Workshops

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Master Emotive Storytelling:  How to Combine Showing Action with Effective Telling

with Sandy Vaile

March 23 – April 27, 2020 (4 weeks)

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

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Workshop Description

For writers who want to decipher the contradictions in the show don’t tell mantra, to avoid author intrusion and maximize the reader’s sensory experience.

Showing creates drama and movement. Telling conveys information succinctly and poetically. Find a balance between action and brevity that will captivate readers.

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

Bookmap

with Candace Havens

June 1 – 5, 2020 (1 week)

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

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Workshop Description

The Bookmap is a path to make sure you hit all the beats for your novel that works for pantsers and plotters. It will help you make sure you have internal, and external conflict, that keeps the readers turning the page, as well as, deep POV characterizations.

Presenter Bio

Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Reader’s Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Candace runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

Writer Wellness:  A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity

with  Joy Held

Sept 14 – 25, 2020 (2 weeks)

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

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Workshop Description

Good self-care is the new multi-vitamin! Writers should still take a multi-vitamin, and Writer Wellness is a complimentary plan to help you stay on target for writing and life. WW is a lifestyle technique for anyone who loves to create with activities to stimulate creativity and health by encouraging regular journal writing, exercise, relaxation, good nutrition and creative play. Regardless of style, genre, or writing goals, Writer Wellness is the perfect writer’s companion.

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. Her historical romance novel Message to Love was published in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press. Her nonfiction book Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity, Third Edition, will be released from Headline Books, Inc. in spring 2020. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, Northeast Ohio RWA, and the Author’s Guild. She holds degrees in education, journalism, and an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

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From Giggle to Snort to LOL:  How to Put a Smile on your Readers’ Faces

with Sally Kilpatrick

October 5 – 16, 2020 (2 weeks)

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

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Workshop Description

Kilpatrick will walk you through some of the strategies she uses to make her fiction funny. Learn a strategy every few days and try your hand and punching up your prose with punch lines!

Presenter Bio

Born and raised in a small town in West Tennessee, Sally Kilpatrick writes to go home.  She lives with her husband, a Georgia boy, and her two kids in Marietta, Georgia, but her heart has never left Tennessee, and her books reflect the small-town shenanigans and memorable characters she grew up around. Her latest novel, Oh My Stars, was described by RT Book Reviews as written in a way that “makes readers feel as if they are hanging out with their best friend.”  With five novels under her belt, Sally has been a Golden Heart® Finalist and 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 Award for Mentorship.  Visit her author website at sallykilpatrick.com or follow her on Twitter as @SuperWriterMom.