Online Workshops

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of RWA is pleased to announce our 2014 Online Workshops. Check back often for updates to the calendar! Upcoming Workshops

August 2014

Workshop: Ripped From the Yellowed Headlines: Historical Criminals and Criminal Cases

INSTRUCTOR: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane

WHEN: August 4th through August 29th

WORKSHOP: Looking for some historical inspiration when you sit down to plan and write your next mystery? Why not take a leaf from the notebook of many contemporary mystery and thriller authors and look to the headlines for ideas to mine?

Historical headlines, that is.

During the 4 weeks of this workshop we’ll visit famous, infamous, and little known dastardly tales of murderers, thieves, and other nefarious sorts. We’ll also look at ways to ferret out information on other crimes, or follow the details of a trial, or even understand thieves cant (slang). Along the way we’ll touch bases with highwayman Dick Turpin and other holdup artists, murders infamous (Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden) to those nearly forgotten because the body count was low, to con artists, pickpockets, prostitutes, jewel thieves, and other criminal types.

All real folks, all real crimes. So step right up for an information filled month of historical mischief and mayhem.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:When wearing her Beth Henderson hat, Beth Daniels has had a number of storylines that worked in the holiday extravaganzas of December: RING IN THE NEW (originally published as NEW YEAR’S EVE) and SEDUCING SANTA both reveled in the season while MR ANGEL finished off under a gaily decorated tree. While she hasn’t considered Halloween personally, she is laying claim to guys in bunny suits for a Spring story, so hands off Pete Rabbit!

Beth Daniels currently writes or has written under a lot of names (Beth Henderson, Lisa Dane, Beth Cruise, J.B Dane, Nied Darnell…oh, and as herself). She has worked with editors at Berkley, Zebra, Leisure, Harlequin/Silhouette, and Simon and Schuster's Aladdin Paperbacks, done e-books for a now defunct company (not her fault, she says), and began her writing life with hardcover books slated for library use with a publisher that got out of the romance business (again, not her fault). More recently she’s had a number of articles about writing picked up by e-zines, saw a short story published in a mystery and suspense magazine that turned up its toes the next year (really, really not her fault), and has a story (“The Dragon’s Tale”) in the MOTHER GOOSE IS DEAD anthology from Damnation Books. She is the author of WRITING STEAMPUNK and SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A NOVEL. And the co-author of LOVING TRIXIE FINE, a Babyboomer contemporary romantic mystery adventure fantasy.

For over a dozen years Beth taught college level composition, both in the classroom and online, and a credit course on Novel Writing. Now she puts her history degree, rather than the English one, to work ferreting out facts about life in Britain and America, then spinning the details off into workshops and in-progress non-fiction tomes. Oh, yes, she also writes novels. In fact, twenty-eight of Beth’s novels have appeared in print and/or e-book format, and in 12 different languages in over 20 countries. Visit her website: www.Romance And Mystery?.com


Cost for the workshop is $15 for NEORWA members, $20 for all others. You do not have to be an RWA member to take our workshops!


The registration deadline is the day before the workshop starts. To register go to and use the Registration link under Online Workshops on the right sidebar menu. Once registered, you will be subscribed to the workshop loop prior to and for the duration of the class.

For more information, please email the workshops coordinator If you are using a web email and the link doesn't work for you, send the email to neorwaonline at gmail dot com


Admission to the workshop depends on receipt of this form and payment fee before the cut-off date for the workshop chosen. If the fee is received after the cut-off date, the fee can be applied to another workshop of your choosing.

Note: You will receive an invitation to join the group from Yahoo! Groups. You must reply to it in order to take the course. The invitation is good for seven (7) days only. PLEASE check your spam filter for the invitation so you don’t miss anything in the workshop! There are no refunds if you fail to enroll yourself once being offered the invitation.

Upon receipt of your payment and registration form, you will receive an email confirming you have been registered for the workshop. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact the NEORWA Workshops Coordinator at before the workshop begins.


Registration fees will be refunded only in the event the workshop is canceled. All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut-off date. No refund will be given for withdrawing from a workshop. In the event the instructor cancels a workshop or there are technical difficulties with the list provider (Yahoo!), NEORWA will offer the participant the option of receiving a refund or enrollment in another workshop of the participant's choice.

If a workshop does not have 10 students enrolled by the cut-off date, the workshop may be canceled, and the participant can either receive a refund or be enrolled in another workshop of the participant's choice.