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  1. October 12-18 A week with three historical romance writers; Lyn Armstrong (The Last Celtic Witch, The Celtic Witch & The Sorcerer, Heart of a Warlock), Delilah Marvelle (Mistress of Pleasure), and Minnette Meador (The Centurion & The Queen, The Edge of Honor), plus other writers who will share their experience. Everything you wanted to know about historicals, but were afraid to ask. - How to make research fun & fast - Creating Worlds, Both Historical & Fantasy: Are horses faster than unicorns? - Tips and Tricks on Writing Historical Romance - Making history come alive on the page: How to make your reader’s heart race! - Historical Hunks & Kick-Ass Heroines: Characterization in Historicals - Sex Through the Centuries: Making ancient love sizzle - Plus much, much more

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  2. September 1-12, 2008 This course is for intermediate level writers, advanced writers if they have a weakness in this area. Blurb: Learn how characterization and plotting weave together to make your story come alive. Outline of lessons and discussion topics: Characterization - Character profile questions and interviewing your characters - Creating backstory and when to use it - Character is Action - **GMC: Goal, motivation and conflict. This will also be discussed with plot. - Writing strong characters and viewpoint - Three Dimensional Characters - No Sagging Middles Plot and Characterization and discussion topics - What is Plot? What does it do? - Plot is Action - GMC: Goal, motivation and conflict - Stimulus and Response - No Sagging Middles **Scene and sequel Putting it all together.

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  3. : Why It’s Important for You and Your Readers Laurie Sanders - All Month Long If you’ve ever received a rejection letter there’s a good chance your story was written in shallow rather than deep point of view. Shallow viewpoint is the leading reason that I reject manuscripts. Worse than the rejection slip is that a book written in shallow point of view does not deliver what the reader wants and will leave the reader disappointed, something that neither you nor your publisher wants. Viewpoint is one of the most powerful tools in the author’s toolbox and is also one of the most often misused. In this workshop we will look beyond the basics of viewpoint and examine why it is such an important tool and how to use the deeper nuances of viewpoint to add emotion, texture, motivation, conflict, and drama to a manuscript. I will be addressing the following topics, however most of the workshop time will be spent going over exercises provided by workshop participants. The goal will be to show through practical examples and a hands on approach how to use deep point of view to deepen the reader’s experience of the story. - What do fiction readers want? - Connecting the dots – how does deep point of view give readers a satisfying experience? How is the reader’s experience different with shallow point of view versus a deep point of view? - How to decide whose point of view to use for key scenes, and how to make the best use out of that viewpoint. - Deciding when and where and how to change point of view. Is changing viewpoint in the middle of a scene always bad? - Author invisibility -- avoiding author point of view. - Choosing details that deepen point of view - Infusing dialogue with point of view. - Point of view and character motivation – your character has done a bad, bad thing – how can you use point of view to make the reader still root for him or her? Questions can be submitted before the workshop. Please send them to: LaurieSanders@fusemail.com Please use the subject WORKSHOP QUESTION so that they will be sure to get through the spam filters.

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  4. June 1-30  There are many different ways to promote. Kick your ego in the pants and let yourself shine. We'll be discussing promoting online and offline and how much time to devote to each. We'll have open discussions so keep your mind sharp. I'll be offering links to promotion sites to give you some ideas about what's available. You may have some links of your own to share. Don't be shy. That's what this workshop is all about. Sharing information. I look forward to getting to know all of you throughout the month of June.  Vicki M Taylor’s Web Site

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  5. Presented by S. J. Willing *Molasses Thief Comes to a Sticky End! * Have I got your attention yet? Good, because everyone talks about sex selling a romance story or novel but what most people don’t know is that humor can be just as effective in bonding readers to your work. If you want to learn about writing comedy moments that will have your readers howling, or simply smiling knowingly to themselves, come along to the Coffee Time Romance and More's April Seminar,  Psssst – The Secrets of Writing Humor. S.J. Willing, creator of the Agent Double D.3 Reports and the PIACT Undercover Agent series will share some of his hard-learned techniques for this particularly tricky area in fiction writing.

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  6. March 3-7 For 12 years before I began writing seriously, I did many types of promotional work. This background has been beneficial in preparing my book manuscripts for publication and in promoting my books. We all know that the vast majority of authors need to promote themselves. I talk to many authors each week and most writers have little promotional experience. That is one of the reasons why I wrote Book Promo 101 – Learn the Basics of Book Promotion. It’s also a reason why I spoke with Karenne and agreed to be available during the week of March 3-7 to answer promotional questions. There are many different ways to promote. Some of the topics we can discuss include: Develop Your Marketing Mind – Is It Ever Too Early to Promote – Design Your Book for Promotion Create a Marketing Plan – Utilize Press Releases – Develop a Press Kit – Build Your Credibility Use Blogs and Websites to Promote – Promotional Items for Your Promotion – Where to Sell Books … and much, much more. These are some of the topics that I discuss in Book Promo 101 and I’m working on Book Promo 201 – which discusses a wide variety of online promotional options. During the week of March 3-7, I’ll be on the Coffee Times forum to talk with you all about ways to promote your books. In the mean time, feel free to visit a web page that links to about 100 promotional interviews and articles that I compiled here. If you’d like some additional information about my background, feel free to visit me . I look forward to getting to know each person in March.

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  7. This month you will learn how to create better characters, get inside the male mind, rid yourself of author bias and have way more fun with your heroes!  Learn the ins and outs of character creation from a side of romance we rarely hear from, the male romance reader/writer!  Paranormal Romance author Sascha Illyvich shares with us tips on how to create more memorable characters, avoid some common pitfalls and have more fun with our writing!Sasha Illyvich will be covering character creation, archetypes, emotional journeys and how they relate to the herione's path, among other things. Sasha has 8 books published that are Erotica, vampire romance, paranormal and more in the future.   You can find out more about her and her books at Silks Vault and Sizzler Editions under the pen names of Sascha Illyvich and Alexandria Rayne.

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  8. What's the purpose of a chat or author day? In fact, what is the purpose of any marketing you do? The answer may surprise you. In June, come learn "How to Prepare for Author Days and Chats" with author Kayelle Allen, founder of the group Marketing for Romance Writers. This month long seminar includes: 1. The purpose of marketing 2. Getting material all in one place and how to structure it 3. How to prepare excerpts for maximum effectiveness 4. Creating a signature file 5. Putting together a fact sheet for each of your books BONUS - How to create a review request to submit to reviewers. No specific date. Runs June 1-30, 2007.

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  9. Are you an aspiring author or published author? Ever wondered how in the world to get a literary agent? Avon Author and Passionate Pen proprietor Jenna Petersen will walk you through everything you ever wanted to know about agents but were afraid to ask!

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