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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 …

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Self Publishing for Success

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Self publishing is a skill that every author should have in their toolbox. Although the market has changed and become a lot more crowded since those heady early days of self publishing, it’s important knowledge. To paraphrase a recent article from Just Publishing advice, romance novels are dominating the self publishing arena with Smashwords stating, “it is quite startling to discover how dominant self-published romance novels have become. In short, the romance genre accounts for a staggering 87% of the top 100 bestsellers on Smashwords and their aggregators.” Click here to read the article. It’s a difficult market with midlist …

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Is it possible to make Facebook your friend? Or are they always out to get you?

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How often do you hear people saying that Facebook is doing something mean and miserable in order to force you to advertise with them? To force you to pay money to reach your followers? (“My followers! How dare you keep me from my followers!”) I’d be rich if I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen that on a Facebook post. Which seems ironic, but there you are. I’ve given up trying to explain anything different because the poster is normally so wedded to this view that nothing is going to part them from it. And it’s often because …

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3 Ways To Pick Up The Pace Without Using Action

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We all know pacing is vital to the success of a story. There is no right or wrong—a high-stakes thriller might be very fast paced, while a regency tale of unrequited love a little slower, and both will be the better for it. One thing we can all agree on, however, is that pacing needs to vary in order to create an interesting read. Think of pacing like a rollercoaster. You know that feeling you get as it moves slowly, oh-so slowly to the top—then downdowndown in a rush? The thrill is greater because of the anticipation, the slowing of …

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Perfect Pacing

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Presented by Lauren Clarke Course Dates – 2ndOctober to 29thOctober Cost: RWA Member – $55. Non-RWA Member – $80. Try-booking Link–www.trybooking.com/TVWH About the course…. Perfect your pacing in this Online Workshop with Lauren Clarke. Sign up now in order to: Learn more about page-turning quality – why it is important and what you can do to achieve it. Start your story with a bang. Discover the question-and-answer technique (a simple tool that will revolutionise your writing). Perfect your language choice to make your story shine. Participants will gain: Knowledge of the fundamentals of pacing; An understanding of why pacing is important; …