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.

 

 

September 4 - 29, 2017 ----- Weak Construction: A Fatal Flaw in Fiction Writing ----- Instructor: MM Pollard

Weak Construction: A Fatal Flaw in Fiction Writing with MM Pollard

September 4 – 29, 2017 (4 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members – FREE; Non-Members $25 USD

 

You’ll learn to recognize and correct vague words – intensifiers, diminishers, general or abstract nouns and vague adjectives to describe people and places – and misplaced modifiers and dangling participles – my PET PEEVE. If you have ever taken a Workshop with MM, you know how much I detest participial phrases. Participial phrases defy logic and should be banished from your writing.

 

 

About the Instructor: MM Pollard puts her training as a certified copy editor, her skill as English teacher extraordinaire, and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Savvy Authors, Writer U, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

 

MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived to show pictures! The Greater Detroit RWA wowed her when their program director invited her to give a workshop during their June, 2016, meeting. MM still pinches herself to make sure she isn’t dreaming! She would love to present at more meetings and conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops.

 

MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM,

certified copy editor,

editor, Black Velvet Seductions

MM’s Fundamentals of English  http://queenofenglish.wordpress.com/

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before September 3, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before September 3, 2017.

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

September 10 - 16, 2017 ----- Defying Gravity – Writing Cross-Genre and Succeeding Anyway ----- Instructor: Jeffe Kennedy

Defying Gravity – Writing Cross-Genre and Succeeding Anyway with Jeffe Kennedy

September 10 – 16, 2017 (1 week)

Fee: FTHRW Members – FREE; Non-Members $10 USD

 

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

Or chopping them to pieces in a murderous rage.

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

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

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

 

About the Instructor: Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook. Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequels, The Tears of the Rose and The Talon of the Hawk, have been nominated for The RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of the year in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning with The Pages of the Mind in Summer 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, started with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

 

Non-members: $10

Non-Member Registration before September 9, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before September 9, 2017.

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

October 2 – 27, 2017 ----- He Said What? Writing Double-Duty Dialogue ----- Instructor: Linnea Sinclair

He Said What? Writing Double-Duty Dialogue with Linnea Sinclair

October 2 – 27, 2017 (4 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members – FREE; Non-Members $25 USD

 

“Why do we need to learn to write dialogue?” she asked questioningly. “I don’t know!” he shouted in a loud voice. “Take the class and find out,” he added, saying more.

Dialogue in fiction is more than just words on a page. It’s part characterization, part plotting, part pacing, and part voice—both the character’s and yours! Learn from award-winning, multi-published author Linnea Sinclair how to expertly craft the words that should be coming out of your characters’ mouths… and how to avoid unnecessary overwriting pitfalls in this fun and, yes, talkative class.

 

About the Instructor: Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, as well as the PRISM, PEARL, and SAPPHIRE, author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven science fiction romance novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades.” Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” She’s the author of the exciting Dock Five Universe series that starts with Gabriel’s Ghost. Other Sinclair novels include PEARL award winners Finders Keepers, Games of Command, and Hope’s Folly (Dock Five book #3).

Sinclair, a former news reporter and private investigator, resides in Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com.

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before October 1, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before October 1, 2017.

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

November 6 – December 1, 2017 ----- Successful Collaboration for Writers ----- Instructor: Peter Andrews

Successful Collaboration for Writers with Peter Andrews

November 6 – December 1, 2017 (4 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members – FREE; Non-Members $25 USD

 

Partnering with other writers can help you develop, boost you into new skills into new levels of creativity, enforce discipline, and help you understand and appreciate your greatest strengths. It also can provide good companionship. On the other hand, going into a collaboration without adequate preparation and knowledge can lead to disaster. This course will help you to understand what you want to achieve by partnering on stories, and it will help you to discover what you need and can expect from a collaborator. The lessons will dig into key questions you need to answer before beginning, including how you will share the work and decision-making. It will highlight the danger points that can damage a relationship and lead to mutual alienation and failure. Students will be asked to practice collaboration through writing flash fiction, and the course will conclude with practical tips.

 

About the Instructor: Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog (http://howtowritefast.bogspot.com/). He teaches writing at Westchester Community College, the Hudson Valley Writers Center and the Westchester Center for the Arts. He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and president of its Young Adult chapter.

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before November 5, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before November 5, 2017.

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

December 4 - 15, 2017 ----- Writing Meaningful and Memorable Sex Scenes ----- Instructor: Katriena Knights

Writing Meaningful and Memorable Sex Scenes with Katriena Knights

December 4 – 15, 2017 (2 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members – FREE; Non-Members $15 USD

 

Part One: What should a sex scene accomplish?

 

Part Two: The structure and dynamic of a sex scene

 

Part Three: Different types of sex scenes and how this affects the structure and dynamic of the scene

 

Part Four: The nitty-gritty of structure—emotional and physical touchstones for individual scenes

 

Each part will include a “lecture,” resources where applicable, examples from published works, and optional exercises for you to practice tips and get a feel for creating a deeper, more emotional and meaningful scene.

 

 

About the Instructor: TBA

 

Non-members: $15

Non-Member Registration before December 3, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before December 3, 2017.

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