Workshops

Three Rivers Romance Writers Online Workshops:

If you are an author, industry professionals, or expert in your field and able to offer insightful research and are interested in teaching an online workshop, please contact Jen Sako at ThreeRiversRWVPWorkshops@gmail.com.

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Search Warrants, Search and Seizure for Writers

4 Week Course, January 2-31, 2017

Place: Facebook Group

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members  – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Instructor: Mary Garcia

Workshop Description:

Have you wondered what exactly goes into a search warrant? Getting a search warrant signed by a judge is not as easy as television makes it seem. There is plenty of investigation and writing that happens before law enforcement gets to that point.

In this class you will learn the basics of what a search warrant is, what it takes to get a judge to approve it, how it is served, legal terminology, legal considerations, and other considerations for law enforcement. You will read search warrants served for various crimes.  You will be given a mock crime report and scene. You will view photos and other items to write your own basic search warrant.

Week One                                                                                                          

Basic definitions for law enforcement relating to searches, seizures and warrants

Probable Cause vs. reasonable suspicion

Constitutional Amendments relating to searches, seizures, warrants

Search Warrant –Affidavit

Warrant – Technical requirements

Mock Crime Introduced (can also use Work in Progress)

 Week 2

Describing the place to be searched

Describing the evidence

Problem areas

Proper ways to describe

Executing the search warrant

Assignment – mock crime scene warrant

Week 3

Entry procedure

Considerations of officers- size of residence, time of day, silence when know they are inside

Tricks and ruses

Securing premises

Displaying the warrant

What may be searched in a residence

What if officers find additional contraband when serving warrant?

Assignment- continue mock crime scene warrant first half of week, due at beginning of week 4

Week 4

Mock warrant due for review/discussion first part of week 4

What happens after the search warrant is served?

Search warrant return service

Evidence chain of custody

Other searches

Instructor Bio: Mary lives in the Sacramento area of California. She has been a police officer for fourteen years. Six of those years as a detective, eight as a patrol officer, and she was recently promoted to sergeant.  Mary loves to read, travel, exercise, meditate, spend time with family and friends, enjoy some wine or tea depending on the occasion. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from CSU Sacramento and a Master of Science in Criminology from UC Irvine.

*This workshop will be taught via private Facebook group. Those who sign up will receive an email with the Facebook link to join a couple days before the start of the workshop.

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February 2017

Using Your Words For Power Marketing

4 week course – February 5-March 4, 2017

Place: Yahoo Loops

Price: Three Rivers Romance Writers Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Course Description:

How many times have you, an author, a writer of many many words, found yourself wordless when it comes to marketing? It’s a common problem, but a tried and true fun and creative marketing process that will take you from speechless to BIG SALES. This workshop is for writers and authors at all levels and includes:

  • The RIGHT 25 Words
  • Query Punch
  • Sound Bites that Bite Harder
  • Promos in 25 Words

Bio:

Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven-year professional background in marketing, advertising, and public relations and has been a writer for print, television, and radio.

Her nonfiction—FINDING AUTHOR SUCCESS, CROSS MARKETING MAGIC FOR AUTHORS, and the newest, WRITE BRAIN/LEFT BRAIN— focuses on helping authors by teaching them how to bridge the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author. She is currently developing a series of workbooks to help authors build and perfect author marketing skills.

Deborah’s fiction is creative and mystical, beginning with the Twice-Baked Vampire Series books 1 and 2, COLD IN CALIFORNIA and MONKEY JUMP. Deborah is on the final edit for a supernatural new adult series, THE LOST RACE.

As an Author Success Coach she produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She teaches online and live workshops, clinics, and boot camps. She writes an author marketing industry blog and coaches authors, one-on-one, for sales success. Deborah belongs to several writing and professional organizations.

She has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years.

Blog – http://rileymagnus.wordpress.com/
Teach – http://theauthorsuccesscoach.com/
Fiction – http://drmagnusfantasy.com/
Tweet – http://twitter.com/rileymagnus
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/deborah.rileymagnus
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=66062158&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

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March 2017

Mind Mapping Your Social Media Plan

4 week course – March 6-31, 2017

Place: Yahoo Loops

Price: Three Rivers Romance Writers Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Course Description:

To write a book you must know your characters. To market your book you must know who you are targeted as readers. Readers are looking for new books and want to connect. So we’ll discuss ways to attract the readers and walk away with a marketing plan and understanding of the big picture.

Lessons will include

In this course we will break down your plans for marketing and what works for the author by delving deep into four major areas. 1. The writers goals. 2. The Reader. 3. The benefits you offer the reader. 4. And finally marketing options available for the writer to meet the reader.

Instructor Bio:

Author Victoria Pinder has small published, self-published and published with Amazon on her novels. She always struggled to understand marketing and has tried just about everything. This course is one aspect of marketing that she has found successful.

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April 2017

Blogging is Necessary for Success & You Have The Time

4 Week Course: April 1-29, 2017

Place: Yahoo Loops

Price: Three Rivers Romance Writers Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Course Description:

So many new authors struggle and say ‘blogging’ is like poison. I can’t fit it in my life. With my full time job, planning a wedding, having a baby and writing three to five novels a year, I was once in your number. But with mind mapping, brainstorming, and the willingness to try when I failed miserably before has given me new insight on how to make this blogging works and how sharing keeps you fresh.

Lesson Will Include:

In this course we’ll break down where you the romance author are unique and have things to share. Then we’ll dig deeper and talk about how to set up the blog and to use the magic button of ‘schedule.’ The goal of this course is to ensure that you stay relevant on Google with fresh material that you aren’t stressing over. Readers are looking for books so be the author they click and find.
Instructor Bio:

Author Victoria Pinder has small published, self-published and published with Amazon on her novels. She always struggled to understand marketing and has tried just about everything. This course is one aspect of marketing that she has found successful.

 

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May 2017

Bringing Something to the Table: How to be a Sought After Speaker Before You Publish

4 Week Course, May 1-May 26, 2017 + Webinar

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Instructor: Merien Grey

Workshop Description:


***The bulk of this curriculum will be presented in a 90-minute webinar format scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., EST***

Paid participants will receive an invitation to an exclusive Yahoo Loop for webinar instructions, handouts and questions for the month of May.

Merien Grey has been teaching professionally for fifteen years and been a paid speaker on the literary scene for five. She believes all aspiring authors can bring something to the teaching table and build their reputation by teaching what they already know or what they are willing to learn, even if they aren’t published yet. She will be teaching authors how to find relevant and interesting material in their own backgrounds, how to build engaging one hour presentations, how to present them in a dynamic manner at meetings, conferences and online to build an author’s reputation, and if they are good, even make some money. She will also cover how to promote and market yourself effectively as a speaker.
Instructor Bio:
Merien has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology. She spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst and instructor. Before becoming an author and presenter, her occupations ranged from soldier to bartender to a 911 operator for police, fire and medical aid. The last few years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters and is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. She has her debut releases in Regency Romance and Military Romance scheduled for later this year. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand and kisses, at least until bedtime.

 

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June 2017

Going Wide

4 Week Course: June 1-30, 2017

Place: Yahoo Loops

Price: Three Rivers Romance Writers Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Course Description:

This course will teach the best practices for digitally publishing your ebook across multiple online bookstore platforms. Through step by step visual instructions, you’ll learn to navigate the ins and outs of the various distribution platforms such as Amazon, Nook, iBooks and Kobo. With detailed, worksheets full of tips and tricks, you’ll maneuver through keywords, BISACs and metadata with confidence. What are you waiting for? Go wide and upload your books to reach more readers!
Instructor Bio:

I write under the pen name, Ines Johnson. I’m a television writer turned romance novelist. Aside from writing scripts and novels, I also teach college level courses in scriptwriting, story development, and media production. Over the past year, I’ve given online workshops for a number of RWA chapters including Young Adult, Low County, Celtic Hearts, Outreach International, Yosemite and presented at the Romance Slam Jam Conference in April.

 

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July 2017

Seven People to Meet Before You Need Them

 

2 Webinars Offered (Choose 1), Saturday, July 15, 9am Pacific/Noon Eastern OR Saturday, July 22, 3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Instructor: Merien Grey

Workshop Description:


When a writer is creating those first few books they may feel like they can’t do much more to toward becoming a published author except write and build their numbers on social media. When it comes to the business side of writing there are seven key business connections that can be made before an author “needs” them or is in the midst of trying to market a release and build a brand in earnest. For example, finding an attorney before there is a contract to review or a copyright infringement notice for a random image picked off the internet and used on the authors website can cut down on stress. More importantly, it can mean the difference in an attorney the author trusts and likes and who has the author’s best interests in mind and one that will simply do. There are specific skill sets that can be very valuable to authors if they knows how to seek out professionals that have them. Finding the right business contacts is time consuming but can be done in small increments and with minimal effort if started early in an author’s career and doing so can save time, stress and usually money for the author. This class covers how to find, vet and take on services of a literary attorney, accountant (with literary experience), webmistress/master, business insurance agent, business specific banker, secretary of state representative and a department of revenue officer.  It also covers how to select and vet seven service providers. This portion of the class includes tips on how to find branding consultants, web hosts, newsletter services, offsite data storage, formatters, editors and cover artists.

Instructor Bio:
Merien has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology. She spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst and instructor. Before becoming an author and presenter, her occupations ranged from soldier to bartender to a 911 operator for police, fire and medical aid. The last few years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters and is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. She has her debut releases in Regency Romance and Military Romance scheduled for later this year. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand and kisses, at least until bedtime.

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August 2017

Video Conferencing

2 Webinars Offered (Choose 1), Thursday, August 10, 4pm Pacific/8pm Eastern OR Saturday, August 19, 9am Pacific/Noon Eastern

 

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Instructor: Merien Grey

 

Workshop Description:


This class deals with how to use cutting edge video conferencing technology to get more out of your interactions, save time and build your brand with professional contacts, readers and peers. It takes premises of in person handselling and shows how to translate those to social media and the digital world in general.

Example: An author puts out on social media that she will be having a video conference chat/tea for five lucky members of her newsletter list. She advertises via social media to drive more subscribers to her newsletter. She randomly selects five people and sets a time. She author could prepare a swag box with her favorite tea and cookies and mail it out prior to her tea party. The day of the party, the author makes her tea and has her five do the same and has a one hour video conference Q and A session/visit with those five people. The visit could include a reading or just a visit with tea and cookies. The possibilities are endless.

Example 2: An author has paid for edits from an editor and would like to go through some of them page by page or line by line. The author pulls up her WIP and does a session with her editor using the screen share function and can go line by line, word by word with ease and in a format that is efficient time wise for both parties.

 

Instructor Bio:
Merien has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology. She spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst and instructor. Before becoming an author and presenter, her occupations ranged from soldier to bartender to a 911 operator for police, fire and medical aid. The last few years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters and is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. She has her debut releases in Regency Romance and Military Romance scheduled for later this year. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand and kisses, at least until bedtime.

 

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September 2017

PUBLICITY, A POWERFUL ROAD TO BOOK SALES

 

 Dates: September 4- October 6, 2018

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Instructor: Deb Riley-Magnus

Workshop Description:
 Publicity is not Marketing. Publicity is not Promotions. Publicity is a tool unto itself and can be extremely powerful for book sales. A little publicity understanding, skill, and creativity can take your marketing and promotions over the top. While the crowd scrambles in the battle for the same reader, well managed and creative publicity takes an author to new and unapproached audiences waiting for your book.

Syllabus:
•        Introduction, REAL PUBLICITY
•        Digging for Publicity Nuggets inside your Manuscript
•        The Seven Levels of Communications
•        Charities
•        Press Management

Instructor Bio:
Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven-year professional background in marketing, advertising, and public relations and has been a writer for print, television, and radio. Her nonfiction—FINDING AUTHOR SUCCESS, CROSS MARKETING MAGIC FOR AUTHORS, and the newest, WRITE BRAIN/LEFT BRAIN— focuses on helping authors by teaching them how to bridge the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author. She is currently developing a series of workbooks to help authors build and perfect author marketing skills.

As an Author Success Coach she produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She teaches online and live workshops, clinics, and boot camps. She writes an author marketing industry blog and coaches authors, one-on-one, for sales success. Deborah belongs to several writing and professional organizations.

She has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years.

AUTHOR LINKS

Blog – http://rileymagnus.wordpress.com/
Teach – http://theauthorsuccesscoach.com/
Fiction – http://drmagnusfantasy.com/
Tweet – http://twitter.com/rileymagnus
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/deborah.rileymagnus
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/deborah-riley-magnus-4ba15a1a/

WRITE BRAIN/LEFT BRAIN LINK

http://www.amazon.com/Write-Brain-Left-Bridging-Marketing/dp/1628651962/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1431014291&sr=8-3&keywords=deborah+riley+magnushttp://www.amazon.com/Write-Brain-Left-Bridging-Marketing/dp/1628651962/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1431014291&sr=8-3&keywords=deborah+riley+magnus

 

 

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October 2017

How to Paint Your World With Words

Dates: October 9- November 3, 2017

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Instructor: Melinda Williams

Workshop Description:


Explore how descriptive writing can transform your work. To write with descriptive words and make the reader’s world picture perfect. To create a world where our reader can see or ‘picture’ the world we create where our setting and characters are believable.

Syllabus:
• What is descriptive writing and how it will expand your world of writing
• Sensory Details
• How description can bring our characters and setting to life
• Close the workshop with how writing description helps with pace and makes a world of vivid storytelling that will keep your reader wanting more.

Instructor Bio:
Melinda lives in the majestic mountains of Arizona. She is a published author of romance, mystery, and paranormal. She also writes articles for Southern Writers Magazine, Native Hoop Magazine, and CEO/Owner of Red Rock Author Services. When she isn’t creating a suspense story with captivating characters, she can be found reading, writing articles for a magazine, or spending time with her husband Vernon and her kids, Shaelee and Erik.

As a young child, she loved reading and writing. Many nights she would wrap up in a blanket, daydream while creating characters for her own stories. To her own surprise, she started writing and creating my very own world, a place where I could go and lose myself with just a pen and paper.

​She grew up with the fascination of the American Indian. Her love for them grew rapidly as she read about them from my history book. She wanted to show, in her writings, of the proud people that the American Indians truly are. They show honor and respect for all living things. If she can capture just a small portion of that in her writings then that would be an added bonus for her.

 

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November 2017

Crafting Native American Characters

Dates: November 6 – December 1, 2017

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Instructor: Melinda Williams

Workshop Description:


November is Native American Heritage Month. Do you ever wonder how much research goes into developing a Native American Character and make them thrive? Wonder how they use herbs to help the medicine man cure the sick. In this class, you will master the concept of tracking down and learning what is the most important techniques to capture the reader’s heart. Enhance your knowledge of their customs and rituals to make the reader understand. Transform how you write no matter the character. Grasp the intensity of the American Indian while creating your character.

Syllabus:

  • Discuss the many different American Indian Tribes and where they are located. How to come up with specific character names.
  • Discuss the many different herbs and their uses.
  • How to incorporate animals into your writing.
  • How to create believable shapeshifters into your writing.

Instructor Bio:
Melinda lives in the majestic mountains of Arizona. She is a published author of romance, mystery, and paranormal. She also writes articles for Southern Writers Magazine, Native Hoop Magazine, and CEO/Owner of Red Rock Author Services. When she isn’t creating a suspense story with captivating characters, she can be found reading, writing articles for a magazine, or spending time with her husband Vernon and her kids, Shaelee and Erik.

As a young child, she loved reading and writing. Many nights she would wrap up in a blanket, daydream while creating characters for her own stories. To her own surprise, she started writing and creating my very own world, a place where I could go and lose myself with just a pen and paper.

​She grew up with the fascination of the American Indian. Her love for them grew rapidly as she read about them from my history book. She wanted to show, in her writings, of the proud people that the American Indians truly are. They show honor and respect for all living things. If she can capture just a small portion of that in her writings then that would be an added bonus for her.

 


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Three Rivers Romance Writers Workshop Policy:

  1. There are no refunds on workshops once the workshop sessions begin. The only refunds that will occur if the workshop is canceled for any reason.
  2. All material taught within the workshops is copyrighted by the teacher/instructor. There is no sharing of the material outside of the workshops.
  3. Do not contact the teachers/instructors off loop unless directed by the workshop teacher or moderator.
  4. Every workshop will have a moderator. Any concerns regarding issues within the workshop itself should be directed to the moderator.

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