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

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 wll be held February 6-18, 2017 at Savvy Authors. Registration will open closer to the date. Sign up for my Workshops Announcement newsletter to receive a reminder when the class is available for registration.

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Curly Cue Divider in PurpleWriting Young Adult Fiction

Young adult fiction is more than stories with younger characters. In this workshop we’ll talk about the elements that go into a successful young adult novel, the genre expectations and get you started on drafting a young adult novel of your own. The next class will be held Feb 1-27, 2017 at Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR) RWA Chapter. Registration will open closer to the date. Sign up for my Workshops Announcement newsletter to receive a reminder when the class is available for registration.

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Curly Cue Divider in PurpleDeveloping 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 April 2-22, 2017 at the Celtic Hearts RWA Chapter. Registration will open closer to the date. Sign up for my Workshops Announcement newsletter to receive a reminder when the class is available for registration.

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On 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 April 3-28, 2017 at the RWA Online Chapter.

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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 April 10-21, 2017 at the RWA San Diego chapter.

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Turn Your WordPress.com Blog into an Author Website

This workshop covers all the information you need to create an author website at the free blogging site WordPress.com.
 At the end of this workshop you will have a live author website ready to promote yourself and your work. The next class will be held in May 1-31, 2017 over at Outreach International RWA.

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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. The next class will be held in May, 2017 at Northeast Ohio RWA (NEORWA). Registration will open closer to the date. Sign up for my Workshops Announcement newsletter to receive a reminder when the class is available for registration.

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(NOTE: This special three-week version of this class will also include lessons for creating a free author website at WordPress.com.)

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Prep for NaNoWriMo the Bare Bones Way

Get your next 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 June, 2017 at Savvy Authors (in preparation for Camp NaNoWriMo in July). Registration will open closer to the date. Sign up for my Workshops Announcement newsletter to receive a reminder when the class is available for registration.

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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, Exclusively at Amazon.com***

Kindle Unlimited members can download the book for free, and Amazon Prime members can borrow the book for free.
Curly Cue Divider in PurpleMicrosoft Word for Writers

This workshop is now RETIRED, but the 100-page lesson book is available to purchase in PDF format for $10 via Paypal. Just contact me via the contact form on this site to let me know you want the booklet. I’ll Paypal you an invoice. The file will be delivered via e-mail after payment is received. The lessons cover Word ’97 through 2013, for both Mac and Windows. You can preview the Table to Contents here (downloadable PDF).

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