Workshop Schedule

NEORWA’s 2020 Online Workshops

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January 2020                                                              

Dates: January 6-31

Schmoozing 101 presented by Jacqui Jacoby

Workshop Overview:

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.

Presenter Bio:

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


February 2020

Dates: February 3-28

Make Descriptions Earn Their Keep presented by Mary Marvella

Workshop overview:

Do you find writing book descriptions difficult? Do they end up emotionless? In this workshop, learn how to write book descriptions that attract readers.

Presenter Bio:

Mary Marvella has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. The arrival of the book mobile was as exciting as hearing the music of the ice cream truck. Retired from teaching classic works of the masters, Mary plays let’s pretend with her characters. She presents editing workshops, edits, coaches writers, and tutors one-on-one.

Mary has taught workshops for Savvy Authors, FF&P, East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers, Monroe Writers, an M & M conference, and mini-conferences for HHRW.

Mary has published 10 novels and novellas, and 4 short stories. She served as line editor for all books published by Gilded Dragonfly Books and now edits freelance. Her genres include paranormal romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, and sweet romance, as well as nonfiction.

Georgia raised, she writes stories with a Southern flair.


March 2020

Dates: March 2-27

Bookkeeping for Writers presented by Pepper O’Neal

Workshop overview:

This class is for writers who either don’t want to or can’t afford to hire an accountant to keep track of their business finances. The class will deal will accounting practices, basic instructions in Quicken & Excel, how to set up your books, and includes useful tax tips for writers in the US and Canada.

Presenter Bio:

Award-winning author, Pepper O’Neal is a researcher, a writer, and an adrenalin junkie. She has a doctorate in education and spent several years in Mexico and the Caribbean working as researcher for an educational resource firm based out of Mexico City. During that time, she met and befriended many adventurers like herself, including former CIA officers and members of organized crime. Her fiction is heavily influenced by the stories they shared with her, as well her own experiences abroad.

O’Neal attributes both her love of adventure and her compulsion to write fiction to her Irish and Cherokee ancestors. When she’s not at her computer, she spends her time taking long walks in the forests near her home or playing with her three cats. And of course, planning the next adventure.


April 2020

Dates: April 6-30

Layering as an Editing Tool by Cassandra Carr

Workshop overview:

Have you ever finished the first draft of a book and thought it was missing something, but you weren’t sure what? That “what” is probably layering – the process of adding details to your story, from character traits to body language to descriptions of the environment surrounding your story. Each type of layering will be described, complete with examples, and then you’ll have the chance to try your hand at layering your own work, with critiques from me on how you did.

Presenter Bio:

Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on the computer.

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Cassandra_Carr.


May 2020

Dates: May 4-29

Austen to Aliens presented by Jacqui Jacoby

Workshop overview:

As martial artist, Jacqui Jacoby is interested in self-defense and how women are portrayed in the media. At first, it seemed as if it was only Hollywood showing women in a tough light. With heroines such as Sarah Conner of the Terminator movies, and Ellen Ripely in the Alien films, women were the ones saving the day when men were being blown up or eaten.

This workshop covers such topics as how to portray tough chick heroines. We will discuss different types of self-defense techniques and how to build a tough chick heroine from the inside out. What kind of women make up the tough chicks and what are they like in their everyday lives? What drives them to become tough? What kind of hero must stand beside her and what kind of villains will she face?

Presenter Bio:

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


June 2020

Dates: June 1-27

Fictional Characterization Presented by Sally J. Walker

Workshop overview:

Learn how to birth and flesh out truly fascinating characters.  From the principles of mythic storytelling and archetypes to the casting of genre novels, you will learn to write character history, dialogue, even body language that contributes to great storytelling.

Presenter Bio:

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. Her most recent novel, a romantic suspense, BIKES AND BADGES, will be released late in 2018. Under the mentorship of UCLA’s renowned Lew Hunter, Sally has written 33 screenplays and has Hollywood representation. 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 and is active in the Nebraska Film Association. 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. Besides being an adjunct professor of screenwriting at a local community college, Sally has taught writing seminars, both on-site and on-line, for over 30 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


July 2020

Dates: July 1-31

WordPress for Beginners presented by Pepper O’Neal

Workshop overview:

This class focuses on understanding the basic functions of the WordPress backend. It includes: making posts and pages, adding images, copying and pasting from one post or page to another, creating links, connecting your social media links for Facebook, Twitter, etc., using plugins, widgets, and themes, creating parent and child pages, using menus, and customizing the look and feel of your site. In short, everything you need to set a website or blog and make it uniquely yours. The class lasts four weeks.

Presenter Bio:

Award-winning author, Pepper O’Neal is a researcher, a writer, and an adrenalin junkie. She has a doctorate in education and spent several years in Mexico and the Caribbean working as researcher for an educational resource firm based out of Mexico City. During that time, she met and befriended many adventurers like herself, including former CIA officers and members of organized crime. Her fiction is heavily influenced by the stories they shared with her, as well her own experiences abroad.

O’Neal attributes both her love of adventure and her compulsion to write fiction to her Irish and Cherokee ancestors. When she’s not at her computer, she spends her time taking long walks in the forests near her home or playing with her three cats. And of course, planning the next adventure.


August 2020       

Dates: August 1-31

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September 2020

Dates: September 1-30

Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book presented by Jacqui Jacoby

Workshop Overview:

Before the book, before a writer types a word on a page, there is an idea. And behind that idea are the characters, the background, the location.

Research is an important aspect of any story. Whether the writer prepares their background information before they begin to write the story, or if they make it up as they go, they will need to get to know the people they are creating.

Behind the Scenes: the Research Before the Book is a class which will help writers learn the basics for researching their novels. Whether they are using the public library, stacking their own shelves or meeting with a professional in their character’s profession, this class will give the writer the insiders look at how to do the research and then pull it all together.

Presenter Bio:

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


October 2020   

Dates: October 5-30

Back Cover Copy “Shoot Me Now” presented by Kathryn Jane

Workshop overview:

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.

Presenter Bio:

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.


November 2020

Dates: November 1-30

Fall in Love with NaNoWriMo! presented by NEORWA

NEORWA Authors blast off for the 2020 National Novel Writing Month to add 50,000 words to a page during the month of November.  Join us!  It’s free.    @NEORWA


December 2020

Dates: December 1-31

No workshop scheduled. Happy holidays.

Suggested Reading: 20 Writing Tips to Improve Your Craft by Reedsy

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 See you next year!

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