Workshops – 2020


Building Your Street Teams – The Secrets to Selling More Books

Presenter: Penny Sansevieri

Level: Advanced

How to build your fan base from the ground up and how to engage them so they will help you market your book!

Rocking That Hybrid Life

Presenter: Vanessa Riley

Level: Advanced

Explore the options and paths an author will encounter when choosing to straddle the fence and build a career with Indie and Traditional Releases.

Self-Publishing: Mountain, Molehill, or Money Pit

Presenters: Vanessa Knight, Amy Alessio

Level: Advanced

This is an introductory class on how to self publish complete with lists.

Stephanie Scott – Instagram for Authors

Presenter: Stephanie Scott

Level: Intermediate

With 1 billion monthly worldwide users and growing, Instagram is a major league social media platform – and it’s full of readers! Learn strategies how to reach them.

Working with Romance Media

Presenter: Danielle Dresser

Level: Advanced

Trying to promote your book can be a daunting task, but by creating meaningful relationships within the ever-changing romance media landscape, getting the word out about your book can not only be successful and make an impact, but also be fun while doing so!

The Not-So-Magical Care and Feeding of Readers

Presenters: Shae Connor, Sasha Devlin, Dylan St. James

Level: Advanced

This panel will explore ways to handle everything from negative reviews to overly invasive inquiries without straying into the realm of the Badly Behaving Author.

The Not-So-Magical Care of Feeding of Authors

Presenters: Shae Connor, Sasha Devlin, Dylan St. James

Level: Advanced

This panel will discuss how authors can support each other at every relationship level, from fan to professional acquaintance to friend.


Ten Tips for Tighter Tension

Presenter: Molly O’Keefe-Fader

Level: Intermediate

Whether you’re writing women’s fiction, young adult or the steamiest erotica, there’s only one thing that keeps readers turning pages: tension. This workshop will help you dig deep into your manuscript so you can turn up the tension and write can’t-put-it-down books.

The Emotional Arc

Presenter: Tere Michaels

Level: Intermediate

This workshop focuses on the emotional arc; how to craft, analyze and revise the heart of your story.

Going Deep: Quick and Dirty Tips to Deepen POV

Presenter: j. leigh bailey

Level: Beginner

This workshop will provide quick and dirty tips to deepen point of view by understanding character awareness, limiting marks of authorship, cutting filter words, and focusing on showing vs telling–letting the character own the page by leaving barely a trace of the author.

What to Do When You’re Stuck: 4 Methods to Plot Your Way Out of Writer’s Block

Presenter: Alyssa Alexander

Level: Beginner

When your previous plotting methods no longer work and you need to shake things up, you can try new ways to get past that writer’s block.

Riding the Train of Scene and Sequel

Presenter: Terri Reed

Level: Intermediate

Learn to drive your story forward through disasters and new decisions by utilizing Dwight Swain’s Scene and Sequel, modified for romance novels, with award winning author Terri Reed

Finding Your Voice: Five-Star Reviews from the Future

Presenter: Jennifer Stevenson

Level: Advanced

Use free-writing, guided workshop, and brainstorming to identify four or five specific elements of your voice, the things people pay money for; to choose what markets are friendliest to your voice, especially if you are considering moving into a new genre; and to sharpen your awareness of your own uniqueness when developing marketing materials.

Actions and Reactions: Emotional Chemistry to Drive Your Plot Forward

Presenter: KD Garcia

Level: Intermediate

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll use the character’s actions and reactions to move from one plot point to the next and maximize emotion on the page.

Dynamic Dialogue

Presenter: Allie Pleiter

Level: Intermediate

Multi-published author Allie Pleiter leads you through all the ways you can use dialogue within your story to pack a far bigger punch than “she said.”

Writing Queer Sex: Getting It Right

Presenters: Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart

Level: Intermediate

How to write queer sex that won’t have readers closing your book for the wrong reasons.

Heat Up the Pages: A Deeper Look into Erotic Romance

Presenters: Measha Stone, Livia Grant

Level: Intermediate

Shed the light on erotic romance and expose all of the elements that make it a best-selling subgenre of romance.

Outside the Lines: Writing What You Don’t Know

Presenter: Eliza David

Level: Beginner

Writing what you don’t know is easier than you think!

Building Believable Worlds

Presenter: Ava Cuvay

Level: Beginner

Effective Worldbuilding for everyone… the Why, Who, and How to do it.

Secrets of a Meticulous Plotter

Presenter: Tracy Brogan

Level: Intermediate

Plotting tips and tricks to show how knowing the ending will help you craft the beginning-and the middle!

All About Character: Using Character-Themed Word Choice to Power Your Manuscript

Presenter: Elizabeth Essex

Level: Intermediate

Using examples from best-selling authors, Elizabeth Essex gives writers powerful tools to optimize characterization through ‘character-themed’ word choices in their individual genres or sub-genres, and to help them built a mindset and vocabulary that empowers characters on the page.


Domestic Violence in Romance: Write the Story Survivors Deserve

Presenter: Adrianna Herrera

Level: Intermediate

In this workshop authors will learn how to responsibly write survivor stories that are informed, respectful and live up to the promise of an HEA.

What Did You Do in the War, Granny? Why WWII Should Contain More “Herstory”

Presenter: Barb Deane

Learn about all the ways in which American women took on many new roles and changed the outcome of World War II: from Rosie the Riveter, the Atomic Girls, Canteen Girls, and Code Girls, to American Red Cross “Clubmobile Girls”, driving to the front lines in a mobile club, with doughnuts, coffee, and good old American friendliness.

Writer’s Life

Even Superman Had a Day Job

Presenter: Maggie Wells

Level: Beginner

An updated version of my 2018 ‘Don’t Quit Your Night Job’ workshop – reformatted for more class discussion and brainstorming exercises.

Beyond Diversity 101: How to Check Your Privileges, Examine Our Biases, and Move Forward

Presenter: Sasha Devlin

Level: Beginner

This workshop will be a frank discussion on the intersection of marginalizations and romance and ways that we can all be better allies and audiences to make the genre a more inclusive space.

The Happy and Healthy Full-Time Writer

Presenter: Erika Allerton

Level: Intermediate

This workshop will explore every author’s dream—to write full-time—by showcasing ten habits that will serve writers before and after they achieve that dream.

Running on Empty

Presenter: Jeannie Moon

Level: Advanced

If you’ve been pushing yourself too hard, find a healthy work-life balance using smart goal setting techniques and self-motivating tools.