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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 $25.00 USD 30 Days $35.00 USD
Two Weeks $10.00 USD Two Weeks $15.00 USD

 

Check Payments:

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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.


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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Synopsis Writing Bootcamp *

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:  one character’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 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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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:

*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 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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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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Marketing 101

Presented by Ines Johnson
Dates: March 13-24
Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

This workshop is for new authors putting out their first or second book who are struggling for visibility. Learn how two break through the cacophony to get onto Amazon Top Selling Lists in the first few months of your release.

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:

This workshop is for new authors putting out their first or second book who is struggling for visibility. Learn how two break through the cacophony to get onto Amazon Top Selling Lists in the first few months of your release.

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 $30 | Non-Member $40

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 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 Laurie by leaving a comment on her website or using the contact button in the upper right corner of the website

 

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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:

**Please check back for more information**

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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:

**Please check back for more information**

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

Presented by: Ines Johnson
Dates: April 1-30
Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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:

**Please check back for more information**

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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Developing a Vocabulary for Writing Emotion

Presented by: Laurie Sanders
Dates: April 4-May 4
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 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 Laurie by leaving a comment on her website or using the contact button in the upper right corner of the website

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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:

**Please check back for more information**

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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Is That Hollywood Calling?

Presented by: Cindy Carroll
Dates: May 1-31
Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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:

**Please check back for more information**

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My Story’s Been Rejected: Now What?*

Presented by: Susan Palmquist
Dates: May 1-31
Fee: OIRW Member $60 | Non-Member $65

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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.

*LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS

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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:

**Please check back for more information**

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Infusing the Romance Novel with Emotional

and Sexual Tension

Presented by: Laurie Sanders
Dates: May 2-June 1
Deadline: 
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 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 Laurie by leaving a comment on her website or using the contact button in the upper right corner of the website

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WordPress

Presented by: Pat Haggerty
Dates: June 1-30
Fee: OIRW Member $30 | Non-Member $40

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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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:

**Please check back for more information**

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*

Presented by: Susan Palmquist
Dates: June 1-30
Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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 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 Laurie by leaving a comment on her website or using the contact button in the upper right corner of the website

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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:

**Please check back for more information**

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 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 Laurie by leaving a comment on her website or using the contact button in the upper right corner of the website

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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:

**Please check back for more information**

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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Let’s Plot Your Novel

Presented by: Becky Martinez
Dates: July 1-31
Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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Synopsis Writing Boot Camp

Presented by: Susan Palmquist
Dates: July 1-15
Fee: OIRW Member $50 | Non-Member $55

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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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Editing Tips for the Indie Publisher 201

Presented by: MM Pollard
Dates: July 1-31
Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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:

**Please check back for more information**

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*

Presented by: Susan Palmquist
Dates: August 1-31
Fee: OIRW Member $60 | Non-Member $65

Class Description:

**Please check back for more information**

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.

 *LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS

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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:

*Please check back for more information**

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 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 Laurie by leaving a comment on her website or using the contact button in the upper right corner of the website

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Choreography vs Sensuality

Presented by: Jeffe Kennedy
Dates: August 1-15
Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

*Please check back for more information**

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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Crafting the Short Story and Novella

Presented by: Susan Palmquist
Dates: September 1-30
Fee: OIRW Member $25 | Non-Member $35

Class Description:

*Please check back for more information**

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:

*Please check back for more information**

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:

*Please check back for more information**

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 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 Laurie by leaving a comment on her website or using the contact button in the upper right corner of the website

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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:

*Please check back for more information**

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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:

*Please check back for more information**

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:

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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 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 Laurie by leaving a comment on her website or using the contact button in the upper right corner of the website

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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:

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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:

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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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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:

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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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Dynamic Dialogue

Presented by: Laurie Schnebly
Dates: November 5-18
Fee: OIRW Member $15 | Non-Member $20

Class Description:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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