Upcoming Classes

Unmask Your Character’s Voice Through Deep Point of View
Peggy Waide

If you believe it to be true, it’s true. That’s an old saying which simply means your beliefs are your reality. Thank goodness for that or this would be a pretty boring world. Well, your characters are no different. Their lives and actions are built on their beliefs. Point of view is the lens an author uses to narrate a story which allows the reader to hear and see what a character is feeling or thinking at any given moment. Deep character POV takes average writing and breathes life into your character’s voice to give readers an engaging read, page after page, scene by scene.

This class will start with the basics of point of view. What is it? Which point of view is best for your book? We’ll step into the therapist’s office and plop down on the couch and dig into your character’s minds. How do you, as the author, show and develop strong character voice? Do all your characters believe the same things, act the same way or sound the same? Who should the POV character be in a scene? Do they reveal all or nothing? These are just a few of the points we’ll cover with exercises and live chats.

A long-time member of RMFW, Peggy Waide entered her first Regency romance in the RMFW Colorado Gold Contest. The judging editor offered her a contract. Dreams do come true! She has published four titles with Leisure Books. Montlake now publishes her titles. She is currently shopping an Amateur Sleuth mystery and wrapping up a contemporary romance. She has also presented workshops at RMFW Gold Conference on time management, pitching to editors and agents, writing in layers, plotting and point of view as well as running RMFW conference for two years.

Date
May 7 - 20, 2017
Cost
Members: $30
Non-Members: $35

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Want to Turn Your Novel Into a Screenplay?
Karen Albright Lin

Delve into this very different approach to storytelling and the unique challenges to breaking in. Explore how this collaborative industry works: coverage, finding representation (agents, managers, entertainment attorneys, and the cons - such as stable agents), define options vs. sales, story expectations and the unique format of the film script. Karen is a script doctor, produced screenwriter and writer-for-hire. She's learned some of the rough spots of the industry first hand, and will share her insights. We'll cover book to film requirements, the three act structure (including sequences, plot points, length and format requirements), how to protect your work, high concept, marketing (including trades, directories, networking opportunities like professional organizations such as CO Actors & Screenwriters Assembly, contests, lead services, the best reference books and websites). Also screenwriting software, collaboration and rewriting credit. What is a meeting? Outright Sale versus Development Deals and Auditions. Managers versus Agents, WGA signatories, producers, directors, script consultants, coverage, sample scripts, spec scripts and Writer for Hire. We'll discuss "attendee's" stories and how they might work as screenplays.

Karen is a freelance editor for award-winning and best-selling authors. She's a pitch coach, produced screenwriter, script doctor, speaker (cruise ships, conferences, retreats) and an award-winning author of screenplays, novels, narrative nonfiction, literary cookbooks, shorts, essays and articles for magazines. She’s a blog columnist and has worked with top New York agents on projects ranging from novels and literary cookbooks to celebrity ghost projects. Through a Hollywood agent, her award-winning screenplays have been considered by Barry Sonnenfeld, James Cameron, HBO, Showtime, and the Sy-fi channel. Find out more at www.karenalbrightlin.com.

Date
June 4 - 17, 2017
Cost
Members: $30
Non-Members: $35

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Past Classes

Been There Done That: Writing Effective Flashbacks
Karen Lin

We’ll define backstory, why, when and how to use it through dialogue, dramatic narrative, and flashback. We’ll also address the grammar and the “politics” of flashbacks. We’ll discuss the decision to bring insight from past to present using flashback technique. Flashbacks for the character’s sake--adding depth to character, for the story’s sake-filling in gaps, for the writing sake--creating a fully realized story world, instances when a flashbacks work, instances when flashbacks won’t work, dos and don’ts when writing flashbacks, making the grammar work, setting up for the flashback, and we’ll offer examples of flashback triggers and devices - match cutting, use of senses, etc. We’ll also address longer vs. shorter flashbacks, how early is too early for a flashback, editors’ and agents’ attitudes toward flashbacks, and what to do if you are told to nix your flashback. We’ll discuss examples offered by “attendees.”

Karen Lin is a freelance editor for award-winning and best-selling authors. She's a pitch coach, produced screenwriter, script doctor, speaker (cruise ships, conferences, retreats) and an award-winning author of screenplays, novels, narrative nonfiction, literary cookbooks, shorts, essays and articles for magazines. She’s a blog columnist and has worked with top New York agents on projects ranging from novels and literary cookbooks to celebrity ghost projects. Through a Hollywood agent, her award-winning screenplays have been considered by Barry Sonnenfeld, James Cameron, HBO, Showtime, and the Sy-fi channel.

Find out more at www.karenalbrightlin.com

Date
March 12-25, 2017
Cost
Members: $25
Non-Members: $30

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Writing A Winning Contest Entry
Karen Duvall

Contests, such as the coming Colorado Gold, are an important part of the writer's journey. Contests provide the author with exposure and oftentimes, the final entries are judged by agents and editors. This two week online class will review the various elements judged in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest as well as offer participants a chance to submit samples of their work for feedback.

Lessons will include:

  • Selecting the correct genre for your entry
  • Characterization
  • Point Of View
  • Scene Craft
  • Storytelling
  • Narrative/Voice

Whether you choose to enter contests or simply improve your writing skills, this is the class for you.

Karen Duvall lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five incredibly spoiled pets. Harlequin Luna published her Knight’s Curse series in 2011 and 2012, and her post- apocalyptic novella, Sun Storm, appeared in Luna’s ‘Til The World Ends anthology in January 2013. Her self-published novels include Desert Guardian (romantic suspense), and Demon Fare (urban fantasy).
Karen serves on the board of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers as co-chair for the Colorado Gold Writing Contest. She’s a member of Women’s Fiction Writers of America and is one of three finalists for women’s fiction in the Emma Merritt Contest, sponsored by San Antonio Romance Authors, with her unpublished novel, Unforgettable.
Karen is represented by the McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency in New York City.
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Date
April 2 - 15, 2017
Cost
Members: $30
Non-Members: $35

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The Dreaded Synopsis Workshop
Sharon Mignerey

Sure some people like to write a synopsis. For most writers, the task is about as appealing as jumping into a frozen lake during sub-zero weather--even though some people like that, too. How is a writer to choose among all the conflicting rules, such as a synopsis should be no longer than 3 / 5 / 8 /10 pages (would somebody please decide)? Condensing this much from a whole long novel seems impossible, right? You may be thinking, why not simply read the story?

This workshop helps participants identify the elements required to put together a solid synopsis without it feeling like stuffing a king size foam mattress back into that tiny plastic bag that it arrived in. Workshop participants leave with a workbook that provides concrete reminders of the steps and the techniques that help deconstruct a story to reveal the elements that should be included in a synopsis. The class will end with participants final project writing … the not-so dreaded synopsis

Sharon Mignerey has always known that she wanted to be a story-teller from the time she learned in second grade that spelling words could be turned into stories. She has been a member of RMFW since 1984 and says she became an “instant success” in 1995 when, within 30 days, she sold two books and won RWA’s Golden Heart award for unpublished writers. Since then, her career has had the usual ups and downs typical for most writers, which has culminated in 11 published novels and several more under submission. She regards RMFW as her writing home and loves giving back to the organization. She is a well-known and sought after speaker on the craft of writing and motivation. She has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and has had articles published in the Writer Magazine.

Date
April 16 - 29, 2017
Cost
Members: $30
Non-Members: $35

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