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:

  • October 2-17, 2017: Surviving NaNoWriMo with Peter Andrews
  • October 3-28, 2017: Serializing: Using the Structure of Episodic Television to Craft Your Serialized Novel with Ines Johnson
  • November 1-22, 2017: Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction with Peter Andrews
  • November 1-29, 2017: Book Trailers with Ines Johnson
  • January 1-28, 2018: Lab Errors and How to Prevent Them in Novels with Marie Johnston
  • January 1-28, 2018: Goodreads is for Authors with Diane K. Peterson
  • 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
  • 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 1-28, 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
  • 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

Past 2017 Workshops


September 1-28, 2017

Character Torture 101—Writing Conflict 

About the Workshop:

Writing Guru Dwight Swain said that it’s the author’s job to manipulate the emotions of the reader. There’s no better way to do this than for the author to put his characters through one roller coaster episode after another, taking the reader along for the ride. But how much conflict, how much character angst is too much? How can an author keep the action from becoming cartoonish? Bantam Spectra author Linnea Sinclair answers those questions and more in this fun and fast-paced (because torturing students is good, too!) course that explores the importance of conflict in today’s commercial fiction novels.

About the Presenter: 

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, as well as the PRISM, PEARL, and SAPPHIRE, author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven science fiction romance novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades.” Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly.  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.” She’s the author of the exciting Dock Five Universe series that starts with Gabriel’s Ghost. Other Sinclair novels include PEARL award winners Finders Keepers, Games of Command, and Hope’s Folly (Dock Five book #3).

Sinclair, a former news reporter and private investigator, resides in 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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September 4-30, 2017

Plotting from Character

About the Workshop:

Have no idea what to do with your characters? Do you have a story but no idea how to structure the plot? This workshop covers some ideas on how to create the story from the inside out. Plotting from character can not only give you a more inventive story, it can also be a more fun story to write.

What we’ll cover:

1) Starting at the deepest point: for every character, find that person’s core need.

2) Keeping the Focus of the story:  one character’s specific growth.

3) Goals and Motivations — going beyond cliché with your characters.

4) How to use secrets that a character has (maybe even one that stays hidden).

5) Setting up conflict, inside and out, with your characters’ history–and those goals and motivations.

6) Leaving room for characters (and plots) to surprise you.

7) Using layers for plot twists – Conflict, Conflict, Conflict

8) Playing the “what if” game whenever you get stuck.

About the Presenter:

Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”

Her Regency romances can be found as ebooks on all formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing, and include a series of four novellas.

She also has out the Mackenzie Solomon, Demon/Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers. Her work has been on the top seller list of Amazon.com and includes Paths of Desire, a Historical Regency romance.

She is the author of several young adult horror stories, and computer games. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and only one love of her life. Shannon can be found online at sd-writer.com, facebook.com/sdwriter, and twitter/sdwriter.

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September 5-16, 2017

DIY Book Tours

About the Workshop:

Book Tours are an excellent and cost effective way to spread the word about your new release and gain exposure. However, they can be a costly endeavor for new writers whose dimes have gone to copyedits and covers. Learn how to DIY your blog tour in six steps which include building a media kit, targeting the right bloggers for your book, tailoring your email to each blogger to break through their slush pile, how to keep records of which sites you’re visiting along with what and when to give them materials, promoting your tour on your social media sites, and following up to ensure you’ll be invited back.

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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September 5-29, 2017

Story Bootcamp 

About the Workshop:

Start fast! Keep it humming. End with authority.

Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers. This course will explore the dimensions of your story and push them to the limits so you get the most from your premise and your readers get compelling experiences.

In the first week, the bootcamp will focus on getting a good start. Students will develop loglines, workshop their first five pages, and explore plotting. In the second week of the class, the instructor will hold a productivity clinic, stress test protagonists’ arcs, and find the juice in conflicts. The third week will focus on connecting the dots between scenes and chapters and practicing dialogue sprints. In the fourth and final week, students will have the chance to share and critique ideas for endings and to prepare to withstand the dreaded mid-novel slump.

No slackers! This is a highly interactive class that depends on commitment and participation.

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 (http://howtowritefast.bogspot.com/). 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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