Online Workshops

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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.

 

November 8 – 19, 2016 ----- Sexual Tension - Getting Away from Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma'am ----- Instructor: Jeffe Kennedy

Sexual Tension – Getting Away from Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma’am with Jeffe Kennedy

November 8 – 19, 2016 (2 weeks)

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

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

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, which released beginning January 2, 2014. 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 sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under 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: http://JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

Non-members: $15 Non-Member Registration before November 7, 2016.

FTHRW Members: FREE Member Registration before November 7, 2016.

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

December 5 - 16, 2016 ----- Secrets of a Research Ninja ----- Instructor: Kristen Koster

Secrets of a Research Ninja with Kristen Koster

December 5 – 16, 2016 (2 weeks)

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

*Please note Google does not give all countries, Canada for instance, equal access to some options or advanced search methods covered in the course.

Everyone’s Googled something at least once, right? But there must be ways to make your searches more efficient, effective and accurate, because no one wants or needs pages and pages of endless irrelevant results.

Would you rather spend more time writing than on a frustrating search for that proverbial needle in an ever-growing haystack?

By the end of this two week class, you will: – write better basic Google searches, – recognize good & bad results, – use advanced Google searches, – learn about specialized Google searches, and – have resources other than Google to use.

About the Instructor: Kristen Koster writes Regency-set historical romance and has been researching various historical eras on the internet since 1993 and has Googled a plethora of other topics in order to survive two decades of motherhood. She has seen a variety of search engines come and go, but the essentials of narrowing your search haven’t changed much since the days of card catalogs. You can find her online via twitter @KristenKoster or her website: http://www.kristenkoster.com.

Non-members: $15 Non-Member Registration before December 4, 2016.

FTHRW Members: FREE Member Registration before December 4, 2016.

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

January 8 – 14, 2017 ----- Lessons from the Spreadsheet Queen: Worksheets and Charts for Writers ----- Instructor: Jeffe Kennedy

Lessons from the Spreadsheet Queen: Worksheets and Charts for Writers with Jeffe Kennedy

January 8 – 14, 2017 (1 week)

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

 

Fondly known as “The Spreadsheet Queen,” Jeffe Kennedy has long discussed in various venues her extensive Excel spreadsheets for tracking writing progress. She tracks word count by day, week, month, and year, along with writing goals and Gantt charts for planning workload and release schedules. While she freely shares a blank template of her “Progress Count” workbooks, multiple people have requested a tutorial in using them. In this workshop, Jeffe will walk people through her worksheets, where to find the embedded formulae and conditional formatting to highlight goals reached. She’ll explain how to adapt the spreadsheets for personal use and give suggestions for building in additional features. Every attendee will receive a blank template workbook to adapt, along with an annotated reference guide to Jeffe’s version, complete with examples. The discussion will also include how to set personal writing goals, what to take into consideration and how to train the writing muscle for greater endurance, much like training the body for a marathon. In addition, the general Three-Act story structure will be introduced, as the spreadsheets calculate progress toward climaxes, which allows even far-end pantsters like Jeffe to predict beats and overall novel length

 

 

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: http://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 January 7, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before January 7, 2017.

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

January 16 – 25, 2017 ----- On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place ----- Instructor: Catherine Chant

On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place with Catherine Chant

January 16 – 26, 2017 (2 weeks)

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

 

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

On Your Mark, Get Set will help you pinpoint where your story really begins and help you cull that extraneous back history from the opening, saving it for where it really matters, the rest of the book.

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

 

About the Instructor: Award-winning author Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults.

Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at her alma mater Boston College before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year and provides instructional articles on creative writing, computing, gaming and crafts to different websites.

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

You can connect with Catherine at her website http://www.catherinechant.com, on Twitter @Catherine_Chant or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels.

 

Non-members: $15

Non-Member Registration before January 15, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before January 15, 2017.

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

February 6 – March 3, 2017 ----- Scrivener For L-PLATERS ----- Instructor: Alison Stuart

Scrivener for L-Platers with Allison Stuart

February 6 – March 3, 2017 (4 weeks)

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

 

PREREQUISITE: Students must either already have Scrivener or download 30-day free trial of Scrivener at https://www.literatureandlatte.com/trial.php.  Please do not download free trial until first day of the workshop. If they wish to purchase it outright, Alison has arranged a discount code: “RWA” to get a 20% discount at the checkout.

 

Part of each lesson will be given in video format. Students must give email address to instructor for video access.

 

Week 1: STARTING YOUR ENGINES • Understanding Scrivener • Opening a new project • Meet the Scrivener Interface Week 2: HITTING THE ACCELERATOR • Working with THE BINDER • Setting up your project • Importing Files Week 3: ON THE OPEN ROAD • Working with THE EDITOR • Bells and Whistles – Labels, colours • Working with Templates – Character and Setting Templates Week 4: BRINGING IT HOME • Introduction to THE INSPECTOR • Compiling your project into a Word document for further editing (or submission!)

 

About the Instructor: Award winning Australian author, Alison Stuart learned her passion from history from her father. She has been writing stories since her teenage years but it was not until 2007 that her first full length novel was published. Alison has now published 6 full length historical romances and a collection of her short stories. Her disposition for writing about soldier heroes may come from her varied career as a lawyer in the military and fire services. These days when she is not writing she is travelling and routinely drags her long suffering husband around battlefields and castles.

Alison uses Scrivener for all her writing projects and has taught Scrivener basics at conferences, workshops and online.

Join her at her website http://www.alisonstuart.com/, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before February 5, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before February 5, 2017.

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

March 6 – 31, 2017 ----- Pacing Pride vs Pace Robbers ----- Instructor: Kat Duncan

Pacing Pride vs Pace Robbers with Kat Duncan

March 6 – 31, 2017 (4 weeks)

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

 

Great stories drive readers through their twists and turns. Their authors steer readers like turning the wheel on a finely-tuned sports car. The author can also speed up on straightaways and slow down on the quiet, country lanes. This is called pacing and your writing will contain clues that tell the reader when to speed up and when to slow down. In a musical score, the reader can see the word adagio and know to slow down, or allegro and know to speed up. Too bad you can’t just write those words in when you need them, huh? You are giving the reader clues to speed up and slow down, but pace robbers may be stealing away the pace you want, whether faster or slower, when you’re not paying attention to the road. This course will expose eight pace robbers and point out ways you can control the pace and keep the reader glued to the page for whatever pace you set. Without proper pace, your stories can sag, drag or just fade away. Proper pace depends on knowing how to make your reader anticipate the next scene, and when to give your reader a moment to take a breath. The workshop will cover in-depth details about the pitfalls of pacing and how to avoid having their pace robbed by certain writing techniques. Participants will learn specific ways to perk up the pace of their novels through grammar styles, setting mood and tone, managing conflict and using point of view subjectively. Includes practical exercises and personalized feedback on participants’ works in progress.

 

About the Instructor: 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.

Find Kat on the web: Webpage: http://katduncanwriting.com Blog: http://storygrannies.blogspot.com Twitter: http://twitter.com#!/write_about Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/writeabout Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4585624.Kat_Duncan Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/katduncan Kindlegraph: http://kindlegraph.com/authors/Write_About Email: kat at katduncanwriting dot com

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before March 5, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before March 5, 2017.

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

March 6 – 31, 2017 ----- Want to Finish Your Manuscript Faster? Develop the Habit of Writing Every Day and See Your Word Count Soar ----- Instructor: MM Pollard

Want to Finish Your Manuscript Faster? Develop the Habit of Writing Every Day and See Your Word Count Soar with MM Pollard

March 6 – 31, 2017 (4 weeks)

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

 

Writing consistently each day is the key to increasing your word count. In this workshop, Presenter MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM, certified copy editor, and editor, Black Velvet Seductions, will teach you how to develop the habit of consistently getting your rear in the chair every day.

 

Topics:

Anatomy of a habit

Habit creation – the 8 X 8 writing challenge and the Pomodoro technique

Habit support – goals, replenishment, rewards, peers

Issues that might stop you from writing every day and solutions for them

 

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 March 5, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before March 5, 2017.

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

April 3 – 28, 2017 ----- What to Expect: Tips and Tools to Prepare for your Book Release ----- Instructor: Chanel Cleeton

What to Expect: Tips and Tools to Prepare for your Book Release with Chanel Cleeton

April 3 – 28, 2017 (4 weeks)

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

 

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

 

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

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before April 2, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before April 2, 2017.

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

May 1 - 26, 2017 ----- Adding Value to E-Newsletters to Grow Your List and Strengthen Readership Loyalty ----- Instructor: Jessie Clever

Adding Value to E-Newsletters to Grow Your List and Strengthen Readership Loyalty with Jessie Clever

May 1 – 26, 2017 (4 weeks)

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

 

Stumbling along the ever changing landscape of social media? Frustrated with posts that only reach 25% of your followers?

Drive traffic to a source you control: your e-newsletter.

In this workshop, you will learn strategies for growing your list by offering value adds to your e-newsletter subscribers. In addition, we will take a look at tools for measuring the responsiveness of your list, what attracts readers, and what simply doesn’t work. Take control of communicating with your readers. Build an e-newsletter that works for you.

 

About the Instructor: Jessie Clever always wanted to be a writer. Then she found out you had to market your books. While she went on to write Regency romance, Jessie kept to the practical course and earned her MBA with a concentration in marketing, gaining hands on experience in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-channel international retailers. She now uses her knowledge and experience to help authors expand their readership and deepen the loyalty of their readers. Connect with Jessie at http://jessieclever.com.

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before April 30, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before April 30, 2017.

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

June 5 - 30, 2017 ----- Head Games: Writing Deep Third POV for Maximum Impact ----- Instructor: Linnea Sinclair

Head Games: Writing Deep Third POV for Maximum Impact with Linnea Sinclair

June 5 – 30, 2017 (4 weeks)

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

 

Reading is a vicarious experience, right? That means as a writer you need to immerse the reader into the heart, mind and skin of the character, and there’s no better way to do that than Deep Third Point Of View. Deep Third is often likened to First Person POV for its emotional intensity and intimacy factor. But it’s also a sure way to keep readers (and agents and editors!) turning pages. Award-winning Bantam Dell author Linnea Sinclair will take you on a journey through the flavors of Third Person, explain why Deep Third works, show you how and when to use Deep Third, how to know when Deep is Too Deep, and share tips and tricks to keep readers sobbing, giggling, gasping and grabbing… for more of your stories!

 

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 June 4, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before June 4, 2017.

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

July 3 - 28, 2017 ----- Negotiating Goodreads ----- Instructor: Diane K. Peterson

Negotiating Goodreads with Diane K. Peterson

July 3 – 28 (4 weeks)

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

 

Goodreads says it is “the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” With well over 40 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. About the Instructor: 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.

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before July 2, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before July 2, 2017.

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

August 7 - 25, 2017 ----- Create Settings that Ignite ----- Instructor: Melinda Williams

Create Settings that Ignite with Melinda Williams

August 7 – 25, 2017 (3 weeks)

Fee: FTHRW Members – FREE; Non-Members $20 USD

 

Settings! Do you want to have the setting pop in your manuscript? Take this workshop! Setting is very important in the writer’s toolbox. This class will reveal how to make any setting be where the reader wants to be.

 

About the Instructor: Melinda lives in the majestic mountains in AZ. She lives with her amazing husband, two grown children, and her cat Feather. In her spare time, she edits manuscripts for authors.

http://melindawilliams.wixsite.com/authormelindawilliam

Melinda Facebook

 

Non-members: $20

Non-Member Registration before August 6, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before August 6, 2017.

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

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

Weak Construction: A Fatal Flaw in Fiction Writing: Vague Words 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.