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2016 Online Workshops


 

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

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

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

*Invites are sent 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 $20.00 USD 30 Days $25.00 USD
Two Weeks $10.00 USD Two Weeks $15.00 USD

 

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Upcoming 2016 Online Workshops

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

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

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

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

 

 

 


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Realities of the Paranormal Workshop, Part One

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

Course Description:

There are many different types of the paranormal, Vampires, Ghosts and Werewolves. However, there are other types of ‘not normal’ that can captivate the reader’s attention. Folklore of Gypsy, Witches, Wizards, Sorcerers, Shamans and Magicians and the craft they employ are also a family to this genre. Learn the magical arcane arts that is best suited for your magical being, to achieve realism and how to write that realism with flair.

Objective: To explore The Realities of the Paranormal and the elements needed to make a character believable. To outline your novel and develop your character. Begin the journey with your magical character.

Instructor Bios:

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

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

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Author Marketing and Branding Workshop

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

Course Description:

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

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

Instructor Bio:

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

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

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Grammar and Style Basics

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

Course Description:

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

Instructor Bio:

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

Kat writes romantic suspense for The Wild Rose Press and is an indie publisher of romantic suspense, historical suspense and non-fiction shorts on writing. Visit her on her website: www.katduncan.net/writeabout
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PTSD for Fiction Writers

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

Course Description:

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

Instructor Bio:

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

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Developing A Vocabulary for Writing Emotion

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

Course Description:

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

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

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

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

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

And more….

Instructor Bio:

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

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

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

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

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Paranormal Workshop, Part 2

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

Course Description:

Exploring the writing descriptions of your magical character, lacing your magical being through trials and tribulations in the world you are creating, this portion will include polishing your character, carrying your theme throughout your novel, plugging plot holes and finishing your first draft. 

Objective: To explore The Realities of the Paranormal and the elements needed to heighten tension and land at the dark moment before the conclusion of your novel. At the end of this month your first draft should be 90 to 95% bones. 

Instructor Bios:

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

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

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Beginning WordPress

Presented by Pepper O’Neal
Dates: September 1–30, 2016
Deadline September 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

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

Topics Covered:

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

Instructor Bio:

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

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Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop

Presented by Shannon Donnelly
Dates: September 1–30, 2016
Deadline September 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

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

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

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

Topics we’ll cover:

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

Instructor Bio:

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

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

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

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

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Sexual Tension – Getting Away from Wham, Bam,

Thank you, Ma’am

 

Presented by Jeffe Kennedy
Dates: September 5–16, 2016
Deadline September 5, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $10
Fee: Non-Member $15

Course Description:

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

Instructor Bio:

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

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

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

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MindMapping Your Marketing Plan

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

Course Description:

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

Lessons will include:

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

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

Instructor Bio:

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

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OCT 2015 1

Paranormal Workshop, Part 3

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

Course Description:

Remain excited about fleshing out your magical character and storyline. Attention to the details. Conclusion of novel and completion of your first rough draft.

Your first draft is now complete. Add polish, edit, polish, and publish.

Objective:

To continue our exploration into The Realities of the Paranormal and the elements required to flesh out your novel. To give it the final touches of realism with a flare for storybook drama. To continue adding the description that turns your story into a well told paranormal that allows your readers to wonder if it really could be true.

Instructor Bios:

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

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

 

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Advanced WordPress

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

Class Description:

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

Lesson Plan:

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

Instructor Bio:

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

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Building Your Newsletter with Readers

who love your novels

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

Course Description:

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

Lessons will include:

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

Instructor Bio:

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

 

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

-Embarrassment Prevention Skills

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


Class Description:

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


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

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

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

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

Instructor  Bio:

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

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Author_Kat_Jane

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NOV 2015

Getting Into Deep Point Of View

– Why It’s Important & How To Do It

Presented by Laurie Sanders
Dates: November 1–31, 2016 (NO class week of Thanksgiving)
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

If you’ve received a rejection letter or your entries have scored low in a writing contest or reviewers are not taken with your published books there is a strong likelihood that the culprit is a shallow point of view.

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

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

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

Topics covered will include:

  • What readers want from fiction and how deep point of view gives it to them
  • How to recognize passages that are in shallow viewpoint and how to revise them so that they will be deeper, and more meaningful
  • How to decide whose point of view to use for key scenes
  • How to make the most of the viewpoint you choose
  • How to use deep point of view to show the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of a character who is not the viewpoint character
  • How to use deep point of view to make your readers empathize with your character even if he or she has done a bad, bad thing

Instructor Bio:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Chunky Method: Your Step-By-Step Plan To

WRITE THAT BOOK  Even When Life Gets

In The Way

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

Class Description:

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

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

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

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

Instructor Bio:

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

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Blogging is necessary for success and

You have the time

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

Course Description:

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

Lessons will include:

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

Instructor Bio:

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

 

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Lessons of Firefly: Learning From the Works of

Joss Whedon

Presented by Jacqui Jacoby
Dates: November 1-30, 2016 (No Class Week of Thanksgiving)
Deadline November 1, 2016
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:

*Joss Whedon, Hollywood writer/director and creator of the FIREFLY approved this workshop.*

          Though Joss Whedon’s television show FIREFLY only aired through the fall months of 2002, it has continued to generate followers through word of mouth, DVD sales and an exhaustible amount of followers known as “Browncoats”. The Romance Writers of America has many “Browncoasts” in their midst as Jacqui Jacoby learned though discussions with members at the RWA National Conference in both Atlanta and Dallas. Many of these followers love to listen and talk about what they learned from watching the series.  Discussing dialogue is a favorite pastime, both at the conferences and online in writing loops.

FIREFLY, created by the Rod Serling of our generation, was a masterpiece of writing.  Each of its thirteen episodes taught character development, dialogue and plotting techniques.  Its motion picture sequel, SERENITY, not only touched on these subjects but added relationships, loyalties and loss to it’s repertoire.

In this workshop, Ms. Jacoby will reveal the lessons of FIREFLY. By using class participation and examples from theepisodes, she will translate with words what Mr. Whedon was teaching us on screen.

 

          Joss Whedon has reviewed this workshop and has given his permission for it to be offered to The Romance Writers of America.

Instructor Bio:

As a die-hard Firefly fan who can quote dialogue and scene from both the series and the movie, Jacqui Jacoby knows how to get a crowd excited about the Lessons of Firefly.

She is a workshop teacher who has appeared both live and online to give such classes as “From Austin to Aliens: How to Create Classic Tough Chicks” and “Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book.”  She has the experience to get in front of a group of writers and teach them the lessons of the Firefly Phenomena.

Winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award in Excellence, as well as the Suzannah and the Dixie for her books, Ms. Jacoby’s articles have appeared worldwide. Lessons From The Giants ran in publications in the United States, Canada and Australia.  Her latest article, Tough Chicks: Heroines in Today’s Market ran in the June 2006 RWR Magazine.

To prepare for this workshop, Ms. Jacoby sought out and found Mr. Joss Whedon himself.  It is with his blessing this class is being offered exclusively to The Romance Writers of America.  Documentation is available if necessary.

A graduate of UCLA, Ms. Jacoby is a Golden Heart finalist with two published novels out and three more finished and slated for release before June 2016.

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