Contemporary Romance Writers 2019 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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Mark Your Calendars For:

  • August 1-28, 2019: Horses for Fiction Writers with Kathryn Jane
  • August 5-16, 2019: Get More Done with Mary E Thompson
  • August 5-10, 2019: From Austen to Aliens – How to Create Classic Tough Chicks with Jacqui Jacoby
  • September 1-30, 2019: Making Your Characters Come Alive -3D Characters Your Readers Will Love with Rebekah R. Ganiere
  • September 2-27, 2019: THE BIG, FAT, AUTHOR MARKETING Q&A with Deborah Magnus
  • September 9-20, 2019: Self Publishing: Easy as ABC with Meredith Bond
  • September 10-23, 2019: Nab Your Reader On Page 1 With Your Suspense Novel with Casey Clipper
  • October 1-28, 2019: Self Editing “How’d I Miss That?” with Kathryn Jane
  • October 1-28, 2019: Write The Effing Book: Using Plotting Techniques to Start and Write Your Book with Mary E Thompson
  • October 1-28, 2019: Psychology 101 for Writers with Margaret Bates
  • November 5, 2019: How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon (WEBINAR) with Penny Sansevieri
  • November 1-27, 2019: Freedom and Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers with Cathy Chant
  • November 1-27, 2019: Novellas and How to Knock ‘Em Out Fast with Ivy Quinn

Past Workshops

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June 4, 2019 – ONE HOUR WEBINAR

Begins 5 p.m. Pacific / 8 p.m. Eastern

Help my book isn’t selling! What can I do? with Penny Sansevieri

About The Workshop:

It’s hard to know when it’s time to give up or keep pushing, and in a world where there are 4,500 books published each day, it’s easy to get lost in the flood of titles that hit Amazon. So what’s an eager author to do? Well, before you give up – let’s look at 9 things that could be wrong and how to fix them.

In this session we’ll look at specific issues that seem to plague some books that just aren’t moving the needle.

Here are a few of the things we’ll look at:

  • Marketing – are you doing enough of the right things? I’ll show you how to know what you should be doing and give yourself your very own marketing grade.
  • Cover – do you know if your cover is strong enough for the genre?
  • Reviews – do you have enough? How to get more reviews even if your book is over a year old.
  • Is your book to old? Does it matter to your reader?

About The Instructor:

Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. She is the author of sixteen books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon, 5 Minute Book Marketing for Authors, and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.

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June 3-28, 2019

Schmoozing 101 with Jacqui Jacoby

About The Workshop:

Some people call it networking. Some people, however, think that’s far too sterile a name for something that can be so fun in a business which is so creative.

Schmoozing. That’s what we do. And we do it sincerely. When we mosey up to the book editor to introduce ourselves, we aren’t there because this is just another person in the industry. We’re there because we know that this is a person with something interesting to say. Agents, editors, authors: they all have something to offer. Their experiences, their insight. All we have to do is listen and learn.

This workshop covers topics such as how to conduct an interview, both in person, by phone, and by e-mail. It will discuss not only should we attend a conference, but what we should do once we get there, what should we say, and how we should act.

About The Instructor:

Award-winning author, Jacqui Jacoby lives and writes in the beauty of Northern Arizona. Currently adjusting to being an empty nester with her first grandchild to draw her pictures, Jacqui is a self-defense hobbyist. Having studied martial arts for numerous years she retired in 2006 from the sport, yet still brings strength she learned from the discipline to her heroines. She is a working writer, whose career includes writing books, teaching online and live workshops and penning short nonfiction.
Follow her at www.jacquijaxjacoby.com

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May 1-28, 2019

 Back Cover Copy “Shoot Me Now!” with Kathryn Jane

About The Workshop:

Taking the pain out of product description and pitching. 

Learn fantastic techniques for taking the pain out of writing three simple paragraphs. Arm yourself with the weapons of creativity needed to grab a reader’s attention and drag them between the covers of your book. Get the inside scoop on what a reader wants/expects/needs to get from about a hundred and fifty words on the back of your book.

Not self-publishing? No worries, use your great story description in a query letter instead! Show off your writing chops in a very special way. Give the agent you’re querying concrete evidence that you know how to sell your book.

About The Instructor:

Presenter Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series. Novels filled with mystery, suspense, adventure, psychic abilities, and romance. Think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy. Kickass women and the men who dare to love them.  Contact Kathryn for more information

 

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May 1-28, 2019

Seriously Creative: A Life Coach’s Approach to Productive Writing Success, with Laura Gates-Lupton

About The Workshop:

Does your internal dialogue sound anything like this?

“I should be more disciplined. I need to be tougher on myself. I said I was going to really focus on my manuscript this week, and I haven’t even looked at it. I need to get up early (or stay up late, or skip my lunch hour) and write. (Insert famously productive writer’s name here) writes ten hours a day, cranks out five bestsellers a year, and still has time to tour. I can’t even manage an hour. I’m such a failure.”

If bullying yourself into submission (pun intended) isn’t working, then this four week course is for you. Seriously Creative will incorporate the tools and techniques I use with my writer and illustrator clients to help them achieve higher levels of productivity and success without negative self-talk.

Using these methods, you will be able to:

-Figure out what’s really getting in your way (hint: it isn’t a lack of discipline)

-Work effectively with the time you have, whether it’s too much or not enough

-Use two types of goals for increased motivation and keeping your work on track

-Create unique habits that work for you and your particular situation

-Understand the number one fear that holds people back from achievement, and how to dissolve it

-Conquer your inner bully, and shut down negative self-talk

By the conclusion of this course you will have a specific plan of action for getting and keeping your writing on track right now, as well as new strategies and techniques that will work for you in all the stages ahead.

About The Instructor:

Laura Gates-Lupton holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and is a Certified Professional Coach. She coaches writers from all over the US and abroad, specializing in breaking writer’s block, and increasing writers’ productivity and earnings. She loves seeing her clients get their work out into the world, and make good money doing it. Her mysteries have appeared in Woman’s World, Highlights and Rainbow Rumpus. You can find Laura on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauragateslupton and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/awakeninginmidlife/

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May 1-30, 2019

Plot Bunny Rodeo… How to Wrangle Those Plot Bunnies Into a Story That Works, Using Brainstorming and Outlining, with Leslie Scott

About The Workshop:

We all have that one story idea (or in some cases, many ideas) that we just can’t seem to flesh out. Leslie Scott and her CPs (as well as a few writer friends) have developed a system of plotting conference calls, she’s madly in love with her local RWA chapter’s plot luck lunches, and has more craft books on plotting/brainstorming/outlining than her local library system.  The only thing more gratifying to her than typing THE END on a novel is helping a fellow writer lasso their plot bunnies into their own novel or just to pull a scene out of the mire of nowhere to go.

Week 1:  Chasing down those visual bunnies with Mind Maps, free writing, list making, and other various techniques.  This is where we nail down the ideas, get ready to dig deeper into the plotting process and plant those bunny seeds where they need to be.

Week 2: We pluck those bunnies out of the great abyss of What If?  During week two we use the What if method of questioning your story’s conflict and character’s motives to see which direction those bunnies ran off in.

Week 3: It’s not your bunny, it’s her bunny. Otherwise known as “It’s not you, it’s me.” Let’s flesh out your characters so that their GMC puts the plot bunnies in their appropriate places.

Week 4:  Back those fluffy tails up! Reverse outlining and your plot, working in the opposite direction to make the story fit.

About The Instructor:

Leslie Scott is a published romance author, with a strong love of plotting and outlining. She is a PAN member of RWA as well as several chapters (including the Mystery Suspense Chapter, Heart of Dixie Chapter, and From the Heart Romance Writers). Her debut novel from The Wild Rose Press was released December 11, 2017 and, in addition has multiple projects under contract to be released in the near future.

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May 1-30, 2019

Romancing the Holidays – Writing Holiday Romances that Sell, with Rebekah R. Ganiere

About The Workshop:

What is the hype with Holiday Romances? Have you ever wondered why so many people write them Holiday Romances? Or why there are so many people that read them? This year alone Hallmark will come out with over One hundred and twenty new Holiday Romance Movies!

So what does it take to write a Holiday Romance? When do you publish it? When do Publishers even send out calls for them? Come find the answers. Join the thousands of writers who are publishing Holiday Romance short stories, novellas and novels to move their careers forward. Learn what you need to incorporate into your story. How to write a sci-fi, fantasy or paranormal holiday story and more.

Come learn what it takes to write in one of the hottest selling sub-genre of Romance!

About The Instructor:

Rebekah is an Award Winning Bestselling Author and Screenwriter. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings, hit the bestseller list on release day. She has won several awards in both writing and screenwriting. Books in her popular fairytale retelling series Fairelle have won many awards including the Golden Palm and was a finalist for Rone Award as well as won Best Fantasy Series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her trilogy The Society was released by Kensington and her new series Wolf River released in 2016. Rebekah is a prolific author releasing upwards of five books a year and is currently working on six different series. Rebekah’s screenplay No More Goodbyes has finalled in the Screencraft Family Film contest, Cinequest, and was awarded Best Screenplay by the New Hope Film Festival and Family in Film Festival.

Rebekah is the former President of the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA as well as a member of several local and online chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her teaching on SavvyAuthors.com or at RWA. Rebekah is also known for her elaborate cosplays with her family and has been a guest speaker and panelist at San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, Salt Lake Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze, Fyrecon and several other Comic Cons on the west coast as well as LTUE, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, InD’Scribe, Genre LA and Authors After Dark and Book Lovers Con.

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