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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

 

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

For more information, click this link:

October 2018 Conference

Or click here to REGISTER ONLINE at https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=835

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

 

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

THE HOLIDAY PARTY!

Start the 2018 holiday season with a bang! Join us for fun, camaraderie, food and whatever else pops up.

Note that it begins at 12:30 and ends at 3:30. Donna is circulating a sign-up sheet for those who plan to contribute a dish.

Jan
7
Mon
Self-Publishing 101
Jan 7 – Jan 13 all-day

Register HERE

Description:
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. New York Times bestselling author Marie Force will review the ultimate to-do list for your self-publishing business.
Instructor Bio:  Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception.

Her books have sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Jan
12
Sat
January 2019 Meeting @ ECPI University
Jan 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

TBD: Possibly a Plotluck Party

Feb
4
Mon
Marketing and Publicity 101
Feb 4 – Feb 11 all-day

Description:  
You’ve written the books, now what? New York Times bestselling author Marie Force will discuss some of the basics of marketing your books to expose them to readers. This workshop will include an introductory look at Facebook ads, Amazon Marketing ads and BookBub ads as well as other promotion and marketing strategies used by authors to grow their readership. Topics include:

  • What’s the difference between publicity and marketing?
  • Affiliate links
  • Newsletters/growing lists
  • Websites
  • Advertising basics
  • Blogs and blog tours
  • Reviews, ARCs, safe sending
  • Free books
  • Launch strategy

Instructor Bio:  Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception.

Her books have sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Feb
9
Sat
February 2019 Meeting @ ECPI University
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic:

Presenter: Allie Pleiter

Mar
4
Mon
Bookkeeping for Writers
Mar 4 – Mar 29 all-day

Description: 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.  http://www.pepperoneal.com/

 

Mar
9
Sat
March 2019 Meeting @ ECPI University
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic:  Feminism & Romance

Speaker: Katharine Ashe

Workshop Description

Writers and fans of romance fiction are the first to declare that romance is a feminist genre. And it’s absolutely true. Genre romance is largely written, edited, published, and consumed by women, which means that women power a multi-billion dollar industry. Moreover, romance novels offer stories centered on women who, despite conflict and adversity, actually achieve their dreams. But if there’s one thing a romance heroine never does, it’s rest on her laurels. How can writers of romance today ensure that the industry we comprise and the fiction we write reflects our cherished ideals of gender equality while holding onto the things we’ve long loved most about romance novels? Bring an open mind and your WIP for a fun, interactive workshop about the sometimes conflictual, frequently steamy, and ever-hopeful relationship between feminism and romance fiction.

BIO

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including The Prince, which is on both BookPage and Amazon’s lists of the Best Romances of 2018 so far.  Katharine’s books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Woman’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, All About Romance, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.  A professor of history and popular culture at Duke University — and host of the UNSUITABLE Speakers Series about women, history and popular fiction — she is also the convener of Facebook’s Feminist Romance Lovers book club.  Katharine lives in wonderfully vibrant Durham (which now has its own Duck Donuts, thank the goddess!) with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt.