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 September 30th, 2015, the end of our workshop year.

2015 Workshops

Engage Your Reader with Attention-Grabbing Prose
By MM Pollard
September 7th – 21st, 2015

>>Sep 30: 2014-2015 Member Workshop Credit Deadline

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

2016 Workshops

Stop Wishing: Strategic Planning for Writers
By Maggie Worth
January 12th – February 29th, 2016

Workshop Details


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.

Click here to register.

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


Stop Wishing: Strategic Planning for Writers
By Maggie Worth
January 12th – February 29th, 2016
TRACK: Career
LENGTH: 7 weeks
$30 for Passionate Ink Members (25% OFF)
$36 for RWA Members (10% OFF)
$40 for Non-Members

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

As Barbara Freethy said in her Keynote Speech at RWA2015, every writer should have a strategic plan.

Everyone needs a strategic plan. And, but everyone, I mean corporations, small business owners, creatives, and individuals from high-schoolers on up. If you don’t have a plan, what you have is a wish. And wishes rarely get you where you want to go. While several books and blogs have been written on thi topic, most focus strictly on the actual documentation of the plan rather than on the thought process behind it. As writers, we know the folly of that! In fiction, so doing results in two-dimensional characters, flat story arcs, and loose ends all over the place. In planning, it often results in a beautiful concept that you either can’t or aren’t motivated to put into practice. What’s the point in that?

In this 7-week intensive class, you’ll learn how to craft a plan that really works from a master strategist with 20 years of professional experience. Similar workshops for small business owners will run you anywhere from $199 to more than a thousand dollars, so the Passionate Ink offering is a great deal. Plus, this isn’t just a generic workshop. Since our trainer is a multi-published erotic fiction writer herself, she understands the goals and conflicts writers — particularly romance writers and, even more particularly, erotic writers — tend to have in common. And she knows how to ask questions that will help you think about what you truly want to do and where you want to go while still considering career path options and what’s happening in the industry today. Further, the class doesn’t stop at the end of your written plan. We’ll also discuss how to put your plan into action and learn how to assess your plan regularly. We’ll wrap by talking briefly about how to integrate promotion and production plans into your overarching strategic plan. The goal is for you to end February with a sense of direction, some concrete goals, and both a plan and a passion for making your wishes reality.

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 Linked In as Maggie Worth or Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as MaggieSheWrote.

Click here to register.

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.***


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.


 



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.

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