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:

  • May 1-29, 2017: Self-Publishing “Where The Heck Do I Start?”
  • May 1-26, 2017: Worldbuilding From An Intelligence POV
  • May 1-26, 2017: What’s a Tweet and Why Should I Care? Diving Deep into Social Marketing
  • May 1-17, 2017: The Art, Craft, and Business of Writing Genre Fiction
  • June 1-29, 2017: Back Cover Copy “Shoot Me Now!”
  • June 5-30, 2017: Romantic Screenplays 101
  • June 6-27, 2017: Crafting a Complete Story
  • July 3-28, 2017: More Than Just Window Dressing: How Secondary Characters Make your Novel Come Alive
  • July 5-30, 2017: Military 101
  • July 11 – August 1, 2017: A Novel in Four Drafts
  • August 8-29, 2017: Finding Your Writing Process
  • September 1-28, 2017: Character Torture 101—Writing Conflict
  • September 5-16, 2017: DIY Book Tours
  • September 5-29, 2017: Story Bootcamp
  • October 2-17, 2017: Surviving NaNoWriMo
  • October 3-28, 2017: Serializing: Using the Structure of Episodic Television to Craft Your Serialized Novel
  • November 1-22, 2017: Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction
  • November 1-29, 2017: Book Trailers 

Past 2017 Workshops:

  • January 2-31, 2017: Getting Results from Your Author Newsletter (completed)
  • January 2-27, 2017: Characterization: Making Strengths and Weaknesses Work for You (completed)
  • January 14 or January 22, 2017: Bringing Something to the Table: How to Be a Sought After Speaker Before You Publish (completed)
  • February 1-17, 2017: Pitches & Blurbs and Tag Lines
  • February 5-19, 2017: Writing and Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success

January 30-April 22, 2017: Three Month Course!

Advanced Concepts Thru Genre Film

About the Workshop:

Are you ready to turn that novel into a screenplay? Here’s the 3 month workshop to get you started with an understanding of how to write a screenplay.

$100 – CRW Members for 3 month course

$120 – RWA Members for 3 month course

$150 – Non-RWA Members for 3 month course

“The more you know, the more you find out you DON’T know” is the adage driving this intense 12 week course taught by working screenwriter Sally J. Walker.  Eleven cinematic concept lessons will be examined as exemplified in eleven movie genres.  Some of the concepts are the do’s and don’ts of plotting, scene structure and sequencing, subplot development, characterization for Character Arc and casting, succinct dialogue, and importance of visuals. The essential needs of these genres will be outlined: Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy, Juvenile, Horror, Romance, Western, Historical, Action-Adventure, and Inspirational. Exercises will motivate students to go beyond formula yet maintain appeal to audience expectations. Registrants will be given the list of 22 recommended films that must be bought or rented to participate completely in the course. Are they absolutely necessary? No, but you will short-change your education by not analyzing them with the instructor. Exercises and assignments will allow the participants to step-by-step write their own screenplay by the end of the class (if they commit to the schedule).  By the conclusion of the course, participants will also understand the hows and whys of pulling elements from other genres to enrich a story for cross-genre appeal.

Course Outline:
Lesson One-A:  Review of Fundamentals of Plot, Character, Format
Lesson One-B:  Expectations of Genre Film & “No New Stories”
Assignment:  Paradigm, Protag-Antag Casting, Log Line
Lesson Two-A: Concepts of Suspense & “Webbing”
Lesson Two-B:  Mystery Genre
Movie Analysis:  WITNESS . . . LETHAL WEAPON
Assignment:  Subplots, Time Line, Statement of Purpose
Lesson Three-A:  Concepts of Set-up Credibility & Character Sequencing
Lesson Three-B:  Science Fiction Genre
Movie Analysis:  STAR WARS IV . . . STAR TREK
Assignment:  First 10 pages
Lesson Four-A:  Concepts of Signpost Events, Opposition, Point-of-View
Lesson Four-B:  Fantasy Genre
Movie Analysis:  LADYHAWKE . . . HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE
Assignment:  10 pages thru Inciting Incident
Lesson Five-A:  Concepts of Character Profiling/Back-story on Dialogue
Lesson Five-B:  Comedy Genre
Movie Analysis:  MRS. DOUBTFIRE . . . National Lampoon’s CHRISTMAS VACATION
Assignment:  10 pages through Plot Point II ending Act I
Lesson Six-A:  Concepts of Character Arc, Inherent Sex & Violence
Lesson Six-B:  Juvenile Genre
Movie Analysis:  THE LION KING . . . SHREK
Assignment:  10 pages of “New World” thru Pinch I
Lesson Seven-A:  Concepts of Pinches, Anxiety Curve, Antagonist
Lesson Seven-B:  Horror Genre
Movie Analysis:  LAST BREATH . . . THE GHOST & THE DARKNESS
Assignment: 10 Pages thru Epiphany of Mid-point
Lesson Eight-A:  Concepts of Mid-Point, Change Focus to Active Role, Scene-Sequel
Lesson Eight-B:  Romance Genre
Movie Analysis:  AVATAR  . . . ROMANCING THE STONE
Assignment: 10 Pages to Pinch II of Act II
Lesson Nine-A:  Concepts of Plot Point II Dark Moment, Character Intensity, Ensemble Cast
Lesson Nine-B:  Western Genre
Movie Analysis:  THE COWBOYS . . . THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER
Assignment:  10 Pages from Pinch II thru Plot Point II (end of Act III)
Lesson Ten-A:  Concepts of Weaving Research Accuracy, Detail, Adaptation
Lesson Ten-B:  Historical Genre
Movie Analysis:  THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS . . . BRAVEHEART
Assignment:  10 Pages into Act III (Preparation for battle)
Lesson Eleven-A:  Concepts of Climax, Visuals, Foreshadowing, Choreography
Lesson Eleven-B:  Action-Adventure Genre
Movie analysis:  GLADIATOR  . . . HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
Assignment:  10 Pages of Climax
Lesson Twelve-A:  Concepts of Engaging Emotions, After-story, Revision, Marketing
Lesson Twelve-B:  Inspirational Genre
Movie Analysis: KINGDOM OF HEAVEN . . . SMOKE SIGNALS
Assignment:  Write to FADE OUT then outline Synopsis
Concluding Remarks

About the Presenter:

Sally Walker’s published credits include literary, romance and western novels, a nonfiction essay collection, several creative writing textbooks, stage plays, poetry, and many magazine articles on the craft of writing, including staff contributions to two international film magazines for 10 years. With 31 screenplays written, several under negotiation at various studios and her novel-to-screenplay adaptation on her plate, Sally has a well-respected manager representing her in Hollywood. In addition to long time active memberships in such national writing organizations as RWA, WWA and SCBWI, she was president of a state-wide writers organization 2007-2011. She keeps to a strenuous writing schedule and still has time to work as Editorial Director for The Fiction Works, supervising acquisitions and sub-contracted editors, as well as Script Supervisor for material sent to TFW’s affiliated Misty Mountain Productions. Sally has taught writing seminars, both on-site and on-line, for over 29 years and is the facilitator for the weekly meetings of the Nebraska Writers Workshop in Ralston, NE.  For more information on her works and classes go to her website at http://www.sallyjwalker.com.

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February 28 – March 25, 2017

 

Alphas: Leaders of the Pack

About the Workshop:

You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter who’s more interested in my numbers than your instincts. … Good, because I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. …

Judy Dench as M to Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Goldeneye

Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia to Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope

Who is he and what’s her story?

Using numerous examples from movies and books, award winning author Robin Matheson demystifies the male and female alpha archetype.

Topics include:

The Basics behind Pack Mentality and the Dominant Wolf

Key Personality Profile Traits of a Typical Alpha

Identifying an Alpha Skill Set

Goals and Motivations: The Focused Alpha

Archetypal Alphas

On Being a Man—On Being a Woman: The Alpha’s Emotional Vulnerabilities

About the Presenter:

An award winning author, Robin Matheson holds an honors specialist degree in Classical Civilization and English and a Master of Education. She’s taught numerous courses at college, overseas, and online courses on writing since 2004. Her in depth knowledge of mythical structures combined with her dynamic presentation style, have made courses such as The Journey Cycle and Crisis, Climax, Resolution: Writing to the End popular.

One of Robin’s greatest passions is traveling. In addition to their home base in Canada, she and her family have also lived in South East Asia and South Africa. Visit her at www.robiemadison.com

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March 1-17, 2017

 

Pissing Off Editors, Or How Not To Get Published

About the Workshop:

So many workshops deal with what writers must do to get published. So few detail the mistakes that can be deadly. Award-winning author Linnea Sinclair donned her reporter’s fedora and interviewed over two dozen acquisition editors, agents and pros in the publishing industry in order to learn what strikes fear in an editor’s heart and what guarantees a manuscript won’t make it out of the slush pile.

A fun, lively mini-workshop, Sinclair guides students through the perils of crafting a draft and submitting a manuscript, and helps them turn a critical eye to their own work. Lest they risk pissing off their next editor.

About the Presenter:

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 6-30, 2017

 

The Road To Publication: Queries, Synopses and More!

About the Workshop:

Once you’ve completed and polished your manuscript, the next step is to choose your path to publication. If you’re interested in traditionally publishing, you’ll need to evaluate whether you want to query an agent to represent you or if you’d rather submit directly to publishers open to unrepresented submissions. Either way, you’ll need to learn how to “pitch” your book, writing a compelling query that will catch an agent or publisher’s attention and land you a manuscript request. In addition to hooking them with your manuscript, you’ll want to create an author platform that demonstrates your commitment to pursuing a career as an author as well as your ability to market your book and your brand. This workshop will provide tips for writing a compelling query, tackling the dreaded synopsis, offer strategies for querying agents and submitting to publishers, discuss building a social media platform prior to publication, provide tips for transitioning to writing on deadline for a publisher, discuss dealing with a manuscript that doesn’t sell, and more!

The workshop runs for four weeks with two modules per week.

About the Presenter:

Chanel Cleeton writes contemporary romances, women’s fiction, and thrillers. She is both traditionally and self-published and is the author of the International School series published by Harlequin HQN, the Capital Confessions series published by Penguin/Intermix, the Assassins series, and the Wild Aces series published by Penguin/Berkley. Chanel enjoys sharing her passion for publishing with other writers through teaching workshops, speaking at conferences, and writing articles for industry publications. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She is represented by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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March 6-31, 2017

 

Hardwired for Hot

About the Workshop:

Ever wonder why, we as humans, find the things we do attractive? There are biological reasons we enjoy sex but what about before we get to that part? As humans, we are hardwired to find certain things “hot.” This workshop examines the newest innovative theory behind what determines what we find attractive and why. It will cover what catches our eye in the first place and why we immediately have the urge to leave or stay. There will be an extensive list of traits and mannerisms the average human female instinctually finds hot, with scientific explanations why. The material is based on cutting edge anthropological, biological and sociological concepts that are beginning to unravel the mysteries of initial human attraction.

About the Presenter:

Merien has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English and Communications Technology. She spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst, learning and observing all manner of people and their behavior. Before becoming an author and presenter, her occupations ranged from soldier to bartender to a 911 operator for police, fire and medical aid. The last few years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison and conference committee chair positions. She has used that time to gain an understanding of literary romance culture and to teach about her experiences before she entered the world of romance fiction. Her debut release A Treasure in the Darkness is scheduled for Fall 2016. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.

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April 03 – 28, 2017

“HOW’D I MISS THAT?” Embarrassment Prevention Skills (self-editing)

About the Workshop:

Are typos the bane of your existence? Do you have certain words you always spell wrong? Does your thumb automatically hit the space bar twice at the end of a sentence?

Learn how to easily spot crutch words, spelling weaknesses, inconsistencies, overused words, passive words, repetitious words, slow pacing, redundancies, clichés, poor/incorrect word use, sentence and paragraph structural issues, punctuation typos, problems with dialogue rhythm and flow, and Point of View mistakes.

Self-editing skills are critical whether you’re self-publishing or going traditional, and can save you not only embarrassment, but big dollars.

Learn how to make your manuscript so shiny clean it hurts your eyes like sunshine on fresh snow.

About the Presenter:

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

Kat dove into the deep end of self-publishing pool in 2012, and had to learn by experience. In 2014, she began sharing the hard-earned knowledge by offering online classes, and is proud to say she’s helped dozens of writers in their quest to become published authors whether choosing to go traditional or self-pub.

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April 3-30, 2017

 

Zen & the Marketing Author

About the Workshop:

Welcome to an adventure into marketing as you’ve never seen it. This is about being centered, knowing the power of your own creativity, and trusting the strength of the unique hooks within your book. No fear, no angst, no frustration, just the workings of that creative mind you already have. This workshop is a journey into the imaginative possibilities that make marketing efforts not only enjoyable, but satisfyingly successful.

Syllabus:

  • Marketing and Authors – The Love/Hate Relationship
  • How Creative can Marketing be?
  • Tools to Beat Marketing into Submission
  • Keeping your Marketing Momentum Alive and Productive

About the Presenter:

Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven year professional background in marketing, advertising, and public relations as a writer for print, television, and radio. She writes fiction and non-fiction.

In 2013 her nonfiction, Finding Author Success (Second Edition), and Cross Marketing Magic for Authors were released. Her newest book, Write Brain/Left Brain, focuses on bridging the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author.

Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She writes an author industry blog and teaches online and live workshops as The Author Success Coach. She belongs to several writing and professional organizations.

Deborah has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years.

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