Ongoing and Upcoming Workshops

FTHRW Workshop Sign Up Policies

  • General workshops: $30 non-members; $15 for member
    • 2 weeks workshops: $20 non-members; $10 for members.
  • FTHRW has a non-refundable workshop policy. All sign ups are final.
  • All workshop attendees are to be respectful of the instructor and the fellow attendees or removal from the workshop without a refund will occur.
  • All workshops are monitored. If there is an issue with the instructor or another workshop attendee, please contact a board member first before addressing the issue in the workshop forum.
  • Contact the VP of Programs at workshops@fthrw.com.
  • Once payment is made, log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class.
  • You can visit the workshop at your convenience to read the lessons and participate in the discussion and homework. Before the workshop closes for workshop participants (typically one week after the end date), you’ll have the opportunity to print or download the class topics for future reference.

First Blush to Climax: Writing a Sex Scene, with Jennifer Bokai

February 2-28, 2022

Registration Deadline for Members and Non-Members: January 30, 2022

Workshop is $30 for non-members and $15 for members

NON-MEMBERS ONLY

MEMBERS ONLY

Class Description:
A well-crafted sex scene can move a story from mundane to unforgettable, while a badly written sex scene can ruin an entire book. Beginning with the premise that sex scene is at the most basic level an action scene, we will explore ways to effectively use a sex scene in any story. Topics covered will range from pacing, to character arcs, plotting, heat levels and more. Due to the adult content of this workshop no one under 18 will be allowed to take the class.
Specific Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this workshops, participants will:
~Identify the heat level of their work in progress.
~Understand personal comfort with chosen heat level.
~Determine how to combine action, narrative, and emotion to create a compelling sex scene.
~Explore and define the terms scene, pacing, time manipulation, dialogue, description and setting as well as how they are used in writing sex scenes.
About the Instructor: Winner of the Sexy Scribbler for 2015, Jennifer D. Bokal is the author of the best-selling Ancient World Historical Romance, The Gladiator’s Mistress and the second book in the Champions of Rome series, The Gladiator’s Temptation. She is also the author of nine novels, all released by Harlequin Romantic Suspense and include the Rocky Mountain Justice and Wyoming Nights series, along with several books in the Colton’s continuity. Jen holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and is a member of both the Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Happily married to her own Alpha Male for more than twenty years, she enjoys writing stories that explore the wonders of love. Jen and her manly husband live in upstate New York. They have three beautiful daughters—who are mostly grown, two very spoiled dogs, and a cat who aspires to become a Chihuahua.

Invitation to Group io will be sent to registrant prior to beginning of class.

 

Prodding the Procrastinator Within, with Sally Kilpatrick

March 3-10, 2022

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2022

 

 

Once you pay, you will be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

NON-MEMBERS ONLY

MEMBERS ONLY

 

Class Description:
Do you ever have trouble getting things done? Ever feel like you love having written more than you love to write? Do you frequently wait until the last minute? Overwhelmed by all you have to do? Or D) All of the above? This workshop contains all of the strategies I’ve used to keep myself productive in spite of anxiety/depression, school-aged kids with a thousand activities, chronic pain, a soul-crushing pandemic, a possible case of ADD, and the highs and lows of the publishing industry.
About the Instructor: Sally Kilpatrick is the USA Today bestselling author of six novels. She has won multiple awards, including the 2018 and 2019 Georgia Author of the Year, the Maggie Award of Excellence, the Booksellers’ Best, and the 2016 Nancy Knight Mentorship Award. She lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, two kids, and two cats. You can find her at sallykilpatrick.com or on Twitter as @superwritermom.

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Nice Girl’s Guide to Conflict, with Sally Kilpatrick 

March 14-22, 2022

Registration Deadline: March 11, 2022

 

Once you pay, you will be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

NON-MEMBERS ONLY

MEMBERS ONLY

 

Class Description:
Do you write pretty sentences but still have trouble catching the attention of an editor or agent? Do your reviews say that nothing really happens in your stories? You may lack conflict in your stories. Even for those of us who aren’t all that angsty, we still have to have some conflict. Here are the strategies I use to make sure my stories pack an emotional punch.
About the Instructor: Sally Kilpatrick is the USA Today bestselling author of six novels. She has won multiple awards, including the 2018 and 2019 Georgia Author of the Year, the Maggie Award of Excellence, the Booksellers’ Best, and the 2016 Nancy Knight Mentorship Award. She lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, two kids, and two cats. You can find her at sallykilpatrick.com or on Twitter as @superwritermom.

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Myths, Fairy Tales, and Dreams for Stories that Sell,

with Paula Chaffee Scardamalia

April 1-29, 2022

Registration Deadline: March 29, 2022

 

 

Once you pay, you will be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

NON-MEMBERS ONLY

MEMBERS ONLY

 

Class Description:
The basis of modern storytelling whether in print or on the screen, lies deeply rooted in the mythological tradition. And that mythological tradition, whether myth or fairy tale, is shaped and created by visions and dreams, according to mythologist, Joseph Campbell. Game of Thrones, Clash of the Titans, Thor, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Snow White and the Huntsman, Once Upon a Time, Grimm-all popular books, movies and TV series that have their roots in the realms of myth and fairy tale. For writers, the realm of myth, fairy tale and dreams is one of unending storytelling possibilities. This workshop defines and describes the elements and characteristics, as well as the differences of myth and fairy tales and how you can use them for stories that capture your reader. And it will show you how to tap into the mythic power of dreams for personal yet universal stories.
About the Instructor: Paula Chaffee Scardamalia is a book coach, dream and tarot intuitive and the author of In the Land of the Vultures (a novel inspired by a dream), and Tarot for the Fiction Writer. She was dream consultant for PEOPLE Country Magazine. For more than 20 years, Paula’s presented workshops across the country at: national and regional Romance Writers of America conferences; the San Diego University Writers Conference; and the International Women’s Writing Guild, where she currently serves on the board. Paula publishes Divine Muse-ings, a weekly e-newsletter (since 2009) on writing, creativity, dreams, and tarot and is the award-winning author of Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom. Her new book, Enchanting Creativity With Fairy Tales, Dreams, Rituals and Journals, will be out Spring of 2022

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Writing the Romance Novella, with Cathy Chant

May 2-31, 2022

Registration Deadline:  April 27, 2022

 

 

Once you pay, you will be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

NON-MEMBERS ONLY

MEMBERS ONLY

 

Class Description:
In this workshop you will learn what a novella is, how it’s more than word count that separates it from a novel, and how to successfully craft one of your own. Lesson topics include: Scope and Pacing, Character Development, Conflict, Plot, and Format. At the end of the workshop, you will have a brief outline of a novella you can start working on this year, a list of prospective publishers to submit your work to, and some tips for self-publishing your novella at Amazon, if you prefer to go the indie route.
About the Instructor: Catherine Chant is a Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. Her young adult rock ‘n’ roll time travel series is available now at your favorite online bookseller and her popular workshop “Grow a Book: Turning Your Story Idea Into a Workable Plot” is now available as an ebook and audio book. 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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Where Did I Put Those Tools? with Mary Marvella

June 2-30, 2022

Registration Deadline: May 30, 2022

 

 

Once you pay, you will be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

NON-MEMBERS ONLY

MEMBERS ONLY

 

Class Description:
Writers have lots of tools for writing and line editing. They involve grammar and punctuation, of course. Some folks made up rules for things we are to remove from our stories: prepositions, verbs of being, adverbs, adjectives, passive verbs or passive voice, as, dialogue attributions, etc. Those words are our tools. Would we ask a carpenter to leave most of his tools at home? Should plumbers use only a couple of wrenches or plungers? We will work with rules we really should know and follow. We will also explore the “rules” that limit our writing too much and which to consider as we write and as we edit.
About the Instructor: Mary Marvella has presented workshops online for Outreach International, Hearts through History, FF&P, Aged to Perfection, and Savvy Authors. She presented workshops for Walton Writers, East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers, and Georgia Romance Writers. Mary taught language arts for 15 years and she now coaches f language arts. She has 10 novels and one book on editing on Amazon.

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Gratitude: It’s Easier Than You Think, with Kathryn Jane

July 5-30, 2022

Registration Deadline: July 2, 2022

Once you pay, you will be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

NON-MEMBERS ONLY

MEMBERS ONLY

 

 

Class Description:
We all know gratitude can change our lives, right? But trying to keep a gratitude journal can be hard! And boring! And I can never think of anything to be grateful about!Sound familiar? LOL Yep, that’s how I felt too…But desperation drove me to tossing aside the heavy idea of “gratitude journaling,” and slipping into something much simpler, and yep, painless. Want to know what I did? Do? How it can change your life? Step into my parlor and let’s have some fun!
About the Instructor: Author, artist, and animal advocate, Kathryn Jane, has been through enough love and loss of her own–as well as the grief and terror of others–to know that strength and tenacity might be enough to survive, but not to thrive in the face of adversity. After many failed attempts at keeping a gratitude journal, Kat stumbled upon an idea that clicked, and a whole new way of living unfolded one day at a time. Sleep became possible after twelve hour shifts in emergency dispatch, and when life tossed roadblocks in her way, she was able to climb over them and find something to be grateful for.

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Mastering Your Creative Process, with Pamela Jaye Smith

September 1-29, 2022

Registration Deadline: 29 August 29, 2022

 

 

Once you pay, you will be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

NON-MEMBERS ONLY

MEMBERS ONLY

 

Class Description:
Whether it’s for a story, a project, a class, a relationship, etc. the 4-part creative cycle affects everything on small and large scales, from a single small plant to a civilization to a star system. Learning to discern where in the process something is can give you all kinds of insights and advantages to influencing the outcome and enjoying the process. From initial inspiration through writing, research, re-writing, polishing, pitching, production, marketing, and distribution – increase the power of your creativity with these timeless, practical tools once mainly taught in the ancient and secret Mystery Schools. Now you too can work with the natural cycles of creativity to become much more efficient and effective. Use these universal underlying patterns both for yourself and for your characters as they go through their own cycles of desire, disappointment, distraction, determination, etc. The Lessons include optional homework questions and short writing exercises.
About the Instructor: Pamela Jaye Smith is a mythologist, writer, international story consultant and speaker, and award-winning writer-producer-director with over three decades in the media industry. She authored The Power of the Dark Side, Inner Drives, Symbols-Images-Codes, Beyond the Hero’s Journey, Show Me the Love! and a movie guidebook, Romantic Comedies: These Films Can Save Your Love Life. Her company MYTHWORKS offers ‘Applied Mythology for a Better Reality’ and she works with writers to bring the power of myth to all their stories using Mythic Themes, Archetypes, and Symbols.
www.mythicchallenges.com  
www.pamelajayesmith.com

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Surviving NANO, with Peter Andrews

October 3-17, 2022

Registration Deadline: September 28, 2022

 

 

Once you pay, you will be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

NON-MEMBERS ONLY

MEMBERS ONLY

 

Class Description:
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.
About the Instructor: Peter has worked as a speechwriter, a radio producer, an innovation consultant, and a chemist. He has had six short plays produced (three 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 Stowe, 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.

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Why GMC Matters, with Mary Marvella

October 18 – November 1, 2022

Registration Deadline: October 14, 2022

 

 

Once you pay, you will be forwarded to the class registration form. Your log in credentials will be sent a few days prior to class beginning.

 

NON-MEMBERS ONLY

MEMBERS ONLY

 

Class Description:
How Important Is GMC? – GMC is shorthand for Goals, Motivation, and Conflict. Can one of these be ignored when we write a story? Can we just jump in and see where the story leads us? What about non-plotters? Do they need to know the GM&C? Let’s look at how important each is and which ones we can leave to chance, if we can.
About the Instructor: Mary Marvella has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. The arrival of the book mobile was as exciting as hearing the music of the ice cream truck. As a child of the South, she inherited the storytelling gene from her parents and her grandmamas. Retired from teaching classic works of the masters, Mary plays let’s pretend with her characters. She has published 10 novels, 1 book on editing, and a collection of Christmas stories. Mary tutors, and coaches writers when she isn’t working on projects as a freelance editor. She has always been a grammar geek who loved soaking up new knowledge and reading everything, including labels on cereal boxes.
Georgia raised, she writes stories with a Southern flair. Mary has taught workshops for Georgia Romance Writers, Northeast Metro Atlanta Christian Writers, Savvy Authors, Hearts through History (RWA) and FF&P (RWA) and The Southern Pen Indie Conference. Mary loves teaching so much she published a book called Weeding of your Manuscript: What Editors Wish You Knew.

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