Workshops

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Seven Tools for Creating Characters Who Will Make Your Career

with Susan Meier

April 1 – 12, 2019

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

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Workshop Description

Only standout characters will cause a reader to devour a book and make them eager your next book. Only superbly drawn characters can carry a series. In her thirty years of writing romances for Silhouette, Harlequin, Entangled, Tule and Guideposts, Susan Meier has discovered that there are seven tools to creating a great character. From attitude to description to a character’s past, every detail of your hero and heroine either pulls readers in or pushes them away. Learn the tips to luring readers into your story by creating characters readers love.

Presenter Bio

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

Introduction to Social Media

with Jamie K. Schmidt

May 6 – 17, 2019

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

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Workshop Description

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Livejournal, LinkedIn, Instagram Goodreads — It’s enough to make you pull the covers over your head and pretend they don’t exist.  But the fact remains that readers are looking to find new books and authors.  Social media is a great way to reach them.  This course will help you build your readership, without having hours upon hours to spend figuring out what each of these social media sites offer.  This is also an introductory course on social media.  You will learn how to set up a profile on each of these sites, the do’s and don’t’s, how to upload pictures and how to protect your privacy.  We’ll also go over the terminology used (hashtag, poke, etc.), emoticons ( 😀 ) and text speak (tl;dr, smh). We’ll also touch on handling multiple pen names and streamlining your social media accounts. USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt has over 6000 followers on Twitter.

Presenter Bio

USA Today bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt, writes erotic contemporary love stories and paranormal romances.  Her steamy, romantic comedy, Life’s a Beach, reached #65 on USA Today, #2 on Barnes & Noble and #9 on Amazon and iBooks.  Her Club Inferno series has hit both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble top one hundred lists. The first book in the series, Heat, put her on the USA Today bestseller list for the first time, and is a #1 Amazon bestseller.  Her book Stud is a 2018 Romance Writers of America Rita® Finalist in Erotica. Her dragon paranormal romance series has been called “fun and quirky” and “endearing.” Partnered with New York Times bestselling author and former porn actress, Jenna Jameson, Jamie’s hardcover debut, SPICE, continues Jenna’s FATE trilogy.

Facebook URL www.facebook.com/jamie.k.schmidt.1
Twitter URL https://twitter.com/Jamiekswriter
Goodreads URL http://www.goodreads.com/jamiekswriter
Website URL http://jamiekschmidt.weebly.com/
Blog URL http://jamiekswriter.livejournal.com/
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Jamie-K.-Schmidt/e/B00B7CKKO6
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/jamiekswriter/

Hook ’em Dano:  How to write a strong opening line, well-paced middle, and enticing ending chapter

with Sharon Struth

June 2 – 14, 2019

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

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Workshop Description

You only get one chance to make a great first impression….

The phrase is cliché, but something to think about as you write your manuscript. In the first thirty seconds after a reader or agent/editor picks up your story, they’ll make a decision to keep reading or move on to something else. Even if you snag them with a catchy start, if the world you’ve built starts to slow down on page two and continues to drag, you can wave goodbye to a sale or an offer for representation. An author’s goal should be to write a book so compelling, the reader schleps into work blurry-eyed the next day because they couldn’t put your book down the night before.

Doing this is no easy task, but it’s not impossible if you focus on some key elements. This course will talk about strong starting hooks, why chapter/scene pace matters, and where to end a scene/chapter so the reader needs to turn the page. We’ll also take a look at why strong story goals and conflict making that goal unattainable keep the reader engaged. Combine these elements and turn your manuscript from peaceful to page-turning in no time at all!

Presenter Bio

Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. She’s the author of the popular Blue Moon Lake Novels (Kensington) and Sweet Life Novels (Kensington), romantic women’s fiction that includes Willow’s Way, a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner. Her debut novel, The Hourglass, was a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best First Book.

When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail, travel the world, and enjoy spending time with their precious dogs and two grown daughters. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, including where to find her books and published essays, please visit sharonstruth.com or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More at www.sharonstruth.wordpress.com.

The Nice Girl’s Guide to Creating Conflict

with Sally Kilpatrick

Sep 9 – 20, 2019

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

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Workshop Description

Do your manuscripts get comments like “your story is too quiet” or “you have too much external conflict”? Do you find it hard to put your characters in sticky situations? Sally Kilpatrick relays her own journey to creating conflict even when, in real life, she prefers to run away. Starting with the tried and true concept of GMC, she’ll expand upon the concept and guide you through adding internal conflict and other strategies for making sure that your story has layers.

Presenter Bio

Sally has a handout to simplify the process of evaluating your characters’ GMC, and the class will also run through examples to better learn how to strengthen your story. She can’t write your story — heck, she’s supposed to be writing one of her own — but she’ll happily share all of her tools with you so we can all be bad girls together.

Straight from the Bible Belt, Sally Kilpatrick writes southern fiction full of small-town shenanigans. She is a Golden Heart finalist, a Book Buyer’s Best finalist, and a National Readers’ Choice Awards triple finalist. Her fourth novel, Bless Her Heart won the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. Her fiftieth novel, Oh My Stars, explores what happens when a community finds a baby in the manger of the local Drive Thru Nativity. Sally lives with her husband and two children in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Visit her author website at sallykilpatrick.com or follow her on Twitter as @SuperWriterMom

Between “The End” and the Upload: Six Steps to Self-Publishing

with Joan Leacott

Oct 14 – 27, 2019

RWF Members: FREE
RWA Members: $30
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.
  • Publish: 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. After releasing her third title, Joan put her sharply-honed Word formatting skills to use at Woven Red Author Services. Released in July 2017, her Mastering Word for Fiction Writers, a Featured Resource at Kobo Writing Life, is the definitive online course to help you use Word with power.