Ongoing and Upcoming Workshops

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TIME MANAGEMENT FOR AUTHORS with Mary Thompson

6 – 31 January 2020

Registration Deadline for Non-Members: 5 January 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

Class Description:
What would you do with an extra hour in your day? What about two? What about an extra ten minutes? 
We all struggle with getting everything we want to do done. We take on more than we can actually handle and regret it. Everything ends up suffering, especially us. 
We always wish for more time. 
This workshop will teach you how to manage your time so that you can find those extra minutes or hours in your day without having to give up other things to get them (like sleep). We’ll talk about using your time well, taking advantage of small moments, and focusing on what really matters so when you have time, you spend it where you want to. 

 

About the Instructor:
Mary E Thompson has never been able to freeze time, pull all nighters, or lock herself in her room for hours at a time (her kids always find her). But she has managed to publish 50 novels, serve on a chapter board for more than two years, and chair a popular RWA chapter contest. And that’s while raising her two school aged children, managing the household for a family of four, and making sure her husband doesn’t miss that doctor’s appointment he forgot to put on his calendar. After being asked too many times how she does it all, she decided to share her not-so-secret secrets with you. 

 

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HORSES FOR AUTHORS with Kathryn Jane

3-28 February 2020

Registration Deadline: 1 February 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

What do you do when a horse shows up in your story? Do you panic? Hit the brakes? Inform your character she can’t have a horse? Not if you take this course filled with basic horsemanship, in-depth equine knowledge, critical terminology, and a bonus list of don’ts to save you from looking like a rooky and making readers toss your book at a wall.

 

About the Instructor: Presenter KATHRYN JANE writes women’s fiction and romantic suspense with lots of horses in her stories. She has a lifetime of experience as a rider and trainer of horses, with years spent in the show ring, on the racetrack, ranching, and assisting veterinarians. She shares a wealth of information with workshop attendees, and is available for horse-content proofreading. Kathryn lives in the Pacific Northwest and when not writing, painting, or rescuing feral cats can be found in her happy place walking beside the ocean. https://kathrynjane.com/

 

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SELF-PUBLISHING: EASY AS ABC with Meredith Bond

2-13 March 2020

Registration Deadline: 1 March 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $15

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

You’ve heard about self-publishing. All of your friends are self-publishing. You know that it would be a great way to get your work out there, but how in the world do you do it? This course will walk you through every single step involved in self-publishing your finished novel: from “I just typed ‘the end’! What do I do next?” through to how you’re going to let the world know what you’ve done (marketing), we’ll cover exactly how you get your book out there. There is an emphasis on formatting (I’m a professional book formatter and have been so since 2012), but any and all questions will be answered (caveat: I am not a marketing person and this is not a marketing class: the topic will be covered only briefly). By the end of the class you’ll know exactly how to publish your own book.

 

About the Instructor: Meredith Bond has been both traditionally and self published. She has written over twenty Regency romance and paranormal romance books and three works of non-fiction. She has been teaching writing and self-publishing since 2005 both in person and on-line and owns and runs her own formatting and coaching business, Anessa Books, where she not only makes the words of her clients look beautiful on page and screen, but guides new authors through the sometimes complicated process of writing and self-publishing.

 

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CREATING A SIMPLE STARTER WEBSITE with Merien Grey

1-30 April 2020

Registration Deadline: 1 April 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

In today’s publishing industry all authors need a website, readers typically expect it, an author page on Facebook just isn’t enough. If you know you need a website, and don’t know where to start, join Merien for the month of April. There will be weekly lessons on the different things you need to consider when planning website, generally how to set one up, what decisions you need to make, research you need to do, and how much it will cost. The final week of class will cover actually building a simple site with a final webinar where students can watch Merien build a simple site.  This class is not for building complex or e-commerce sites, but if all you need is a simple site to advertise your books and give people a place to find you, and don’t want to pay someone else to do it, then this is the class for you. If you do the lessons, and are ready to make some decisions, you can walk away from this class with your site ready to go, knowing how to proceed with simple updates and maintenance.

 

About the Instructor: Merien writes and runs a niche media company helping small businesses brand themselves and establish professional media presences. She has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology. 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.

 

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WHAT THE HECK HAPPENS NEXT? A PANSTERS (OR PLOTTERS) GUIDE TO KEEPING THINGS MOVING AND INTERESTING with Beth Daniels W/a J.B. Dane W/a Nied Darnell W/a Beth Henderson

1-29 May 2020

Registration Deadline: 29 April 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

While Plotters work out all the steps their characters will take before writing one word of text in their manuscript – or so I’m told – Pantsers have either vague to no idea at all what will get the characters from the opening pages to the “happily ever after” – or close to it – at the tail end of their tale. It can be frustrating. It can have stories stall out on you. It can have them ended up abandoned!!!!! We can’t have that. So, whether you are plotting things out ahead of time or letting them happen as surprises (good ones, we hope) as you let the tale flow from your fingers, it would be handy to have a few guidelines to tell you at what point in a story certain elements should happen, right?
That’s what this month is about – working out what happens next in both a logical progression and one that offers surprises for your readers and for you! The only things you need to bring are: a story idea (even if only a glimmer), a planned length in word count, the acceptance that some math may be required (easy stuff, I promise!), and the desire to tell this particular story from start to finish. We’ll work a few things out in this 4 week workshop, but whether you want an entire outline or just some good hints to keeps the ball rolling, you should have either by the end of our time together.
About the Instructor: Beth Daniels has been a published novelist since her first title released in 1990. She’s gone by many names on covers (and still does) and sampled many genres, and currently has over 30 published novels to her name/s and a few more already turned into the publisher’s pipeline. She writes in all lengths these days, 90,000+ to under 5,000 words, and dips her pen in romantic comedy, romantic suspense, historical romantic adventure, urban fantasy mystery comedy, and Steampunk and Dieselpunk adventure as well. A hybrid author, she also releases 30,000 word stories in both her Steampunk and Raven Tales worlds, and reworks retired workshops into nonfiction about writing fiction. Visit her at www.RomanceAndMystery2.com, www.WritingSteampunk.com, or www.Muse2Ms.com.

 

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PROMISE OF THE PREMISE with Peter Andrews

1-22 June 2020

Registration Deadline: 1 June 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $20

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.
What’s your story about? When people ask this question, they are interested in the concept behind it, the idea that makes it intriguing. They want an answer that raises questions and suggests possibilities. As a writer, you want these things, too. After all, if your story’s a novel, you’ll need to carry it through hundreds of pages with regular surprises and payoffs. How? In this course, you’ll:
• Learn the elements of a good premise.
• Discover how a premise can go wrong and what you can do about it.
• Develop a premise that’s powerful enough to guide your story.
• Explore the potential in your premise so it will reach its full value in your story, including coming up with interesting tasks and obstacles.
• Analyze your premise by answering ten questions that will help you to engage others and fully commit to your story.
After you’ve done this work, we’ll explore using your premise to build effective loglines, query summaries, pitches, and synopses.
What’s your story about? When people ask this question, they’re interested in the concept behind your story, the central idea that makes it intriguing. They want an answer that raises questions and suggests possibilities. As a writer, you want these things, too. After all, if your story’s a novel, you’ll need to carry it through hundreds of pages with regular surprises and payoffs. So it’s worth the effort to create a premise that is rich in possibilities. In this course, you’ll:
– Learn the elements of a good premise.
– Discover how a premise can go wrong and what you can do about it.
– Develop a premise that’s powerful enough to guide your story.
– Explore the potential in your premise so it will reach its full value in your story, including suggesting  interesting tasks and obstacles.
– Analyze your premise by answering ten questions that will help you to engage others and fully commit to your story.
After you’ve done this work, we’ll explore using your premise to build effective loglines, query summaries, pitches, and synopses
About the Instructor:
Peter has worked as a speechwriter, a radio producer, an innovation consultant, and a chemist. He has had five short plays produced (two optioned for film), dozens of short stories published, and hundreds of articles in magazines and journals. He served as head writer for a Web series. He has attended Stowe Story Labs, Clarion, and Bread Loaf. He is on the board of Westchester Collaborative Theater and writes the blog How to Write Fast https://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/, which has half a million words of practical advice on writing productivity.

 

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HOOK ‘EM DANO – WRITING THE GRABBER OPENING SCENE with Linnea Sinclair

6-30 July 2020

Registration Deadline: 5 July 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $15

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

Today’s editors and readers don’t have time to waste getting into a book or its characters. While “Four score and seven years ago” might have worked fine for Old Abe, starting a book/story with flashback or lengthy description has fallen out of favor with the generation raised on MTV. “Hook ‘Em” will dissect the good, the bad and the ugly of openers, why they work and why they don’t. It will examine different categories and styles of opening lines and scenes and help students analyze their own writing. Workshop teacher Linnea Sinclair is a multi-award winning science fiction and romance author whose plots, according to reviewers, readers and judges, ‘hit the ground running and never let up’.

 

About the Instructor: A former news reporter and retired private detective, Linnea Sinclair has managed to use all her college degrees (journalism and criminology) but hasn’t soothed the yearning in her soul to travel the galaxy. To that end, she writes some of the most highly- regarded, fun science fiction and fantasy romance novels on the shelves today. Sinclair lives in Naples, Florida in the winters and Columbus, Ohio in the summers with her husband and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Her previous careers as news reporter and investigator make her an enthusiastic and energetic interviewee and a natural crowd pleaser at book signings. In addition to writing, she teaches seminars in both the craft of writing for all levels of writers and private investigation techniques for mystery authors via on-line writing sites and at writing conventions nationwide. She can be reached via email at linnea@linneasinclair.com or through her website at www.linneasinclair.com.

 

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PTSD FOR AUTHORS with Kathryn Jane

3-28 August 2020

Registration Deadline: 1 August 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

Get your facts straight before you write about PTSD, and don’t be one of the plethora of authors flinging the acronym around with cavalier disregard. This workshop contains a broad layman’s overview of PTSD’s effects on individuals, families, acquaintances, interpersonal relationships, careers, and other situations. Over the course of a month you will be provided with the tools needed to respectfully portray characters dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

About the Instructor: 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. Kathryn lives in the Pacific Northwest and when not writing, painting, or rescuing feral cats can be found in her happy place walking beside the ocean. https://kathrynjane.com/

 

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DYNAMIC DIALOG with Allie Pellitier

1-30 September 2020

Registration Deadline: 1 September 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

 Sure, dialogue records conversation. But it can do so much more–if you know how to wield it. Dialogue can provide subtle backstory, vivid characterization, or shoot a plot forward at high speed. Great dialogue is memorable and effective. Bad dialogue is cumbersome and can turn your reader (or potential editor) off quickly. Multipublished author Allie Pleiter leads you through all the ways you can use dialogue within your story to pack a far bigger punch than “she said.”

 

About the Instructor: An avid knitter, coffee junkie and firm believer that “pie makes everything better,” Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy bestselling author of fifty books, Allie spends her days writing, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced a seventeen-year career with over 1.5 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com to learn more.

 

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GETTING YOUR NANO ACT TOGETHER AHEAD OF TIME with Beth Daniels W/a J.B. Dane W/a Nied Darnell W/a Beth Henderson

1-30 October 2020

Registration Deadline: 1 October 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.
 It can sound daunting – 50,000 words in just 30 days! And in a month that includes a holiday for those celebrating Thanksgiving the 4th Thursday of the November! But it can be done. While there are far more people who sign up and don’t finish their NANO project, there are a significant number who do. And many of those NANO projects end up as published novels, too! Let’s make yours one of them. The first step is to be prepared. For some this means an outline, while for others it just means ideas for scenes…or, well, the option to be surprised at what the characters do. Still, some preparation is required and that’s what we’ll do in the 4-weeks running up to the start of NANO on Sunday, November 1st, 2020. This is more than just knowing you need 1667 words written every day. It’s having worlds built (even for contemporary romance), research done (for historicals but also for contemporary tales), it’s getting your cast together, its…well, come find out! Whether you accept the challenges or just sit in the back of the virtual room and take notes, your muses should be very active!
About the Instructor: Beth Daniels has done NANO five times so far (she’s skipped some years). Sometimes (often) it’s just a 50,000+ addition to a longer book, and she confesses that a couple times she fell shy of the 50,000 – that pesky holiday, you know. Still, at least two of the stories written during NANO months are in print and others are shopping for a home. It’s been a few decades since her first novel was released in 1990 and she’s gone by many names on the covers and has written in various genres. A hybrid author, she has a foot in both the traditional and Indie publishing worlds. Her current count of published novels is well over 30 and continues to grow. Visit her at www.RomanceAndMystery2.com.

 

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WEBSITE TIPS AND TRICKS – 15 LESSONS TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR AUTHOR WEBSITE with Barb Drozdowich

2-30 November 2020

Registration Deadline: 1 November 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

For non-members, please click the Buy Now button to pay for the class, once you pay, you will then be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

You’ve finally figured out how to create a website to promote your book, great! But once you set it up, how will people find you? What are readers looking for anyway? How do you fix it if something looks off? The answers are easier than you think.

 

About the Instructor: Social Media and WordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person.

 

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