Outreach International Romance Writers©

2016/2017 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 five 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 $25.00 USD 30 Days $35.00 USD
Two Weeks $15.00 USD Two Weeks $20.00 USD

 

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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 ourCampus Coordinator.

 



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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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

Register here

 

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DIY Book Tours

Presented by Ines Johnson

Dates: January 3-27, 2017

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Learn how to DIY your blog tour in six steps which include building a media kit, targeting the right bloggers for your book, tailoring your email to each blogger to break through their slush pile, how to keep records of which sites you’re visiting along with what and when to give them materials, promoting your tour on your social media sites, and following up to ensure you’ll be invited back. Using these techniques with each of my book releases, I was able to launch into the Amazon Top 100 during my release week.

Instructor Bio:

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

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

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

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Write More, Write Now

Presented by Cindy Carroll

Dates: January 15-21, 2017

Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15

Class Description:

It’s a brand new publishing world. Self publishers are writing more books and releasing those stories faster than traditional publishing can keep up. It means growing your readership faster not to mention helping your finances if you hit on a great series that readers gobble up. But lots of writers (I was one of them) can’t write fast. The thought of writing more than a couple thousand words a week made me scoff.  Then I read a book that made me think it was possible
for me to write more. I came up with my own plan and wrote 60,000 words in a week.

Topics covered:

  1. What’s holding you back from productivity
  2. The plan basics – for full time writers
  3. The plan basics – modified for those with an evil day job
  4. Sustaining the plan – what happens when you get stuck

Instructor Bio:

Cindy is a member of Sisters in Crime and a graduate of Hal Croasmun’s screenwriting ProSeries. Her interviews with writers of CSI and Flashpoint appeared in The Rewrit, the Scriptscene newsletter, the screenwriting Chapter of RWA. She writes screenplays, thrillers, and paranormals, occasionally exploring an erotic twist. A background in banking and IT doesn’t allow much in the way of excitement so she turns to writing stories that are a little dark and usually have a dead body. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing you can usually find her painting landscapes in oil or trying space
paintings with spray paint.

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Killer Openings

Presented by Alexa Bourne

Dates: January 3-31, 2017

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Students will learn the importance of a good opening and gain a better understanding of what makes a “killer opening.”  Students will study examples of good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work.  Students will also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive a critique.

Week 1:

Introduction- Class goals, “rules” for proper respectful participation, student introductions, instructor disclaimer

Importance of openings, what makes a good opening

*Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of good openings & why they work

Week 2:

*Students present examples of good openings & why they work

*Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of bad openings & why they don’t work

*Students present examples of bad openings & why they don’t work

Weeks 3:

*1stlines, then students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

*1stparagraphs- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

Week 4:

*1stpage- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

Discuss makings of a good 1stchapter

(Questions/Catch up- if needed)

Wrap Up-final thoughts, comments, questions

*While each of these lessons has the instructor critiquing the work (whether published examples or student work), I will invite students to comment when they want as long as they are respectful about it and their comments are constructive criticism.

Instructor Bio:

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense (both with and without paranormal elements) and contemporary romance, and is thrilled to have the chance to share her stories with readers everywhere.

When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV, and thinking about exercising. Okay, she also spends way too much time interacting with readers and writers on social media sites. But don’t tell her editors!
Find out more about her and her books on her website,www.alexabourne.com.

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Making Sense of Dialogue Beats

Presented by: Laurie Sanders

Dates: January 3-February 2

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

In my experience as an editor there are several common things that authors do (and don’t do) that weaken dialogue. In this class we’ll focus on the most common mistakes authors make with dialogue and how to fix them.

In this workshop we will cover the basics of dialogue:

  • How to write and punctuate dialogue—including the most common punctuation errors that occur in dialogue
  • The differences between male and female dialogue—including specific phrases to eliminate from male dialogue
  • How to maintain deep point of view through dialogue passages where viewpoint often drifts or becomes shallow
  • Why it’s better break dialogue into small segments
  • How to tag dialogue for added strength
  • The five most common problems I see with dialogue and how to avoid making these common mistakes which weaken dialogue.

 

Then we’ll pick up where we left off in the free workshop on the silent beats in dialogue from December.

  • We’ll dig deeper into the non-verbal aspects of dialogue including things like facial expression, tone of voice, and body language.
  • We’ll go even further with those important silent beats that we talked about in December to explore how to integrate non-verbal aspects into the spoken dialogue to create more powerful dialogue.
  • We’ll talk about how to use beats in dialogue to give each character a unique voice.
  • We’ll explore how the beats within dialogue change based on the emotional mood of the scene—including how to favorite dialogue that conveys mood, emotion, and how to use dialogue to build emotional and sexual tension.

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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

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Scrivener

Presented by: Pat Haggerty

Dates: January 3-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

As writers, we’ve all spent time hunched over a keyboard trying to get our thoughts into some word processor. Word processors such as Word and Pages work ok when it comes to writing fiction but their focus is much more on processing your words (layout, font, headers, footers, etc) than on the creative process. Enter Scrivener.

Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. It allows you to focus on getting your story written while it helps you integrate your research, planning, writing, etc. all into one tool. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your publisher.Lectures will be presented using recorded videos so you can hear and see as your instructor explains and demonstrates everything you need to become effective with Scrivener. Each lecture will be announced through the email list and will be accompanied by a brief timeline. Students will then be able to use the same list to ask questions, discuss lectures, etc. Lectures will be given on both Mac and Windows versions of Scrivener wherever substantial differences in the interface are present.

Course Outline:

I opened Scrivener, and it is absolutely nothing like Word.
• Why that’s a good thing
• Getting around the interface
• Learning enough to get writing now
• Starting a new novel
• Editing basics
I can’t just start writing. I need to plan first.
• Capturing your plan and synopsis
• Setting up the Corkboard
• Using and organizing notecards
• Outlining
I need to get my chapters and scenes organized, my way.
• Organizing and reorganizing with the Binder
• Creating parts, chapters, and scenes
• Sorting things the way you want
• Mapping into a template
• Editing options and views
Whew, my book is ready. Now how do I get it out?
• Compiling to the final output
• Controlling formatting
• 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?
• Configuring Scrivener’s automated backup
• Backing up to the cloud (Dropbox) automatically

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 former president of OIRWA.

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Synopsis Writing Bootcamp*

 

***LIMITED to 10 students***

Presented by Susan Palmquist

Dates: February 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $50 | Non-Member $55

Class 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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Plotting from Character 

 

Presented by Shannon Donnelly

Dates: February 1-28

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class 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.

2) Keeping the Focus of the story: onecharacter’s specific growth.

3) Goals and Motivations — going beyond cliché with your characters.

4) How to use secrets that a character has (maybe even one that stays hidden).

5) Setting up conflict, inside and out, with your characters’ history–and those goals and motivations.

6) Leaving room for characters (and plots) to surprise you.

7) Using layers for plot twists – Conflict, Conflict, Conflict

8) 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 fromBooklistand 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 includesPaths 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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Get Grammar and Style 

 

Presented by Kat Duncan

Dates: February 1-28

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class 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 and show you sentence pattern techniques you can put right to use the day you learn them.

Instructor Bio:

Kat Duncan is a creation extremist who is doing her best to identify human creativity and free it from captivity, one student at a time. As a young child, Kat once tried to confess the telling of her stories to her parish priest because she thought they fit the definition the nuns gave for telling a lie. With her lies fully sanctioned and blessed by church authorities, Kat writes stories to entertain and enlighten. She is a Fulbright Scholar who spent a year in West Germany
before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kat has a Master’s Degree in Education and over a dozen years of experience teaching students from elementary through college and beyond. Her stories span a range from realistic historicals to quirky suspense.

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Clarify Your Writing with Deep POV

 

Presented by Laurie Sanders

Dates: February 7-March 2, 2017

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

I taught my first class on writing using deep point of view over ten years ago for the Muse Online Conference. Back then people really weren’t talking much about depth of point of view and no one was talking about the four parts of character experience—which are at the heart of how deep point of view actually presents in written work. Back then when people talked about deep point of view they talked about psychic distance…which is hard to make sense of and even more unwieldy in practical application.

Since then I’ve taught numerous classes on deep point of view and have made deep point of view easy to understand for my students.

In this class, which is a departure from the previous classes, we’ll start with a few lessons to provide a foundation for understanding and using deep point of view. Then, we’ll spend the rest of the month looking at and going over student work with each student having the opportunity to post a 250 word excerpt of a current work in progress. We’ll use the student provided excerpts to explore such things as:

  • How to use deep point of view to create and filter the details of your character’s experience
  • How to balance the four parts of the character’s experience – physical – mental – emotional – spiritual
  • How to define character through point of view
  • How to describe a non-viewpoint character’s emotions through the viewpoint character’s understanding of them
  • How to use deep point of view to get the reader to forgive a character’s bad behavior
  • How to use deep point of view to make even the most odd behavior seem rational
  • How to use deep point of view to get the reader to empathize with an unlikeable character
  • And much more

This is a very hands-on class which varies a great deal depending upon the excerpts posted by the students. Every class is different because every class has a different group of excerpts from which to learn.

This class requires a basic understanding of point of view. We will cover depth of point of view very briefly in class. Then we’ll move onto the excerpts which we will go over in class…as additional lessons are presented both within the context of the excerpts and independent of the excerpts.

This class requires a high degree of participation as much of the learning will come from reading other people’s excerpts and the markups and commentaries of them. The lessons provided will provide another path to learning which is less participation driven.

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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

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Goodreads is for Authors

 

Presented by Diane Peterson

Dates: February 1-27, 2017

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Goodreads says it is “the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” With well over 50 million members worldwide it just makes sense for authors to go where the readers are. It is well worth the time and effort to create an effective and accurate presence on Goodreads. This class will show you how to take control of your Goodreads presence and use the power of Goodreads to build your readership.

Are you a Goodreads Author?

Does your profile capture the key elements of you?

Have you connected your blog?

Does the information in your book records make it easier to find them?

Is the information accurate?

How does Goodreads interact with Amazon?

Should you advertise on Goodreads?

We will answer these questions and more while we explore the many ways
for authors to make Goodreads a strong part of their marketing plan.

Instructor Bio:

Diane Peterson is a retired school library media specialist that promotes the romance novel industry as an analyst, speaker, reviewer and writer. She teaches a number of literature-related classes to older adults through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and does workshops and presentations to other groups. Diane is very active on Goodreads, tracking her own extensive library of romance books, writing reviews and following many authors and groups. A compulsive “fixer”, she uses her status as a Goodreads librarian to correct and improve book records as well as assisting authors with their records. Diane is a member of RWA and the Missouri RWA chapter. Website:www.dianekpeterson.com.

 

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Arcane Healing Arts for Your Character

 

Presented by Cynthia Carver/Renee Pelligrino

Dates: February 1-28, 2017 (NO class week of Thanksgiving)

Fee: OIRW Member $25 Fee: Non-Member $35

Course Description:

This workshop is for all writers of any genre and any skill level who want to create a character who is an arcane healer.  

For writing assignments, we will use Google Docs.  A sample doc will be sent to each participant in hopes they will imitate when constructing their own Google Doc.

Day 1 – Introductions.  Share how much knowledge you have about arcane healing arts, and what you want to learn.  Are you taking this to become an arcane healer or write a better character?  This allows me to know if we should add more information and who will actually participate in class or who will lurk 😉

The Lessons – Week 1

Lesson 1 & 2 – Types of healers: Shaman, Granny Woman, Root Worker, Medicine Woman, Medicine Man, Wizard, Druid, Kitchen Witch,  Short writing homework and share your character.

Lesson 3 – Lingo. Short dialogue homework.

Lessons 4 & 5 – Types of medicine the healer used.  Whose responsibility is it if one of your fans tries a concoction you included in your book?

The Lessons – Week 2

Lesson 6 (Monday)– The apprentice.  Short dialogue homework.

Lesson 7 (Tuesday)– To write an arcane healing scene. Write a scene featuring your healer is homework.

Lesson 8 (Friday)- Critique your scene, Q&A

The Lessons – Week 3

Lesson 9 – Herbs vs Drumming vs Chanting vs Hands On

Lesson 10 –  Time travel for immediate healing.

Lesson 11 – Define the healing process.

The Lessons – Week 4

Lesson 12 –Spirituality vs Science. Short writing homework.

Lesson 13 – Oaths. Homework: what type of oath would your character have taken?  Share and tell us why.

Lesson 14–Ask unanswered questions. I’ll do my best to answer them.

Wrap up and Goodbye!

Instructor Bio:

Cynthia Carver followed in her parents footsteps as an arcane healer.  Taught by her great grandmothers, grandparents, and parents, she continues the arcane practice of teaching orally.  As a child, there was always a great grandmother (paternal or maternal) around telling stories and sharing how to’s.  She enjoyed living on a farm with five paternal generations and four maternal generations while growing up.

She finished an eleven year Métis apprenticeship of the traditional ways, and now teaches weekend events to those who aspire to know about the old ways.

The information shared is for story telling, not for medical intentions.

Instructor Bio:

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.

The information shared is for story telling, not for medical intentions.

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Scrivener – Scene by Scene

Presented by Ines Johnson

Dates: March 1

Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

This course will focus on the basic building blocks of every story; the scene. It’s a course that works bests for plotters, writers who outline their story, and plantsers, writers who have a mental hold on the scope of their story but perhaps not a detailed outline. Writers will learn how to set up each scene in Scrivener, what metadata they should consider to strengthen the structure of each and every one of their scenes, and tips to increase productivity using the software’s myriad of tools.

Instructor Bio:

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

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

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

 

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Writing the Continuing Series and/or Trilogy

Presented by Susan Palmquist

Dates: March 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

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

Instructor Bio:

Susan writes under her own name and her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 80 plus books, including 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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Facebook – It’s Not Just for Cat Videos

Presented by Casey Clipper

Dates: March 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Are you unsure how to best utilize Facebook to help gain noticeability (did I just make up that word?) as an author? Or the differences between an author page and a private page? Or why you just can’t seem to get traction on Facebook? Or maybe you haven’t made many connections. Have you learned how to utilize Facebook to connect to bloggers or groups to help promote your novels or yourself, the author?

This extensive workshop will discuss those topics and so much more. Facebook is a FREE social media platform that reached 1 billion users worldwide in September 2015. If you’re an author and not taking advantage of this site, you’re missing out on a great place/opportunity to reach readers, bloggers, and peers that doesn’t require a dime out of pocket.

Just a few of the many topics covered in this four week workshop:

  • Differences between author and private pages and the tasks that can and cannot be done on each.
  • Hosting event parties.
  • Joining event parties as guest authors and how to find them as well as what do you post to get the party attendees to take notice of you.
  • Donating to Facebook events.
  • Making connections with industry professionals and following industry professionals and why it’s so important.
  • Joining Facebook groups appropriate for your genre and why.
  • Contacting bloggers on Facebook to make the most of your novel release and what they expect when you make that connection.
  • Paid boosts and ads, are they worth it, and how to target? And which ads you don’t want to waste your hard earned money on.
  • Hosting contests and self-promoting within those contests.
  • Participating in author and blog hops.
  • Appropriate and inappropriate posting.
  • Supporting your fellow author and sharing their work. Why that benefits you.
  • Opening up your personal page to fans and why I feel it’s necessary.
  • Likes for Likes – the pros & cons.
  • And so much more!

Along with the lessons, workshop attendees will be given a list of Facebook links for groups that every author should join to have in their promo arsenal, as well as what to look for and how to search for groups that will benefit what you need to help promote you and your novel. Attendees will also be given a list of Facebook blog pages that are very author friendly and approachable to help get you started in creating a reference list. And the biggest lesson, how not to get time sucked into Facebook or any social media platform, which can be too easy to do, losing precious time meant for writing.

All attendees will be encouraged to participate and ask questions. “Homework” with each lesson will be to help everyone gain a better knowledge and get more comfortable with Facebook and all that’s available.

Instructor Bio:

Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Contemporary Romance Author Casey Clipper is from Pittsburgh, PA. She’s a noted sports fanatic, chocolate addict, and has a slight obsession with penguins. Like you, she loves to lose herself in a good romance novel. Casey is known for being extremely active on Facebook, utilizing only the social media platform to launch one of her novels into Amazon’s Top 100 Free category. Casey has developed personal and professional relationships
through Facebook that might otherwise might not be readily available. Casey is an active member of the Romance Writers of America, Contemporary Romance Writers, Three Rivers Romance Writers, Kiss of Death, Passionate Ink, and ASMSG. Casey is the recipient of the 2016 JABBIC HBARWA Readers’ Choice Award for Short Contemporary Romance.

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Intensifying Emotion

Presented by Laurie Sanders

Dates: March 7 – March 30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class 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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

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Sex, Drugs, and Booze: What Writers Get Wrong

Presented by Sascha Illyvich

Dates: March 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $35 | Non-Member $40

Class Description:

Did you know the drinking history of America has not really changed in over 200 years, but the methods and reasons have?  Or that drug use was once more prominent as people sought to escape physical pain?  How much alcohol does it take for a fully grown adult to actually hit alcohol poisoning and how does this impact our writing?  What of sex, odd sex practices and how sex scenes should be structured from a historical perspective?  How much lube is enough for
backdoor sex, and why do authors keep forgetting that?  Sascha will teach to infuse your writing with the little details that will make it pop.  Writing that keeps editors like me from saying, “That doesn’t happen!” All this and much more…….

Instructor Bio:

Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, Sascha started writing fifteen years ago. Author of over 45 titles, his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio.
Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, Sascha continues to write for Red Sage, Ardent Books, Secret Cravings Publishing, Decadent Publishing, Sizzler Editions and Totally Bound. Find him athttp://saschaillyvichauthor.com

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

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Get Those Butterflies Out of my Stomach!

How to Avoid Cliches and Overwriting

Presented by Jo Vanderhooft

Dates: March 8-April 5

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Cliches are a problem with which every author contends at some point. Overwriting, too, can muddle and drag down a perfectly good story. In this workshop, you’ll learn why both happen, why both–generally–do not serve your writing, and how you can replace them with stronger, more original, and more succinct choices.

Instructor Bio:

JoSelle Vanderhooft has been editing since 2004, and her credits include more than 600 books and hundreds of articles. In addition to editing several award-winning novels, she is also a published author, poet, and critically acclaimed anthologist. She has been an active participant, lecturer, and workshop leader at a number of writing and media conferences and conventions since 2006, including WisCon (the first feminist science fiction convention), GeekGirlCon, Readercon, and others. She regularly speaks about freelance editing and facilitates author critique groups.

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You’ve Written a MS, Now What?

Presented by: Susan Palmquist 

Dates: April 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

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

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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Serializing: Using the Structure of Episodic

Television to Craft Your Serialized Novel

Presented by: Ines Johnson

Dates: April 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

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

Instructor Bio:

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

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

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

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POV: It’s Not Just a Point of View

Presented by: Shannon Donnelly

Dates: April 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Third person, first person, multiple viewpoints, single—all of it can be confusing.  What works?  When to change viewpoint?  And how do you take POV so deep a reader feels everything a character feels?  This workshop covers some basic elements of POV control, including how to make better choices for which character’s viewpoint to use and how to write deep POV that compels a reader’s attention.  Exercises will be offered to sharpen POV control, one of the most fundamental, and strongest techniques in any writer’s tool box.

We’ll cover:

  1. Types of POV – advantages & disadvantages to each
  2. Which character’s eyes to use
  3. How to know when POV is slipping
  4. POV and tense (past vs. present vs. future)
  5. Changing POV smoothly & effectively
  6. Deep POV – getting inside your characters
  7. Writing Techniques to help
  8. Editing to tighten POV

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-riter.com,facebook.com/sdwriter, and twitter/sdwriter.

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Developing a Vocabulary for Writing Emotion

Presented by: Laurie Sanders

Dates: April 4-May 4

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Developing a vocabulary for writing emotion could be seen as part two of the Intensifying 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:

  • SimileMetaphor
  • 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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

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Defying Gravity: Writing Cross-Genre 

and Succeeding Anyway

Presented by: Jeffe Kennedy

Dates: April 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

Genre definitions have a profound influence on writers’ careers. From the first queries where we must specify the book’s genre to long-term decisions about pursuing or giving up on a “dead” genre, dealing with what feels like a false construct is a necessary skill. However, following our hearts and inspiration often means tossing aside these considerations.

Or chopping them to pieces in a murderous rage.

But shedding conventions can be what sets a book apart—and can take a writer’s career from midlist to break-out.

So… how do you know? More—how do we find the courage to embrace a bold move?

Jeffe Kennedy will discuss how she went from being a “Crack Ho” – being told that her work fell in the cracks between genres – to receiving a nomination for Book of the Year and an RT Seal of Excellence for the one title each month that stands out from all the rest by an innovative twist on a familiar story or pushing genre boundaries. She’ll discuss genres and sub-genres, where they overlap, how romantic storylines can tip the balance one way or the other — and
coloring inside the lines and stepping across them.

Instructor Bio:

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose 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. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014 and the third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning with The Pages of the Mind May 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, started with Going Under, and was followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.

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: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter@jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

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Let’s Write Shorts

Presented by: Becky Martinez

Dates: April 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

 

Class Description:

Short stories and novellas have become increasingly popular for readers who want something quick to read on their e-readers, phones, Ipads, Kindles and Nooks. At the same time, writers want to get more of their work in the hands of readers and are turning to writing short stories as a way to quickly get content out there.  As a result the short story and novella market has heated up in the past few years, aided by the popularity of e-publishing and e-reading.

But short stories and novellas aren’t as easy to write as you might think. They can be as challenging to write as a full length novel. Get the scoop on writing a short story or novella that will have readers clamoring for more of your work.  Find out how the short story structure works, how to get your tale told in fewer words, and how to develop characters and plots for the shorter formats. Learn how to get those short stories published from a writing teacher and published author who has written short stories and novellas and had them published in print, online and in anthologies.

 

Instructor Bio:

Becky Martinez, who writes as Rebecca Grace, has focused on writing almost every day of her life for the past 40 years. She is a former broadcast journalist who spent 30 years in TV newsrooms and nearly ten years in public relations. She has also written fiction and taught   writing classes for the past ten years.

She is published in mystery, romance, and romantic suspense and is co-author of three books on on writing, Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters, published by Random House and the Let’s Write a Story series on Amazon. Her last fiction novel, Blues at 11, is a humorous mystery, set in the world of a Los Angeles television journalist, published by The Wild Rose Press.  Becky’s short story, “Trouble in the Rockies” was part of the anthology, The Trouble with Romance, a New Mexico Book Award finalist. Her short story, “One More Romance,” was part of an anthology published by the Heart of Denver Romance Writers and she is currently working on a sequel to her novella Shadows from the Past.

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Is That Hollywood Calling? 

How Thinking Like a Screenwriter Can

Improve Your Novel

Presented by: Cindy Carroll

Dates: May 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Writing scripts and writing novels are two completely different things. Just because we can write books doesn’t mean we can write screenplays. Is That Hollywood Calling? is a quick and dirty month long course on the differences between writing books and writing scripts. If you want to unleash your inner screenwriter this is a great place to start as a primer. For novelists it covers how writing a screenplay can cause light bulb moments for some of those often quoted snippets of writing
advice like show don’t tell and keep it active. It also covers how thinking like a screenwriter can help improve your novel writing.

Topics covered:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Basics of Screenwriting (assignment)
  3. Finding the essence of your story – Loglines and three line pitches. (screenplays and novels)
  4. Story structure – 3 act structure, the beat sheet, storyboarding, hero’s journey (screenplays and novels)
  5. Show don’t tell (assignment) (screenplays and novels)
  6. Pacing (assignment) (screenplays and novels)
  7. Active vs passive writing – what it means, examples, how active writing is more engaging (novels, taking a hint from screenplays)
  8. The polish (assignment)
  9. Queries (assignment)
  10. Contests (screenplays)
  11. Meetings/pitches/conferences (assignment)
  12. After you sell (screenplays)

Also…Do’s and don’ts list – for screenplays
Resource list
Recommended reading list
Undated first draft and shooting draft of a scriptFeedback provided for student assignments.

Instructor Bio:

Cindy is a member of Sisters in Crime and a graduate of Hal Croasmun’s screenwriting ProSeries. Her interviews with writers of CSI and Flashpoint appeared in
The Rewrit, the Scriptscene newsletter, the screenwriting Chapter of RWA. She writes screenplays, thrillers, and paranormals, occasionally exploring an erotic
twist. A background in banking and IT doesn’t allow much in the way of excitement so she turns to writing stories that are a little dark and usually have a dead
body. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing you can usually find her painting landscapes in oil or trying space
paintings with spray paint.

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Mastering MS Word for Fiction Writers: 

How to use Word to Create and Edit Your

Manuscript, Prepare your eBook, and Design Your

Print Book

Presented by: Joan Leacott

Dates: May 1-31 

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Whether you’re submitting a manuscript to a publisher or agent, preparing a file to upload for digital book conversion, or laying out a book for print-on-demand
(POD) publication, mastering these techniques will help you work smarter, not harder. The course covers six major topics in twelve easy-to-follow lessons.

  1. Styles• Basic Styles • Headings and Title Page • Document Map and Table of Contents
  2. Formatting for eBooks and Print books• Parts of a book: front matter, chapters and scenes, back matter • Headers and Page Numbers • Margins and
    Gutters • Chapter Breaks and Section Breaks
  3. Editing• Basic Find and Replace • Find variations of “to be”; e.g. is, was, had, been, being • Find “ing” words • Replace formatting, e.g. change all underscore
    to italic • Replace special characters, e.g. replace double dashes with a long dash
  4. Proofing:Spelling, Grammar, and Writing Style • AutoCorrect • AutoFormat • Highlight grammar errors as you write • Correct common typing errors
  5. Track Changes• Simplified tracking of critique and beta comments • Manage manuscript version
  6. Increasing Your Efficiency• Using Templates • View your manuscript in different ways • Modify Styles and update old manuscripts • Trouble-shooting
    techniques

And more…

  • Instructions presented for Word 2007, 2010, 2013 and Word:mac 2008, 2011
  • Four customizable templates for your drafts, ebooks, and print books
  • Practical, hands-on exercises with samples to verify your results
  • Annotated excerpt from a published book
  • Experienced, attentive instructor

Instructor Bio:

Over the course of her career, Joan Leacott has worked with most versions of MS Word, creating user documents with all the bells and whistles. When she began writing fiction, Word was the easy part. To help other fiction writers, Joan waded through the complex MS Word software, selecting the functionality necessary for producing, editing, and critiquing a manuscript. The result is Mastering Word for Fiction Writers. After releasing her third title, Joan put her newly honed Word skills
to use for her friends—andWoven Red Author Serviceswas born.

Joan is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Her home chapter is in Toronto, and she belongs to a number of online groups.

Joan Leacott writes—and proudly self-publishes—contemporary multi-generational novels featuring the lives, loves, and scandals of small-town Clarence Bay, Canada.

Check out Joan’s books atwww.joanleacott.caor friend her atJoan Leacott on Facebook.

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My Story’s Been Rejected: Now What?*

***Limited to 10 Students***

Presented by: Susan Palmquist

Dates: May 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $60 | Non-Member $65

Class Description:

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

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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Turn Your WordPress Blog Into an Author Website

Presented by: Catherine Chant

Dates: May 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

At the end of this workshop you will have a live author website on WordPress.com ready to promote yourself and your work.

This two-week* workshop covers all the information you need to create an author website including: setting up an account, understanding the dashboard, working with posts and pages, customizing appearance and layout, incorporating graphics, use of keywords and tags, and promoting via social media. We’ll also be discussing general web design principles such as typography and color theory as well as organization and usability considerations that will make
your site the best it can be.

This workshop is aimed at writers looking to create an author website themselves that is easy to set up and easy to maintain. No programming or web design experience is necessary to participate. Everything you need to know will be taught in class. The only pre-requisite is modern browser software and a good network connection.WordPress.com support strongly recommends using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to interact with their site.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This class is about using the free service at WordPress.com to create an author website. It is NOT a class on creating a self-hosted WordPress site (sometimes referred to as WordPress.org).The workshop includes exercises with every lesson designed to strengthen the concepts discussed. Students do not need to have an active website to participate, but may find the lessons more “hands-on” if they do. The instructor will offer feedback on any student’s website during the workshop if the URL is offered during the class.

Instructor Bio:

Catherine Chantis an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock‘n’roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults.

Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at her alma materBoston Collegebefore becoming a full-time writer. She teaches severalonline workshops for writersthroughout the year and provides instructional articles on computing, gaming and crafts to different websites.

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

You can connect with Catherine here at her website, on Twitter@Catherine_Chant or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels.

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Infusing the Romance Novel with Emotional and

Sexual Tension

Presented by: Laurie Sanders

Dates: May 2-June 1

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

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WordPress

Presented by: Pat Haggerty

Dates: June 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $30 | Non-Member $40

Class 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 former president of OIRWA.

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Social Media for the Writer

Presented by: Cindy Carroll 

Dates: June 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Before and after you publish you need to get your name out there. You need to get people excited about your book so they’ll buy it. Social media is a great way to do that but it can get confusing. Do you Tweet? Facebook? Pin things? Digg them?

In Social media for the writer we’ll look at the different options out there and demystify them. What’s covered? Explanations of Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Reddit, Digg, LinkedIn, Triberr, GoodReads, Blogs. What are they? How do you use them? Which one is best for you? We’ll also talk about something every writer should have: A mailing list. How to set one up, options for sending it out. Suggestions on what to include in your emails to readers.

Topics covered:

Week 1 Twitter
Week 2 Facebook
Week 3 Mailing list and Tools
Week 4 All others/ Wrap-up

Students will receive detailed instructions on setting up Twitter and Facebook. Information will also include Facebook Pages and touch on some of the other social media options out there. We will also be going over lists, hashtags and various tools to make social networking easier.  If you don’t have Twitter or a Facebook page we will be setting them up during the class. We’ll go over setting up a mailing list on Mailchimp.

Instructor Bio:

Cindy is a member of Sisters in Crime and a graduate of Hal Croasmun’s screenwriting ProSeries. Her interviews with writers of CSI and Flashpoint appeared in The Rewrit, the Scriptscene newsletter, the screenwriting Chapter of RWA. She writes screenplays, thrillers, and paranormals, occasionally exploring an erotic twist. A background in banking and IT doesn’t allow much in the way of excitement so she turns to writing stories that are a little dark and usually have a dead
body.

She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing you can usually find her painting landscapes in oil or trying space paintings with spray paint.

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Writing Erotic Romance and Erotica*

***MUST BE 18 Years of Age to Participate***

Presented by: Susan Palmquist

Dates: June 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

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

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.

*MUST BE OVER 18 

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Developing a Vocabulary for Writing Love Scenes

Presented by: Laurie Sanders

Dates: June 6-July 6

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

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You Need a Press Kit: “Who Me? Yes, You!”

Presented by: Kathryn Jane

Dates: June 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

How to put together a comprehensive file filled with all the “stuff” you didn’t know you needed to have at your fingertips—the little things we never think of until someone asks.
You will be prepared to guest blog at a moment’s notice, and take advantage of last minute opportunities. Take the headache out of simple tasks, promotions, Facebook parties, tweets, etc.

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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Developing a Literary Sales Package

Presented by: Laurie Sanders

Dates:  July 4-27

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

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Sex and *Those* Words

Presented by: Jeffe Kennedy

Dates:  July 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

Yes, we’ve all seen the blog posts and internet riffs on unrealistic and ridiculous sex scenes. Usually they devolve into lists of peeves – hated words and tropes. How much attention should a writer pay to this kind of reader feedback? Is “moist” a dealbreaker? What about the “P” word?

This class will explore sensual language and word choice. Students will review examples from the great erotic masters and learn how they use words to heighten the sensuality of a scene instead of breaking the spell. Then students can submit short scenes to the instructor or the whole group for feedback. Ultimately, writers will come away with a sense of their own unique sexual voice and how best to use it in their stories for optimum impact.

Instructor Bio:

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose 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 ofA Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of theFacets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel,Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogyThe Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1,The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review was nominated for theRT Book of the Yearwhile the sequel,The Tears of the Rosewas nominated forthe RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of2014 and the third book,The Talon of the Hawk, wonthe RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning withThe Pages of the MindMay 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy,Falling Under, started withGoing Under, and was followed byUnder His TouchandUnder Contract.

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:JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popularSFF Seven blog, onFacebook, onGoodreadsand pretty much constantly on Twitter@jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith ofFuse Literary.

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Let’s Plot Your Novel

Presented by: Becky Martinez

Dates: July 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Get the basics of different ways to plot your book and start to come up with what is necessary to get all the way through your book. Where should you start? How should you start? Do you need to outline everything? What if you would rather not plot at all? We’ll use the Plotting Circle to get students started on their book. The Plotting Circle can be used by outliners or people who want their characters to do the plotting.

How do you know if you’re going in the right direction with your plot? What about subplots? What do you need to know about how to end your book? What if you’re writing a series and need to leave things undone? This class looks at the overall book and how to make certain you don’t shortchange your readers but that you also leave some questions for the next go-round. We’ll also look at ways to make certain all the plotting elements are in place in your storyline and get an introduction to building a story board.

We’ll go from coming up with a great beginning all the way to writing THE END for your plot.

Instructor Bio:

Becky Martinez is a former broadcast journalist who now teaches writing and writes fiction and non-fiction books. While she loves writing romances, she also dabbles in mystery and the paranormal. Her fiction includes short stories, novellas and full length novels. Her latest mystery,Blues at 11, is set in the high-powered world of television news. As a non-fiction writer she has collaborated on three books on writing:Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters, two books in theLet’s Write a Storyseries:Seven Ways to Plot, andDevelopingGreat Characters.

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Synopsis Writing Boot Camp

***LIMITED to 10 Students***

Presented by: Susan Palmquist

Dates: July 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $50 | Non-Member $55

Class 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 to’s, 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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Editing Tips for the Indie Publisher 201

Presented by: MM Pollard

Dates: July 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Every author wants readers to enjoy a tale with no distracting errors – no grammar glitches, no punctuation problems, no spelling slip-ups. Indie publishing offers the advantage of telling your story your way, without an editor demanding changes, but it also involves the risk of embarrassing mistakes that yank readers out of your fictional world.Learn the language skills used by copy editors to make sure your manuscript is perfectly polished BEFORE it goes to publication, with (optional) practice sessions and tips on topics including:* Participial phrases – 2 lessons* Passive voice – 4 lessons* Dialogue punctuation – 2 lessonsEach of eight lessons will have homework that is optional, of course. Your reward for doing your homework – MM’s feedback on every assignment you turn in. Think of homework as opportunities for mini-edits from MM.

Instructor Bio:

As an English teacher for fifteen years and, currently as editor for Black Velvet Seductions and the MM in Workshops with MM, 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.

MM began presenting workshops four years ago and has presented on many sites, including her own. Many RWA chapters, including From the Heart RWA, RWA Online, OCC/RWA, Passionate Ink, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal RW, Maryland RWA, and Florida RW, have also sponsored her workshops. In February, 2015, she presented at FRW’s Fun in the Sun Conference, and her dream come true!

Through her fun workshops—English class can be fun!—MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

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Creating a Book Trailer

Presented by: Ines Johnson

Dates: August 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Book trailers are visual depictions of a book’s storyline, sometimes made by fans, which are a great way to get readers enthused. In this workshop veteran screenwriter turned romance novelist, Ines Johnson, will teach you the four simple steps of writing copy to persuade a potential reader to pick up your book. Then we’ll investigate software to turn that copy into a visual book trailer. And finally, we’ll share our trailers on streaming sites like Youtube and Vimeo.Availability

Instructor Bio:

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

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

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

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Plotting Your Novel Bootcamp*

***Limited to 10 Students***

Presented by: Susan Palmquist

Dates: August 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $60 | Non-Member $65

Class Description:

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

Instructor Bio:

Susan 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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Finished that MS! Now What?

Presented by: Alexa Bourne

Dates: August 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Students will discover real options for what to do once that manuscript is completed. They will understand the point of the query and synopsis. They will also research industry professionals to query, learn about prepping and mailing their submission, and realize the importance of getting busy immediately with the next book.Week 1:Introduction- Class goals, student introductions/”Where are you in the process?”

Celebrating “THE END”/Prepping yourself for next step

Writing for Pleasure vs. Pain- choosing to write for self or to pursue publicationWeek 2:Get Help! (Critique partners, critique groups, beta readers, contests)

Know When to Say When- curbing the need to keep revising a manuscript

Industry Professionals search (agents/editors- where to find them and how to choose)Week 3:Query/Synopsis- the point and structure of each, places to find help with writing these

Prepping the Manuscript- final check, manuscript format, when to say when (again)

Mailing Your Baby!- Post office, the infamous SASE, email, tracking submissionsWeek 4:Now What?- Celebrate again, get busy with next story!

Questions I haven’t answered, things you’ve always wanted to know

Wrap-Up- final thoughts, comments

Instructor Bio:

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense (both with and without paranormal elements) and contemporary romance, and is thrilled to have the chance to share her stories with readers everywhere.

When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV, and thinking about exercising. Okay, she also spends way too much time interacting with readers and writers on social media sites. But don’t tell her editors! Find out more about her and her books on her website,www.alexabourne.com.

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The Intersection of Plot, Character and Conflict

– Part 1

Presented by: Laurie Sanders

Dates: August 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

DISCOUNTED Fee for all 3 Parts: Member $65 | Non-Member $95

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

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Choreography vs Sensuality

Presented by: Jeffe Kennedy

Dates: August 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

Tab A into Slot B? What about Tab C and Slots D and E??

Sex scenes can be a maze of mechanical considerations – whose hand is where and whether two (or more!) people really fit together that way. Somewhere in all those logistics, the writer also needs to bring out the tension, intimacy and sensuality of the experience.

This class will help students find the balance between choreography and visceral enjoyment. Student will learn how much detail is needed to give the reader a clear image, without bogging her down in the blow-by-blow, and how to use those descriptions in an artful way to build sexual tension and the overall impact of the scene. Then students can submit short scenes to the instructor or the whole group for feedback. Writers will come away from the class with a strong sense of making their sex scenes both natural and powerful.

Instructor Bio: 

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose 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 ofA Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of theFacets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel,Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogyThe Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1,The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review was nominated for theRT Book of the Yearwhile the sequel,The Tears of the Rosewas nominated forthe RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of2014 and the third book,The Talon of the Hawk, wonthe RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning withThe Pages of the MindMay 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy,Falling Under, started withGoing Under, and was followed byUnder His TouchandUnder Contract.

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:JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popularSFF Seven blog, onFacebook, onGoodreadsand pretty much constantly on Twitter@jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith ofFuse Literary.

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Crafting the Short Story and Novella

Presented by: Susan Palmquist

Dates: September 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

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

Instructor Bio:

Susan writes under her own name and her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 80 plus books, including 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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Candid Confessions of an Author

Presented by: Alexa Bourne

Dates: September 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Have you ever wondered what happens after the contract is signed? Alexa Bourne takes you on a candid tour of her world from the moment she received THE CALL until long after the book hit the cyber shelves. She’ll give you the inside scoop on all the behind the scenes work that the readers and unpublished authors don’t get to see. She’ll give you the pros & cons, ups & downs, that accompany each step of the process, and she’ll share how she’s handled (or struggled with) each one. Join us for a sneak peek into the life of an author!

Week 1:

Introduction, reasons for teaching this class, class schedule

Lesson 1-The CALL- how it feels, what it really means

Lesson 2-Paperwork, lots and lots of paperwork!

Week 2:

Lesson 3-Edits (content edit, line edit, galleys) and how they make you feel

Lesson 4-Promo, Promo, Promo

Lesson 5-Release Day

Week 3:

Lesson 6-Sales rankings, reviews, wasted time & worry

*Lesson 7-Promo Revised

*Lesson 8-Next Projects, Rejections- You mean I’m supposed to still be writing????

Week 4:

*Lesson 9-Dealing with 2 books at once & promo, etc for both

*Lesson 10-Promo Again???? YES!

*Wrap Up- Last minute questions, Conclusion, Class Survey

Instructor Bio:

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense (both with and without paranormal elements) and contemporary romance, and is thrilled to have the chance to share her stories with readers everywhere.

When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV, and thinking about exercising. Okay, she also spends way too much time interacting with readers and writers on social media sites. But don’t tell her editors! Find out more about her and her books on her website,www.alexabourne.com.

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Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo

Presented by: Susan Palmquist

Dates: September 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Are you thinking about taking the challenge and writing a novel during the month of November? This workshop will act as a primer for doing just that. Think of it as a mini course for writing a novel.

During the workshop topics covered will include- getting ideas and narrowing them down. Picking the perfect characters for your story. Creating top-notch dialogue. Dealing with POV. Working from an outline so you don’t get lost mid-way through the month. How to find the motivation to stay the course, even when the Holidays beckon. Setting and sticking with your schedule.

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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The Intersection of Plot, Character and Conflict

– Part 2

Presented by: Laurie Sanders

Dates: September 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

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On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel

in the Right Place

Presented by: Catherine Chant

Dates: September 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

It’s often said that your opening chapters are the hardest part of a book to write. Why? Because you’re trying to do so much in that small area–convey the setting, introduce characters, set up the conflict–that it’s easy to get bogged down in too much unnecessary information. It’s also very easy to lose sight of where your story actually begins and end up with opening chapters filled with backstory and character history that are better used elsewhere in the book.On Your Mark, Get Setwill help you pinpoint where your story really begins and help you cull that extraneous back history from the opening, saving it for where it really matters, the rest of the book.

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

Instructor Bio:

Catherine Chantis an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock‘n’roll romantic fiction and stories
with paranormal twists for young adults.

Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at her alma materBoston Collegebefore becoming a full-time writer. She teaches severalonline workshops for writersthroughout the year and provides instructional articles on computing, gaming and crafts to different websites.

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

You can connect with Catherine here at her website, on Twitter@Catherine_Chantor on FacebookCatherineChantNovels.

 

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Loglines: Just the Facts Ma’am

Presented by: Cindy Carroll

Dates: October 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

Topics covered:

  1. Introduction
    2. I already have an idea – turning your idea into a logline.
    3. Generating ideas – how to generate ideas for loglines.
    4. High concept – just having a high concept doesn’t mean you have a logline.
    5. Bonus Lesson – The Art of the Three Line Pitch
    6. Staying focused – using loglines to stay on track

Feedback provided for student loglinesWhat people are saying about Loglines – Just The Facts, Ma’am“Cindy has great insight into what loglines are and how to construct them.
Her feedback is spot on and the workshop was valuable.“ – Merrily Boone

“Thank you, Cindy. I appreciate the help you gave me!“ – Dee Gatrell

Instructor Bio:

Cindy is a member of Sisters in Crime and a graduate of Hal Croasmun’s screenwriting ProSeries. Her interviews with writers of CSI and Flashpoint appeared in
The Rewrit, the Scriptscene newsletter, the screenwriting Chapter of RWA. She writes screenplays, thrillers, and paranormals, occasionally exploring an erotic
twist. A background in banking and IT doesn’t allow much in the way of excitement so she turns to writing stories that are a little dark and usually have a dead
body. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing you can usually find her painting landscapes in oil or trying space
paintings with spray paint.

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So, You Want To Self-Publish Your Novel

Presented by: Susan Palmquist

Dates: October 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

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

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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The Intersection of Plot, Character and Conflict

– Part 3

Presented by: Laurie Sanders

Dates: October 3-November 16

Fee: OIRW Member $35 | Non-Member $45

Class Description:

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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 http://www.lauriesplace.net She maintains an active role at Black Velvet Seductions as a member of the company’s acquisitions team and contunues to edit many of the manuscripts the company publishes through her popular 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 and check out her writing tips at her website at http://www.lauriesplace.net Contact her through the contact button in the upper right corner of the site or by leaving a comment for her on the site.

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How to Design and Teach a Workshop

Presented by: Catherine Chant

Dates: October 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

This two-week workshop begins with an overview of why you would want to create and teach an online workshop, and covers these topics:

  1. Developing a workshop topic
  2. Identifying your audience
  3. Designing a lesson plan
  4. Interacting with your students
  5. Designing exercises for your students
  6. Your workshop proposal
  7. Technical aspects of online teaching (e.g. Yahoogroups, forums)

At the end of this workshop you will have a basic outline of your course and the first draft of a proposal ready to polish and send out to workshop coordinators.

Instructor Bio:

Catherine Chantis an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock‘n’roll romantic fiction and stories
with paranormal twists for young adults.

Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at her alma materBoston Collegebefore becoming a full-time writer. She teaches severalonline workshops for writersthroughout the year and provides instructional articles on computing, gaming and crafts to different websites.

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

You can connect with Catherine here at her website, on Twitter@Catherine_Chantor on FacebookCatherineChantNovels.

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A Taoist’s Guide to Staying Sane

in the Writing Business

Presented by: Jeffe Kennedy

Dates: October 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

Feel like one more workshop on promo might send you over the edge?

Anne Lamott famously noted that while writing, as difficult as the process may be, delivers gifts publication makes people crazy. Many writers get into the business first out of love, however, love doesn’t pay the bills and it can take a while for writing to pay a living wage. The writer who has no other financial support often has no choice but to work one or more “day jobs” to keep the money coming in.

The dream, of course, is quitting that day job to make a living entirely as a writer. What can happen, however, is that intense focus on bringing in money from writing – from scrutinizing the marketplace, to constantly checking Amazon rankings, to jealous obsession with other writers’ sales figures – can suck all the joy out of what was once a dream, and even reduce the art of writing into an algorithm.

The Taoists believe that focusing on monetary gain instead of on their concept of virtue “maddens the mind.” Jeffe Kennedy, a comparative religious studies major who did her honors thesis on the Tao Te Ching, and a practicing Taoist for most of her life, will discuss these concepts and encourage round table discussion of people’s experiences. It’s not that money is the root of all evil, but that the love of money is.

There’s nothing wrong with plying our art to gain wealth, but there are ways to refocus our attention on the core values that truly matter, such as telling a memorable story while navigating the tumultuous publishing world.

Instructor Bio: 

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose 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 ofA Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of theFacets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel,Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogyThe Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1,The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review was nominated for theRT Book of the Yearwhile the sequel,The Tears of the Rosewas nominated forthe RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of2014 and the third book,The Talon of the Hawk, wonthe RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning withThe Pages of the MindMay 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy,Falling Under, started withGoing Under, and was followed byUnder His TouchandUnder Contract.

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:JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popularSFF Seven blog, onFacebook, onGoodreadsand pretty much constantly on Twitter@jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith ofFuse Literary.

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Building Your Newsletter with Readers

Who Love Your Novels

Presented by Victoria Pinder

Dates: October 1-31

Fee: OIRW Member $25  |  Non-Member $35

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 to Write a Novel – The Mini Two-Week Course

Presented by: Susan Palmquist

Dates: November 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

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

Instructor Bio:

Susan writes under her own name and her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 80 plus books, including 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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Dialogue To Die For

Presented by: Laurie Schnebly

Dates: November 5-18

Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

What makes great dialogue? How can yours become better with each book you write? Authors who’ve never thought about such questions, because they’re naturally skilled with dialogue — although maybe not so good with description — won’t need to bother with this class. But anyone who’s occasionally thought “I wish I could make my dialogue stronger / punchier / more entertaining / more subtle / more revealing” will appreciate the five key tools of Dialogue To Die For.

Laurie Schnebly Campbell has always wished she could write radio shows instead of novels, because she finds dialogue FAR easier than description! Her workshops on the topic have drawn writers from all over the world who appreciate her individual feedback on every single assignment…although, of course, homework is ALWAYS optional.

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Writing from the Male POV

Presented by: Sascha Illyvich

Dates: November 1-15

Fee: OIRW Member $35 | Non-Member $40

Class Description:

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

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

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

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

Instructor Bio:

Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, Sascha started writing fifteen years ago. Author of over 45 titles, his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, Sascha continues to write for Red Sage, Ardent Books, Secret Cravings Publishing, Decadent Publishing, Sizzler Editions and Totally Bound. Find him athttp://saschaillyvichauthor.com

Agency Representation provided by The Corvisiero Agency

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

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Back Cover Copy: “Shoot Me Now!”

Presented by: Kathryn Jane

Dates: November 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

Learn fantastic techniques for taking the pain out of writing those three dreaded paragraphs.
Arm yourself with weapons designed to grab the attention of potential readers and drag them between the covers of your book.
Get the inside scoop on what a reader wants/expects/needs to take them from a hundred and fifty words on the back, to page one of your book.
Not self-publishing? No worries, use your great description in your query letter instead! Show off your writing chops in a very special way. Show the agents and editors you’re querying that you know how to sell your book.

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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What to Expect:

Tips and Tools to Prepare Your Book for Release

Presented by: Chanel Cleeton

Dates: November 1-30 

Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

The months or years leading up to your book release (especially if it’s your first one) can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming as you decide the best way to market your book and promote your author brand. Whether you’ve signed with a publisher or plan to self-publish, you’ll need to make many important decisions about how to best position your book for success. This workshop will guide you through the timeline in gearing up for your release, providing tips on how to manage your time and lay the foundation for a successful release day, discuss reaching out to bloggers, using paid advertising through targeted ads or tours, building social media platforms and author newsletters, using tools like teasers and book trailers to market your book, navigating your own emotions and expectations through the release, and more!

Instructor  Bio:

Chanel Cleeton writes contemporary romances, women’s fiction, and thrillers. She is both traditionally and self-published and is the author of the International School series published by Harlequin HQN, the Capital Confessions series published by Penguin/Intermix, and the Wild Aces series published by Penguin/Berkley. Chanel enjoys sharing her passion for publishing with other writers through teaching workshops, speaking at conferences, and writing articles for industry publications. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. Chanel loves to travel and spend time with her fighter pilot husband and three pups. She is represented by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Follow her at:www.chanelcleeton.comGoodreadsTwitterFacebook

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Blogging is Necessary for Success and

You Have the Time

Presented by Victoria Pinder

Dates: November 1-30

Fee: OIRW Member $25  |  Fee: Non-Member $35

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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