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 Piper Grayson at ThreeRiversRWVPWorkshops@gmail.com.

 

Please click HERE to sign up for our current workshop.

 

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How To Write Fast

4 week course – February, 2018

Place: Yahoo Loops

Price: Three Rivers Romance Writers Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Course Description: Crank up the efficiency and get that novel, short story, article or script DONE. Through exercises, evaluations, tips and technologies, you can learn to write faster. Discover how to break through blocks, get ideas, develop plots, draft, and polish in less time without losing quality.

Instructor Bio: Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog. He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and president of its Young Adult Chapter. Visit his blog at HowToWriteFast.com.

 

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March 2018

A Novel In Four Drafts

4 week course – March, 2017

Place: Webinar Series

Price: Three Rivers Romance Writers Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Course Description:

Every draft of a novel can be more than just another version of the manuscript. It can be an ongoing evolution that keeps improving with each stage until the work is finally the best version of itself. Writers in all stages of production will benefit from this detailed and engaging look at the writing and revision process. Participants in this course will learn what they should focus on for each draft, techniques for effective editing, and how to complete that book that never seems to be good enough.

Lessons will include:

The First Draft – Just Get It Down

No amount of dreaming will make a first draft happen. It takes effort, time, and dedication to create the raw material that will eventually become a finished story. Participants in this class will learn how to handle writers block, how to postpone the need to edit, and how to course-correct midway through the process.

The Second Draft – Making the Big Changes

It’s a mistake to call a story done after the first draft. In reality, the majority of the work of creation is still ahead of you. Participants in this class will learn how to evaluate the manuscript as a whole, how to decide between cutting and changing, and when to move on.

The Third Draft – All the Little Details

The first draft is written for the writer’s sake, all subsequent drafts are for the reader’s. Participants in this course will learn how to troubleshoot for a variety of narrative issues, including continuity errors, plot holes, logic errors, and showing vs. telling.

The Fourth Draft – One Sentence at a Time

After all the major editing has been finished, there’s a temptation to call a story done and move on. But even a fantastic story will suffer if the reader has to fight through a messy narrative to get to it. In this class, participants will learn tips on proofreading, how to avoid “author blindness”, and how to recruit and select additional readers.

Instructor Bio:

Lindsay Schopfer is the author of The Adventures of Keltin Moore, a series of steampunk-flavored  fantasy novels about a professional monster hunter. He also wrote the sci-fi survivalist novel Lost Under Two Moons and the fantasy short story collection Magic, Mystery and Mirth. His short fiction has  appeared in Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk from Writerpunk Press and Unnatural Dragons from Clockwork Dragon.

Lindsay’s workshops and seminars on the craft of writing have been featured in a variety of Cons and writing conferences across the Pacific Northwest  and beyond. Currently, he teaches creative writing for South Puget Sound Community College’s continuing education program. Lindsay served as the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category Chairman for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s annual literary contest from 2011 to 2014.

He is also a volunteer mentor for Educurious, a Gates Foundation-funded program designed to connect high school students with professional writers. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing from the Evergreen State College and completed the Motion Picture Production Program at Capilano College in Vancouver, Canada. Visit Lindsay’s website lindsayschopfer.com

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April 2017

Layering As An Editing Tool

4 Week Course: April, 2018

Place: Yahoo Loops

Price: Three Rivers Romance Writers Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Course Description: 

Have you ever finished the first draft of a book and thought it was missing something, but you weren’t sure what? That “what” is probably layering – the process of adding details to your story, from character traits to body language to descriptions of the environment surrounding your story. Each type of layering will be described, complete with examples, and then you’ll have the chance to try your hand at layering your own work, with critiques from me on how you did.

Instructor Bio:

Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on the computer. 

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Cassandra_Carr.

 

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May 2018

Get Those Butterflies Out of My Stomach! Pesticide for Clichés

4 week course – May, 2018

Place: Yahoo Loops

Dates: May 7 – June 1, 2018

Price:TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Instructor: JoSelle Vanderhooft

Workshop Description:

Clichés are a problem with which every author contends at some point, which can muddle and drag down a perfectly good story. In this workshop, you’ll learn why they happen, why they–generally–do not serve your writing, and how you can replace them with stronger, more original, and more succinct choices.

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 two rambunctious kitty cats.

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June 2018

Win When Writing For An Anthology

4 Week Course: June, 2018

Place: Yahoo Loops

Price: Three Rivers Romance Writers Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

Course Description:

Ever wondered how authors find themselves involved in an anthology, or how they find the right anthology to showcase their work?

Just like selling your book to the right publisher, choosing the right anthology for your story can make all the difference. There is tons of great advice on how to pick a publisher, but how do you figure out which anthology is best for you?

In this workshop, you will learn how to determine if a particular anthology is good for you and the nitty-gritty details you need to keep in mind once you’ve agreed. We’ll also go through the process itself from acceptance to release.

  • What truly goes in with a group of authors working on an anthology or a bundle,
  • What to expect and what you need to know,
  • What to watch out for,
  • The pros of an anthology or bundle,
  • And cons of being part of an anthology or bundle.

Instructor Bio:

Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on the computer.

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Cassandra_Carr.

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July 2018

The Well Tempered Sentence: Line Editing For Authors

 

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

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August 2018

Making Time

 

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

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September 2018

Finished That Manuscript…Now What?

 

 Dates: September, 2018

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

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October 2018

Killer Openings

Dates: October, 2018

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

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November 2018

Hardwired For Hot

Dates: November, 2018

Price: TRRW Members – $15

RWA Members – $25

Non-RWA Members – $35

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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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