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My Upcoming Workshops For OIRWA Cover Writing Emotion And Love Scenes

Everything, Writing, Writing Workshop March 21, 2016

It’s shaping up to be a very busy spring and summer. I’m teaching a great lineup of classes for for the Outreach International Romance Writing Chapter of RWA (OIRWA). The spring/summer schedule will kick off with Infusing The Romance With Emotional And Sexual Tension in May. Developing A Vocabulary For Writing Love Scenes will follow in June. In July we’ll turn toward writing emotion with Intensifying Emotion. Then in August we’ll delve deep into the world of creating emotional experiences with Developing A Vocabulary For Writing Emotion.

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Registration For September 2016 Yellow Highlighter Class Now Open

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class February 29, 2016

What Yellow Highlighter Classes offer you will depend greatly on what kind of writer you are and what your writing strengths and weaknesses are. For some people they are a chance to have material professionally content edited throughout, during, or after the creation process. For others they are a chance to have a professional content editor provide feedback on challenging sections of a story. For others they are a chance to have help weaving in the layers of detail, emotion, and motivation that move NaNo projects from rough, quickly written works to full fledged ready for a publisher work. For some they are an in depth, hands on, writing class where they practice hands on the things they’ve learned in other classes. For others the classes provide a bit of accountability in that the weekly markups motivate them to keep writing and revising and moving forward with a work in progress.

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August Yellow Highlighter Registration Now Open

Everything, Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class January 31, 2016

Yellow Highlighter Classes are different things to different people. For some people they are a chance to have material professionally content edited throughout, during, or after the creation process. For some they are like an in depth, hands on, writing class where they practice hands on the things they’ve learned in other classes. For others Yellow Highlighter Classes are like having an editor hold their hand during the writing process. For some the classes are motivational in that the weekly markups motivate them to keep writing and revising and moving forward with a work in progress.

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June Yellow Highlighter Registration Now Open!

Everything, Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class December 6, 2015

students have told me that the classes are like writing with an editor holding their hand…that it helps to alleviate the feeling of aloneness that can sometimes creep into the writing process. Some find that it makes them feel more confident as there is someone to help them tackle the manuscript’s problem points. Others find that posting excerpts each day provides motivation and structure and that they get more done when they are in class than they do in the periods when we are on a break. Some find the classes helpful in moving a manuscript from NaNo rough to publisher ready.

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May Yellow Highlighter Registration Now Open!

Everything, Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class November 4, 2015

In Yellow Highlighter Classes I go over the excerpts students post in the same manner that I go over material that I edit for publishers. I look for ways to make the work stronger. I look for areas where we can make the dialogue stronger, where we can intensify the chemistry, sexual tension and emotional tension between the characters. I look at issues related to point of view and depth of point of view making sure that the point of view is adequately deep in the important turning point scenes. I look for plot missteps, weak middles, endings that for one reason or another don’t deliver everything they could. In short, I look for all the structural things that could cause a publisher to decline a project.

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I’ve Issued A Few More Seats For March 2016 Yellow Highlighter Class

Everything, Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class October 3, 2015

In Yellow Highlighter Classes I go over the excerpts students post in the same manner that I go over material that I edit for publishers. I look for ways to make the work stronger. I look for areas where we can make the dialogue stronger, where we can intensify the chemistry, sexual tension and emotional tension between the characters. I look at issues related to point of view and depth of point of view making sure that the point of view is adequately deep in the important turning point scenes. I look for plot missteps, weak middles, endings that for one reason or another don’t deliver everything they could. In short, I look for all the structural things that could cause a publisher to decline a project.

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Register For Free Workshop – The Importance Of The Silent Beat In Dialogue

Everything, Writing, Writing Workshop October 3, 2015

In the Yellow Highlighter Classes that I teach one of the most common suggestions I write in dialogue section is, “You need a break here.” Or, “You need a beat of silence here.” In this free class we’ll go deep into this one facet of dialogue and look at why, when, and where you need these beats of silence and how you can begin to intuit for yourself where they need to be.

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wooden sign says motivation - represents character motivation
picture of woman taking photograph represents deep point of view