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2016 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 of 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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Upcoming 2016 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 instructors inability to teach his/her 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.

 

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Synopsis Writing Boot Camp, limited to 10 students

Presented by Susan Palmquist
Dates: Dates: July 1–15, 2016
Deadline July 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $50
Fee: Non-Member $55

Course Description:

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

Instructor Bio:

Susan writes under her own name and her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 80 plus books, including writing how tos, mysteries and romances and a bestselling author of erotic romances and erotica. She pens three ongoing series called Perfect Pairing, Big Sky County and the bestselling Kalispell Shifters.

She’s been teaching workshops for the last five years and is also a tutor for Writing Magazine Writing Courses.

You can visit her website at www.thiswriterslife.com.

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Body Talk: Lying, Loving &

The Secrets of Body Language

Presented by Kit Fraizer
Dates: July 1–31, 2016
Deadline July 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

We’ve all heard the sage advice “Show don’t tell,” but how do you “show” emotions? How do you convey to the reader that the tall, dark, smooth-taking “hero” is really an axe murderer?

I learned much of the secrets of Body Language (especially deceit) working with an FBI profiler, Austin Police Department and TexSAR—the Texas n Search & Rescue Squad.

Reading the secret signals of Body Language is key to *showing* the character’s subconscious emotions or intent with body language, and the hero or heroine’s perception, or misperception, of non-verbal clues.

There’s a big difference in body language, when a moan could mean, “Ooh, baby,” or “Ow, you’re on my hair.”

Body Language *shows* what your character is feeling—it brings your reader more deeply into the story, sparks emotional reaction, and reader-investment in falling in love with your characters.

Consider this: Is your heroine attracted to the hero even though he ruined her family business?

Is your hero knocked silly by love at first sight? Does this make him angry or resentful?

Body language shows the reader vital clues to your hero and heroine’s subconscious emotion and motivation without coming right out and “telling” the emotion and motivation.

Learn the secrets of the stages of sexual attraction, even when the character is unaware—which adds a layer of excitement and intrigue to the push-pull and spark of an exciting new relationship.

It can also subtly lay road signs for the rocky passage ahead. It can even signal that a villain is in the midst . . .

This class includes the body language of sexual attraction, deceit and revelation, as well as non-verbal clues that signify true intent, character and a foreshadowing of outcome.

The class includes:

• The signals of the spark of sexual attraction
• Why the attraction works–and when it doesn’t
• The body language of deceit
• Signs of anger or betrayal
• The signs of growing affection, and eventually love
• Tips, tricks and advice from an FBI Profiler, an Austin police detective and other law enforcement personnel

 

Instructor Bio:

Kit Frazier is a bestselling mystery writer, award-winning screenwriter, and Texas Press Association award-winning journalist. Her freelance work includes features in numerous publications, including The Writer and Writer’s Digest.

Kit is certified in Search and Rescue and is a consultant with law enforcement, including two federal agencies.

She lives on the Colorado River just outside of Austin, Texas.

Follow her blog at http://kitfrazier.com/wordpress/, friend her on https://www.facebook.com/kitfrazier and join her on Twitter: @kitfrazier

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Austen to Aliens, Writing The Classic Tough Chick

Presented by Jacqui Jacoby
Dates: July 1–31, 2016
Deadline July 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

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

This workshop covers such topics as how to portray tough chick heroines. We will discuss different types of self-defense techniques and how to build a tough chick heroine from the inside out. What kind of women make up the tough chicks and what are they like in their everyday lives? What drives them to become tough? What kind of hero must stand beside her and what kind of villains will she face?

In class we will discuss:

The evolution of the heroine over in last decade: from a woman needing a knight in shining armor to rescue her … to the modern chick who wields the sword herself.

• The evolution of the modern hero – coping with a tough chick in his life
• Villains – it’s no longer just a man’s war
• Characterization of touch chick – she does have a soft side
• Romancing the Tough Chick
• Tough Chicks: The Physical Aspect
• Question and Answer period

 

Instructor Bio:

An award winning writer and a ten year veteran of martial arts, Jacqui Jacoby’s career is multi- faceted. With her trusted computerized day planner, Miguel, by her side, she is able to work in many aspects of the writing community: as an author and contributor to the Kiss of Death as well as RWR Magazine; as a chapter volunteer and contest judge, and as a workshop presenter, both live and online.

You can visit her website at: http://www.jacquijaxjacoby.com/

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“Swear to Tell the Truth”:

How to Write Realistic Courtroom/Legal Scenes

Presented by Jody Lebel
Dates: July 1–31, 2016
Deadline July 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

This workshop is for all writers of any genre and any skill level who want to create clean courtroom scenes and/or understand the functions of the court.

The lessons – Week 1

Lessons 1 & 2 – Courtrooms. What is the “bar”? Who is allowed and who is not in a courtroom? Where does everyone sit? Closed courtrooms vs open courtrooms vs judge’s chambers. Dockets. Short writing homework.

Lessons 3 & 4 – Types of courts. Jury vs bench trial. Felony vs. misdemeanor. Civil/family/Juvenile/Probate. Short research homework.

 

The lessons – Week 2

Lesson 5 – The ‘Players’. Short dialogue homework.

Lesson 6 – Lingo. Short dialogue homework.

Lesson 7 – Writing legal scenes. No homework.

 

The lessons – Week 3

Lessons 8 & 9 – Trials Part 1. Short ‘find the error’ homework.

Lessons 10 & 11 – Trials – Part 2. Short scene writing homework.

 

The lessons – Week 4

Lesson 12 – Sentencing and mitigation. Short writing homework.

Lesson 13 – Crime Scene – Short homework.

Lesson 14– Depositions and EUOs. Let’s talk Cops.

Wrap up and Goodbye!

 

Instructor Bio:

Following sixteen years as a travel agent (more travel than money) Jody Lebel switched gears, returned to school and became a court reporter (more money than travel). She swapped jetting off to fun and exotic locations for reporting the cases of murderers, rapists, and thieves who are, by the way, almost never in a good mood. Being assigned to the chief judge in Broward County exposed her to a wide spectrum of cases; from funny to tragic to bizarre to downright creepy. She has reported everything from a homeless guy who had jumped the turnstile on the Metrorail and was now in jail for not having a quarter, to the Tamiami Strangler, a serial killer who murdered six women.

I have participated as a panel member in multiple writing conferences on the subject of writing accurate courtroom, legal and police scenes. On my last panel the speakers consisted of a judge, an attorney and myself as the court reporter. I revamped this in-person session to form an on-line class which allows me to expand the lessons, and assist writers to construct solid, realistic legal/police scenes.

I am a criminal court stenographer by day, and have been working in the field since 1997 in both southern Florida and Massachusetts.

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Intensifying Emotion

Presented by Laurie Sanders
Dates: July 1–31, 2016
Deadline July 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

Are your characters missing out on peak emotional experiences? You know the symptoms. They are having adventures, attending events, suffering incidents and episodes that should be highly emotional, and yet their accounts of these exploits read flat, uneventful, without any real rise and fall in their emotional tenor.

What about when they need to react to someone else’s emotional experience? Do they seem wrapped in a straight-jacket, unable to respond empathetically to anyone else’s emotional experiences?

Characters that don’t really experience the peak emotional experiences in their fictional lives are death to stories because these characters cannot deliver the vicarious emotional experience the reader sought when they picked up the book, story, or manuscript in the first place.

During this four-week workshop we will dig deep into our characters’ emotional lives to examine the nuanced and abstract nature of emotional experience so that we can better understand how emotional experience is different from physical and mental experience. Understanding how emotional experience works and how it differs from other types of experience will allow us to better capture the complex and often abstract nature of emotional experiences within our stories.

We’ll dig into character base emotional states and will examine how a character’s base emotional state impacts his or her emotional experiences on both the micro and macro scale and how this state also influences the larger emotional changes which take place over the course of a story as a character’s base emotional state gradually changes through the process of falling in love.

We will look at emotional empathy and examine the many roles that empathy plays in our character’s emotional experiences and how we can better use empathy to get readers to vest emotionally in our characters and in their emotional experiences.

We’ll cover character dissociative disorder, which happens when the character moves away from their center during peak emotional moments, sometimes to the point that they become disengaged from their bodies altogether and describe their experiences from an omniscient or almost omniscient perspective. (This is also known by the common name shallow point of view.)

We’ll cover some generally poor advice which has made authors self-conscious about which words they use when they are conveying emotional experiences. We’ll cover things like when we should name an emotion and when we should and should not use the word felt.

We’ll provide an intervention for those troublesome characters that have been taught to be seen and not heard and whose early training comes through as characters who do not give voice to their feelings at all. Instead they take the tact of nearly pantomiming their feelings. Their hearts pound fast when they are scared. Their eyes glaze over when they are bored. They stomp their feet and kick things when they are angry, but you will almost never hear a sentence that has to do with a feeling inside of them enter their narrative.

While it is good to show emotion through action, and while sometimes the action is enough to convey an emotional reaction it shouldn’t be the only tool the character has for conveying his or her emotional experiences. Emotions are too nuanced to convey clearly through charades.

This class is a good primer on big picture aspects of writing emotion, why writing emotion is different than writing thoughts, or physical action, and why you need different tools to write emotion well. It is a great precursor to the Developing An Emotional Vocabulary Class which delves deep into the associations that people make with emotion to help provide class participants with a rich, varied, descriptive vocabulary with which to create the emotional worlds of their characters.

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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Realities of the Paranormal Workshop, Part One

Presented by Renee Pellegrino, Cindy Carver
Dates: August 1–31, 2016
Deadline August 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

There are many different types of the paranormal, Vampires, Ghosts and Werewolves. However, there are other types of ‘not normal’ that can captivate the reader’s attention. Folklore of Gypsy, Witches, Wizards, Sorcerers, Shamans and Magicians and the craft they employ are also a family to this genre.

Objective: To explore The Realities of the Paranormal and the elements needed to make a character believable.

Instructor Bios:

Renee D. Pellegrino, breeder of German Shepherds and networker of fun, writes mystery and suspense. Long time critique partner, witness to the not so normal lifestyle of Realities of the Paranormal, she continues to work on more than one project at a time, no matter what stands in her neighbor’s side yard and waves. Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania with her heart in Lexington, Kentucky, she lives at Crescent Moon Kennels, PA with her fur brats.

Cynthia Carver is a master hypnotist and (known as the psychic, Rosa Pearl) and living the lifestyle of the Realities of the Paranormal. A blogger of the mystical, a veteran of the US Navy, and chief cook and bowl washer for two fur babies, she writes about the paranormal and changing reality. Born in Dayton, Ohio, she now travels to visit friends in faraway places. She now lives on an estate in the boonies, at Write on the Farm, Ohio.

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Author Marketing and Branding Workshop

Presented by Cassandra Carr
Dates: August 1–31, 2016
Deadline August 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

This workshop will help students address seven areas of marketing and branding that are most relevant to writers.

•   Lesson One: Introduction to Branding and Platform
•   Lesson Two: Book Launches, Signings and Knowing Your Audience
•   Lesson Three: Blogging, Tours and Hops, Working with Bloggers
•   Lesson Five: Author Pages On Amazon and Goodreads; Google Author Rank; Reviews; Cross Promotion
•   Lesson Six: All About Websites
•   Lesson Seven: Marketing Plans, Street Teams, Newsletters and Promotional Products

Instructor Bio:

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

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

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Grammar and Style Basics

Presented by Kat Duncan
Dates: August 1–31, 2016
Deadline August 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

What’s a style or a voice and where do I get one? Whether you “get” grammar or not, your style and voice come from how you use grammar. This grammar-based style-enhancing workshop is for writers who don’t “get” grammar or for those who think they don’t want to get it. Proper use of grammar and style makes a story flow smoothly, page after page. Poorly constructed sentences and paragraphs ruin the pace of your novel and make editors and agents pass up your manuscript. Let me guide you through a review of basic grammar terms, punctuation and capitalization, some clever ways to combine sentences and sentence pattern techniques you can put right to use the day you learn them.

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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PTSD for Fiction Writers

Presented by Kathryn Jane
Dates: August 1–31, 2016
Deadline August 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

The tools needed to respectfully portray characters dealing with PTSD. This is a broad layman’s overview – who, where, what, when, why, and how – of PTSD’s effects on individuals, families, acquaintances, interpersonal relationships, careers and other situations.

Instructor Bio:

Presenter Kathryn Jane’s extensive academic research of PTSD was done as a mature student, and the information she will provide is based on research papers, research interviews, and personal experience. Visit her on her website, www.kathrynjane.com

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Developing A Vocabulary for Writing Emotion

Presented by Laurie Sanders
Dates: August 1–31, 2016
Deadline August 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

Developing a vocabulary for writing emotion could be seen as part two of the Writing Emotion Class. In Intensifying Emotion, we discovered that describing an emotion and describing an emotional experience are not always the same thing. Emotional experiences are different from other experiences in several key ways, which explains why we need to use different tools and techniques when describing emotional experiences. In this workshop we’ll focus on expanding our vocabularies in order to describe the emotional experiences our characters have in ways that are unique and specific to each character’s specific background, past experiences, field of reference and other important character aspects. After this class, authors will never again need to feel that their descriptions of emotional experiences are dull, uninspired, and the same book to book. We’ll learn how to use words to increase the emotional intensity of our characters’ experiences and our readers’ levels of engagement with our characters.

In Intensifying Emotion, we learned that it wasn’t horrible to use an emotion’s name…but that we needed to go further…to describe the emotional experience more deeply so that we were conveying not just that the character felt sad…but what the experience of feeling sad felt like inside the character. This is where a broad, diverse, multi-sensory vocabulary comes in.

Emotions have nuance, they have resonance, they can be compared to other experiences and to other things using similes and metaphors. In this workshop we’ll work to develop a vocabulary for describing THE EXPERIENCE of an emotion by delving into the complex network of abstract connections that all of us make when it comes to our emotional experiences.

We’ll develop a vocabulary for describing emotional experience using:

•   Simile
•   Metaphor
•   Color
•   Shape
•   Tenor
•   Resonance
•   Movement
•   Solidity
•   Texture

And more….

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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Paranormal Workshop, Part 2

Presented by Renee Pellegrino, Cindy Carver
Dates: September 1–30, 2016
Deadline September 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

There are many different types of the paranormal, Vampires, Ghosts and Werewolves. However, there are other types of ‘not normal’ that can captivate the reader’s attention. Folklore of Gypsy, Witches, Wizards, Sorcerers, Shamans and Magicians and the craft they employ are also a family to this genre.

Objective: To explore The Realities of the Paranormal and the elements needed to make a character believable.

Instructor Bios:

Renee D. Pellegrino, breeder of German Shepherds and networker of fun, writes mystery and suspense. Long time critique partner, witness to the not so normal lifestyle of Realities of the Paranormal, she continues to work on more than one project at a time, no matter what stands in her neighbor’s side yard and waves. Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania with her heart in Lexington, Kentucky, she lives at Crescent Moon Kennels, PA with her fur brats.

Cynthia Carver is a master hypnotist and (known as the psychic, Rosa Pearl) and living the lifestyle of the Realities of the Paranormal. A blogger of the mystical, a veteran of the US Navy, and chief cook and bowl washer for two fur babies, she writes about the paranormal and changing reality. Born in Dayton, Ohio, she now travels to visit friends in faraway places. She now lives on an estate in the boonies, at Write on the Farm, Ohio.

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Beginning WordPress

Presented by Pepper O’Neal
Dates: September 1–30, 2016
Deadline September 1, 2016
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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Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop

Presented by Shannon Donnelly
Dates: September 1–30, 2016
Deadline September 1, 2016
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:

  • Definitions — what is showing, what is telling
  • Telling: Use of the Narrative Voice
  • Breaking it down part 1: Showing to Pull a Reader into Your Scenes
  • Breaking it down part 2: Better Narrative (so a reader doesn’t skip this)
  • Going Deeper in Viewpoint to Better Show a Character’s Inner World
  • Transitions & Word Count–Where Telling Really Helps
  • 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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Sexual Tension – Getting Away from Wham, Bam,

Thank you, Ma’am

 

Presented by Jeffe Kennedy
Dates: September 5–16, 2016
Deadline September 5, 2016
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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MindMapping Your Marketing Plan

Presented by Victoria Pinder
Dates: September 1-30, 2016
Deadline September 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

To write a book you must know your characters. To market your book you must know who you are targeted as readers. Readers are looking for new books and want to connect. So we’ll discuss ways to attract the readers and walk away with a marketing plan and understanding of the big picture.

Lessons will include:

In this course we will break down your plans for marketing and what works for the author by delving deep into four major areas.

1.  The Writer’s goals.
2.  The Reader.
3.  The benefits you offer the reader.
4.  And finally, marketing options available for the writer to meet the reader.

Instructor Bio:

Author Victoria Pinder has small published, self-published and published with Amazon on her novels. She always struggled to understand marketing and has tried just about everything. This course is one aspect of marketing that she has found successful.

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Paranormal Workshop, Part 3

Presented by Renee Pellegrino, Cindy Carver
Dates: October 1–16, 2016
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

There are many different types of the paranormal, Vampires, Ghosts and Werewolves. However, there are other types of ‘not normal’ that can captivate the reader’s attention. Folklore of Gypsy, Witches, Wizards, Sorcerers, Shamans and Magicians and the craft they employ are also a family to this genre.

Objective:

To explore The Realities of the Paranormal and the elements needed to make a character believable.

Instructor Bios:

Renee D. Pellegrino, breeder of German Shepherds and networker of fun, writes mystery and suspense. Long time critique partner, witness to the not so normal lifestyle of Realities of the Paranormal, she continues to work on more than one project at a time, no matter what stands in her neighbor’s side yard and waves. Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania with her heart in Lexington, Kentucky, she lives at Crescent Moon Kennels, PA with her fur brats.

Cynthia Carver is a master hypnotist and (known as the psychic, Rosa Pearl) and living the lifestyle of the Realities of the Paranormal. A blogger of the mystical, a veteran of the US Navy, and chief cook and bowl washer for two fur babies, she writes about the paranormal and changing reality. Born in Dayton, Ohio, she now travels to visit friends in faraway places. She now lives on an estate in the boonies, at Write on the Farm, Ohio.

 

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Advanced WordPress

Presented by Pepper O’Neal
Dates: October 1–31, 2016
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Class 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.

Lesson Plan:

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

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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Building Your Newsletter with Readers who love your novels

Presented by Victoria Pinder
Dates: October 1–31, 2016
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

The best marketing advice is to build a newsletter, but what does that mean. How to truly build a list from scratch and transform it into finding readers who want to read your novels. You can transform a new lead into a reviewing reader, and we’ll discuss how.

Lessons will include:

In this course we will begin to break down Facebook and other lead generator sources and that free giveaway you’ll offer. If you only have one book or no book yet, we’ll discuss alternatives that work. Then we’ll delve into how to use your newsletter tools so you have a way of communicating with all your new leads. The goals of this course is to cover the tools you need to do to create an amazing platform that automates itself and transforms clicks to reviewing readers. We’ll discuss landing pages, automation, lead generators, drip campaigns and more.

Instructor Bio:

Author Victoria Pinder has small published, self-published and published with Amazon on her novels. She always struggled to understand marketing and has tried just about everything. This course is one aspect of marketing that she has found successful.

 

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“How’d I Miss That?” Tips and Tricks for Self-Editing

-Embarrassment Prevention Skills

Presented by Kathryn Jane
Dates: October 1–31, 2016
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25


Class Description:

Whether going traditional, or self-pub, YOU need serious self-editing skills. Let me arm you with all the tips I wish someone had given me, and save you from the embarrassing mistakes I made when I self-published my first books.


Sign up for a month-long online class, and I’ll save you days filled with angst and uncertainty.

This workshop is not about grammar, sentence structure or punctuation. It’s about being able to:
FIND your mistakes when reading a story you already know backwards, forwards and sideways
SPOT – inconsistencies, overused words, passive words, repetitious words, redundancies, clichés
RECOGNIZE – slow pacing, poor/incorrect word use, crutch words, spelling weaknesses
CHECK – sentence and paragraph structure,, dialogue rhythms and flow, and Point of View issues.
SEARCH FOR – punctuation typos
IDENTIFY – balance issues between narrative and dialogue
DIAGNOSE – POV issues

**BONUS** Tips for cleaning up the mechanics of your manuscript

Do not follow in my footsteps! Instead, learn from my mistakes and you’ll find yourself leaps and bounds ahead of your competition. (And you’ll make your editors very, very happy!)

Instructor  Bio:

Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series. Novels filled with mystery, suspense, adventure, psychic abilities, and romance. Think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy. Kickass women and the men who dare to love them.

Visit Kathryn Jane on her website: https://kathrynjane.com/

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/kathryn.jane.921

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Author_Kat_Jane

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NOV 2015

Getting Into Deep Point Of View – Why It’s Important & How To Do It

Presented by Laurie Sanders
Dates: November 1–31, 2016 (NO class week of Thanksgiving)
Deadline: November 1, 2016
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 are not taken with your published books there is a strong likelihood that the culprit is a shallow point of view.

Join Black Velvet Seductions founder and former 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.

If you’ve taken Laurie’s previous deep point of view workshops, prepare to go even deeper into point of view with this one. This updated workshop will include new material that will show you how to take your deep point of view even deeper to create characters and situations so real they almost live and breathe.

At the end of this hands-on workshop you will know what deep point of view is, why it is important to editors and readers. You will be able to spot shallow point of view in your own manuscript and will have the knowledge and skills necessary to deepen the point of view in your own work. This knowledge and skill will inoculate you 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
  • How to use deep point of view to make your readers empathize with your character even if he or she has done a bad, bad thing

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.

Lauri writes and lectures frequently on topics of interest to authors. Deep Point of View was the first workshop she taught when she first began teaching workshops and remains one of her most requested workshops.

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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 The Chunky Method: Your Step-By-Step Plan To WRITE THAT BOOK  Even When Life Gets In The Way

Presented by Allie Pleiter
Dates: November 1-30, 2016 (NO class week of Thanksgiving)
Deadline November 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Class Description:

Do you feel like you can never find the time to write?  Have you been chipping away at the same manuscript forever without much progress?  Do you need a system that can get you to typing “The End” with success and satisfaction? Wrangling a fickle muse to meet a deadline—or just to get rid of that looming blank page—is a life-skill for everyone who wants to get serious about their writing.  Multi-published author Allie Pleiter shares the nuts and bolts of how to manage your muse, set goals and deadlines, and tackle the process of professional creativity using her popular Chunky Method.  With a useful mix of the practical, the inspirational, and the nitty-gritty real life of it all, Allie Pleiter gives aspiring or working writers the tools they need to make the magic happen.
Endorsements from past class participants:

“I’ve already written far more than before the Chunky Method.”

“This is incredibly beneficial as an unpublished writer with no external deadlines.”

“What a great tool to have in my writing arsenal!” 

Instructor Bio:

An avid knitter, BBC Television geek and French macaron enthusiast, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction.  The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two adult children, Allie spends her days writing as many as four books at a time, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework.  Both a RITA and Carol Award finalist as well as a RT Reviewer’s Choice and RomCon Reader’s Crown Award winner, Allie recently celebrated the sale of her millionth book worldwide.  She hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois.  Begun on a “dare from a friend,” Allie’s writing career spans three non-fiction works including THE CHUNKY METHOD HANDBOOK:  Your Step-By-Step plan to Finish That Book Even When Life Gets in the Way and twenty-five novels. Her various national speaking engagements cover topics of faith, women’s issues, writing, and her very favorite: time management.  Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com
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Blogging is necessary for success and You have the time

Presented by Victoria Pinder
Dates: November 1-30, 2016
Deadline November 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

So many new authors struggle and say ‘blogging’ is like poison. I can’t fit it in my life. With my full time job, planning a wedding, having a baby and writing three to five novels a year, I was once in your number. But with mind mapping, brainstorming, and the willingness to try when I failed miserably before has given me new insight on how to make this blogging works and how sharing keeps you fresh.

Lessons will include:

In this course we’ll break down where you the romance author are unique and have things to share. Then we’ll dig deeper and talk about how to set up the blog and to use the magic button of ‘schedule.’ The goal of this course is to ensure that you stay relevant on google with fresh material that you aren’t stressing over. Readers are looking for books so be the author they click and find.

Instructor Bio:

Author Victoria Pinder has small published, self-published and published with Amazon on her novels. She always struggled to understand marketing and has tried just about everything. This course is one aspect of marketing that she has found successful.

 

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 The Silent Beats in Dialogue

Presented by Laurie Sanders
Dates: December 13-15, 2016
Deadline December 13, 2016
Fee: FREE

Class Description:

As an editor and in the Yellow Highlighter Classes, Laurie teaches one of the most common suggestions she writes in dialogue sections: “You need a break here.” Or, “You need a beat of silence here.” In this 3 day FREE WORSHOP Laurie will go deep into this one facet of dialogue and look at why, when, and where you need these beats of silence and how you can begin to intuit for yourself where they need to be.

Though the focus of this class is the importance of the silent beat in dialogue the same things that create the silent beat in dialogue also create multi-dimensional dialogue and eliminate “talking head syndrome” so we’ll be working on solutions to that common dialogue issue as well.

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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