December 10, 2011
Conquering the Query
OCC/RWA Meeting (http://www.occrwa.org)

Conquering the Query combats the fear that comes with writing short.

Hands-On Craft Workshop: Come prepared to work! Bring the first page of your manuscript – and hopefully you’ve been working on those killer opening lines because we’re going to use them. If not, get going! Also, make sure to have plenty of paper and pens on hand, because during this craft workshop … we be writing!

Jan. 2, 2012 – Jan. 29, 2012
Writing a Short Story for Anthology Call-Out
Savvy Authors (http://www.savvyauthors.com)

Beginning writers are often told to: “Write the story you want to read, not what someone else might want to see.” This class, instead, deals with catering a short story specifically to a publisher’s request for submissions. Regularly, editors and publishers list upcoming anthologies and the types of stories they’re looking to include.

The course will explore current call-outs, and students will be encouraged to write specifically for one anthology and to submit the work at the end of the course. Basic crafting of a short story, such as development, characterization, plot structure & dialogue also will be covered. Since most short stories fall within 2,500 to 5,000 words, we’ll also look at ways to making word choice count and the editing process.

Jan. 30, 2012 – Feb. 26, 2012
Some Like It Hot: Writing the Erotic Romance
Savvy Authors ( http://www.savvyauthors.com)

Let’s talk about sex. Whether you’re writing a short story, novella or a full-length novel, an erotic thriller, paranormal or historical romance, the basics of the Erotic Romance remain the same: it’s all about plot and keeping it hot.

May 14, 2012 – June 10, 2012
De-Mystifying Ménage
FF&P ( http://www.romance-ffp.com)

How do you write a love scene between a vampire and a werewolf and make it believable? How about sliding a third lover into the common bed? De-Mystifying Ménage explores the titillating combinations of sex with multiple partners.

The course builds upon establishing basic chemistry between characters to developing realistic storylines to finally describing the acrobatic acts.

Come prepared to build up a sweat writing, and leave your shyness at the door.

November 12, 2012 – December 9, 2012
Writing a Short Story for Anthology Call-Out
OCC/RWA ( http://www.occrwa.org)

The course will explore current call-outs, and students will be encouraged to write specifically for one anthology and to submit the work at the end of the course. Basic crafting of a short story, such as development, characterization, plot structure & dialogue also will be covered. Since most short stories fall within 2,500 to 5,000 words, we’ll also look at ways to making word choice count and address the editing process.

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