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Workshops:

In 2016, the Three Rivers Romance Writers will start holding online workshops. All workshops will be held through Yahoo Groups or Facebook secret or event pages. If you are an author and are interested in teaching an online workshop, please contact Casey at ThreeRiversRW@gmail.com.

 

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September 5-30, 2016

Workshop: Facebook: It’s Not Just For Cat Videos

Instructor: Casey Clipper

Cost: $15 TRRW members; $25 RWA members; $35 non-members

Course Description: 4 week course

Are you unsure how to best utilize Facebook to help gain noticeability (did I just make up that word?) as an author? Or the differences between an author page and a private page? Or why you just can’t seem to get traction on Facebook? Or maybe you haven’t made many connections. Have you learned how to utilize Facebook to connect to bloggers or groups to help promote your novels or yourself, the author?

This extensive workshop will discuss those topics and so much more. Facebook is a FREE social media platform that reached 1 billion users worldwide in September 2015. If you’re an author and not taking advantage of this site, you’re missing out on a great place/opportunity to reach readers, bloggers, and peers that doesn’t require a dime out of pocket.

Just a few of the many topics covered in this four week workshop:

  • Differences between author and private pages and the tasks that can and cannot be done on each.
  • Hosting event parties.
  • Joining event parties as guest authors and how to find them as well as what do you post to get the party attendees to take notice of you.
  • Donating to Facebook events.
  • Making connections with industry professionals and following industry professionals and why it’s so important.
  • Joining Facebook groups appropriate for your genre and why.
  • Contacting bloggers on Facebook to make the most of your novel release and what they expect when you make that connection.
  • Paid boosts and ads, are they worth it, and how to target? And which ads you don’t want to waste your hard earned money on.
  • Hosting contests and self-promoting within those contests.
  • Participating in author and blog hops.
  • Appropriate and inappropriate posting.
  • Supporting your fellow author and sharing their work. Why that benefits you.
  • Opening up your personal page to fans and why I feel it’s necessary.
  • Likes for Likes – the pros & cons.
  • And so much more!

Along with the lessons, workshop attendees will be given a list of Facebook links for groups that every author should join to have in their promo arsenal, as well as what to look for and how to search for groups that will benefit what you need to help promote you and your novel. Attendees will also be given a list of Facebook blog pages that are very author friendly and approachable to help get you started in creating a reference list. And the biggest lesson, how not to get time sucked into Facebook or any social media platform, which can be too easy to do, losing precious time meant for writing.

All attendees will be encouraged to participate and ask questions. “Homework” with each lesson will be to help everyone gain a better knowledge and get more comfortable with Facebook and all that’s available.

Instructor Bio:

Amazon Top 100 Best-Selling Contemporary Romance Author Casey Clipper is from Pittsburgh, PA. She is a noted sports fanatic, chocolate addict, and like you loves to lose herself in a good book. She is also known for her social media posts that often let her followers know that she has no grace whatsoever. Casey’s social media savvy have launched her books into Amazon’s Top 100 of free ebooks with no money spent on advertising, as well as creating contacts with readers, bloggers, authors, and industry professionals. Casey is an active member of the Romance Writers of America, Three Rivers Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance Writers, and Kiss of Death.

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October 3-31, 2016

Workshop: How to Paint  Your World with Words

Instructor: Melinda Williams

Workshop Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $15 TRRW members; $25 RWA members; $35 non-RWA or TRRW members

Workshop Description:

We are going to explore how descriptive writing can transform your work. To write with descriptive words and make the reader’s world picture perfect. To create a world where our reader can see or ‘picture’ the world we create where our setting and characters are believable.

First Week: Discussion about what is description writing and how it will expand your world of writing. How to obtain the eye of the world round you and to reveal how to use it in your writing. Begin on the five senses and how they help paint your words.

Second Week: We will look at sensory detail in more depth. What we see, hear, taste, touch, and feel. How to use this to make our writing pop. We will also examine use of metaphors and similes in writing and the way action verbs keep our stories exciting and moving.

Third Week: Discuss how description can bring our characters and setting to life, which leads to a more exciting page-turner. In addition, how point of view can assist in writing your descriptive piece.

Fourth Week: Close the workshop with how writing description helps with pace and makes a world of vivid storytelling that will keep your reader wanting more.

Instructor Bio:

Melinda lives in the majestic mountains of Arizona. She is a published author of romance, mystery, and paranormal. She also writes articles for Southern Writers Magazine, Native Hoop Magazine, and an editor for Marketing for Romance Writers. When she isn’t creating a suspense story with captivating characters, she can be found reading, writing articles for a magazine, or spending time with her husband Vernon and her kids, Shaelee and Erik.

As a young child, she loved reading and writing. Many nights she would wrap in a blanket, daydream, while creating characters for her own stories. To her own surprise, she started writing and creating my very own world, a place where I could go and lose myself with just a pen and paper.

She grew up with the fascination of the American Indian.  Her love for them grew rapidly as she read about them from my history book.  She wanted to show, in her writings, of the proud people that the American Indians truly are.  They show honor and respect for all living things.  If she can capture just a small portion of that in her writings then that would be an added bonus for her.

**Registration is not open yet**

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November 1-30, 2016

Workshop: Crafting Native American Characters

Instructor: Melinda Williams

Workshop Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $15 TRRW members; $25 RWA members; $35 non-RWA or TRRW members

Workshop Description:

November is Native American Heritage Month. Do you ever wonder how much research goes into developing a Native American Character and make them thrive? Wonder how they use herbs to help the medicine man cure the sick. In this class, you will master the concept of tracking down and learning what is the most important techniques to capture the reader’s heart. Enhance your knowledge of their customs and rituals to make the reader understand. Transform how you write no matter the character. Grasp the intensity of the American Indian while creating your character.
~Week One~
Discuss the many different American Indian Tribes and where they are located.    How to come up with specific character names.

~Week 2~
Discuss the many different herbs and their uses

~Week 3~
How to incorporate animals into your writing and know what each tribe views each one.

~Week 4~
How to create believable shapeshifters into your writing.

Level: Beginners to Intermediate

Instructor Bio:

Melinda lives in the majestic mountains of Arizona. She is a published author of romance, mystery, and paranormal. She also writes articles for Southern Writers Magazine, Native Hoop Magazine, and an editor for Marketing for Romance Writers. When she isn’t creating a suspense story with captivating characters, she can be found reading, writing articles for a magazine, or spending time with her husband Vernon and her kids, Shaelee and Erik.

As a young child, she loved reading and writing. Many nights she would wrap in a blanket, daydream, while creating characters for her own stories. To her own surprise, she started writing and creating my very own world, a place where I could go and lose myself with just a pen and paper.

She grew up with the fascination of the American Indian.  Her love for them grew rapidly as she read about them from my history book.  She wanted to show, in her writings, of the proud people that the American Indians truly are.  They show honor and respect for all living things.  If she can capture just a small portion of that in her writings then that would be an added bonus for her.

**Registration is not open yet**

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Three Rivers Romance Writers Workshop Policy:

  1. There are no refunds on workshops once the workshop sessions begin. The only refunds that will occur if the workshop is canceled for any reason.
  2. All material taught within the workshops is copyrighted by the teacher. There is no sharing of the material outside of the workshops.
  3. Do not contact the teachers off loop unless directed by the workshop teacher or moderator.
  4. Every workshop will have a moderator. Any concerns regarding issues within the workshop itself should be directed to the moderator.

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