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January 2012 – Hook, Line, and Sinker: Fishing for a Publisher With Your Best Opening and Follow-up
Presented by Jeannie Eddy
Dates: January 5 – 29, 2012
Deadline: January 3, 2012

Course Description:
Want an editor or agent to want to read your book? You have to write a great hook to drag them into the story, so they want to find out what happens. Your hook should inform, inspire and interest your readers – no matter who they are. You can use the hook as your pitch, using it at pitch sessions or conferences or wherever you happen to run into your dream editor/agent.

Instructor Bio:
Jeannie Eddy is a writer and freelance editor (book doctor) who has worked with many small presses and writers to help hone manuscripts into saleable books. She donates a read of a partial every year for the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction (in May), and spends her spare time editing court transcripts and grading English papers. She also coordinates pitch sessions at many national and regional conferences.

You can register for the following on-line class through January 3. Each class is $16. FMI:

January 2012 – Crafting Memorable Dialogue
Presented by Joni Fisher
Dates: January 5 – 29, 2012
Deadline: January 3, 2012

Course Description:
This workshop three-week workshop is designed for fiction writers, college age or above, who have completed a first draft of a novel.
At the end of the workshop, students will be able to:
• Identify the purposes and limitations of dialogue.
• Infuse dialogue with conflict. Make each conversation matter. One acting technique and nine elements show how to enliven any dialogue ranging from polite debates to violent confrontations.
• Construct dialogue with depth of meaning that flows at two levels.
• Fine tune dialogue to create suspense and raise questions in the reader’s mind.
• Transform predictable exchanges into memorable, fresh dialogue using a simple creativity technique.
• Craft believable, dynamic conversations that cut to the chase. Apply the less-is-more adage to dialogue. Learn when to summarize and use fragment quotes.
• Talk the talk. Individualize characters through dialogue using any of eleven revealing markers. See how to conduct field research for dialogue.
• Apply the stimulus/response pattern to maintain clarity of action in a scene.
• Use dialogue tags, action tags and thought tags to show character’s goals, motivations and conflicts.
• Format and punctuate dialogue properly.

Each of the ten lessons will end with a practical exercise in which the student will apply the lesson by revising a dialogue scene from his manuscript.

*** This workshop is limited to 45 students. The first 30 students to register will get a free critique on the first 30 pages of the WIP. ***

Instructor Bio:
Joni has designed computer-based training and taught adult classes in writing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and has made a living as a writer. She minored in Theater with a concentration on playwriting. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers. As a PRO member of Romance Writers of America, she belongs to the Tampa Area Romance Authors (TARA) Chapter and the online Kiss Of Death Chapter.
Read more about Joni at her website

You can register for the following on-line class through January 3. Each class is $16. FMI:

January 2012 – Peeling Yourself Off the Wall: 20 Ways to Duck the Writer’s Block Bullet
Presented by Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson and J.B. Dane
Dates: January 5 – 29, 2012
Deadline: January 3, 2012

Course Description:
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer plotting your book entirely before writing one word of prose or whether you prefer “pantsing”, flying off onto page one with enthusiasm and only a vague idea of where you’re going. We all strike it at some time – the dreaded, seemingly impenetrable stone wall of Writer’s Block. Can’t seem to get through it or over it, or go around it or tunnel beneath it. We’re stymied and the project at hand is at a dead stop.

But where there’s a will, there’s a way…at least twenty ways, in fact, to get things rolling again. Writer’s Block can be reduced to a level where it is simply one of the normal, if pesky, elements involved when writing a book. Knowing how to demolish it, even if temporarily, can reduce your stress level when it does rear up to block progress though. And having an idea of what actions to take the moment it strikes can get you writing again much more quickly.

This workshop is for anyone interested in ways to slough past the parts where our imagination fails to go, through the times when our Muse heads for the Caribbean and leaves us to fend for ourselves. During four weeks, with two lectures and one Challenge (or Assignment) weekly, we’ll cover twenty different ways to pole-vault, tunnel, trek around, or bulldoze through writer’s block.

Some of the ways will be familiar: storyboarding, freewriting, world building, comparison. Others will be tweaks on outlining, research, even daydreaming.

This workshop requires feedback – not just from the presenter, but from those in attendance – to gather suggestions, stir ideas, kill, hack, or give birth to usable solutions. Thus it would be very handy to have a work in progress or one that stalled out and needs a jolt to get it back on the move again. For any questions or comments made by attendees throughout the week, answers will be supplied usually within 24 hours or less. Lectures will be posted on Mondays and Wednesdays with Challenge results posted by students through the weekend.

Instructor Bio:
Beth Daniels currently writes as Beth Henderson and J.B. Dane, though she answered to Lisa Dane and Beth Cruise in the past as well. She has worked with editors at Berkley, Zebra, Leisure, Harlequin/Silhouette, and Simon and Schuster’s Aladdin Paperbacks, done e-books for a now defunct company (not her fault, she says), and began her writing life with hardcover books slated for library use with a publisher that got out of the romance business (again, not her fault). More recently she’s had a number of articles about writing picked up by e-zines, saw a short story published in a mystery and suspense magazine that turned up its toes the next year (really, really not her fault), and has a story in the MOTHER GOOSE IS DEAD anthology slated for publication by Dragon Moon Press in 2010.

For over a dozen years Beth taught college level composition, both in the classroom and online, and a credit course on Novel Writing. Five of her former Novel class students are now published.

Twenty-six of Beth’s manuscripts have appeared in print or e-book format. These have been historical romantic adventures (6), romantic comedies (10), romantic-suspense (3), and young adult romantic comedy (7). Her titles have appeared in 12 different languages in over 20 countries. At the moment she is working on various manuscripts and attempting a collaboration with another RWA member on a contemporary/fantasy/romantic adventure. She also ventured into self-publishing to keep her out-of-print backlist in print, but previous e-books in print, and in frustration, to move beyond a manuscript she’d been reworking for editors for a decade with no bites, released a previously unpublished historical romantic adventure set in the American West.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and an active member and volunteer with the Kiss of Death Online romantic suspense chapter.

You can find more about Beth Daniels at

You can register for the following on-line class through January 3. Each class is $16. FMI:

January 2012 – WriteSEX: Defining Erotica
Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: January 5 – 29, 2012
Deadline: January 3, 2012

Course Description:
Sascha Illyvich, with the help of M Christian, Oceania, Jean Marie Stine, Ralph Greco, Deborah Riley Magnus and Thomas Roche, are going to explore the daunting aspects of erotica in all its forms. Once a week we’ll discuss every aspect of writing sexy fiction from what makes a story erotic even if there is little to no sex involved. Writers of all genres will come away with writing tips that will benefit their careers. We’ll cover author marketing, what defines a story as erotic, things new writers need to consider and the business angle of writing erotica.

Every week we focus on a different aspect of writing erotica. Our other authors will do own introductions. Some of them have a rather unique way of letting you know who they are! I’ll be covering writing style in general for starters. For this class, we’re going to take our lessons deeper in plot, audio and marketing so that the author comes away with a more comprehensive understanding of the erotic business, be it romance or more adult oriented.

Instructor Bio:
Sascha started writing ten years ago, releasing poetry and an occasional short erotica story before focusing on kinky erotic romance in various subgenres. His books have been listed under the Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, as well nominated for the CAPA.

He is also the host of the Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata and continue to write for Renaissance E-books, and Total E-bound. Readers can find his work, plus free reads at

He is also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group that’s defining erotica for writers in any genre! Find us at

You can register for the following on-line class through January 3. Each class is $16. FMI:

January 2012 – Examining Online Media: How to Build Your Audience Before Your Book is Sold!
Presented by Pat Hauldren
Dates: January 5 – 29, 2012
Deadline: January 3, 2012

Course Description:
This class will examine how to write for online media such as Examiner, Demand Studios, Suite 101, eHow, etc., to build a writer’s platform to help the author get published. We will examine the benefits for writers, especially for those who write fiction, what skills are needed, where to find the media, and how to get started.

Class outline:
• Benefits of writing for online media
• Skills needed for online media
• What’s out there?
• How to start
• Article writing
• Writing venues
• Business $ense

Instructor Bio:
Pat Hauldren is a book editor for Cyberwizard Productions and a freelance writer and editor whose articles have appeared in over 600 print newspapers nation-wide and millions online. Pat has published articles, short stories, poetry, and Japanese Noh Drama. She’s working on her 3rd novel (with 5 agents vying for first submission already before it’s finished) and teaching writers workshops locally, online, and overseas.

Pat is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA®), DFW Writers’ Workshop (DFWWW), North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop (NTSFW), Writers’ Guild of America, Frisco Writers’ Group, and more online writing groups than can be mentioned here.

Find out more about Pat Hauldren at

You can register for the following on-line class through January 3. Each class is $16. FMI:

The Word Loss Diet
Presented by: Rayne Hall
Date: January 1 – 31, 2012
Deadline: December 29, 2011
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:
Tighten and tone your writing style. Slim your manuscript in four weeks with simple revision tricks. Shed thousands of words without changing the plot!

Instructor Bio:
Rayne Hall has published 22 books (under several pen names), seventy short stories (mostly fantasy, paranormal and horror) and thousands of articles. She has a college degree in Publishing and a masters degree in Creative Writing & Personal Development.

A member of the Society of Authors (the British organization for professional writers), she worked many years as magazine editor and creative writing teacher. Many of her horror stories have won contest prizes, and two were selected for honorable mentions in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Rayne is an experienced teacher who enjoys helping students to create sparkling scenes.

All workshops are open to everyone. You do not have to be a RWA member. You can register for the following on-line class through December 29. FMI:

Or, contact Campus Coordinator, Maria Connor,

To find out more about our chapter, please visit us at

Creating a Web Presence
Presented by: Casey Dawes
Date: January 1 – 31, 2012
Deadline: December 29, 2011
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:
This 4-week workshop demonstrates the three steps necessary to creating a web presence: People, Persona and Platform. It covers these topics:

• Week One: Identifying your audience (Your People)
• Week Two: Defining your brand (Your Persona)
• Weeks Three and Four: How to let your people know about your persona (Your Platform)
• Going in-depth on the following platforms:
Your website/blog

At the end of this workshop the attendees will have a well-rounded picture of their readers, an idea of the brand they want to project, including what aspects of their personal life they are willing to share and what they won’t, and a plan to join the conversation on the world wide web using website/blog, Facebook, Twitter and more. The workbook will include specific instructions about what’s needed to set up and use these three platforms.

Assignments will be given on Mondays and due on Wednesdays. Answers to comments and questions will be given throughout the course. All attendees will get a free copy of “Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Basics.”

Instructor Bio:
Casey Dawes is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA). She’s published four non-fiction books and had numerous articles appear in magazines ranging from Spider to Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education. She wrote a well-used article for her local RWA Newsletter: “Marketing for Writers: What’s Your Brand?” and presented a well-received workshop on marketing to her local group. In her spare time, she is hard at work on a contemporary romance novel.
You can find out more about Casey at her website:

All workshops are open to everyone. You do not have to be a RWA member. You can register for the following on-line class through December 29. FMI:

Or, contact Campus Coordinator, Maria Connor,

To find out more about our chapter, please visit us at

Going Deep: Creating an Unbreakable Connection Between Your Characters and Readers

Presented by Toni Andrews
Date: January 1 – 15, 2012
Deadline: December 29, 2011
Fee: OIRW Member $10
Fee: Non-Member $15

Course Description:
Have you ever gotten so caught up in a book that you stayed up all night to finish it? Did you ever fail to hear the phone ringing because you were so absorbed in your reading? Chances are, it was because you had made a connection with the characters, and you couldn’t stop turning the pages until you found out what happened to them.

We all want to write stories that pull readers in, bond them to characters, and forge relationships that will last to the end of the book. To do that, you must master three basic elements:

1. Point of View,
2. Character Voice, and
3. Showing vs. Telling.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how, handled properly, these three elements can be combined to make your writing more powerful and emotionally rich.

You’ll master simple, easy to understand techniques to identify the issues that are pull the readers out of the story and sever their connection to the characters, and easy ways to eliminate those issues.

When you’re done, you’ll be astonished to see how your characters—and their scenes—come to life!

Special Workshop Bonus: In addition to being a multi-published author, Toni Andrews is also a professional book doctor. For the first twenty participants to sign up only, Toni will perform a manuscript analysis of their first five pages, a service which normally costs $25 through

The course will be broken down into six lessons, each with a corresponding exercise.

Introduction & Overview, followed by Point of View Part 1
• Omniscient POV vs. Character POV
• Perception: Using the POV character’s five senses

Point of View Part 2
• Thinking: Getting into the POV character’s head
• Proper use of POV to avoid Backstory/Information Dumping

Point of View Part 3
• Choosing a POV character for each scene
• Eliminating the dreaded Head Hop

Showing vs. Telling Part 1
• (Don’t) Name that Emotion
• Using the five senses to Show rather than Tell what a character is feeling

Showing vs. Telling Part 2
• Bringing settings and situations to life.
• And how does that make you feel?

Character Voice
• Dialogue
• Internal Dialogue
• Point of View Narrative

Instructor Bio:
Toni Andrews likes to say it’s easier to list the jobs she hasn’t tried. From lifeguard to lounge singer, bartender to bill collector, door-to-door salesperson to corporate business analyst–Toni has been there and done that. Then, she decided that what she really wanted to be was a writer. After fifteen years in Southern California and seven in Miami, Toni returned to the lakeside cottage in Connecticut where she spent her childhood summers, where she writes full time. Toni also writes romance novels under the pen name Virginia Reede.

Toni is the President of the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Read more about Toni at her website:

All workshops are open to everyone. You do not have to be a RWA member. You can register for the following on-line class through December 29. FMI:

Or, contact Campus Coordinator, Maria Connor,

To find out more about our chapter, please visit us at

The Young Adult RWA chapter is proud to announce its first online class for 2012!

Editing Dialogue for Snap, Crackle and Punch!
Instructor: Christine Fairchild
Dates: January 9-20
Cost: $10 for YARWA members (non-member fee is $20)

About the Class: In this workshop adapted ESPECIALLY for YA Writers, you’ll learn how to make your words pop on the page! Discover how to make the story move through speech, build tension on every page using dialogue, throw curve balls in conversations, and reveal your characters’ hopes, needs, and fears through what they say and don’t say. This class is geared toward fiction writers who want to use interesting, compelling dialogue to reveal their characters and their story.

About the Instructor: Christine M. Fairchild has over 20 years of experience as a writer and editor. Though trained as a journalist, she spent the last two decades working for publications (XFiles,, technical giants (Microsoft, AT&T), and consumer product companies (DHL, Hitachi). She now helps fiction writers improve their use of language, timing, and perspective to deepen their work. Christine has written two historical fiction women’s fiction books as well as a romantic suspense.

For any questions, please contact YARWA’s workshop coordinator, Shelley Coriell, at workshops at yarwa dot com.

Please pay on our website (, then email workshops at yarwa dot com with your name and email address where you want your Yahoo! Groups invitation sent.

If you’re one of those people who dreads writing a synopsis, this is the workshop for you!!!

Workshop: I used to hate writing a synopsis, but not anymore
Presented by Susan Palmquist
Dates: January 2-27, 2012
Fee: $20 FRW member & $25 non FRW member

Learn why a good synopsis is similar to a great job interview
Learn why it’s a must have skill for every writer
Learn what makes a good synopsis
Learn what should always be included
Learn what tense a synopsis should be written in and how it should be formatted
Learn to write both a short and long synopsis

About Susan
Susan Palmquist is a freelance writer and author of six novels, including four romances. She’s also a published short story writer who’s been published in both the US and UK and two of her stories have recently appeared in anthologies. Under her pen name, Vanessa Devereaux she writes erotic romances and erotica and has published six novels/novellas. Her next book One Night With You will be a June 2011 release. She also writes a weekly money saving blog at called The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to the Universe. Susan is also a writing tutor for Writers’ News School in the UK.

In her work as a tutor she sees synopses that while formatted right lack the “I want to read this story” quality necessary to make a sale. In this class she’ll show you how to add the `wow’ factor.

For more information about Susan, visit,, and

To sign up for the class, go to

Northwest Houston RWA is pleased to announced Break Into Fiction® Power Writing Day with Mary Buckham on January 7, 2012.

An entire day is dedicated to teaching powerful openings, scene survival, active settings, and building hooks, all to help writers craft a compelling story.
This is a hands-on workshop and Mary encourages participants to bring their WIPs.
Northwest Houston offers this amazing class at $20 for NWHRWA members and $25 for non-NWHRWA members. What a STEAL!

Location: Cypress Creek Community Center
6823 Cypresswood Dr.
Spring, TX 77379
Room 30-33 (upstairs Annex Bldg)

Doors open at 8:30. Northwest Houston’s business meeting begins at 9:00, the program with Mary begins at 10:30. Everyone is welcome to attend the business meeting. Lunch, included in the cost of admission, will be approximately at 12:30.

For more information and/or to register, please visit Northwest Houston’s website.

INSTRUCTOR: Linnea Sinclair
WHEN: January 2 to January 22

Slink down any interesting back alleys lately? Retired Florida Private Investigator and award winning sci fi author, Linnea Sinclair, invites you to step into the world of private detective work and learn the basic procedures — and some not so well known tricks of the trade — that will add a touch of realism to your stories as well as provide plot twists and conflicts. How quickly can a PI locate someone? How easily can things go wrong on surveillance? What happens when a mundane case becomes a murder case? A former news reporter, Sinclair was a licensed private investigator in Florida for ten years and is featured in the nationally distributed instructional video, “PIs”. She has also taught investigative methodology for writers at COFFIN (College OF Felony and INtrigue online) and at various RWA and MWA conferences nationwide.

RITA® award-winning SF Romance author, Linnea Sinclair, isn’t always spacey. Sometimes she slinks down back alleys with her trusty camera ballpoint pen and miniature wristwatch tape recorder. For ten years Sinclair worked as a licensed private investigator and was owner of a detective agency based in St. Petersburg, Florida. She opened the doors in early 1990 and by 1993 was named one of the top ten private investigators in the US by the National Association of Investigative Specialists. Though she retired from active investigations in 2000, she continues to teach mystery writers how to craft believable PI characters—that is, when she isn’t defending the galaxy from evil alien energy sources and penning high action science fiction novels for Bantam or adventure novellas for Simon & Schuster. Her current releases include REBELS & LOVERS (Dock Five book #4) and “Courting Trouble” in SONGS OF LOVE & DEATH.

Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third bar-stool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at

Cost for the workshop is $15 for NEORWA members, $20 for all others. You do not have to be an RWA member to take our workshops!

Once registered, you will be subscribed to the workshop loop prior to and for the duration of the class.

For more information, please email Cathy Matuszak If you are using a web email and the link doesn’t work for you, send the email to neorwaonline at gmail dot com

Admission to the workshop depends on receipt of this form and payment fee before the cut-off date for the workshop chosen. If the fee is received after the cut-off date, the fee can be applied to another workshop of your choosing.
Note: You will receive an invitation to join the group from Yahoo! Groups. You must reply to it in order to take the course. The invitation is good for seven (7) days only. PLEASE check your spam filter for the invitation so you don’t miss anything in the workshop! There are no refunds if you fail to enroll yourself once being offered the invitation.

Upon receipt of your payment and registration form, you will receive an email confirming you have been registered for the workshop. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact the NEORWA Workshops Coordinator Cathy Matuszak before the workshop begins.

Registration fees will be refunded only in the event the workshop is canceled. All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut-off date. No refund will be given for withdrawing from a workshop. In the event the instructor cancels a workshop or there are technical difficulties with the list provider (Yahoo!), NEORWA will offer the participant the option of receiving a refund or enrollment in another workshop of the participant’s choice.

If a workshop does not have 10 students enrolled by the cut-off date, the workshop may be canceled, and the participant can either receive a refund or be enrolled in another workshop of the participant’s choice.

TOPIC: To the West . . . and Beyond: Women in the American West–1865 to 1900
INSTRUCTOR: Bella Steele
DATES: January 3 – 27, 2012:
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: December 30, 2011
COST: $20 for RWA members, and $25 for non-members.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: If your heroine lives in the Old West you will need to know about life amidst the horses, cows and cowboys, whether she be a pioneer woman, a frontier woman, or born and raised in the West. Find out why and how your heroine got to scene of the action (meeting the heroine and winning his heart) and what she did each day. Life as pioneer was different from a frontier woman living on a farm or ranch. In the later part of the period towns were flourishing and women were leading the way. In eight lessons I will introduce you to methods of transportation, daily life, fashion, economics, and social life in the context of the Victorian period. Those stuffy old rules didn’t apply to women in the west, who were some of the first to obtain the right to vote and run their own businesses. Each lesson will be accompanied by file (in the file section or sent to your mailbox) containing maps, pictures, and charts. Workshop lasts four (4) weeks, consist of a mix of lectures, exercises, and discussions, and are conducted via a private Yahoo Groups listserv.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Bella Steele has a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Louisville, concentration in American history. She has written seven short stories and novellas for Highland Press under the name of Billie Warren Chai. Visit her website at:

To register for the class, please and include a check or Money Order in US Dollars, made out to STAR On-Line Workshop, and mail the check to: Carol A. Henry, STAR On-line Workshop Coordinator, PO Box 6, Willseyville, NY 13864. Alternatively, if you have a PayPal account, you can pay by going to Select the “send money” button, and then enter the amount due, and STAR’s email address for payment: starpay at gmail dot com. Then send your registration information to Carol at: carolhenry at frontiernet dot net).

All writers are welcome. If you know how to send e-mail, then you’ve mastered all of the technical skills you need to participate in our workshops. You will be automatically enrolled in the workshop’s listserv just before the class beings. All of the messages posted by the instructor and other students will be delivered directly to your inbox, although you may also view them from the Yahoo website.


2012 Award of Excellence Open now!
NEW! 2012 Winners will be featured in an ad in the RWR!

Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
Fee: $20.00
Receipt Deadline: January 13, 2012

Eligibility: Books published in 2011. Bound hard copies of e-books also eligible.
Categories: Short Contemporary (60,000 words or less), Long Contemporary (over 60,000 words), Historical, Romantic Suspense, Single Title, P/TT/F/F, Inspirational, Mainstream w/Romantic Elements, Erotic Romance.
Judges: Readers, booksellers, published authors
Top Prize: Award of Excellence Trophy and certificate; letter congratulating the editor.
FMI: For more information contact: Jessica Aspen (aoecoordinator1 at yahoo dot com). For entry forms and rules see:

Today marks the opening of the 14th Annual Fire and Ice contest sponsored by the Chicago North chapter of RWA

The Fire and Ice contest is all electronic and limited to the first 120 entries. The contest closes on Feb 1, 2012 or earlier if we reach capacity. First Round judging is based upon two experienced critiques, at least one by a published author. Chicago North is a critique chapter; all judges have received training in providing productive feedback. The top three entries in each category move to the final round and go before the following judges:

Historical Romance: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Paranormal Romance: Cindy Davis, Wild Rose Press
Series Romance: Megan Long, Harlequin
Single Title: TBA
Women’s Fiction with Romantic Elements: Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Young Adult: Nadia Cornier, Story Complex and Firebrand Literacy LLC

Winners will be announced at the Chicago North’s biennial conference, Spring Fling on April 28, 2012. First place winners in each category receive $30. All finalists will be listed in the RWR magazine.

The decisions of all judges are final.
All contest entrants must be 18 years of age by the contest entry deadline date and sign an electronic entry and waiver form. The Fire & Ice Contest is open to all authors not published or contracted in novel length fiction of 20,000 words or more, within five years of the contest deadline. The entry must have a projected minimum length of 50,000 words.

Chicago North members are NOT eligible to enter the Fire and Ice Contest. Previous winners and finalists may not re-enter the same manuscript, even in edited format. They may enter another manuscript. A non-refundable fee of $25 for RWA members and $30 for non-RWA members is required for each entry. Payment must be made via PayPal.

For more information visit Questions? Email Vivienne Courtoise, contest coordinator: contest at chicagonorthrwa dot org


The Golden Network is pleased to announce the final rankings of the Golden Pen contest:

PARANORMAL (Leis Pederson, editor, Berkeley Publishing Group)
Tattoo of Your Name Across My Soul by Abigail Schmidt
Bound by Blood by Dawn Groszek
Bathtub Jinn by Kay Hudson

SINGLE TITLE (Katherine Pelz, editor, Berkeley Publishing Group)
Legally Mastered by Sarah Castille *
It’s Not You by Kimberly Kincaid
Better than Pasta by Kate Meader

SERIES CONTEMPORARY (Susan Litman, editor, Harlequin Enterprises [Special Edition])
The Scandalous Seduction of Miss Spencer by Jane O’Reilly
Mistress By Blackmail by Caro LaFever
Going the Distance by Althea West

HISTORICAL (Deb Werksman, editor, Sourcebooks)
Silverhawk by Barbara Bettis
Notorious Match by Angelyn Schmid
A Whisper to the Wild by Eileen Emerson

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE (Holly Blanck, editor, St. Martin’s Press)
Guardian’s Promise by Sharon Wray
The Shadow Hour by Jacqui Nelson
Chance Encounter by Tracy Poole

YOUNG ADULT (Regina Griffin, editor, Egmont USA)
Camp Awakening by Bonnie Staring
Forget Tomorrow by P.H. Dunn
Kisses and Curses by Shoshana Brown

INSPIRATIONAL (Melissa Endlich, editor, Harlequin Enterprises [Steeple Hill])
Left to Chance by Jessica Keller *
All the Blue of Heaven by Virginia Carmichael
Jerusalem’s Harlot by Wanda Thomas

NSRE (Valerie Gray, editor, Harlequin Enterprises [MIRA and SPICE])
Sweet Spot by Laura Drake *
The Hourglass by Sharon Struth
Strange Bedfellows by Nancy Holland

* indicates a manuscript that was requested by the final-round judge.

Please join us in congratulating all of our finalists on their achievement!

If you have any questions about the Golden Pen, please contact Jamie Michele at goldenpencontest at gmail dot com.

The East Valley Authors chapter is proud to announce the winners of our 2011 Query Contest! Congratulations to all finalists!

All entries were given a preliminary score, and the top three finalists were reviewed and ranked by Sue Grimshaw, Editor-at-Large and Category Specialist for Random House.

1. HEX MARKS THE SPOT by Kristy Price (received a request for partial)
2. SHE LIKES IT ROUGH by Geralyn Ruane
3. WHEN ANGELS SOARED by Lana Douglas

Thank you to all our participants! Scored entries will be returned within the next few days.


Time’s slipping away and space is limited! Register today for the PASIC Power Conference:

2012 PASIC Conference
March 8-10, 2012
Millennium Broadway Hotel
145 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Join PASIC for three days of mingling, information and networking. Hear the State of the Industry from Steven Axelrod, Karen Solem, and other industry professionals, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Smashwords. Meet with editors and agents on panels and in appointments. Learn effective promotion, how to make online communities work for you, and how to get readers more involved. Thinking of self-publishing? Come learn the ins and outs from those who have successfully navigated the waters, and more!

Registration opens October 17, 2011 and runs until Feb. 7, 2012, when our discounted room rate ends. Reserve your spot today!

Industry Reception: Thursday, March 8, 5:30-7:30 PM at Sardi’s
Opening Speaker: Wendy Corsi Staub, Thursday, March 8, at 3 pm

  One Response to “Writers’ Corner: Classes, Contests and Conferences”

  1. Thanks so much, Eliza!

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