Ongoing and Upcoming Workshops

HOW TO WORK WITH A FREELANCE EDITOR with JoSelle Vanderhooft

December 10 – 14 (1 week)

Registration Deadline: December 7, 2018

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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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.

 

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CAREER PLANNING FOR WRITERS with Peter Andrews

2-23 January 2019

Registration Deadline: January 3, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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Achieving your goals as a writer takes more than creating your stories and emailing them to editors and agents. You need to get a deep understanding of what you want, assess where you need to develop your skills, choose and develop your topics wisely, build relationships with editors, agents, readers, and helpful professionals, assemble achievement that credential you and demonstrate your capabilities, and challenge yourself to exceed your expectations.This work must be done against a background of change, where new options for publication – including multi-book deals, self-publishing, blended careers, and small press — continue to emerge. And don’t forget the requirements for engaging with social media.

 

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/

 

 

 

 

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MAKE YOUR PROTAGONIST’S JOB WORK FOR YOU with Rose Lerner

27 January – 2 February 2019

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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Our jobs shape us. Whether your heroine is a scientist, a homemaker, a fast food worker, or a demon hunter, she spends countless hours every week working and thinking about work, and she has for most of her life. If you take the time to really think about how your protagonist’s profession affects her personality and worldview, you’ll see the results in the added depth, naturalism, and uniqueness of your characterization. In this workshop, Rose will give you a detailed guide to using your protagonists’ jobs as a lense while writing. We’ll do interactive exercises and brainstorming sessions, ranging from job skills and the economic nitty-gritty to deep POV and story structure.

 

About the Instructor: Rose Lerner discovered Georgette Heyer when she was thirteen, and wrote her first historical romance a few years later. Her writing has improved since then, but her fascination with all things Regency hasn’t changed. Rose is a cook by day, and by night she writes historical romance! Books in her small-town Lively St. Lemeston series have been featured in NPR’s 2016 Book Concierge and Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. Her protagonists include a chemist, an innkeeper, an army officer, a con artist, a valet, a maid-of-all-work, and a confectioner. Visit RoseLerner.com to find out more!

 

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CAN THIS MANUSCRIPT BE SAVED with Susan Meier

3 February – 1 March 2019

Registration Deadline: February 4, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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Can This Manuscript Be Saved? Rejected? Can’t get an agent? Can’t sell, even though your critique partners LOVE your work? Susan Meier reviews the seven most common editor revision or rejection catch phrases and explains how determining whether your book’s trouble is a story, scene or word problem is the first step on the road to recovery. Susan demonstrates how to “skim-read” manuscripts quickly, marking specific problems with post-its. She also shows how to use a storyboard, a list of twenty and a one-paragraph blurb to create a plan of attack for fixing your book’s trouble. Susan can’t revise or rewrite your manuscript for you, but with her tricks you’ll not only see how to revise the book of your heart; you’ll also see how some authors are able to write four, five and even six books a year without breaking a sweat!

 

Susan Meier is the author of almost seventy books for Harlequin and Silhouette, Entangled Indulgence and Bliss, Tule and one of Guideposts’ Grace Chapel Inn series books, THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS. She’s been nominated for and won several industry awards, including in 2013, when she lived one of her career-long dreams. Her book, THE TYCOON’S SECRET DAUGHTER was a finalist for RWA’s highest honor, the Rita. The same year NANNY FOR THE MILLIONAIRE’S TWINS was a National Reader’s Choice finalist and won the Book Buyer’s Best Award. Susan is married with three children and is one of eleven children, which is why love and family are always part of her stories.

 

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WRITING KICK-BUTT ACTION-ADVENTURE with Linnea Sinclair

4-25 March 2019

Registration Deadline: March 5, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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Pow! Bam! Thud! Fun stuff for comic strips but potentially cartoonish when it comes to commercial genre fiction. Yet today’s readers—raised on explosive movies and violent video games—often crave the same kind of excitement in a book. So how can a writer deliver action that feels real? Learn how to perfect your techniques with former private detective (yeah, she really did carry a badge and a gun for ten years) and award-winning science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair, whose novels deliver—according to reviewers: “…riveting, tightly written, edge-of-your-seat tales that pull the reader in from page one, never letting go… Sinclair whips her characters through a story that is as exciting and action- packed as it is passionate… Quirky, offbeat and packed with gritty action, this blistering novel explodes out of the gate and never looks back.” Sinclair will take students through lessons in pacing, word choice, and research that will add “edge-of-your-seat” action to their manuscripts. Sign up and get ready to rumble!

 

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). SSinclair, 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.

 

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MAKE GOODREADS WORK FOR YOU with Diane K. Peterson

1-26 April 2019

Registration Deadline: April 2, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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Goodreads says it is “the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” With well over 65 million members worldwide it just makes sense for authors to maintain an accurate and inviting presence there. 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, and reviewer. 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. Diane is a member of RWA and the Missouri RWA chapter. Website: www.dianekpeterson.com.

 

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THE EVOLUTION OF THE MODERN ROMANCE NOVEL with Diane K. Peterson

6-31 May 2019

Registration Deadline: May 7, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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The world of romance novels has undergone great changes in its short history. This class will look at the development of modern romance novels as demonstrated through the RITA winners and finalists. Starting with a brief history of romance novels prior to 1980, we will examine the changing categories of the award over the past 36 years and consider how the RITAs reflect changes in our American culture in areas such as the role of women, sexuality, multicultural representation, and disabilities. We will also look at the most popular tropes from among the winners and finalists.

 

About the Instructor: Diane Peterson is a retired school library media specialist that promotes the romance novel industry as an analyst, speaker, and reviewer. 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. Diane is a member of RWA and the Missouri RWA chapter. Website: www.dianekpeterson.com.

 

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HOW TO WRITE FAST with Peter Andrews

6-31 May 2019

Registration Deadline: May 7, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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Crank up the efficiency and get that novel, short story, article or script DONE.Through exercises, evaluations, tips and technologies, you can learn to write faster. Discover how to break through blocks, get ideas, develop plots, draft and polish in less time without losing quality.

 

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/

 

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VISIBILITY UNLOCKED: HOW TO ATTRACT, CAPTIVATE, AND RETAIN YOUR AUDIENCE with Vanessa Duplessie

3-28 June 2019

Registration Deadline: June 4, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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This Workshop is designed to teach new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before your first book release. You will leave with the tools enabling you to get started immediately to build or enhance an online presence. This workshop will share exactly what you need to do on a daily, weekly, & monthly basis to unlock your visibility.

 

About the Instructor: VaNessa Duplessie is a digital marketing strategist by day & a contemporary romance writer by night under the pen name Leigh Duvan. She writes sweet and sassy stories and loves a loveable hero. She’s a specialist in marketing & brand building designed to drawn in loyal and sticky fans. Complete with two decades of sales/marketing experience, she teaches new and experienced authors how to build and keep an engaged audience through brand awareness and community building, starting even before their first book release. An avid napper, she spends time running her kids here to there and traveling with her husband as often as possible. You can visit her at http://LeighDuvan.com or http://VaNessaDuplessie.com.

 

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PLOT BUNNY RODEO with Leslie Scott

8 July – 2 August 2019

Registration Deadline: July 9, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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We all have that one story idea (or in some cases, many ideas) that we just can’t seem to flesh out. Leslie Scott and her CPs (as well as a few writer friends) have developed a system of plotting conference calls, she’s madly in love with her local RWA chapter’s plot luck lunches, and has more craft books on plotting/brainstorming/outlining than her local library system. The only thing more gratifying to her than typing THE END on a novel is helping a fellow writer lasso their plot bunnies into their own novel or just to pull a scene out of the mire of nowhere to go.

 

About the Instructor:Leslie Scott has been writing her entire life. She’s multi-published in romance and active in RWA and her chapters. She is a plotting Queen. From plot calls with her critique partners (what they have dubbed her phone calls about their ideas) to marathon text message plotting sessions with her editor, she lives for tugging out the ideas that are hidden just beneath the surface.

 

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FOR THE DISCOURAGED WRITER: REKINDLING THE FIRE IN YOUR WRITING with Red L. Jameson

5-30 August 2019

Registration Deadline: August 6, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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When Red heard the advice that discouraged writers should get used to no longer feeling passionate about writing and to get a hobby instead, she decided to challenge that. At almost every level of her writing career, she’s had some sort of discouragement. After so many years of it, she decided to shove it where the sun didn’t shine and find the fire in her writing once again. This workshop covers almost every area a writer—from those just starting out to those who have been writing before dinosaurs were love interests—can become discouraged and ways to overcome it.

 

About the Instructor: While finishing her Master’s Degree in US Military History, Red has had many part-time jobs to help pay the bills but mostly to fund her addiction to fiction writing. Yoga instructor and weight management consultant were fun, but it wasn’t until she started proofing for an history journal that she knew true adventure, nearly getting into a back-alley fight over which writing style is the best. Chicago Style, of course. Formatting, graphic designing, then editing came later; although, she missed getting into cat fights with copyeditors about comma placement. Now, she writes her sizzling sexy yet cerebral stories full-time and wants to help other writers who need a hand up in this crazy business of writing.

 

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BARE NECESSITIES: CREATING THE WORKABLE BOOK-WRITING CHECKLIST with Linnea Sinclair and Stacey Kade

9-27 September 2019

Registration Deadline: September 10, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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Worthy character? Check. Story Question? Um, maybe. GMC? Inciting Incident? Final Scene? If this is the point where you tear at your hair or reach for the gin bottle, then this intensive course, offered by award-winning authors Stacey Kade and Linnea Sinclair, is just what you need to get your writing groove on. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the planning stages of a story or have a finished first-draft manuscript. This checklist course will give you the template you need to organize your story, clean up the confusion, and get it polished to perfection.

 

About the Instructors:

 

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character- driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades,” earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Sinclair, a former news reporter and retired private detective, resides in Naples, 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.

 

A former award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead and creates best-selling fiction in the young adult, romance, and paranormal genres for Disney-Hyperion, Simon & Schuster, and Tor. Her books have been called “compelling, mesmerizing, and addictive.” She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their beloved spoiled dogs. Find her on Twitter (@StaceyKade), Instagram (@AuthorStaceyKade), and her website StaceyKade.com.

 

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WRITING SPORTS ROMANCE with Cassandra Carr

1-22 October 2019

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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Sports romance is one of the fastest-growing subgenres, and this course will teach you how to write compelling, realistic stories. You’ll learn about the specific personality traits of elite athletes, what their day-to-day lives are like, how to describe the atmosphere in a locker room, and other details you’ll need to make your book the best it can be.

 

About the Instructor: Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on the computer. For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Cassandra_Carr.

 

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FACEBOOK FOR AUTHORS STEP BY STEP with Linda Rees

21-26 October 2019

Registration Deadline: October 22, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $15

 

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Class Description: This is an explicit, step-by-step guide including screen shots and assignments to teach how to set up, manage and analyze results of authors running Facebook Events. I am providing this training on Facebook Events because it is information I learned by trial and error, after taking a couple of classes on how to manage them. Everyone told me it was simple. It’s not difficult, but it is anything but intuitive.

 

About the Instructor: Linda is a story teller and dreamer whose dreams come true. She lives on a farm in Kentucky with her incredible husband and many critters and enjoying children and grandchildren. Born in the splendor of the Appalachian Mountains the daughter of a coal miner and part Cherokee Indian, Lynda grew up in northern Kentucky when the Mob reigned supreme in Newport and the city prospered as a gambling, prostitution and sin mecca. She’s fascinated how history affects today’s lives and works its way into her written pages. After a corporate career in marketing and global transportation this free spirited adventurer with workaholic tendencies followed her passion with for writing.

 

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PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK IN THE DIGITAL WORLD with Frank Ahearn

4-29 November 2019

Registration Deadline: November 5, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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Hide & Seek, will take participants into the fascinating world of how to disappear and how to find people. When a person disappears, they need to use disinformation to throw their predator off the trail. When a skip tracer searches for a person, they use a pretext to extract information. To a degree, hiding and finding are worlds steeped in the art of deception. I am the Magister Ludi of creating deception for privacy.

 

About the Instructor: Frank Ahearn has been a skip tracer and social engineer since 1984 and has located thousands of people all over the world. In 2001 he began a privacy service where he helps victims of stalkers, business people and the wealthy disappear. He is the only person in the world who has expertise at locating and disappearing people. Author of NY Times Bestseller, How to Disappear.

 

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REGENCY ELECTORAL POLITICS AND WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION with Rose Lerner

2-30 December 2019

Registration Deadline: December 3, 2019

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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The Regency British political system was complex, evolving, and unique–and even if women couldn’t sit in Parliament, they were involved in it everywhere, as patronesses, hostesses, possessers of pocket boroughs, information brokers, canvassers, and more. Rose Lerner will give you a detailed overview of Parliament, political parties, elections, and the patronage system, and then explore the many ways that contemporary women (paritcularly elite women) participated.

 

About the Instructor: Rose Lerner discovered Georgette Heyer when she was thirteen, and wrote her first historical romance a few years later. Her writing has improved since then, but her fascination with all things Regency hasn’t changed. Rose is a cook by day, and by night she writes historical romance! Books in her small-town Lively St. Lemeston series have been featured in NPR’s 2016 Book Concierge and Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. Her protagonists include a chemist, an innkeeper, an army officer, a con artist, a valet, a maid-of-all-work, and a confectioner. Visit RoseLerner.com to find out more!

 

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TIME MANAGEMENT FOR AUTHORS with Mary Thompson

January 2020 (Exact dates TBD)

Registration Deadline: 5 Jan, 2020

 

FTHRW Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25

 

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Class Description: Coming soon.

 

About the Instructor: Coming soon.

 

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