Workshop Schedule

NEORWA’s 2018 Online Workshops

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January 2018                                                              

No Workshop scheduled


February 2018

DIY Book Tours

Presenter: Ines Johnson

Dates: February 5-23

Workshop Overview: Learn how to DIY your blog tour in six steps which include building a media kit, targeting the right bloggers for your book, tailoring your email to each blogger to break through their slush pile, how to keep records of which sites you’re visiting along with what and when to give them materials, promoting your tour on your social media sites, and following up to ensure you’ll be invited back. Using these techniques with each of my book releases, I was able to launch into the Amazon Top 100 during my release week.

About the Presenter:

Aside from being a writer and professional reader, Ines Johnson is a seasoned educator. She currently teaches college level courses in screenwriting, story development, and media history for an art college in Washington, DC. A lifelong learner (read: academic addict), she holds a Master’s in Instructional Design, and a Doctorate in Educational Technology. She is banned from getting the MFA in Creative Writing she so desperately wants until both her children are in college.


March 2018

Down the Author Marketing Rabbit Hole

Presenter: Deborah Riley-Magnus

Dates: March 5-30

It’s time for authors to make peace with marketing, and one sure way to do that is to simply let loose and take the leap down that strange and surprisingly creative rabbit hole! Join me and learn:

  • The Difference between Selling and Allowing People to Buy
  • Identifying YOUR book Buyer
  • The Lowest Hanging Fruit and How to get More of it
  • Powerful Secondary Markets

About the Presenter:

Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven year professional background in marketing, advertising, and public relations as a writer for print, television, and radio. She writes fiction and non-fiction.

In 2013 her nonfiction, Finding Author Success (Second Edition), and Cross Marketing Magic for Authors were released. Her newest book, Write Brain/Left Brain, focuses on bridging the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author.

Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She writes an author industry blog and teaches online and live workshops as The Author Success Coach. She belongs to several writing and professional organizations.

Deborah has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years.


April 2018

The Daydreamer’s Guide to a Failproof Writing Routine

Presenter: Joanna Jast

Dates: April 2-27

Sick of motivational ups and downs? Tired of having to ‘motivate yourself’ to write regularly? Prone to procrastination, daydreaming, mind-wandering or ‘let-me-just-check-this-one-little-thing-oh-is-it-really-this-late’? So is Joanna.

In this workshop, successful nonfiction author, Joanna Jast, reveals how to develop a motivation-resistant, willpower-independent writing routine that aligns with your personality, fits in with your life and runs on autopilot.

Once this class is done, you should be able to:

  • Diagnose your biggest obstacle to having a regular writing routine
  • Identify your perfect solution
  • Design your fail proof writing routine
  • Put it on autopilot

This class is lecture/discussion based and involves assignments, so get your fingers and gray cells warmed up and raring to go!

About the Presenter:

Joanna Jast (writing fiction as Kate Kyle) is a nonfiction author and blogger by day and an aspiring romantic sci-fi/thriller writer by night. Her books on focus and habit formation have been bestsellers multiple times (Amazon, WSJ). Lazy by nature with weak willpower, she has developed a number of strategies to make herself write, edit, run her business, exercise and do all sorts of other things every author should do but hate doing – and she does it regularly and on autopilot.

She has been teaching her unusual but effective strategies to others, helping them improve their productivity fast. You can visit her website at www.theshapeshiftersclub.com


May 2018

Pinterest for Book Sales

Presenter: Deborah Riley-Magnus

Dates: May 1-25

It’s time to think VISUAL for greater book sales! Pinterest is known as a time-eater, a dreamer’s heaven, and an unfocused distraction for authors because it’s just plain too much fun. But turning all those flaws into tools that create book sales is not as hard as you think.

  • Creating Powerful ©StimulusPosts
  • Building an Effective Pinterest Account
  • Making Pinterest a Book Marketing Springboard
  • Where and How to Promote Your Pinterest Boards

About the Presenter:

Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven year professional background in marketing, advertising, and public relations as a writer for print, television, and radio. She writes fiction and non-fiction.

In 2013 her nonfiction, Finding Author Success (Second Edition), and Cross Marketing Magic for Authors were released. Her newest book, Write Brain/Left Brain, focuses on bridging the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author.

Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She writes an author industry blog and teaches online and live workshops as The Author Success Coach. She belongs to several writing and professional organizations.

Deborah has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years.


June 2018

Lost in the Story-A Workshop on Reader Immersion

Presenter: Peter Andrews

Dates: June 4-29

We all know what it’s like when we enter a story so thoroughly we forget the world around us. Getting readers totally engaged is a huge part of success for fiction writers. In this class, you’ll work with the instructor to master the four essential elements of story immersion: creating a good foundation (meaning avoiding mistakes that can distract), sensory details (in the right measure), emotion (especially concern for the protagonist), and verisimilitude. As you continue, you’ll learn to architect your story with hooks, surprises, turns, pacing, and a satisfying ending.
The class will conclude with voice, style, and ways to charm the reader.

About the Presenter:

Peter Andrews writes short stories, speeches, articles, and blogs. He has also worked as a web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. Check out his blog at howtowritefast.blogspot.com


July 2018

Scrivener Scene by Scene

Presenter: Ines Johnson

Dates: July 5-31

This course will focus on the basic building blocks of every story; the scene. It’s a course that works bests for plotters, writers who outline their story, and plantsers, writers who have a mental hold on the scope of their story but perhaps not a detailed outline. Writers will learn how to set up each scene in Scrivener, what metadata they should consider to strengthen the structure of each and every one of their scenes, and tips to increase productivity using the software’s myriad of tools.

About the Presenter:

Aside from being a writer and professional reader, Ines Johnson is a seasoned educator. She currently teaches college level courses in screenwriting, story development, and media history for an art college in Washington, DC. A lifelong learner (read: academic addict), she holds a Master’s in Instructional Design, and a Doctorate in Educational Technology. She is banned from getting the MFA in Creative Writing she so desperately wants until both her children are in college.


August 2018       

Keeping the Tension Alive in Romance Novels WITHOUT Sex

Presenter:  Susan Meier

Dates: August 5-31

Workshop Overview: Everyone knows that sex scenes provide high points and turning points for romance novels. Everyone knows that the fallout after a sex scene can provide some of the most dramatic segments of the book. But what do you do if you don’t want to have consummated love scenes in your book? Can you write a book that’s as dramatic or MORE dramatic?

Susan Meier thinks you can. Actually, she believes books without sex can be good enough that no one even notices there is no consummated love scene…and she’s written 70 books without sex to prove it.

Learn how to use tension, the push/pull of conflict and even the characters themselves to tell your story with drama and honesty and create a book that will stay with readers long after they’ve read “the end.”

About the Presenter: 

A one-time legal secretary and director of a charitable foundation, Susan Meier found her bliss when she became a full-time novelist for Harlequin. She’s visited ski lodges and candy factories for “research” and works in her pajamas.

But the real joy of her job is creating stories about women for women. In her over 70 published novels, she’s tackled issues like infertility, losing a child, and becoming widowed, and worked through them with her characters.


September 2018

Creating a Book Trailer

Presenter: Ines Johnson

Dates: September 4-28

Workshop Overview: Book trailers are visual depictions of a book’s storyline, sometimes made by fans, which are a great way to get readers enthused. In this workshop veteran screenwriter turned romance novelist, Ines Johnson, will teach you the four simple steps of writing copy to persuade a potential reader to pick up your book. Then we’ll investigate software to turn that copy into a visual book trailer. And finally, we’ll share our trailers on streaming sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

About the Presenter:

Aside from being a writer and professional reader, Ines Johnson is a seasoned educator. She currently teaches college level courses in screenwriting, story development, and media history for an art college in Washington, DC. A lifelong learner (read: academic addict), she holds a Master’s in Instructional Design, and a Doctorate in Educational Technology. She is banned from getting the MFA in Creative Writing she so desperately wants until both her children are in college.


October 2018     

Conflict and the Category Romance

Presenter: Susan Meier

Dates: October 1-26

Workshop Overview: Is there a difference between the conflicts of a single title romance and a category romance? Is there a difference between the conflicts of a long category and a short category? What purposes do conflicts serve in a category romance? Is there a way to use your conflict for more than a stumbling block for the romance? Can it also push your story forward?

Join multi-published category romance author Susan Meier as she answers these questions and more in her workshop CONFLICT AND THE CATEGORY ROMANCE. See how to use banter, why we use a ‘format’ not a formula, how mining your characters’ pasts creates the richest conflicts, and learn tricks for getting emotion and “layering” into your story.

About the Presenter:

A one-time legal secretary and director of a charitable foundation, Susan Meier found her bliss when she became a full-time novelist for Harlequin. She’s visited ski lodges and candy factories for “research” and works in her pajamas.

But the real joy of her job is creating stories about women for women. In her over 70 published novels, she’s tackled issues like infertility, losing a child, and becoming widowed, and worked through them with her characters.


November 2018

Fall in Love with NaNoWriMo!

Presenter: NEORWA

Dates: November 1-30

NEORWA Authors blast off for the 2018 National Novel Writing Month to add 50,000 words to a page during the month of November.  Join us!  It’s free.    @NEORWA


December 2018

No workshop schedule. Happy holidays.

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 See you next year!

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