Upcoming Workshops

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

Workshop runs from 06/01/2017 to 06/30/2017

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.

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 […]

Current & Past Workshops

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 […]

How to Write When Everything Goes Wrong

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

Multi-published author Allie Pleiter kept a career up and running during the serious illness of her son as well as several other life challenges.  Pleiter shares practical strategies for not only protecting your creativity and productivity when calamity threatens to strangle your muse, but deciding whether to speak or write about your experience or factor […]

Creating Characters with Scrivener & Aeon Timeline

Workshop runs from 10/01/2016 to 10/15/2016

Learn how to use cheap but powerful tools like Scrivener and Aeon Timeline to improve your fiction writing, organize your characters, and take your career to the next level. This two week workshop will give you step by step assignments that will help you shape your characters by using one of the most popular writing […]

Character Torture 101: Writing Conflict

Workshop runs from 09/01/2016 to 09/30/2016

Writing Guru Dwight Swain said that it’s the author’s job to manipulate the emotions of the reader. There’s no better way to do this than for the author to put his characters through one roller coaster episode after another, taking the reader along for the ride. But how much conflict, how much character angst is […]

What to Expect: Tips and Tools to Prepare for Your Book Release

Workshop runs from 08/01/2016 to 08/31/2016

The months or years leading up to your book release (especially if it’s your first one) can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming as you decide the best way to market your book and promote your author brand. Whether you’ve signed with a publisher or plan to self-publish, you’ll need to make many important decisions about how […]

Organizational Tools for the Disorganized Author

Workshop runs from 07/01/2016 to 07/31/2016

The publishing world (traditional, self-publishing, and hybrid) is more complicated than ever. Authors are responsible for planning their careers, managing their time, promoting their work, and monitoring their sales – along with writing those books, of course!  USAToday bestselling author Mindy Klasky will share her organizational tips and tricks, gleaned from more than 20 years […]