Description: My first introduction to the Otherworld, as Highlanders call it, came when I joined the Brownies. My Girl Scout handbook included a tale that explained who brownies were. Little did I realize that many years later, I would immerse myself in this strange world in order to better understand my Scottish characters. I invite you to step into the unknown as we explore the supernatural world of Scotland. Highlanders and Lowlanders, as well as Islanders, believed the creatures and forces of the Otherworld were real, and sometimes more menacing than one’s neighbors. In this workshop you’ll learn about the differences between Highland and Lowland witches; second sight and seers; water creatures; portents of death; the world of fairies and elves; other supernatural beings; and ghosts.
Lessons are enhanced with a resource bibliography and excerpts from my novel, The Scottish Thistle, where I incorporated the Otherworld into this tale of the Rising of 1745. Aside from discussions on whether you believe and which elements of the Otherworld you would weave into your Scottish stories, assignments help to flesh out your stories and characters. At the end of the workshop, I offer a free edit of a chapter from your manuscript.
About the Instructor: A retired librarian, Cindy Vallar began researching pirates in college while working on The Rebel and the Spy, a historical novel involving Jean Laffite and the Battle of New Orleans. She is the Editor of Pirates and Privateers, a monthly column on the history of maritime piracy that is now in its eighteenth year. She also reviews piratical and maritime fiction and non-fiction books, and maintains an annotated list of the best piracy and maritime sites on the web. For fourteen years, she wrote “The Red Pencil,” an editing column profiling authors and comparing pieces from their published novels with early drafts of those works, for Historical Novels Review. She is also a freelance editor and historical novelist. She belongs to the Historical Novel Society, Historical Writers of America, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, the Laffite Society, the Louisiana Historical Society, and the National Maritime Historical Society. She invites you to visit her award-winning web site, Thistles & Pirates (http://www.cindyvallar.com), to learn more.
Regular Membership meeting 1:00-1:30
It’s a Mystery! It’s a Thriller! No, it’s a ROMANCE!
Putting the Romance Arc Front and Center with HCRW’s Laverne St. George
Workshop Presentation from 1:30-3:00 Public Welcome
General admission: $10.00, FREE for HCRW members
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: No matter whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, if you’re writing a genre romance, the romance arc is the main plotline. In this class, you’ll learn how the external plot and the romance arc relate and what purpose the “situation” plays. LaVerne St. George will share some techniques and resources she uses to identify the romance arc in her books, and how to place the arc in a three act structure.
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Award-winning author LaVerne St. George is known for her delightful sweet and inspirational romances and her believable characters. Her training as a librarian fuels her research, and she enjoys sharing her writing experience and love of romance with any audience that asks her. When not writing, LaVerne enjoys crocheting, crossword puzzles, vacation spots close to home, and romance novels with a touch of mystery.
Description: Skills for your characters, and for your own life.
There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who knows what to do next. Don’t let an unexpected emergency stop you or your heroine in your tracks. Information and practical exercises will help you be prepared, even if your emergency is between the pages of the book you’re writing.
Presenter Kathryn Jane, is a certified Public Safety Communicator, trained in Emergency Preparedness, as well as Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Airport dispatch.
About the Instructor: Kathryn Jane takes readers to places they’d like to live and introduces them to characters they learn to love, by writing page-turning, Women’s Fiction, and Romantic Suspense, as well as Heartwarming Short Stories about feral cats.
Fulfilling her passion for education Kathryn presents a broad spectrum of workshops for both aspiring and accomplished writers.
In her spare time (she says laughing), Kat loves painting tiny rocks and spreading kindness and joy to family, friends, and strangers alike.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
more to come!
Laura Browning, Nancy Young, Cyn Hayden and Jo-ann Roberts
Description: Course description coming soon!
Instructor: Suzanne Johnson
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After enjoying creative writing as a child, Lucy didn’t write her first novel until she was over 40 years old. Her debut novel, Borrowing Blue, was published in the autumn of 2016. Lucy has an English Literature degree from Vanderbilt University, but that doesn’t hold a candle to the years and years of staying up all night reading tantalizing novels on her own. She has three children, plays tennis, and hates folding laundry. While her husband is no shmoopy romance hero, he is very good at math, cooks a mean lasagne, has gorgeous eyes, looks hot in his business clothes, and makes her laugh every single day.
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Description: Writing Opening Chapters That Take Readers along for the Ride!
In this month-long online class, New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight discusses how to write a beginning that will have readers clicking the BUY button.
Knight examines the elements that engage the reader’s curiosity and make her care about your characters. She will explain how to design and execute a fantastic story that will land you on your readers’ auto-buy lists.
Lessons in this month-long online class will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students may email scenes to Angela for a critique and suggestions. This won’t be shared with the class.
- Introduction — why the first chapter matters
- 10 First Chapter Tips
- Building your book’s conflict launchpad
- Internal conflict without navel-gazing
- Romantic conflict for smart characters
- External conflict without wimps
- Make me care
- Brainstorming the perfect scene to introduce your hero or heroine
- First lines and first pages
- The heroic couple’s first scene together
- The villain’s first scene
- Plotting your course
Instructor: Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Dove and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name.
Description: Writing believable police heroes, presented by New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight and veteran cop Detective Michael Woodcock
Readers love cops, but writing believable police and sheriff’s officers can be difficult if you don’t know the procedures cops use to defend themselves and investigate crimes. In this workshop, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight and her husband Michael Woodcock, a veteran officer of more than twenty years, will cover everything from felony car-stops to murder investigations and hostage negotiations. Many cops have offered classes on aspects of police work, but since they’re not writers, they often don’t know what writers really need to know. As a result, they tell a lot of war stories, but may not cover the details essential to believability. Knight and Woodcock plan to give that information.
- Interview with Master Deputy Mike Clevenger on why people become cops, and how officers deal with psychological aspects of policing and balancing the needs of the job and family life.
- SWAT commander Lt. Mark Gaddy discusses officer training and how television gets it wrong. What makes a good officer?
- Weapons Use, with Lt. Gaddy: What are some of the weapons, lethal and otherwise, police use, and what are their limitations?
- SWAT Teams: How the teams are trained and organized
- An Interview with Lt. Diane Lestage —Why do women become cops? What are some of the advantages that women bring to the job? How do they deal with people that are generally larger and stronger than they are? How do they handle hand to hand? Since women are often the chief caregivers in the family, what are the techniques they use to juggle those demands and policing?
- Investigating Sex Crimes with Lt. Lestage and Detective Mike Woodcock — This lesson deals with both adult and child sexual assaults, and how you go about dealing with victims.
- Mike Woodcock on Investigating violent crimes; What are the steps a detective follows in investigating a homicide? What is the psychological effects on the officer?
- Interrogating witnesses, suspects and informants with Detective Mike Woodcock — How do detectives go about questioning witnesses, informants, and suspects, and how do they tell who’s lying?
- Crime Scene Investigation with Sgt. David Hogsed– what are the techniques officers use to collect evidence and document crime scenes?
- Hostage Negotiation with Detective Mike Woodcock: How do crisis negotiators handle confrontations with armed suspects?
- Interview with Lt. Ashely Harris on bombs and drug testing — Lt. Ashely Harris, now retired, discusses being a forensic chemist and bomb tech. He discusses methods for testing different kinds of drugs, including marijuana, meth and cocaine. He also discusses how to dismantle explosives, bombs and grenades, as well as the use of bomb robots.
Students are encouraged to ask questions and post scenes for critique.
Instructors: Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Dove and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name.
Detective Michael Woodcock began his 30-year career as a cop with the city of Spartanburg, SC, doing everything from high speed pursuits to searching for pipe bombs and investigating murders. In 1997, he became the department’s polygraph examiner, interrogating accused pedophiles, thieves and murderers, as well as screening potential police employees. In 2001, he was hired by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office as its polygrapher. Over the next 17 years, he led the county’s hostage negotiation unit, and conducted a number of negotiations with barricaded subjects. He’s now back with the City of Spartanburg as a detective.