Passionate Ink – Some Like it Hot

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


Workshops are open to all writers in all genres.
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2015 Workshops

Keeping It Hot: Social Media Strategies for Erotica Authors
By Tyra Burton and Jana Oliver
March 10th – 24th, 2016

Writing the Erotic Short Story
By Louisa Bacio
April 7th – 28th, 2016

3-2-1 Launch!
By Natasha Boyd
May 5th – 19th, 2016

Workshop Details

Keeping It Hot: Social Media Strategies for Erotica Authors
By Tyra Burton & Jana Oliver
March 10th – 24th, 2016
TRACK: Marketing
LENGTH: 2 weeks
FREE for Passionate Ink Members
This is a Members-Only Workshop.


Marketing erotica or erotic romance on social media can be a daunting task. Often you’re forced to walk a fine line between creatively engaging with your readers, violating terms of service or just being banned.

Tyra Burton, marketing professor at Kennesaw State University (Georgia), and bestselling author Jana Oliver, present a hands-on interactive workshop designed to help you target your audience and decide which social media platforms work best for your books. And… how to keep it sexy without getting into hot water.

The lessons will include:

– Introduction to Social Media
– Social Media Terms & Management Tools
– Security/Anonymity Issues & Troll Taming
– Facebook Strategies
– Twitter Techniques
– Instagram & Tumblr
– Websites & Pinterest
– Review & Wrap Up

Each lesson will also include a homework assignment designed to apply the appropriate tips and techniques to your individual situation.

Tyra Burton
A master at connecting people, Tyra leverages social media on various platforms to engage and network. She is a Senior Lecturer of marketing at Kennesaw State University, as well as the developer of the Continuing Education’s Social Media Certificate program. Combining her twenty years of higher education experience and fifteen years of utilizing social media, she creates innovative and informative workshops to help people increase engagement in social media.
Her first book, Socially Engaged: The Author’s Guide to Social Media, written with Jana Oliver, was published in October 2014. A native Georgian, she lives in Metro Atlanta with her husband and their three socially engaging fur babies. She is available for consulting, workshops and speaking engagements. Tyra can be found on the webs at and on Twitter as @TyraAnneBurton.

Jana Oliver
An international bestseller and the recipient of over a dozen major awards, including the Maggie Award of Excellence, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers Choice and the Prism Award, Jana Oliver’s vivid imagination is never at rest.
In her young adult Demon Trappers series, Riley Blackthorne, Atlanta’s first female trapper, takes on a host of Hellspawn and their diabolical masters. This award-winning series has spread across the globe, with editions in ten countries, including Russia, Taiwan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. The latest in the series, MIND GAMES, was published last Halloween.
When not wandering around the Internet, blogging about social media, or researching urban myths, Jana lives in Atlanta with her very patient husband, and a growing collection of single malt Scotch. She can be found at and on Twitter as @crazyauthorgirl.

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PI members, please visit the PI Workshops Forum for more information.

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

Writing the Erotic Short Story
By Louisa Bacio
April 7th – 28th, 2016
TRACK: Craft
LENGTH: 4 weeks
$25.00 for Non-Members
$22.50 for RWA Members (10% OFF)
$18.75 for Passionate Ink Members (25% OFF)


The market is sizzling for short erotic romance. From box sets to anthologies to standalone novellas, readers ravenously pick them up.

Beginning writers are often told to: “Write the story you want to read, not what someone else might want to see.” This class, instead, deals with catering a short story specifically to a publisher’s request for submissions. Regularly, editors and publishers list upcoming anthologies and the types of stories they’re looking to include.

The course explores current call-outs, and students will be encouraged to write specifically for one submission call and to submit the work at the end of the course. Basic crafting of a short story, such as development, characterization, plot structure & dialogue also will be covered with the main focus on erotic romance. Since most short stories fall within 2,500 to 5,000 words, we’ll also look at ways to making word choice count and address the editing process.

End Goal: Come prepared to write! Student should write at least one new story during the course and actually send it out for submission. We want to see some publication success with this course.

Many previous students have completed their stories, and have been published.


Week 1: Idea to inspiration, Getting started & plotting

Week 2: Characterization and pacing

Week 3: Realistic dialogue and thematic development

Week 4: Critique process, polishing and submissions

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of paranormal and contemporary erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms — from short stories to full-length novels. Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits, and hermit crabs. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism, and popular culture.

Click here to register. If you will be using a different name or email address from the one listed on your PayPal account, please include them in the “Instructions to Merchant”.

RWA Members should login to myRWA to receive their 10% discount. PI members, please visit the PI Workshops forum for more information.

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

3-2-1 Launch!
By Natasha Boyd
May 5th – 19th, 2016
TRACK: Marketing
LENGTH: 2 weeks
$25.00 for Non-Members
$22.50 for RWA Members (10% OFF)
$18.75 for Passionate Ink Members (25% OFF)


Coming Soon


All Passionate Ink workshops will be held in our classrooms. Access to the classroom 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 the Workshop Director at Workshops[at]PassionateInk[dot]org.

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