Upcoming Workshops from RWASD!

RWASD is always ready to offer quality online courses and we have two fantastic ones coming at you this fall.  These courses are open to anyone who wants to learn with us but remember, if you’re a member of RWASD, you get a discount on the class rate.

Check out what we have in store!


Writing Erotic Romance and Erotica

Date: October 3 – 30, 2016
Cost: $20.00 (RWA-SD members) / $25.00 (non RWA-SD members)

Ever thought about stepping up the heat in your romance novel? Considered writing a sexy story that has your readers becoming hot under the collar as they take in each word? Or maybe you’ve even wondered what it would be like to pen erotica. In this workshop, you’ll learn what exactly defines an erotic romance and erotica. Learn what separates a good one from a not so hot one. The taboos and where to draw the line. What erotica is and is not. Different kinds of erotic romances, and finally, markets for your story.

Because of the subject matter of this workshop it’s intended for mature audiences only. Those easily offended by the discussion of sex, various sexual practices and frank language shouldn’t enroll.

Instructor: Susan Palmquist

Susan Palmquist is the author of romances, mysteries, cookbooks and instructional writing how to’s. Under her pen name, Vanessa Devereaux, she’s a bestselling author of erotic romances and erotica and writes three ongoing series, Perfect Pairing, Big Sky County and Kalispell Shifters. She’s been a writing tutor for a writing school for seven years and also teaches workshops and boot camps for many of the chapters of RWA.


Enroll Here



Scrivener for Writers

Date: November 1 – 30, 2016
Cost: $20.00 (RWA-SD members) / $25.00 (non RWA-SD members)


As writers, we’ve all spent time hunched over a keyboard trying to get our thoughts into some word processor. Word processors such as Word and Pages work ok when it comes to writing fiction but their focus is much more on processing your words (layout, font, headers, footers, etc) than on the creative process. Enter Scrivener.

Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. It allows you to write your story the way you want and helps you integrate your research, planning, writing, etc. all into one tool. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your publisher.

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 Scrivener. 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. Lectures will be given on both Mac and Windows versions of Scrivener wherever substantial differences in the interface are present.

Course Outline:

I opened Scrivener and it is absolutely nothing like Word

Why that’s a good thing
Getting around the interface
Learning enough to get writing now
Starting a new novel
Editing basics

I can’t just start writing, I need to plan first

Capturing your plan and synopsis
Setting up the Corkboard
Using and organizing notecards

I need to get my chapters and scenes organized, my way

Organizing and reorganizing with the Binder
Creating parts, chapters, and scenes
Sorting things the way you want
Mapping into a template
Editing options and views

Whew, my book is ready, now how do I get it out?

Compiling to the final output
Controlling formatting
Compiling to PDF
Compiling for Kindle
Revisiting the template and formatting options

I’ve lost work before and now I’m paranoid, how can Scrivener help?

Configuring Scrivener’s automated backup
Backing up to the cloud (Dropbox) automatically

A little Lagniappe before you go.

Instructor: Patrick Haggerty

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 1995 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, is President of his local RWA chapter and Director of Virtual Meetings for Outreach International RWA.

Enroll Here

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