Calendar

Sep
14
Sat
September 2019 Meeting & Workshop @ ECPI University
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Getting Social Media DONE!
Author Branding on Social Media Platforms with Jody Kaye

Learn what, where, and the easiest methods of how to schedule posts on Instagram, Facebook and other social platforms.

Please note: This is workshop focuses on content creation, not advertising.

Oct
1
Tue
What do you do when a horse shows up in your story?
Oct 1 – Oct 25 all-day

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.

Oct
12
Sat
HCRW Annual Conference & Narrative Voice Writing Workshop @ ECPI University
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Nov
1
Fri
Naked and Lost
Nov 1 – Nov 25 all-day

Description:  NAKED AND LOST: Use Narrative, Setting, and Description to Both Show AND Tell

This three-week workshop will get deep and dirty into what is often considered anathema in today’s “show, don’t tell” writing world—setting, description, and narrative. We’ll dig deep into our own WIPs, finished manuscripts, or favorite novels to see how we can use narrative, setting, and description to deepen our characters’ POVs, help our readers know them better, immerse readers into the worlds we’re building—even if they’re in small-town USA. We’ll also look at continuity, pacing, and visual tricks to help us keep track of time and place so that no one’s getting lost and naked (unless, of course, we want them to be). Roll up your sleeves and get ready to become worldbuilders, architects, fashion designers, and timekeepers.

Lessons will include: Why setting and description are important; the difference between them; examples of good and not-so-good; the functions setting and description should be playing in your novels.

  • Worldbuilding: Fantasy-based.
  • Worldbuilding: Reality-based.
  • When to Show and When to Tell.
  • House Hunters and Character Building
  • Fashion Sense, Trash Talk, and Character Building
  • The Description Toolkit, Part 1: Mapmaking 101
  • The Description Toolkit, Part 2: Writing Tools
  • Putting it All Together: The Plot Map
  • Putting It All Together: Setting as Character
Nov
9
Sat
November 2019 Meeting @ ECPI University
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Program TBD

Dec
7
Sat
December 2019 Meeting @ ECPI University
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Holiday Season Potluck Luncheon

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.

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

Description: Course description coming soon!

Instructor: Suzanne Johnson

 

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.

 

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.

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

Description: Course description coming soon!

Instructor: Suzanne Johnson