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

2018 Online Workshops

Taxes for Authors

Dates: February 1-27
Presenter: Elie Bridge

About the workshop

A timely workshop covering the use of IRS ‘Schedule C’ and supporting forms. This is for both writers whose income is generated solely by their writing and also aspiring writers who are incurring expenses but not yet receiving any income from their writing. Understanding all legitimate deductions available to writers is the goal of this workshop. Handouts, examples, Q&A and homework assignments will comprise the main body of the workshop.

About the presenter

Elie is a member of RWA, treasurer of the WNYRW chapter, and an aspiring writer of romantic suspense. She has lived in locales as diverse as our nation’s Capital region, and Wasilla, Alaska! Her diverse work history includes teaching, being a medical assistant, working for the postal service and as a legal researcher. She has coursework in business law and tax preparation.

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The First Five Pages

Dates: TBD
Presenter: Shyla Colt

About the workshop

This workshop will cover the first five pages of a book which focus on Hook, Inciting Incident, Background, & Meet–Cute. Shyla Colt will help you break down the meaning of each, and how you can present your best foot forward and hook the reader in the first chapter.

About the presenter

Shyla Colt is the sassy international bestseller of the popular series Kings of Chaos and Dueling Devils M.C. These genre-hopping stories feature three of her favorite things: strong females, pop culture, and alternate routes to happy ever after. Listening to her Romani soul, she pens from the heart, allowing the dynamic characters, eccentric interests, and travels as a former flight attendant to take her down untraveled roads.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, this mid-west girl is proud of her roots. She used her hometown and the surrounding areas as a backdrop for a number of books. So, if you’re a Buckeye, keep an eye out for familiar places.

As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there’s never a dull moment in her household.
She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company.

Price TBD

Back Cover Copy “Shoot Me Now”

Taking the pain out of product description and pitching. 

Dates: August 1-31
Presenter: Kathryn Jane

About the workshop

Learn fantastic techniques for taking the pain out of writing three simple paragraphs. Arm yourself with the weapons of creativity needed to grab a reader’s attention and drag them between the covers of your book. Get the inside scoop on what a reader wants/expects/needs to get from about a hundred and fifty words on the back of your book.

Not self-publishing? No worries, use your great story description in a query letter instead! Show off your writing chops in a very special way. Give the agent you’re querying concrete evidence that you know how to sell your book.

Presenter Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series. Novels filled with mystery, suspense, adventure, psychic abilities, and romance. Think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy. Kickass women and the men who dare to love them.  Contact Kathryn for more information

About the presenter

Author of page-turning, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Suspense, and Short Stories about feral cats, Kathryn Jane takes readers to places they’d like to live and introduces them to characters they learn to love.

Fulfilling her passion for education Kathryn presents workshops for both aspiring and accomplished writers, and covers a broad spectrum of subjects.

In her spare time (she says laughing), Kat loves spreading kindness and joy to family, friends, and strangers alike.

Price TBD

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.

Price TBD

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