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.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshop to Develop New Online Courses
By Peter Andrews
April 3-14, 2017

Redefining Kink: A Workshop on Lifestyle Concepts and Marketing/Branding for Authors
By Sascha Illyvich
May 8 to June 2, 2017

The Chunky Method
By Allie Pleiter
June 5-30, 2017

Understanding BDSM
By Sascha Illyvich
October 16-27

Workshop Details


 



Workshop to Develop New Online Courses

PRESENTER: Peter Andrews
April 3-14, 2017 Please note this is a Monday start date.
LENGTH: Two Weeks (six lessons)
$20.00 for Non-Members
$18.00 for RWA Members (10% OFF)
$15.00 for Passionate Ink Members (25% OFF)
Register at https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=612

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Would you like to share your hard-won knowledge of writing? There’s a hunger for good courses on craft, genres, promotion, selling, self-publishing, and specifics on key roles (such as detectives for mysteries) and eras (such as the Regency Period). Whatever can give writers guidance or build their capabilities is in demand, but the information needs to be organized in a way that engages and inspires real learning. This course is designed to help you transform the experiences, tips, and advice you have in your head into an online course you can make available through a host (like our chapter) or on your own.
By the end of the workshop, you should have:

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog (http://howtowritefast.bogspot.com/). He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and past president of its Young Adult Chapter.
Passionate Ink members should visit the PI Workshops forum for their discount code.
To join Passionate Ink click here.

Register at https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=612

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



Redefining Kink: A Workshop on Lifestyle Concepts and Marketing/Branding for Authors

PRESENTER: Sascha Illyvich
May 8 to June 2, 2017
LENGTH: Four Weeks
FREE for Passionate Ink Members
This is a Members-Only Workshop.
RWA members can join Passionate Ink here: http://www.passionateink.org/join
This workshop is for Passionate Ink members only. Members, check the forums for your registration key. Then register with the link below.
Register: https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=613

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

The focus of this workshop is on the Kinkier side of sex, with a heavy understanding of the mindset and how to write it. In addition to grasping basic concepts for the why, we will cover in more depth, how to market and differentiate ourselves from the pack.
It takes more than one spanking in a book to make it kinky and many authors fail to understand the niche market they are involving themselves in, and the potential for different forms of marketing that range from the light spanking or nonstandard sex, all the way to darker things.
On the note of dark things, plot is a heavy consideration when crafting stories and spinning something that shakes up the traditional tropes of romance is sometimes difficult, but doable without turning off readers. We’ll explore what makes a story truly dark, and how to capitalize on that to bring in more readers.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Sascha, who was proclaimed by the publishing industry as The Gentleman Playboy of Romance, started writing seventeen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker, and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing. He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts.

Sascha writes for City Lights Publishing, Red Sage, Secret Cravings Publishing, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound, and Decadent Publishing.

Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com

FREE for Passionate Ink Members
This is a Members-Only Workshop.
RWA members can join Passionate Ink here: http://www.passionateink.org/join
This workshop is for Passionate Ink members only. Members, check to forums for your registration key. Then register with the link below.
Register: https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=613

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



The Chunky Method

PRESENTER: Allie Pleiter
June 5-30, 2017
LENGTH: Four Weeks
$25.00 for Non-Members
$22.50 for RWA Members (10% OFF)
$18.75 for Passionate Ink Members (25% OFF)
Register at https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=614

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Do you feel like you can never find the time to write? Have you been chipping away at the same manuscript forever without much progress? Do you need a system that can get you to typing “The End” with success and satisfaction? Wrangling a fickle muse to meet a deadline—or just to get rid of that looming blank page—is a life-skill for everyone who wants to get serious about their writing. Multi-published author Allie Pleiter shares the nuts and bolts of how to manage your muse, set goals and deadlines, and tackle the process of professional creativity using her popular Chunky Method. With a useful mix of the practical, the inspirational, and the nitty-gritty real life of it all, Allie Pleiter gives aspiring or working writers the tools they need to make the magic happen. Includes:

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
An avid knitter, BBC Television geek and French macaroon enthusiast, Allie Pleiter writes as many as four books at a time. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy author of over two dozen books, Allie spends her days writing, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced a fourteen-year career with over 1.4 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie regularly speaks on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—time management for writers.

Passionate Ink members should visit the PI Workshops forum for their discount code.
To join Passionate Ink click here.

Register at https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=614

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



Understanding BDSM

PRESENTER: Sascha Illyvich
October 16-27, 2017
LENGTH: Two Weeks
$20.00 for Non-Members
$18.00 for RWA Members (10% OFF)
$15.00 for Passionate Ink Members (25% OFF)
Register at https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=722

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
This workshop is for authors in the romance genre who dabble BDSM in any form, or those who would like to add it to their work, be it writing spanking stories, light bondage, or like myself, heavier darker things. What authors often fail to recognize about Kink and BDSM is that the term BDSM is a BLANKET TERM encompassing many different things that, if utilized properly and marketed appropriately, can expand an author’s audience. If you’ve ever role-played, held your lover down, worn a corset, used food during sex, guess what? You’re KINKY!

Many folks think that once a book is written the author’s job is done. Not so. As any seasoned author knows, once we finish writing, we have edits, cover art choices, more edits, and of course the hype. Marketing, promotions. PR Hell as it is known in some circles. That’s the toughest part of any author’s job IMO and will make or break any author dumb enough to rely solely on the publisher. Our job as authors is a business and needs to be treated like such, even if we DO get to have a little more fun than any corporate schmo.

So, in order of author responsibilities after we’ve written the novel of course:

  1. Establish the Brand (I’m Sascha Illyvich, paranormal erotica/BDSM romance author)
  2. Maintain the Brand (Primarily through PR, I write about wolves, fae, vampires, but you’ll never see me write a western!)
  3. Grow the Brand (I write paranormal romances, which puts me in with the anime crowd who likes dark fantasy, the BDSM crowd because my characters engage in mental dominance AND the romance crowd because my stories have a HEA!)

This workshop will focus on Understanding BDSM so you can GROW THE BRAND. What authors often fail to realize is that when they include different elements like spanking or light bondage, they are automatically expanding their audience to beyond their normal audience. With a little (marketing) effort, they could target those who like their romances on the kinkier side, thus getting a bigger market share.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Sascha, who was proclaimed by the publishing industry as The Gentleman Playboy of Romance, started writing seventeen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker, and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing. He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts.

Sascha writes for City Lights Publishing, Red Sage, Secret Cravings Publishing, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound, and Decadent Publishing.

Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com




Passionate Ink workshops are 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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