RWA San Diego will be offering the following online classes in 2016. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are conducted on Yahoo Groups. Questions? Please email


May 2 - 29, 2016 - Tips and Techniques for More Effective Proofreading - Ally Broadfield


Cost: $20 (RWA-SD members) / $25 (Non-RWA-SD members)


Editing is one of the most difficult tasks a writer faces and even seasoned authors often have difficultly detecting errors in their own work. When writers proofread their own work, it’s not unusual for them to overlook errors because their mind knows how the text should read and automatically corrects it. Whether you’re polishing your manuscript for a contest, preparing to submit to an agent or editor, or planning to self-publish, knowing how to effectively proofread your work is an essential skill. This is not a grammar class, but rather focuses on what you need to know to identify errors with capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, verb tense, dialogue, homonyms, and plural and possessive forms. At the end of class, you will have a customized proofreading checklist. A list of grammar resources will also be provided.

May 9 - June 5, 2016 - Time Management for Authors - Stacy Juba


Cost: $20 (RWA-SD members) / $25 (Non-RWA-SD members)


Do you wish there was more than 24 hours in the day? If it seems like there is never enough time to write, promote your published books, and/or prepare submissions to editors and agents and learn the ropes of the business side of writing, then this workshop is for you. Over the course of the month, participating writers will take important steps to advance their careers while also reducing the stress in their lives. Author and editor Stacy Juba experienced the longest writer’s block of her life after her kindergartener received the overwhelming diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. She went on a mission to resurrect her creativity and find the time and energy to manage both diabetes and her writing career. Thanks to her new strategies, Stacy created a successful editing business and launched an exciting new chick lit series, and considers herself more productive than ever. Whether you’re struggling to overcome writer’s block, beef up your book promotion, or launch your writing career, this class will arm you with the skills and the inspiration to reach the next level.

June 1 - 28, 2016 - Editing for Indies - MM Pollard


Cost: $20 (RWA-SD members) / $25 (Non-RWA-SD members)


Every author wants readers to enjoy a tale with no distracting errors -- no grammar glitches, no punctuation problems, no confusing sentence or story structure. Indie publishing offers the advantage of telling your story your way, without an editor demanding changes, but it also involves the risk of embarrassing mistakes that yank readers out of your fictional world. Learn the language skills used by copy editors to make sure your manuscript is perfectly polished BEFORE it goes to publication

June 13 - 26, 2016 - How to Turn Your Author Blog into a Powerful Marketing Tool - Stacy Juba


August 1 - 28, 2016 - Military 101 - Merien Grey


Cost: $20 (RWA-SD members) / $25 (Non-RWA-SD members)


One of the many new markets for contemporary romance is military romance. The military is like a small country. It has its own culture, customs and laws. This workshop touches on branch structure, culture in and out of uniform, the lexicon and slang, tradition and various other details of what it is really like. It will also touch on common myths and misnomers. We will cover why female and male soldiers who work together can be prosecuted if they get involved, as can adulterers and why there is really no such thing as off duty. We will talk about special operations and why females being allowed to enter those fields has generated strong kickback within the services. (Hint: It has little to do with women being able to do the job.)

August 8 - 21, 2016 - The Building Blocks of Writer's Block...and How to Knock Them Down - Chris Mandeville


Cost: $15 (RWA-SD members) / $20 (Non-RWA-SD members)


Whether you believe in writer’s block or not, all writers get stuck, stumped, or stalled at some point in their careers. This workshop presents tried and tested techniques for preventing writer's block and for overcoming writer's block, complete with real-world examples.  Attendees will leave the workshop armed with tools to help them prepare their lives to prevent getting stuck, as well as help them get unstuck should they find themselves blocked.

September 1 - 28, 2016 - What Reading Top-Selling Authors Can Teach You About Writing - Rebecca Hunter


Cost: $20 (RWA-SD members) / $25 (Non-RWA-SD members)


This is the course that was never offered in your English department! We will look at bestselling romance from a critical perspective and learn what these authors are doing right—and how we can do these things in our own books.

September 12 - 25, 2016 - Contraception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth in History - Georgie Lee


Cost: $15 (RWA-SD members) / $20 (Non-RWA-SD members)


During this two week class, participants will be taken through the ins and outs of the history of contraception, pregnancy and childbirth from medieval times up through the Victorian era, from a writer’s perspective. Lectures will cover the training and techniques of midwives and doctors, as well as the medicines, pain relief, complications and mortality rates surrounding childbirth. Period nomenclature, tools and other details necessary for writers looking to craft realistic scenes will be discussed, as well as methods of contraception available and how information about it was disseminated. Firsthand accounts from medical practitioners and their patients will help provide a full picture of pregnancy and childbirth in the time before antibiotics, epidurals and germ theory.

October 3 - 30, 2016 - Writing Erotic Romance and Erotica - Susan Palmquist


Cost: $20 (RWA-SD members) / $25 (Non-RWA-SD members)


Ever thought about stepping up the heat in your romance novel? Considered writing a sexy story that has your readers becoming hot under the collar as they take in each word? Or maybe you’ve even wondered what it would be like to pen erotica. In this workshop, you’ll learn what exactly defines an erotic romance and erotica. Learn what separates a good one from a not so hot one. The taboos and where to draw the line. What erotica is and is not. Different kinds of erotic romances, and finally, markets for your story.

November 1 - 30, 2016 - Scrivener for Writers - Patrick Haggerty


Cost: $20 (RWA-SD members) / $25 (Non-RWA-SD members)


Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. It allows you to write your story the way you want and helps you integrate your research, planning, writing, etc. all into one tool. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your publisher.