Workshops

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Sink Your Teeth into Appetizing Characters

with Sandy Vaile

February 8 – March 5, 2021 (4 weeks)

RWF Members: FREE
RWA Members: $30
General Public: $40

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Workshop Description

Being a brilliant wordsmith isn’t enough to create authentic characters who shine on the page. You need characters who are interesting and flawed, who hooks readers and make them want to stick around long enough to unravel their mysteries. If you love your imaginary friends, but aren’t sure how best to convey them, then this interactive workshop is just the inspiration you need to make them come alive on the page.

Make sure you’ve covered all of your bases in the development stages, so you can be sure you have everything you need to communicate the depth of your hero and heroine’s personality, beliefs and desires clearly throughout your story.

Sandy Vaile’s comprehensive Character Development Template includes all of the physical, psychological and story-specific details your character needs and is flexible enough to work for any genre or author preference.

Participants will learn:

  • What makes readers relate to and cheer on fictional characters.
  • To delve beyond the usual height and hair colour, and really figure out what drives their characters.
  • To exploit flaws and fears to put characters through the wringer.
  • To develop separate physical, psychological and story-specific profiles.
  • Learn techniques to reveal personality as part of the story, instead of information dumping.
  • How to utilise character goals and motivations to intensify conflict.

This popular workshop combines colourful handouts, tailored feedback, videos and live chats to engage participants.

There will be plenty of opportunities to apply the teachings to your own work and get feedback from an industry expert.

Presenter Bio

Sandy Vaile is a motorbike-riding daredevil who isn’t content with a story unless there’s a courageous heroine and a dead body. She writes romantic-suspense for Simon & Schuster US and empowers modern writers to produce commercial quality fiction.

Sandy is an experienced course presenter with a decade of experience in the industry. She prides herself on providing a nurturing learning environment that enables participants to truly absorb the material and apply it to their own work.
In her spare time, Sandy composes procedures for high-risk industrial processes, judges competitions, runs The Fearless Novelist Facebook group, and offers mentoring and critiquing services. www.sandyvaile.com

50 Ways to Leave your Muse: Creativity Hacks for Writers

with Joy E. Held

RWF Members free with membership

RWA Members: $30
General Public: $40

Dates: 3/15 – 4/9/21  (4 weeks)

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Workshop Description

My theory about the muse is pretty straightforward: it’s a fantasy, a myth created by Greek and Roman philosophers who operated with limited resources on every level. The world was flat then. While the idea of a muse appeals to my senses, excites my imagination, and stimulates my sense of theatre, the reality is that the shoemaker’s elves don’t really exist. The cobbler and me have to show up, no matter what, and do everything from concept, design, draft, prototype, revisions, production, marketing, promotions, and follow-through to actually applying the idea to paper. 

This online workshop explores what it means to live a creative life, and to maintain that fun, creative edge all the time. We’ll examine curiosity, experience, exercise, nutrition, relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, journaling, reading, sleep, and dreams. And when that edge becomes dull, the ideas in the course will help you revive what you need to stay juicy, productive, and happy as a writer.

Presenter bio: 

JOY E. HELD, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A. is an author, freelance editor, educator, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self-facilitator, and workshop presenter with over 500 articles published in trade magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. She has published two historical romance novels. Her nonfiction book Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity, third edition is available from Headline Books, Inc. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America, The Author’s Guild, and Northeast Ohio RWA where she is Vice President of Communications. She holds degrees in education, journalism, and an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. 

http://www.joyeheld.com

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http://twitter.com/Joy_E_Held

http://www.writerwellness.wordpress.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/joy-held-4703b187/

Between “The End” and the Upload

Presented by Joan Leacott

May 3 to May 28 (4 weeks)

FREE to RWF members (join today for $30 and get other workshops FREE)

Fee to other RWA members: $50

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:

What does a publisher do in order to publish a book, and how do I do that for myself?

You’ve written a book. You’ve heard about writers publishing their own books and you want to know more. Or you’re already self-published, but you’re still confused about the process.

This workshop provides lessons, assignments, and checklists to guide you through the six steps between typing “The End” and uploading your book to a vendor’s website. 

  • Polish: Find the right editor for you. Learn four copyediting methods that you can do on your computer.
  • Prepare: Cover designers, formatters, narrators, there’s lots of ways to spend your money. Why, who, when, how much to pay? Where do you find them?
  • Protect: Do you need to register a copyright? What are ISBNs? Who owns what piece of your book? Is piracy preventable?
  • Price: Pick a number, any number? Ebook and print book pricing models are explained.
  • Print: Trimming, binding, bleeding… the jargon explained.
  • Publish: How many ways can you sell a book? Go wide or exclusive? To print or not to print?

Topics include:

  • Polish: Find the right editor for you. Learn four copyediting methods that you can do on your computer.
  • Prepare: Cover designers, formatters, narrators, there’s lots of ways to spend your money. Why, who, when, how much to pay? Where do you find them?
  • Protect: Do you need to register a copyright? What are ISBNs? Who owns what piece of your book? Is piracy preventable?
  • Price: Pick a number, any number? Ebook and print book pricing models are explained.
  • Print: Trimming, binding, bleeding… the jargon explained.
  • Publish: How many ways can you sell a book? Go wide or exclusive? To print or not to print?

EXCLUSIVE EXTRA: Four weekly interactive Zoom sessions to enhance the presented materials with live examples, discuss the course assignments, and Q&A.

Presenter Bio

Joan Leacott of Woven Red Author Services, offers prompt and professional book formatting of fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. Woven Red is rated “Excellent (Partner Member)” by the Alliance of Independent Authors. Her comprehensive course Mastering Word for Fiction Writers is a Featured Resource at Kobo Writing Life. Joan is also the author of The Clarence Bay Chronicles, a contemporary romantic women’s fiction series set on the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay, Canada.

Planning, Productivity and the Easily Overwhelmed

Presented by Sally Kilpatrick

September 13th – 24th (2 weeks)

FREE to RWF members

Fee to other RWA members: $50

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COURSE 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.

Presenter Bio

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 dashing husband, two precocious kids, and two persnickety cats. You can find her at sallykilpatrick.com or on Twitter as @superwritermom.