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http://heartofcarolina.org America/New_York America/New_York America/New_York 20211107T020000 -0400 -0500 EST 20210314T020000 -0500 -0400 20220313T020000 EDT ai1ec-2098@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online Workshop Coordinator; www/heartofcarolina.org/calendar Register HERE Description: Once you embark on a career as an independent author, you are no longer just a writer. You are now officially a publisher and business-owner! With that comes all the responsibilities of a publishing company, including editing, formatting, cover art design, distribution decisions, pricing and promotion. New York Times bestselling author Marie Force will review the ultimate to-do list for your self-publishing business. Instructor Bio:  Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception. Her books have sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news. 20190107 20190114 0 Self-Publishing 101 free $40 non-members/$35 HCRW and CRW/NC members ai1ec-2101@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online Workshop Coordinator; http://heartofcarolina.org/calendar/ *** This event has been canceled. *** Please check back for future online programs. Description: “I could get this writing done…if only life would calm down enough to let me!” Life is far from perfect. Curveballs, and even sucker-punches will be a part of every writer’s life. When adversity hits, creativity can feel like it’s under siege. Take the time NOW to learn how to protect and preserve your embattled muse so you’re ready when a crisis hits. Multi published author and the creator of The Chunky Method of time management for writers, Allie Pleiter has met deadlines in the midst of some imposing traumas. With humor and insight, she shares practical and inventive strategies for staying afloat and staying creative in life’s stormiest seas. Topics include: – Survival tips for getting your creative self out alive – Strategies for calm and gratitude – Private, professional, and public communication – Tactics for public speaking – Writing about it: how, when, and if Instructor Bio:  : Allie Pleiter is the author of over 40 published novels, two parenting books, and is the creator of the popular Chunky Method of time management for writers. To date, Allie has sold 1.4 million books in 7 countries and 4 languages. Her seventeen-year writing career has included the challenges of keeping the words coming during not one, but four life-threatening illnesses for her son (he’s fine now!). Meeting these obstacles has given her a passion for helping creatives and other high-energy workers survive and thrive in tough times. In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on faith, the creative process, women’s issues. Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com to learn more.   20190404 20190430 0 How to Write when Everything Goes Wrong free $25 non-members/$20 HCRW and CRW/NC members ai1ec-2103@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online Workshop Coordinator; https://hcrw.rwa.org/iCore/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=HCRWMAW19 Description: Writing Conflict Hurts — not just because it makes your characters suffer, but also because it’s painful to create and carry through on a page. However, conflict drives story and holds an editor’s attention, which means it sells books. Conflict also entices readers to turn the page, which helps create a satisfying experience (plus repeat purchases). Bring a story idea to this interactive course and learn how to build, refine or edit your stories by creating compelling conflict and stronger plots, one element at a time. Takeaways include: * Developing story goals that are hindered by conflict * How to deepen character and create emotionally satisfying reads * Better understanding of internal and external conflict * The “bumpers” that keep your characters acting consistently * Conflict that catches the attention of editors and agents * Summarizing and presenting your finished or developing story Instructor Bio:  Melinda Curtis, an award-winning USA Today bestseller of over 35 romances, is a writing craft geek. Before turning to writing as a career, she worked with a cultural anthropologist and a marketing psychologist on how to create more compelling packaging at the shelf. One class short of a psychology minor, Melinda believes that “knowing more about what makes people tick can add depth to your writing.”   20190506 20190601 0 Writing Conflict Hurts free $40 non-members/$35 HCRW and CRW/NC members ai1ec-2104@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online Workshop Coordinator; https://hcrw.rwa.org/iCore/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=HCRWJUW19 Description:   Embarrassment Prevention skills.  Do not send your manuscript to an agent, editor, contest, or retailer until you have worked it over, backwards, forwards and sideways. Show off your writing chops by sending out clean pages. Let me arm you with all the tips I wish someone had given me, and save you from the embarrassment of the kind of mistakes I’ve made. Sit down with me for an hour, or sign up for a month-long online class, and learn how to easily spot crutch words, spelling weaknesses, inconsistencies, overused words, passive words, repetitious words, slow pacing, redundancies, clichés, poor/incorrect word use, sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation typos, dialogue rhythms and flow, and Point of View issues. Do not follow in my footsteps! Learn from my mistakes instead and you’ll find yourself leaps and bounds ahead of your competition. Contact Kathryn for more information   Instructor Bio:  Author of page-turning, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Fiction, and Short Stories about feral cats, Kathryn Jane takes readers to places they’d like to live and introduces them to characters they will end up loving. Fulfilling her passion for education Kathryn presents workshops for both aspiring and accomplished writers and covers a broad spectrum of subjects.  In her spare time (she says laughing), Kat loves spreading kindness and joy to family, friends, and strangers alike. 20190603 20190629 0 Self Editing or “How’d I miss that?” free $30 non-members/$25 HCRW and CRW/NC members ai1ec-2105@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online Workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org; https://hcrw.rwa.org/iCore/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=HCRW0819 Description: Your 24/7 Assistant – Enhance your website to grow your author business. Walk through the step-by-step process to build a beautiful, intentional and effective website with or without coding. This will be a working workshop best suited for writers with an existing platform. We’ll audit our websites and make updates as we go. Light WordPress support is available.   Instructor Bio:  Tivi Jones has been a professional marketer since 2004. She currently serves as a marketing, branding and communications consultant with clients like PBS, Cisco, Carolina Parent magazine, Forward Cities and more. She loves the brand and community building opportunities marketing presents. While she loves working with big brands, she also loves helping entrepreneurs and “solopreneurs” use effective media, awesome marketing and contagious moxie to create sustainable lifestyle businesses. 20190805 20190823 0 How to build a smart website that grows your author business free thumbnail;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/1200x1200_HCRW_website-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,medium;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/1200x1200_HCRW_website-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,large;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/1200x1200_HCRW_website-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,full;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/1200x1200_HCRW_website-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300 $25 non-members/$20 HCRW and CRW/NC members ai1ec-2106@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online Workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org; https://hcrw.rwa.org/iCore/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=HCRW1019 Description:       What do you do when a horse shows up in your story? Do you panic? Hit the brakes? Inform her she can’t have a horse?  Not if you take this course filled with basic horsemanship, in-depth equine knowledge, critical terminology and a bonus list of don’ts to save you from looking like a rooky and making readers toss your book at a wall. Presenter KATHRYN JANE has extensive experience riding in the show ring, on the racetrack, over jumps, cross-country chasing cattle, training horses and assisting veterinarians. Instructor Bio:  Author of page-turning, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Fiction, and Short Stories about feral cats, Kathryn Jane takes readers to places they’d like to live and introduces them to characters they will end up loving. Fulfilling her passion for education Kathryn presents workshops for both aspiring and accomplished writers and covers a broad spectrum of subjects.  In her spare time (she says laughing), Kat loves spreading kindness and joy to family, friends, and strangers alike. 20191001 20191026 0 What do you do when a horse shows up in your story? free thumbnail;https://i2.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/1200x1200_HCRW_horse-1024x1024.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,medium;https://i2.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/1200x1200_HCRW_horse-1024x1024.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,large;https://i2.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/1200x1200_HCRW_horse-1024x1024.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,full;https://i2.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/1200x1200_HCRW_horse-1024x1024.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300 $35 non-members/$30 HCRW and CRW/NC members ai1ec-2299@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org Description:  Peter Blood in Captain Blood, Long John Silver in Treasure Island, and Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean conjure up images of buried treasure, black schooners, wooden legs, eye patches, vibrant parrots, walking the plank, and swashbuckling swordsmen. Are these accurate portrayals of pirates? Some are, some aren’t. This workshop explores the differences between the reality and mythology of Caribbean piracy during the mid-seventeenth through the early eighteenth centuries, and how writers can create believable characters that fit within historical parameters. We look at why individuals became pirates, who’s who on a pirate ship, the rules governing pirates, individuals who interacted with or encountered pirates, and other aspects of maritime life an author needs to know to write a pirate tale. Cindy enhances the workshop with writing assignments, a timeline, and resource bibliographies. At the end of the workshop, Cindy offers to provide a free edit of a chapter from participants’ manuscripts involving pirates. About the Instructor: A retired librarian, Cindy Vallar began researching pirates in college while working on The Rebel and the Spy, a historical novel involving Jean Laffite and the Battle of New Orleans. She is the Editor of Pirates and Privateers, a monthly column on the history of maritime piracy that is now in its eighteenth year. She also reviews piratical and maritime fiction and non-fiction books, and maintains an annotated list of the best piracy and maritime sites on the web. For fourteen years, she wrote “The Red Pencil,” an editing column profiling authors and comparing pieces from their published novels with early drafts of those works, for Historical Novels Review. She is also a freelance editor and historical novelist. She belongs to the Historical Novel Society, Historical Writers of America, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, the Laffite Society, the Louisiana Historical Society, and the National Maritime Historical Society. She invites you to visit her award-winning web site, Thistles & Pirates (http://www.cindyvallar.com), to learn more. 20200106 20200201 0 Bringing Pirates to Life free $30 ai1ec-2301@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org Description:  Get your facts straight before you write about PTSD. The tools needed to respectfully portray characters dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a broad layman’s overview – who, where, what, when, why, and how – of PTSD’s effects on individuals, families, acquaintances, interpersonal relationships, careers and other situations. Presenter Kathryine Jane’s extensive academic research of PTSD was done as a mature student, and the information she will provide is based on research papers, research interviews, and personal experience. About the Instructor: Kathryn Jane takes readers to places they’d like to live and introduces them to characters they learn to love,  by writing page-turning, Women’s Fiction, and Romantic Suspense, as well as Heartwarming Short Stories about feral cats. Fulfilling her passion for education Kathryn presents a broad spectrum of workshops for both aspiring and accomplished writers. In her spare time (she says laughing), Kat loves painting tiny rocks and spreading kindness and joy to family, friends, and strangers alike. 20200203 20200228 0 PTSD  For Fiction Writers free $30 ai1ec-2303@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org Description: Course description coming soon! Instructor: Suzanne Johnson   20200302 20200328 0 Quilting 101/Plotting free $30 ai1ec-2305@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online Workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org Description: Conflict is what keeps someone reading or watching your work from start to finish. But how do you set up conflict throughout your script or story pages without slowing the pace or being repetitive? Join this interactive class where you’ll explore internal and external conflict, and: Sharpen your awareness of conflict in the work of others (if you see it, you can do it!). Discover different ways to diagnose “flat” scenes. Strengthen your understanding of the changing layers of conflict in the three-act structure (conflict isn’t the same on page 1 as page 50). Which can be used to develop conceptual conflict journeys for your characters. Employ learning into your key scenes. About the Instructor: Melinda Curtis, an award-winning USA Today bestseller of over 35 romances, is a writing craft geek. Before turning to writing as a career, she worked with a cultural anthropologist and a marketing psychologist on how to create more compelling packaging at the shelf. One class short of a psychology minor, Melinda believes that “knowing more about what makes people tick can add depth to your writing.” Register Now at RWA.org   20210405 20210501 0 What is Conflict? free $25 Members, $30 Non-Members ai1ec-2307@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org Description:  Mindset, Motivation & well-being A to Z for Writers presents a host of suggestions for overhauling your writing life inside and out. Some of the topics will resonate and some will need to percolate for a while, but everything from coping with anxiety to applying zero-based thinking can potentially recharge your existence until you are unstoppable in every aspect. These premises apply to more than just writers, but the creative juices needed to produce stories is more draining than it looks. These concepts could be the missing ingredient you’ve been searching for. The course will present the ideas and offer outside readings or internet links to explain each one. Course participants will be encouraged to post experiences and thoughts. About the Instructor: Joy E. Held, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A. is an author, freelance editor, educator, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self facilitator, and workshop presenter with over 500 articles published in trade magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Her historical romance novel Message to Love was published in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press. Her nonfiction book Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity will be released from Headline Books, Inc. in spring 2020. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, Northeast Ohio RWA, and the Author’s Guild. She holds degrees in education, journalism, and an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. http://www.joyeheld.com Register Now at RWA.org 20210503 20210529 0 Mindset, Motivation & Well-being for Writers free $25 Members, $30 Non-Members ai1ec-2309@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Do storyboards, sticky notes, spreadsheets and index cards give you hives? Does your manuscript wander in circles – yet you’re afraid a detailed outline will suck the heart and soul out of your writing? All you need is a simple word-processing program to stitch together the perfect quilt of a plot to keep your novel on track and moving in the right direction – while still giving your muse room to play. We’ll use a step-by-step technique to plot a novel from start to finish and give you a huge head-start on your first draft (and the dreaded synopsis). This will be a working course! Bring your best idea (the one that’s been bubbling in your brain for six months) or a manuscript that’s wandering in the desert, and we’ll shape it up and get it moving. We’ll also be deconstructing one of my own novels as part of this class as well as using examples from a variety of books in different genres.   ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Suzanne Johnson was happily ensconced in New Orleans as a university magazine editor and veteran copyeditor when Hurricane Katrina sent her adopted hometown underwater. She took her Katrina experiences, added wizards and magic (and the sexy undead pirate Jean Lafitte), and began what has become the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series published by Tor Books. Writing under the name Susannah Sandlin, she also writes award-winning paranormal romance, including the popular Penton Legacy series for Montlake Romance, and romantic suspense and thrillers, including two series, The Collectors and Wilds of the Bayou, also for Montlake. She was the founding copyeditor for Entangled Publishing, leaving when her own writing career needed more TLC. Suzanne grew up in Alabama halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’s birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of college football and fried gator on a stick. She currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, where she is a full-time author and does copyediting work for other authors both as a freelancer and on Reedsy.com Register Now at RWA.org 20210601 20210701 0 Patchworking the Perfect Plot Through Relationship Arcs free $25 Members, $30 Non-Members ai1ec-2311@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org Description: EVERYONE can write their own great ad copy if they have the right tools and mindset…so let me help you with that. This hands-on interactive workshop is incredibly effective with attendee participation. Instructor: Kathryn Jane takes readers to places they’d like to live and introduces them to characters they learn to love,  by writing page-turning, Women’s Fiction, and Romantic Suspense, as well as Heartwarming Short Stories about feral cats. Fulfilling her passion for education Kathryn presents a broad spectrum of workshops for both aspiring and accomplished writers. In her spare time (she says laughing), Kat loves painting tiny rocks and spreading kindness and joy to family, friends, and strangers alike. Register Now at RWA.org   20210802 20210828 0 Tag Lines and Ad Copy free $20 Members, $25 Non-Members ai1ec-2395@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org DESCRIPTION: What is the hype with Holiday Romances? Have you ever wondered why so many people write them Holiday Romances? Or why there are so many people that read them? This year alone Hallmark will come out with over One hundred and twenty new Holiday Romance Movies! So what does it take to write a Holiday Romance? When do you publish it? When do Publishers even send out calls for them? Come find the answers. Join the thousands of writers who are publishing Holiday Romance short stories, novellas and novels to move their careers forward. Learn what you need to incorporate into your story. How to write a sci-fi, fantasy or paranormal holiday story and more. Come learn what it takes to write in one of the hottest selling sub-genre of Romance! INSTRUCTOR: Rebekah is an Award Winning Bestselling Author and Screenwriter. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings, hit the bestseller list on release day. She has won several awards in both writing and screenwriting. Books in her popular fairytale retelling series Fairelle have won many awards including the Golden Palm and was a finalist for Rone Award as well as won Best Fantasy Series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her trilogy The Society was released by Kensington and her new series Wolf River released in 2016. Rebekah is a prolific author releasing upwards of five books a year and is currently working on six different series. Rebekah’s screenplay No More Goodbyes has finalled in the Screencraft Family Film contest, Cinequest, and was awarded Best Screenplay by the New Hope Film Festival and Family in Film Festival. Rebekah is the former President of the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA as well as a member of several local and online chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her teaching on SavvyAuthors.com or at RWA. Rebekah is also known for her elaborate cosplays with her family and has been a guest speaker and panelist at San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, Salt Lake Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze, Fyrecon and several other Comic Cons on the west coast as well as LTUE, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, InD’Scribe, Genre LA and Authors After Dark and Book Lovers Con. Register Now at RWA.org   20210906 20211001 0 Writing a Successful Holiday Romance free $25 Members, $30 Non-Members ai1ec-2396@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org DESCRIPTION: You’ve finally figured out how to create a website to promote your book—great! But once you set it up, how will people find you? What are readers looking for anyway? How do you figure out what is needed in a website today? The answers are easier than you think. In “Website Tips & Tricks,” you’ll gain access to a ton of useful skills to build upon the foundation you already have and maintain your site throughout the years. It’s designed for authors who have very little technical knowledge, and you can implement what is learned right away with practical exercises. Just a few of the topics include: The three pages your website absolutely must have What is important to Google in order to show up on search results Creating content that is reader-friendly and highlights your books Setting up your website so it loads faster Improving your website’s security Most importantly, you’ll become comfortable playing around with your website.  INSTRUCTOR: Barb Drozdowich, who has published 27 books on a variety of tech topics, including 7 about software and technology. She teaches several online courses and has 60 YouTube videos, all focused on making technology easier for beginners to understand. She breaks complex topics down into simple steps so that you can use what you learn right away. Managing your website doesn’t have to be scary. Sign up for immediate access to “Website Tips & Tricks” and start improving your site today. Register Now at RWA.org   20211004 20211030 0 Website Tips & Tricks: 15 Lessons to Supercharge Your Author Website free $20 Members, $25 Non-Members ai1ec-2313@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Online Classes Online workshop Coordinator; programs@heartofcarolina.org DESCRIPTION: In this brand-new month-long online class, New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight discusses the importance of creating the perfect cast for the kind of romance you’re trying to write. A memorable romance cast is more than the sum of its parts. To create an effective book, all the characters – protagonists, antagonists, and minor characters – must work together as a unit. And each must fit the kind of book you’re trying to write. Leatherface of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre does not belong in a Rom Com. Nor do you want minor characters to steal the book. But how do you create a good cast for this particular book and the audience you’re aiming for? Angela discusses how to design your heroic couple for each other, along with the minor characters and sidekicks who help make the protagonists three-dimensional. She’ll also talk antagonists and their henchmen, and how to use them to create tension and excitement. Next, she’ll explore dialogue, humor and arguments as a way to develop character and conflict. The result will be a firm foundation for your book so you won’t be flailing in the dark, trying to figure out why the heck your book isn’t working. Lessons in this month-long online class will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students may email scenes to Angela for her private critique and suggestions. INSTRUCTOR: Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author more than fifty novels, novellas and eBooks. Angela’s first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Dove and fell in love with romance. In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company’s Secrets 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas in Secrets before going on to write for the Berkley Imprint of Penguin Random House. She was the recipient of a Career Achievement award in Paranormal Romance from Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine She’s now an editor, writer and cover artist for Changeling Press, and teaches online writing classes. Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a detective with the Spartanburg City Police Department. The couple has a grown son, Anthony. Register Now at RWA.org   20211101 20211201 0 Designing the Perfect Romance Cast free $20 Members, $25 Non-Members ai1ec-2111@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming TBD: Possibly a Plotluck Party 20190112T130000 20190112T150000 +35.872446;-78.723622 ECPI University @ 4101 Doie Cope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613, USA 0 January 2019 Meeting free ai1ec-2112@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming Writing the Chunky Method Presenter: Allie Pleiter Click here to hear more about this workshop from Allie herself! For years, Allie has been teaching writers her famous “Chunky Method” of time management, and on February 9th, she’ll be teaching it live at our February meeting. Do you find you can’t seem to finish that book you’ve been writing? Do you want to write faster and get published but fear squelching your muse? Allie’s innovative Chunky Method offers practical, real-world productivity advice in an easy to read and inspiring workbook. You will follow a step-by-step plan to identify your unique writing “Chunk” and wield it to create a solid plan that works “even when life gets in the way.” It doesn’t matter if this is your first manuscript or your 20th-writers of every experience level have “gotten Chunky” with dramatic results. Whatever your writing style, The Chunky Method Handbook will help you chart a individualized path to your creative writing goals. 20190209T130000 20190209T150000 +35.872446;-78.723622 ECPI University @ 4101 Doie Cope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613, USA 0 February 2019 Meeting free thumbnail;https://i2.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Allie-Color-Photo-for-web.jpg?resize=300,250;300;250,medium;https://i2.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Allie-Color-Photo-for-web.jpg?resize=300,250;300;250,large;https://i2.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Allie-Color-Photo-for-web.jpg?resize=300,250;300;250,full;https://i2.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Allie-Color-Photo-for-web.jpg?resize=300,250;300;250 ai1ec-2113@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming Topic:  Feminism & Romance Speaker: Katharine Ashe Workshop Description Writers and fans of romance fiction are the first to declare that romance is a feminist genre. And it’s absolutely true. Genre romance is largely written, edited, published, and consumed by women, which means that women power a multi-billion dollar industry. Moreover, romance novels offer stories centered on women who, despite conflict and adversity, actually achieve their dreams. But if there’s one thing a romance heroine never does, it’s rest on her laurels. How can writers of romance today ensure that the industry we comprise and the fiction we write reflects our cherished ideals of gender equality while holding onto the things we’ve long loved most about romance novels? Bring an open mind and your WIP for a fun, interactive workshop about the sometimes conflictual, frequently steamy, and ever-hopeful relationship between feminism and romance fiction. BIO Katharine Ashe is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including The Prince, which is on both BookPage and Amazon’s lists of the Best Romances of 2018 so far.  Katharine’s books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Woman’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, All About Romance, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.  A professor of history and popular culture at Duke University — and host of the UNSUITABLE Speakers Series about women, history and popular fiction — she is also the convener of Facebook’s Feminist Romance Lovers book club.  Katharine lives in wonderfully vibrant Durham (which now has its own Duck Donuts, thank the goddess!) with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt.   20190309T130000 20190309T150000 +35.872446;-78.723622 ECPI University @ 4101 Doie Cope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613, USA 0 March 2019 Meeting free thumbnail;https://i0.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Katharine-Ashe-author-2018.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,medium;https://i0.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Katharine-Ashe-author-2018.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,large;https://i0.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Katharine-Ashe-author-2018.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,full;https://i0.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Katharine-Ashe-author-2018.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300 ai1ec-2218@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming Topic:  Self-Publishing Strategies Speaker: Lexi Whitlow   Workshop Description Lexi Whitlow will present a program on successful author launch and self-publishing strategies in the post-bubble period. Today it’s dog-eat-dog and drama at every turn, with authors attacking other authors online, to scandals erupting over plagiarism and page packing, to figuring out how to make a living with Amazon’s inexplicable compensation formulas and author banning schemes. How is an honest author to make a living when the ground is ever-shifting? BIO Lexi Whitlow is a former English teacher who fell in love with language a long time ago. She spent her youth curled up on her parents’ couch reading her mother’s Harlequin romances and wishing she could be the innocent maiden captured by the alpha male pirate who never learned how to love. She hid purple and pink paperbacks under her bed, behind the armchair, and in the magazine rack in the bathroom, dreaming of seeing her name in print one day. That day has come, and Lexi is delighted! She married a scientist, who is an alpha male pirate at heart. They’ve got two kids and a puggle-dog who run all over the place and destroy the house on a daily basis. Life is crazy, but it’s the best life Lexi could imagine. She spends her days snuggling babies, thinking about stories, writing her butt off, reading anything she can get her hands on, and thinking about pirates.   20190413T130000 20190413T150000 +35.872446;-78.723622 ECPI University @ 4101 Doie Cope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613, USA 0 April 2019 Meeting free ai1ec-2236@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming               Margaret Maron is the author of twenty-six novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries (Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity), her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature and have been translated into 16 languages. She has served as president of Sisters in Crime, the American Crime Writers League, and Mystery Writers of America. A native Tar Heel, she still lives on her family’s century farm a few miles southeast of Raleigh, the setting for Bootlegger’s Daughter, which is numbered among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. In 2004, she received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for best North Carolina novel of the year. In 2008, she was honored with the North Carolina Award for Literature. (The North Carolina Award is the state’s highest civilian honor.) Read more about local mystery writer Margaret Maron 20190511T130000 20190511T150000 +35.872446;-78.723622 ECPI University @ 4101 Doie Cope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613, USA 0 May 2019 Meeting free thumbnail;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/1200x1200_HCRW_margaretmaron-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,medium;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/1200x1200_HCRW_margaretmaron-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,large;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/1200x1200_HCRW_margaretmaron-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,full;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/1200x1200_HCRW_margaretmaron-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300 ai1ec-2244@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming               Matt Gilmore is a Raleigh, N.C. native and 20-year veteran EMT with Durham County Emergency Medical Services. His daily routine ranges from the potentially catastrophic (like the recent Main Street gas explosion which made national news) to the absurd (people put foreign objects in the strangest places!), with everything in between, including gang-violence, domestic disputes, and automobile accidents. His program on June 8, entitled “What Hollywood Gets Wrong” will cover all the ways writers, film makers, and television shows get the world of the EMT and the real-life dramas they deal with all wrong. He’ll dispose of common myths of the profession, get into the blood and guts of auto-accidents and gun-shot wounds, and discuss standard procedure on the scene versus what television has made you think happens when EMS shows up. There will be an open-ended Q&A afterwards, so bring your questions!   20190608T130000 20190608T150000 +35.872446;-78.723622 ECPI University @ 4101 Doie Cope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613, USA 0 June 2019 Meeting free thumbnail;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1200x1200_HCRW_mattgilmore-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,medium;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1200x1200_HCRW_mattgilmore-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,large;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1200x1200_HCRW_mattgilmore-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,full;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1200x1200_HCRW_mattgilmore-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300 ai1ec-2249@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming Following tradition, HCRW’s July meeting will be a Write-In. A potluck will feature a southwestern menu catered by Moe’s. Vegetarian items will be provided, but members are asked to bring beverages, desserts, and any items needed for dietary reasons. The chapter’s new Writer2Writer program will launch at this meeting. The plan will offer ways for members to connect outside of full-chapter meetings, forming critique, social, and/or networking groups according to where they live and/or the genres they write in. 20190713T120000 20190713T150000 +35.872446;-78.723622 ECPI University @ 4101 Doie Cope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613, USA 0 July 2019 Meeting free thumbnail;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1200x1200_HCRW_writein-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,medium;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1200x1200_HCRW_writein-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,large;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1200x1200_HCRW_writein-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300,full;https://i1.wp.com/heartofcarolina.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1200x1200_HCRW_writein-300x300.jpg?resize=300,300;300;300 ai1ec-2261@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings,Member Events,Special Events VP Programming; https://hcrw.rwa.org/iCore/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=HCRWA1019 Join us for the 2019 HCRW Annual Conference & Narrative Voice Writing Workshop Featuring John Claude Bemis Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $40 members, $50 nonmembers (Buffet Lunch included) Location: ECPI Raleigh Register NOW! Limited Seating Available Description: No matter what genre you write, this one-day workshop will help you explore different narrative voices to find what works for you and your story.  Through exercises that will stretch the imagination and deepen your craft, you’ll leave with a better approach to captivating readers.  The workshop will be a warm and supportive environment where you can grow and take risks.  Bring a page from our current story so we can see what you’re currently doing with your narrative voice. About the Speaker: John Claude Bemis is the award-winning author of seven books including The Nine Pound Hammer (Random House) and The Wooden Prince (Disney-Hyperion). He was selected to represent North Carolina’s literary community as the Piedmont Laureate in 2013, and he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his work as an author-educator. While primarily a children’s book author, John leads writing workshops and story consultations for writers in a wide variety of genres. Learn more about him at johnclaudebemis.com 20191012T090000 20191012T150000 +35.872446;-78.723622 ECPI University @ 4101 Doie Cope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613, USA 0 HCRW Annual Conference & Narrative Voice Writing Workshop free $40 members, $50 nonmembers ai1ec-2354@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org New Release Marketing with Beth Bolden Releasing a book is one of the most difficult, most intimidating parts of being an author. There is so much advice out there about what you should do and what you shouldn’t do, that it can be hard to even know where to begin. Join Beth as she walks you through some key release day tips and tricks, as well as suggestions on how to put together a release day plan of your own, tailor made to your book and your genre. ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. 20210109T130000 20210109T150000 0 New Release Marketing following the January Membership Meeting free General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members ai1ec-2362@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org Craft Book Workshop Series – Story Genius by Lisa Cron Join us for a collaborative seminar based on Story Genius by Lisa Cron. Are you a pantser? A plotter? What if there was another way to bring your ideas to life? Bring your WIP, your notes, and your plot bunnies, and we’ll help you whip your work into shape. Click here to get your copy of Story Genius: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1607748894/ ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. 20210213T130000 20210213T150000 0 Craft Book Workshop Series following the February Membership Meeting free General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members ai1ec-2365@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings,Special Events VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org Spring 2021 Romance Workshop with Farrah Rochon Heart of Carolina Romance Writers is incredibly pleased to welcome USA Today Bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project, Farrah Rochon, as the main speaker of their 2021 Spring Conference. Farrah hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her Holmes Brothers and New York Sabers series. When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading, cooking, traveling the world, visiting Walt Disney World, and catching her favorite Broadway shows. Farrah will be presenting two workshops to our members and guests: Using Psychology to Create Memorable Characters Join USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon on a deep dive into creating characters using various methods rooted in psychology, including characterization with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and how to apply it to fiction writing. For Serious Plotters Only: How to go from an idea to a fully-developed plot before you ever type Chapter One. Self-professed obsessive plotter Farrah Rochon will take you through a hands-on demonstration of her step-by-step method for plotting. Topics to be covered include brainstorming with purpose, understanding various story-structure methods, and storyboarding. Registration is $40 for HCRW members, and $50 for non-members. A link to this virtual workshop will be provided before the event. Register NOW!     20210313T093000 20210313T153000 0 Spring 2021 Romance Workshop with Farrah Rochon free Registration is $40 for HCRW members, and $50 for non-members. ai1ec-2367@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org Regular Membership meeting 1:00-1:30 Building Conflict from the Head Down with Laurie Schnebly Campbell Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: They’re perfect for each other, right? So why can’t things ever seem to go as smoothly for these people as they deserve? Well, you know why—it’s because nobody wants the happy ending to arrive five minutes into the book. Which means we need to stir up conflict for this couple, and no matter what kind of conflict is happening around them it’ll be even more dramatic when you get conflict happening… INSIDE each one. INSTRUCTOR BIO: ALaurie Schnebly Campbell loves speaking to writers about issues that draw on her background as an advertising copywriter, a counseling therapist and a romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for RT’s Best Special Edition of the Year. Her favorite books are those published by writers she’s watched creating their stories with the help of her workshops, with 49 First Sales so far. Members: ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. Non-members: please register using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-conflict-from-the-head-down-tickets-146855692329 20210410T130000 20210410T150000 0 Building Conflict from the Head Down following the Membership Meeting free General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members ai1ec-2369@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome Matchmaker, Matchmaker! Six Steps to Finding the Right Literary Agent with LaVerne St. George ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
 Finding the right Literary Agent for you and your manuscript is all about matchmaking.  You’re going to use a special “dating” site, search for the possibility of a successful merger of talents, and ask important questions of your potential partner with one goal in mind—find the best match. In  “Matchmaker, Matchmaker!” we’ll explore preparing for your search, brainstorming the qualities of your “perfect” match, identifying the candidates, introducing yourself to open the dialogue, and sealing the deal. With this information, you’ll be able to decide if you want a literary agent and if so, how to choose the best sales person for your current manuscript and a valuable partner for your career. PRESENTER BIO:
 Award-winning author LaVerne St. George is published in both nonfiction and fiction. She’s known for her delightful sweet and inspirational romances with believable characters. LaVerne’s training as a librarian fuels her research, and she enjoys sharing her writing experience and love of romance with any audience who asks her. She has been invited to speak and teach at small, local groups as well as at regional and national writers’ conferences. When not writing or speaking, LaVerne indulges in crocheting, crossword puzzles, vacation spots close to home, and reading romance novels with a touch of mystery. Non-members: please register using the following link: TBA 20210508T130000 20210508T150000 ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. 0 Matchmaker, Matchmaker! Six Steps to Finding the Right Literary Agent following the May Membership Meeting free General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members ai1ec-2371@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome Program TBA ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
 Coming soon! PRESENTER BIO: Non-members: please register using the following link: TBA 20210612T130000 20210612T150000 ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. 0 June Membership Meeting (program TBA) free General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members ai1ec-2373@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome Crafting Great Dialogue with Spencer Spears ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
 Coming soon! PRESENTER BIO: Non-members: please register using the following link: TBA 20210710T130000 20210710T150000 ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. 0 Crafting Great Dialogue with Spencer Spears following the July Membership Meeting free General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members ai1ec-2253@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org Join us for the online Membership Meeting write-in as well as prep for the 2021 RWA National Online Conference! 20210814T130000 20210814T150000 ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. 0 August 2021 Membership Meeting & Write-in free ai1ec-2257@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome Writing Short Effectively with Jacki James ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
 Coming soon! PRESENTER BIO: Non-members: please register using the following link: TBA 20210911T130000 20210911T150000 ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. 0 Writing Short Effectively with Jacki James following the September 2020 Membership Meeting free General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members ai1ec-2069@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; www.heartofcarolina.org Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome TBA ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
 Coming soon! PRESENTER BIO: Non-members: please register using the following link: TBA 20211009T130000 20211009T150000 ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. 0 October Membership Meeting (program TBA) free General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members ai1ec-2265@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org Workshop Presentation from 1:30-5:00 Public Welcome Growth Hacking a Bestseller with Liz Pelletier ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
 Coming soon! PRESENTER BIO: Non-members: please register using the following link: TBA 20211113T130000 20211113T150000 ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. 0 Growth Hacking a Bestseller with Liz Pelletier following the November Membership Meeting free General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members ai1ec-2269@heartofcarolina.org 20210925T100930Z Meetings VP Programming; vicepresidentprogramming@heartofcarolina.org Holiday Party Join with us in festive merriment for a virtual HCRW holiday party, complete with games and prizes. 20211211T130000 20211211T150000 ZOOM log-in information will be provided. Please check your e-mail. 0 Holiday Party free