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We have some amazing classes rolling in this month and here’s a peek at what we have to offer! Remember, if you are a member of RWASD, you get a discount on all online classes.
MEDICINE FROM 1840 TO 1900: REVOLUTIONARY NEW WAYS TO HEAL OR KILL YOUR CHARACTERS
Dates: April 3-28th, 2017
In the mid 19th century, radical developments in science and technology helped to revolutionize the treatment and understanding of illness and disease. After centuries of medicine remaining almost unchanged since ancient times, the introduction of anesthetics, germ theory, more scientific methods, and better training and equipment forever changed people’s approach to illness and disease.
In this workshop, participants will be taken through the ins and outs of medicine from 1840 until 1900, the Victorian era, from a writer’s perspective. Topics will include the training and techniques of doctors and surgeons, as well as the medicines and pain relief available, hospitals, infection, treatments, and common diseases. Period nomenclature, tools and other details necessary for writers looking to craft realistic scenes will also be highlighted. Firsthand accounts from medical practitioners and their patients will help provide a full picture of medicine after the introduction of germ theory, anesthetics, and antiseptic practices.
Instructor: Georgie Lee
Award winning author Georgie Lee was born and raised in San Diego where she also attended college, majoring in television and film production. She began her professional writing career at a local cable TV station writing marketing videos, promotional spots and public service announcements, some of which still haunt the airwaves. Blinded by the dazzling lights of Hollywood, she headed north to Los Angeles where she earned her MA in Screenwriting, met her husband, and settled into a career in the interesting but strange world of the entertainment industry. A lifelong history buff, Georgie hasn’t given up hope that she will one day inherit a title and a manor house. Until then, she fulfills her dreams of lords, ladies and a season in London through her stories. She writes Regency set historical romance for Harlequin Historical. When not writing, she can be found reading non-fiction history or watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit www.georgie-lee.com to learn more about Georgie and her books.
RAIDING THE POET’S TOOLBOX TO ENRICH YOUR WRITING
Dates: April 3-28, 2017
This workshop is for writers of poetry or prose who want to sharpen their descriptive skills and make their work sing. In eight lessons over the course of a month, MM Pollard will define selected figures of speech — metaphor, simile, allusion, personification — and sound devices — alliteration, assonance, consonance, and onomatopoeia. She will give examples of each in poetry and in prose.
Each lesson comes with homework. You will practice creating an example of the topic of the day in a poem or in a paragraph, your choice. MM encourages you to complete and submit to her by the day it is due. MM will offer feedback on every assignment that is posted. Think of homework as opportunities for mini-edits by an editor.
Instructor: MM Pollard, Editor, Black Velvet Seductions
MM Pollard puts her teaching skills as English teacher extraordinaire and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Savvy Authors, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.
WRITING THE ROMANTIC NOVELLA
Date: April 10 – 21st, 2017
In this workshop you will learn what a novella is, how it’s more than word count that separates it from a novel, and how to successfully craft one of your own.
Lesson topics include: Scope and Pacing, Character Development, Conflict, Plot and Format. At the end of the workshop, you will have a brief outline of a novella you can start working on this year, a list of prospective publishers to submit your work to, and some tips for self-publishing your novella at Amazon, if you prefer to go the indie route.
The workshop includes exercises with every lesson designed to strengthen the concepts discussed.
Instructor: Catherine Chant
Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at her alma mater Boston College before becoming a full-time writer. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year and provides instructional articles on computing, gaming and crafts to different websites. Catherine is currently working on a new young adult suspense novel, and the next book in her Soul Mates series.