Online Workshops

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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.

January 1 – February 2, 2018 ----- PINTEREST FOR AUTHORS: Developing your Author Brand ----- Instructor: Lana Pattinson

PINTEREST FOR AUTHORS: Developing your Author Brand with Lana Pattinson

January 1 – February 2, 2018 (4 weeks)

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

Whether you are new to Pinterest or already have a personal account, we’ll discuss strategies for branding yourself as an author and developing your Author Platform.

In this course, we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Why Pinterest?
  • We’ll find out why Pinterest is an important part of your Author Platform, and why & when it may be a better choice than Facebook or Twitter.
  • The Basics: Setting up your Account
  • Setting up your profile and creating key Boards
  • Pinterest as part of your Social Media plan and how to manage your time
  • What do you want to accomplish / Setting goals
  • Targeting your Audience
  • Let’s look at ways that we can define and appeal to your target audience
  • How to make a great Pin
  • What makes a great Pin
  • Tools and Programs you can use for creating Pinnable images
  • Important information to include when creating your Pins
  • Interacting on Pinterest
  • Purpose and how to use Group Boards
  • Other ways to interact on Pinterest (comments, likes, etc).
  • Nuts & Bolts: How to Pin, Whom to follow
  • How to Pin for maximum effect
  • Selecting the right people to follow
  • Analytics
  • Using Pinterest Analytics to review and streamline your social media plan

 

About the Instructor: Hi y’all! I’m a Marketing Consultant with expertise in Brand Planning and Social Media. For over 15 years I’ve worked in the wine & spirits industry, marketing powerhouse brands globally such as The Macallan Scotch Whisky, Jacob’s Creek wines, and Kahlua Coffee Liqueur.

I’ve lived all over: Ontario, Texas, Las Vegas, New York & Scotland. I have a BS in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

I write YA Historical Fantasy. I’m a member of RWA, YARWA, and CHRW.

 

Currently, I live in Westchester County, New York with my husband, daughter, and furbaby. Connect with me via my website, http://LanaPattinson.com, where I blog about Books, Booze & Scotland. You can also find me on Pinterest or Twitter.

Cheers! Lana

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before December 29, 2017.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before December 29, 2017.

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

February 5 – March 2, 2018 ----- DESIGNING VISUAL MARKETING ----- Instructor: Brinda Berry

DESIGNING VISUAL MARKETING with Brinda Berry

February 5 – March 2, 2018 (4 weeks)

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

Ever wonder why size matters? It does. Want to use that photo of Zac Efron to advertise your book? Don’t. Not artistic? You can be.

In this hands-on course, we’ll create images for our book marketing using several different web and mobile applications. We’ll discuss the optimal sizes and shapes of images for web marketing, the balance and power of words, and how to choose content. Basically, we’ll build your book world domination campaign. Apps will include PicMonkey, Canva, and Pixlr.

Week 1: Image Optimization–size, shape, portability. Week 2: Image and Text–the balance and power of words. Week 3: Images and content–your book images arsenal. Week 4: Campaigns, hashtags, contests

About the Instructor: Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family, where she surfs (the internet) too much, writes too much, and laughs too much. She’s fond of a lot of things, including but not limited to Kings of Leon, peanut butter cookies, flip flops, and good friends. Oh…and books. Of course, books.

She writes young adult fantasy and adult contemporary romance novels with strong females and swoonworthy males.

In her day job, she promotes higher education and the use of technology. Her bachelor’s degree is in education. She holds a master’s degree in learning systems technology.

Visit her author website at www.brindaberry.com and her business website at www.sweetbiscuitcreates.com

 

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before February 2, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before February 2, 2018.

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

February 5 – March 2, 2018 ----- STORY BOOTCAMP ----- Instructor: Peter Andrews

STORY BOOTCAMP with Peter Andrews

February 5 – March 2, 2018 (4 weeks)

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

Start fast! Keep it humming. End with authority. Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers. This course will explore the dimensions of your story and push them to the limits so you get the most from your premise and your readers get compelling experiences. No slackers! This is a highly interactive class that depends on commitment and participation.

Lesson 1 Breaking the Chains and Going Bigger. Getting out of your own way. Lesson 2 Making Your Tale Epic. Premise, character, and story arc. Lesson 3 Power Positions – Story Bites Reader. Focus, friends and real requirements. Attention must be paid – from page one. Lesson 4 Pyramid Power. Characters have needs, too. And so do readers. Lesson 5 Twists and Turns That Will Leave a Mark. What’s the worst that can happen? Lesson 6 Shocking Revelations. First, surprise yourself. Lesson 7 Excruciating Details. Senses, settings, and special effects. Conflict, oh yeah. Lesson 8 Gut Check. Authenticity, the sadistic writer, and redlining emotion, Lesson 9 Major Surgery. Merciless restructuring. Lesson 10 Thrust into the Careless World. Titles as bait, urban myths, and endings that buzz.

 

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: $25

Non-Member Registration before February 2, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before February 2, 2018.

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

March 5 – March 30, 2018 ----- GRAMMAR MATTERS ----- Instructor: MM Pollard

GRAMMAR MATTERS with MM Pollard

March 5 – March 30, 2018 (4 weeks)

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

Every branch of the military has basic training. Consider GRAMMAR MATTERS as basic training for anyone who struggles with grammar or who needs a refresher course to jog those memory cells. Each lesson in this month-long workshop includes a lecture on a grammar topic that frequently confounds writers with lots of examples and gives one or a few websites that offer practice in the topic as homework. These sites are also excellent resources for you after the workshop for other grammar challenges you might encounter. Each lesson has homework, optional, but recommended. MM will comment on all homework posted when due.

Here are the topics the workshop will cover: Troublesome Nouns – Are They Singular or Plural and Why Does that Matter? Principal Parts of Verbs – What Are They and How Do You Form Them and Why Does that Matter? Tricky Adjective and Adverb Comparisons – What Are the Rules and Why Does Following Them Matter? Problem Prepositions – Which One Do You Use with Which Verb and Why Does that Matter? Pronouns and Faulty Agreement – How Do You Make Them Agree with their Antecedents and Why Does that Matter?

Don’t let the words basic training scare you. MM presents every lesson with a side of humor to help make the lessons “go down in the most delightful way.” (Thank you, Mary Poppins.)

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

Non-members: $25

Non-Member Registration before March 3, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before March 3, 2018.

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

March 5 – March 30, 2018 ----- SELF-PUBLISHING “WHERE THE HECK DO I START?” ----- Instructor: Kathryn Jane

SELF-PUBLISHING “WHERE THE HECK DO I START?” with Kathryn Jane

March 5 – March 30, 2018 (4 weeks)

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

An Introduction – You’ve written the book. You’ve decided to jump into the pond and self-publish. But you have no idea what to do next, how to send your baby off into the world alone.

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 March 2, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before March 2, 2018.

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

April 2 – 6, 2018 ----- PROFESSIONAL INDIE PUBLISHING: GOING BEYOND THE BASICS TO BECOME A TRUE PRO ----- Instructor: Selena Laurence

PROFESSIONAL INDIE PUBLISHING: GOING BEYOND THE BASICS TO BECOME A TRUE PRO with Selena Laurence

April 2 – 6, 2018 (1 week)

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

INTERMEDIATE CLASS

 

Indie publishing has become essential knowledge for the majority of romance writers today. While there are plenty of workshops and courses in the basics, most writers who are committed to making indie publishing a career reach a point where things become overwhelming, with issues that go far beyond getting a pretty cover and formatting your ebook. Selena Laurence is a full-time Indie writer who has spent almost five years studying the industry, following the ups and downs, experimenting with the options, and mentoring newer writers. She will help participants learn what really differentiates a novice indie writer from a professional–which tasks are essential, which can be jettisoned, and what you need to do to succeed over the long haul as opposed to only the next book. Whether you write full-time or are still working a day job, Selena can help you become a professional in indie publishing, focusing on the things that really matter: production, building readership, and focused promotions.

About the Instructor: Selena Laurence is a USA TODAY Bestselling and award-winning author who loves Putting the Heat in Happily Ever After. She has been traditionally published but is now exclusively Indie. Selena has over fifteen books published, and has had her Indie books put into audio, translated into German, Italian, and Spanish, and distributed to Barnes and Noble brick and mortar bookstores.

In 2014 Selena was awarded the Reader’s Crown Award for Contemporary Romance of the Year. In 2015 her rock star romance A Lush Betrayal was a finalist in three national contests. Selena lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her kids, Mr. L, “Goldendoodle” and “Demon Cat.” When she’s not writing she can be found at soccer games and tennis matches, or one of her favorite coffee shops. https://selenalaurence.com/

 

Non-members: $10

Non-Member Registration before March 30, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before March 30, 2018.

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

April 8 – 21, 2018 ----- FREEDOM AND FRAMEWORK: STORY PLANNING FOR PANTSTERS ----- Instructor: Catherine Chant

FREEDOM AND FRAMEWORK: STORY PLANNING FOR PANTSTERS with Catherine Chant

April 8 – 21 (2 weeks)

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

Flying by the seat of your pants to write the first draft for your book feels so freeing. It’s a time to play, to experiment, to try out new ideas. What fun!

But diving into a project as big as a novel without any plan at all often means a lot of extra work after the draft is completed as you scramble to revise hundreds of pages that might have no cohesion, inconsistent characters, or a wandering plot.

One way to lessen that extra work is to go into the rough draft phase of your book with a better idea of where the story’s headed. That doesn’t mean knowing everything about your story (how boring would that be?), but it does mean knowing something to give your story direction.

“Outline” is a scary word for most pantsers. It sounds restrictive, it sounds tedious, it sounds boring. So, there will be no “outlines” here. Nope. None. Instead, you’re going to build yourself a “framework” for your story that’s open and flexible, with plenty of room for playing, experimenting, and checking out new ideas off the beaten path whenever the inspiration strikes you.

Story Planning for Pantsers: Keep your freedom, but keep on track, too.

About the Instructor: 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. Her Soul Mates time travel series can be found at Amazon.com. You can connect with Catherine at her website http://CatherineChant.com, on Twitter @Catherine_Chant, or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels

Non-members: $15

Non-Member Registration before April 6, 2018.

FTHRW Members: FREE

Member Registration before April 6, 2018.

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

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.