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Jan
2
Tue
ONLINE: How to Create a Workshop
Jan 2 – Jan 26 all-day

 

Have you ever wanted to teach an online class or present a workshop? This is the class for you!

How to Create a Workshop – Learn to use workshops – live and online – to promote your skills and services, as well as for fun and profit. Whether teaching a single seminar or conducting a series of workshops, this class will show you the secrets to keeping your audience interested, motivated, and coming back for more.

Sign up now! If you agree to hold your own online class for the Las Vegas Romance Writers sometime in the next 18 months, you can take this class for free! Just send us an email at contact@lvrwa.org and we’ll get you signed up. For everyone else, the cost is $20 for LVRW members and $25 for nonmembers.


I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a writer but did a lot of other things instead. After practicing law for ten years, I finally started writing fiction. That was in 1997, and I’ve come a long way since then, have published
dozens of short stories and over one hundred articles. My first novel, Cruising for Love, won RWA’s Golden Heart and was released in by Avalon.

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Jan
20
Sat
The Plot Thickens with Melissa Cutler
Jan 20 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

The Plot Thickens with Melissa Cutler

 

Are you new to writing and the idea of plotting a book feels like a daunting task? Or perhaps you’re a veteran writer with the growing sense that you’ve already used every possible plot point under the sun in your previous books and you need a fresh shot of inspiration. Most of us have a natural instinct about how to craft a story’s plot—after all, we’ve been reading, hearing, and watching stories our whole lives. But what might seem at first like second-nature can come to a screeching halt—or a lackluster fizzle—partway through writing your own fictional story. In this plotting masterclass, participants will learn practical tools for plotting stories that they can put into action immediately to banish their story’s saggy middle and create a plot that sizzles all the way to THE END.

This Workshop Will Cover:

  • Central Conflict
  • Character Arcs
  • Incorporating Secondary Characters and Plots
  • Strategies for Making Fresh and Dynamic Plotting Choices
  • How to Incorporate Backstory Without Boring Your Readers
  • Plotting Tips for Pantsers
  • Building Your Own Plotting Dream Team

Melissa Cutler is a former high school English teacher turned published author with St. Martin’s Press, Berkley, Kensington Books, and Harlequin. After many years of honing her romance writing skills and racking up more than 150 rejections from agents and editors, she sold four books in five days to two separate New York publishers and landed her dream agent. In the five years since, she’s gone on to sell seventeen books and she’s just getting warmed up. Her latest release is ONE WILD NIGHT in her popular ONE AND ONLY TEXAS Series from St. Martin’s Press. You can learn more about Melissa and her books at www.melissacutler.net.

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Feb
2
Fri
ONLINE: Fallen Heroes–The Sixteen Villain Archetypes
Feb 2 – Mar 2 all-day

 

A villain is the hero of his own story – and is every bit as important as the heroic characters. This workshop identifies and examines the motivations of the 16 literary villain archetypes, and shows what happens when heroes and heroines turn to the dark side.

Join Tami Cowden, author of Heroes and Heroines–Sixteen Master Archetypes, for this four-week online class. The course costs $20 for LVRW members and $25 for nonmembers.


Tami Cowden:

I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a writer but did a lot of other things instead. After practicing law for ten years, I finally started writing fiction. That was in 1997, and I’ve come a long way since then, have published dozens of short stories and over one hundred articles. My first novel, Cruising for Love, won RWA’s Golden Heart and was released by Avalon.

Feb
16
Fri
Writers Retreat @ The Resort at Mt. Charleston
Feb 16 – Feb 18 all-day

REGISTER NOW! Space is limited!

 

REGISTER NOW! This retreat is limited to 30 participants and spots are filling up quickly.

Once you pay via the Paypal link below, you will be directed to a form that you must fill out and submit. If you have any questions, please contact us at contact@lvrwa.org.


Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive information about how to book your room at the Mt. Charleston Resort.

We can’t wait to see you in February!

 

 

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Mar
5
Mon
ONLINE: The Hero Revealed–The Eight Hero Archetypes
Mar 5 – Mar 30 all-day

 

Create characters that reach out and grab your reader – characters that have built-in connections to audiences. The eight male literary archetypes, found in fiction since humans first began telling stories, will help you develop characters that resonate with your readers’ soul.

Join Tami Cowden, the co-author of Heroes and Heroines–Sixteen Master Archetypes, for this 4-week online class. The cost is $20 for LVRW members and $25 for nonmembers.


Tami Cowden:

I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a writer but did a lot of other things instead. After practicing law for ten years, I finally started writing fiction. That was in 1997, and I’ve come a long way since then, have published
dozens of short stories and over one hundred articles. My first novel, Cruising for Love, won RWA’s Golden Heart and was released by Avalon.

Mar
17
Sat
Annual Spring Tea Party @ Together Forever Receptions
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Spring Tea is our annual event where readers and authors come together to celebrate romance novels. We’ll have many tables, all hosted by a different author, as well as a main speaker. This year, we are very excited to have Joan Johnston, author of more than 50 USA Today and NYT bestselling novels, as our keynote speaker.

So come and bring your friends for a fun-filled afternoon! Dress in your favorite St. Patrick’s Day finery, or dress up for formal tea, and join us for tea with all the trimmings, prizes, and many opportunities to meet your favorite authors.


Joan Johnston is the top ten New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of 58 novels and novellas with more than 15 million copies of her books in print. Her adventures traveling the world as an Air Force brat–encountering a cobra on the back porch and letting a baby octopus crawl on her hand in the Philippines, getting her teeth straightened by a Danish dentist in Casablanca, watching a camel get slaughtered at the souk in Marrakech, and learning to ride on an Arabian stallion in Morocco—made her curious about the world and gave her a love of travel. That rich upbringing–as one of seven kids–gave her the material to become the writer she is today.

Joan earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, an M.A. in Theater from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Joan has an eclectic background and has worked as a director of theatre, drama critic, newspaper editor, college professor (at Barry University and the University of Miami), and attorney (with Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Miami, Florida) on her way to becoming a full-time writer. She has also raised two really great (fairly normal) kids.

Joan currently has a three-book contract with Penguin Random House (Dell) to write both contemporary and historical romance.

You can find out more about Joan at www.joanjohnston.com, find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joanjohnstonauthor, or tweet her @joanjohnston.

Apr
2
Mon
ONLINE: The Heroine Revealed–The Eight Heroine Archetypes
Apr 2 – Apr 27 all-day

 

Create characters that reach out and grab your reader – characters that have built-in connections to audiences. The eight female literary archetypes, found in fiction since humans first began telling stories, will help you develop characters that resonate with your readers’ soul.

Join Tami Cowden, co-author of Heroes & Heroines–Sixteen Master Archetypes, for this 4-week course. The cost is $20 for LVRW members and $25 for nonmembers.


 

I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a writer but did a lot of other things instead. After practicing law for ten years, I finally started writing fiction. That was in 1997, and I’ve come a long way since then, have published dozens of short stories and over one hundred articles. My first novel, Cruising for Love, won RWA’s Golden Heart and was released by Avalon.

Apr
21
Sat
Write Like You Mean It with Jess Michaels @ Windmill Library
Apr 21 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Write Like You Mean It

Being a Full-Time Writer Without Writing Full Time

with Jess Michaels

 

It may have happened to you. You’re excited about a book. You want to finish it. You have the passion, but then… it just doesn’t get written. So many authors putter along writing here and there, a page or a two a week or even a month and their story just never gets written. Or maybe you’re writing more than that, but you want to take your output to a new level.

This workshop gives practical advice and tips on how to write like you mean it and increase your output. Whether you have ten minutes a day or you really are writing full-time and just can’t seem to get organized, this is the workshop for you.

Part 1: The roadblocks that stop us.
Michaels will break down the subtle ways we let others sabotage us… and the ways we sabotage ourselves. You may recognize some of your own bad habits and writing time enemies in this section. Here we’ll discuss passion, chasing the market, outside influences and more.

Part 2: Strengthen Up.
In this section, Michaels discusses frank ways to overcome those roadblocks. Everything from egg timers to taking responsibility will be covered.

Part 3: The rewards of full-time writing.
With new tools and a new outlook in place, Michaels will discuss the many benefits of increasing daily and monthly page output and leaves the audience with her own advice on writing like you mean it.

Join USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels for this informative workshop on increasing your writing output and finishing more books a year.

Jess Michaels is a USA Today bestselling author of nearly 70 books. She began writing full-time in 1999 and was first published by Avon HarperCollins in 2005. Since then she’s written for traditional publishers, small presses and has been 100% indie since January 2015. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty years. They live in Northern Arizona and travel frequently all over the world.

May
19
Sat
Going from Love to Lust with Tami Cowden
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This class is for anyone who writes anything with romantic elements.

The details of this meeting will be available soon. In the mean time, sign up for our newsletter to hear it all first.

I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a writer but did a lot of other things instead. After practicing law for ten years, I finally started writing fiction. That was in 1997, and I’ve come a long way since then, have published
dozens of short stories and over one hundred articles. My first novel, Cruising for Love, won RWA’s Golden Heart and was released in by Avalon.

Jul
2
Mon
ONLINE: Piracy for Authors–Understanding the Problem
Jul 2 – Jul 27 all-day

 

This class is for authors who want a working understanding of literary piracy.

The class covers how piracy occurs, where readers find pirate sites, how the sites work, and where the files they use come from. It covers what Digital Rights Management is exactly and in what ways it is and isn’t effective.

We will discuss the various sides of the issue and why some people feel they have every right to pirate authors work and why some authors don’t bother to worry about it.

There are various interviews and comments from best selling authors on what they do or don’t do and why. There are recommendations on what authors can do to lessen the impact of piracy and what they can do to advocate for better enforcement industry-wide. Examples of takedown notices will be given and various opinions given on how effective they are as well as why they are useless sometimes. An extensive bibliography of articles and websites concerned with literary piracy will be provided at the end of the class.

The cost of this informative 4-week class is $20 for LVRW members and $25 for nonmembers. Sign up now because the price may increase in the future.


Merien Grey spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst. She has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology. She is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. The last ten years she has been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison, webmistress, and conference committee positions. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.

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