Workshops

2018

Most workshops are FREE to members of the Romantic Women’s Fiction Chapter of RWA. Join today for $30 and get other RWF workshops for FREE.

Can This Manuscript Be Saved?

with Susan Meier

February 5 to March 2, 4 weeks

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RWA Members: $40
General Public: $55

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Workshop Description

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 rejection catch phrases and explains why you and even your critique partners can’t spot them, then shows 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 published authors are able to write four, five and even six books a year without breaking a sweat!

Presenter Bio

Susan Meier is the author of seventy books for Harlequin and Silhouette, Entangled Indulgence and Bliss, and one of Guideposts’ Grace Chapel Inn series books, THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS. In the course of her career, 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.

Layering the Threads to a Complex Story

with Cara Putman

March 5 to 17, 2 weeks

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Workshop Description

What does it take to have a novel that pulls your reader deeply into your characters and story world? Different threads and layers. In this online workshop, award-winning author Cara Putman will help you identify the layers every story should have and then determine whether you have enough, too few, or too many. Too few will lead to a shallow story. Too many will create a top-heavy story that is cumbersome. Get the right balance, and any story will be richer regardless of genre.

Presenter Bio

An award-winning author of more than 25 books, Cara writes legal thrillers, WWII romances, and romantic suspense because she believes that no matter what happens hope is there, waiting for us to reach for it.

When she’s not writing, Cara is an over-educated attorney who lectures in law and communications at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and homeschools her children. She and her family live in Indiana, the land of seasons. You can read chapters for most of her books and connect with Cara at her website: http://caraputman.com

Advanced Craft Workshop

with Laura Drake

April 16 to 29, 2 weeks

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RWA Members: $30
General Public: $40
Registration limited to 20. 

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Workshop Description

You know the feeling – when you start a book and immediately suspend disbelief to fall into the story world. As authors, we know that this isn’t easy to do. It takes more than a good scene. It takes a maestro of craft to pull it off.

If you’re past problems with POV, character development and stage direction, this class will help you understand the subtle nuances that can be the difference between a ‘good writer’ and a popular author.

Here are just a few of the points we’ll be covering:

  • Anchor in Deep POV
  • Say it once, say it well
  • Triple-duty descriptions
  • Get rid of Same old/same old body language
  • Dialog tags – who needs them?
  • Write tight
  • Tell us what we don’t know
  • Trust your reader
  • Backstory slivers – no dumps here!
  • Fully rounded characters

Presenter Bio

Laura Drake is the author of seven romances in two series, and one Women’s Fiction. Her debut, The Sweet Spot, won a RITA®  for Best First Book.

Keeping the Tension Alive in Books WITHOUT Sex

with Susan Meier

May 1 to 29, 4 weeks

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General Public: $55

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Workshop Description

Everyone knows that sex scenes provide high points and turning points for romance novels. Every one knows that the fallout after a sex scene can provide some of the most dramatic segments of the book. But what do you do if you don’t want to have consummated love scenes in your book? Can you write a book that’s as dramatic or MORE dramatic?

Susan Meier thinks you can. Actually, she believes books without sex can be good enough that no one even notices there is no consummated love scene…and she’s written 65 books without sex to prove it.

Learn how to use tension, the push/pull of conflict and even the characters themselves to tell your story with drama and honesty and create a book that will stay with readers long after they’ve read “the end.”

Topics include:

  • We live in a sex-obsessed culture, but not all of life is about sex.
  • It’s all about tension, keeping readers on the edges of their seats.
  • External conflicts are the vehicle for your characters.
  • Internal conflicts are all about incorrect core beliefs that spring from real life and real pasts.
  • “Correcting” incorrect core beliefs.
  • Using your heroine.
  • Using the push-pull caused by conflict.
  • Pulling it all together.

Presenter Bio

Susan Meier is the author of seventy books for Harlequin and Silhouette, Entangled Indulgence and Bliss, and one of Guideposts’ Grace Chapel Inn series books, THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS. In the course of her career, 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.

“Ask Me Anything” Facebook Live Video Session

with Marie Force

Sept 15, 1 PM to 4 PM

FREE for all who join the RWF Chapter public Facebook group.

Workshop Description

A lively, interactive chat about writing, the publishing business, how Marie runs her business and juggles multiple series, etc. Participants drive the discussion. You have questions, Marie has answers!

Presenter Bio

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. All together, her books have sold 6 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Join Marie’s mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @MarieForce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie’s many reader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.

Between “The End” and the Upload

with Joan Leacott

Sept 24 to Oct 5, 2 weeks

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General Public: $40

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 Workshop Description

Congratulations! You’ve completed your story! You’ve decided to take control and self-publish. Rock on!

Where you go from here? How do you get your book on the shelves, electronic or bricks & mortar? What do you need to know before you announce your release date?

In this workshop, we’ll walk over the stepping stones between typing “The End” and clicking the upload button on a vendor’s or distributor’s website.

Topics include:

  • Polish: Types of edits, DIY tools, finding an editor.
  • Prepare: Between cover designers, formatters, narrators, there are lots of ways to spend your money before you’ve made a penny of royalties. How much is too much?
  • Protect: Copyrights, ISBNs, piracy.
  • Print: Trimming, binding, bleeding… what horrors await you behind those portals?
  • Price: Competition is fierce, pricing is tough. Crunch the numbers.
  • Distribute: The many ways can you sell a book; direct, bookstores, libraries. Go wide or exclusive. To print or not to print.

Presenter Bio

Joan Leacott is the author of The Clarence Bay Chronicles, a contemporary romantic women’s fiction series set on the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay, Canada. Under her company Woven Red Author Services, Joan offers prompt and professional book formatting. Her comprehensive course Mastering Word for Fiction Writers is a Featured Resource at Kobo Writing Life.

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