Contemporary Romance Writers 2017 Workshops

Unless stated otherwise, workshops take place on closed Groups.IO 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:

  • 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

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June 1-28, 2018

 

Head Games: Writing Deep Third POV for Maximum Impact with Linnea Sinclair

About The Workshop:

Reading is a vicarious experience, right? That means as a writer you need to immerse the reader into the heart, mind and skin of the character, and there’s no better way to do that than Deep Third Point Of View. Deep Third is often likened to First Person POV for its emotional intensity and intimacy factor. But it’s also a sure way to keep readers (and agents and editors!) turning pages.

Award-winning Bantam Dell author Linnea Sinclair will take you on a journey through the flavors of Third Person, explain why Deep Third works, show you how and when to use Deep Third, how to know when Deep is Too Deep, and share tips and tricks to keep readers sobbing, giggling, gasping and grabbing… for more of your stories!

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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June 4-9, 2018

NOTE: This course will be conducted in a private Facebook group. You MUST have a Facebook account to enroll in this course. Please include your Facebook name / email in the sign-up boxes below.

Secrets to Writing Multiple Series with Marie Force

About The Workshop:

A series can be a great way to launch a career and hook readers on your writing. Keeping readers coming back for more while managing multiple titles, series and genres can be somewhat overwhelming without a clear strategy in mind. As the author of five New York Times bestselling series currently at various stages, Marie Force offers some secrets to keeping multiple balls in the air at the same time. This topic will be useful for authors who have several titles to manage and are looking to grow their following. Marie will share some of the tricks of what works for her and how she’s “trained” herself to write two—and sometimes THREE—books at the same time. Marie likes to say that a successful series is the gift that keeps on giving for an author!

About The Instructor:

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published 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. In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception.
All together, her books have sold 7 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for romance fiction.
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 FacebookTwitter @marieforce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie’s many reader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.

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June 19 – July 3, 2018

 

Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC with Meredith Bond

About The Workshop:

Day One: Introductions.

Day Two: Are you ready? Your production schedule.

Day Three: Your cover

Day Four: All the pretty pieces: front matter and back matter; how do you want your book to look? ISBNs, copyright, etc.

Day Five: Formatting for Smashwords

Day Six: Building your ebook with Jutoh

Day Seven: Formatting for CreateSpace

Day Eight: Uploading your masterpiece

Day Nine: Beginning marketing: must haves and extras

Day Ten: All questions answered (to the best of my ability). Existential questions such as “What is the meaning of life” and “Why?” will be answered as well, but I should remind you, I am a writer of fiction.

About The Instructor:

Meredith Bond as been formatting for it indie-authors and teaching both formatting and publishing since 2012 when she figured it all out in order to publish her own books. Since then she’s had many wonderful clients, students and has published fifteen books.

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July 10-31, 2018

 

NOTE: This course will be conducted in a series of 4 Tuesday-evening live webinars, with archives available for class members.

Four Types of Scenes with Lindsay Schopfer

About The Workshop:

Every story is made up of different types of scenes, each one requiring a different skillset from the author to write effectively. Students of all genres will benefit from this four-part course designed to teach writers what the unique benefits and requirements are for each type of scene. Subjects covered will include setting description, dialogue, internal monologue, and action.

About The Instructor:

Lindsay Schopfer is the author of two novels, the sci-fi survivalist Lost Under Two Moons and the steampunk adventure The Beast Hunter, as well as the fantasy short story collection Magic, Mystery and Mirth. His short fiction has also appeared in Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk from Writerpunk Press and Unnatural Dragons from Clockwork Dragon. When he isn’t writing, Lindsay is a writing coach and instructor for Adventures In Writing, where he helps writers learn about and improve their craft. His workshops and panels have been featured in a variety of Cons and writing conferences across the Pacific Northwest. He is also a mentor for Educurious, a Gates Foundation-funded program designed to connect high school students with professional writers.

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