Calendar

Mar
1
Wed
Effective Punctuation in Popular Fiction
Mar 1 – Mar 31 all-day

(This is a 4-week course.) Presented by: Sarah Winn

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Course Content:  All writers of popular fiction use periods, commas, question and quotation marks, but what about apostrophes, colons, semicolons, dashes, ellipses, exclamation points, hyphens, and parentheses? This course will present a survey on the use of these marks in ten novels by popular, 21st century novelists in a variety of genres. A discussion on the use of italics and fonts will also be included. This class will be presented in two lectures per week over a one-month period.

Instructor Bio: Sarah Winn is the author of fourteen romance novels, mostly of the historical variety. She is a long-time member of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, was once editor of the chapter newsletter and has written articles and taught on-line workshops about the art of writing.

http://www.sarahwinn.com/

Apr
3
Mon
Down ‘N’ Dirty Plotting
Apr 3 – Apr 14 all-day

(This is a 2-week course.) Presented by: Qwillia Rain

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Whether a pantser or a plotter there’s nothing worse than the dreaded sagging middle. Or the less than hooky beginning. Not to mention the anti-climactic climax.  Down ‘N’ Dirty Plotting helps pinpoint the trouble spots in a manuscript and allow an author to focus on the development of the story, character motivation, character/story/series arc, and identify where the opportunities are to add a little twist or put the pressure on a character.

By blending the Six Stage Plot Structure (Michael Hague) with Evan Marshal’s Marshal Plan for Novelists, Down ‘N’ Dirty Plotting creates a visual tool writers of any level can use to help figure out sticking points and those areas that may be sagging just a bit. Using a unique “plug-n-chug” cheatsheet to get a writer from brainstorming to rough draft. (Spreadsheet is in Excel format and can be used on Windows based or Mac computers with Microsoft Excel installed.)

This is an interactive workshop that requires audience participation.

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

Born in California but raised in Las Vegas, Qwillia Rain embraced fully the independent spirit of the West she grew up in, even if she currently resides in North Carolina–after brief sojourns to Alaska and Montana. Over the years she’s worked at a diverse mix of jobs including: casino change person, bill collector, book and video store clerk, and computer teacher to Kindergarten through 8th graders. Throughout it all, writing has always been part of her life.

In 2007, her first book (recently revised and self-published) Santa’s Elf, was published, opening a whole new world where she can play with her characters and get paid for it. Her curiosity and tendency to ask “What if” is sure to keep her occupied with ideas while she keeps her wanderlust at bay. Her books can be found on-line at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks, or through her publisher, Loose Id, LLC (www.loose-id.com)

Apr
8
Sat
April 2017 Meeting @ *NEW LOCATION at ECPI University - Room 201
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Conquering Contemporary Romance

A panel presented by Reese Ryan, Samantha Chase and Marquita Valentine.

May
1
Mon
Self-Publishing 101
May 1 – May 5 all-day

(This is a 1-week course.) Presented by: Marie Force

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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. Marie presents the ultimate to-do list for your self-publishing business.

Testimonials:

  • “The workshop provided enough new-to-me information and sharpened my “eyes” for the business to the point that I hit pause on two projects that were queued to go. Will apply what needs to be applied and only then, will said projects be returned to the queue.” —Michelle Monkou
  • “In a moment of such uncertainty, your workshop has empowered me for a very hopeful and exciting future. This has been THE most enlightening seminar to date for me regarding self publishing.”—Quinn Langston
  • “I considered myself somewhat knowledgeable about self-publishing before I took Marie’s class. When I finished the course, I realized how little I really knew! Not only was Marie a great and accessible source of information on all things self-publishing, but hearing the experiences of my fellow classmates was incredibly helpful as well. I had a lovely experience, and I highly recommend Marie’s classes to both beginners and experts alike.” – Marianne Knightly “I found your workshop to be a phenomenal source of accessible, helpful information—by the end I was not only prepared, but enthusiastic and confident about my self-pub debut.”—Melanie Greene

 

Instructor Bio: Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.5 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1.2 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series as well as the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force.  All together, her books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide! www.marieforce.com

May
13
Sat
May 2017 Meeting @ ECPI University - Room 201
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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
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

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

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

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