Pissing Off Editors, Or How Not To Get Published: March 1-17, 2017

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


The Road To Publication: Queries, Synopses and More!: March 6-30, 2017

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.


Hardwired for Hot: March 6-31, 2017

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.


Advanced Concepts Thru Genre Film: January 30-April 22, 2017: Three Month Course

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.

“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.

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.


Canceled: March 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.

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


Writing & Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success: Feb 5-19, 2017

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.


Pitches & Blurbs & Tag Lines: Feb 1-17, 2017

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


Getting Results from Your Author Newsletter: Jan 2-31, 2017

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.


Characterization: Making Strengths and Weaknesses Work for You: Jan 2-27, 2017

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


Bringing Something to the Table: How to Be a Sought After Speaker Before You Publish: Jan 14 & 22, 2017

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.

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.


Cancelled – October 31 – November 11, 2016

Foolproof Synposis

 

Description:

Build a synopsis from the ground up!

When you know everything there is to know about your story, it’s hard to stay focused on the big picture.

This hands-on workshop teaches you how to convert your creative concept into bite-sized promotional chunks that will allow you to effectively market your manuscript. Discover how the 5 Point Plot Structure helps you to construct a selling synopsis.

In addition to the course material, students will also have an opportunity to receive a critique of  a 2 page synopsis.

Build a synopsis from the ground up!

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October 7, 8, & 9th 2016

How to Make the Most of the Marketing Goldmine Hidden Inside Your Book

 

Description:

Have you often wondered if there are better ways to market your book, and also yourself as an author? That you are somehow missing a key element in the process, something other authors seem to already understand?

You may be surprised to find out the answers are right in front of you, tucked inside the pages of your book.

In this three-day class, we will talk about the following:

Day One – Exploring the Possibilities

Discovering the gems in your book that are actually excellent marketing tools. Branding yourself as an author. Finding your true reader base.

Day Two – Creating Your Path Knowing which swag and freebies to give your readers and what to avoid.

Understanding the little things that make you special as an author, and utilizing those well. Look outside the box for ways to connect with your readers.

Day Three – Implementing Your Ideas

Choosing the signings and other events that will be the most lucrative and important for you. Keeping your eyes and ears open for unusual opportunities. Presenting yourself and your books to an audience.

Instructor:

Wende Dikec (who also writes as Abigail Drake) is the author of five books. She has degrees in Economics and Japanese, and spent a great deal of her pre-writing career working in marketing and advertising, both in the U.S. and abroad.

http://wendedikec.com/