Passionate Ink – Some Like it Hot

Passionate Ink is Erotic Romance Special Interest Chapter #207 of Romance Writers of America

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 October 2015, the end of our fiscal year.

2015 Workshops

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

Prep for NaNoWriMo the Bare Bones Way
By Catherine Chant
October 8th – 22nd, 2015

2014-2015 Member Workshop Credit Deadline

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

 

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.***


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.***


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.***

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.

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.