Online Workshops



  • The cost of participating in a STAR Online Workshop is $15 for STAR members, $25 for RWA members and $30 for non-members.
  • Payment may be made either by check or Money Order in US Dollars, made out to STAR Online Workshop, and mailed to: STAR Online Workshop Coordinator, 90 Drybrook Road, Willseyville, NY 13864.
  • If you have a PayPal account and would like to pay via PayPal, go to  Select the “send money” button, then enter the amount due, and STAR’s email address for payment:

If you have any questions, contact our Workshop Coordinator, Carol Henry, at her email:

JUNE 6-30, 2016: Deep Story Techniques II

Instructor: Carol Hughes

Cost: $25 (RWA Members); $30 (non-RWA members); $15 (STAR 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 alleys 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.

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OCTOBER 3 – 28, 2016: Developing Stronger Characters through Journaling

Instructor: Catherine Chant

Cost: $25 (RWA Members); $30 (non-RWA members); $15 (STAR Members)

Course Content: While exciting events in a book may entertain you, it’s really the characters that grab your attention and hold it on the page. Strong characters pull you in and keep you invested in the story, turning those pages. Creating a strong character comes from understanding who this imaginary person is inside and out, not just on the surface, and conveying that to the reader. Journaling is a fun way to dig deep enough below the surface to unlock your character’s hidden secrets and bring that character alive on the page.

At the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of what makes your main character tick, what drives your character through the story, and how conflict affects character growth and change. You’ll get inside your character’s deepest thoughts and fears to discover what’s missing from his/her life and how to use this to drive your story’s plot to a satisfying conclusion. This four-week workshop covers the basics of journaling, the powerful question “Why?”, a review of character Goal, Motivation and Conflict, uncovering the internal conflict and character flaw,  character arc, and how understanding your main character can help with plot development. The workshop includes exercises with every lesson designed to strengthen the concepts discussed, including several writing exercises.

About the Instructor: Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. A longtime fan of journaling since she received her first diary at age 11, Catherine finds free writing one of the best ways to break through writers block and/or daily writing resistance/procrastination. It’s fun and easy, and anyone can do it! Her young adult novel, WISHING YOU WERE HERE, a rock ‘n’ roll time travel romance set in 1957, is available at She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program, and is working on the next young adult novel in her Soul Mates series. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year, and you can learn more at

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