Contemporary Romance Writers 2017 Workshops

Unless stated otherwise, workshops take place on closed Yahoo Loops Forums and are $15 for CRW Members, $25 for RWA Members, or $35 for Non-RWA Members. For more information, contact the VP of Workshops.

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Mark Your Calendars For:

  • April 1-28, 2018: Piracy For Authors – Understanding the Issues with Merien Grey
  • April 1-28, 2018: Creating Unforgettable Characters — How to Make them Walk, Talk and Seduce Readers with Carla Caruso and Samantha Bond
  • April 9-22, 2018: Email Marketing 101 with VaNessa Duplessie
  • May 6 – June 1, 2018: Principles of Good Website Design for Writers with Cathy Chant
  • May 1-28, 2018: Fights In Fiction (What it feels like to get hit, not how to hit) with Merien Grey
  • May 1-28, 2018: Write The Effing Book: Plotting Techniques for Plotters and Willing Pantsers with Mary E. Thompson
  • June 1-28, 2018: Head Games: Writing Deep Third POV for Maximum Impact with Linnea Sinclair
  • June 4-9, 2018: Secrets to Writing Series with Marie Force
  • June 19 – July 3, 2018: Self Publishing: Easy as ABC with Meredith Bond
  • July 10-31, 2018: Four Types of Scenes with Lindsay Schopfer
  • August 1-25, 2018: Inside Out: Crafting Your Character’s Internal Conflict with Linnea Sinclair
  • August 1-25, 2018: Writing LGBTQ Contemporary Romance with JoSelle Vanderhooft
  • August 1-28, 2018: How to Plot a Novel or Short Story with Samantha Bond
  • September 9-28, 2018: Writing the Romantic Novella with Cathy Chant
  • September 1-28, 2018: Volunteerism – Making it Worth Your Time and Theirs with Merien Grey
  • September 10-23, 2018: Time Management for Authors with Andrew Grey
  • October 1-28, 2018: Focus on the First Five with Robb Grindstaff
  • October 1-28, 2018: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS for You and for Your Writing with Kathryn Jane
  • November 1-28, 2018: The Actual How of Making Time to Write – Project Management for Writers with Merien Grey
  • November 1-28, 2018: Dialogue: The Story Driver with Robb Grindstaff
  • November 1-28, 2018: How to Write More Engaging Sex Scenes with JoSelle Vanderhooft

Past Workshops


March 1-28, 2018

 

Cinderella at the Prom: How to Write a Contemporary Retelling with JoSelle Vanderhooft

About The Workshop:

From Gregory McGuire’s beloved Wicked to Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Quartet to countless reimaginings of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, retellings are a perennial hot subject for writers. In this class, editor JoSelle Vanderhooft (also an author of numerous fairy tale retellings in prose and poetry) will teach you why readers and writers crave reimagining these stories again and again, what kinds of stories make the best retellings, and how to make your favorite classic story uniquely your own. The goal of this course is to give students a rough outline for a retelling of their own.

 About The Instructor:

JoSelle Vanderhooft is an editor and writer with twelve years of experience in several areas of publishing–most notably journalism, inspiration/self-help, and fiction. She loves meeting and working with publishers as well as authors of all experience levels–though she has a special passion for working with independent authors and those new to the craft, as well as those writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, suspense, or any combination thereof.

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March 1-28, 2018

 

Hook ‘em, Dano: Writing the Grabber Opening Scene with Linnea Sinclair

About The Workshop:

Today’s editors and readers don’t have time to waste getting into a book or its characters. While “Four score and seven years ago” might have worked fine for Old Abe, starting a book/story with flashback or lengthy description has fallen out of favor with the generation raised on MTV. “Hook ‘Em” will dissect the good, the bad and the ugly of openers, why they work and why they don’t. It will examine different categories and styles of opening lines and scenes and help students analyze their own writing. Workshop teacher Linnea Sinclair is a multi-award winning science fiction and romance author whose plots, according to reviewers, readers and judges, ‘hit the ground running and never let up’.

About The Instructor:

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, and published by both the Dell and Spectra imprints of Bantam Random House, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades,” earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and made the USA Today Extended Bestseller list. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” Sinclair was also nominated for SFWA’s respected John W. Campbell award.

A former news reporter and retired private detective, Sinclair’s lively workshops have made her a writing conference favorite nationwide—her recent schedule included workshops in Houston, Denver, Tampa, St Louis, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Dallas. She’s been was featured on Daytime, an NBC syndicated talk show, as well as several nationally syndicated radio features. Her sci fi-police procedural novel, THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES, was optioned for movie production.

Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com

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March 1-28, 2018

 

Press Kits – “Trust Me, You Need One Now!” with Kathryn Jane

About The Workshop:

One magical file for when opportunity knocks.

Learn how to put together a comprehensive file filled with all the “stuff” you need to have at your fingertips—the little things we never think of until someone asks. Be prepared to guest blog at a moment’s notice, to take advantage of last minute opportunities. Take the headache out of posts for Facebook parties or takeovers. Be Twitter ready.

About The Instructor:

Presenter Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series. Novels filled with mystery, suspense, adventure, psychic abilities, and romance. Think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy. Kickass women and the men who dare to love them.

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