Workshops

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Ready, Set, Write:
How to Prepare for a Successful Writing Intensive
By Maria Connor

March 5th – April 2nd, 2015

 

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

April 16th – 30th, 2015

 

Mirror, Mirror: Applying G-M-C to Y-O-U
By Maggie Montgomery

May 7th – 28th, 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

 

Workshop Details

Ready, Set, Write:
How to Prepare for a Successful Writing Intensive
By Maria Connor

March 5th – April 2nd, 2015

TRACK: Writer’s Life

LENGTH: 4 weeks

$15 for Members

$20 for Non-Members

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Need to start or finish a project or just refocus on your writing? No time for a retreat?

An at-home writing intensive might be just the solution. Participants will learn how to prepare for and execute a successful at-home writing intensive leading to renewed focus and enthusiasm for their current project, increased productivity, and a greater understanding of habits and strategies for ongoing success in their writing endeavors. Lessons include identifying your optimal location, creating your support team, realistic goal-setting, and techniques for maintaining physical and mental focus. This course will include planning worksheets and other helpful documentation.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Maria Connor is a published author and full-time author assistant. Her articles on writing have been published in chapter newsletters and the Romance Writers Report. She presented at RWA14 in San Antonio and has several upcoming online workshops scheduled.

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: WRITE2015. 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: WRITE2015 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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Writing Naughty New Adult (18-21)
By Avery Aster
April 16th – 30th, 2015

TRACK: Craft

LENGTH: 2 weeks

$15 for Members

$20 for Non-Members

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

It’s like Gossip Girl only…you don’t cut to a commercial when the characters have sex.

Looking to write erotic romance featuring a younger cast of characters? Is your heroine a virgin, learning about her body (and his) for the first time? Does your hero question his sexual orientation and isn’t sure if he likes girls or boys? Join New York Times bestselling author of THE UNDERGRAD YEARS, Avery Aster and learn how to cover the taboo topics in a fun and refreshing way.

You’ll learn:

Discover unique ways to write New Adult stories for the more mature reader who typically doesn’t enjoy reading books featuring younger characters.

Develop your craft on writing erotic fantasies from the seventeen year old heroine’s point of view without violating any Young Adult genre rules.

Hone in on your narrative voice, including age appropriate slang and jargon.

Amp the conflict with bisexual and ménage subplots.

When to end your story with Happy For Now or Happily Ever After.

The importance of having beta-readers who are the same age of your characters, 18-21.

Your Prize:

Every student attending the workshop will receive an ebook of LOVE, LEX (The Undergrad Years #1).

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: New York Times bestselling author Avery Aster is a New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. She writes THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary erotic romance series of full length, stand alone novels, and it’s juicy prequel, companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS. She blogs at www.AveryAster.com, and you can find her on GoodreadsFacebookTwitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr. For swag, free books, and contests, sign up for Avery’s newsletter.

Note: the author teaching this class has donated their earnings to Brenda Novak for the Cure of Diabetes. Here’s to making a difference!

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: NA2015. 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: NA2015 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: Applying G-M-C to Y-O-U
By Maggie Montgomery

May 7th – 28th, 2015

TRACK: Writer’s Life

LENGTH: 3 weeks

$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

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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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 IPS forums. 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.