Workshops

Workshops are open to all writers in all genres.
Click on a workshop for more details or click here for our calendar.
Member workshop credits must be used by Sept. 2015,
the end of our fiscal year.
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Around the Web in 20 Days: Secrets for Romance Writers
By Kristine Bria

(Free To All Passionate Ink Members)
April 13th – May 2nd, 2015

 

Mirror, Mirror: Turning GMC on YOU
By Maggie Montgomery

May 7th – 28th, 2015

 

Inside the D/s Relationship
By Dauntless Vitality

June 4th – 25th, 2015

 

Organic Structure for Erotic Romance
By Jodi Henley

August 5th – 12th, 2015

 

Engage Your Reader with Attention-Grabbing Prose
By MM Pollard

September 7th – 21st, 2015

2014-2015 Member Workshop Credit Deadline


 

2015-2016 Workshops

 

Prep for NaNoWriMo the Bare Bones Way
By Catherine Chant

October 8th – 22nd, 2015

 

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
No Workshop
November 1st – 30th, 2015

 

Writing Naughty New Adult (18-21)
By Avery Aster

April 16th – 30th, 2015
Due to circumstances beyond the author’s control,
this workshop must be rescheduled. Dates TBD.
Click here to receive email notification of the new dates.

 

Workshop Details

 

Around the Web in 20 Days: Secrets for Romance Writers
By Kristine Bria
April 13th – May 2nd, 2015

TRACK: Research

LENGTH: 20 Lessons in 20 Days

Free for Members
$20 for Non-Members

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Where can I find worksheets for plotting–and software for a timeline to go with them? How do I write a query and find an agent? What are the most popular tropes in romance novels? What’s the real cost of self-publishing?

Around the Web in 20 Days will show you where to learn this and more. Kristine’s engineering background drives her to work smarter, not harder and leads her to mine the Internet for the simplest and best assets for the business of writing. You’ll leave the workshop with her favorite free writing resources for unpublished, self-published, and traditionally published romance authors.

Lessons include:
Day One: Never Say “Said” Again
Day Six: Query Me This
Day Fourteen: WWMCD: What Would My Character Do?
Day Twenty: How I Sold My First Book

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: A native of the South and PRO member of RWA, Kristine writes award-winning small town contemporary romance set on the coast among the water and Spanish moss. She also writes erotica as Kristi Hancock and is Workshop Chair for the Passionate Ink Chapter of RWA. A business writer and corporate start-up specialist for fifteen years, she became an associate magazine editor and an English teacher before writing romance full-time. You can sign up for updates at her website www.KristineBria.com, and you can find her on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. Not Quite Home, Kristine’s first small town contemporary romance novel in the Moss Point series, will be available later this year.

Note: For logistical reasons, our Workshop Chair, Kristi Hancock, is teaching this workshop under her pseudonym, Kristine Bria. All proceeds will go to the Passionate Ink Chapter.

HOW TO REGISTER:

1. SIGN UP VIA THIS LINK

2. Submit your payment:

– To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: Web2015. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

– To pay via check, please make checks payable to Passionate Ink and include WORKSHOP: Web2015 in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

Mail checks to:

Passionate Ink
PO Box 1125
Lewiston ID 83501

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***

 

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Mirror, Mirror: Turning GMC on YOU
By Maggie Montgomery

May 7th – 28th, 2015

TRACK: Writer’s Life

LENGTH: 3 weeks

$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

If you missed this workshop at RWA14 and won’t have the opportunity to attend at RWA15 in NYC (yes, it’s so popular that RWA is hosting it at their national conference two years in a row), now is your chance to participate in this goal-setting workshop available for the first time online!

Goal-setting. It’s a popular topic in writing and small business circles alike. And surely you’ve heard by now that, as a writer, you are essentially a small business owner. It’s true. Setting goals helps you develop a clear vision, a sense of accountability, and something to reach for. But we often spend far more time developing and understanding our MC’s goals than our own. How often do we really examine the motivations and conflict behind the goals that we set for ourselves? Yet each of us is the single constant in our own writer’s journey. We may pen and publish dozens of books containing dozens of characters. Agents, editors, critique partners, and houses will almost certainly change. Even our go-to-market channel and preferred genre may shift. At the end, writing is truly a solitary profession. As the star of your life story, don’t your goals, motivations, and conflicts deserve as much attention as your heroine’s? In this workshop, we’ll explore reasons and methodologies for examining your personal GMC — by day, by book, and as a writer — and discuss how understanding your inner self can help bring clarity and depth to your writing and focus to writing-related activities.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Maggie is an author, speaker, business strategist, trainer, and freelance writer. She’s also a reader, life learner, dog schmuck, hair flower obsessionist, foodie, Oxford comma defender, life-integrationist and champion of thinking differently. During her 20-year career, she’s drafted literally hundreds of process manuals, press releases, how-tos, business plans, and lifestyle and career articles, as well as two textbooks and several award-winning marketing pieces and video scripts. She’s multi-published in light erotic romance as Maggie Montgomery and is working on a new romantic suspense series. Cozy mystery and a few random paranormal romances are on her horizon. Maggie is a member of RWA, GRW, Passionate Ink, and Mensa. Connect at her blog, UnderTheGazebo.com, or find her on LinkedIn as Maggie Worth or Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as MaggieSheWrote.

HOW TO REGISTER:

1. SIGN UP VIA THIS LINK

2. Submit your payment:

– To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: GMC2015. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

– To pay via check, please make checks payable to Passionate Ink and include WORKSHOP: GMC2015 in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

Mail checks to:

Passionate Ink
PO Box 1125
Lewiston ID 83501

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***

 

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Inside the D/s Relationship
By Dauntless Vitality

June 4th – 25th, 2015

TRACK: Research

LENGTH: 3 weeks (may go longer at instructor’s discretion based on discussion)

$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

This class is a look into more of the mental and emotional aspects of relationships based on BDSM or a power exchange dynamic (D/s), and headspace both the Dominant and the submissive come from in their feelings and views. Its intent is to bring some insight and information to those that are both familiar and/or involved with the BDSM lifestyle, as well as those that are not as familiar with it. 

As a writer, you need to learn, know, and understand your subject matter in order to be able to convey it more clearly on the page. From the writer’s point of view, it’s hard to write about people and relationships that involve BDSM when you don’t really understand the underlying aspects that push and motivate those involved. It is those aspects that I hope to be able to help you understand better, so you in turn can write better and from a more understanding place to drive your story and the underlying emotions of the characters.

The lessons are based upon blog posts I have written over the years, which will be the focus point of each lesson. My intention is to have a very open and fluid workshop with plenty of discussion, questions, and answers on the individual topics/lessons. As the workshop progresses, additional lessons may be added based on the discussions and the desire of the class to look further at a specific topic. Lessons planned are (subject to change):

  • Lesson 1: The Perception OF BDSM – How To Conduct a BDSM Relationship
  • Lesson 2: Submission vs Obedience
  • Lesson 3: Submissive Realizations – Coming To Terms
  • Lesson 4: Submissive Emotions and The Dominant
  • Lesson 5: Dominants Have Fears Too
  • Lesson 6: Anticipation Is Such A Good Tool
  • Lesson 7: Suffering and Pain In BDSM (Sadist and Masochist) – It’s Not Just About The Pain
  • Lesson 8: BDSM Mental and Emotional Benefits
  • Lesson 9: When Done You’re Not Done – Aftercare

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: A Male Dominant that has been involved in the BDSM lifestyle for almost 10 years, he goes by the name “Dauntless Vitality”, or “DV” for short. Like many others, he found his true self and how he fit into this type of lifestyle and relationships on accident, but once he did, it was like a light bulb was turned on. His experiences over the years are what led him to discover and develop what works for him as a Dominant, and the type of Dominant he is. You can find DV online at his blog, A Dauntless Journey, and his Tumblr photo blogs, DV’s Arousal and Elegantly Dangerous Curves.

HOW TO REGISTER:

1. SIGN UP VIA THIS LINK

2. Submit your payment:

– To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: D/s2015. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

– To pay via check, please make checks payable to Passionate Ink and include WORKSHOP: D/s2015 in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

Mail checks to:

Passionate Ink
PO Box 1125
Lewiston ID 83501

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***

 

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Organic Structure for Erotic Romance
By Jodi Henley

August 5th – 12th, 2015

TRACK: Craft

LENGTH: 1 week intensive (six lessons)

$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Can’t write tight without a plot?

Can’t cut loose, because you’ve just committed the “p” word? Wish you could just pull your story out of the air and keep writing? Use the magic of your characters and their pertinent backstory to create tight stories and naturally strong erotic arcs organically. Join developmental editor, Jodi Henley, and harness the knowledge you already have to write the story you really want.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jodi Henley is a developmental editor based in the Greater Seattle area. A long-time workshop presenter and blogger, Jodi is highly sought after for her plain-English approach to problem solving and intensive, one-on-one feedback style. Jodi specializes in character-driven fiction, narrative non-fiction, and continuing arcs. She enjoys talking about craft and considers herself lucky to have a receptive audience.

HOW TO REGISTER:

1. SIGN UP VIA THIS LINK

2. Submit your payment:

– To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: ORGANIC2015. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

– To pay via check, please make checks payable to Passionate Ink and include WORKSHOP: ORGANIC2015 in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

Mail checks to:

Passionate Ink
PO Box 1125
Lewiston ID 83501

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***

 

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Engage Your Reader with Attention-Grabbing Prose
By MM Pollard

September 7th – 21st, 2015

TRACK: Craft

LENGTH: 2 weeks

$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Your story lives or dies on the sentences you write to tell it.

Do your sentences give your story life and breath or do they strangle the life out of your story with boring, same-old, same-old sentence structure? Variety is the spice of life — for your story. In this workshop, MM Pollard will cover basic sentence structure and give you concrete ways to vary that structure to engage your reader’s interest. She will share what a writer needs to know to write spectacular sentences that make the reader want to continue reading.

You’ll have plenty of chances to practice the many ways to vary sentence structure; in other words, you’ll have homework. MM will give you feedback on every homework assignment you post. Because she was an English teacher for fifteen years, she’ll even tell you how to punctuate your new sentences.

Reward for doing your homework: MM’s personal feedback on every assignment.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: As an English teacher for fifteen years and, currently, as copy editor for Black Velvet Seductions, MM Pollard has worked with many writers to correct ungrammatical grammar, misused usage, problematic punctuation, and poor writing, in general.

MM has also helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops. Yes, the basics of English composition can be fun! She has presented workshops on many Romance Writers of America chapters. She is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.

MM’s Fundamentals of English blog for mostly English-related information and her full schedule of workshops!

HOW TO REGISTER:

1. SIGN UP VIA THIS LINK

2. Submit your payment:

– To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: ENGAGE2015. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

– To pay via check, please make checks payable to Passionate Ink and include WORKSHOP: ENGAGE2015 in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

Mail checks to:

Passionate Ink
PO Box 1125
Lewiston ID 83501

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***

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Prep for NaNoWriMo the Bare Bones Way
By Catherine Chant

October 8th – 22nd, 2015

TRACK: Craft

LENGTH: 2 weeks

$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Are you a plotter? A panster? A little of both? Have no idea yet?

No matter what your writing style, the bare bones method of prepping for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) can help you do just enough prep work for your novel-writing adventure that you enter the challenge with a strong plan, but not so much pre-planning that it stifles your creativity or kills your enthusiasm for the project.

The bare bones method focuses on giving you a strong foundation on which to build your story, and also gives you a direction to head in once November 1 comes long. No more fearing that blank page. Now you’ll have a plan of attack!

This two-week workshop covers the following lesson topics:

– Overview of the NaNoWriMo Challenge

– Growing Your Story Idea

– Getting to Know Your Main Character

– Starting in the Right Place

– Story High Points and Low Points

– Scene Brainstorming from Your Character’s Point of View

Each lesson includes one or more exercises to reinforce the concepts discussed in the lesson, and individual feedback from the instructor is always provided.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. Her Soul Mates series (young adult time travel romance) is available at Amazon.com. She is also the author of two Vampire Diaries novellas for Kindle Worlds.

Catherine worked for 15 years as a computing & communication consultant at Boston College before becoming a full-time writer. She has been teaching online workshops since 2006 and currently offers eight different classes throughout the year. During her writing career, Catherine has been a plotter, a pantser and everything in between until finally developing the bare bones pre-planning method that she now uses for every new writing project.

Catherine is currently working the next book in her Soul Mates series and a young adult mystery. You can visit her online at http://www.catherinechant.com.

HOW TO REGISTER:

1. SIGN UP VIA THIS LINK

2. Submit your payment:

– To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: NANOPREP2015. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

– To pay via check, please make checks payable to Passionate Ink and include WORKSHOP: NANOPREP2015 in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

Mail checks to:

Passionate Ink
PO Box 1125
Lewiston ID 83501

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***

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Workshop Calendar

All Passionate Ink workshops will be held on our forum. Access to the workshop forum will end two weeks after the workshop concludes, so be sure and download all related materials before that time.

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If there’s a workshop you would like to see Passionate Ink sponsor or if you would like to submit a workshop proposal, please contact Kristi Hancock, Workshop Chair, at Workshops[at]PassionateInk[dot]org.