Four Writing Workshops from OIRWA

by Anna on April 25, 2014

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Outreach International Romance Writers Presents:

 Are We There Yet?

Presented by Susan Palmquist

Dates: May 1 -31, 2014

Deadline April 28, 2014

Fee: OIRW Member $20

Fee: Non-Member $25

Registration: Non Members

Registration: OIRW Members

Course Description:

Are you just about ready to send out that manuscript to an editor or agent? This course will cover a basic checklist for getting your manuscript in tip-top shape. I’ll cover some of the biggest problems found in manuscripts, everything from head-hopping to flat sounding dialogue. How to look at your work with a new set of eyes. The workshop will also touch upon getting a synopsis and cover letter together. 

Instructor Bio:

Susan Palmquist is a freelance writer, author and also writes under the pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 42 books including mysteries, romances and erotica. She’s also the author of the bestselling e-book, How To Write A Romance Novel…getting it written and getting it published. When she’s not writing she’s teaching workshops and tutoring students. Prior to her writing career, Susan worked in public relations and was a book publicist for three years.

Find out more about her and her workshops at www.thiswriterslife.comwww.susanpalmquist.com, and www.vanessadevereaux.com

All workshops are open to everyone.  You can register for the following on-line class through April 28.  Or, contact Veronica Alderson,http://www.oirwa.com/officers-volunteers/contact-campus-coordinator/.  To subscribe to OIRW Online Workshop monthly mailing list,http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OIRWonlinecourses/join

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Editing The Heck Out Of Things: Intensive 4-Week Polishing, Rewriting, Deleting, and Generally Improving The Draft For Submission

Presented by Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane

Dates: May 1 -31, 2014

Deadline April 28, 2014

Fee: OIRW Member $20

Fee: Non-Member $25

Registration: Non Members

Registration: OIRW Members

Course Description:

Many have proven that they can write the first draft of a book in a month, or a bit over if the word count is 90,000 words or better. But the thing that can really drag on for months and months and months, even a year, is the editing. So often we never reach the stage where the manuscript can be submitted to an editor, and continue to spin our wheels reworking it.

The reasons are many, of course, but the most common are 1) because we’re continually tinkering with it, we tend to ruin it more than improve it, and 2) we’re never sure when it IS finished and ready to leave the nest.

Of course there’s another reason, too: we haven’t set a deadline by which to finish the editing process.

This 4-week workshop does that.

It’s intensive. You’ve got an entire draft of a completed manuscript to buff up, trim down, rewrite, and improve the heck out of in just four weeks – 28 days.

We’ll break things down, crack whips, even bring in a virtual Jillian Michaels, if that helps, to snarl at you when you feel at your wit’s end.

So clear the calendar. Load up on vitamins, TV dinners, and coupons to the local restaurants. Cancel all appointments, arrange for others to take the kids to practice or cheer them on the playing field. Allow no one to have birthday parties, weddings, or cosmetic demonstrations. Volunteer for nothing – not anywhere, no how. This time belongs to you and your manuscript.

We’re going to whip this puppy into shape and make it ready to fly out of your hands and onto an unsuspecting editor’s desk, be it through electronic submission or good old snail mail.

The benefit at the close of these 4-weeks? While you wait for word from a publisher, you’ll be able to play with an entirely new batch of characters and situations – also known as finally getting around to writing the NEXT manuscript.

Instructor Bio:

In 2014 Beth Daniels celebrates 24 years as a published novelist and though she doesn’t care to continue writing for another 24 years (because she’d be really ancient then), there are a few more books clambering to escape her imagination. Her romantic-comedy and historical romantic adventure titles have been translated into a dozen languages for sale in two dozen countries. While she has written under a number of different pseudonyms, the one that has appeared on most covers is Beth Henderson. As Daniels she has added non-fiction tomes, writing about writing. She has been a workshop fixture at Savvy Authors since the virtual doors first swung open.

Visit her at www.RomanceAndMystery2.comwww.Muse2Ms.com, or www.WritingSteampunk.com

All workshops are open to everyone.  You can register for the following on-line class through April 28.  Or, contact Veronica Alderson,http://www.oirwa.com/officers-volunteers/contact-campus-coordinator/.  To subscribe to OIRW Online Workshop monthly mailing list,http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OIRWonlinecourses/join

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Writing with Scrivener PC/MAC

Presented by Pat Haggerty

Dates: May 1 -31, 2014

Deadline April 28, 2014

Fee: OIRW Member $20

Fee: Non-Member $25

Registration: Non Members

Registration: OIRW Members
Course Description:

These days most of us have a working knowledge of word processing. Word, Pages, Word Perfect, whatever the tool, we’ve all spent time hunched over a keyboard trying to get our thoughts down in a usable format for our teacher, editor, friend, or work partner. Word processors are effective when it comes to general document creation, but their use for creating serious works of fiction has limitations.

Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your publisher.

Topics will include:

  •    Yup, that says
  •    Scrivener, now what?
  •    Getting around the home screen
  •    Knowing enough to get writing
  •    Starting a new Novel
  •    Editing 101

But I’m no pantster, I need to plan before I write.

  •    Capturing your plan and
  •    Synopsis
  •    Setting up the Corkboard
  •    Getting index cards created and organized
  •    Outlining

What do you mean I don’t have to worry about chapters yet?

  •        Organizing and reorganizing with the Binder
  •        Creating parts, chapters, scenes
  •        Sorting things the way you want
  •        Mapping into your template
  •        Editing options and views

Whew, my book is ready, now how do I get it out?

  •    Compiling basics
  •    Choosing an output format
  •    Compiling to PDF
  •    Compiling for Kindle
  •    Revisiting the template and formatting options

I’ve lost work before and now I’m paranoid, how can Scrivener help?

  •    Backing up locally automatically
  •    Backing up to the cloud (Dropbox) automatically

I can do this geek thing, what other cool things should I know

  •    Outputting for comment and review
  •    Online synchronization for phone and tablet editing

Ending with some Lagniappe

Instructor Bio:

Patrick Haggerty has a degree in Actuarial Science with a minor in Computers from Georgia State University. He has spent the past 15 years developing and delivering technical training courses for Learning Tree International. On the side he has a successful consulting practice doing web application development for clients ranging from the United State Marines to Delta Airlines.

Seven years ago, stuck reading a mediocre book in yet another hotel, Patrick decided to try his hand at fiction. He may not be published, but these days you are much more likely to find him spending his evenings writing romance, than code. Patrick is an active member of RWA, RWAustralia, RW New Zealand, and is VP of Membership for Gulf Coast Romance Writers of America, and President of OIRWA.

All workshops are open to everyone.  You can register for the following on-line class through April 28.  Or, contact Veronica Alderson,http://www.oirwa.com/officers-volunteers/contact-campus-coordinator/.  To subscribe to OIRW Online Workshop monthly mailing list,http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OIRWonlinecourses/join

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Killer Openings Presented by Alexa Bourne

Dates: May 1 -31, 2014

Deadline April 28, 2014

Fee: OIRW Member $20

Fee: Non-Member $25

Registration: Non Members

Registration: OIRW Members
Course Description:

Students will learn the importance of a good opening and gain a better understanding of what makes a “killer opening.” Students will study examples of good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work. Students will also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive a critique.

Week 1:

Introduction- Class goals, “rules” for proper respectful participation, student introductions, instructor disclaimer
Importance of openings, what makes a good opening
*Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of good openings and why they work

Week 2:

Students present examples of good openings & why they work
Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of bad openings & why they don’t work
Students present examples of bad openings & why they don’t work

Week 3:

1st lines, then students present examples from own manuscripts, critique
1st paragraphs- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

Week 4:

**1st page- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique
Discuss makings of a good 1st chapter
(Questions/Catch up- if needed)
Wrap Up-final thoughts, comments, questions

*While each of these lessons has the instructor critiquing the work (whether published examples or student work), I will invite students to comment when they want as long as they are respectful about it and their comments are constructive criticism.

Instructor Bio:

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year, such as Candid Confessions of a Newbie Author and Killer Openings. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance for Decadent Publishing and is thrilled to have the chance to share her love of books with readers everywhere.

When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers, writers, students and colleagues.

Learn more about her at www.alexabourne.com.

All workshops are open to everyone.  You can register for the following on-line class through April 28.  Or, contact Veronica Alderson,http://www.oirwa.com/officers-volunteers/contact-campus-coordinator/.  To subscribe to OIRW Online Workshop monthly mailing list,http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OIRWonlinecourses/join

 

 

To find out more about our chapter, please visit us at http://www.oirwa.com or http://www.facebook.com/OIRWA

 

 

 

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