Workshop Schedule

NEORWA Upcoming Workshops

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January 2017                                                               

Principles of Good Website Design

Presenter: Catherine Chant

Dates: Jan 9-28

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At the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding of what goes into making your author website more appealing and inviting to a visitor and thus more effective for promoting you and your work.

This workshop will cover the golden ratio of layout design, web fonts and web-safe colors, using white space, user interface considerations and website organization, web graphics for the artistically challenged, and the importance of testing websites with multiple operating systems and browser applications.

This workshop is aimed at writers who have websites already and want to make them better, or writers who are planning to set up a website and want to know more about how the content should be arranged, either because they plan to do it themselves, or they want to be more informed when hiring a professional designer. This workshop is the perfect follow-up to any class you’ve taken on HTML or creating a web presence. When you know HTML or a piece of web software, you know how to make a basic web page. The “Principles of Good Website Design for Writers” workshop guides you through the NEXT STEP in the website development process by showing you how to take that basic page and make it a GOOD web page. One that invites visitors to stick around and read what you have to say.

The workshop will include exercises designed to strengthen the concepts discussed. Students do not need to have an active website to participate, but may find the lessons more “hands-on” if they do. The instructor will offer feedback on any student’s website during the workshop if the URL is offered during the class.

BIO

Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults.

Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at her alma mater Boston College before becoming a full-time writer. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year and provides instructional articles on computing, gaming and crafts to different websites.

Catherine is currently working on a new young adult suspense novel, and the next book in her Soul Mates series.

You can connect with Catherine here at her website, on Twitter @Catherine_Chant or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels


February 2017

Fights in Fiction

Presenter: Merien Grey

Dates: February 1-28

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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.

BIO

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.


March 2017

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April 2017

How to WRITE When Everything Goes WRONG

Presenter: Allie Pleiter

Dates: April 3-28

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“I could get this writing done…if only life would calm down enough to let me!” Life is far from perfect.  Curveballs, and even sucker-punches will be a part of every writer’s life.  When adversity hits, creativity can feel like it’s under siege. Take the time NOW to learn how to protect and preserve your embattled muse so you’re ready when a crisis hits. Multi published author and the creator of The Chunky Method of time management for writers, Allie Pleiter has met deadlines in the midst of some imposing traumas.  With humor and insight, she shares practical and inventive strategies for staying afloat and staying creative in life’s stormiest seas.

Topics include:

– Survival tips for getting your creative self out alive

– Strategies for calm and gratitude

– Private, professional, and public communication

– Tactics for public speaking 

– Writing about it:  how, when, and if

BIO

An avid knitter and French macaron fan, Allie Pleiter spends her days writing four books at a time, buying yarn, and avoiding housework.  A friend’s dare in to begin writing has produced two parenting books, 25 novels, and national speaking engagements on faith, writing, and her favorite: time management.

Allie is the author of THE CHUNKY METHOD OF TIME MANAGEMENT FOR WRITERS: Your Step-By-Step Plan to WRITE THAT BOOK Even When Life Gets in the Way released March 2015.


May 2017

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June 2017

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July 2017

Crafting Likable Characters

Presenter: Shannon Donnelly

Dates: July 3-31

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If you have a choice, are you going to spend the evening with folks you like or with people who make you grind your teeth? Do readers want more of your characters, or to get away from the as fast as possible? Likeable charcters are key to a series, and vital in any romance. And you can learn how to craft them.

This four week workshop covers:

  • What makes for a Likeable Character
  • Mad Skills and Plausibility
  • Using Understanding and Reader Sympathy
  • Think Like An Actor—Quirks and Habits
  • Using Humor and Self Awareness
  • When to use Description; When to use Action
  • The Good Bad Guy and Bad Good Guy
  • Twisting Cliches

Examples will be used both from popular fiction, TV shows and movies. Exercises will be used to see if you’re presenting your characters in a way that pulls the reader in to the story.

BIO

Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a nomination for Romance Writer’s of America’s RITA award, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”

In addition to her Regency romances, she is the author of the Mackenzie Solomon, Demon/Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the SF/Paranormal, Edge Walkers. Her work has been on the top seller list of Amazon.com and includes the Historical romances, The Cardros Ruby and Paths of Desire.  And Lady Chance, her latest Regency in the Ladies in Distress series, has been awarded the Indie BRAG Medallion.

She is the author of several young adult horror stories, and has also written computer games and offers editing and writing workshops. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and the one love of her life. Shannon can be found online at shannondonnelly.com, facebook.com/sdwriter, and twitter/sdwriter.


August 2017       

Vacation!

Presenter:  Laying on the beach sipping strawberry daiquiris among the pages of her favorite book

Dates: August 2017

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Join us again in September for our online workshop with Shannon Donnelly or check out our One Day workshop with Margie Lawson

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September 2017

Writing the Romantic Novella

Presenter: Catherine Chant

Dates: September 3-30

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In this workshop you will learn what a novella is, how it’s more than word count that separates it from a novel, and how to successfully craft one of your own.

Lesson topics include: Scope and Pacing, Character Development, Conflict, Plot and Format. At the end of the workshop, you will have a brief outline of a novella you can start working on this year, a list of prospective publishers to submit your work to, and some tips for self-publishing your novella at Amazon, if you prefer to go the indie route.

The workshop includes exercises with every lesson designed to strengthen the concepts discussed.

BIO

Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults.

Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at her alma mater Boston College before becoming a full-time writer. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year and provides instructional articles on computing, gaming and crafts to different websites.

Catherine is currently working on a new young adult suspense novel, and the next book in her Soul Mates series.

You can connect with Catherine here at her website, on Twitter @Catherine_Chant or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels


October 2017     

How to Write Fast

Presenter: Peter Andrews

Dates: October 3-30

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Crank up the efficiency and get that novel, short story, article or script DONE. Through exercises, evaluations, tips and technologies, you can learn to write faster. Discover how to break through blocks, get ideas, develop plots, draft and polish in less time without losing quality.

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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


November 2017

FALL IN LOVE WITH NANOWRIMO

Presenter: NEORWA

Dates: November 1-30, 2017

NEORWA Authors blast off for the 2017 National Novel Writing Month to add 50,000 words to a page during the month of November.  Join us!  It’s free.    @NEORWA


December 2017

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 See you next year!

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