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:

  • February 1-28, 2018: How to WRITE When Everything Goes WRONG with Allie Pleiter
  • February 4 – March 2, 2018: Developing Stronger Characters Through Journaling with Cathy Chant
  • February 5 – March 3, 2018: The Sexy Synopsis with Shannon Donnelly
  • March 1-28, 2018: Cinderella at the Prom: How to Write a Contemporary Retelling with JoSelle Vanderhooft
  • March 1-28, 2018: Hook ‘em, Dano: Writing the Grabber Opening Scene with Linnea Sinclair
  • March 1-28, 2018: Press Kits – Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks with Kathryn Jane
  • 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
  • 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 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 Samantha Bond and 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: How to Write More Engaging Sex Scenes with JoSelle Vanderhooft

Past 2017 Workshops


 

November 1-22, 2017

Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction

About the Workshop:

Every story can benefit from an authentic, fully realized setting. By asking the right questions, the writer can immerse readers in a specific environment, time period, and culture. Whether it’s a galaxy far, far away or your own backyard, a detailed setting can engage your reader and sharpen your conflict.

Make contemporary stories as surprising as SF and fantasy by moving past assumptions. Make invented worlds as real and believable as the town you live in. The class will explore settings from a variety of perspectives and apply what’s learned to storytelling.

What catches readers’ imaginations? How do you explore the environment and use what you learn to raise the stakes? What needs to be there, and what should be left out? Using the tools of fantasy and SF writers, discover how society, geography, history, and economics can make your story fresh, believable, and compelling.

About the Presenter:

Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog. He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and past president of its Young Adult chapter

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November 1-29, 2017

Book Trailers 

About the Workshop:

Book trailers are visual depictions of a book’s storyline, sometimes made by fans, which are a great way to get readers enthused. In this workshop veteran screenwriter turned romance novelist, Ines Johnson, will teach you the four simple steps of writing copy to persuade a potential reader to pick up your book. Then we’ll investigate software to turn that copy into a visual book trailer. And finally, we’ll share our trailers on streaming sites like Youtube and Vimeo.

About the Presenter:

Ines Johnson is a television writer turned romance novelist. She currently teaches college level courses in scriptwriting and story development.

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Ines is best known for her charming fairytale retelling romance Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story. The Cindermama series features single mothers who’ve given up on love after kissing toads, but they each get a second chance at love with a prince charming.

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.
Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.

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January 1-28, 2018

Lab Errors and How to Prevent Them in Novels

About The Workshop:

Clinical labs are usually tucked away in clinics and hospitals, and lab personnel often have limited contact with patients and clients. In writing, those tiny throwaway details, or even major plot points, have a higher chance of being inaccurate because of unfamiliarity with the field, or the difficulty in researching lab procedures. Don your lab coats, glove up, and take a quick and dirty lab tour with me as I cover types of labs, educations required for lab testing, basic testing and turn-around-time, and highlight where it can all go wrong.

About The Instructor:

Marie Johnston is an award-winning, best-selling writer of paranormal and contemporary romance, but before all that, she was a lab geek with a B.S. in microbiology and medical technology and a M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science. Marie decided to pursue her passion for writing and traded in her lab coat for a laptop to write her first book. She lives in the Upper Midwest with her husband, four kids, an old kitty, and young puppy. Other than hanging out with her family, Marie enjoys reading, movie dates with her hubby, getting outside on sunny days, and the all too rare girls’ night out.

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January 1-28, 2018

Goodreads is for Authors

About The Workshop:

Goodreads says it is “the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” With well over 55 million members worldwide it just makes sense for authors to go where the readers are. It is well worth the time and effort to create an effective and accurate presence on Goodreads. This class will show you how to take control of your Goodreads presence and use the power of Goodreads to build your readership. Are you a Goodreads Author? Does your profile capture the key elements of you? Have you connected your blog? Does the information in your book records make it easier to find them? Is the information accurate? How does Goodreads interact with Amazon? Should you advertise on Goodreads? We will answer these questions and more while we explore the many ways for authors to make Goodreads a strong part of their marketing plan.

About The Instructor:

Diane K. Peterson is a retired school library media specialist that promotes the romance novel industry as an analyst, speaker, reviewer, and writer. She teaches a number of literature-related classes to older adults through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and does workshops and presentations to other groups. Diane is very active on Goodreads, tracking her own extensive library of romance books, writing reviews and following many authors and groups. A compulsive “fixer,” she uses her status as a Goodreads librarian to correct and improve book records as well as assisting authors with their records. Diane is a member of RWA and the Missouri RWA chapter. Website: www.dianekpeterson.com

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January 1-28, 2018 

Get Those Butterflies Out of My Stomach! Pesticide for Clichés 

About The Workshop:

Clichés are a problem with which every author contends at some point, which can muddle and drag down a perfectly good story. In this workshop, you’ll learn why they happen, why they–generally–do not serve your writing, and how you can replace them with stronger, more original, and more succinct choices.

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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