Online workshops in May

Check out the scheduled 5 courses for May 2012! Permission to forward is granted and appreciated, thank you!

Quick Peek:

May 7 – 27, 2012 Punked, Suzanne Lazear

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Pesky Pairs: To Lay or to Lie
Presented by Meg Bellamy
Dates: May 7 – 27, 2012
Deadline: May 4, 2012
Fee: $16.00

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAY1
Course Description:

Pesky Pairs: To lay or to lie — that is the question now.

(Okay, one of the questions now).

In this workshop we’ll sort out and for forever learn the correct usage of commonly confused or misused word pairs — its – it’s, who – whom, etc.

Instructor Bio:

Along with her husband, her family and her books, language is Meg’s passion — so much so that she earned a doctorate in Language Education at Rutgers University in 1994. Currently, by day she’s a mild-mannered language teacher teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to international students, but she started her teaching career as a teacher of French. She’s also studied Russian, Spanish and Italian. This love of language spills over into her writing craft and appreciation for books — and travel!

Meg gets to satisfy the travel bug with trips to England — as often as possible!– to visit her son, daughter-in-law and grandsons. It’s great when Lee, her DH, also goes because driving on the left side of the road doesn’t intimidate him — talk about your basic hero type! Meg also has to travel to see her daughter, who lives in New Jersey — a mere continent away from Meg’s home in Northern California.

Being a published member of the community of writers is the fulfillment of one of Meg’s most cherished dreams. As Mardi Ballou, she’s the author of numerous erotic romances. She’s decided to write women’s fiction and contemporary romances as Meg Bellamy to differentiate between the hot, spicy stories and the more mainstream ones. She’s looking forward to writing many more books of both types!

You can find more about Meg at www.MegBellamy.com

You can register for the following on-line class through May 4. Each class is $16. FMI: www.lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Veronica Alderson,alde02@knology.net using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list,http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LRWAonlinecourses/join

Thank you.

Veronica Alderson,
LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator
LRWA Treasurer

* * * Permission To Forward Granted and Appreciated! * * *

Romancing Resistance
Presented by Hillary Hutchinson
Dates: May 7 – 27, 2012
Deadline: May 4, 2012
Fee: $16.00

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAY2

Course Description:

Are you having trouble getting your writing done?

Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by competing responsibilities?

Not enjoying the writing life they way you thought you would?

If your answer to any of these questions is, “Yes!” then you should take this course.

You will learn how to:

  • Stop Thinking And Start Doing
  • Cope With Gremlins
  • Maintain Momentum, Even When Writing In Short Spurts
  • Use Exercises And Websites To Jumpstart The Process
  • Apply Different Techniques To Blast Those Blockages From Your Brain

You will leave this class with renewed motivation and ability to follow through on all those promises you make to yourself.

Instructor Bio:

Hillary Hutchinson, aka The Change Strategist, is a career coach that works with struggling academic writers and fiction writers to get their projects done. Resistance to writing, feeling stressed, issues of resilience, visioning and goal setting, low productivity, and no confidence are major problems that can be overcome with help.

Hillary writes a column once a month for her local newspaper on succeeding in your chosen calling, so she knows what it means to work on deadline. She also holds two master’s degrees, one in Anthropology and one in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

She is the mother of two grown daughters that she raised on her own after being widowed and nearly losing her own life at 39, who are just embarking on their own independent lives. She loves anything with a story from novels to movies to theater as well as being outside walking, birding, or even practicing yoga on the beach.

You can find more about Hillary at www.transitioningyourlife.com or find her at CoachHillary on Twitter.

You can register for the following on-line class through May 4. Each class is $16. FMI: www.lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Veronica Alderson,alde02@knology.net using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list,http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LRWAonlinecourses/join

Thank you.

Veronica Alderson,
LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator
LRWA Treasurer

* * * Permission To Forward Granted and Appreciated! * * *

Self-Editing, Two Weeks
Presented by Monette Michaels
Dates: May 7 – 21, 2012
Deadline: May 4, 2012
Fee: $16.00

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAY3

Course Description:

The approach to this workshop will be lecture and hands-on self-editing. The student should be prepared to edit several pages of a current work-in-progress.

The lectures will concentrate on specific problem areas with which many writers have issues including redundancy, repetitiveness (and, yes, these are two separate issues!), empty words, passive sentences, weak words, stating the obvious and other types of wordiness and how to avoid them.

We will also cover how to approach revising your own work and writing tight in general. The hands-on work will involve the author self-editing a page or two of his or her current WIP and then the instructor and the class going over the work and re-editing it. By the end of class, the student’s last self-edit should be a tightly polished piece of writing.

Instructor Bio:

The author writes as Monette Michaels and Rae Morgan. Her first-published book was Fatal Vision (as Monette Michaels) in the late 1990s with one of the early e-publishers; it was republished by LTDBooks out of Canada in 2000. She went on to write several other single titles for LTDBooks: Death Benefits (an EPPIE finalist), Green Fire (a Dream Realm finalist), and The Case of the Virtuous Vampire (an EPPIE finalist and a CAPA Finalist) and now republished as The Virtuous Vampire at Liquid Silver Books. She won an EPPIE in 2005 for Blind-Sided, published at Atlantic Bridge Publishing. She currently writes three series as Monette Michaels: the Gooden and Knight Paranormal Mystery series (The Virtuous Vampire, The Deadly Séance), The Security Specialists International series (Eye of the Storm, an EPPIE Finalist) and the Prime Chronicles Trilogy (Prime Obsession) .

As Rae Morgan, she writes the Coven of the Wolf Series ( Destiny’s Magick, Moon Magick (Dream Realm finalist), Treading the Labyrinth (EPPIE finalist), and a novella”No Secrets,” in Zodiac Elements: Water). Her single titles are Earth Awakened (a Terran Realm book), Enchantress, “Evanescence,” in Edge of Night, and “Once Upon a Princess,” in Ain’t Your Mama’s Bedtime Stories.

For the first years of Liquid Silver Books, she was the Acquisitions Editor and also edited books. She is currently a Senior Editor over the Terran Realm line of books, a shared world concept, and still reads and edits for the main lines of LSB, as needed.

You can register for the following on-line class through May 4. Each class is $16. FMI: www.lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Veronica Alderson,alde02@knology.net using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list,http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LRWAonlinecourses/join
Thank you.

Veronica Alderson,
LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator
LRWA Treasurer

* * * Permission To Forward Granted and Appreciated! * * *

The Writer’s Compass: Plotting for the Directionally Challenged
Presented by Fran Colley and Terry Osburn
Dates: May 7 – 27, 2012
Deadline: May 4, 2012
Fee: $16.00

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAY4
Course Description:

Basic plotting techniques for writers who think “plot” is a four-letter word. Whether you are just starting out in your story, or if like us, you find yourself marooned and cannot imagine there is any way to get back to port (i.e. the end of your book), have no fear. Finding your way to the “The End” of your novel is as easy as whipping out your compass and orientating yourself within your manuscript.

Find NORTH: characters and goals. Your characters and their goals are the most important aspects of the story. They are the story.

Find SOUTH: conflict and irony. Are your conflicts big enough to keep your characters and their goals in sharp focus? Have you injected a bit of irony in your conflict, making your characters do things they’d never do?

Find EAST: love and sexual tension. Love provides conflict for your Conflict since love is never convenient—and neither is sexual tension.

Find WEST: Happily Ever After. Finding a happy ending for your characters is the only cliché that never gets old.

So join us on a little elementary orienteering for your writing. It’s so much better than plotting!

Instructor Bios:

Terri Osburn has been writing for five years, and blogging with a group of aspiring/published authors on The Romance Writers Revenge for four years. Terri has an Associate Degree in the Music/Video Business, a Bachelor in Business Administration, and taken countless workshops and e-courses presented by Margie Lawson, Mary Buckham, Todd A. Stone, Deb Dixon and more. Her first work of short fiction was published in Woman’s World magazine in September of 2010. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America, and currently seeking representation for her Single Title Contemporary manuscripts.

Fran Colley has been writing for almost thirty years (if you count that story she wrote in the 2nd grade, which she does). She founded the blogging group, Romance Writers Revenge, coercing all her friends who were great writers into banding together and sharing what they knew about the writing process. Fran has BA in English, and has taken a number of e-courses and workshops through the various chapters RWA offers. She is a member of RWA and is currently seeking representation for her manuscripts.

You can register for the following on-line class through May 4. Each class is $16. FMI: www.lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Veronica Alderson,alde02@knology.net using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP. To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list,http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LRWAonlinecourses/join

Thank you.

Veronica Alderson,
LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator
LRWA Treasurer

* * * Permission To Forward Granted and Appreciated! * * *

Punked
Presented by Suzanne Lazear
Dates: May 7 – 27, 2012
Deadline: May 4, 2012
Fee: $16.00

FMI: http://lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAY5
Course Description:

Everyone has heard of Steampunk and Cyberpunk. But have you heard about Biopunk? What about Sandalpunk or Monsterpunk? What differentiates Sailpunk and Clockpunk from Steampunk? How is Elfpunk different from Urban Fantasy?

Find out what puts the punk in “punk” genres as well as the nuts and bolts of various types from the technopunks and fuelpunks to the historypunks and creaturepunks.

Whether you’re writing a “punk” or just curious bring your manuscripts, WIPs, and ideas as we get punked. All types of manuscripts welcome from “I have an idea” to polished and ready, and from MG/YA to steamy.

Instructor Bio:

Suzanne Lazear writes Steampunk tales for teens and is a member of the Los Angeles Romance Writers and several other RWA chapters. She’s taught various online classes and presented to writing organizations on both writing YA and Steampunk. Suzanne also contributes to Geekmom.com, Steamed, and several YA debut author blogs.

Her Steampunk Dark Fairytale for teens, “Innocent Darkness,” book one of The Aether Chronicles, will be released by Flux in August, 2012. She occupies a small corner of the West Coast where she lives with the hubby, the tot, a hermit crab, and two chickens.

You can find more about Suzanne at www.suzannelazear.com

You can register for the following on-line classes through May 4. Each class is $16. FMI: www.lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/

Or email Online Workshop Coordinator, Veronica Alderson,alde02@knology.net using the Subject line: LRWA ONLINE WORKSHOP.

To subscribe to LRWA Online Workshop monthly mailing list,http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LRWAonlinecourses/join

Thank you.

Veronica Alderson,
LRWA Online Workshop Coordinator
LRWA Treasurer


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