2021 Workshop Descriptions

FEBRUARY

Course: THE PERFECT SETTING = YOUR PERFECT NOVEL

Instructor: Lynn Lovegreen

Dates: Feb. 1 – Feb. 26

Description

The perfect setting can enhance your story, and amp up your readers’ interest. In this workshop, you’ll choose a setting, main character and plot that will help you flesh out your story in any genre. You’ll also play around with details that bring out the best parts of your story. Have a little writing fun, and enliven your setting with crisp, impactful descriptions that make your novel shine. Eight lessons over four weeks will include:

Introduction

Determining setting/world building

Setting and plot

Setting and characters

Showing POV in setting

Choosing setting details

Describing without info dumping

Wrap up: Sharing and Q & A

 

About Lynn Lovegreen

Lynn Lovegreen has lived in Alaska for over fifty years. After twenty years in the classroom, she retired to make time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult historical fiction is set in Alaska, a great place for drama, romance, and independent characters. Her Gold Rush series was published by Prism Book Group. Lynn can be contacted at lynnlovegreen@gmail.com. Her “Writing YA/NA Historical Romance” workshop has been hosted by several RWA Chapters. See her website/blog at www.lynnlovegreen.com.

 

MARCH

COURSE: AUTHOR-LIFE AUDIT

Instructor: Tracee Garner

Dates: March 1 – March 31

 

Description

It’s a brand new year, let’s audit your author career. I know that sounds painful, but if it means more efficiency, more clarity, maybe even more time saving, money saving and better earning strategy, sound good now? In this session, I’ll overview more than 12 area that you need to take a look at and think about. You’ll answer important questions, create a strategy and get action items for each component of your author life.

The Categories are:

  1. Organized Workspace (Is your workplace set up for efficiency, privacy and productivity?)

  2. Technology

  3. Writing Craft & Tools

  4. Your Social Media Platforms

  5. An Efficient, Consistent Process for Getting the Words Down

  6. A Supply of Inspiration

  7. Health and Wellness Routines

  8. Self-Care Regiment

  9. Your Current Memberships Providing You Opportunities?

  10. Your Writing Expenses

  11. Your Writing Income

  12. Your Estate Plan

  13. Creating Additional Income Streams

  14. Is it time for Affiliate Income?

 

There will be questions to think about AND resources to visit, for ALL of these various segments that will help you consider things you haven’t thought of and start to make a plan to leave it (cause it’s just right) or tweak it. I have a 17+ page workbook and slide deck.

Over your author-life career there are so few people that cover this type of information. You can get a social media or website audit for a fee, but has someone really ever helped you think about your author-life from so many different sections and a more critical standpoint? Probably not. That’s what I wanted to do for my own now 20 year career and so I put this together!

Make a plan, fix it all, move forward.

 

About Tracee Lydia Garner

Tracee Lydia Garner is a best-selling and award-winning author. She is a dynamic speaker and engaging presenter with a wealth of knowledge and resources. She writes fiction and nonfiction hoping to uplift, inspire as well as educate readers through her talks of hope, love and overcoming adversity. A northern Virginia native, Tracee makes her home in a suburb just outside of Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and loves writing, reading and teaching all about marketing and publishing. Tracee recently was elected president of the Washington Romance Writers CC Chapter.

As a person with a disability, Tracee has been an advocate for over twenty years and maintains a day job currently as a case manager in DC at a small nonprofit organization. Tracee Lydia Garner has done workshops for the RWA National conference on disability topics, diversity, as well for her local chapter of RWA where she is involved and has been the editor/agent coordinator for three years. Tracee also taught How to Write the Novel, Romance Novel Writing and the Self Publishing Boot Camp within her alma mater’s workforce development section of the college’s offerings for almost 14 years. Visit Tracee at www.traceegarner.com for more information.

 

JULY

COURSE: FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT: BEGINNING TECH TIPS FOR AUTHORS!

Instructor: Kerry Blaisdell

Dates: July 5 – July 30

For Both Courses (Including Dress Your Tech For Success: Advanced Marketing/Tech Tips for Authors) $35 Non-Members/$30 Members

 

Description

Google got you down? Email signatures a mystery? Just want to know what’s eye-catching vs. distracting on Instagram or Twitter? This course is for you! Award-winning author Kerry Blaisdell will teach you how to use technology effectively, to advance your writing career to the next level.

From the basics of email and how to create effective social media posts, including the right balance between images and text, to effectively structuring your website, Facebook page, etc., this course is perfect for techno-phobes or fledgling authors, who want to know the best way promote themselves.

Even if you plan to hire a web designer or promotion service, your online presence is still all you, and should be consistent and professional across all platforms. Learn what works and what you can ignore, to save time and money, while making your author brand the best it can possibly be, right from the start!

 

Course Format

This course will be delivered online, three lessons per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for a total of four weeks (12 lessons). Homework will (sometimes!) be assigned, to be done on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or the weekend, to practice the lessons learned. Homework is optional, but I encourage all students to participate, and share your efforts with me so I can give you feedback. The more you engage, the more I can help you!

 

Syllabus

Note: The outline below is a general guide to the course. Depending on the interests of each class group, some topics may be condensed, expanded, or removed entirely. However, this is intended to be a beginner course specifically, so if a student feels they already understand the below information, they may want to consider enrolling in my advanced class instead.

Topics covered in the beginner course include:

  • Email Basics and Netiquette 1 lesson)

  • Online Communities 1 lesson)

  • Graphic Design for Beginning Beginners 2 lessons)

  • Web Design for Beginners – Even if You’re Hiring a Designer 2 lessons)

  • Facebook Basics 1 lesson)

  • Twitter Basics 1 lesson)

  • Instagram Basics 1 lesson)

  • Pinterest Basics 1 lesson)

  • Gaining Followers 1 lesson)

  • Ask Me Anything 1 lesson)

 

BIO

Kerry Blaisdell is the bestselling and award=winning author of The Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD – 2019 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Published Fantasy, RONE Award for Best Long Paranormal, HOLT Medallion Literary Award for Best Paranormal & Best First Book, and Romance Writers of America RITA Award Finalist – and its sequel, WAKING THE DEAD, 2020 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Published Fantasy and RONE Award 1st Runner Up for Best Long Paranormal, which InD’Tale Magazine recommends for “fans of television shows like ‘Constantine’ or ‘Supernatural’.” She also writes award-winning Romantic Suspense (PUBLISH OR PERISH, A Publisher’s Weekly Book Life Prize Quarterfinalist and N.N. Light Book Award Winner) and Historical Mystery.

Kerry has a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley in Comparative Literature (French/Medieval English), and a Master’s in Teaching English and Advanced Mathematics from the University of Portland. Before becoming a teacher, she worked for over 20 years in Corporate Communications and Marketing Technology, as a graphic designer, web developer, database programmer, and content writer, as well as developing and teaching technology courses for adults. Kerry lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her family, assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could possibly reasonably consume.

For more information, or to sign up for her mailing list or follow her on social media, visit her online at http://kerryblaisdell.com.

 

AUGUST

COURSE: DRESS YOUR TECH FOR SUCCESS: ADVANCED MARKETING/TECH TIPS FOR AUTHORS

Instructor: Kerry Blaisdell

Dates: Aug. 2 – Aug. 28

PRICE: $25 Non-Members/$20 Members

For Both Courses (Including Fake It ‘Til You Make It: Beginning Tech Tips for Authors) $35 Non-Members/$30 Members

 

Description

If you already took Kerry’s beginner class, or if you have some marketing and technology experience, this Advanced Tech class is for you. We’ll go deeper into website design and development, including adding services and features to make your author brand more professional. We’ll talk mailing lists, how to host your own giveaways, and go into more advanced ad creation, including discussions of which platforms work better in which situations (BookBub, Facebook, etc.). We’ll also discuss advanced tech such as link shortening/tracking, and social media schedulers (such as Hootsuite).

Course Format

This course will be delivered online, three lessons per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for a total of four weeks (12 lessons). On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the weekends, homework will be assigned, to practice the lessons learned on the previous class day. Homework is optional, but I encourage all students to participate, and share your efforts with me, so I can give you feedback. The more you engage, the more I can help you!

 

Syllabus

Note: This outline is a general guide to the course. Depending on the interests of each class group, some topics may be condensed, expanded, or removed entirely. However, this is intended to be an advanced course specifically, so if a student feels they are not ready for the below topics, they may want to consider taking the beginner course first.

Topics covered in the advanced course include:

  • Website Design – Advanced WordPress Features

  • Mailing Lists

  • Hosting Your Own Giveaways

  • Email Blast Services

  • Social Media Schedulers Tips & Tricks

  • Advertising Basics

 

BIO

Kerry Blaisdell is the bestselling and award-winning author of The Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD – 2019 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Published Fantasy, RONE Award for Best Long Paranormal, HOLT Medallion Literary Award for Best Paranormal & Best First Book, and Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist – and its sequel, WAKING THE DEAD, 2020 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Published Fantasy and RONE Award 1st Runner Up for Best Long Paranormal, which InD’Tale Magazine recommends for “Fans of television shows like ‘Constantine’ or Supernatural’”. She also writes award-winning Romantic Suspense (PUBLISH OR PERISH, a Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize Quarterfinalist and N.N. Light Book Award Winner) and Historical Mystery.

Kerry has a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley in Comparative Literature (French/Medieval English), and a Master’s in Teaching English and Advanced Mathematics from the University of Portland. Before becoming a teacher, she worked for over 20 years in Corporate Communications and Marketing Technology, as a graphic designer, web developer, database programmer, and content writer, as well as developing and teaching technology courses for adults. Kerry lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her family, assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could reasonably consume.

For more information, or to sign up for her mailing list or follow her on social media, visit her online at  http://kerryblaisdell.com.

 

SEPTEMBER

COURSE: STORY BIBLES FOR NOVELISTS

Instructor: Joan Bouza Koster (Zara West)

Dates: September 6 – September 30

Description

Do you lose track of what you write? Can’t remember what color car the criminal was driving in your romantic suspense? Forgot the name of the tavern the coach stopped at in book 2 of your Regency trilogy? Can’t remember the skill set of each of the six demons in your paranormal series?

Are you always searching back and forth through your draft or last book for this bit of detail or that? Are you writing a series with shared characters and setting, or a complex novel with multiple characters, subplots, and setting details? Take a trick from screen writers and create a Story Bible as you write.

In this workshop, we will look at a variety of analog and digital frameworks for creating your own Story Bible and then proceed step-by-step through the process of creating the documents needed to keep track of all those pesky story details in your current or planned WIP. By the end of the workshop, you will have the beginnings of your own personalized Story Bible.

 

Syllabus

Eight lessons are planned. They will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a short assignment.

Introduction: Determining your needs

LESSON 1 What is a Story Bible?

LESSON 2 What Should I Put in My Story Bible?

LESSON 3 Analog Methods Pro and Con

LESSON 4 Digital Methods Pro and Con

LESSON 5 Making the Most of Your Story Bible

LESSON 6 Filling Your Story Bible: Setting Elements

LESSON 7 Filling Your Story Bible: Character Elements

LESSON 8 Recording & Retrieving Data

 

BIO

Joan Bouza Koster is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction works in the fields of ethnography, education, anti-racism, and the arts. She holds a doctorate from Binghamton University and has published two textbooks on teaching the arts as well as numerous academic and magazine articles. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, and have received awards from Women on Writing, Stone Thread Publishing, Tryst Literary Magazine, and Winning Writers. Her first historical fiction novel longlisted for the Mslexia Award. Under the pen name, Zara West, she has published the award-winning romantic thriller series The Skin Quartet. She is currently in the process of writing a historical fiction series about nineteenth-century women who never should have been forgotten. Her Write for Success series: Fast Draft Your Manuscript and Get It Done Now and Revise Your Draft and Make it Shine, Research your subject and Validate Your Writing (available 2021), and Power Up Your Language and Make Your Writing Sing (available 2021) are published by Short FUSE.

Joan Bouza Koster blogs at JoanKoster.com, Women Words and Wisdom, American Civil War Voice, Teach Peace Now, Zara West's Journal, and Zara West Suspense. She has been teaching courses at the college level and for writing groups for over ten years.

zarawestbooks@gmail.com

NOVEMBER

Course: THE PERFECT SETTING = YOUR PERFECT NOVEL

Instructor: Lynne Lovegreen

Dates: Nov, 2 – Nov. 27

Description:

The perfect setting can enhance your story, and amp up your readers’ interest. In this workshop, you’ll choose a setting, main character and plot that will help you flesh out your story in any genre. You’ll also play around with details that bring out the best parts of your story. Have a little writing fun, and enliven your setting with crisp, impactful descriptions that make your novel shine. Eight lessons over four weeks will include:

Introduction

Determining setting/world building

Setting and plot

Setting and characters

Showing POV in setting

Choosing setting details

Describing without info dumping

Wrap up: Sharing and Q & A

 

For more information or to register:

https://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops

 

About Lynn Lovegreen

Lynn Lovegreen has lived in Alaska for over fifty years. After twenty years in the classroom, she retired to make time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult historical fiction is set in Alaska, a great place for drama, romance, and independent characters. Her Gold Rush series was published by Prism Book Group.

 

Lynn can be contacted at lynnlovegreen@gmail.com. Her “Writing YA/NA Historical Romance” workshop has been hosted by several RWA Chapters. See her website/blog at www.lynnlovegreen.com.