Online Workshops

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of RWA is pleased to announce our 2017 Online Workshops. Check back often for updates to the calendar! Upcoming Workshops

February 2017                                                               

Fights in Fiction

Presenter: Merien Grey

Dates: February 1-28, 2017


Fights are like making love as far as evoking emotion. If done properly, a reader can tell more about a character in those few minutes than you can in several paragraphs or even chapters worth of backstory. This class is to give authors insight into the various story-enhancing opportunities they have when using weapons and in fight scenes. Teaching authors to present more than just the glint of a blade or sizzle or rasp of a sword being drawn and showing them how to research and exploit all the aspects of confrontations to add as many emotion invoking tools to their writers tool box to create detailed realistic fiction.

Instead of being a class based on how to punch or shoot this class is based on first hand information from police, soldiers, emergency room workers, and fighters on what it feels like to be hit, shot, knocked unconscious, etc. It lets authors know how the person being hit feels before and after being injured along with a little bit of emergency first aid that would be appropriate in a a scene.


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 speaker, 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 culture and to teach about her experiences before she became published in romance fiction. Her debut release is currently scheduled for Fall 2016. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, two dogs and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.


Cost for the workshop is $20 (USD). You do not have to be an RWA member or a members of NEORWA to take our workshops!


The registration deadline is the day before the workshop starts. To register and pay scroll down and fill out the registration form near the end of this page then follow the payment instructions. 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.


If you have questions or difficulties with your registration EMAIL the Online Workshops Coordinator(neorwaonline AT gmail DOT com) — list the title of the workshop in the subject line.


We want to make it easy for you to pay for your class. Paying by PayPal is the quickest way to finish the process of getting into a class.

You can click here to pay for workshops with PayPal

Or, you can mail your personal check made payable to NEORWA to our PO Box at:


PO Box 360980

Strongsville, OH 44136

‘If you mail a check, please do NOT include your registration form with the check. You can put the workshop title in the memo line of your check so we know to apply the fees to your registration. The registrant information must be emailed to the Online Workshops Coordinator in order for you to be registered!!

Note: Your payment is due on/before the registration deadline for your selected workshop.


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