Upcoming Classes for RWASD!

RWASD has wonderful classes every month with skilled and passionate teachers wanting to help you improve your writing. Here are a few upcoming classes you can take!

Marketing Your Book With Key Phrases

Date: Sept. 8–21st, 2015

Instructor: Eilis Flynn

Anyone who’s paid attention to advertising and marketing can tell you that there are magic phrases and words that get a reaction from people. That goes for your marketing of your books. Here’s how you can make those phrases work for you. Here’s a look at how your query letters and your marketing can get a second look from your prospective readers and editors, by using words and phrases that elicit a reaction in them.

Cost: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $15 / Non-members: $20

Open to: All

Please register at http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

 Bio:  Eilis Flynn has worked at a comic book company, a couple of Wall Street brokerage firms, a wire news service, and a magazine for futurists. She’s also dined with a former British prime minister and a famous economist, can claim family ties to the emperor of Japan and the president of a major telecommunications company, and met her husband when he asked her to sign a comic book. She’s written romantic fantasies and futuristics and comic books, as well as articles on finance, mortgage-backed securities, and precious metals. Her most recent book, Wear Black, was cowritten with historical romance author Heather Hiestand and is available at most online retailers. She’s also a professional editor with nearly 40 years of experience. She can be reached at eilisflynn@aol.com.

Website: Author: www.eilisflynn.com, Editor: www.emsflynn.com

WordPress for Writers

Date: October 129, 2015

Instructor: Patrick Haggerty

An author today can hardly get by without having some kind of website. If you don’t have the resources to hire a developer, then there’s a good chance that you might find yourself out in the Internet wilds, attempting to built a site all on your own.

A quality site needs three things: vision, content, and a web development framework. The vision is your mental plan for the site and ideally it should correlate to your author brand. Your brand will then lead you to find or create the graphics and text that will make up the site’s content. Finally, to get it all online, most authors will utilize some web development framework to simplify the actual development process.

WordPress is one of the most popular web development frameworks. It’s easy to install, well supported, feature rich, and with a little guidance, easy to use. This class is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to take your vision and your content, and use WordPress to bring your site to life.

Lectures will be presented using recorded videos so you can hear and see as your instructor explains and demonstrates everything you need to become effective with WordPress. Each lecture will be announced through the email list and will be accompanied by a brief timeline. Students will then be able to use the same forms/list to ask questions, discuss lectures, etc.

Course Outline:

But I don’t even have a URL yet!

  • Finding and registering a new URL for your site
  • Locating hosting (where your site actually lives)
  • Setting up WordPress

So what’s a Dashboard and what do I do now?

  • Understanding the WordPress interface
  • Creating and formatting blog posts
  • Uploading and using graphics

I can see my site, but how do I change the look and links?

  • Changing site look with themes
  • Creating and modifying navigation menus and widgets
  • Working with permalinks

This blog thing is nice, but I just want some pages

  • Blog sites vs. brochure sites
  • Creating pages
  • Controlling text and graphics

I’ve so got this, what else should I know?

  • Adding functionality with plugins
  • Using Jetpack
  • Linking to social networking sites like Facebook and Pinterest
  • Backing up and updating WordPress
  • Core WordPress settings and configurations

Cost: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $20 / Non-members: $25

Open to: All

Please register at http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

Bio: After a failed attempt at college and four years in the USMC learning to be a better apex predator, Patrick Haggerty attended Georgia State University where he studied to be an Actuary. Not a very romantic or literary major, but a good paying one. He started consulting on software development and design in 1997 and has spent most of the time since developing and delivering technical training courses for Learning Tree International.

In 2004, while stuck reading a mediocre book in yet another hotel, Patrick decided to try his hand at writing fiction. He may not be published but these days you are much more likely to find him spending his evenings writing romance, than code. Patrick is an active member of RWAmerica, RWAustralia, RW New Zealand, and is President of the Outreach International chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

Pumping Up The Sexual Volume: Writing Sex Scenes that Sizzle

Date: October 516, 2015

Instructor: Sorcha Mowbray

Have you ever read your sex scenes and thought, eh? Do you pick up other author’s books and wish you could write those scorching hot love scenes? Maybe you just want to turn up the sexual heat a notch or two in your own writing? Then this is the class for you.

In Pumping Up The Sexual Volume multi-published erotic romance author, Sorcha Mowbray, reveals how to develop a sex scene step by step, provides tools to accomplish just that, and even answers some naughty questions along the way.

Once this class is done you should be able to write sizzling hot love scenes that include:

  • Simmering sexy kisses
  • Ovation worthy oral sex
  • Mind boggling intercourse

And it will all be done with purpose. This class is lecture/discussion based, so get your fingers warmed up for questions and your muses ready and raring to go!

CAUTION: This course is about sex. Graphic language WILL be used and the instructor may discuss sexual acts that you personally are uncomfortable with. Everyone has their comfort zone. Sorcha will keep the discussion on topic and pertinent to the class, but if you write inspirational or sweet romances—this may not be the class for you.

Cost: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $15 / Non-members: $20

Open to: All

Please register at http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

 Bio: Amazon best-selling, multi-published erotic romance author Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.

She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!

You can find Sorcha at ww.sorchamowbray.com.

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