Events

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2019 Events

September 14, 2019
1:00-1:30 pm Regular membership meeting @ ECPI University
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop: Getting Social Media DONE!
Workshop Description: Author Branding on Social Media Platforms with Jody Kaye. Learn what, where, and the easiest methods of how to schedule posts on Instagram, Facebook, and other social platforms. Please note: This workshop focuses on content creation, not advertising.

October 1-25, 2019
Online Workshop: Horses—What do you do when a horse shows up in your story?
Instructor: Kathryn Jane
Cost: $35
Description: What do you do when a horse shows up in your story? Do you panic? Hit the brakes? Inform your MC she can’t have a horse? Not if you take this course filled with basic horsemanship, in-depth equine knowledge, critical terminology and a bonus list of don’ts to save you from looking like a rookie and making readers toss your book at a wall.

October 12, 2019
HCRW Annual Conference & Narrative Voice Writing Workshop Featuring John Claude Bemis
9:00 am-3:30 pm @ ECPI University
Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members (Buffet lunch included)
**Limited Seating Available**
Workshop Description: No matter what genre you write, this one-day workshop will help you explore different narrative voices to find what works for you and your story. Through exercises that will stretch the imagination and deepen your craft, you’ll leave with a better approach to captivating readers. The workshop will be a warm and supportive environment where you can grow and take risks. Bring a page from your current story so we can see what you’re currently doing with your narrative voice.

November 1-25, 2019
Online Workshop: Naked and Lost—Use Narrative, Setting, and Description to Both Show AND Tell
Instructor: Suzanne Johnson
Cost: $30
Description: This three-week workshop will get deep and dirty into what is often considered anathema in today’s “show, don’t tell” writing world—setting, description, and narrative. We’ll dig deep into our own WIPs, finished manuscripts, or favorite novels to see how we can use narrative, setting, and description to deepen our characters’ POVs, help our readers know them better, and immerse readers into the worlds we’re building—even if they’re in small-town USA. We’ll also look at continuity, pacing, and visual tricks to help us keep track of time and place so that no one’s getting lost and naked (unless, of course, we want them to be). Roll up your sleeves and get ready to become worldbuilders, architects, fashion designers, and timekeepers.

November 9, 2019
1:00-1:30 pm Regular membership meeting @ ECPI University
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop: Audiobooks 101—Everything You Wanted to Know About Publishing in Audio But Were Afraid to Ask)
Workshop Description: Join award-winning veteran audiobook narrator-producer Karen White for a presentation on all things audiobook. Relevant to audiobook virgins as well as those who've already been around this particular block. Topics covered will include protecting your audiobook rights, casting, production basics, costs, distribution options, traditional vs. indie publishing, collaborating with narrators, and marketing. Bring your questions!

December 9, 2019
1:00-3:00 pm Holiday party @ ECPI University

2020 Events

January 6-31, 2020
Online Workshop: Bringing Pirates to Life
Instructor: Cindy Vallar
Cost: $30
Description: Explore the differences between the reality and mythology of Caribbean piracy during the mid-seventeenth through the early eighteenth centuries, and how writers can create believable characters that fit within historical parameters. We look at why individuals became pirates, who’s who on a pirate ship, the rules governing pirates, individuals who interacted with or encountered pirates, and other aspects of maritime life an author needs to know to write a pirate tale. Cindy enhances the workshop with writing assignments, a timeline, and resource bibliographies. At the end of the workshop, Cindy offers to provide a free edit of a chapter from participants’ manuscripts involving pirates.

January 11, 2020
1:00-1:30 pm Regular membership meeting @ ECPI University
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop: Beth Bolden on Branding Workshop

February 3-27, 2020
Online Workshop: PTSD for Fiction Writers
Instructor: Kathryn Jane
Cost: $30
Description: Get the facts straight before you write about PTSD, and the tools needed to respectfully portray characters dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a broad layman’s overview–who, where, what, when, why, and how–of PTSD’s effects on individuals, families, acquaintances, interpersonal relationships, careers, and other situations.

February 8, 2020
1:00-1:30 pm Regular membership meeting @ ECPI University
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop: Angela Knight, hostage negotiations

March 2-27, 2020
Online Workshop: Quilting 101/Plotting
Instructor: Suzanne Johnson
Cost: $30

March 14, 2020
HCRW Annual Conference
9:00 am-3:30 pm
Registration and location information TBA
**Limited Seating Available**

April 1-30, 2020
Online Workshop: Witches, Kelpies, and Fairies, Oh My!
Instructor: Cindy Vallar
Cost: $30
Description: Step into the unknown as we explore the supernatural world of Scotland. Highlanders and Lowlanders, as well as Islanders, believed the creatures and forces of the Otherworld were real—and sometimes more menacing than one’s neighbors. In this workshop you’ll learn about the differences between Highland and Lowland witches; second sight and seers; water creatures; portents of death; the world of fairies and elves; other supernatural beings; and ghosts.

April 11, 2020
1:00-1:30 pm Regular membership meeting @ ECPI University
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop: TBD

May 4-30, 2020
Online Workshop: Emergency Preparedness
Instructor: Kathryn Jane
Cost: $30
Description: Find skills for your characters, and for your own life. There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who knows what to do next. Don’t let an unexpected emergency stop you or your heroine in your tracks. Information and practical exercises will help you be prepared, even if your emergency is between the pages of the book you’re writing.

May 9, 2020
1:00-1:30 pm Regular membership meeting @ ECPI University
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop: TBD

June 1-29, 2020
Online Workshop: Unconventional Characters
Instructor: Suzanne Johnson
Cost: $30
Description:

June 13, 2020
1:00-1:30 pm Regular membership meeting @ ECPI University
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop: Marketing strategies

July 11, 2020
1:00-3:00 pm Regular membership meeting & Write-in @ ECPI University

August 5-30, 2020
Online Workshop: Blast off Beginnings—Writing Opening Chapters That Take Readers Along for the Ride
Instructor: Angela Knight
Cost: $30
Description: How to write a beginning that will have readers clicking the BUY button. Knight examines the elements that engage the reader’s curiosity and make them care about your characters. She will explain how to design and execute a fantastic story that will land you on your readers’ auto-buy lists.

August 8, 2020
1:00-3:00 pm Regular membership meeting & National Conference Report @ ECPI University

September 12, 2020
1:00-1:30 pm Regular membership meeting @ ECPI University
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop: TBD

October 10, 2020
1:00-1:30 pm Regular membership meeting @ ECPI University
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop: TBD

November 4-26, 2020
Online Workshop: Hearts & Handcuffs
Instructor: Angela Knight
Cost: $30
Description: Readers love cops, but writing believable police and sheriff’s officers can be difficult if you don’t know the procedures cops use to defend themselves and investigate crimes. In this workshop, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight and her husband Michael Woodcock, a veteran officer of more than twenty years, will cover everything from felony car-stops to murder investigations and hostage negotiations. Many cops have offered classes on aspects of police work, but since they’re not writers, they often don’t know what writers really need to know. As a result, they tell a lot of war stories, but may not cover the details essential to believability. Knight and Woodcock plan to give that information.

November 14, 2020
1:00-1:30 pm Regular membership meeting @ ECPI University
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop: TBD

December 12, 2020
1:00-3:00 pm Holiday party @ ECPI University