Calendar

Jan
6
Mon
Bringing Pirates to Life
Jan 6 – Jan 31 all-day

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.

Feb
3
Mon
PTSD  For Fiction Writers
Feb 3 – Feb 27 all-day

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.

Feb
8
Sat
Writing Believable Police Heroes following the Membership Meeting @ ECPI University
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Regular Membership meeting 1:00-1:30
Hearts and Handcuffs: Writing Believable Police Heroes
Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome
General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
Readers love cops, but writing believable police and sheriff’s officers can be difficult if you don’t know the procedures cops use to defend themselves and investigate crimes. In this Powerpoint presentation, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight and her husband Michael Woodcock, a 30- year veteran officer, will cover everything from felony car-stops to murder investigations and hostage negotiations.
Detective Woodcock has been a polygraph examiner for 20 years, and describes how to read body language when questioning accused murderers and child molesters. Other topics include his experiences as a sergeant during homicide and robbery investigations, and an incident involving thirteen pipe bombs planted at the home of a nurse. He also covers his experiences as a hostage negotiator dealing with heavily armed and mentally ill suspects.

Knight, a New York Times bestselling author, talks about how to incorporate real-life details of police techniques when constructing internal, external and romantic conflicts without information dumps.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:
Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mageverse paranormal series for Penguin Putnam’s Berkley imprint. She was first published in erotic romance in 1996 in Red Sage’s Secrets anthology series.  Since then, she has written 17 novels and more than thirty novellas and e-books.

Detective Michael Woodcock began his 30-year career as a cop with the city of Spartanburg, SC Police, doing everything from high speed pursuits to searching for pipe bombs and investigating murders. In 1997, he became the department’s polygraph examiner, interrogating accused pedophiles, thieves and murderers, as well as screening potential police employees. In 2001, he was hired by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office as its polygrapher. He formed the county’s first hostage negotiation unit, and conducted a number of negotiations with barricaded subjects. He’s now back with the Spartanburg City Police Department as a detective.

Mar
2
Mon
Quilting 101/Plotting
Mar 2 – Mar 27 all-day

Description: Course description coming soon!

Instructor: Suzanne Johnson

 

Mar
14
Sat
Craft Book Workshop: Romancing the Beat following the Membership Meeting @ ECPI University
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Regular Membership meeting 1:00-1:30
Craft Book Workshop: Romancing the Beat
Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome
General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: more information to come!

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Apr
1
Wed
Witches, Kelpies, and Fairies, Oh My!
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day

Description: My first introduction to the Otherworld, as Highlanders call it, came when I joined the Brownies. My Girl Scout handbook included a tale that explained who brownies were. Little did I realize that many years later, I would immerse myself in this strange world in order to better understand my Scottish characters. I invite you to step into the unknown as we explore the supernatural world of Scotland. Highlanders and Lowlanders, as well as Islanders, believed the creatures and forces of the Otherworld were real, and sometimes more menacing than one’s neighbors. In this workshop you’ll learn about the differences between Highland and Lowland witches; second sight and seers; water creatures; portents of death; the world of fairies and elves; other supernatural beings; and ghosts.

Lessons are enhanced with a resource bibliography and excerpts from my novel, The Scottish Thistle, where I incorporated the Otherworld into this tale of the Rising of 1745. Aside from discussions on whether you believe and which elements of the Otherworld you would weave into your Scottish stories, assignments help to flesh out your stories and characters. At the end of the workshop, I offer a free edit of a chapter from your manuscript.

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.

 

Apr
11
Sat
Crafting Your Romance following the Membership Meeting @ ECPI University
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Regular Membership meeting 1:00-1:30
Crafting Your Romance with HCRW’s Laverne St. George
Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome
General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: more information to come

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

May
4
Mon
Emergency Preparedness
May 4 – May 30 all-day

Description:  Skills for your characters, and for your own life.

There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who knows what to do next. Don’t let an unexpected emergency stop you or your heroine in your tracks. Information and practical exercises will help you be prepared, even if your emergency is between the pages of the book you’re writing.

Presenter Kathryn Jane, is a certified Public Safety Communicator, trained in Emergency Preparedness, as well as Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Airport dispatch.

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.

May
9
Sat
Traditional Publishing Panel Discussion following the Membership Meeting @ ECPI University
May 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Regular Membership meeting 1:00-1:30
Traditional Publishing Panel Discussion
Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome
General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
more to come!

PRESENTERS:
Laura Browning, Nancy Young, Cyn Hayden and Jo-ann Roberts

Jun
1
Mon
Unconventional Characters
Jun 1 – Jun 29 all-day

Description: Course description coming soon!

Instructor: Suzanne Johnson

 

Jun
13
Sat
Growing your Newsletter with Lucy Lennox following the Membership Meeting @ ECPI University
Jun 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Regular Membership meeting 1:00-1:30
Growing your Newsletter with Lucy Lennox
Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome
General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
More to information come!

INSTRUCTOR BIO:
After enjoying creative writing as a child, Lucy didn’t write her first novel until she was over 40 years old. Her debut novel, Borrowing Blue, was published in the autumn of 2016. Lucy has an English Literature degree from Vanderbilt University, but that doesn’t hold a candle to the years and years of staying up all night reading tantalizing novels on her own. She has three children, plays tennis, and hates folding laundry. While her husband is no shmoopy romance hero, he is very good at math, cooks a mean lasagne, has gorgeous eyes, looks hot in his business clothes, and makes her laugh every single day.

Jul
11
Sat
Exploring Marketing with Written Word Media following the Membership Meeting @ ECPI University
Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Regular Membership meeting 1:00-1:30
Exploring Marketing with Written Word Media
Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome
General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
More to information come!