Below are the online workshops being offered in January by RWA’s Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter. If you are a writing instructor and are interested in teaching a workshop, please contact me for available dates, rates, and proposal submission guidelines.

POV: Going Deep and Staying Put – An Interactive Workshop

01/05/2015 – 01/25/2015

It doesn’t matter if you write first-person narrative or third-person with multiple viewpoint characters—getting deep inside a POV character’s head is the key to writing stories that grab readers by the ba…uh…heartstrings, no matter what genre you’re writing. In this workshop, each participant will have a chance to examine the genre expectations of POV, look at the pros and cons of each POV technique, and then take his or her own work-in-progress, a finished work, or a favorite published work and deconstruct it to take the POV deep and keep it there. Each workshop participant will receive individual feedback through a series of weekly assignments.

About the Presenter, Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson writes the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series for Tor Books, with book four, Pirate’s Alley, releasing in April 2015. Under the name Susannah Sandlin, she writes the best-selling Penton Legacy paranormal romance series and The Collectors romantic thriller series for Montlake Romance. A longtime New Orleanian now living in bucolic Auburn, Alabama, she has a fondness for SEC football, Cajun accents, and redneck reality shows. In her “spare time” (laughs manically) she does multi-media art and collects alligators…as long as they’re not breathing.

Cost: FFP Members:$20.00/Non-Members: $25.00

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Creating A Book Launch Plan

01/05/2015 – 02/01/2015

Creating a book launch plan can be stressful no matter how that book is published. During this class, you’ll learn about the many components that can make up a book launch plan—and how to decide which to use. We’ll also share some tools to organize yourself so you can approach your next book release with confidence and a sense of calm.

Goals For The Class:

  • For students to learn what elements to include in a marketing plan to launch their book
  • For students to create a marketing budget for their book launch
  • For students to establish task deadlines when promoting their book
  • For students to gain knowledge and tools to help them create a cohesive marketing plan to launch their book
  • For students to discover trustworthy resources for further research

This class will cover:

  1. Overview of Launching Your Book
  2. Targeting Goals by Creating Action Plans
  3. Tips for Debut Authors (and Reminders for Everyone Else)
  4. Creating Pre-Launch Book Buzz
  5. Tallying Costs and Return on Investment
  6. Social Media as a Promotional Tool
  7. Getting Your Book Reviewed
  8. Tours, Hops, and Guest Posts
  9. Purchasing Paid Advertising and Promotion
  10. Writing Press Releases
  11. Scheduling Release Parties
  12. Book Signings, Live Appearances, Radio & Video
  13. Technical Stuff You’d Rather Not Think About

About the Presenter, Kelli Finger

Kelli Finger is published under her pseudonym Abbey MacInnis and publishes books under her sole-proprietorship publishing company. Kelli recently added a certification in grant writing to her writing experience. A classically-trained vocalist with a Masters of Social Work, Kelli is a strong advocate for people with disabilities and has worked for over six years as a Braille proofreader. Having faced the challenges of developing her own self-publishing career, she’s eager to help others save time and understand their many options.

Cost: FFP Members:$20.00/Non-Members: $25.00

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