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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 wnyrw@yahoo.com.

2018 Online Workshops

Finish That Book: Patch Your Plot Holes with Brainstorming

Dates: October 1-31
Presenter: Stephanie Queen

About the workshop

  • Are you stuck halfway through your book and don’t know where to go?
  • Are you ready to throw an incomplete ms. under the bed?
  • Do you have a problem right now with your plot that you can’t get past?
  • Would you like to brainstorm your plot with a group of smart like-minded writers?

If your answer is YES to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you!

Workshop Goal:

To assist authors by brainstorming through plotting problems so that they can finish their works-in-progress.

Workshop Description:

There is science behind creativity and brainstorming. This workshop will use a combination of techniques and personalized suggestions to allow each attendee to brainstorm their plot problems.

  • Exercises specifically designed to prompt writers past the plot problem
  • Personalized suggestions and feedback from the workshop leader
  • Input on individual plot problems from participants

About the presenter

Stephanie Queen is the author of 20 plus published novels and novellas. She writes plot challenging romantic suspense, romantic mystery and contemporary romances.  Ms. Queen holds a master’s degree in Literature & Creative Writing from Harvard University. A long-time member of RWA, she was on the RWA History Committee, has been on more than one chapter board and has presented numerous workshops over the years.  One of her favorite activities is to brainstorm plots with other writers.

***This class is limited to 20 participants.***


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2019 Online Workshops

Social Media For Authors

Dates: February 1-28
Presenter: Ines Johnson

About the workshop

In this course, aspiring, new, traditional, and independently published authors alike will learn the best practices for engaging their fans on social media. We’ll set up your social media accounts for your author persona, as well as help you understand when your personal profile should be kept separate. You’ll also learn what to say to fans to keep them interacting with you online. And you’ll learn how to turn that engagement into sales to increase your bottom line.

About the presenter

Aside from being a writer and professional reader, Ines Johnson is a seasoned educator. She currently teaches college level courses in screenwriting, story development, and media history for an art college in Washington, DC. A lifelong learner (read: academic addict), she holds a Master’s in Instructional Design, and a Doctorate in Educational Technology. She is banned from getting the MFA in Creative Writing she so desperately wants until both her children are in college.


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.