Writing Satisfying Novellas & Short Stories
Jan 2 – Jan 31 all-day

(This is a 4-week course.) Presented by: Carla Caruso

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Today’s authors are using shorter yarns for a variety of purposes – as prequels or ‘in-between’ books to keep fans satiated in between longer reads, to dabble in self-publishing, and to give readers worldwide a free taste-test of their writing style – a ‘try before you buy’, if you like. Tinier tales are also a good way to give authors a ‘breather’ in between longer projects and to keep that writing muscle flexed when life gets too busy for anything more. If you’re planning to enter a short story contest, to pitch a mini tale to a magazine, or just want to give shorter story-writing a go, this course will give you the skills to make your fun-sized yarn sing.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Carla Caruso has a background in magazine and newspaper journalism and now also writes romantic comedy novels in between playing mum to toddler twins! Published with Penguin and HarperCollins, she’s written 10 titles of varying lengths, including the ‘Astonvale’ rom-com mystery series (kicking off with A Pretty Mess), Catch of the Day, Second Chance, and Cityglitter. She’s also an editor of the monthly Romance Writers of Australia journal, Hearts Talk, and has been a contributor to the Romance Writers of America magazine. Carla currently has a short tale in a free anthology, Summer Daze.

Bookkeeping for Writers
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day

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(This is a 4-week course.) Presented by: Pepper O’Neal

This class is for writers who either don’t want to or can’t afford to hire an accountant to keep track of their business finances. The class will deal will accounting practices, basic instructions in Quicken & Excel, how to set up your books, and includes useful tax tips for writers in the US and Canada.

Are you co-mingling your money for writing expenses and personal ones? Did you know that the way you are handling your income and expenses can affect whether all your writing expenses are tax deductible instead of just part of them? Did you know there are legal tax tricks that can save you money on income taxes? Do you know how deal with things like getting a tax ID number? Do you know how to avoid a random audit on your business and/or personal income taxes and how to keep red flags off your tax returns? The class will handle all this and more.

About the Instructor: Pepper O’Neal has a paralegal degree from the University Of San Diego Law School and a doctorate in education from the University of Mexico. She has over twelve years’ experience working with business attorneys in California, Washington, and Oregon. Though she’s self-employed as a full-time researcher, non-fiction and fiction writer, she still freelances for attorneys throughout the US, doing research and preparing legal documents. She’s also worked a number of years with tax attorneys and consultants in helping business clients reduce their tax liabilities. She has also been involved in the initial setup of a number of education-related small businesses from daycare facilities to community educational centers. Over the years, she has taught a great number of adult education classes on many different subjects.

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.

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.


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 (

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.


  • “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!

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.

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.