Fall 2018 Embrace the Red Pen Writing Workshop Series

I’m excited to announce a series of six standalone writing workshops for Fall 2018. Each 3-hour workshop will be held on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon during September, October, or 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.

  • Creating Compelling 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. Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:00am-12:00pm Register for this class
  • Story Structure: Just what is a story? How do you know where to start it, when it’s over, and what goes in-between? In this workshop, We’ll take a look at the basic components of stories, and how the overall conflict weaves the many scenes together. Sunday, Oct. 7, 1:30pm-4:30pm Register for this class
  • 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, 9:00am-12:00pm Register for this class
  • 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, Oct. 14, 1:30-4:30pm Register for this class
  • Building Your Author Platform: This tutorial will show you how to position yourself in the multimedia world for visibility and presence to showcase your unique brand voice. Participants are encouraged to bring their phones, tablets, or laptops to get started that day. Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:30-4:30pm Register for this class
  • The Do’s and Don’ts 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, 9:00am-12:00pm Register for this class

Questions? Requests? Contact me here.

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

Ten years ago, Heather Whitaker combined her love of writing and her love of teaching into a service for authors. As an editor and writing coach, she uses authors’ manuscripts as a tool to not only strengthen their novel, but more importantly, to increase their level of writing.

She’s worked with writers across the spectrum, from budding novelists to award-winning and best-selling authors, including Julianna Baggott (PURE trilogy). She also conducts ongoing writers groups, teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FSU, and gives lectures and workshops on a variety of topics to writers of all genres.


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.