Online Workshops

STAR 2015 On-Line Workshops

The Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR) a chapter of RWA® is thrilled to be able to offer the following series of Educational On-line Workshops from highly respected, successful authors willing to share their time and skills with other writers. Most Workshops last four (4) weeks, consist of a mix of lectures, exercises, and discussions, and are conducted via a private Yahoo Groups listserv. The cost of participating in a STAR On-Line Workshop is $20 for RWA members, and $25 for non-members.

All writers are welcome. If you know how to send e-mail, then you’ve mastered all of the technical skills you need to participate in our workshops. You will be automatically enrolled in the workshop’s listserv just before the class begins. All of the messages posted by the instructor and other students will be delivered directly to your inbox, although you may also view them from the Yahoo website.

To register for any of the classes listed below, please complete the form that follows and include a check or Money Order in US Dollars, made out to STAR On-Line Workshop, and mail the check and form to: Carol A. Henry, STAR On-line Workshop Coordinator, 90 Drybrook Road, Willseyville, NY 13864. Alternatively, if you have a PayPal account, you can pay by going to http://www.PayPal.com. Select the “send money” button, and then enter the amount due, and STAR’s email address for payment: starpay@gmail.com. Then send your registration information to Carol at: carolhenry@frontiernet.net).

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JANUARY 5-30, 2015: Completing Your Mystery

Instructor: Jacqueline Corcoran

Cost: $20 (RWA Members); $25 (non-RWA members)

Course Content: Do you have an idea for a mystery or one that you have started and then gotten stuck on? This workshop is for you. The writer will be taken step-by-step through the process of opening the mystery, creating characters, plotting, and writing scenes, dialogue, and description. The instructor will give feedback on exercises that take you through the process of mystery writing.

About the Instructor: Jacqueline is a social worker, psychotherapist and professor (at Virginia Commonwealth University), as well as an author.  Her published work includes thirteen textbooks, three self-help books (Depression SolutionsWrite Your Way to Right Thinking, and Teens Text Sex) and novels YA Memoir of Murder (2012), steampunk (The Girl with the Mechanical Hand, forthcoming), and adult mysteries Maiming of the Shrew (2013), A Month of Sundays (2011) and Backlit (2012).  More information is available at http://www.jacquelinecorcoran.com/.

 

MARCH 2 -27, 2015: Deep Story Techniques I

Instructor: Carol Hughes

Cost: $20 (RWA Members); $25 (non-RWA members)

Course Content: What does Nora Roberts, Stephen King, George Lucas (STAR WARS), Stephen Spielberg (E.T.), Terry Russo (SHREK/PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN), James Cameron (TITANIC/AVATAR) know about writing that makes them the mega stars that they are? How are they able to turn out the constant string of stories that they do while you are barely able to struggle to the final pages of your current WIP?  Why did TITANIC and AVATAR each gross over $1 Billion in ticket sales in only a matter of weeks?  Are you interested in learning the secret techniques that each of these mega stars has in common?  It’s not as hard as you think – not if you know the simple-to-master writing secrets that they know and haven’t shared with you.

Seasoned pro and beginning writer, punsters to plotter – it doesn’t make any difference.  You already know that writing takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, talent and hearty dose of luck.  Without the necessary writing tools to craft your wonderful story ideas into a finished work that people want to buy, all the hard work, talent, luck and perseverance in the world is useless without a solid, well-crafted story full of multidimensional characters to make your story come alive for every reader—or movie-goer.  Do you know what the 18 scenes are that every story contains, no matter its length or genre?  Do you know what impact your character’s mental gender has upon readers?  Do you even know what your character’s mental gender is?  Do you know how your character’s arc drives your story? Or how you story drives your character’s arc? Do you know the quick and easy way to create heart stopping dilemmas for your characters that drive your readers wild?  Do you know what the 4 through-lines of every story is?  Do you know how to weave them together?

Every successful story contains characters that come alive for the reader.  Every successful story is built on a solid, easy-to-master, story structure that works every single time.  Every successful story lives on in the hearts and minds of readers because their authors have mastered the simple secrets needed to turn them into writing super stars.  And you can too.  Join us and give Nora Roberts something to sorry about.

About the Instructor:  From Oscar’s Annual Bash to Cannes’ glitzy Red Carpet. From fabled palaces to rat-infested tunnels. From the floor of the Coral Sea to the vacuum of space. From the rain slicked streets of midnight Paris to the bombed out streets of Beirut at high noon. Writer Carol Hughes has lived and written about sights, adventures and characters that have dazzled audiences, and raised more than a few eyebrows, around the world. Dashing Alpha males, deadly killers, fictional red-haired mermaids, and celluloid heroes – she’s known them all. She’s navigated the killer-infested back alley’s of Europe’s grandest cities and the shark-infested corridors of Hollywood’s studios as a writer/producer – and has picked up enough secrets and tips to make a living – and writing – an adventure in itself.

 

APRIL 3-30, 2015: Deep Story Techniques II

Instructor: Carol Hughes

Cost: $20 (RWA Members); $25 (non-RWA members)

Course Content: Carol Hughes will help you with the mechanics behind developing the writer/reader link and bond that is the key to a writer’s success. Go beneath the surface to explain the mechanical underpinnings of the emotional bond and sense of loyalty readers develop for their favorite authors. Learn some of the tricks and techniques that are used in advertising and film/TV marketing to build a brand and user loyalty. As more and more writers become familiar with the simple to use Deep Story Techniques to actually craft their stories – what they also need is a rock solid understanding of how to actually draw readers to them and how to forge a strong emotional bond that will actually translate into reader loyalty to them and their stories.

About the Instructor: From Oscar’s Annual Bash to Cannes’ glitzy Red Carpet. From fabled palaces to rat-infested tunnels. From the floor of the Coral Sea to the vacuum of space. From the rain slicked streets of midnight Paris to the bombed out streets of Beirut at high noon. Writer Carol Hughes has lived and written about sights, adventures and characters that have dazzled audiences, and raised more than a few eyebrows, around the world. Dashing Alpha males, deadly killers, fictional red-haired mermaids, and celluloid heroes – she’s known them all. She’s navigated the killer-infested back alley’s of Europe’s grandest cities and the shark-infested corridors of Hollywood’s studios as a writer/producer – and has picked up enough secrets and tips to make a living – and writing – an adventure in itself.

 

NOVEMBER 1 – 13, 2015 (Special two week class): Enchanted England During the Dark Ages

Instructor: MM Pollard

Cost: $15 (RWA Members); $20 (non-RWA members)

Course Content: Description: Fantasy writers, this workshop is for you. MM Pollard will bring enchanted England to you through her lively lectures on four topics: Forest Magic, Plant Magic, Wells of Wisdom, and Spirit Nights. MM uses information on Celtics and Anglo-Saxons as the basis for this workshop because these peoples believed magic could be found everywhere. They looked no farther than the forest, plants, and wells and found magic in all three. Nights were especially filled with magical beings and magical occurrences.

At the end of the workshop, MM hopes students will feel the same sense of the magical world around them that the Celts and Anglo-Saxons experienced more than a millennium ago. With the knowledge her students will gain in this workshop, they will be able to add touches of the magical to their fantasy characters and worlds.

About the Instructor: MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Savvy Authors, Writers Online Classes, many RWA chapters, and in her own virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English. MM Pollard, editor, Black Velvet Seductions; MM’s Fundamentals of English

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