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

January 2-31, 2017

Getting Results from Your Author Newsletter

About the Workshop:

Every author needs a newsletter and an email list of readers. But where do you even start? And how do your build your list? Newsletters are a dynamic vehicle for communicating with readers between books — and selling books when published — but your newsletter is only as good as its content. Find out how and where to launch your newsletter, how to add value, and how to develop rapport with readers and keep them interested.

This workshop offers a step-by-step approach to creating a successful newsletter, including:

Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Features

Lesson 2: Choosing a Platform

Lesson 3: Get Readers to Sign Up

Lesson 4: Avoiding Spammers

Lesson 5: Responsive Design

Lesson 6: Consistent Features

Lesson 7: Ask the Reader

Lesson 8: Bonus Materials

Lesson 9: Get Personal

Lesson 10: Utilizing Photos

Lesson 11: Get Subscribers to Share Your Newsletter

Lesson 12: Giveaways

Lesson 13: Give Readers a Reason to Sign Up

Lesson 14: Buddy Up

Lesson 15: Members Only

Lesson 16: When to Send a Newsletter

About the Presenter:

Jessie Clever always wanted to be a writer. Then she found out you had to market your books. While she went on to write the bestselling Regency romance Spy Series, Jessie kept to the practical course and earned her MBA with a concentration in marketing, gaining hands on experience in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-channel international retailers. She now uses her knowledge and experience to help authors expand their readership and deepen the loyalty of their readers. Connect with Jessie at jessieclever.com.

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January 2-27, 2017

Characterization: Making Strengths and Weaknesses Work for You

About the Workshop:

Down with one-dimensional cartoon-like characters! Down with the two-dimensional ones, while we’re at it. Embrace your characters—warts and all—in this lively workshop with Bantam author Linnea Sinclair.

Reviewers note that: “Her characters are intelligent, no-nonsense and have a depth that gives me an instant mental picture…” (Road to Romance Reviews) “I confess to a growing weakness for mature heroines who can present themselves as total equals, matching strengths and vulnerabilities to men with likewise believable and endearing characterizations. And Sinclair succeeds with pizzazz.” (Midwest Book Reviews) and “The author’s sure hand with characterization makes each twist of this emotionally laden storyline as suspenseful as any well-wrought battle scene.” (Science Fiction Weekly)

Sinclair, a retired private detective, will show attendees how she uses police and investigation suspect information sheets to help craft interesting, memorable characters that readers and reviewers will love. She’ll help writers dialogue with their characters to bring out information that builds depth and uniqueness. She’ll also discuss the pros and cons of using archetypes, astrology and tarot to build story people.

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 .

Website: www.linneasinclair.com    Email: linnea@linneasinclair.com

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January 14 or 22, 2017 (two webinar slots available; select preferred date when purchasing)

Bringing Something to the Table: How to Be a Sought After Speaker Before You Publish

About the Workshop:

90 Minute Webinar with up to an hour of question and answer after. Two sessions with varied times and days for the most reach.

Merien Grey has been teaching professionally for fifteen years and a paid speaker on the literary scene for the last four years. She believes all aspiring authors can bring something to the table and build their reputation by teaching what they know, even if they aren’t published in the romance genre yet. She will be teaching authors how to find relevant and interesting material in their own backgrounds, how to build engaging one hour presentations and giving tips on how to present them in a dynamic manner at meetings, conferences and online to build the author’s reputation, credibility, and maybe even make some money.

10 Slots Saturday, 14 January 2017, 4pm PACIFIC standard time (Evening Class)
10 Slots Sunday, 22 January 2017, 8am PACIFIC standard time (Day Class)
*Potential of more classes being added depending on sign ups/interest*

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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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 1-17, 2017

Pitches & Blurbs & Tag Lines

About the Workshop:

You’ve written your novel. Now, how are you going to grab the attention of the agent or the editor to sell it? You’re going to construct and practice your pitch, beat your blurb to death and tickle everyone’s interest with your tag lines, that’s how. Bantam Spectra author Linnea Sinclair will explain the importance of pitches and tag lines, guide students through the fun and imaginative procedure to develop the best pitch for their book and give a hands-on lesson in creating those pithy advertising tag lines that, yes, will help not only sell your book to a publisher but help the publisher sell it to readers.

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 .Website: www.linneasinclair.com    Email: linnea@linneasinclair.com

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February 5-19, 2017

Writing & Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success

About the Workshop:

Course Syllabus:

Week One – IntroductionsDiscussion and Reading: Defining Resistance? What does resistance look like?Discussion and Reading: Internal Factors: Our Wounds, Scars and Beliefs about Our Creative SelfAssignment: Write a letter to our Creative Self

Week Two – Discussion and Reading: External Factors: Physical Space and Craft IssuesDiscussion and Reading: Solutions to Fighting ResistanceAssignment: Create a plan of action to fight resistance

About the Presenter:

Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing first love and sweet, contemporary romance for all ages and is known for her small-town, artistic community stories. Her romance books include: Sweetheart Cottage, Sweetheart Summer, Romance for All The Seasons, and Weaving Magic. Mindy teaches on-line classes at Seattle Pacific University as well as The Loft. She has presented at conferences including; Seattle RWA Conference and Write on The Sound. She is included on the Washington State Teaching Artist Roster. When she’s not writing, Mindy can be found art journaling, visiting flea markets dreaming of new ways to repurpose old materials, and walking on the Oregon Coast beaches with her dog, Stormy.

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