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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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
Inside Out: Crafting Your Character’s Internal Conflict with Linnea Sinclair
About The Workshop:
It’s the bottom of the iceberg. The fuel for the fire. Internal conflict—that illusive and often ignored element in your character’s GMC. Yet, like fuel, it’s a powerful element in crafting your character and your story, and it will keep your readers turning pages. In this two-week intensive mini- workshop, RITA® award-winning author, Linnea Sinclair, will show you how to dig deeper to unearth your story’s hidden power by writing to this primal force. (A working knowledge of GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict is helpful for this class.)
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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The B and T in LGBT: So You Wanna Write a Bisexual or Transgender Character? with JoSelle Vanderhooft
About The Workshop:
Society frequently misunderstands or makes assumptions about bisexuality, and the scarcity of bisexual characters in romance—erotic as well as non-erotic—helps contribute to bisexual stereotypes, misconceptions, and all-out erasure. This three-week class with editor JoSelle Vanderhooft is designed for authors of any sexual orientation who want to learn how to write bisexual characters—or other multisexual charcters—respectfully and accurately. We’ll cover such topics as bisexual history in the United States, common myths about bisexuality, and the (many) ways in which bisexuality differs from attraction to a single sex. This class is high-participation, so please come with questions!
Week one: What is bisexuality and multisexuality? And what is transgender, nonbinary, and other “not cis” sexuality?
- We’ll define bisexuality and other forms of multisexuality (pansexuality—which is different but not necessarily exclusive of bisexuals being the most distinct)Bisexual myths and facts.
- We’ll go over common and harmful stereotypes about bisexual and other multisexual characters. Namely: that bisexuals are promiscuous and “greedy,” that they are all polyamorous (not a bad thing to be, but not something all bisexuals are), that they spread disease, that they cheat on their partners, etc.
- We’ll talk about what “cisgender” means (identifying with the sex and gender one was assigned at birth) and various ways in which people fall outside the male-female binary (by being transgender, nonbinary, etc.)
- We’ll discuss harmful stereotypes about trans and nonbinary characters (e.g. that they’re not really men or women but a “third sex” when that isn’t how many see themselves; that trans women are just “men in dresses”)
Week two: How to write a bisexual and transgender characters with sensitivity.
- Avoiding stereotypes we discussed while making your characters unique, fully realized people.
- What to do if your character does something that could be a stereotype (e.g. a bisexual person who does want more than one partner; a transgender woman who is a pathological liar).
- What to do if your bi or trans character is disabled, of color, over forty, fat/of size. And how this may play into their characterization.
Week three: Critiques of people’s writing, should they want them.
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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How to Plot a Novel or Short Story with Samantha Bond
About The Workshop:
You’re probably familiar with the phrase: “the plot thickens”. But exactly what is plot and how, as a writer, do you come up with your own original, compelling plots? The trick is to understand the difference between ‘story’ and ‘plot’. In this workshop, I’ll demonstrate how plot works through an analysis of arguably the greatest chick-lit novel of all time, Bridget Jones’s Diary. But more than simply analyse, this workshop will arm participants with tools to create their own plots through an understanding of how characters reacting to challenge results in plot. While this course will examine theory, it is a hands-on practical course designed to get you writing.
This first lesson will focus on understanding what a plot is. It will explain the difference between ‘story’ and ‘plot’ and show that plot results from characters reacting to obstacles and challenges. Examples from Bridget Jones Diary and other works of fiction will highlight that plot is conflict + character reaction. This fundamental concept is not well understood by many and once you’ve got it, you’re well on your way to plotting dramatic fiction (and really, who wants to read any other sort?)
This week will focus on the two types of conflict that should be present in compelling fiction — internal and external conflict. Bridget certainly experiences both. It will also look at what other ingredients go into a riveting plot. This lesson will include a basic structural overview of Bridget Jones Diary.
This lesson I’ll put it all together. As a writer, you’ve possibly heard of the three-act play, and the heroes’ journey structures. But how can you easily use them in your work and not just a chart that shows rising and falling tension lines? This lesson will include templates that will assist you to utilise these classic structures in your novel, short story or screenplay. It will also include a focus on the role and importance of subplot, and how to weave that into your main plotline.
So, you’ve heard a lot about Miss Jones by now. Reckon that character-driven plotting methodology only applies to romance or chick lit? Think again! In this final lesson, I’ll demonstrate how the exact same plotting principles apply to “Mr Yippee Ki Yay”, John McLane. That’s right folks, Die Hard(arguably the best Christmas movie ever!) also relies on character-driven plot. Let me demonstrate how this methodology applies to ALL good stories.
About The Instructor:
Samantha Bond is a reformed corporate lawyer, now writer and public servant. Her creative work has been published in numerous national literary journals, anthologies and magazines. She has an Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing winning the award for Highest Overall Achievement for her graduating class, and now teaches in that course. Samantha also writes reviews for the Indaily and Glam Adelaide and between these two publications, has had over 200 reviews published. Samantha does freelance corporate writing work as well as creative writing mentoring and if you’d like her services, she’s contactable through her website www.samanthastaceybond.com). Finally, Samantha is a busy mum of two littlies, is an unapologetic chocolate addict, believes that Buffy would so slay Edward (which perhaps shows her age) and is a writers’ festival groupie.