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  1. Indie Publishing. Is It For You?

    February 4-18

    Is Indie Publishing the Next Big Thing? Or is it just a thing? How do you know if it's right for you? Or if you're ready to take that step? Join author Terry Odell as she presents the ins, outs, pros and cons of publishing your books yourself. Odell has published traditionally in print and with digital publishers, and has moved her focus to going indie, with eleven titles published. She'll be posting information and answering questions starting February 4th.

    Terry Odell is an author of mystery and romance. I can’t remember learning to read, only that I always did. My parents tell people they had to move from our first home because I finished the library. Learning to write is another story. In some ways, I’ve always been a writer—I just never put the words on paper. Most of my ideas were based on books or television shows or movies I thought I could “improve” with my own plot or character changes.

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  2. March 2013

    How To Write A Romance Novel

    Have you ever thought about writing a romance novel but don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you’ve started one but need some motivation to keep going. In this week long seminar you’ll learn-

    How to craft characters both editors and readers will love.

    How to put create natural sounding dialogue.

    How to not run afoul of heading hopping.

    How to compose an attention grabbing cover letter and synopsis.

    Susan Palmquist is the author of short stories and novels in both the romance and mystery genres. Under her pen name, Vanessa Devereaux, she’s the bestselling author of over 40 erotica stories and erotic romances. She’s also a writing tutor and teaches workshops for various chapters of the RWA. This seminar is a mini workshop based on her Amazon bestseller, How To Write a Romance Novel…getting it started and getting it published.

    At the end of the seminar there will be prize drawing where one participant will win a copy of the electronic version of the book, plus feedback by Susan of a 1-2 page synopsis.

    Visit Susan’s Web sites at Susan Palmquist, Vanessa Devereaux and her blog

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  3. Using Prompts to Expand Your Repertoire
    Have you always wanted to write, but don’t know where to start?


    Are you a writer and feel stuck in a rut?


    Are you an author and want to find new ideas to re-energize your material?


    Writing prompts are a simple way to spark creativity. Whether or not you write for a living, discover a deep wellspring of plots and story ideas you can use. As the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect,” and prompts are a great way to practice.


    04/01-06/2013: Introductory Week


    04/07-13/2013: Week 1 – starting with prompts


    04/14-20/2013: Week 2 – generating new prompt ideas


    04/21-27/2013: Week 3 – resources for expanding your work


    04/28-30/2013: Wrap Party


    Seminar Host: A. Catherine Noon

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  4. Writing the film strip in your head

    May 4

    This seminar will help aid in visualization of situations, locations and characters.  It is the same technique used in film or television storyboarding, where each strip or picture helps round out elements used to bring your story to visual life.  

    In addition, the seminar will feature the essential features of the screenwriting technique of plot points to add to key important turning points in the seminar.  

    Both of these techniques will help writers add to creating a faster paced more visual manuscript.

    I am a former theatre actress/director and a television producer/writer and director.  I have used these techniques in building all of my books.  I am also a former college instructor and have conducted online seminars for many of my corporate clients.

    Seminar Host: Meg Lacy

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  5. Grammar Basics

    June 25-30

    The Many Roles of Words is a five-day, five-lesson workshop beginning June 25 and ending June 29, 2013. I use simple prose as examples to make the lessons in the ways words are used to communicate easy to understand. Each lesson discusses one or maybe two of the many roles of words. I give one or a few websites that offer practice in the topic of the day as homework. These sites are also excellent resources for you after the workshop for other grammar challenges you might encounter. Because writers rarely write four- or five-word sentences, you will not submit sentences from your writing for homework.

    Who needs this workshop? Can you answer these questions? You may check your answers on my blog.

    Which word role/s would you omit if you wanted to cut wordiness?

    Which role has a (large) handful of words called “stuntmen” in it?

    Which role qualifies as a “sentence” all by itself?

    If these questions had you stumped, this workshop is for you. You do want to communicate with your readers clearly, succinctly, and effectively, don’t you?

    MM Pollard's Blog

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  6. You don’t think you have the time to write a book?  Yes you do.

    September 9-20

    You don’t think you have time to write a book?  Yes you do!  Any writer will tell you that one of the biggest reasons people give for not writing a book is time.  Many people have told me they would like to write a book, but they don’t have time.  The seminar is an opportunity to discuss how writing fits into a busy, real-life schedule.  You might be asking yourself what qualifies me to offer up this advice.  My name is Ashlynn Monroe.  I’m a working mom attending college.  I have also written over fifty short stories, novellas, and novels since 2010.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with multiple publishers.  This is my chance to share some techniques that have worked well for me.  You can write a book.  I feel honored to have this chance to help you.  I can’t wait to read your masterpiece.  The only bad book is the one left unwritten. 

    Seminar Host: Ashlynn Monroe

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