Workshop Schedule

Social Media 101

Presented by: Jenna Grinstead

Date: May 14, 2022 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: FREE

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop:

Join us for an exploration of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Tiktok.

We’ll breakdown the demographics who visit and interact with each site, what the objectives of using the site are and then share examples of how authors are finding their audience through each of these. We’ll also share how to create a social media plan and build your platform.

About the Presenter:

Jenna Grinstead is a whimsical Midwesterner with a penchant for magic and a deep desire for a world where the weird and different are embraced and celebrated.

She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she studied journalism. She found a way to turn her imagination and creativity into a career in marketing, while writing contemporary romance, young adult and middle grade fiction. She often conducts workshops and speaks on writing, world-building, social media and marketing.

Jenna is a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Central Ohio Fiction Writers, Romance Writer’s of America and Women's Fiction Writers Association. Her young adult romance manuscripts have won several regional writing awards, including The Maggie and The Indiana Golden Opportunity.

When she's not plotting her next story you can find her devouring novels and mint chocolate chip ice cream in her house with California Poppies painted across the garage.

She is represented by Analieze Cervantes with The Harvey Klinger Literary Agency.

 

 

 

From Screen to Page and Screen

Presented by: Meredith Bonds

Date: May 2 - 13, 2022 (two week)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $10

Non-A2P Member fee: $25 

About the Workshop:

You’ve written your book, you’ve gotten it professionally edited, you’ve got a gorgeous cover, and now all you want to do is hold it in your hand and bask in your glory. But how to get it from your screen to that of thousands of readers out there? How do you get it into print? I use two programs, one for print and one for ebook – Microsoft Word and Jutoh. In this course I will teach you to use these two programs to produce a beautifully formatted, professional-looking book to upload to Amazon, Apple iBooks, Ingram Spark, and any other e-retailer where you plan on selling your work. Take control of how your book looks and update it easily by learning to format.

About the Presenter:

Meredith Bond is an award-winning romance author. She has been both traditionally and self-published and has written over thirty books including three works of non-fiction. After teaching writing and self-publishing since 2005 both in person and on-line, she now owns and runs her own formatting and coaching business, Anessa Books, where she not only makes the words of her clients look beautiful on page and screen, but guides authors through the sometimes complicated process of writing and self-publishing. She blogs every Sunday morning on writing and publishing topics and hosts a podcast, The Writers’ Block Party with Pru Warren. Learn more at http://anessabooks.com or https://meredithbond.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Beginnings, Left Turns

Presented by: Kathryn Jane

Date: May 1 - 31, 2022 (one month)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15

Non-A2P Member fee: $30

About the Workshop: 

Staring at a blank screen is unproductive. Let me teach you how to get past the roadblocks, get your hands back on the keys and fill that screen with words. Learn useful tactics for digging yourself out of a metaphorical hole, for taking your story a whole new direction, or for making a tiny change that will open up something you hadn’t yet thought of. This workshop will provide you with tools and exercises to help you—or your reluctant muse—climb out of the ditch and back up onto the road.

About the Presenter:

Kathryn Jane, author, artist, and coach, loves to share her knowledge and experience in a wide variety of workshops designed to assist others on their journey from idea to publication and successful marketing. Her own publishing career has included everything from novels to short stories and a variety of genres including Women’s Fiction and Romantic Suspense. https://kathrynjane.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook for Writers

Presented by: Terri Main

Date: June 6 - 17, 2022 (two week)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $10

Non-A2P Member fee: $25

About the Workshop:

With more than two billion members, any author who ignores Facebook, does so at their own peril. In this course, you will learn how to create a presence on Facebook using your personal profile, your professional page, and Facebook groups. You will learn how to create content, build networks, sell products, and make the Facebook algorithm work for you and not against you.

About the Presenter:

Terri Main sold her first piece of writing when she was just 18 years old. Since then, she has written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, thousands of pieces of marketing materials, more than sixty books, seven novels, video documentaries, and radio drama.

In addition to being an accomplished writer, she is also an experienced online educator. She helped pioneer online learning in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has taught thousands of students both oral and written communication skills. Many of whom, now have careers in the media and freelance writing.

As one student put it, "If you want to get published, you have to take a course from Terri Main."

 

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Putting Conflict on the Page

Presented by: Melinda Curtis

Date: June 1 - 30, 2022 (one month)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15

Non-A2P Member fee: $30 

About the Workshop:

Conflict is what keeps someone reading or watching your work from start to finish. But how do you set up conflict throughout your script or story pages without slowing the pace or being repetitive? Join this interactive class where you’ll explore internal and external conflict, and:

                • Sharpen your awareness of conflict in the work of others (if you see it, you can do it!);

 

                • Diagnose “flat” scenes;

 

                • Strengthen your understanding of the changing layers of conflict in the three act structure (conflict isn’t the same on page 1 as page 50);

               

                • Which can be used to develop conceptual conflict journeys for your characters;

               

                • Create a mini-draft of your story.

               

About the Presenter:

Prior to writing romance, award-winning, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. A hybrid author, Melinda has written for Harlequin, Grand Central Forever and Caezik Romance, mostly sweet romance and sweet romantic comedies. One of her Harlequin books – Dandelion Wishes – was made into a 2020 TV movie – Love in Harmony Valley. She recently came to grips with the fact that she’s an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than movies made from her books or jet-setting on a potty. 

 

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Finding Your Brand

Presented by: Beth Bolden

Date: July 16, 2022 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: FREE

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop: 

With so many books being published every year, how do you learn to separate yourself from the crowd? How do you develop a loyal, buying audience who is desperate to gobble up every single thing you write?

The answer is simple: branding.

Branding is the way you package yourself as an author, and the best part is that it’s not only easy, it doesn’t require you to change the way you write, what you write, or how you write. It doesn’t matter if you’re an indie author or traditionally published. Every author needs to figure out how to brand themselves.

Join Beth Bolden to discover the most important guidelines to branding and find an audience that is desperate to read your books!

About the Presenter:

Beth Bolden is originally from the Pacific Northwest, and she’s been writing since her mom stuck a pencil in her hand the first time. She used to think branding was a complete waste of time, but ever since she changed her mind, she’s doubled her book income (and you can, too!). The author of twenty-seven novels and eight novellas, Beth enjoys hanging out with her husband and their cat, Earl Grey, in their new hometown of Wake Forest, North Carolina. For more information on her published works, see www.bethbolden.com.

Romancing the Holidays – Writing Holiday Romances that Sell

Presented by: Rebekah R. Ganiere

Date: July 1 - 31, 2022 (one month)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15

Non-A2P Member fee: $30

About the Workshop: 

What is the hype with Holiday Romances? Have you ever wondered why so many people write them? Or why there are so many people that read them? This year alone Hallmark will come out with over one hundred new holiday romance movies!

So what does it take to write a Holiday Romance? When do you publish it? When do publishers even send out calls for them?

Find the answers. Join the thousands of writers who are publishing Holiday Romance short stories, novellas and novels to move their careers forward. Learn what you need to incorporate into your story, how to write a sci-fi, fantasy or paranormal holiday story and more. Come learn what it takes to write in one of the hottest selling sub-genres of romance!

About the Presenter:

Rebekah is an Award Winning USA Today Bestselling author and Emmy-nominated screenwriter and producer. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings, hit the bestseller list on release day. She has won several awards in both writing and screenwriting. Books in her popular fairytale retelling series Fairelle have won many awards including the Golden Palm and was a finalist for Rone Award as well as won Best Fantasy Series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Rebekah is a prolific author releasing upwards of five books a year and is currently working on six different series.

Rebekah is the former President of the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA as well as a member of several local and online chapters. In her spare time when she isn't writing you can find her teaching on Savvy Authors or at RWA. Rebekah is also known for her elaborate cosplays with her family and has been a guest speaker and panelist at San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, Salt Lake Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze, Fyrecon and several other Comic Cons on the west coast as well as LTUE, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, InD'Scribe, Genre LA and Authors After Dark and Book Lovers Con.

Rebekah R. Ganiere ~ Books with a Bite

USA Today Bestselling Author and Award Winning, Emmy-nominated Screenwriter and Producer

Producer - No More Goodbyes

Newsletter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Amazon

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What’s Your Vision – Using a Vision Board to Help You Get Everything Your Heart Desires

Presented by: Peggy Jaeger

Date: August 13, 2022 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: FREE

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop:

If you’ve never used a vision board to help you clarify your life, career, and personal goals, then you don’t know what you’ve been missing.

For the past twenty years I’ve used vision boards to help guide my writing career, and aid in making personal goals for my weight, my health, and my relationships.

This workshop will help you discover why vision boards are so helpful in getting you to achieve definable and measurable goals and the reasons behind the psychology of “wishing and dreaming” vs. Goal setting.

About the Presenter:

Peggy Jaeger is a multi-published contemporary romance author and Registered Nurse who happens to be in the Second Act of her life, so that credo of walking the walk and talking the talk is one she knows intimately. Realizing there is a  market for romance readers and writers who are also in the second act of their lives prompted her to develop this workshop to instruct, educate, and entertain readers and writers of romance of a certain age.

The Economy of Words: Writing Short Story Romances

Presented by: Savannah J. Frierson

Date: August 15 -28, 2022 (two week)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $10

Non-A2P Member fee: $25 

About the Workshop:

Between ever-shortening attention spans of readers and ever-expanding lists of demands upon everyone's time, being able to write short, yet satisfying romances could be the perfect way to build upon craft, gain interest in our voice and stories to new and known audiences, and generate additional income between larger projects. This presentation will give some pointers on how to start writing short story romances and what to keep in mind as you do.

About the Presenter:

Savannah J. Frierson is a USA TODAY best-selling author, editor, proofreader, and publishing consultant with nearly 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. As an author, Savannah crafts full, happily-ever-afters for readers who believe transcendent romances are worth the wait. As a book publishing professional, Savannah has worked with Big Five publishers, independent publishers, and individual clients. She aims to make the publishing experience a little less overwhelming for clients regardless of where they are in their publishing journeys.

Website Tips & Tricks – 15 Lessons to Supercharge Your Author

Presented by: Barb Drozdowich

Date: August 1 - 31, 2022

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15

Non-A2P Member fee: $30

About the Workshop: 

What if I told you that managing your website – and having it work for you  - is a task you can understand? In “Website Tips & Tricks” we are going to cover some straightforward topics that will make a difference in how your website works for you. Information will be handed out in straightforward lessons throughout May. Unlimited questions encouraged.

About the Presenter:

Author trainer, Barb Drozdowich started teaching in 1986. Early in her career she used her degrees in Science and Education to teach sciences & applied sciences in colleges & universities. She then took her technical training skills to the banking industry to serve as a corporate trainer. Since 2010 Barb has brought her technical experience & decades of teaching to the author & blogging world to help authors develop the skills they need to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person. She owns Bakerview Consulting & The Book Blogger List and manages popular blogs where she gets to chat about technology, romance novels and gluten-free cooking.

 

She is the author of 27 books, over 60 YouTube videos, & several online courses, all focused at helping authors & bloggers. Barb’s books aim to teach a subject, not convince you that your books will make you a millionaire. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia where her primary duties are serving as a taxi driver for kids and a treat master for the puppy princess. Her household runs on coffee!

Author Website: http://barbdrozdowich.com

Business Blog: http://bakerviewconsulting.com

Courses website: http://authorstechschool.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/BarbDrozdowichAuthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sugarbeatbc

 

 

Fan Service and Reader Engagement

Presented by:  Jen Graybeal

Date: September 10, 2022 10AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: FREE

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop:

Easter eggs, Tik Toks, and Groups... Oh my! There’s much more to marketing than social media. In this session we will talk about the many ways to engage readers without exhausting yourself.

About the Presenter:

Jen Graybeal (she/her) is a book coach, freelance editor, and author cheerleader working exclusively with romance authors. Her encouraging feedback, creative approach to problem solving, and gently-applied tough love inspires clients to take their books and business to the next level. She has a degree in English, an ever-expanding TBR, and a furball assistant that is usually on her lap. Visit her website for client testimonials at www.jengraybeal.com or follow her on Instagram: @JenTheEditor.

 

 

Writing the Romantic Novella

Presented by: Catherine Chant

Date: September 12 - 23, 2022 (two week)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $10

Non-A2P Member fee: $25 

About the Workshop:

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.

About the Presenter:

Catherine Chant is a Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock 'n' roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. Her young adult rock 'n' roll time travel series is available now at your favorite online bookseller and her popular workshop "Grow a Book: Turning Your Story Idea Into a Workable Plot" is now available as an ebook and audio book. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. You can learn more at her website: http://www.catherinechant.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Generation

Presented by: Jenna Grinstead

Date: October 1, 2022 9AM

Pricing: A2P Member fee: FREE

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop:

As writer’s we know that every character has their own unique set of aspirations, goals and personality. But those exist within a larger context. Every generation has its own set of expectations, shaping experiences, relationship with technology and ways of interacting that are norms among that cohort. 

Marketers study these to hone messages to sell products and services. As authors we can use this information to shape realistic conflicts and build authentic multi-generational relationships among our characters. We’ll cover each of the generations living today—what experiences shaped them, what makes them unique, how their values conflict with other generations.

About the Presenter:

Jenna Grinstead is a whimsical Midwesterner with a penchant for magic and a deep desire for a world where the weird and different are embraced and celebrated. 

She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she studied journalism. She found a way to turn her imagination and creativity into a career in marketing, while writing contemporary romance, young adult and middle grade fiction. She often conducts workshops and speaks on writing, world-building, social media and marketing.

Jenna is a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and IllustratorsCentral Ohio Fiction Writers, Romance Writer’s of America and Women's Fiction Writers Association. Her young adult romance manuscripts have won several regional writing awards, including The Maggie and The Indiana Golden Opportunity. 

When she's not plotting her next story you can find her devouring novels and mint chocolate chip ice cream in her house with California Poppies painted across the garage.

She is represented by Analieze Cervantes with The Harvey Klinger Literary Agency.

Choosing That Fatal Flaw

Presented by:  Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Date:  October 15, 2022 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: FREE

Non-A2P Member fee: $10 

About the Workshop:

Writers who discover the versatility of enneagrams, the nine personality types and subtypes discovered by the Sufis and brought west a century ago, are fascinated by how easy it is to identify their existing characters as well as to create new ones. Each type and subtype has uniquely heroic and distinctive traits, as well as a fatal (or not so fatal) flaw that naturally brings them into conflict with other characters AND with themselves.

About the Presenter:

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops that draw on her background as an advertising copywriter, a counseling therapist, and a romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for "Best Special Edition of the Year." Her favorite books are those created in the classes she teaches for WriterUniv.com, with 51 first sales so far. 

Preparing for NanoWrimo

Presented by: Terri Main

Date: October 18 -31, 2022 (two week) 

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $10

Non-A2P Member fee: $25 

About the Workshop:

They call it a month of literary abandon. It’s kind of like a marathon with words. I’ve done both kinds of marathons. This one is definitely less painful.  However, like the physical kind, the marathon called NaNoWriMo is a wonderful mix of professionals getting a head start on their next novel, new authors testing the waters of fiction, and some people just having fun. Everyone is a good reason to participate. But a bit of preparation makes participating easier. This course shows you how to prepare.

About the Presenter:

Terri Main sold her first piece of writing when she was just 18 years old. Since then, she has written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, thousands of pieces of marketing materials, more than sixty books, seven novels, video documentaries, and radio drama. 

 In addition to being an accomplished writer, she is also an experienced online educator. She helped pioneer online learning in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has taught thousands of students both oral and written communication skills. Many of whom, now have careers in the media and freelance writing. 

 As one student put it, "If you want to get published, you have to take a course from Terri Main."

Getting Around The Writer's Block, Moving Forward No Matter How Stuck You Are

Presented by: Sylvia Hubbard

Date: November 5, 2022 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: FREE

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop:

This is a three part workshop that will show you how to:

- Start When You Can’t

- Keep going when you don't feel like it

- Finish when it feels like nothing is left

Participants will receive a digital outline and resource link.

About the Presenter:

Award winning Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers, Sylvia Hubbard has independently published over 50 romance suspense books in the over 20 years she's been in the literary business. As an avid blogger, podcaster, social media manager & digital strategist, Sylvia has received literary recognition for her literacy work, plus has had eight #1 Bestsellers. She is also a speaker, literary encouragement doula & busy “mompreneur” expert.

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Second Chance Romances

Presented by: Deborah A. Bailey

Date: November 7 - 18, 2022 (two week)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $10

Non-A2P Member fee: $25 

About the Workshop:

Second chance romance is a popular trope that covers a lot of situations. A chance to make up after a split. A second chance at love for "older" heroines. Another chance for love after heartbreak or trauma. Second chances come in many forms and readers love to experience them. Learn how to build your character's backstory and make their second chance extra satisfying for your readers. 

  1. What kind of second chance does your character desire?  
  2. Determining the risks and rewards for your characters.   
  3. Healing from trauma and loss – identifying the obstacles to love
  4. Building a backstory – why is your character in this situation?
  5. Make the reader care – how they can become invested in your character's journey

About the Presenter:

Deborah A Bailey has presented various writing workshops for SavvyAuthors.com and the Sayreville Public Library, including topics such as Writing Your Book in First Person POV, Creating Intimate Scenes Without Going All the Way and Introduction to Self-Publishing.

Her science fiction and paranormal romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. 

Website: https://dbaileycoach.com/brightbooks

So You Think You’re Ready for an Author Assistant

Presented by: Sara Benedict

Date:  November 12, 2022 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: FREE

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop: 

Author Assistants can make or break an author just as easily as a poorly designed cover or a badly written blurb. This forum style workshop will guide you through the potential highs and lows of hiring an author assistant. But most importantly, will leave you with the answers to the three most often asked questions:

  1. What does an author assistant do? 
  2. Do I need an author assistant?
  3. How do I find an author assistant?

About the Presenter:

Sara Benedict is an Author Assistant that works with clients in every stage of authordom, from those working on their first manuscript to NYT Best Sellers. Sara lives in upstate New York with her husband, two children, and two chocolate labs. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with all things relevant to Irish folklore, Gilmore Girls, and 16th century Britain. Oh, and in her spare time can be found either in a kayak or anywhere in the woods. She holds BA degrees in both English and history, has a profound love of nature, and a deep passion for books. 

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The Creative Brilliance Academy--Part I

Presented by: Deborah Magnus

Date: January 1 - 01, 2022 (one month)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15

               Non-A2P Member fee: $30

About the Workshop:

The Creative Brilliance Academy brings the mind to the burning brilliance an author’s work deserves. By discovering new, inventive ways of seeing and thinking, creative people find themselves sparking with inspiration and driven by ideas they’d never envisioned before. These techniques push a writer’s storytelling skills to new levels, helping to set their work apart, above, and beyond. This is what we all want for our writing.

With one lesson per week, the academy teaches techniques strategically designed to draw writers into expansive ideas and the development of their unique brilliance. Workshops are highly interactive and include challenges, prompts, and a lot of fun. The Creative Brilliance Academy is for writers of all levels. Trigger personal creative brilliance and super-charge your creative practices forever.

Lesson 1 – What is MY Brilliance? Where has it been all my Life?

  • No limited writerly focus here
  • Brilliance is way more than you think
  • Seeking brilliance and expanding creativity
  • 15-minute path to your personal brilliance. Discover what lights you up!

Lesson 2 – Writing INSIDE the FIRE

  • The power of twisting senses
  • Sight = Color
  • Sound = Vibration
  • Touch = Curiosity
  • Taste = Unexpected setting

Lesson 3 – Location… Location… Location

  • Location -Where you are 
  • Location - Move it, move it, move it
  • Location - INSIDE a new place

Lesson 4 – Expansion and Reverse Creative Thinking

  • Expansion - Make it a game
  • Expansion - Turn it into child’s play
  • Expansion - Dance the positions
  • Expansion - Check in with fate
  • Expansion – Dismantle and rebuild
  • Reverse - What if’s to make your Brilliance snap and pop!

About the Presenter:

For over twenty years, Deborah Riley-Magnus has taught people how to creatively think outside the box, helping artists, quilters, designers, cooks, bakers, and writers explore different and new ways of looking at their personal creative process. For authors, she has brought these concepts for marketing and craft, opening doors for author success.

Deborah is an author, Author Success Coach, and Creative Brilliance Coach with forty-plus years professional background as a writer, marketing, advertising, and public relations expert. She has been a writer for print, television, and radio. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and has been a ghostwriter for several clients. 

Her current focus is on helping people of all walks of life develop their personal creative brilliance for problem solving and creative projects. She offers a workshop series that specifically focuses on the group’s needs, whatever their goals, projects, or business. Her newest nonfiction entitled The Creative Brilliance Academy is scheduled for publication in spring, 2022.

Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She teaches online and live workshops for advanced creativity exploration. She writes instructive and creative blogs, speaks, and coaches authors, artists, and business professionals, one-on-one, in search of their unique creative brilliance. 

She belongs to several writing, speaking, and professional organizations. She 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 returned in 2011 after living in Los Angeles, California for several years.

Post-NaNoWriMo Editing (Macro Editing)

Presented by:Terri Main

Date:January 10 - 21, 2022 (two week)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $10

Non-A2P Member fee: $25

About the Workshop:

So, you completed your 50,000 word masterpiece during November. But, now, it’s December. And you are looking at what you wrote trying to remind yourself that first drafts are supposed to be rough and that every masterpiece starts out as a disaster piece. This course, will guide you through the process of being your own plot doctor. It walks you through the process of evaluating the “Big Picture” of your novel helping you refine plot, character, and setting.

About the Presenter:

Terri Main sold her first piece of writing when she was just 18 years old. Since then, she has written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, thousands of pieces of marketing materials, more than sixty books, seven novels, video documentaries, and radio drama. 

In addition to being an accomplished writer, she is also an experienced online educator. She helped pioneer online learning in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has taught thousands of students both oral and written communication skills. Many of whom, now have careers in the media and freelance writing. 

As one student put it, "If you want to get published, you have to take a course from Terri Main.

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Writing the Seasoned Romance

Presented by: Peggy Jaeger

Date: January 22, 2022, Saturday, 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: No Charge

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop:

Description: Using humor and life experiences, this workshop will discuss an untapped market in the romance industry: romantic stories with heroines and heroes over the age of 45 for romance readers in the same Baby Boomer age group We live in a society where life – and romance - doesn’t end at 35. The death  of a spouse, a divorce, choosing a career over marriage, and dealing with grown children can all effect people in their late/middle years, typically 40-60. This workshop will explore several ways to deal with writing a romance story about this age group and for this age group market. Things that will be explored will include, but not be limited to:

  1. Definition of late/middle age and the physical, psychological and emotional factors that effect this age group
  2. Starting over after divorce or death. The psychological and emotional issues that afflict the hero/heroine who have undergone either of these occurrences.
  3. Sex – the good, the bad, the funny! Body image issues, performance issues, sexual angst! All will be dealt with using humor, and current medical information in dealing with potential problems.

Reclaiming individual sexuality when you have grown children and dealing with the “eeew” factor from them.

About the Presenter:

Peggy Jaeger is a multi-published contemporary romance author and Registered Nurse who happens to be in the Second Act of her life, so that credo of walking the walk and talking the talk is one she knows intimately. Realizing there is a market for romance readers and writers who are also in the second act of their lives prompted her to develop this workshop to instruct, educate, and entertain readers and writers of romance of a certain age.

Instagram for Authors

Presented by: Stephanie J. Scott

Date: February 26, 2022, Saturday, 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: No Charge

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop:

Take your Instagram to the next level with ideas and strategies to build a reader community. With over 1 billion monthly worldwide users and growing, Instagram is a major league social media platform connecting users across the world. The key fact for us writers: readers hang out there!

About the Presenter:

Stephanie J. Scott writes young adult and romance about characters who put their passions first. She enjoys dance fitness, everything cats, and has a slight obsession with Instagram. A Midwest girl at heart, she resides outside of Chicago with her tech-of-all-trades husband and fuzzy furbabies. Website: www.stephaniejscott.com

Twitter for Authors

Presented by: Cassandra Carr

Date: February 1 - 28, 2022 (one month)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15

Non-A2P Member fee: $30

 About the Workshop:

Twitter - If Twitter or "tweeting" is a mystery, join multi-published author Cassandra Carr in a workshop that will help you to become a Twitter beginner to a Twitter pro. The workshop will teach you everything you need to know to use Twitter as a valuable piece of your book marketing.

About the Presenter:

Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning writer. When not writing she enjoys rooting for her beloved hockey team - the Buffalo Sabres, taking her daughter on grand adventures, and binge watching TV shows. Cassandra's books have won numerous "Best Book Of" awards and her novella Power Shift (former title Unexpected Top) was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT's Reviewers' Choice Awards.

She thinks the best part of being a writer is penning stories in her made-up worlds while most others struggle with commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers.

From Heart to Page to Print: A Primer Guide to Book Publishing

Presented by: Savannah J. Frierson

Date: March 1 - 31, 2022 (one month)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15

Non-A2P Member fee: $30

 About the Workshop:

This publishing primer course will introduce processes of writing, paths to market, and prices (and costs) of publishing. Though this workshop is geared toward beginners, this can also be a great refresher course for seasoned authors, or for authors who are interested in hybrid publishing and what that can entail. The course will guide participants along the paths of publishing—from the beginning with a single idea to the end when the idea has become a book gone to market. We will discuss topics such as: how to get started with writing the book project; pre-market preparations and plans (i.e., editing, researching, publishing); and the investments involved with the publishing path chosen.

About the Presenter:

Savannah J. Frierson is a USA TODAY best-selling author, editor, proofreader, and publishing consultant with nearly 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. As an author, Savannah crafts full, happily-ever-afters for readers who believe transcendent romances are worth the wait. As a book publishing professional, Savannah has worked with Big Five publishers, independent publishers, and individual clients. She aims to make the publishing experience a little less overwhelming for clients regardless of where they are in their publishing journeys.

Character Goals

Presented by: Jen Bokal

Date: March 12, 2022 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: No Charge

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop:

To many writers, a novel plan is akin to a soul-killing outline learned in grammar school, complete with Roman Numerals and indentations. Yet, to sit down at a computer and begin working without any intention—other than to write a novel—often ends up with an unfinished manuscript and a frustrated author. This workshop with help to develop characters and their goals, along with exploring how they can reach those goals in a dramatic and engaging fashion.

About the Presenter:

Jennifer D. Bokal penned her first book at age eight. An early lover of the written word, she decided to follow her passion and become a full-time writer. From then on, she didn't look back. She earned a master of arts in creative writing from Wilkes University and became a member of the Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She has authored several short stories, novellas and poems. Winner of the Sexy Scribbler in 2015, Jennifer is the author of 16 novels/novellas. Included in her titles are the Ancient World Historical series the Champions of Rome and the Harlequin Romantic Suspense series, Rocky Mountain Justice and the connected series, Rocky Mountain Justice: Wyoming Nights. She is also the author of Coltons Secret History, Book 3 in the Coltons of Kansas series and Coltons Internal Affair, Book 9 in the Coltons of Grave Gulch series—also from Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Happily married to her own Alpha Male for more than 25 years, she enjoys writing stories that explore the wonders of love. Jen and her manly husband live in upstate New York with their three beautiful daughters, two very spoiled dogs, and a kitten that aspires to one day become a Chihuahua.

Tips & Tricks for Shining Online

Presented by: Brenda Margriet

Date: March 14 - 18, 2022 Forum presentation

March 19, 2022 9AM PT  LIVE presentation

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $10

Non-A2P Member fee: $25

About the Workshop:

With online video technology, you can connect face to face with your readers, no matter where they are!. Learn tips and tricks that will help you look your best and give you the confidence to shine, whether it’s a Zoom meeting, Instagram interview or Facebook launch party. This workshop will provide a checklist of what to do—and NOT to do—to help you be prepared, no matter where you’re virtually appearing. No special equipment necessary.

About the Presenter:

Brenda Margriet spent more than thirty years as a television writer/producer. She’s helped everyone from mechanics to politicians look natural yet professional on camera. As Brenda Margriet, she writes savvy, slow burn, contemporary romances with ordinarily amazing characters. Readers have called her stories "poignant," "explicit and steamy," "interesting, intriguing and entertaining," and "unlike any romance you’ve read before" (she assumes the latter was meant in a good way).

Starting in the Right Place: Where Does the Story Begin?

Presented by: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Nied Darnell

Date: April 1 - 30, 2022 (one month)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15

Non-A2P Member fee: $30

About the Workshop:

I have a friend who is a NYT bestselling author. Even after 70 some titles, she still says when she starts writing it is always in the wrong place. She doesn’t get to the point where her story actually begins until Chapter Two. Which means she has to not only kill Chapter One, but make sure anything of importance that did get mentioned in Chapter One shifts to a better location.

The problem is a common one. I have a story that I’ve written the opening scene to three times and it was only that final time out that the story finally started in the right spot.

However, every wrong spot I begin means I’m narrowing in on the right spot.

How do you know the right spot from the wrong spot though? Ahh, that can be tricky. But there are “flags” to look for that help distinguish the right start from the wrong start.

Help you hit the spot that will snag a reader’s attention – and editors are among the first readers you want to snag, aren’t they?

In four weeks, we’ll pin down what is the best spot to start your story and come up with a template to judge future manuscripts by as well. Under the microscope will be characters’ motivation, identifying backstory and too much backstory, action, and more!

About the Presenter:

Beth Daniels lends the expertise she gained as a professional novelist with 30+ years and over 35 published novels, plus novellas and short stories to her list of achievements. Add in a BA in History and a MA in English Composition and Rhetoric with an Emphasis in Creative Writing, over a dozen years as a composition instructor at the college level, numerous online genre fiction writing workshops at various RWA online chapters, and the stats add up. She knows her onions and can maneuver her way through nearly any genre or subgenre birthed. She is one of the founders of the writing group The Bards of Bardstown and a past president of the Louisville, KY, Sisters in Crime chapter. Currently she writes The Raven Tales, an urban fantasy PI mystery comedy series, as J.B. Dane and standalone historical romantic mysteries, contemporary romantic suspense, and cozy paranormal mystery as Beth Henderson. Find her at www.4TaleTellers.com or Facebook.com/Beth Daniels or @BethDaniels1 on Twitter.

Indie Author’s Guide to Indie Editors

Presented by: Jen Graybeal

Date: April 18 - 29, 2022 (two week)

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $10

Non-A2P Member fee: $25 

About the Workshop:

Editors are the not-so-secret sauce that help authors take their book to the next level. Everyone knows you need one, but finding the right editor for your project can be a challenge. Jen Graybeal is a book coach and indie editor has worked with indie published romance authors for years. In this course she is sharing the top ten things you need to know about finding, hiring and working with freelance editors.

About the Presenter:

Jen Graybeal (she/her) is a book coach, freelance editor, and author cheerleader working exclusively with romance authors. Her encouraging feedback, creative approach to problem solving, and gently-applied tough love inspires clients to take their books and business to the next level. She has a degree in English, an ever-expanding TBR, and a furball assistant that is usually on her lap. Visit her website for client testimonials at www.jengraybeal.com or follow her on Instagram: @JenTheEditor.

The Double D's: Dynamic Description & Delicious Dialogue

Presented by: Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Date: April 23, 2022, 9AM PT

Pricing: A2P Member fee: No Charge

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop: 

Everyone tends to be better at writing one of the big D's. (If you're fabulous at both, you don't need this session!) What kind of dialogue makes your characters real? What kind of description works best for your voice? No two writers will use the same techniques for these key elements, but having new tools to choose from can make writing description and dialogue easier and more fun...not only for you, but for your readers as well.

About the Presenter:

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops that draw on her background as an advertising copywriter, a counseling therapist, and a romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for "Best Special Edition of the Year." Her favorite books are those created in the classes she teaches for WriterUniv.com, with 51 first sales so far.