Start Off 2016 with Some Education!

We’re all plotting out our goals for 2016, so why not plan to further your writing prowess? RWASD has two classes beginning right at the new year. What a perfect time to dive in!

You can register for any of our classes here:

Remember, if you’re an RWASD member, you get a discount on all classes.


PTSD for Writers

Date: January 4–31th, 2016

Instructor: Kathryn Jane

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

Open to: All

This class will offer the tools needed to respectfully portray characters dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a broad layman’s overview – who, where, what, when, why, and how – of PTSD’s effects on individuals, families, acquaintances, interpersonal relationships, careers and other situations.

  Bio: Presenter Kathryn Jane’s extensive academic research of PTSD was done as a mature student, and the information she will provide is based on research papers, research interviews, and personal experience.

She writes about kick-ass women and the men who dare to love them.  Her self-published novels span multiple genres—romantic suspense/adventure, paranormal, and women’s fiction.

She loves the beach, her cat, her dog, the man of the house, her faerie garden, and the color turquoise—in no particular order.

Home is near the ocean, on the west coast of Canada.





Character Cheat Sheet: Shortcuts to Writing Multi-Dimensional, Empathetic Characters

Date: January 11–24th, 2016

Instructor: Donna Alward

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

Open to: All

Great characters are the cornerstone of any story. The key to writing characters your reader will care about is by making them not only three-dimensional but empathetic. In this workshop you’ll come away with a “cheat sheet” guaranteed to help you discover your character’s qualities, flaws, and nuances – all in a direct, concise way – and how to use them to have your reader begging for more.

Bio: While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts.  Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers.

Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict.  You can visit her on the web at




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