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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

 

 

Jul
14
Sat
July 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Jul 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE: NOON UNTIL 3 P.M. !!

Topic: Write Your Heart Out at the HCRW PlotLuck Party !

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 and  plotluck party. This is 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! The chapter is also providing lunch for those planning to attend. We will send a survey asking for a head-count very soon.

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 Unpublished mss only.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 Conference @ Embassy Suites Hotel at Brier Creek
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

HEART OF CAROLINA ROMANCE WRITERS

Invites you to our October All-Day Writing Conference featuring:

“Writing and Researching a Salable Historical Romance”–  By Sabrina Jeffries

and

How to Thrive as an  Indie Author” – By Sarra Cannon

SABRINA JEFFRIES is a NY Times Best Selling and Award-Winning Author of over 50 novels and pieces of short fiction totaling with over 9 million books in print.

SARRA CANNON is a renowned Indie Publisher of nearly eight years with three quarters of a million books in print. She writes contemporary fantasy and paranormal fiction with both teen and college-aged characters.

SIGN UP EARLY— Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity  to learn  from these two fantastic authors as they discuss their craft.

REGISTER ONLINE at www.heartofcarolina.org

$50 for HCRW &CRW/NC Members and $60 Non-Members.  A buffet lunch is included.

For more information or questions: Contact Donna Steele, HCRW Programming Director at: programs@heartofcarolina.org

Nov
5
Mon
Three Copyeditors Walk into a Bar…
Nov 5 – Nov 16 all-day

Three Copyeditors Walk into a Bar…

Instructor: Suzanne Johnson

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Course Description: Three copyeditors* walk into a bar. One says: What’s the difference between “your dinner” and “you’re dinner”? The other says: “One means you have a meal; the other means you’re dead.” The third one chokes on her drink because that was so funny.

Yes, you have to be a bit on the OCD side to be a copyeditor. Who else could argue for an hour about the merits (or lack thereof) of the Oxford comma, or whether AP Style or CMOS should be the gold standard?

*Copyeditors is one word in CMOS, which is used by most fiction publishers. Copy editors (two words) is preferred in AP Style, which is used by most newspapers and magazines.

In this two-week workshop, you’ll learn from a veteran copyeditor some of the most common pitfalls we see in manuscripts—and ways to avoid them, as well as what to look for in a copyeditor and some of the problems authors have with their CEs. After all, we just want to get along….

*NOTE:  She will also offer anyone who takes the copyediting workshop a 25-page copyedit as part of their workshop fee, if they want one.

Instructor Bio: Suzanne Johnson was happily ensconced in New Orleans as a university magazine editor and veteran copyeditor 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. She was the founding copyeditor for Entangled Publishing, leaving when her own writing career needed more TLC. 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 both as a freelancer and on Reedsy.com.

 

Nov
10
Sat
November 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dec
8
Sat
December 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our holiday party!