Fall 2018 Embrace the Red Pen Writing Workshop Series

I’m excited to announce a series of seven standalone writing workshops for Fall 2018. Each 3-hour workshop will be held on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon during September, October, and early November. The $45 fee includes drinks, snacks, and materials to take home.

Class size is limited to 15 to allow a more interactive workshop.

Registration opens Aug. 1st.

  • Characters: Learn how to develop layered, authentic characters, the importance of character arcs, major vs. minor characters, how to know which darlings to kill and more. Sunday, Sept. 9, 1:30-4:30pm
  • Publishing with Amazon: A step-by-step guide to turning your story into an ebook and print novel using the Amazon publishing platform, plus suggestions on creating your Amazon author page. Sunday, Sept. 16, 1:30-4:30pm
  • Story structure: Just what is a story? How do you know where to start it, when it’s over, and what goes in-between? We’ll take a look at the basic components of stories, and how the overall conflict weaves the many scenes together. Saturday, Sept. 29, 9am-12pm
  • Plot a Novel: Learn how to plot a novel quickly and efficiently as we go through the steps of plotting a full-length novel in a single morning. The Story Structure workshop is not a pre-requisite, but would be helpful to those taking this workshop. Saturday, Oct. 13, 9am-12pm
  • Storyboards: Learn how to create a storyboard as a visual tool to “see” your entire story. We’ll learn how to make the most of this tool for a variety of situations: whether you’ve already finished a full draft or are on page one, whether your story has one POV character or five, and whether your story . Sunday, Oct. 28, 1:30-4:30pm
  • Building Your Platform: Social Media and Marketing for Writers: this tutorial will get you up to speed on making the most of social media as a marketing tool, with the least amount of time. Participants are encouraged to bring their phones, tablets, or laptops to get started that day. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2pm-5pm
  • The Do’s and Don’t of Tropes: What are tropes and are they a bad thing? Which tropes and “rules” do I need to know about for my genre? This introductory class will provide unofficial rules for what’s expected in a variety of genres (and why), including: romance, thriller, cozy mystery, children’s novels, and memoir. Saturday, Nov. 10, 9am-12pm.

Questions? Requests? Want to reserve a spot now? Contact me here.

The workshops will be presented by Heather Whitaker, except Publishing with Amazon co-presented by author Laura Lascarso and Building Your Platform presented by author Dr. Donna Jennings (writing as Dr. J).

Laura Lascarso is an award-winning author who has been published both independently and traditionally. She wants readers to stay up way past their bedtime reading her stories. She aims to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of storytelling to heal and transform a society. When not writing, Laura can be found screaming “finish” on the soccer fields, rewatching Veronica Mars, and trying to convince politicians that climate change is real. She lives in North Florida with her darling husband and two kids. She loves hearing from readers, and she’d be delighted to hear from you. 

Dr. Donna Jennings (Dr. J.) is a retired sex therapist and college professor, who enjoys the island life in Florida. The publication of Forever Tattooed in 2016 launched her sexy writing career. Her stories are included in Bedtime Diaries, Bellesa Stories, Radish Fiction and in two Cleis Press Anthologies, Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Vol 2, and Big Book of Submission Vol 3. Dr. J.’s latest work, Erotic Moves was accepted for publication in The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty Thirty Vol 3. As a life-long educator, she works with other writers to make reader connections through social media. When not doing authorly things, you can see her on the pétanque court perfecting her competition moves while sipping something cold.