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YARWA, the Young Adult Chapter of the Romance Writers  of America, has three online classes scheduled for the month of October! Classes are open to members and non-members, and are conducted through a private Yahoo group.
 
How to Write Powerful Descriptions

    Instructor: Karen Duvall
    Dates: October 6-17, 2014
    Cost: $10 for YARWA members, $20 for non-members (payable through Paypal)

About the course: Readers have great imaginations and they expect to be immersed in the story worlds they read about. They want to see it, smell it, touch it, hear it and sometimes even taste it. In this workshop we'll get down to the nitty-gritty of how good description can elevate the quality of your writing while bringing your story to life.

Authors have to compete with other forms of entertainment media for a reader's attention. Therefore, you want to ensure your story delivers what readers want: a memorable reading experience.
This workshop will cover how to:

    Ditch the adjectives and adverbs and do away with unnecessary filters
    See with your mind's eye
    Be cinematic when needed, otherwise leave the camera at home
    Know when less is more
    Utilize all the senses
    Visualize your story world
    See your characters
    Use simile and metaphor effectively

And much more!

There will be six lessons and also several exercises to help you develop your descriptive muscles. Student interaction is encouraged.

About the Instructor: Karen Duvall is an award-winning author with 4 published novels and 2 novellas. Harlequin Luna published her Knight's Curse series last year, and her post apocalyptic novella, Sun Storm, was recently released in Luna's 'Til The World Ends anthology in 2013. Karen has presented writing workshops for a number of conference venues including RMFW's Colorado Gold Conference, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Bend Christian Writers Conference, and the Central Oregon Writers Guild. She also teaches online workshops for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Karen lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four incredibly spoiled pets. She is currently working on a new contemporary fantasy romance series.


Content Editing Intensive for Indie Authors (Part 2 in a 3-part Editing Intensive series, although this course can be taken alone; non-indie authors welcome!)

Note: Part 3: Line Editing Intensive for Indie Authors will be presented in January 2015.

    Instructor: Greta Gunselman
    Dates: October 20-31
    Cost: $10 for YARWA members ($20 for non-members (payment via Paypal)

About the Course: This two week course will provide the skills a self-publishing author needs to perform an in-depth content edit on their own work. In this course we will fix character and plot inconsistencies and dialogue issues. We will consider language usage, review position of chapter headings and section breaks, and ensure the ending is appropriate for the story. Requirement: Print out of completed manuscript needed for homework.

The course will contain the following lessons:

    Beginning and End: The inciting incident, catalyst, and climax.
    Character and Plot: Inconsistencies and holes
    Setting and World Building, Maintaining Integrity of Series
    Dialogue: Natural and Unique
    Language Usage: Cliches and word choice
    Chapter and Section Breaks: Are they in the right place?

About the Instructor: Greta has worked as a freelance editor for both indie authors and MuseItUp Publishing, Inc. for four years. She has worked on manuscripts of various lengths and genres, and loves helping authors make their stories the best they can be. Greta can be contacted at redpenfictionediting.com or on Twitter @editorgreta


Conquering NaNoWriMo

    Instructor: Alison Diem
    Dates: October 20-November 30, 2014
    Cost: $15 for YARWA members (payable through Paypal)

About the course: Conquering National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a course designed to help both new and veteran participants understand the NaNoWriMo program and use it to push their careers forward.

The first two weeks of class will prepare participants for the month of November. Students create accounts on the NaNoWriMo website, learn how to post their word counts, how to find other participants in their area, and how to get started when the clock strikes midnight on November 1st. Students will learn methods to break free of writer's block, how to get the words on the page, and what to do if you get behind.

The remainder of the class corresponds with the month of November and NaNoWriMo! Students will be encouraged to post daily word counts, discuss challenges while writing, and participate in writing sprints and brainstorming. We cheer each other on, work through roadblocks together, discuss problems, celebrate victories, and reach the finish line of 50,000 together, as a team!

    The class will include:
    What is NaNoWriMo?
    How do you sign-up? Where do you go?
    The rules of NaNoWriMo, such as they are
    Pre-work/pre-writing- the pros, the cons, and the actual rules
    How do I win?
    Word counts- how do I produce what I need and not hate it?
    Where and how do you track your word count?
    What do you do if you get behind?
    NaNo meet-ups- are they worth the effort?
    Brainstorming ideas for when you get stuck
    Exercises to help get the words flowing
    Dr. Wicked's Write or Die
    Starting off strong from day 1
    Getting out of the Week Three slumps
    Finishing as strong as you start
    How do I get through Thanksgiving? (or the art of planning ahead)
    I won NaNoWriMo- now what?
    Why you need to edit first, submit later
    Interactive writing exercises
    Interactive brainstorming

About the instructor: Alison Diem is a writer of intricate stories involving history, the paranormal, adventure, magic, mystery, murder, fantasy, steampunk, creatures that may (or may not) be real and any combination thereof. Also, dragons. She's participated in NaNoWriMo for over ten years, "winning" multiple times, including the last three years in a row. She lives in Ypsilanti, MI with her husband, Bear, and her kitty Harvey. She is also very, very tall. You know, for a girl.
Questions?

For any questions, please contact Peter Andrews, YARWA's VP of Programs at vp-programs@yarwa.com or Angele McQuade, YARWA Workshop Coordinator at workshops@yarwa.com
#1 - September 21, 2014, 08:02 AM
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Bumping this up as there's still time to enroll in YARWA's second October class:

Content Editing Intensive for Indie Authors (Part 2 in a 3-part Editing Intensive series, although this course can be taken alone; non-indie authors welcome!)

Note: Part 3: Line Editing Intensive for Indie Authors will be presented in January 2015.

    Instructor: Greta Gunselman
    Dates: October 20-31
    Cost: $10 for YARWA members ($20 for non-members (payment via Paypal)

About the Course: This two week course will provide the skills a self-publishing author needs to perform an in-depth content edit on their own work. In this course we will fix character and plot inconsistencies and dialogue issues. We will consider language usage, review position of chapter headings and section breaks, and ensure the ending is appropriate for the story. Requirement: Print out of completed manuscript needed for homework.

The course will contain the following lessons:

    Beginning and End: The inciting incident, catalyst, and climax.
    Character and Plot: Inconsistencies and holes
    Setting and World Building, Maintaining Integrity of Series
    Dialogue: Natural and Unique
    Language Usage: Cliches and word choice
    Chapter and Section Breaks: Are they in the right place?

About the Instructor: Greta has worked as a freelance editor for both indie authors and MuseItUp Publishing, Inc. for four years. She has worked on manuscripts of various lengths and genres, and loves helping authors make their stories the best they can be. Greta can be contacted at redpenfictionediting.com or on Twitter @editorgreta
#2 - October 16, 2014, 02:46 PM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)
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YARWA, the Young Adult Chapter of the Romance Writers  of America, has two upcoming online classes in early 2015. Classes are open to members and non-members, and are conducted through a private Yahoo group.

Line Editing Intensive for Indie Authors (Part 3 in a 3-part Editing Intensive series, although this course can be taken alone; non-indie authors welcome!)

Instructor: Greta Gunselman
Dates: January 26-30, 2015
Cost: $10 for YARWA members ($20 for non-members)
Register: http://yarwa.com/programs/ http://yarwa.com/programs/

About the Course: This week-long course will provide the skills a self-publishing author needs to perform an in-depth line edit on their own work. Have a great book, but horrible grammar and punctuation skills? This week-long course is designed to help the self-publishing author (and authors who want to improve their editing skills) improve their skills and their manuscript at the same time. In this course you will learn, or re-learn, sentence structure, proper usage of punctuation, and discuss action and dialogue tags…and how all this can enhance your writing style and voice.
Day One: Discussion of sentence structure and how they can affect your pacing and flow of your story.
Assignment: Choose a scene and change your sentence structure and compare to original scene. Day Two: Punctuation. Discuss when to use commas and semi-colons.
Assignment: Pick another scene and change the punctuation to see how affects your voice, your style, and the pacing of the scene. Day Three: Discuss action and dialogue tags, proper punctuation for each, and when they should be used and when they shouldn’t.
Assignment: Choose a scene, change, cut, and add dialogue and action tags. Day Four: Discussion on passive versus active words, and when passive is appropriate.
Assignment: Choose a scene and eliminate passive words and replace with active. Day Five: Discussion on misused words, i.e. effect vs. affect, into vs. in to, and others. Discussion will include overuse of adverbs, adjectives, and qualifiers.
Assignment: Choose a scene and highlight all adverbs, misused words, adjectives, and qualifers. Remove and see the difference in the scene. Day Six: Questions and follow up.
 
About the Instructor: Greta has worked as a freelance editor for both indie authors and MuseItUp Publishing, Inc. for four years. She has worked on manuscripts of various lengths and genres, and loves helping authors make their stories the best they can be. Greta can be contacted at redpenfictionediting.com http://www.redpenfictionediting.com/ or on Twitter @editorgreta.




February 2015: Adding the Spice of Diversity to your manuscript

Instructor: BA Binns
Dates: February 9 – March 6, 2015
Cost: $15 for YARWA members ($25 for non-members)
Register: http://yarwa.com/programs/ http://yarwa.com/programs/

About the course: The current #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign demonstrates the growing call from youth and adult readers for books with diverse and multicultural main characters. Many authors want to meet readers’ needs but worry about writing about individuals and places they don’t have first-hand knowledge of for fear of making mistakes and inadvertently creating stereotypes or getting things wrong. This four-week class will address those fears and provide strategies for creating characters of different races, ethnicities, religions, or those with physical or mental disabilities; teens and new adults who are not cisgendered, or live in different cultures or parts of the world. Join us to explore both today’s readers and their need for something different, and ways to put those diverse teens and young adults on the page free of stereotype. Examples from recent young adult and new adult books will be featured.

Schedule:
Week One: Introductions and definitions of diversity/multiculturalism? (It may not be what you think) What matters to readers (and editors) Write what you know, and what you don’t know, learn
Week Two: Taking ourselves out of the story Research part 1 how Research part 2 where
Week Three: First impressions – Introducing your diversity characters and settings to your readers Building a three-dimensional character – backstory Building a three-dimensional character – culture
Week Four: Avoiding clichés and stereotypes Dialogue/Voice
Final touches: revision and editing, keeping things real, & resources

About the Instructor: BA Binns http://babinns.com/index.php is a member of the Chicago Writer’s Association, Romance Writers of America, SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE), and ACAIC (Association of Children’s Authors and Illustrators of Color). In 2010 she was a finalist in the RWA Golden Heart® contest with her contemporary romantic elements novel, Damaged Goods which revolves around an inter-racial romance. She is also a member of the ALA (American Library Association) and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). Her debut YA novel PULL was published in 2010 by Westside Books. Her second novel, Being God, was published in Feb, 2013. Minority Of One was published in 2014. All feature young adults of different ages and backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual preferences. The author has given classes and presentations on diversity in fiction to attendees at the 2014 Chicago North Spring Fling conference as well as to librarians at ALA, and reader and writer conferences in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Connecticut. In addition she has given workshops at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Diversity in YA Literature.
The author’s other classes include:
Man Talk – methods and techniques for females striving to create believable male characters
Ripped from the headlines – writing realistic fiction


#3 - January 12, 2015, 01:58 PM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)
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YARWA, the Young Adult Chapter of the Romance Writers  of America, has this online class upcoming in March 2015. Classes are open to members and non-members, and are conducted through a private Yahoo group.

Career Planning for Writers

Instructor: Peter Andrews
Dates: March 9- April 3, 2015
Cost: $15 for YARWA members ($25 for non-members)
Register: http://yarwa.com/programs/
This course takes place online and is NOT limited to Young Adult fiction writers

About the Course:

Achieving your goals as a writer takes more than creating your stories and emailing them to editors and agents. You need to get a deep understanding of what you want, assess where you need to develop your skills, choose and develop your topics wisely, build relationships with editors, agents, readers, and helpful professionals, assemble achievement that credential you and demonstrate your capabilities, and challenge yourself to exceed your expectations.

This work must be done against a background of change, where new options for publication – including multi-book deals, self-publishing, blended careers, and small press — continue to emerge. And don’t forget the requirements for engaging with social media.

In this four-week class, ten lessons will offer assessments and exercises that will help you put together a roadmap to focus your efforts toward reaching your career objectives.

Week one will be dedicated to assessment of where you want to go and where you are now in terms of skills, reputation, and challenges. We’ll also look at risks, resources, and trade-offs. Week two will explore the habits you need to break or develop, your plan for building your craft, and how you can get help along the way. Week three is dedicated to strategy. What are the markets for your work? What are the requirements you need to understand? How do you build relationships, promote yourself (with tact), and establish your credentials? Week four will focus on building specific plans, with daily work, milestones, short and long term goals, and tactics aimed at keeping your efforts on track.

Throughout, students will be encouraged to provide feedback, share experiences, and build relationships that will allow them to help each other attain their goals.

About the Instructor:
Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer. He has also worked as a web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He creates short stories, speeches, articles, and blogs. Check out his blog at howtowritefast.blogspot.com http://www.howtowritefast.blogspot.com/
#4 - February 08, 2015, 08:32 AM
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Thanks for posting, Marissa! I am so excited for this class. Have decided that my goal is to "quit my day job" in four years and become a full-time writer. I need a plan!
#5 - February 08, 2015, 10:32 AM
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Awesome, Linda--I'll see you on the class loop.  I hope it will help you reach your goal!
#6 - February 08, 2015, 10:36 AM
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Here are two of our upcoming offerings! Classes are geared for YA writers but all are welcome.

***Permission to share granted and encouraged by YARWA chapter***

April 2015

ARCING: Making the most of arcs and transitions

Instructor: Donna Maloy
Dates: April 20 – May 2, 2015
Register: http://yarwa.com/programs/
Cost: $10 for YARWA members ($20 for non-members)

About the Course:
Character arcs are all about transitions—moving fictional people from one state of being to another. Similarly, story arcs transition the plot from its beginning to a satisfying ending. A well-written book makes use of other transitions, too—to bridge scenes, chapters and mood or point of view (POV) shifts, and to alter pacing.

In this two-week, forum-style course, you will explore different types of transitions and discuss their story functions as well as their effect on the reader. You will learn and discuss how to harness the power of a well-made character arc to bind all the other transitioning story elements into a cohesive whole. We’ll even brainstorm the specific type of arcs you need for your own WIP.

Whether you’re a dedicated pantser or plotter, this course will show you how well-crafted character arcs can impact all the other transitions you use to build your novel.

Who should take this course:
Writers who want to create more solid, “genuine” characters. Writers looking for ways to add depth to dialog and character interaction. Writers looking for tips to enhance a “sagging middle.” Writers who want to keep readers focused, attentive and turning pages.

You will learn:
Five reasons for creating transitional scenes/paragraphs, The content clues that turn “hooks” into powerhouse super-transitions, able to leap tall chapters and keep the reader turning pages. Tips and tricks to use character arcs beneath other types of transitions in order to make plotting and pacing easier and more coherent. Four major types of change/growth to use in building character arcs. Plus:

Learn the biggest mistake writers can make with character arcs. Uncover resources for brainstorming character arcs at the preliminary plotting stage.

About the Instructor:
Donna Maloy http://www.donnamaloy.com/ has written more than twenty-five produced plays for elementary and middle school drama classes. She’s been a professional writer since she was twenty-five, with publishing credits that include two romance novels, a middle school textbook supplement, and more than 300 magazine articles. Her monthly column for the Bay Area chapter of RWA, Top Tips from Editors and Agents, is frequently picked up by chapters around the country. CELIA AND THE WOLF http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23717482-celia-and-the-wolf (on Goodreads: bit.ly/1Flo9nj) is her first book for teens.

Donna has taught writing at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and for College of the Mainland. She loves ethnic foods, bargain hunting, Jeopardy, and geeky things like Google Glass. You can follow her on Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


May 2015

Writing YA/NA Historical Romance


Instructor: Lynn Lovegreen
Dates: May 4-22, 2015
Register: http://yarwa.com/programs/
Cost: $10 for YARWA members ($20 for non-members)

About the Course:

Can you just throw Bella or Katniss into the nineteenth century to create a historical romance? This two-week workshop will provide the skills an author needs to write a historical romance with young characters. In this course, we will practice writing romance grounded in historical fact. We will consider setting, character, and plot points, and ensure the language is appropriate for the story. Part of our discussion will include how young women had more limitations in the past, sexuality has changed over the years, and that adolescence was seen differently way back when. We will also discuss researching and weaving in historical information. While Lynn will provide lectures and short homework assignments, participants will be encouraged to add to the conversation with their own ideas and knowledge.

The course will contain the following lessons:
Setting: Choosing the time and place of a YA/NA historical romance Character: Choosing young characters, deciding whether to include real historical figures, is it YA or NA? Plot points: Choosing events and plausible actions Language Usage: Using appropriate word choice Working in the good bits: Using historical details and avoiding information dumps Research: Where to find information, sharing tips/sites

About the Instructor: Lynn Lovegreen writes YA/NA historical romance set in Alaska. Her Gold Rush series is published by Prism Book Group. Lynn can be contacted on the YARWA loop, at lynnlovegreen@gmail.com, or on Twitter @lynnlovegreen. See her website/blog at www.lynnlovegreen.com.

#7 - March 11, 2015, 06:06 AM
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