Workshops

Purple Envelope that says "Newsletter" on itContact me if you would like to schedule any of these workshops for your chapter.

If you’d like to receive advanced notice of my upcoming online workshops, please subscribe to my Workshops Newsletter. This newsletter goes out no more than once a month and is used only to announce workshops.

Current Online Workshops

♥ Writing the Romantic Novella

In this workshop you will learn what a novella is, how it’s more than word count that separates it from a novel, and how to successfully craft one of your own.
 The next classes will be held in Sept 9-28, 2018 at the Contemporary Romance Writers RWA Chapter. Registration is now open!

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♥ Freedom and Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers

“Outline” is a scary word for most pantsers. It sounds restrictive, it sounds tedious, it sounds boring. So, there will be no “outlines” here. Nope. None. Instead, you’re going to build yourself a “framework” for your story that’s open and flexible, with plenty of room for playing, experimenting, and checking out new ideas off the beaten path whenever the inspiration strikes you. The next class will be held Oct 1-14, 2018 at the RWA Online Chapter. Registration opens Sept 15, 2018.

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♥ Prep for NaNoWriMo the Bare Bones Way

Get your November novel writing challenge off to a strong start with this pre-plannning method that takes the best of plotting and pantsering and marries them into a process that gives your story a direction to go in, but retains the freedom of discovery that keeps your writing adventure fun. The next class will be held in October 1-28, 2018 at Outreach International RWA. Registration will open closer to the date.

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♥ Developing Stronger Characters Through Journaling

At the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of what makes your main character tick, what drives your character through the story, and how conflict affects character growth and change. Journaling is a fun way to dig deep enough below the surface to unlock your character’s hidden secrets and bring that character alive on the page. The next class will be held November 1-30, 2018 at the Kiss of Death Mystery/Suspense RWA chapter. Registration is open now!

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♥ On Your Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place

On Your Mark, Get Set will help you pinpoint where your story really begins and help you cull that extraneous back history from the opening, saving it for where it really matters, the rest of the book. The next class will be held in February, 2019 at the Contemporary Romance RWA chapter. Sign up for my Workshops Announcement newsletter to receive notification when the class is open for registration.

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♥ How to Design and Teach an Online Workshop

Thinking you might want to teach your own online workshop for RWA chapters or another writer organization, but aren’t sure how to start? How to Design and Teach an Online Workshop can help! The next class will be held in March, 2019 at the Contemporary Romance RWA chapter. Sign up for my Workshops Announcement newsletter to receive notification when the class is open for registration.

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♥ Principles of Good Website Design for Writers

If you want to make your website more user friendly and aesthetically pleasing to visitors, Principles of Good Website Design for Writers will show you how. Sign up for my Workshops Announcement newsletter to receive notification when the class is next scheduled.

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Grow a Book by Catherine Chant book coverRetired Workshops

• Grow a Book: Turning Your Story Idea into a Workable Plot

Learn how to grow your story idea into a full-fledged book and avoid the pitfalls of unsympathetic characters, superficial conflict and a weak plot. This workshop is now retired, but I have created a Kindle version of it that includes all the lessons and exercises from the workshop.

***Available NOW as an e-Book, at Amazon.com***

Coming soon to other online retailers.

• Microsoft Word for Writers

This workshop covered version of Word ’97 thru 2013 and focused on the features most important for fiction writers. It is now RETIRED.

• Turn Your WordPress.com Blog into an Author Website

This workshop covered all the information you need to create an author website at the free blogging site WordPress.com.
 Due to the frequently changing interface of WordPress.com that made the step-by-step instructions quickly obsolete, this workshop is now RETIRED.

• Writing Young Adult Fiction

Young adult fiction is more than stories with younger characters. This workshop covered the elements that go into a successful young adult novel and the genre expectations. It is now RETIRED.

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