The following workshops will be presented on a private online loop. To register for any workshop, please click the registration link below the class description. If you have any questions, please contact us at

2019 Online Workshops

Novellas: How to Knock Em Out Fast

Dates: April 1-30
Presenter: Margaret Bates

About the workshop

In this course, you’ll learn what a novella is and the key parts of crafting a successful novella. We’ll also dig deeper and look into productivity tips and methods for writers. We’ll analyze your own schedule to find where you can carve out more time to do that writing quickly, and we’ll also analyze the best way to outline to help you speedily write your novellas. Being able to draw from a blueprint reduces the time spent waiting for inspiration to strike. This is definitely an outlining and structure heavy class. However, the goal is that by the end of it, you’ll have all the tools you need to create a quality 20-30,000 word novella in about two weeks.

About the presenter

Margaret Bates has been writing for over fifteen years. Starting in the world of fanfiction, she eventually branched off into ghostwriting at first to help pay her way through graduate school. In four years, she wrote 60 novellas and 10 novels for different clients, including at least one 30,000 word novella per month for 39 months for her main client. Currently, she’s an active member of the RWA and an indie writer who, under her pen name, prefers to write LGBT urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

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Layering as an Editing Tool

Dates: May 6-17
Presenter: Cassandra Carr

About the workshop

Have you ever finished the first draft of a book and thought it was missing something, but you weren’t sure what? That ‘what’ is probably layering – the process of adding details to your story, from character traits to body language to descriptions of the environment surrounding your story. Each type of layering will be described, complete with examples, and then you’ll have the chance to try your hand at layering your own work, with critiques from me on how you did.

About the presenter

Cassandra Carr has been writing her whole life and has been published since March 2011. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and daughter, Too Cute for Words. Cassandra writes in a variety of genres, pairings, and heat levels, so there’s something for everyone, and more than one dozen sites have named her books “Top Picks” or “Five Star Reads.”

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Principles of Good Website Design for Authors

Dates: September 1-28
Presenter: Catherine Chant

About the workshop

At the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding of what goes into making your author website more appealing and inviting to a reader and thus more effective for promoting you and your work. This special four-week version of the workshop includes bonus lessons so you can create a website during class and have it ready to go by Oct 1.

Learn Design Principles to Make Your Site More Appealing to Readers

If you already have a website or are making plans to create one, the first part of the class will give you all the design information you need to make an attractive and effective website using established design methods such as Rule of Thirds, Web Typography & Readability principles, and Color Theory.

These seven lessons apply to ALL websites, no matter where they live on the Internet. Good web design is universal.

Build Your Own Website or Blog During Class at

If you want to create an author website as part of the class or if you already have a website (or blog) started at, the second half of the class will guide you step-by-step through the dashboard to get your website up and running by Oct 1. is FREE to use and includes a huge selection of templates (aka “themes”) to make design a snap. Please note that is not the same as self-hosted WordPress software you install and run yourself. This class will not cover installing your own WordPress or plugins. Instead the focus is specifically on the free website/blog service hosted online at and the array of built-in features it comes with.

About the presenter

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 and web manager 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.

You can connect with Catherine at her website,, on Twitter @Catherine_Chant or on Facebook CatherineChantNovels.

Writing Conflict Hurts

Dates: October 1-31
Presenter: Melinda Curtis

About the workshop

Writing conflict hurts – not just because it makes your characters suffer, but also because it’s painful to create and carry through on the page. However, conflict drives story and holds an editor’s attention, which means it sells books. Conflict also entices readers to turn the page, which helps create a satisfying experience (plus repeat purchases). Bring a story idea to this interactive course and learn how to build, refine or edit your stories by creating compelling conflict and stronger plots, one element at a time. Takeaways include:

  • Developing story goals that are hindered by conflict
  • How to deepen character and create emotionally satisfying endings
  • Better understanding of internal and external conflict
  • The “bumpers” that keep your characters acting consistently
  • Conflict that catches the attention of editors and agents
  • Summarizing and presenting your finished or developing story, including synopses, taglines and product descriptions

About the presenter

Prior to writing romance, award-winning USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. One course shy of a psychology minor, Melinda’s role in corporate America included working with a cultural anthropologist and a marketing psychologist to create more compelling packaging and advertising. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer and has over 50 books released. Melinda believes that knowing what makes people tick can add depth and believability to your writing. She recently came to grips with the fact that she’s an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty.