Capital Region Romance Writers have expertise in a wide variety of topics. Our members are available to present workshops for writing groups, libraries, conferences and other events.
Please contact authors individually to discuss inviting them to speak.
- Members – please visit the Member Resources section for a link to have your workshop included on this list!
Rebecca Grace Allen
- The Plot Thickens: Discover how to plan out your scenes through outlining and storyboarding, learn the three act format of story planning and get deeper into your characters’ heads through the principles of goal, motivation and conflict.
- Do You Wanna Write a Romance? Learn how to write a romance novel or novella, taught by an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Bestselling author! This class covers all the basics, including the different sub-genres of romance, character development, story planning, and heat levels (also known as good parts).
Kathryn R. Biel
- E-book formatting for PC: A step-by step guide of how to format your own ebooks when using a PC.
Kari Cole & Evi Klein
- Fantastic Contests & Where to Find Them: Contests can be a great way to get feedback, network with other writers, and get your work in front of agents and editors. But there are many kinds out there–from blog-based pitch contests to RWA chapter contests. Knowing which ones to submit to can be overwhelming. How do they work? What are the benefits and drawbacks to each? And how do you choose which ones are worth it?
For this workshop, Kari Cole (Winner of the Golden Heart, Daphne du Maurier, and Catherine awards) and Evi Klein (Golden Heart Finalist, winner of Fire and Ice and two time #Pitchwars mentee) will share what they’ve learned through their experiences with a wide variety of contests, giving you the tools to choose which ones are best for you and how to get your work ready for them.
Joe Di Bari
Stopping Blocks: How to cure blocks in writing
- Apps for Writers: Writing is hard. Finding the right tools to help you create your masterpiece is even harder. Who has the time to sort through the options, much less learn how to use them?
This workshop will demonstrate a curated selection of writing apps to simplify every stage of the writing process, from planning through marketing, and everything in between.
Apps taught for the class will vary by the group’s needs. Apps include Trello, Aeon Timeline, Keep, Canva, Evernote, Inspiration, MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, One Note, Airtable, Wunderlist, Scapple, Scrivener, WriteWay, and others.
Jean C Gordon
- Romancing The IRS: Basic tax information and planning for authors.
- Gone in 60 Minutes: A hands-on workshop/tool for writing a synopsis in roughly an hour. The workshop takes longer than an hour.
- Goal-setting For The Chronically Disappointed Writer: Self-help gurus and life coaches will tell you to think positively and success will fall into your lap. But if that worked, would they still have jobs? If thinking positively hasn’t gotten you on any best-seller lists, maybe it’s time to try something new. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, multi-published hybrid author and experienced self-re-inventor Jeanette Grey will challenge you to probe your darkest depths for the sources of your disappointments and resentments in your writing career. Then, we’ll tackle those issues head-on, discussing the fallacies that keep people barking up the wrong trees, and strategizing how to both harness and silence the Debbie Downers that live in all of our heads. Participants will leave armed with new areas for improvement, refreshed serenity to accept what they cannot change, as well as actionable, concrete goals for how to make progress and find more joy in their careers—and their lives.
- The Art And Science Of Writing Deep POV: Readers crave it. Agents and editors demand it. Writing in Deep POV puts your readers in the minds of your characters, giving them the escapist, immersive experience they’re looking for every time they pick up a new book. In this workshop, RITA-finalist author Jeanette Grey explores both the art and the science of writing in Deep POV. Learn new ways to get into the heads of your own characters and bring their stories to life, while also picking up tricks for refining your writing and revising with an eye to creating the richest, deepest POV possible.
- Fabulous Fiction At Any Length: The world of digital publishing has taken the long-standard format of the novel and blown it wide open. E-books can be as short or as long as the story requires. The new-found freedom is dizzying. In this workshop, two-time RITA finalist Jeanette Grey examines the utility of publishing works of various lengths for both indie and traditional authors, then breaks down how to tell a satisfying story, be it a piece of flash fiction, a multi-volume epic, or anything in between.