Calendar

Apr
2
Mon
Beginning WordPress
Apr 2 – Apr 27 all-day

Beginning WordPress
Instructor: Pepper O’Neal

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Course Description: This class will focus on understanding the basic functions of the
WordPress backend. It will include: making posts and pages, adding images, copying
and pasting from one post or page to another, creating links, connecting
your social media links for FaceBook, Twitter, etc., using plugins, widgets,
and themes, creating parent and child pages, using menus, and customizing
the look and feel of your site. In short, everything you need to set a
website or blog and make it uniquely yours.
Topics Covered:
* Navigating the Back End of WordPress
* Understanding Themes: Changing the Look of Your Site Through
Themes
* Customizing the Themes: Changing the Header and Background.
* Understanding the Difference Between Posts & Pages: What They Are;
How to Use Them
* Adding Images & Links
* Things you can do to Jazz up your site. Using Asides and Widgets
* Working with Plugins: Understanding Plugins, Some Plugins You Must
Have, Setting Up FB & Twitter
Links on Your Site
* Some Things You Need to Know About the Web and Websites
Instructor Bio:
Pepper O’Neal has a doctorate in education and has taught a number of
adult education classes on many different subjects. She currently works as a
freelance researcher and author. When she was told by both of her publishers
that she needed to have a website, she realized she needed to finally join
the age of technology. She also realized she had two options. She could pay
someone to design the site for her, or she could to do it herself. As she
hates depending on others for things involving her career, she decided to
learn how to use the free web-design software WordPress and Joomla. She took
classes, hired experts for tutors, and picked the brains of her
web-designer friends. After designing her own websites, she decided she liked doing
it, and now she designs websites for others.

May
1
Tue
Advanced WordPress
May 1 – May 29 all-day

Advanced WordPress

Instructor: Pepper O’Neal

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Course Description: Now that you have your website or blog set up, it’s time to get creative. This course will focus on advanced customizing of WordPress sites. It will include: installing WordPress on your home computer and creating a webhost server that is not connected to the internet so that you can test ideas in a risk-free environment, troubleshooting your site when it crashes, creating custom menus, importing and exporting content from different sources, creating user-friendly permalinks, search engine optimization, and using the WordPress community forum. The class lasts four weeks.
*LESSON PLAN FOR ADVANCED WP CLASS:*

– Setting up WP on your home computer: working with local host for both
Mac and PC.
– Working with menus: creating custom menus, putting menus in your
sidebar.
– Playing around in the WP Content Folder and troubleshooting: what to
do if you crash your site.
– Fun things you can do with your site: embedding videos and adding
images from the web.
– Optimizing your site for search engines, part 1.
– Optimizing your site for search engines, part 2.
– Going live, part 1: uploading your practice site to the web.
– Going live, part 2.
Instructor Bio:
Pepper O’Neal has a doctorate in education and has taught a number of
adult education classes on many different subjects. She currently works as a
freelance researcher and author. When she was told by both of her publishers
that she needed to have a website, she realized she needed to finally join
the age of technology. She also realized she had two options. She could pay
someone to design the site for her, or she could to do it herself. As she
hates depending on others for things involving her career, she decided to
learn how to use the free web-design software WordPress and Joomla. She took
classes, hired experts for tutors, and picked the brains of her
web-designer friends. After designing her own websites, she decided she liked doing
it, and now she designs websites for others.

May
12
Sat
May 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Deepening Conflict Using the Myers-Briggs Personality Types

Presenter: Andrea Wenger

While plot may keep an audience on the edge of their chairs, it’s the characters that make readers fall in love with a story. In this presentation, you’ll discover how to apply the Myers-Briggs personality types to add depth to your characters. For instance, is she an introvert or extrovert? Is he a stickler for details, or does he prefer to look at the big picture? Does she consider logic or people first when making a decision? Does he like to plan out his day, or follow opportunities as they arise?

Find out how you can apply knowledge of personality type to deepen the potential for conflict. Using a combination of theory and exercises, this interactive presentation will give you yet another tool for bringing your characters to life.

Bio: Andrea J. Wenger is an award-winning writer and editor in Raleigh, North Carolina. An author of contemporary and historical romance, she formerly edited fiction for a small press. She’s a past president of the Women’s Fiction Chapter of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has a popular blog about writing and personality type. Check her out at: https://andreajwenger.com/

Jun
4
Mon
Press Kit – Trust Me, You Need One!
Jun 4 – Jun 29 all-day

Press Kit – Trust Me, You Need One!

Instructor:  Kathryn Jane

 

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Course Description: One magical file for when opportunity knocks.

Learn how to put together a comprehensive file filled with all the “stuff” you need to have at your fingertips—the little things we never think of until someone asks. Be prepared to guest blog at a moment’s notice, to take advantage of last minute opportunities. Take the headache out of posts for Facebook parties or takeovers. Be Twitter ready. And build a kick-ass media presentation template.

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.  authorkatt@gmail.com

 

 

Jun
9
Sat
June 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Three Blind Mice return to help us Conquer the Self-Publishing Maze!

Let  Self-Publishing Panel Nancy Lee Badger, Kate Parker, and Hannah Meredith (aka The Three Blind Mice) guide you through the twists and turns of producing both an eBook and a POD print book. Indy Pros – please come and add your expertise. There are many routes through the maze and you may know some clever short cuts.

Please join us with your questions!

Jul
14
Sat
July 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Write Your Heart Out!

Because several of our members are preparing for the RWA National Conference in Orlando in July, we are offering an opportunity to participate in a chapter write-in during our normal meeting time. This is also an opportunity to brainstorm, ask questions, or otherwise bounce ideas off your fellow writers. Please join us, because it’s also going to just be fun!

HCRW’S  OFF THE WALL FIRST-PAGE CONTEST

Simply bring the opening of your stunning, stirring, sweet, scary, or sexy Work in Progress. We’ll post the entries on the wall of our meeting room at the top of the meeting and count the votes at the end. You needn’t enter to vote. But you must attend to enter. Unpublished mss only. One entry per writer.

PRIZES:  (first place winner gets first choice)

$25 Amazon gift certificate (in the form of a cute bookmark!)

$25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate

FORMAT:

One page printed on white paper – Black Times Roman 12 (or similar standard typeface) – No byline – Max 27 lines of type

First line must read: Title of Work in Progress (Genre)*

*It’s more fun if it’s anonymous. If you suspect that your title will give away your authorial identity, your first line should be: Untitled (Genre)

 

Aug
1
Wed
Monster Revision and Deep Point of View
Aug 1 – Aug 30 all-day

Monster Revision and Deep Point of View

Instructor:  Suzanne Johnson

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Course Description: Pull out that WIP, ready-to-revise manuscript, or even a chapter from an already-published book, and get ready to dive into “Monster Revision,” an intensive one-pass revision system that’ll take you from Draft Zero to Done.

In this 30-day workshop, we’ll cover a one-week overview series of lessons, followed by three weeks of techniques that will leave you with a lot of tools in your revision toolbox. You’ll get individual feedback on your posted homework (yes, homework!).

We’ll be covering:

  • Methodology and color-coding, and why deep POV is an important part of revision.
  • The color wheel.
  • Setting and description, including timeline, continuity, and backstory quicksand.
  • What’s important to show, and what is better told.
  • Dialogue as Action, and isolating character voice.
  • Internal dialogue: pace, voice.
  • Emotion: raw, ugly, visceral, internal.
  • Read to the dog.
  • DIY Toolbox: manual and online.

Instructor Bio: Suzanne Johnson was happily ensconced in New Orleans as a university magazine editor 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. 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.

Aug
11
Sat
August 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Write from the Inside Out!

Presenter: Alice Osborn, Professional Manuscript Editor, Book Writing Coach and Marketing Specialist

Alice Osborn has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction and memoir authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street RagA North Carolina Writers’ Network and NC Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal MagazineSoundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, four loud birds and Mr. Nibbles, the guinea pig. Visit Alice’s website at www.aliceosborn.com.

Sep
3
Mon
Cinderella Goes to the Prom: How to Write a Retelling
Sep 3 – Sep 28 all-day

Cinderella Goes to the Prom: How to Write a Retelling     

Instructor: JoSelle Vanderhooft

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Course Description: From Gregory McGuire’s beloved Wicked to Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Quartet to countless reimaginings of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, retellings are a perennial hot subject for writers. In this class, editor JoSelle Vanderhooft (also an author of numerous fairy tale retellings in prose and poetry) will teach you why readers and writers crave reimagining these stories again and again, what kinds of stories make the best retellings, and how to make your favorite classic story uniquely your own. The goal of this course is to give students a rough outline for a retelling of their own.

Instructor Bio: JoSelle Vanderhooft has been editing since 2004. Her clients include publishers such as Dreamspinner Press, Siren/Bookstrand, and Bella Books and individual authors who have been nominated for numerous awards or reached Amazon bestseller status. As an author, anthologist, and poet, her own work has been a finalist for the Rainbow Reader Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Utah with her family and a marvelous orange kitty cat. Josellevanderhooft@gmail.com

 

Sep
8
Sat
September 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Arm your Fiction with Facts!

Presenter: Harvey Webb

Harvey Webb is going to demonstrate the types and uses of weapons that we rely on in our fiction to promote our characters’ conflicts. He will bring props for us to handle so we can get the feel of the weapons our characters might use and he will arm us with informational details that will make our fiction more realistic and believable.

Besides having the extreme good sense to be married to our good friend, Laura Browning, Harvey Webb has been a high school fencing coach for the past 15 years at Morehead High School in Eden and is certified by the United States Fencing Coaches Association in saber, epee, and foil (the three weapons used in sport fencing). In addition, he worked six years for Triplette Competition Arms building sport and SCA (re-enactment) weapons. In fact, he made the weapons that were used in the TV series “The Originals”. Harvey now runs his own business, Gunz Rx LLC. He holds a diploma in gunsmithing from Piedmont Community College. In addition to restoring and repairing all types of firearms, he holds a Federal Firearms License and is a National Rifle Association certified pistol instructor.

Oct
1
Mon
The Well-Tempered Sentence: Line Editing for Authors
Oct 1 – Oct 26 all-day

The Well-Tempered Sentence: Line Editing for Authors  

Instructor: JoSelle Vanderhooft

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Course Description: Taming sentence structure can be one of the most difficult tasks for writers of all skill levels. In this class, veteran editor JoSelle Vanderhooft will go over the basics of sentence construction, how to build rhythm into paragraphs, the similarities between sentence flow and music, and the benefits (and perils) of breaking grammar rules, and more.

Instructor BIO: JoSelle Vanderhooft has been editing since 2004. Her clients include publishers such as Dreamspinner Press, Siren/Bookstrand, and Bella Books and individual authors who have been nominated for numerous awards or reached Amazon bestseller status. As an author, anthologist, and poet, her own work has been a finalist for the Rainbow Reader Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Utah with her family and a marvelous orange kitty cat. Josellevanderhooft@gmail.com

Oct
13
Sat
October 2018 Meeting @ TBD
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

An all-day workshop with Sabrina Jeffries and Sarra Cannon!