Upcoming Workshops

Creating a Book Trailer

Workshop runs from 01/01/2018 to 01/31/2018

Book trailers are visual depictions of a book’s storyline, sometimes made by fans, which are a great way to get readers enthused. In this workshop veteran screenwriter turned romance novelist, Ines Johnson, will teach you the four simple steps of writing copy to persuade a potential reader to pick up your book. Then we’ll investigate […]

Queries and Synopses that Sell Your Work

Workshop runs from 02/01/2018 to 02/28/2018

This workshop will focus on crafting both synopses and query letters that will entice editors, agents (and later, readers) to read your work. We’ll cover everything from standard query format, to conveying your hook, to coming up with the perfect log line and will discuss synopsis requirements, length and how to keep them from reading […]

The Good, The Bad and The Dirty

Workshop runs from 03/01/2018 to 03/31/2018

In this character workshop we will discuss how to create rich heroes, heroines, villains, and supporting cast from the ground up using character profiling as well as examples of successful relatable characters.

Great Beginnings – Hooking The Reader In the First Chapters

Workshop runs from 08/01/2018 to 08/31/2018

They say we only get one opportunity to make a good first impression and that’s oh so true when it comes to the opening chapters of your story.  Before you can pull a reader into your story, you’ve got to dazzle an editor or agent. Sometimes two or three chapter is all you have to […]

Current & Past Workshops

Banging Hot Betas

Workshop runs from 11/01/2017 to 11/30/2017

We all know not every hero can be an Alpha. In this workshop we’ll go over how to write, pitch and sell beta heroes who are every bit as sexy as alpha heroes.

Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo

Workshop runs from 10/01/2017 to 10/31/2017

Are you thinking about taking the challenge and writing a novel during the month of November? This workshop will act as a primer for doing just that. Think of it as a mini course for writing a novel. During the workshop topics covered will include- getting ideas and narrowing them down. Picking the perfect characters for […]

DIY Book Tours

Workshop runs from 09/01/2017 to 09/30/2017

Learn how to DIY your blog tour in six steps which include building a media kit, targeting the right bloggers for your book, tailoring your email to each blogger to break through their slush pile, how to keep records of which sites you’re visiting along with what and when to give them materials, promoting your […]

Novellas and How to Knock Them Out Fast

Workshop runs from 08/01/2017 to 08/31/2017

This month-long workshop with show people how to quickly write the first draft of novellas (and I mean in about 7-10 day time frame for a 30-40k story). The workshop would start with how to understand your writing scheduled and best times for writing, tricks for concentrating, how to outline, and strategies for getting it […]

Crossing Over: Writing Straight and LGBTQ+ Romance Under One Penname

Workshop runs from 07/01/2017 to 07/31/2017

This workshop will cover the challenges and advantages of writing straight and LGBTQ+ romance while using one penname. We’ll discuss author branding, learning your readership, marketing, voice, cover art and how to transition to writing in new sub-genres.

Creating Compelling & Realistic Scenery

Workshop runs from 04/01/2017 to 04/14/2017

As a writer of historical fiction, you will find yourself needing to create settings that do not typically still exist—unless you’ve discovered time travel, that is! How do recreate a pirate ship, a Regency ballroom, a medieval battle, a bedchamber, a kitchen, a wardrobe, a feast, a tournament, a walk in the park, a ride […]

What’s a Tweet and Why Should I Care? Diving Deep into Social Marketing

Workshop runs from 03/01/2017 to 03/31/2017

You’ve signed up for Facebook, posted a picture of your dog, and your friends liked it. Now what? With the ever-changing world of social media, it can be intimidating and confusing when deciding what works best for your author platform. In this workshop, we will explore the intricacies of social media, how social media outlets […]

Writing Erotic Romances and Erotica

Workshop runs from 02/01/2017 to 02/28/2017

Have you ever dreamed about writing a romance story that doesn’t stop at the bedroom door and gets readers hot under the collar? Or maybe you want to heat up your story even more and write erotica. In this workshop, bestselling erotic romance and erotica author,  Susan Palmquist (pen name Vanessa Devereaux) shows you how […]