Online Workshops

STAR 2014 Online Workshops

STAR is thrilled to offer Online Workshops from highly-respected, successful authors willing to share their time and skills with other writers.  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 Online 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 automatically receive an invitation to join the workshop’s listserv prior to the start of the class. Click to join, and you’re in!  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 Registration Form

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, PO Box 6, Willseyville, NY 13864.

If you have a PayPal account and would like to pay via PayPal, go to http://www.PayPal.com  Select the “send money” button, then enter the amount due, and STAR’s email address for payment: starpay@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please contact our Workshop Coordinator, Carol Henry, at her email: carolhenry@frontiernet.net


MARCH 2014
Deep Story Techniques I
Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR)
Fee: $20 – $25
Dates: March 3 – 28, 2014
Presenter: Carol Hughes
FMI: carolhenry@frontiernet.net

Description:  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.

Instructor Bio: 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 2014
Deep Story Techniques II—Critical Element to Success
Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR)
Fee: $20 – $25
Dates: April 4 – 30, 2014
Presenter: Carol Hughes
FMI: carolhenry@frontiernet.net

Description:  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.

Instructor Bio: 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 2014
Show Up Naked: Writing the Male POV
Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR)
Fee: $20 – $25
Dates: November 3 – 28, 2014
Presenter: Chris Redding
FMI: carolhenry@frontiernet.net

Description:
Chris Redding will take you on a funny and fun journey of discovery about men including why they act the way they do and how they express emotions. She’ll talk about how our society has socialized them and the stages they go through in life. At the end of class you will be able to write more realistic male characters while keeping them larger than life heroes.

Instructor Bio:
Chris Redding grew up in a neighborhood with more boys than girls and learned to love baseball and hate Barbies. She spent much of her life in male dominated professions including pizza delivery and Emergency Medical Services. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. She has five books published, all romantic suspense.

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