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RAPID REVISION with Zara West

4 – 31 January 2021

Registration Deadline for Non-Members: 1 January 2021

 

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. COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM AND SUBMIT IT, SO WE HAVE THE INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BUILD YOUR LOG IN. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

 

Class Description:
You’ve done it! You have reached the end of your draft. Wouldn’t it be nice if that was all you had to do?
Unless you are a wonder writer, your initial draft will not be perfect. So, what comes next? The monumental and time consuming task of revising.
In this class Zara will give tips and guidance on how to make that task tameable and reasonable.
The course is focused on keeping the task of revision to a thirty day prospect so you can move on and continue to progress with your work.

 

About the Instructor: Joan Bouza Koster is an award-winning author in both fiction and non-fiction who loves to mentor writers. Under the pen name, Zara West, she has published the award winning romantic thriller series The Skin Quartet and is a long-time member of FTHRW’s critique group. The first two books in her new series Write for Success: Fast Draft Your Manuscript and Get It Done and Revise Your Draft and Make It Shine have just been released by Short Fuse Productions.

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FOR THE DISCOURAGED WRITER: REKINDLING THE PASSION FOR YOUR WRITING with Red Jameson

2-28 February 2021

Registration Deadline: 30 January 2021

 

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 this in workshop, you will receive a revision road map with a tip for revising your draft every day for thirty days. By the end of the month, you should be well on the way to having a more organized and polished draft.

 

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. After eighteen published books and many in the works, she wants to help other writers who need a hand up in this crazy writing business.

 

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BOOK MARKETING FUNDAMENTALS with Hank Quenses

1-26 March 2021

Registration Deadline: 26 February 2021

 

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.

 

 

For a new or would-be author, marketing is a vague, bewildering concept. It’s a daunting task that all authors must face. The scariest part about marketing is the plethora of choices and tactics that are possible. It’s like the author must cross a vast swampland without a map. And the swamp is filled with alligators otherwise known as scam artists. And then there are all the false paths and dead ends. Book Marketing Fundamentals is a route map through the swamp. It explains how to create a strategic marketing plan and gives details on over 60 marketing tactics the author can deploy.

 

About the Instructor: Hank Quense writes satirical fantasy and sci-fi. Early in his writing career, he was strongly influenced by two authors: Douglas Adams and his Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Happily, Hank has never quite recovered from those experiences.

 

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ON YOUR MARK, GET SET – STARTING YOUR NOVEL IN THE RIGHT PLACE with Catherine Chant

5-30 April 2021

Registration Deadline: 2 April 2021

 

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’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 back story 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 back story and GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) then use them to pinpoint your story’s inciting incident (the true beginning of your book). Each lesson includes writing exercises and instructor feedback.

 

About the Instructor: Catherine Chant is an RWA Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. You can learn more at her website: http://www.catherinechant.com

 

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THOSE  WHO FORGET HISTORY: USING BACKSTORY TO ENHANCE YOUR NOVEL by Cynthia Owen

3-31 May 2021

Registration Deadline: 29 April 2021

 

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.

 

 

Those Who Forget History: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel, is a four-week long, interactive on-line workshop. Using lectures, supplemental information, and specific tools, students will examine how to use backstory effectively to enhance their stories using elements of a character’s past. There will be assignments after each lesson, and participants will be encouraged to submit their “homework” as well as to ask questions.
We will cover:
What is Backstory?
Flashbacks and How to Use Them
The Five Ws of Backstory “Who, What, Where, When and Why” of a character’s past.
Prologues: How to use a prologue to provide backstory
Dialogue :How to manipulate your readers by using a character’s dialogue to hint at backstory.
Weaving: How to weave backstory into your story.
Inner Thought: Revealing your character’s backstory through inner thought.
What Do They Want? How your character’s backstory can affect his goals.
Lessons will be given twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Fridays will be kept for questions, assignments, and discussion.

 

About the Instructor: A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three. I’m the author of The Claddagh Series, historical romances set in Ireland and beyond, and The Wild Geese Series, in which five Irish heroes return from the American Civil War to find love and adventure. I also teach workshops on various aspects of writing.I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and the Quebec Writers Federation. A lifelong resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic hero. I have two adult children.

 

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WRITING EMOTIONS WITHOUT PURPLE PROSE with Alicia Rasley

3-30 June 2021

Registration Deadline: 1 June 2021

 

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.

 

 

This interactive workshop will help you explore two ways of creating a compelling emotional experience for your reader: Story Design and Scene Design. You will leave with some seriously useful (but easily applied) strategies to deepen your story and scenes, and you’ll have a chance to ask me for advice on your own work. In Story Design, we will explore how the entire book plot can be shaped to create emotion in the reader. This will guide you to find the event arrangement approach that’s best for you and your story. Interactive exercises using your own material will help you tighten and focus that approach to help maximize drama. In Scene Design, we will zoom in on the building blocks of plot, the scenes, to help you learn not just to describe emotion in your scenes but to create emotion in your readers. Using scene design, body language, and the “magic rule of three,” you can learn to set up the reader for the emotion you will provide– without purple language or overwriting. You’ll also learn to help your readers “be” your characters within dramatic and intense scene, which will help you discover useful solutions for the major problems writers face as they move beyond plotting into presentation. We’ll work together in a friendly and conversational way to learn from the encounter with these sophisticated writing challenges!

 

About the Instructor: Alicia Rasley is the author of The Power of Point of View and The Story Within Plotbook. Her novel, The Year She Fell, was released from Belle Books and became a Kindle bestseller. She earned her MA in English Literature from Butler University, with the thesis The Family Vault: Women Buried Alive in Poe’s Short Fiction. Some other accomplishments:
– RITA-award-winning and best-selling author.– Writing instructor, University of Maryland.– Popular Fiction visiting faculty, MFA Program.– Writing advisor, University of Maryland.– Nationally known writing workshop leader.– Experienced content and acquisition editor– Editing blogger: www.edittorrent.blogspot.com.– Craft of writing author: Articles archived at www.aliciarasley.com-Writing blogger: www.plotblueprint.com

 

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MASTERING CHARACTER ARCS with Peter Andrews

5-30 July 2021

Registration Deadline: 2 July 2021

 

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.

 

 

One reason we come to fiction is to experience the changes characters go through. And, while the external journey from maid to princess or farmer to Jedi knight may create engaging challenges, we identify with characters because they learn how to trust others or master their tempers or become their true selves. They go on journeys where they learn who they are and how they fit in. They overcome their flaws, form connections, grow up and heal. The internal change is shaped and forced by their external tasks, giving them arcs that delight readers. This class will help participants to honestly assess the flaws in characters they love. They’ll look to how hard choices avoided make things worse and how choices faced with courage bring growth, understanding… and credible happy endings.

 

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 the Web series O’TOWNNY. He has attended Clarion, and Bread Loaf. He was 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. His short and feature scripts have been finalists or semi-finalists or QFs in many competitions including Austin Film Festival, Page, Sundance, and Scriptapalooza.

 

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DIVING SEVEN MILES DEEP WITH DEEP POINT OF VIEW with Katie McCoach

2-31 August 2021

Registration Deadline: 30 July 2021

 

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.

 

 

The Pacific ocean, the deepest ocean on earth, is almost 7-miles deep. Can you imagine how many layers of this beautiful life-force are unlocked with every mile down? In this workshop, we’ll be applying the 7-Miles Deep process to understanding and unlocking the layers of Deep POV in your manuscript. By the end of this workshop, you’ll never want to write surface-level again. We will work through a 7-step process of understanding deep pov, understanding the difference between surface level and deep, tools for picking it out in other stories, tools so the author can apply it to their own work, and more. The authors will have DEEP POV nailed down by the end of this workshop.

 

About the Instructor: Katie McCoach is a Los Angeles based developmental editor and book coach who’s been helping authors grow their best stories since 2012. Many of her writers have gone on to land publishing deals, and several of her indie authors have won awards. She is a founding editor of Revise & Resub (RevPit), an annual contest for emerging writers.

 

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NANO PREP THE BARE BONES WAY with Catherine Chant

1-27 September 2021

Registration Deadline: 29 August 2021

 

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.Are you a plotter? A panster? A little of both? Have no idea yet? No matter what your writing style, the bare bones method of prepping for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November can help you do just enough prep work for your novel-writing adventure that you enter the challenge with a strong plan, but not so much pre-planning that it stifles your creativity or kills your enthusiasm for the project. The bare bones method focuses on giving you a strong foundation on which to build your story, and also gives you a direction to head in once November 1 comes long. No more fearing that blank page. Now you’ll have a plan of attack!
This four-week workshop covers the following lesson topics:Overview of the NaNoWriMo ChallengeGrowing Your Story IdeaGetting to Know Your Main CharacterStarting in the Right PlaceStory High Points and Low PointsScene Brainstorming from Your Character’s Point of View
Each lesson includes one or more exercises to reinforce the concepts discussed in the lesson, and individual feedback from the instructor is always provided.

 

About the Instructor: Catherine Chant is an RWA Golden Heart finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. You can learn more at her website: http://www.CatherineChant.com

 

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WRITING WITH SPLASH: ENRICHING YOUR WRITING WITH SENSORY LANGUAGE with Zara West

4-31 October 2021

Registration Deadline: 1 October 2021

 

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.

 

 

Did you know that there are 7 senses? Or wait is that 8? At any rate, no matter how many there are, a great writer uses ALL of them in EVERY place possible in their writing.In this course, you will learn about our senses, how they work, and when, where and how to use them in your current WIP to set the scene, deepen emotion, and spark up action. Many resources for describing sensory elements will be provided.
• Lesson 1: Our Senses – How they work and why writers can’t leave them out• Lesson 2: Our Basic Senses: Writing about touch• Lesson 3: Our Basic Senses: Writing about smell• Lesson 4: Our Basic Senses: Writing about taste• Lesson 5: Our Basic Senses: Writing about sound• Lesson 6: Our Basic Senses: Writing about vision• Lesson 7: Going Beyond: Writing about the vestibular sense and kinesthetic sense• Lesson 8: Putting it all together: Examples and cautions• Bonus Materials

 

About the Instructor: Zara West loves all things adventurous and heart-stopping as long as they lead to true love and great romance novels. An online instructor in education and technology at the college level, she is an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her romantic thriller series The Skin Quartet is published by Wild Rose Press. The second book in The Skin Quartet series, Close to the Skin, won first place in the 2016 Pages of the Heart and second in the 2018 Rone Award. 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. She is also the author of Fast Draft Your Manuscript to the End and Revise Your Draft and Make It Shine, part of her writing craft series Write for Success.

 

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WRITING FLASH FICTION with Peter Andrews

1-14 November 2021

Registration Deadline: 29 October 2021

 

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.

 

 

Don’t have time to write a novel? Well, fewer people have time to read one. That’s why flash fiction is hot, with over 300 paying markets looking for well-formed stories of 1000 words or less. Learn how to write, market and sell these tiny tales.
Lesson 1 Structure and IdeasLesson 2 EmotionLesson 3 Hooks Story bites readerLesson 4 Finding Time, Being ProductiveLesson 5 Being Succinct, Focus, rephrase, and cutLesson 6 Happy Endings, Getting to satisfactionLesson 7 Your AudienceLesson 8 RewritingLesson 9 Getting It Sold Markets and process

 

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 the Web series O’TOWNNY. He has attended Clarion, and Bread Loaf. He was 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. His short and feature scripts have been finalists or semi-finalists or QFs in many competitions including Austin Film Festival, Page, Sundance, and Scriptapalooza.

 

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