October 2017 Writing Workshop

October 7, 2017 all-day
ECPI University
4101 Doie Cope Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613
$35 non-members/$25 HCRW and CRW members

All-Day Workshop  Featuring Virginia Kantra, Bestselling Author

Register HERE.
[Note: Non RWA-members: pick the option “Register for This Event.” Fill in name and email, select the “Oct Live Workshop non-members” option, then click “OK” to go to the next step. HCRW and CRW members: pick the option “Register Using Your Member Account.”]


9:30 a.m.:  Registration opens (limited seating, coffee & tea available)

10 a.m. to Noon:  Deep Point of View

Deep point of view (POV) is the quickest, cheapest tool in the writer’s toolbox for shoe-horning your reader into your character’s skin. It is driven by your characters’ experiences and emotions. This workshop explains how close third-person POV combines the advantages of first-person POV with the versatility and wider camera lens of third-person POV. Elements to consider in writing deep POV include the character’s gender, education level, environment, age, career, and needs and conflicts. Using first and final drafts from Virginia Kantra’s own work and examples from bestselling and RITA-nominated books, this workshop will explore when and why deep POV is effective and discuss how to write it in description, narrative, and dialogue/subtext. Special attention will be paid to formatting; techniques for switching POV within a scene; and to writing in male POV, including “Virginia’s Guide to Guy-Speak.”

Noon to 1:30 p.m.:  Lunch (List of locations available at registration desk)

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.:  Body Language

Body language, nonverbal cues to feelings and intentions, is key to communication–and to romance. In this two-hour class, Virginia explores the elements of body language from facial expressions and gestures to touch and the use of space. Learn how to bring your characters and scenes to life by focusing on four functions of body language in fiction: revealing character, improving pacing, enriching subtext, and developing the romance.

Raffle baskets containing books and other goodies will also be available.