Workshop Schedule

NEORWA’s 2019 Online Workshops

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January 2019                                                              

Dates: January 2-31

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.


February 2019

Dates: February 4-28

Deep POV–Going Deep and Staying There presented by Suzanne Johnson

Workshop overview:

It doesn’t matter if you write first-person narrative or third-person with multiple viewpoint characters—getting deep inside a POV character’s head is the key to writing stories that grab readers by the ba…uh…heartstrings, no matter what genre you’re writing. In this workshop, each participant will have a chance to examine the different genre expectations of POV, look at the pros and cons of each POV technique, and then take his or her own work-in-progress, a finished work, or a favorite published work and deconstruct it to take the POV deep and keep it there. Each workshop participant will receive personal feedback through a series of weekly assignments.

Syllabus:

Lesson 1: POV–One of the Most Important Decisions You’ll Make

Lesson 2: POV and Genre (and a few words about head-hopping)

Lesson 3: Options, Pros, and Cons

Lesson 4: Hands-On Tips and Tricks to Deepen POV—Part 1 of 6

Lesson 5: Hands-On Tips and Tricks—Setting and Narrative, Part 2 of 6

Lesson 6: Hands-On Tips and Tricks—Action, Part 3 of 6

Lesson 7: Hands-On Tips and Tricks—Visceral Reactions, Part 4 of 6

Lesson 8: Hands-On Tips and Tricks—Dialogue, Part 5 of 6

Lesson 9: Hands-On Tips and Tricks—Internal Dialogue, Part 6 of 6

Lesson 10: Third-Person Multiple POV (three or more POVs)

Lesson 11: POV Hodgepodge and Wrap up

Presenter Bio:

Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense from Auburn, Alabama. She realized her dream of becoming a full-time author in April after finally leaving a career in educational publishing that has spanned five states and six universities. She grew up halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, including a firsthand introduction to Hurricane Katrina, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick. As Suzanne Johnson, she writes the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series for Tor Books and other urban fantasy novellas and shorts. As Susannah Sandlin, she writes paranormal romance and romantic suspense for Montlake Romance, including the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal series, Collectors romantic thriller series, and Wilds of the Bayou romantic suspense series.

Author web links:

Website: www.suzannejohnsonauthor.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Suzanne_Johnson

FB: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSuzanneJohnson


March 2019

Dates: March 4-29

Layering as an Editing Tool presented 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.


April 2019

Dates: April 1-26

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


May 2019

Dates: May 6-31

PTSD for Fiction Writers presented by Kathryn Jane 

Workshop overview:

Get your facts straight before you write about PTSD.

The tools needed to respectfully portray characters dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a broad layman’s overview – who, where, what, when, why, and how – of PTSD’s effects on individuals, families, acquaintances, interpersonal relationships, careers and other situations.

Presenter KATHRYRN JANE’S extensive academic research of PTSD was done as a mature student, and the information she will provide is based on research papers, research interviews, and personal experience.

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.


June 2019

Dates: June 2-16

Male POV Presented by Sascha Illyvich

Workshop overview:

In this workshop, we’ll break down the eight archetypes a little, give a bit of background on the male mindset and psychology behind it and delved deeper into the wonderful yet confusing male mind.

We’ll explore how his issues affect your plot, why what those issues are is important and how we make him come across. We’ll discuss cross gender writing and author bias, tearing bias down so we can give you new insight into the male mind.

Having done this workshop numerous times in person and on the Internet, I feel it’s become a very well rounded look at the male mind.

“What Men Really Care about” and “The Gay Male Lifestyle” will explore this POV deeper in hopes that I can assist you in writing more convincing gay males. I’ll cover my bias about the stories I’ve read so far later but just know we have more content for you J

What you’ll learn from this class

  • Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
  • How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
  • How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story
  • How to get your man to express his true “self”
  • What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*
  • A man’s self view*
  • The GAY MALE Viewpoint*
  • The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
  • A man’s journey in life
  • What men really think

Using character creations sheets (don’t groan!) that have all the relevant information you’ll need, you’ll be able to craft male characters that are just as deep as your female characters. Getting inside the heads of your male characters is the most important aspect of “how to write” them.

Cross gender writing can make or break an author’s career if they cannot portray the opposite gender clearly and accurately. With the growing popularity of M/M romances, it’s becoming increasingly important for males to be portrayed in the proper light! We’ll cover all that here and a lot more!

Presenter Bio:

Sascha, who was proclaimed by the publishing industry as The Bad Boy of Romance, started writing fifteen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio.  Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker, and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing.   He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts.

Sascha writes for Assent PublishingRed SageSecret Cravings PublishingSizzler EditionsTotally Bound, and Decadent Publishing.

Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com

Sascha is the Managing Imprint Editor at Ardent Books.

Sascha is Editor for Sizzler Editions Intoxication Erotic Romance line.

Sascha is also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group defining erotica for writers in any genre! Find us at http://www.write-sex.com


July 2019

Dates: July 1-31

Quilting 101: Patchworking the Perfect Plot Through Relationship Arcs presented by Suzanne Johnson

Workshop overview:

Do storyboards, sticky notes, spreadsheets and index cards give you hives? Does your manuscript wander in circles – yet you’re afraid a detailed outline will suck the heart and soul out of your writing? Do you want to take part in NaNoWriMo and ensure that you succeed?

All you need is a simple word-processing program to stitch together the perfect quilt of a plot to keep your novel on track and moving in the right direction – while still giving your muse room to play. We’ll use several techniques quilted together to plot a novel from start to finish, and give you a huge head start on your first draft (and the dreaded synopsis). You’ll be ready for NaNo to begin.

This will be a working course! Bring your best idea (the one that’s been bubbling in your brain for six months) or a manuscript that’s wandering in the desert, and we’ll shape up that bad boy and get it moving. If you follow the course to the end, you’ll finish with a sentence outline or full plot arc from which to write.

Presenter Bio:

Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense from Auburn, Alabama. She realized her dream of becoming a full-time author in April after finally leaving a career in educational publishing that has spanned five states and six universities. She grew up halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, including a firsthand introduction to Hurricane Katrina, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick. As Suzanne Johnson, she writes the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series for Tor Books and other urban fantasy novellas and shorts. As Susannah Sandlin, she writes paranormal romance and romantic suspense for Montlake Romance, including the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal series, Collectors romantic thriller series, and Wilds of the Bayou romantic suspense series.

Author web links:

Website: www.suzannejohnsonauthor.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Suzanne_Johnson

FB: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSuzanneJohnson


August 2019       

Dates: August 5-30

Beyond 50 Shades: Going from Fanfiction to Original Fiction Presented by Ivy Quinn

Workshop overview:

This month-long workshop will lay out the basics. What fan-fiction is, how long it’s been around, and how it’s still relevant for today. It will also cover what can grow from it once an author decides to leave their online persona behind and create a whole new world that is totally their own.

Presenter Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author Ivy Quinn has been a writer for close to fifteen years. She also works as an editor and proofreader. Ivy writes across all pairings, including female/female, male/female, and male/male. She was one of the bestselling authors featured in the Sirens and Scales boxset this winter and currently writes two series, Fanged Fairytales and Vegas Shifters, for Sapphic Alliance Fiction.


September 2019

Dates: September 2-27

The Nuances of Dialogue presented by Sally J. Walker

Workshop Overview:

In both prose and dramatic mediums, characters need to speak in a succinct, entertaining manner that moves the story forward. Inner character motivation and personality can be revealed through what is spoken and how.  This workshop will cover diction & syntax, concepts of multi-layered meaning, the difference between speech patterns of male-female speakers, influence of age-education-culture, how to control lecturing and argument orchestration.

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


October 2019     

Dates: October 1-31

Writing Sports Romance presented by Cassandra Carr

Workshop overview:

Sports romance is one of the fastest-growing subgenres, and this course will teach you how to write compelling, realistic stories. You’ll learn about the specific personality traits of elite athletes, what their day-to-day lives are like, how to describe the atmosphere in a locker room, and other details you’ll need to make your book the best it can be.

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.


November 2018

Dates: November 1-30

Fall in Love with NaNoWriMo! presented by NEORWA

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 scheduled. Happy holidays.

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 See you next year!

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