Online Workshops

FTHRW members – all workshops on this page are free. Please click the “Member Registration” button to register.

Non-members – if you would like to become a member of FTHRW, the cost is $25. Please select “New Member Application” on the menu above and fill out the form. After applying for membership, please email the workshops chair at workshops @ fthrw .com if you would like to register for a workshop starting within the next week.

 

May 7 – June 1, 2018 ----- BACK COVER COPY “SHOOT ME NOW” ----- Instructor: Kathryn Jane

BACK COVER COPY “SHOOT ME NOW” with Kathryn Jane

May 7 – June 1, 2018 (4 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members: FREE!     Non-Members: $25

Learn fantastic techniques for taking the pain out of writing three simple paragraphs. Arm yourself with the weapons of creativity needed to grab a reader’s attention and drag them between the covers of your book. Get the inside scoop on what a reader wants/expects/needs to get from about a hundred and fifty words on the back of your book.

Not self-publishing? No worries, use your great story description in a query letter instead! Show off your writing chops in a very special way. Give the agent you’re querying concrete evidence that you know how to sell your book.

About the Instructor: Presenter 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.

Presenter KATHRYN JANE, is a certified Public Safety Communicator, trained in Emergency Preparedness, as well as Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Airport dispatch.

Presenter KATHRYRN 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.

Presenter KATHRYN JANE has extensive experience riding in the show ring, on the racetrack, over jumps, cross-country chasing cattle, training horses and assisting veterinarians. https://kathrynjane.com/

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before May 4, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before May 4, 2018.

Should you have any questions, please email the Workshop Chairperson.

June 18 – 29, 2018 ----- MALE POV – CREATING BETTER HEROES ----- Instructor: Sascha Illyvich

MALE POV – CREATING BETTER HEROES With Sascha Illyvich

June 18 – 29, 2018 (2 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members: FREE!     Non-Members: $15

This course focuses exclusively on learning how to write from the Male POV. The romance genre is filled with a plethora of writers who write straight erotic romances as well as an increasing number of writers who write male/male romances. Obviously, bringing our characters to life is key to keeping and gaining new readers, but what if you’re a woman who has never really been able to grasp the male mindset?  Do you want to enhance, understand and craft heroes that readers will talk about?

 

The importance of understanding the male mind in conjunction with the Heroine and her journey are imperative to any well written romance.

 

About the Instructor:  Sascha, who was proclaimed by the publishing industry as The Gentleman Playboy of Romance, started writing eighteen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

 

Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker, and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing. He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts.

 

Sascha writes for City Lights Publishing, Red Sage, Secret Cravings Publishing, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound, and Decadent Publishing. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com.

 

Non-members: $15

Non-Member Registration before June 15, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before June 15, 2018.

Should you have any questions, please email the Workshop Chairperson.

July 2 – 27, 2018 ----- OVERWRITING OH NOS! TRIMMING YOUR PROSE THE PAINLESS WAY ----- Instructor: JoSelle Vanderhooft

 

OVERWRITING OH NOS! TRIMMING YOUR PROSE THE PAINLESS WAY with JoSelle Vanderhooft

July 2 – 27, 2018 (4 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members: FREE!     Non-Members: $25

Verbose descriptions, redundancies, and other forms of overwriting can bog down a good story and be the difference between a good book and a truly excellent one. Freelance editor JoSelle Vanderhooft will teach you secrets for line editing that will help you shorten sentences, get rid of repetition, learn the difference between a wordy sentence and a long sentence, and more.

 

About the Instructor: JoSelle Vanderhooft has been editing since 2004. Her clients include publishers such as Dreamspinner Press, Siren/Bookstrand, and Bella Books and individual authors who have been nominated for numerous awards or reached Amazon bestseller status. As an author, anthologist, and poet, her own work has been a finalist for the Rainbow Reader Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in South Florida with her family and two marvelous orange kitty cats.

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before June 29, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before June 29, 2018.

Should you have any questions, please email the Workshop Chairperson.

August 6 – 31, 2018 ----- THE CHUNKY METHOD: YOUR STEP-BY-STEP PLAN TO WRITE THAT BOOK EVEN WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY ----- Instructor: Allie Pleiter

 

THE CHUNKY METHOD: YOUR STEP-BY-STEP PLAN TO WRITE THAT BOOK EVEN WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY with Allie Pleiter

August 6 – 31, 2018 (4 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members: FREE!     Non-Members: $25

Allie Pleiter’s innovative Chunky Method offers practical, real-world productivity advice for writers.  This workshop outlines a step-by-step plan to identify your unique writing “Chunk” and wield it to create a solid plan that works “even when life gets in the way.”  If you want to finally finish that book, want to meet your deadlines with less stress, or just need to write faster, the Chunky Method will get you to your creative writing goals.

 

About the Instructor:  An avid knitter and French macaron fan, Allie Pleiter spends her days writing four books at a time, buying yarn, and avoiding housework. A friend’s dare in to begin writing has produced two parenting books, 23 novels, and national speaking engagements on faith, writing, and her favorite: time management. Allie is the author of THE CHUNKY METHOD OF TIME MANAGEMENT FOR WRITERS: Your Step-By-Step Plan to WRITE THAT BOOK Even When Life Gets in the Way released March 2015.  http://alliepleiter.com/

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before August 3, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before August 3, 2018.

Should you have any questions, please email the Workshop Chairperson.

September 3 – 28, 2018 ----- CREATE A STORY BIBLE FOR YOUR NOVEL OR BOOK SERIES ----- Instructor: Zara West

 

CREATE A STORY BIBLE FOR YOUR NOVEL OR BOOK SERIES with Zara West

September 3 – 28, 2018 (4 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members: FREE!     Non-Members: $25

Do you lose track of what you write? Can’t remember what color car the criminal was driving in your romantic suspense? Forgot the name of the tavern the coach stopped at in book 2 of your Regency trilogy? Can’t remember the skill set of each of the six demons in your paranormal series?

 

Are you always searching back and forth through your draft or last book for this bit of detail or that? Are you writing a series with shared characters and setting, or a complex novel with multiple characters, subplots, and setting details? Take a trick from screen writers and create a Story Bible as you write.

 

In this workshop, we will look at a variety of analog and digital frameworks for creating your own Story Bible and then proceed step-by-step through the process of creating the documents needed to keep track of all those pesky story details in your current or planned WIP. By the end of the workshop, you will have the beginning of your own personalized story Bible.

 

About the Instructor: Zara West loves all things dark, scary, and heart-stopping as long as they lead to true love, but that doesn’t help her keep all her story details organized. This workshop grew out of her frustration with the massive amount of research and world building she has done in her own writing, and her attempts to shoe box it into a usable format.

 

Zara is an online instructor in education and technology at the college level and an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her romantic suspense Beneath the Skin was published by Wild Rose Press in 2016. The second book in The Skin Quartet series, Close to the Skin, a first place winner in the 2016 Pages of the Heart, is scheduled for release in 2017. Her historical novels set during the Civil War have won first place in the Romance through the Ages contest and long-listed for the Mslexia Award.

 

Author Website http://www.zarawestsuspense.com

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before August 31, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before August 31, 2018.

Should you have any questions, please email the Workshop Chairperson.

October 1 – 30, 2018 ----- PIRACY FOR AUTHORS - UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUE ----- Instructor: Merien Grey

PIRACY FOR AUTHORS – UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUE with Merien Grey

October 1 – 30, 2018 (4 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members: FREE!     Non-Members: $25

This class is for authors who want a working understanding of literary piracy. The class covers how piracy occurs, where readers find pirate sites, how the sites work, and where the files they use come from. It covers what Digital Rights Management is exactly and in what ways it is and isn’t effective. We will discuss the various sides of the issue and why some people feel they have every right to pirate author’s work and why some authors don’t bother to worry about it. There are recommendations on what authors can do to lessen the impact of piracy and what they can do to advocate for better enforcement industry wide.

 

About the Instructor: Merien spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst. She has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology. She is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. The last ten years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison, webmistress, and conference committee positions. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.

 Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before September 28, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before September 28, 2018.

Should you have any questions, please email the Workshop Chairperson.

October 1 – 12, 2018 ----- SURVIVING NANOWRIMO ----- Instructor: Peter Andrews

SURVIVING NANOWRIMO with Peter Andrews

October 1 – 12, 2018 (2 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members: FREE!     Non-Members: $15

The biggest writing event of the year, November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can help you build good habits, clarify your commitment to writing, and rediscover the joy of storytelling. It may even catalyze the creation of a wonderful book. Learn how to get the most out of this Ironman event of writing (completing a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days!) through preparation, focus, proven techniques, and attitude. And find out how you can keep the momentum going into the months and years ahead.

 

1 Prep

2 Let’s get to work

3 Fast drafting

4 Plotter, Pantser, or somewhere in between?

5 Tools and techniques

6 What to do next

7 A short list of must haves

 

About the Instructor:  Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, the Westchester Center for the Arts, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers and Romance Writers of America, and he is past president of RWA’s young adult chapter (YARWA). His How to Write Fast blog can be found at http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/

 

Non-members: $15

Non-Member Registration before September 28, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before September 28, 2018.

Should you have any questions, please email the Workshop Chairperson.

November 5 – 23, 2018 ----- THE FOOLPROOF SYNOPSIS AND QUERY LETTER ----- Instructor: Robin Matheson

 

THE FOOLPROOF SYNOPSIS AND QUERY LETTER with Robin Matheson

November 5 – 23, 2018 (3 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members: FREE!     Non-Members: $20

Build a synopsis and a query letter from the ground up!

 

When you know everything there is to know about your story, it’s hard to stay focused on the big picture.

 

This hands-on workshop teaches you how to convert your creative concept into bite-sized promotional chunks that will allow you to effectively market your manuscript. Discover how the 5 Point Plot Structure helps you to construct a selling synopsis. Finally, master the “ABC Formula” that allows you to compose any business letter in 3 easy steps. Honest!

 

In addition to the course material, students will also have an opportunity to receive a critique of either a synopsis or a query letter.

 

About the Instructor:  Award winning author Robin Matheson holds an honors specialist degree in Classical Civilization and English and a Master of Education. She’s taught numerous courses at college, overseas, and online courses on writing since 2004. Her in depth knowledge of mythical structures combined with her dynamic presentation style, have made courses such as The Journey Cycle and Crisis, Climax, Resolution: Writing to the End popular.

 

One of Robin’s greatest passions is traveling. In addition to their home base in Canada, she and her family have also lived in South East Asia and South Africa. Visit her at www.robiemadison.com.

Non-members: $20

Non-Member Registration before November 2, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before November 2, 2018.

Should you have any questions, please email the Workshop Chairperson.

December 10 – 14 ----- HOW TO WORK WITH A FREELANCE EDITOR ----- Instructor: JoSelle Vanderhooft

 

HOW TO WORK WITH A FREELANCE EDITOR with JoSelle Vanderhooft

December 10 – 14 (1 week)

Fee: FTHRW Members: FREE!     Non-Members: $10

Self-publishing is more popular than ever now, so how do you make your book stand out? One of the best ways to do this is to hire a freelance editor to help you clean up grammar mistakes, rewrite unwieldy sentences, and even whip your plot into shape. In this one-week course, veteran freelance editor JoSelle Vanderhooft will teach you what freelance editors can and can’t do for your book, how to decide what services your book needs, how to find the best freelance editor for you, and more.

 

About the Instructor:  JoSelle Vanderhooft has been editing since 2004. Her clients include publishers such as Dreamspinner Press, Siren/Bookstrand, and Bella Books and individual authors who have been nominated for numerous awards or reached Amazon bestseller status. As an author, anthologist, and poet, her own work has been a finalist for the Rainbow Reader Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in South Florida with her family and two marvelous orange kitty cats.

 

Non-members: $10

Non-Member Registration before December 7, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before December 7, 2018.

Should you have any questions, please email the Workshop Chairperson.