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 Workshops


 

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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