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September, 2017 Workshop
Going Wide. Online Class with Ines Johnson.
Date: September 1-29, 2017
Cost: URWA Member $20    Non-Member $25
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Launch your ebook onto multiple distribution platforms
In Going Wide, you'll learn best practices for digitally publishing your ebook across multiple online bookstore platforms. You'll learn to navigate the ins and outs of the various distribution platforms such as Amazon, Nook, iBooks and Kobo. With detailed, step-by-step worksheets full of tips and tricks, you'll maneuver through keywords, BISACs and metadata with confidence. What are you waiting for? Go wide and upload your books to reach more readers!

Instructor Bio:
Ines Johnson is a television writer turned romance novelist. She currently teaches college level courses in scriptwriting and story development.
Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you'll love her books!
Ines is best known for her charming fairytale retelling romance Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story. The Cindermama series features single mothers who've given up on love after kissing toads, but they each get a second chance at love with a prince charming.
Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she's contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.
Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.

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Octover, 2017 Workshop (Previously scheduled for August.)
Building your Newsletter with Readers Who Love Your Novels. Online Class with Victoria Pinder.
Date: August, 2017
Cost: URWA Member $20    Non-Member $25
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The best marketing advice is to build a newsletter, but what does that mean. How to truly build a list from scratch and transform it into finding readers who want to read your novels. You can transform a new lead into a reviewing reader, and we'll discuss how. Lessons will include In this course we will begin to break down Facebook and other lead generator sources and that free giveaway you'll offer. If you only have one book or no book yet, we'll discuss alternatives that work. Then we'll delve into how to use your newsletter tools so you have a way of communicating with all your new leads. The goals of this course is to cover the tools you need to do to create an amazing platform that automates itself and transforms clicks to reviewing readers. We'll discuss landing pages, automation, lead generators, drip campaigns and more.

Instructor Bio:
USA Today Bestselling Author Victoria Pinder has small published, self-published and published with Amazon on her novels. She struggled to understand marketing and has tried just about everything. In 2016 she took a break from fiction to understand how to create sales for fiction that worked. Now she is back to writing, making more sales than before and now she wants to share what she learned to help other authors succeed.

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October, 2017 Workshop
Write More, Write Now. Online Class with Cindy Carrol.
Date: October , 2017
Cost: URWA Member $20    Non-Member $25
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It's a brand new publishing world. Self publishers are writing more books and releasing those stories faster than traditional publishing can keep up. It means growing your readership faster not to mention helping your finances if you hit on a great series that readers gobble up. But lots of writers (I was one of them) can't write fast. The thought of writing more than a couple thousand words a week made me scoff. Then I read a book that made me think it was possible for me to write more. I came up with my own plan and wrote 60,000 words in a week. Topics covered: 1. What's holding you back from productivity 2. The plan basics - for full time writers 3. The plan basics - modified for those with an evil day job 4. Sustaining the plan - what happens when you get stuck.

Instructor Bio:
Cindy is a member of Sisters in Crime and a graduate of Hal Croasmun's screenwriting ProSeries. Her interviews with writers of CSI and Flashpoint appeared in The Rewrit, the Scriptscene newsletter, the screenwriting Chapter of RWA. She writes screenplays, thrillers, and paranormals, occasionally exploring an erotic twist. A background in banking and IT doesn't allow much in the way of excitement so she turns to writing stories that are a little dark and usually have a dead body. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats. When she's not writing you can usually find her painting landscapes in oil or trying space paintings with spray paint.

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November, 2017 Workshop
Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over By a Publisher. Online Class with with MM Pollard.
Date: November , 2017
Cost: URWA Member $20    Non-Member $25
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Do you write sentences with the doer of the action in a prepositional phrase like in this sentence?
"Bonnie was asked to the dance by Frank."
See the problem? And it's a big one for editors and publishers. Bonnie is the subject of the sentence, but she isn't acting, Frank is.
Revision: "Frank asked Bonnie to the dance."
Now, Frank is the subject and IS acting.
Confused? You're not the only writer who struggles with passive voice verbs, trust me. But your struggle may be nearing its end.
In Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher, you will receive the equivalent of a master's degree in passive voice, one of the writing errors that spell rejection by agents, editors, and publishers. We will cover what active voice and passive voice mean, how to form the passive voice, including a verb lesson, and how to form the active from the passive. We will cover the reasons not to use passive voice verbs and the few instances where passive voice is the best choice. By the end of this workshop, you will have everything you need to identify and correct passive voice writing in your writing.
Homework: Each lesson will have homework. I will personally give you feedback on every lesson you post. Think of homework as an opportunity for a mini-edit by MM.

Instructor Bio:
As an English teacher for fifteen years and, currently as editor for Black Velvet Seductions and the MM in Workshops with MM, MM Pollard has helped writers correct ungrammatical grammar, misused usage, problematic punctuation, and poor writing. Check out Testimonials on her blog, MM's Fundamentals of English. While you are there, sign up for her monthly newsletter and even look at previous newsletters.

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last updated 08/18/17