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The April 2018 Workshop "3 Editors Walk Into a Bar..." with Suzanne Johnson has been cancelled.
Please accept our apologies for this inconvenience and check out Suzanne's new workshop for May

May, 2018 Workshop
Quilting 101, Patchworking the Perfect Plot through Relationship Arcs. Online Class with Suzanne Johnson.
Date: May 1-31, 2018
Cost: URWA Member $30    Non-Member $35
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Do storyboards, sticky notes, spreadsheets and index cards give you hives? Does your manuscript wander in circles - yet you're afraid a detailed outline will suck the heart and soul out of your writing? All you need is a simple word-processing program to stitch together theperfect quilt of a plot to keep your novel on track and moving in the right direction - while still giving your muse room to play. We'll use a six-step technique to plot a novel from start to finish, and give you a huge head-start on your first draft (and the dreaded synopsis).
This will be a working course! Bring your best idea (the one that's been bubbling in your brain for six months) or a manuscript that's wandering in the desert, and we'll shape it up and get it moving. We'll also be deconstructing one of my own novels as part of this class as well as using examples from a variety of books in different genres.

Instructor Bio:
Suzanne Johnson is the author of more than twenty published works, including the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, of which book six, FRENCHMEN STREET, will be out in late spring. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is author of the Amazon best-selling Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, as well as The Collectors and Wilds of the Bayou romantic suspense series. A displaced New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama. Suzanne loves SEC football, fried gator on a stick, New Orleans, all things Cajun, and (hangs head) reality TV. She recently, gleefully left a longtime career in higher education to write full-time and work as a copy editor for other authors.
For more information, please visit Suzanne's website: http://www.suzannejohnsonauthor.com/

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June, 2018 Workshop
Writing Sweet Romance That Sells - How to Make Your Characters Fall in Love. Online Class with Victorine Lieske.
Date: June 1-30, 2018
Cost: URWA Member $30    Non-Member $35
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Learn the fundamentals of writing sweet romance.You'll learn how to insert tension and create chemistry between your characters. I'll teach how to use banter and subtext to increase the attraction between them. I'll go over how to make your readers believe your characters are falling in love with each other, and how to write a kiss that takes their breath away. You'll learn how to expose your characters emotionally, so the reader feels them connecting with each other.

Instructor Bio:
Victorine Lieske self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010. In March of 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6 week run on The New York Times bestselling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine's first romantic comedy novel hit the USA Today Bestselling books list in January 2015.
Victorine and her husband have raised their four children in Nebraska. Victorine also does graphic design work in the publishing industry.

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July, 2018 Workshop
Writing Strong Romantic Heroes and Heroines. Online Class with Lindzee Armstrong.
Date: July 1-31, 2018
Cost: URWA Member $30    Non-Member $35
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Learn how to create romantic heroes and heroines that readers can't help but fall in love with! This class will give you a step-by-step recipe for success. We'll discuss key character ingredients, such as: how to make your characters flawed but loveable, how to use your characters' strengths to draw them together and their weaknesses to create conflict, and quirks that help bring your characters to life. We'll learn how to create a compelling backstory for your character, and how much of it to actually include in your story. We'll also discuss secondary characters, and how to make them interesting enough to eventually become their own hero/heroine while preventing them from overtaking your current story. Leave the class with Lindzee's custom character sheets!

Instructor Bio:
Lindzee Armstrong is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the #1 Amazon bestselling No Match for Love series, which follows the matchmakers and clients of Toujour on their journeys to love. She also writes the contemporary western Sunset Plains Romance series, and the romantic suspense Kiss Me series.
She's always had a soft spot for love stories. In third grade, she started secretly reading romance novels, hiding the covers so no one would know (because hello, embarrassing!), and dreaming of her own Prince Charming.
She finally met her true love while at college, where she studied history education. They are now happily married and raising twin boys in the Rocky Mountains.
Like any true romantic, Lindzee loves chick flicks, ice cream, and chocolate. She believes in sigh-worthy kisses and happily ever afters, and loves expressing that through her writing.

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August, 2018 Workshop
Self-Editing: How'd I Miss That? Embarrassment Prevention Skills for Writers. Online Class with Kathryn Jane.
Date: August 1-31, 2018
Cost: URWA Member $30    Non-Member $35
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Do not send your manuscript to an agent, editor, contest, or retailer until you have worked it over, backwards, forwards and sideways. Show off your writing chops by sending out clean pages.
Let me arm you with all the tips I wish someone had given me, and save you from the embarrassment of the kind of mistakes I've made. Sit down with me for an hour, or sign up for a month-long online class, and learn how to easily spot crutch words, spelling weaknesses, inconsistencies, overused words, passive words, repetitious words, slow pacing, redundancies, clich├ęs, poor/incorrect word use, sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation typos, dialogue rhythms and flow, and Point of View issues.
Do not follow in my footsteps! Learn from my mistakes instead and you'll find yourself leaps and bounds ahead of your competition.

Instructor Bio:
Award-winning author, Kathryn Jane, takes readers to places they'd like to live and introduces them to characters they learn to love. She writes page-turning, Women's Fiction, and Romantic Suspense, as well as Short Stories about feral cats.
Fulfilling her passion for education Kathryn presents workshops for both aspiring and accomplished writers, and covers a broad spectrum of subjects.
In her spare time (she says laughing), Kat loves spreading kindness and joy to family, friends, and strangers alike.
WEBSITE: http://kathrynjane.com/ ; FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/kathryn.jane.921 ; TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Author_Kat_Jane

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September, 2018 Workshop
Crafting the Short Story and Novella. Online Class with Susan Palmquist.
Date: September 1-30, 2018
Cost: URWA Member $30    Non-Member $35
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Crafting the Short Story and Novella: With the growth of the online market and e-books, there are more opportunities for writing short stories. This workshop is for those writers who want to give the shorter format a try, or for the beginning writer who wants to use short story writing as a stepping stone to novel writing. The workshop covers such things as differences in writing in long and short forms, finding the right story for the shorter format, plot, characterization, mistakes most writers make, and markets for short stories.

Instructor Bio:
Susan Palmquist writes under her own name and also her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She's the author of 100 plus books, including writing how tos, mysteries and romances and a bestselling author of erotic romances and erotica. She pens many ongoing series. Her books have been bestsellers on all the major book sites, including Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance E Books(TOP 50 Author), Fictionwise, and Kobo. She's also a recipient of Evernight's Reader's Choice Award. She's been teaching workshops for various RWA chapters for the last seven years and has been a writing tutor for nine years for an online writing school. She also has her own writing coaching and mentoring service for aspiring authors.

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last updated 03/22/18