freelance editing services through Deep Cover Edits.

                                        Read more about Kerri’s books at her website: www.kerrinelson.com
                                        Follow her on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/kerribookwriter
                                        Visit her industry blog here: www.thebookboost.blogspot.com

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                                        Grow a Book: Turning Your Story Idea into a Workable Plot
                                        Presented by Catherine Chant
                                        Dates: May 1–22, 2015
                                        Deadline May 1, 2015
                                        Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                        Fee: Non-Member $25


                                        Course Description:

                                        Do you have a story idea but aren’t sure what to do next? Have you started writing a story, but now find your plot stuck in a corner? Have you lost interest in your story idea because the plot became boring? Whether you’re a plotter who loves to outline or a pantser who prefers to hit the open road without a map, a broad strokes outline can help you “grow you book” from the seed of an idea into a full-blown story and avoid the pitfall of the unworkable plot.

                                        The lessons in the Grow a Book workshop guide you in creating a broad strokes outline at the “idea” stage, so you get the “big picture” of the story right away and can more easily spot and correct plot problems, such as the sagging middle or superficial conflict, before they become writing roadblocks that waste your time. If you’re stuck in a story, the broad strokes outline can help pinpoint where you might have taken a wrong turn and guide you back to the right course. You don’t necessarily need to write a bad “rough” draft. A little planning can save you a lot of time during revisions. And a broad strokes outline, which only hits the high points of the story to keep you on track, won’t bog you down with so many details you feel stifled. You can still write by the seat of your pants, if that’s your style, but the outline offers you some boundaries so you don’t disappear into the weeds and have to start all over.

                                        As a bonus, your outline quickly converts into a brief synopsis with only a little editing and gives you a head start on your query letter.

                                        The instructor will give feedback on all homework and offer students the opportunity to submit homework privately if they don’t feel comfortable sharing their plot ideas in a public forum. Students who complete all the exercises will have a broad strokes outline and a draft of a brief synopsis completed by the end of the workshop.

                                          Instructor Bio:

                                          Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer. During her writing career, Catherine has been a plotter, a pantser and everything in between–the process seems to change with each project. But what hasn’t changed is the use of a broad strokes outline to keep her on target. Her first novel, WISHING YOU WERE HERE, a young adult rock ‘n’ roll time travel romance, 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.

                                          You can visit her online at www.catherinechant.com

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                                          JUN 2015

                                          “Where the Heck Do I Start?” An Introduction into Self-Publishing
                                          Presented by Kathryn Jane
                                          Dates: June 1–30, 2015
                                          Deadline June 1, 2015
                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                          Fee: Non-Member $25


                                          Course Description:

                                          You’ve written the book. You’ve decided to jump into the pond and self-publish. But you have no idea what to do next, how to send your baby off into the world alone. Relax. That’s what I’m here to share with you. Four weeks of lessons that will set you up to take the next steps.

                                          Lessons will include:

                                          • Definitions of terms you’re going to hear,
                                            • Explanations of subjects such as branding and distribution,
                                              • How to use social media, loops, signature lines and peripherals,
                                                • What to expect from the industry professionals you decide to hire,
                                                  • Covers and copyright pages explained,
                                                    • Series vs Stand Alone,
                                                      • And much, much more.

                                                        Instructor Bio:

                                                        Author Kathryn Jane has self-published four books in her Intrepid Women Series since 2012, and learned more in the last two years than she ever thought possible as she stumbled and bumbled her way into the industry.

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                                                        Twitter – Part 1 and Part 2 Workshop
                                                        Presented by Cassandra Carr
                                                        Dates: June 1–30, 2015
                                                        Deadline June 1, 2015
                                                        Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                        Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                        Course Description:

                                                        Part 1 – Twitter for Beginners – Getting Your Feet Wet

                                                        In this course we’ll cover twenty of the most common questions beginners have when they sign up for Twitter, including what should be part of your profile, what a Retweet is, why Twitter lists are useful, and much, much more.

                                                        Part 2 – Twitter for Intermediate Users – Beyond Profiles and Posting Updates

                                                        In this course you’ll learn what third-party applications are available and why you might want to consider using one, how to post pictures/videos etc, what the different tabs in Twitter mean, what Direct Messages are, and much more!

                                                        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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                                                        JUL 2015 2

                                                        Branding for Romance Authors (& Other Genre Novelists): How to Create an Online Presence, Network Using Your Author Blog, and Craft a Content Plan
                                                        Presented by Presenter: Beth Barany
                                                        Dates: July 1–31, 2015
                                                        Deadline July 1, 2015
                                                        Fee: OIRW Member $50
                                                        Fee: Non-Member $60

                                                        Course Description:

                                                          What do I say on social media?
                                                          How do I find my audience?
                                                          What do I blog about?
                                                          Do I even need to blog?
                                                          How can I market without a budget?
                                                          I hate social media.
                                                          I don’t have the time to market myself and/or my books.

                                                        If you have any of these questions and concerns as a romance or other genre novelist, then you may not be focusing on what’s essential on your author marketing.

                                                        Nowadays, authors do more than just book marketing. We must market ourselves as a brand.

                                                        But authors tend to be private people. And we put so much work into our books, what do you mean we have to market ourselves, you may think?

                                                        You can develop an author persona that you feel good about, grow your audience, gather your fans, find people who can spread the word for you, and feel good about your marketing efforts, but it’s not an overnight thing.

                                                        And still the most important marketing tool we have is to write a great book.

                                                        So, what’s an author to do?

                                                        In this course on Branding for Romance Authors and Other Genre Novelists, we will build a foundation for your author brand. Authors need to know who they are and what they stand for and then be willing to experiment and play to find what works for them and what is fun. Our overall goal is to have you start your author career off as strongly as you can.

                                                        This course is both for unpublished and published authors, independently published and traditionally published. Geared more for beginners, more advanced authors will also find this course useful.

                                                        In this four-week hands-on online course, you will be invited to roll up your sleeves, try out the tools I recommend, and get feedback from the class on your efforts.

                                                        We will cover:

                                                          • Your core values
                                                          • What you stand for
                                                          • Defining your audience
                                                          • Crafting a 1-sentence branding statement
                                                          • Writing an author bio for your blog and social media
                                                          • How to use one of the most important tools in marketing: the Call to Action
                                                          • How to set up a mailing list
                                                          • Who your Key Influencers are and why they’re important
                                                          • The importance of launching and campaigns and the basics in how to craft one
                                                          • Ways authors can use their blog and what to say in blogging
                                                          • Drafting a content plan that plays to your strengths, interests, and what works

                                                        This course comes with some special features:

                                                          • We’ll run a Facebook party.
                                                          • We’ll run a Twitter chat.
                                                          • We’ll have at least 2 live online chats.
                                                          • We have 1 live webinar.

                                                        Lastly, this course comes with the added bonus of an online book marketing assessment from Beth Barany, the course instructor, and a 30-minute phone session with her.

                                                        Because of the interactive nature of this course, we’re offering it at a special price of $50 (for OIRW members) and $60 (for non-members.)

                                                        Note: This is the only time this course will be offered at this low price.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Beth Barany is an award-winning novelist and a Creativity Coach for Writers. She runs the blog for writers by writers, the Writer’s Fun Zone. She also edits and publishes the online innovative Author Entrepreneurship Magazine. She’s worked with hundreds of authors over the last eight years and specializes in helping novelists write, publish, and market their novels through her coaching, consulting, courses, and talks. Her whole mission is to empower authors to create sustainable and successful careers. You can find out more about Beth and her services at her site: www.BethBarany.com. There you can sign up for her free 5-Day Writer’s Motivation Mini-Course.

                                                          Beth writes young adult fantasy and paranormal romance and gives away a free sampler of her fiction at her site, http://author.BethBarany.com. She writes to empower teen girls and women to be the heroes of their lives. She loves creating magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.

                                                          In her off hours, Beth enjoys capoeira, reading and watching movies, and traveling, with her husband, suspense novelist Ezra Barany. Beth Barany lives in Oakland, California with her husband, two cats, and over 2,000 books.

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                                                          How NOT to Squick an Editor
                                                          Presented by Sascha Illyvich
                                                          Dates: July 1–15, 2015
                                                          Deadline July 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $10
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $15


                                                          Course Description:

                                                          Looking for tricks to tighten up your writing? Are you seeking to add description without having so much back story? Or are you just looking to write tighter? Ardent Books Managing Imprint Editor Sascha Illyvich will spend the next two weeks teaching writers about editorial pet peeves ranging from POV issues to order of operations in both sex AND dialogue.

                                                          We will do a little editing practice during that time. Authors will walk away with a stronger sense of editing and craft creation.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Sascha started writing ten years ago, releasing poetry and an occasional short erotica story before focusing on kinky erotic romance in various subgenres. His books have been listed under the Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, as well nominated for the CAPA.

                                                          He is also the host of the Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata and continue to write for Renaissance E-books, and Total E-bound. Readers can find his work, plus free reads on his website www.saschaillyvich.com.

                                                          He’s also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group that’s defining erotica for writers in any genre!

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                                                          Prompt to Plot
                                                          Presented by Laurie Sanders
                                                          Dates: July 1–31, 2015
                                                          Deadline July 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                          Course Description:

                                                          If you’re an author you probably have more story ideas than you will likely use in this lifetime. The problem is that a story is much more developed than most story ideas are. Often the ideas we get for stories are vague snippets inspired by a picture, a news article, or a TV documentary. They are jumping off places for a story…but they are not a story. They lack crucial pieces that make a story work.

                                                          To get from the prompt to the plot we need to ask a series of questions that ferret out the basic ingredients for a story (the plot points so to speak). Then these ingredients must be combined so that each element supports the next element. Done haphazardly this can take a lot of time and be rather hit and miss which can cause a lot of frustration and a lot of stops and starts and massive revisions, particularly of the early chapters.

                                                          In this workshop we’ll start with a prompt and work through a very systematic, step-by-step process to ferret out the important elements that will transform the raw idea into workable plot which incorporates character, motivation, conflict, and the path to resolution of the conflict. This workshop is ideal for both the plotter and the pantser. It provides a structure that the plotter can use to develop the elements of the plot and can be quite detailed but it can also serve as a foundation for the pantser who enjoys less formal structure.

                                                          Prompt to Plot is an approach that can be used to work through story ideas generated from a variety of types of prompts and can be used to work through the not quite ready for prime time story ideas lying dormant in your own mind. During this class we will work with two different prompts and will work up two complete plots using the Prompt to Plot systematic approach. We will work for approximately two weeks on each prompt. At the end of the class participants will have two complete plots.

                                                          • We will begin with a brief look at prompts as an idea generation device that can give us some vague notions of the basics of story: who, what, when, where and why?

                                                          • We will look at the prompts through the lens of genre and common romance novel tropes that have proven to be popular with readers. Books based on common tropes tend to sell well…with 70% or more of the books on romance bestseller lists including a popular romance trope.

                                                          • We’ll look at some of the genre no-no’s and test our developing story ideas to assure that we are not committing any sins against the genre.

                                                          • We’ll look at how to use one prompt as a springboard to many different stories. We’ll cover how to bend, twist, and turn a story idea to create new, interesting, unique story material, even if everyone is beginning with the same prompt. Slightly different choices at this stage can lead to vastly different stories.

                                                          • We’ll look at the who of our story prompts by digging into character in a search for the character traits that drive the character. We’ll look for their strengths, weaknesses, and backstories. We’ll be seeking the seeds of motivation.

                                                          • Using our prompts as a springboard we’ll delve into conflict looking at internal conflicts, external conflicts, emotional conflicts, logical conflicts, and conflicts that revolve around a personal issue or a personal perception of self.

                                                          • Using the prompts, the characters we’ve developed, and the conflicts we’ve discovered we’ll delve into motivation to figure out what makes our characters tick. We’ll be looking at mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual motivation and deciding how to use each form of motivation to move the characters through the plot from conflict to resolution.

                                                          • Setting is often overlooked as an element of plot but in some stories setting almost plays the role of another character, and setting can add a definite flavor even when it isn’t as important as another character.

                                                          • We’ll create some basic points in our story structure…the beginning, the middle, and the end. We’ll flesh in these basic points, and then begin filling in between these points so that there is a logical flow from the beginning, to the middle, and to the end of the story.

                                                          • We’ll work to identify the happy ever after to determine what the characters will have achieved by the end of the story. We’ll be looking to see that we’ve dealt with all the conflicts, that we’ve tied up all the loose ends, that our plot is indeed developed enough to provide the skeleton of our story.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Until July 2014 Laurie Sanders was the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief at Black Velvet Seductions. In 2014 after almost 10 years as CEO and editor-in-chief Laurie was ready to take a step back to enjoy some time with family and to engage in her other long neglected hobbies. She sold Black Velvet Seductions to long time Black Velvet Seductions cover artist Richard Savage who now heads the company.

                                                          Laurie now keeps busy teaching online writing workshops for a global community of writers who attend her classes online through various RWA chapters and through her own site at lauriesplace.net. She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and continues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her Yellow Highlighter Classes.

                                                          Laurie teaches on a diverse range of topics covering subjects that caused the most rejections during her years as editor-in-chief at Black Velvet Seductions.

                                                          Read more about Laurie at Lauriesplace.net. Contact her at Laurie@Lauriesplace.net

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                                                          Bookkeeping For Writers
                                                          Presented by Pepper O’Neal
                                                          Dates: July 1–31, 2015
                                                          Deadline July 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                          Course Description:

                                                          This class is for writers who either don’t want to or can’t afford to hire an accountant to keep track of their business finances.

                                                          The class will deal will accounting practices, basic instructions in Quicken & Excel, how to set up your books, and includes useful tax tips for writers in the US and Canada.

                                                          Are you comingling your money for writing expenses and personal ones? Did you know that the way you are handling your income and expenses can affect whether all your writing expenses are tax deductible instead of just part of them? Did you know there are legal tax tricks that can save you money on income taxes? Do you know how deal with things like getting a tax ID number? Do you know how to avoid a random audit on your business and/or personal income taxes and how to keep red flags off your tax returns? The class will handle all this and more.

                                                          Lesson Plan:

                                                          This is a four week class with two lessons a week as described below and plenty of time for questions and responses:

                                                          1. Business or Hobby.

                                                          Which category does your writing fall under? How to tell the difference, and what that difference makes with regard to your taxes.

                                                          2. Setting up your books.

                                                          How to set up your books so that your expenses are tax deductible.

                                                          3. Basic Quicken.

                                                          Step by step instructions. How to enter data, categorize it, and run reports.

                                                          4. Basic Excel.

                                                          Step by step instructions. How to set up Excel to run basic formulas and act as an accounting system

                                                          5. Things You Need to Know Identity Protection.

                                                          Tips that can help protect your identity, what to do if your identity is stolen

                                                          6. Tax Tips – Part One.

                                                          What tax forms to file for the different types of businesses, how to avoid random audits, how to classify your business with the IRS, and how to keep red flags off your tax returns so you don’t get audited. If you have employees—state and federal payroll taxes, employee W-2s /1099s and when they apply to your business, how to set up an account to pay employee payroll taxes, pitfalls you need to be aware of as an employer. Independent Contractors, what they are and how they apply to your business. Independent Contractor Agreements and Non-Disclosure Agreements, when you need them, how to create them, and what to look for before you sign one as an independent contractor yourself.

                                                          7. Tax Tips – Part 2.

                                                          Ditto to Lesson 6.

                                                          8. Legal Pitfalls.

                                                          Things to watch out for so you don’t get sued, how to protect yourself, and what to do if the worst happens. Resources, links, and where to go for help when you need it.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Pepper O’Neal has a paralegal degree from the University Of San Diego Law School and a doctorate in education from the University of Mexico. She has over twelve years’ experience working with business attorneys in California, Washington, and Oregon. Though she’s self-employed as a full-time researcher, non-fiction and fiction writer, she still freelances for attorneys throughout the US, doing research and preparing legal documents. She’s also worked a number of years with tax attorneys and consultants in helping business clients reduce their tax liabilities. She has also been involved in the initial setup of a number of education-related small businesses from daycare facilities to community educational centers. Over the years, she has taught a great number of adult education classes on many different subjects.

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                                                          AUG 2015 RRD

                                                          Sexual Tension – Getting Away from Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma’am
                                                          Presented by Jeffe Kennedy
                                                          Dates: August 1–15, 2015
                                                          Deadline August 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $10
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $15

                                                          Course Description:

                                                          High heat sex scenes are popular like never before. But what makes a scene go from ho-um to cold shower-worthy? The key is sexual tension. Without that basic conflict – as with all stories – the momentum of the scene will falter and lose steam. Not what you want with your sex scenes! In this class, students will learn first what creates sexual tension and then how to build it in their own stories for maximum impact. Dubbed by her editor as “The Queen of Sexual Tension,” Jeffe Kennedy will give away her secrets for drawing out the suspense, building expectations and finally delivering those crucial climactic moments. Students will be able to submit short scenes to Kennedy or the entire group for feedback.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

                                                          Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

                                                          Jeffe can be found online at her website: www.jeffekennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Foreword Literary.

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                                                          Presented by MM Pollard
                                                          Dates: August 1–15, 2015
                                                          Deadline August 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $10
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $15

                                                          Course Description:

                                                          What is the perfect pitch? The pitch that interests an editor so much that she asks to see your manuscript.

                                                          How do you write the perfect pitch? What about the perfect pitch line, aka the elevator pitch or the logline? How are the pitch and the logline different?

                                                          MM Pollard will give concrete steps in writing “The Perfect Pitch.” She will give the attendees examples of bad pitches and good pitches. Attendees will also be able to practice writing a pitch as well as ask MM questions.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          As an English teacher for fifteen years and, currently, as acquisitions editor and copy editor for Black Velvet Seductions, MM Pollard has had the mission to find and correct ungrammatical grammar, misused usage, problematic punctuation, and poor writing in others’ work.

                                                          MM has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops. Yes, the basics of English composition can be fun! She has presented or will present workshops on Writers Online Classes, Savvy Authors, Orange County RWA, and Celtic Hearts RWA, just to name a few. She is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

                                                          Visit MM at her website MM’s Fundamentals of English – blog – mostly English-related information and a complete list of MM’s workshops.

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                                                          Challenging Couples in Love
                                                          Presented by Laurie Schnebly
                                                          Dates: August 1–15, 2015
                                                          Deadline August 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $10
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $15


                                                          Course Description:

                                                          While it’s easy to create conflict between a hero and heroine whose kingdoms are at war, everyday life can be a tougher setting for plausible conflicts…especially when the hero and heroine are both lovable characters. But the same conflicts that trouble real-life couples — plus the solutions recommended by marriage counselors — work for fictional couples as well.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Laurie Schnebly Campbell keeps dithering over which is more fun — writing her own books, like the Special Edition which won RT’s “Best of the Year” over Nora Roberts, or sharing the techniques she’s learned from her counseling professors and marketing experience with other writers. She’s leaning more toward teaching, which may be why she now has fifteen novels on her bookshelf with acknowledgments from authors inspired by her classes.

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                                                          Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novel
                                                          Presented by Rayne Hall
                                                          Dates: August 1–31, 2015
                                                          Deadline August 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                          Course Description:

                                                          A short story is the most powerful tool for promoting your novel – but it needs to be a specific kind to target your audience, win fans and sell books.

                                                          In this class, you’ll build your story step by step, from the spark of an idea to the polished version that will wow your readers and make them eager to buy your novel.

                                                          You can publish the story as a free ebook, display it on your website, offer it as a giveaway on blog tours, or submit it to a magazine or anthology where it will get discovered by lovers of your genre.

                                                          You will receive twelve lessons with assignments and individual feedback, as well the chance to get your story critiqued by the instructor and your peers. This is an intensive class for serious writers.

                                                          To get the most from this class, you should have at least one novel to promote, whether traditionally or indie-published. You need to have mastered the basics of the fiction writer’s craft, though not necessarily of the short story form. The class is not suitable for novice writers.

                                                          The instructor uses British English.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Rayne Hall has published more than sixty books in several languages under several pen names with several publishers in several genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. She is a trained publishing manager, holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing, and has worked in the publishing industry for over thirty years. She is the author of the bestselling Writer’s Craft series and editor of the Ten Tales short story anthologies.

                                                          Having lived in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has now settled in a small dilapidated town of former Victorian grandeur on the south coast of England where she enjoys reading, gardening and long walks along the seashore. She shares her home with a black cat adopted from the cat shelter who likes lie on the desk and snuggle into Rayne’s arms when she’s writing.

                                                          Rayne enjoys teaching writers who are serious about taking their craft skills to the next level, and helping students with insider tips and individual advice. Many students say that Rayne’s classes have given a big boost to their success. But be prepared: Rayne makes her students work.

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                                                          SEP 2015

                                                          Writing the Continuing Series
                                                          Presented by Susan Palmquist
                                                          Dates: September 1–30, 2015
                                                          Deadline September 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                          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 Palmquist is a freelance writer, author and also writes under the pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 50 books including mysteries, erotica and romance including the continuing series of paranormal books called Perfect Pairing. She’s also the author of the bestselling e-book, How To Write A Romance Novel…getting it written and getting it published. When she’s not writing she’s teaching workshops and tutoring students. Prior to her writing career, Susan worked in public relations and was a book publicist for three years.

                                                          Find out more about her and her workshops at www.thiswriterslife.com, www.susanpalmquist.com, and www.vanessadevereaux.com

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                                                          Young Adult Workshop
                                                          Presented by Catherine Chant
                                                          Dates: September 1–13, 2015
                                                          Deadline September 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $10
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $15


                                                          Course Description:

                                                          In this workshop you will learn what young adult fiction is, how it’s more than than just younger characters, and how to successfully craft a novel aimed at the the young adult market. Lesson topics include: Getting to Know the YA Market, Genre Expectations, Characters, Premise & Plotting, and 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 a PRO 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 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 visit her online at www.catherinechant.com

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                                                          WordPress Workshop
                                                          Presented by Pat Haggerty
                                                          Dates: September 1–30, 2015
                                                          Deadline September 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $25

                                                          Course Description:

                                                          An author today can hardly get by without having some kind of website. If you don’t have the resources to hire a web developer, then there’s a good chance that you might find yourself out in the Internet wilds, attempting to build a site all on your own.

                                                          A quality site needs three things: vision, content, and a web site framework. The vision is the mental plan for the site and ideally it should be mapped to some brand that you are attempting to create. Once you see your site even roughly in your mind’s eye, you can start to assemble the graphics and text that will make up the site content. Finally, to get it all online, most authors will utilize some web development framework to simplify the actual development process.

                                                          WordPress is one of the most popular web development frameworks. It’s easy to install, well supported, feature rich, and with a little guidance, easy to use. This class is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to take your vision and your content, and to use WordPress to bring your site to life.

                                                          Course content will include:

                                                            • Understanding WordPress and its place in the web development world
                                                            • Obtaining a domain name and a WordPress enabled host
                                                            • Differentiating between WordPress and WordPress.com
                                                            • Determining when to use posts and when to use pages
                                                            • Creating a Blog or brochure style site
                                                            • Assembling pages
                                                            • Adding images, text, and other media content
                                                            • Editing images (Only basics)
                                                            • Obtaining and installing WordPress plugins
                                                            • Linking pages and creating navigation
                                                            • Establishing a standard site look with themes
                                                            • Backing up your site

                                                          Lectures will be presented using videos and email discussions.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          After four years in the USMC, Pat Haggerty studied Actuarial Science and Computers at Georgia State University. He has spent the past 16+ years developing and delivering technical training courses for Learning Tree International and runs a successful consulting practice doing web application development for clients ranging from the United State Marines to Delta Airlines. Seven years ago, stuck reading a mediocre book in yet another hotel, Pat decided to try his hand at fiction. He may not be published, but these days you are much more likely to find him spending his evenings writing romance than code. Patrick is an active member of RWA, RWAustralia, RWNew Zealand, and is President for GCRWA, and OIRWA.

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                                                          Business on a Shoestring
                                                          Presented by Pepper O’Neal
                                                          Dates: September 1–30, 2015
                                                          Deadline September 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $25

                                                          Course Description:

                                                          This would be a class for writers who either don’t want to or can’t afford to hire an attorney to set up and organize their small business for them. It would also be for the writer who is unsure whether setting up a business for their writing career is advantageous or not.

                                                          The class will deal will businesses in the US and Canada.

                                                          Is your writing career a business or a hobby, what’s the difference, and why does it matter? If you’ve finished your novel, magazine article, and/or non-fiction work and are ready to send it out, now what? Are you really ready for it to sell? Have you thought about how to handle all the business details that come with success? Are you taking advantage of the tax breaks that come from simply finishing the work-in-progress? What if you consider your writing business a career but don’t have anything ready to send out?

                                                          Did you know there are legal tax tricks that can save you money on income taxes? Do you know how to set up a small business and deal with things like getting a tax ID number? Do you know how to avoid a random audit on your business and/or personal income taxes and how to keep red flags off your tax returns? Should you set up a, sole proprietorship, corporation or an LLC? And how do you make a small business a sub-chapter S corporation? What are the tax advantages of doing so? What is a registered agent, why do you need one, and how do you get one? How do you prepare the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, etc., for your small business? When should you just use an assumed name for your business, and how do you get one? Will your small business require a business license?

                                                          The class will handle all this and more. From whether or not setting up a structured small business is the right decision for you, to how to go about setting it up, what kind of business to set up, and how to minimize your tax liability. All on a shoestring. If you’re serious about being a professional writer, this class is for you.

                                                          Lesson Plan:

                                                          This is a four week class with two lessons a week as described below and plenty of time for questions and responses:

                                                          1. Business or Hobby.

                                                          Which category does your writing fall under? How to tell the difference, and what that difference makes with regard to your taxes.

                                                          2. Which Type of Business Entity Should You Choose?

                                                          The different types of businesses and how to decide which one is right for you: Assumed Business Name, Corporation, LLC, or Sub-Chapter S Corporation—advantages and disadvantages of each.

                                                          3. Setting Up the Business—What You Need to Do – Part 1.

                                                          Step by step instructions.

                                                          4. Setting up the Business—What You Need to Do—Part 2.

                                                          As this is complicated and there’s a great deal of information, it’s broken up into two parts.

                                                          5. Getting Started—If You’re Going to Do It, Do It Right.

                                                          How to organize your business the right way from the very beginning so you have more time for writing.

                                                          6. The Dreaded Tax Monster—Part 1.

                                                          Employer Identification Number (EIN)—when you need one and how to get one. What tax forms to file for the different types of businesses, how to avoid random audits, how to classify your business with the IRS, and how to keep red flags off your tax returns so you don’t get audited. If you have employees—state and federal payroll taxes, employee W-2s /1099s and when they apply to your business, how to set up an account to pay employee payroll taxes, pitfalls you need to be aware of as an employer. Independent Contractors, what they are and how they apply to your business. Independent Contractor Agreements and Non-Disclosure Agreements, when you need them, how to create them, and what to look for before you sign one as an independent contractor yourself.

                                                          7. The Dreaded Tax Monster—Part 2.

                                                          Ditto to Lesson 3.

                                                          8. Legal Pitfalls.

                                                          Things to watch out for so you don’t get sued, how to protect yourself, and what to do if the worst happens. Resources, links, and where to go for help when you need it.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Pepper O’Neal has a paralegal degree from the University Of San Diego Law School and a doctorate in education from the University of Mexico. She has over twelve years’ experience working with business attorneys in California, Washington, and Oregon. Though she’s self-employed as a full-time researcher, non-fiction and fiction writer, she still freelances for attorneys throughout the US, doing research and preparing legal documents. She’s also worked a number of years with tax attorneys and consultants in helping business clients reduce their tax liabilities. She has also been involved in the initial setup of a number of education-related small businesses from daycare facilities to community educational centers. Over the years, she has taught a great number of adult education classes on many different subjects.

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                                                          OCT 2015 1

                                                          How to Write a Romance Novel
                                                          Presented by Susan Palmquist
                                                          Dates: October 1–31, 2015
                                                          Deadline October 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                          Course Description:

                                                          This is a short course based upon my e-book How To Write a Romance Novel, 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 Palmquist is a freelance writer, author and also writes under the pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 50 books including mysteries, erotica and romance including the continuing series of paranormal books called Perfect Pairing. She’s also the author of the bestselling e-book, How To Write A Romance Novel…getting it written and getting it published. When she’s not writing she’s teaching workshops and tutoring students. Prior to her writing career, Susan worked in public relations and was a book publicist for three years.

                                                          Find out more about her and her workshops at www.thiswriterslife.com, www.susanpalmquist.com, and www.vanessadevereaux.com

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                                                          Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop
                                                          Presented by Shannon Donnelly
                                                          Dates: October 1–31, 2015
                                                          Deadline October 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                          Course Description:

                                                          Both showing and telling are valuable tools for any writer–writers need both narrative passages as well as dramatic scenes, so each has its own place within any writer’s skill set. In this workshop, we’ll use writing examples to figure out the truth hidden in the advice to “show, don’t tell.” Learn how “show, don’t tell” really means “show more with dramatic scenes, and tell only when you need to move the story along.”

                                                          The “showing” part of the workshop blends a set of exercises to strengthen an understanding of what makes a scene come to life by using more vivid descriptions to reveal characters–their thoughts and emotions–by showing them in action and using deep POV.

                                                          The “telling” part of the workshop includes tips, tricks, and techniques to help strengthen narrative and identify when it’s time to “tell” your story to the reader to compress information, smooth transitions, or otherwise better establish settings and scenes for the reader.

                                                          Topics we’ll cover:

                                                          1. Definitions — what is showing, what is telling
                                                          2. Telling: Use of the Narrative Voice
                                                          3. Breaking it down part 1: Showing to Pull a Reader into Your Scenes
                                                          4. Breaking it down part 2: Better Narrative (so a reader doesn’t skip this)
                                                          5. Going Deeper in Viewpoint to Better Show a Character’s Inner World
                                                          6. Transitions & Word Count–Where Telling Really Helps
                                                          7. Showing and Telling–Mixing it up Again

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”

                                                          Her Regency romances can be found as ebooks on all formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing, and include a series of four novellas.

                                                          She also has out the Mackenzie Solomon, Demon/Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers. Her work has been on the top seller list of Amazon.com and includes Paths of Desire, a Historical Regency romance.

                                                          She is the author of several young adult horror stories, and computer games. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and only one love of her life. Shannon can be found online at sd-writer.com, facebook.com/sdwriter, and twitter/sdwriter.

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                                                          Writer’s Block
                                                          Presented by Laurie Sanders
                                                          Dates: October 1–31, 2015
                                                          Deadline October 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                          Course Description:

                                                          Most of us have struggled with writers block or its kinder, gentler cousin aversion to writing at least once in our writing careers. Blocks to creativity develop for several reasons, but some of the most common are:

                                                          A crisis of confidence: You’ve received a critique, a review, a rejection letter, or some other feedback that makes you doubt your ability to write at all, or at least well enough to reach your writing goals.

                                                          Being out of the story or out of the loop of writing: This one happens to most of us, probably more frequently than we’d like to admit. It happens when life gets busy, when things in our “real” life demand so much of us that we have little or no time for the people in our heads demanding we tell their story.

                                                          Being out of step with our characters: You know you’ve met this one when you go to the computer only to find your characters standing in your subconscious with their arms folded across their chests shaking their heads saying, “I know what you want me to do. I understand why you think you need me to do it, but no way, no how, for no amount of money am I going to do it. It’s not happening in this lifetime.”

                                                          Having written yourself into a corner: This one happens most often to pantsers but can happen to outliners too. It happens when the story evolves, the characters take over, you give them free rein, and they do what they want…like fall into bed, admit they love each other and are ready to live happily ever after, on page 5.

                                                          As you can probably guess, the symptoms of all of these blocks are similar. They’re marked by a desire to be busy (too busy to write), a shutdown of creative energy or creative flow when you do sit down to write, a feeling of being totally flummoxed by the story and how to make it go where you want it to go, and of course a growing uneasy feeling when you think about writing…which exacerbates all the symptoms so that the block gets bigger and deeper and darker as the days tick on.

                                                          The first thing to realize is that all writers’ blocks are not the same. The treatment for them is not the same. Some treatments will help to a degree no matter what causes the block, but just as there are specific antibiotics that work better on bladder infections and certain ones that work better for throat infections there are certain treatments that work better on certain types of writers block.

                                                          During this workshop we’ll work first on diagnosing the various kinds of writer’s blocks by examining their symptoms and the situations in which they occur. From there we’ll move on to examine specific tips, techniques, and cures for each specific kind of block, as well as tips, tricks, and techniques to keep it from happening again.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Until July 2014 Laurie Sanders was the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief at Black Velvet Seductions. In 2014 after almost 10 years as CEO and editor-in-chief Laurie was ready to take a step back to enjoy some time with family and to engage in her other long neglected hobbies. She sold Black Velvet Seductions to long time Black Velvet Seductions cover artist Richard Savage who now heads the company.

                                                          Laurie now keeps busy teaching online writing workshops for a global community of writers who attend her classes online through various RWA chapters and through her own site at lauriesplace.net. She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and continues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her Yellow Highlighter Classes.

                                                          Laurie teaches on a diverse range of topics covering subjects that caused the most rejections during her years as editor-in-chief at Black Velvet Seductions.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Until July 2014 Laurie Sanders was the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief at Black Velvet Seductions. In 2014 after almost 10 years as CEO and editor-in-chief Laurie was ready to take a step back to enjoy some time with family and to engage in her other long neglected hobbies. She sold Black Velvet Seductions to long time Black Velvet Seductions cover artist Richard Savage who now heads the company.

                                                          Laurie now keeps busy teaching online writing workshops for a global community of writers who attend her classes online through various RWA chapters and through her own site at lauriesplace.net. She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and continues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her Yellow Highlighter Classes.

                                                          Laurie teaches on a diverse range of topics covering subjects that caused the most rejections during her years as editor-in-chief at Black Velvet Seductions.

                                                          Read more about Laurie at Lauriesplace.net. Contact her at Laurie@Lauriesplace.net

                                                          Registration: OIRW Members


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                                                          Hunting the Elusive Hook
                                                          Presented by Kat Duncan
                                                          Dates: October 1–31, 2015
                                                          Deadline October 1, 2015
                                                          Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                          Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                          Course Description:

                                                          What is a hook and how can I use it?

                                                          Whether you’ve never heard of hooks or have been writing hooks for years, this workshop will take you through the whole gamut of ways to write hooks and use them effectively.

                                                          Participants will learn how to evaluate and create hooks for all kinds of uses in their writing, with a focus on hooking readers in the crucial story opening. The workshop will go beyond the opening hook, showing ways to hook readers throughout an entire novel. The workshop will cover ways to generate book titles, make the reader care about what happens next in every scene, build tension and micro-tension with internal hooks and tie up hooks in a satisfying way.

                                                          Includes lessons on hooks for queries and pitches. Practical exercises and personalized feedback for every participant means you’ll be able to put your new knowledge right to work.

                                                          Instructor Bio:

                                                          Kat Duncan obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and German from Regis College in Weston, MA. She is a Fulbright Scholar who spent a year in West Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She tutors students from elementary through college and beyond in all subjects as well as study skills.

                                                          Kat writes romantic suspense for The Wild Rose Press and is an indie publisher of romantic suspense, historical suspense and non-fiction shorts on writing.

                                                          Visit her on her website: www.katduncan.net/writeabout

                                                          Read more about Dee at her: www.deelloyd.com. Write to her at dee@deelloyd.com

                                                          Registration: Non Members

                                                          Registration: OIRW Members


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                                                        NOV 2015

                                                        Top Editing Strategies for Writers
                                                        Presented by MM Pollard
                                                        Dates: November 1–30, 2015
                                                        Deadline November 1, 2015
                                                        Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                        Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                        Course Description:

                                                        Knowing HOW to edit is just as important as knowing WHAT to look for when you edit. During this four-week workshop, students will practice (homework) searching for and correcting common errors in punctuation, grammar, and usage, using MM’s seven editing strategies.

                                                        This workshop covers common writing errors, like missing words and missing inflections, comma splices, and more. You will have the opportunity to practice using the strategies on your own worst errors.

                                                        MM will give feedback to all participants who submit homework on time. Think of homework as an opportunity for a mini-edit by MM.

                                                        Instructor Bio:

                                                        As an English teacher for fifteen years and, currently, as editor for Black Velvet Seductions, MM Pollard has helped writers correct ungrammatical grammar, misused usage, problematic punctuation, and poor writing. Check out Testimonials on her blog, MM’s Fundamentals of English. While you are there, sign up for her monthly newsletter and even look at previous newsletters.

                                                        MM began presenting workshops over four years ago and has presented on many sites, including Savvy Authors, Writer U, and her own. Many RWA chapters, including From the Heart RW, RWA Online, OCC/RWA, Passionate Ink, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal RW, Maryland RWA, and Florida RW, have also sponsored her workshops. Through her fun workshops – English class can be fun! – she is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

                                                        Visit MM at her website MM’s Fundamentals of English

                                                        Registration: Non Members

                                                        Registration: OIRW Members


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                                                        BDSM in Romance
                                                        Presented by Sascha Illyvich
                                                        Dates: November 1–30, 2015
                                                        Deadline November 1, 2015
                                                        Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                        Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                        Course Description:

                                                        This workshop 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.

                                                        1. 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.

                                                        2. 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!)
                                                        3. This workshop 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.

                                                        The Instructor will give some homework but be available at least during business days.

                                                        NOTE: Please be aware the instructor uses frank and sometimes graphic language in this workshop.

                                                        Instructor Bio:

                                                        Sascha started writing ten years ago, releasing poetry and an occasional short erotica story before focusing on kinky erotic romance in various subgenres. His books have been listed under the Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, as well nominated for the CAPA.

                                                        He is also the host of the Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata and continue to write for Renaissance E-books, and Total E-bound. Readers can find his work, plus free reads on his website www.saschaillyvich.com.

                                                        He’s also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group that’s defining erotica for writers in any genre!

                                                        Registration: Non Members

                                                        Registration: OIRW Members


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                                                        Putting the Suspense in Romantic Suspense Workshop
                                                        Presented by Dee Lloyd
                                                        Dates: November 1–30, 2015
                                                        Deadline November 1, 2015
                                                        Fee: OIRW Member $20
                                                        Fee: Non-Member $25


                                                        Course Description:

                                                        To keep the reader eagerly turning pages from the first word to the last, a Romantic Suspense novel needs engaging characters, a believable and complicated plot and fast-moving pace. This workshop will give you some of the tools necessary to achieve this goal. It will also point out some of the pitfalls to avoid. It will conclude with some DO’s and DON’T’s from an acquisition editor’s point of view.

                                                        TOPICS:


                                                          • Essential elements of Romantic suspense
                                                          • Where to begin?
                                                          • Plotting
                                                          • Developing real multi-leveled characters
                                                          • Atmosphere
                                                          • Pace… escalating suspense

                                                        Instructor Bio:

                                                        Award winning Romantic Suspense author Dee Lloyd has always loved a mystery and a good love story. She figures she is a natural to write romantic suspense novels. After all, she met her husband, in what could have been the opening scene of a romance novel. She was auditioning for the singing lead in a college musical comedy that he had written. Naturally, she got the part . . . and the man. (Fill in the details. a moody Irishman, an optimistic out-going woman, etc. etc.)

                                                        Dee has seven published Romantic Suspense/Mystery novels. TIES that Blind won the 2000 EPPIE Award for Contemporary Romance and OUT OF HER DREAMS won the 2010 EPIC Award for paranormal romance. OUT OF HER DREAMS was also a nominee for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance of 2009 from an Indie publisher.

                                                        She is a popular speaker at Romance and Mystery conferences. She enjoys coordinating her Library In Your Hand workshops in which authors introduce readers to the pleasures of reading novels on their own handheld readers, PDAs and Pocket PCs. She has taught several writing workshops at conferences, writing groups and local centers.

                                                        Reviewers applaud her believable and sympathetic characters and fast-paced stories.

                                                        Read more about Dee at her: www.deelloyd.com. Write to her at dee@deelloyd.com

                                                        Registration: Non Members

                                                        Registration: OIRW Members


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