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All workshops are $20.00 for FRW members and $25.00 for nonmembers. You can pay by check or paypal. The address and paypal button are at the bottom of this page.

Please make sure to put your Paypal receipt number or check number in the suggestion block. If the receipt or check number is not on the registration form you will be considered unpaid and will not get an invite to the workshop and NO refund will be given.

 

 

 

ONLINE WORKSHOPS 2014 

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Please be sure to register  and pay for the course. The  paypal button is at the bottom of this page.

Please make sure to put your Paypal receipt number or check number in the suggestion block. If the receipt or check number is not on the registration form you will be considered unpaid and will not get an invite to the workshop and NO refund will be given. 

How to turn your passion into a career

Presented By Traci Hall

May 5 – 9 2014

Self-publishing has opened the door of opportunity for those brave enough to walk through. Paranormal romance, young adult, new adult, historical romance, women’s fiction, family memoir, if you want to write a book there is no better time in history. But what are your goals? A little extra money, or the thrill of putting your book out to the world? Will you be content with publishing the occasional novel, or would you prefer a solid foundation to build a career?

In this week long class, we will put together a business plan suited to your needs. I will share with you what it takes to become a successful small business.

 

These are a few of the things we will go over: 6 month plan, 1 year, 5 year

Overhead versus income

Accountant or separate bank account

Website: What does it need to say about you? What information should you give?

Tax issues: IRS, Quick Books

Marketing

Author Bio

Award winning author Traci Hall writes genre fiction for both adults and teens. Believing in Happy Ever After, she pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. www.tracihall.com

Find out more about her business at www.CommunityAuthorServices.com

Please be sure to register  and pay for the course. The  paypal button is at the bottom of this page.

Please make sure to put your Paypal receipt number or check number in the suggestion block. If the receipt or check number is not on the registration form you will be considered unpaid and will not get an invite to the workshop and NO refund will be given.

Inside the Mind of the American Teenager 

Presented by Cynthia Richards, M.Ed

June 2-13 2014

Workshop description:  YA fiction is currently becoming edgier, with teens who are experiencing any number of psychological issues. I will be using information from the DSM-IV-TR, case studies, as well as pop culture examples (televisions, music, movies) to illustrate the signs and symptoms of psychological disorders common to adolescents: depression, anxiety, bulimia, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and anorexia.

 ABOUT Cynthia Richards

Cynthia has served as a crisis counselor for a domestic violence intervention program for children who witness violence and an on-call administrator and crisis manager for a population of residential university students. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Akron and a M.Ed in Community Counseling from Kent State University. Cynthia is currently a psychology instructor at a community college and is pursuing her doctoral degree in cultural foundations of education.

Please be sure to register  and pay for the course. The  paypal button is at the bottom of this page.

Please make sure to put your Paypal receipt number or check number in the suggestion block. If the receipt or check number is not on the registration form you will be considered unpaid and will not get an invite to the workshop and NO refund will be given.

Self-Editing for Indies

By MM Pollard, editor, Black Velvet Seductions

August 4-31 2014

Workshop Description:

Every author wants readers to enjoy a tale with no distracting errors – no grammar glitches, no punctuation problems, no spelling slip-ups. Indie publishing offers the advantage of telling your story your way, without an editor demanding changes, but it also involves the risk of embarrassing mistakes that yank readers out of your fictional world.

Learn the language skills used by copy editors to make sure your manuscript is perfectly polished BEFORE it goes to publication, with (optional) practice sessions and tips on topics including:

* Commas

* Apostrophes

* Few and Less

* Faulty comparisons

* Wordiness

* Weak verbs

* Point of view faults

Each of ten lessons will have homework that is optional, of course. Your reward for doing your homework – MM’s feedback on every assignment you turn it. Think of homework as opportunities for mini-edits from MM.

About MM Pollard

An English instructor for fifteen years and now an acquisitions editor for Black Velvet Seductions, MM Pollard makes tricky parts of grammar, punctuation and usage more approachable and entertaining. She offers the kind of lessons most writers wish they’d paid attention to in high school.

The good news: it’s never too late to learn. MM has helped many writers master the fundamentals of composition through her fun online workshops with many RWA chapters as well as with other sites. She is sure she can help you, too, become a better writer.

MM’s Fundamentals of English

Please be sure to register  and pay for the course. The  paypal button is at the bottom of this page.

Please make sure to put your Paypal receipt number or check number in the suggestion block. If the receipt or check number is not on the registration form you will be considered unpaid and will not get an invite to the workshop and NO refund will be given.

Writing Steamy Sex Scenes: Making your Readers Begging for More

By Suzanne Rock

 September 2-26 2014

Writing a good sex scene takes hard work. If an author isn’t careful, he or she can be caught up in clichés and euphemisms, both of which can detach the reader from the story. By contrast, a great sex scene can give the reader new insight into the characters and their relationship, as well as further the plot or expand a theme. In this course we will focus on the key elements that make a sex scene memorable and learn how to use writing tools such as prose, scenery, dialogue, and point-of-view to create scenes that both you and your readers will love.

Lesson 1 – Decide on your comfort level – and that of your characters

Lesson 2 –  Sexual tension starts outside the bedroom

Lesson 3 – How setting can influence your sex scene

Lesson 4 – Keeping it real and giving your readers what you promised.

Lesson 5 – Choose your point-of-view very carefully. Use exaggerated awareness.

 Lesson 6 – Don’t forget dialogue – or humor, if appropriate

Lesson 7 – Euphemisms and purple prose

Lesson 8 – The balance between the physical and emotional – it’s all in the details

Lesson 9 – A sex scene should always raise the stakes, either physically, emotionally, or both

Lesson 10 – Wrap-up and tips for writing sex when you don’t feel sexy

Author Bio:

Award winning and bestselling author Suzanne Rock resides in central Massachusetts with her college sweetheart and two daughters. She started writing erotic romance in 2009 and sold her first story, Spyder’s Web, to Loose Id in June of that year. She now has almost thirty edgy, erotic stories to her name. In addition to writing, she teaches courses on craft and the publishing industry through Romance Writers of America, Sizzling PR and Savvy Authors. She’s also is the social media coordinator for Jupiter Gardens Press.

Please be sure to register  and pay for the course. The  paypal button is at the bottom of this page.

Please make sure to put your Paypal receipt number or check number in the suggestion block. If the receipt or check number is not on the registration form you will be considered unpaid and will not get an invite to the workshop and NO refund will be given.

Never Give a Sword to a Man Who Can’t Dance — Aspects of the Hero’sJourney for a Gay Protagonist

By Lloyd Meeker

October 6-24 2014 

The hero’s journey metaphor and its archetypes are universal and
all-inclusive, yet they are so consistently couched in hetero-normative
terms that conventional interpretations may miss the mark in writing gay
protagonists.

Gay men are not just like straight men, and this class explores some of
the differences, both obvious and subtle, as may be illuminated by the
archetypes of the hero’s journey. This is intended to give authors
useful insights as they create gay characters with psychological depth.

This class seeks to introduce the essentially Jungian quadrated model of
the masculine psyche — Sovereign, Lover, Warrior and Magician — and to
incorporate these distinct sources of power into the architecture of the
Journey itself, as the hero must draw on each if he is to survive and
succeed.

The class may also provide a deeper appreciation of the social and
spiritual/metaphysical significance of same-sex oriented men in western
culture.

Author Bio:

Meeker’s published work includes novels, essays, poetry and short
stories. For over forty years he has studied the hero’s journey as
distilled by Joseph Campbell and more recently Christopher Vogler,
integrating its themes and elements with Jungian values and the insights
of the lumiaries of the mytho-poetic men’s movement — Robert Bly,
Moore, Gillette, et al. Through his own experiences he has explored
their relevance to same-sex orientation, queer spirituality, and his
writing.

Using his pen name Rowan Malloy Meeker writes mainstream fantasy
romance. His novel Blood Royal was awarded the 2013 Abalone Award in the
fantasy, futuristic and paranormal category by CIMRWA, the
cross-cultural, interracial and multicultural special interest chapter
of RWA. www.lloydmeeker.com

 

 Please be sure to register  and pay for the course. The  paypal button is at the bottom of this page. 

Please make sure to put your Paypal receipt number or check number in the suggestion block. If the receipt or check number is not on the registration form you will be considered unpaid and will not get an invite to the workshop and NO refund will be given.

Choices in the Digital Age

By Suzanne Rock
November  3-14 2014
It’s a fantastic time to be a writer! There are so many different options for publication and strategies for reaching readers. Whether it’s NY, small press, or self publishing, the options can feel overwhelming for those just starting out. This intensive, 2-week course gives a candid view on the ups and downs of each option based on the instructor’s five years experience in the industry. Discussions will focus on thinking beyond the book to whole author career planning and help students decide on a long-term publishing strategy that fits their personality and brand.

Author Bio:

Award winning and bestselling author Suzanne Rock resides in central Massachusetts with her college sweetheart and two daughters. She started writing erotic romance in 2009 and sold her first story, Spyder’s Web, to Loose Id in June of that year. She now has almost thirty edgy, erotic stories to her name. In addition to writing, she teaches courses on craft and the publishing industry through Romance Writers of America, Sizzling PR and Savvy Authors. She’s also is the social media coordinator for Jupiter Gardens Press.

Please be sure to register  and pay for the course. The  paypal button is at the bottom of this page.

Please make sure to put your Paypal receipt number or check number in the suggestion block. If the receipt or check number is not on the registration form you will be considered unpaid and will not get an invite to the workshop and NO refund will be given.

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 



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P. O. Box 480211 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33348

 

Would you like to be a presenter for Florida Romance Writers?? For information about becoming a FRW presenter or to submit a class proposal, contact the Workshop Moderator via email. Class proposals should include class description, outline and a small bio about you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I get a refund if I am unable to take the workshop? NO! The only time a refund is given is if the workshop is canceled.

In what format are the classes presented? We use Yahoo Groups to present our classes. After you sign up, an E-vite is sent to you email. You accept the E-vite to join the group and set up your membership (individual email is recommended). After you have set up your membership all classes and class communications are sent to your email.

When will I receive my E-vite? E-vites are typically issued two days before class begins.

What do I do if I am having a problem with my E-vite? Contact the moderator via email for assistance.

What do I do if I do not receive an E-vite? If you registered prior to the beginning of class and did not receive an E-vite within the above-mentioned time frame, first check your SPAM folder to ensure it was not incorrectly routed there. If there is no E-vite in your SPAM folder, please contact the Workshop Moderator via email to request another E-vite to be sent.

Will late registration delay joining the class? Registrations and payment confirmation can take up to 48 hours to process. We try our best to reduce this time frame, but strongly encourage participants to register a minimum of 4 days prior to the class start date.

If I miss a class or a post can I retrieve it? All classes can be accessed on the Yahoo Group site.


Need Further Assistance?
For technical issues, E-vite, or non-class related issues contact the Moderator.

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