Calendar

Jun
5
Mon
Tips and Techniques for More Effective Proofreading
Jun 5 – Jun 30 all-day

Tips and Techniques for More Effective Proofreading

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Presenter: Ally Broadfield

Course Description: Editing is one of the most difficult tasks a writer faces and even seasoned authors often have difficultly detecting errors in their own work. When writers proofread their own work, it’s not unusual for them to overlook errors because their mind knows how the text should read and automatically corrects it. Whether you’re polishing your manuscript for a contest, preparing to submit to an agent or editor, or planning to self-publish, knowing how to effectively proofread your work is an essential skill. This is not a grammar class, but rather focuses on what you need to know to identify errors with capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, verb tense, dialogue, homonyms, and plural and possessive forms. At the end of class, you will have a customized proofreading checklist. A list of grammar resources will also be provided.

Instructor Bio: Ally Broadfield lives in Texas with her husband, three children, four rescue dogs, two rescue cats, a rabbit, and an assortment of reptiles. She’s a former school librarian and loves teaching. Following the release of her first book, Ally became a PAN member of RWA. She has several Regency historical romances published with Entangled Publishing and also has a few self-published novellas. As Ally Mathews, she writes young adult romance and middle grade fantasy. Her first middle grade story released with Leap Books in November 2016, and she has a young adult contemporary romance releasing from Entangled Teen in the fall of 2017. You can find Ally on Facebook and Twitter, and also at her website, AllyBroadfield.com.

 

Jun
10
Sat
June 2017 Meeting @ ECPI University - Room 201
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Fun Facts: Bringing Stories to Life Through Research

Speaker: Elizabeth Langston

Multi-published YA and paranormal author, Elizabeth Langston, will share her secrets for enriching your manuscript through research and historical facts that help make your story believable. She used these methods in both her “I Wish” series and in her “Whisper Falls” series. Her latest venture is a contemporary called “The Possibility of Somewhere.” Check them out at: elizabethlangston.net.

Jul
8
Sat
July 2017 Meeting @ To Be Announced!
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Due to ECPI closing for the week of July 4th, we will meet where we can have coffee, etc. and talk.

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!

Aug
1
Tue
WordPress for Beginners
Aug 1 – Aug 26 all-day

WordPress for Beginners
Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
Fee: $30 non-members/$25 HCRW and CRW members
Date: Aug 1, 2017 – Aug 26, 2017
Presenter: 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.

Sep
1
Fri
Getting Results from Your Author Newsletter
Sep 1 – Sep 29 all-day

(This is a 4-week course.) Presented by: Jessie Clever

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Course Content: Comprehensive workshop on getting results from your author newsletter. This workshop is designed to help an author take control of the one source they have for always reaching their readers.  Your readers want to hear from you.  Here’s a workshop to help you make it a good conversation.

Stumbling along the ever changing landscape of social media?  Frustrated with posts that only reach 25% of your followers? Drive traffic to a source you control: your e-newsletter.

In this workshop, you will learn strategies for growing your list by offering value adds to your e-newsletter subscribers.  In addition, we will take a look at tools for measuring the responsiveness of your list, what attracts readers, and what simply doesn’t work.  Take control of communicating with your readers.  Build an e-newsletter that works for you.

Instructor bio: Jessie decided to be a writer because the job of Indiana Jones was already filled. Taking her history degree dangerously, Jessie tells the stories of courageous heroines, the men who dared to love them, and the world that tried to defeat them. Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset hounds. http://jessieclever.com/

Oct
2
Mon
Advanced WordPress
Oct 2 @ 9:49 pm – Oct 28 @ 10:49 pm

Advanced WordPress
Sponsor: Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
Fee: $30 non-members/$25 HCRW and CRW members
Date: Oct 2, 2017 – Oct 28, 2017
Presenter: Pepper O’Neal
FMI: http://www.heartofcarolina.org/calendar

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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.

Nov
1
Wed
Developing an Active Voice for Emotional Impact
Nov 1 – Nov 30 all-day

(This is a 4-week course.) Presented by: Kat Duncan

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Course Description: Learn exactly how to use active voice to maximize the impact of your writing style. Kat will show you how to identify and fix passive sentences and explain when you should leave them alone and why. Kat will provide plenty of well-explained examples of how to develop an engaging active voice and use it to build tension and control pacing. Bonus: Learn simple techniques to design figurative language and action-emotion word combinations that will liven up your manuscript. Includes optional exercises.

Instructor Bio:

Kat Duncan is a creation extremist who is doing her best to identify human creativity and free it from captivity, one student at a time. As a young child, Kat once tried to confess the telling of her stories to her parish priest because she thought they fit the definition the nuns gave for telling a lie. With her lies fully sanctioned and blessed by church authorities, Kat writes stories to entertain and enlighten. She is a Fulbright Scholar who spent a year in West Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kat has a Master’s Degree in Education and over a dozen years of experience teaching students from elementary through college and beyond. Her stories span a range from realistic historicals to quirky suspense.

http://katduncanwriting.com