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How to set up a Weebly website in 4 easy lessons

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Presented by Sara Hood Course Dates: 4 February — 3 March 2019 Cost: RWA Member—$55. Non-RWA Member—$88. Venue: Facebook Booking link: www.trybooking.com/ZOIH About the course… As writers, we need to have a website. It doesn’t need to be complex, but it does need to exist. How do we do that with limited resources, both financial and time? Easy! Weebly. A simple, drag and drop online website builder and host that requires minimal technical knowledge to set up. And I do mean minimal. If you can fill your car with petrol, you can make a Weebly website. This course will show …

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Appeal to readers with emotive showing and telling

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Show don’t tell is yelled from roof tops and preached at literary alters, and yet it remains one of the most problematic maxims for fiction writers around the globe. It’s the telling part that gives us the most trouble because it is inherent in the art of storytelling. So, how can you make sense of the maxim and successfully apply it to your writing? In this article we’re going to explore the importance of avoiding key storytelling pitfalls and change the way you view showing and telling. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light …

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Three Ways Not To Start Your Story

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When it comes to writing a book, sometimes it’s easier to look at the things you shouldn’t do than those you should. Here are some common mistakes writers make that you can easily avoid: 1. It was all a dream When you start a story with a dream or a vision or something that doesn’t really happen, it makes the reader confused. What’s real? What’s not? Is the next chapter going to end this way too? When someone chooses to read your book, they’re putting their faith in you as an author. By adding those five evil words (and then …

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Show Don’t Tell is Like a Layer Cake

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Presented by Sandy Vaile Course Dates: 7 January — 3 February 2019 Cost: RWA Member—$55. Non-RWA Member—$88. Venue: Online – RWA Moodle Platform Booking link: www.trybooking.com/ZIVD About the course… We’ve all heard this old adage, but applying it often causes confusion, because it’s riddled with contradictions. Both showing and telling are valuable techniques. One creates drama and movement, and the other conveys information succinctly and poetically. Bring your story into focus by finding a balance between action and brevity that will captivate readers. Participants will: • Discover when to show, and when it’s okay to tell. • Identify and banish …

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Start Your Story Right

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Presented by Lauren Clarke Course Dates: 7 January — 3 February 2019 Cost: RWA Member—$55. Non-RWA Member—$88. Venue: Online – RWA Moodle Platform Booking link: www.trybooking.com/ZIUR About the course… “Let’s start at the very beginning …” Do you want your first chapters to leap out and grab your reader’s attention, leaving them desperate for more? Make sure your book has the strongest start possible with Start Your Story Right, an online workshop by Lauren Clarke for RWA. Except to learn: • How to create a killer hook • The best way to introduce your characters • Tips to capture reader …

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Social Engineering

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Presented by Frank M. Ahearn Course Dates: 7 January — 3 February 2019 Cost: RWA Member—$55. Non-RWA Member—$88. Venue: Online – RWA Moodle Platform Booking link: www.trybooking.com/ZITO About the course… Social Engineering teaches how characters can extract information from individuals, companies, governments and law enforcement agencies by using the fine art of pretext. Hackers, private investigators, skip tracers, collections agents, repo agents, bail bondsmen, and even stalkers use social engineering to obtain information to further their cause and case. If there is a database with information your character needs, they can extract with a white lie, some black ones too. …

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Becoming Visible – Creating Your Author ID: December OWL

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Presented by Nan Berrett Course Dates: 26 November — 23 December 2018 Cost: RWA Member—$55. Non-RWA Member—$88. Venue: Online – RWA Moodle Platform Booking link: www.trybooking.com/TWOS About the course… Authors, now more than ever before, need to work at marketing themselves. This effort can’t be left up to your publisher, and if you are self-published it’s still up to you to create some visibility about you and your books. This course will focus on why identity is important – because it’s unique to you, makes you recognisable, gives you focus and purpose and creates a platform for you to develop …

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Character Led Plotting: December OWL

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Presented by Samantha Bond Course Dates: 26 November — 23 December 2018 Cost: RWA Member—$55. Non-RWA Member—$88. Venue: Online – RWA Moodle Platform Booking link: www.trybooking.com/TVYJ About the course… Do you love writing but find that you either: •  have trouble coming up with ideas for stories, or •  start stories only to run out of steam part-way through? I had both of those issues once too. In fact, the main thing that scared the bejesus out of me when I started my first novel was knowing just what to write. I had the kernel of an idea and a …

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Write Standout Grant Applications

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‘You’ll receive feedback, no matter what.’ It was this nugget of wisdom that finally convinced me to apply for a youth writing grant worth a whopping $12,500. That was more than I—as a 21-year-old, full-time student working causal hours—earned in a year. But friends and family had been encouraging me to go for it and it seemed slightly more achievable than other grants. I’d be competing with people with only a few years, instead of decades, ahead of me. ‘I don’t need to win. I have five more years to apply, so I’ll start trying now and keep improving until …

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Sink Your Teeth Into Appetising Characters

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Presented by Sandy Vaile Course Dates: 5 November — 2 December 2018 Cost: RWA Member—$55. Non-RWA Member—$88. Venue: Online – RWA Moodle Platform (information on how to access the course will be provided prior to course commencement) Booking link: www.trybooking.com/TVXM About the course…. Being a brilliant wordsmith isn’t enough; you need a character who is interesting and flawed enough to hook a reader and make them want to stick around long enough to unravel their mysteries. If you love your imaginary friends, but aren’t sure how best to convey them, then this interactive workshop is just the inspiration you need …