2022 Online One-on-One Courses

Cost: $165 RWA Members, $198 RWA Non-Members

Monthly or bi-monthly start dates (see details below) with limited places due to more time spent on individual feedback so hurry and book now so you don’t miss out.

Please note, participants must be available and active in these courses for the month in which they enrol, as this is when presenters will expect to interact with them. Interaction between presenters and participants and access to materials may extend beyond the end date for the course, though this is at the presenter’s discretion.

One-on-One courses are a cross between a course and a mentorship with a set topic and personalised feedback from your presenter.

Polishing for Submission

Janet Gover

Getting ready to submit your work? Each submission gets just a few minutes of an agent or editors time – make the most of it. This is a one-to-one opportunity to polish your synopsis and opening pages to a brilliant shine. Dazzle your dream agent or editor. Submit your query letter, one page synopsis and opening 3,000 words for a detailed report, followed by a 30 minute online chat to talk about how you can frame that eye-catching pitch. Give your pitch a unique selling point that will make that agent or editor say – yes please, send me more!

Pre-course preparation

Participants need a completed (or nearly completed) MS that they want to submit to an agent or editor. They will need at least a rough synopsis.

Course Type

Craft

Hours of Commitment

5-10 hours

Presenters Bio

Janet Gover writes commercial women’s fiction and romantic novels. She grew up in outback Australia, surrounded by wide open spaces, horses and many, many books. She often returns to the outback in her work. Her novel ‘Little Girl Lost’ won the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year Award presented by the Romantic Novelists’ Association in the UK, and she has twice been a finalist for the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year. She has also won or been shortlisted for multiple awards in the USA. As Juliet Bell, in collaboration with Alison May, she rewrites misunderstood classic fiction, with an emphasis on heroes who are not so heroic. Janet lives in London with her husband and a very fluffy cat. Her favourite food is tomato. She spends too much time playing silly computer games, and is an enthusiastic, if not always successful, cook. www.janetgover.com https://www.facebook.com/janetgoverbooks/ Twitter: @janet_gover

Book the course: https://www.trybooking.com/BXCCJ

Character Driven Plotting (which also works for pantsers!)

Kim Lambert

Got a great character concept, but no idea what sort of story to tell about that character? Or… want to write a story set in a specific context, but have no idea how to create sensible character plot conflicts within that setting? Do you struggle to come up with enough ‘incidents’ to fill your story line, while keeping character behaviour consistent?

If you answered yes to any of those, then this course is for you. Step back from more traditional and complex seeming approaches to plotting, and try something different (that even works for pantsers!)

You will learn how to create a story / plot fast, easily, and in a way that will make your characters feel well rounded and deeply real..

Pre-course preparation

Nil

Course Type

Craft

Hours of Commitment

10-12 hours 

Presenters Bio

Kim (who writes regency as Arietta Richmond – more than 50 books so far, and has two other fiction pen names, in other genres) has published more than 100 books, most her own, but also some non fiction for Australian business people, and also does editing, formatting and cover creation for others as a business. She also provides mentoring services for those who wish to have detailed one on one support on launching themselves into publishing Both her non fiction books on writing, and her regency fiction books have won awards. She believes that it is possible for anyone to succeed with writing – but that to do so involves finding the tools and methodologies which align with how you, as an individual, think. The Character Driven Plotting course is a result of that belief – it is one of a series of courses, each focussing on one narrow aspect of writing, and dealing with new approaches, to help writers get ‘unstuck’ in the writing process. 

Book the course: https://www.trybooking.com/BXCMS

Style Matters: A writing assessment and mentorship program

Novalee Swan

Want to improve your writing but don’t know where to start? The first step is to understand your weaknesses. We all have them, but identifying them is difficult, especially if you are still learning about narrative techniques and what makes good prose. It becomes infinitely easier if you can have someone experienced read your work and provide specific, personal feedback so you not only understand your weaknesses but also how to fix them. That’s what this course does. You will provide a sample of your writing and receive a line assessment and a report on the areas of most concern. This will be accompanied by specific learning materials to help you understand the stylistic issues prevalent to you and how to improve on them, as well as a video conference to discuss your work and writing style. You will then have the opportunity to revise and resubmit your writing sample to receive further feedback. This course is facilitated by Novalee Swan. With six books published, including an Amazon bestselling romance series, plus a PhD in written communication and seven years teaching creative writing at university, Novalee is highly experienced in helping writers shine.

Pre-course preparation

Student must have a 2,500 word writing sample ready to submit in Week 1 of the course.

Course Type

Craft

Hours of Commitment

20 hours plus

Presenters Bio

Novalee Swan has PhD in Creative Writing and is an Amazon bestselling author. She writes paranormal and contemporary romance, including the Shifter Town series. She has taught writing at the university level since 2014, and she is both traditionally and self-published under various pen names. www.novaleeswan.com

Book the course: https://www.trybooking.com/BXCLJ

Narrative Traction – When readers NEED to know what happens next

Jake Corvus

Narrative traction: the sense that something unmissable will happen in the next scene or chapter; an urgent need to see what comes next. Ever read a book you just can’t put down? Ever stayed up way too late reading? Ever had to read one more chapter, just to see what happened next? That’s narrative traction at work. However narrative traction isn’t an innate talent, or a nebulous concept. It’s created with a tools and techniques that can be taught, analysed and learned. This course is a 101 on narrative traction and turning your writing into a book readers can’t put down.

Pre-course preparation

Understanding of basic plot structure.

Course Type

Craft

Hours of Commitment

10-20 hours 

Presenters Bio

Jake Corvus is a prolific writer living on the Sunshine Coast, in Australia. While born in 1985, he is often mistaken for a teenager. He writes sci fi & fantasy, with a queer and inclusive bend. He watches too many horror movies to have any self-respect, and lives with an array of rescue animals, including shrimp, cats, dogs, guinea pigs and his sons. Jake’s favourite dinosaur is the parasaurolophus. Please visit his website to sign up to the newsletter and read the infamous true-life chicken story: www.traditionalevolution.com

Book the course: https://www.trybooking.com/BXCLR