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August/September 2018 Online: Sandy Vaile – Treat Backstory Like a Pungent Spice

Dates: August 20th to September 16th

Cost: Members-$30     Non-Members-$40

Sprinkle and blend the flavours of your character to achieve an irresistible aroma….

Have you been accused of too much telling or information dumps? Does your character have a fascinating history, but you’re not sure how best to convey it to readers? Avoid the pitfalls of backstory by peeling back the layers one at a time to discover the most effective delivery methods, how much to use, and how to make it drive the main story.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how to use backstory to develop tension and engage readers.
  • Know where your character came from and is headed, so the backstory is consistent and relevant.
  • Determine which parts of the backstory are important, and which are just filler.
  • Be able to identify where backstory isn’t working.
  • Learn techniques to reveal backstory as part of the story, instead of information dumping.
  • Know when to release backstory for maximum effect.
  • Avoid backstory taking over the whole story.
  • Use backstory as a baseline from which to show character growth.

This popular workshop combines colourful handouts, tailored feedback, videos and live chats to engage participants. There will be plenty of opportunities to apply the learnings to individual work.

Sandy is a strong believer that learning outcomes are increased through collaboration and sharing, so she encourages this in a safe and nurturing environment; however, those who aren’t comfortable with sharing, are welcome to email their homework separately.

What people are saying about Sandy’s workshops:

“Helpful, practical and inspirational, Sandy’s workshop took my writing to the next level.”

“I loved Sandy’s dedication to giving the best feedback possible. It’s made a huge difference to me already.”

​“I liked the friendly nature of the learning experience.”

“The workshop was well structured, with information provided at an appropriate pace to enable participants to absorb it and apply it to their own work.”

How to Register:

Online class runs from August 20th to September 16th, 2018, and will be conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30 SRW members, $40 nonmembers) on our Payments page.  No Refunds, except in the case class is cancelled.

Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the group. The invitation will be sent to the email shown on your PayPal payment, so if you wish to use a different email address or have questions, please contact classes@tucsonrwa.org.

Registration requires 48 hours to process. It is your responsibility to mark your calendars and iron out any difficulties joining the Yahoo group. No refunds, except in the case of class cancellation.
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October 2018 Online: Angela Knight – Braiding Conflicts to Build the Perfect Climax

Dates: October 1st to October 26th

Cost: Members-$30     Non-Members-$40

The basic building blocks of romance fiction are conflicts: internal, external, and romantic. Strong conflicts drive readers to keep reading in order to discover who wins.

No matter how beautiful the writing is, if the conflict isn’t strong enough, the reader will get bored and go read something else. Great conflicts, on the other hand, can turn a book into a bestseller and an author into an autobuy.

New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight explains how she designs conflicts for maximum punch, then uses them to construct a climax that is both unpredictable and powerful. She provides students with worksheets they can use to design their own conflicts, then determine how to resolve them in an emotionally satisfying way.

Lessons in this month-long online class will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They include:

  • Introduction: The importance of Conflict
  • What is Conflict?
  • The Three forms of Conflict in Romance
  • Conflict as the Building Blocks of Character
  • Internal Conflict as the Key to Three-Dimensional Characters
  • Romantic Conflict as the Spine of the Romance
  • External Conflict as the Bones of the Plot
  • Using Each type of Conflict to Complicate the Others
  • Building the Plot from Conflict Events
  • Writing powerful Turning Points for Conflicts
  • Writing Conflict Resolutions
  • Using the Resolutions of the Internal and Romantic Conflicts in the External Climax.
  • Conclusion

Angela Knight PicAbout the Instructor

Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, and Changeling Press. 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.

In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company’s Secrets 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas in Secrets before editor Cindy Hwang discovered her work there and asked her if she’d be interested in writing for Berkley. Not being an idiot, Angela said yes.

Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county’s Sheriff’s Office. The couple have a grown son, Anthony.

How to Register:

Two-week class will be held in October, 2018 (dates TBD)  and will be conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30 SRW members, $40 nonmembers) on our Payments page.  No Refunds, except in the case class is cancelled.

Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the group. The invitation will be sent to the email shown on your PayPal payment, so if you wish to use a different email address or have questions, please contact classes@tucsonrwa.org.

Registration requires 48 hours to process. It is your responsibility to mark your calendars and iron out any difficulties joining the Yahoo group. No refunds, except in the case of class cancellation.
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September 22, 2018 Special Event: Deb Dixon – Goal Motivation and Conflict

Goal, Motivation, Conflict and The Hero’s Journey 

This special event runs from 10 am to 5 pm and is open to the general public.

September’s intensive workshop  covers the three most important elements of popular fiction: goal, motivation and conflict (GMC), and how these elements work with the mythic structure of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to help writers conceive and create strong plots and compelling characters.

If you’ve ever struggled writing  a book, this event is a must.

The Book-In-A-Day workshop provides the tools every writer needs to shape a story and create a road map to writing it.

About Deb Dixon

GMC: Goal, Motivation, and ConflictDebra Dixon is the President and Publisher of BelleBooks and its imprints—Bell Bridge Books and ImaJinn Books, which tackle a broad spectrum of genres. Their titles have been picked up in translation and by major publishers in subrights deals for mass market paperback, book club, audio and large print.

Early in her career, Debra Dixon published with major publishers, wrote ten books, contributed to twelve anthologies, and served as Vice President of RWA.  Her popular GMC:Goal, Motivation, and Conflict workshop spawned a book that has become a how-to bible for writers.

Click here and register early! The entrance fee is tiered.

Before August 1:

  • Tucson RWA members: $75
  • All other RWA members: $100
  • General admission: $125

August 1-31:

  • Tucson RWA members: $95
  • All other RWA members: $120
  • General admission: $145

September 1 to the day of the event:

  • Same price for everyone: $150

Refunds requested before September 1, 2018 are subject to processing fees. Sorry, no refunds after September 1.  For more information, contact reservations@tucsonrwa.org.

Meeting Information

This special event runs 10am – 5pm (Doors open 9:15) at the Viscount Hotel and includes a single-entree buffet lunch.   Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Register here

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October 2018 Online Class: Alicia Rasley – Dialogue Dynamics

An Intense Two-Week Class on Dialogue Dynamics

Dynamic dialogue can sell a book that might otherwise be ignored. That’s because dialogue reaches right out to the human in us all, the one that wants contact and conversation, and if you do that well, the reader will overlook a host of other faults. So in this interactive workshop, we’ll explore practical techniques to make sure your dialogue forcefully conveys the individual voices of your characters, and purposefully pushes your plot.

We’ll discuss:

  • Dialogue as characterization
  • Dialogue as plot-action interaction
  • Listen up now (The Sound of Your Dialogue)
  • Make it move, set it up

Dialogue isn’t just speech. It’s conversation– action and interaction, cause and effect, stimulus and response. In this class, you’ll learn how to turbocharge those exchanges between characters with background action, introspection, judicious pauses, quote tags, and of course, vivid and individual speech.

Make your dialogue dynamic. Make it move. Make it meaningful. Make it matter.

NOTE: This is an intensive class, with a lot of material and optional assignments–great for beginners and experienced students alike, but not for writers who want quick and easy solutions.  You can interact as little or as much as you like, but for those who participate, Alicia will review each assignment and provide feedback. Fun, fast, and fruitful feedback. :)

Instructor Bio

Alicia Rasley is the author of The Power of Point of View and The Story Within Plotbook. Her novel, The Year She Fell, was released from Belle Books and became a Kindle bestseller. She earned her MA in English Literature from Butler University, with the thesis The Family Vault: Women Buried Alive in Poe’s Short Fiction.

Some other accomplishments:

  • RITA-award-winning and best-selling author
  • Writing instructor, University of Maryland
  • Former Popular Fiction visiting faculty, MFA Program
  • Writing advisor, University of Maryland.
  • Nationally known writing workshop leader
  • Experienced content and acquisition editor
  • Editing blogger: www.edittorrent.blogspot.com
  • Craft of writing author: www.aliciarasley.com
  • Writing blogger: www.plotblueprint.com

 

How to Register:

Two-week class will be held in October, 2018 (dates TBD)  and will be conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30 SRW members, $40 nonmembers) on our Payments page.  No Refunds, except in the case class is cancelled.

Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the group. The invitation will be sent to the email shown on your PayPal payment, so if you wish to use a different email address or have questions, please contact classes@tucsonrwa.org.

Registration requires 48 hours to process. It is your responsibility to mark your calendars and iron out any difficulties joining the Yahoo group. No refunds, except in the case of class cancellation.
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