CRWs Online Workshops for January, 2014


Colorado Romance Writers has several upcoming Online Workshops
For more Information:

Title: Candid Confessions of a Newbie Author

Instructor: Alexa Bourne

Fee: $20.00 – $25.00

Dates: January 6 – January 31, 2014

Classroom: Foothills

Classifications: Editing, Writing Development, Craft

Description: Have you ever wondered what happens after the contract is signed? Alexa Bourne takes you on a candid tour of her world from the moment she received THE CALL until long after that first book hit the cyber shelves. She’ll give you the inside scoop on all the behind the scenes work that the readers and unpublished authors don’t get to see.

She’ll give you the pros and cons, ups and downs, that accompany each step of the process, and she’ll share how she’s handled (or struggled with) each one. Join us for a sneak peek into the life of a newbie author!

BIO: Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her stories with readers everywhere.

When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV, and thinking about exercising. Okay, she also spends way too much time interacting with readers and writers on social media sites. But don’t tell her editors! Find out more about her and her books on her website,

Title: Did You NaNo? Then Make the Best of It!

Instructors: Todd Stone, Major, United States Army (Ret.)

Fee: $20.00 – $25.00

Dates: January 6 – 31, 2014

Classroom: Prairie

Classifications: Editing, Revisions, Proofreading, Draft Work, Manuscript Completion Strategies, Craft

Description: Did you NaNo? Then Make the Best of It!

So you have 50,000 words from NaNo—or a bunchathousand words from another draft—so now what? In this workshop we’ll provide you with strategies and techniques to go forward—to get the best from the draft you wrote for NaNoWriMo or any draft manuscript you have–with the most comprehensive revision system available. In this on-line, NaNo-friendly version of Todd’s popular "Real-world Revision" Novelist’s Boot Camp Workshop, you’ll dig deep into your draft and learn:

– How to get the best from your experience and use selected techniques to FINISH THE BOOK

– The difference between editing, revising, and proofreading—and which to do when

– A quick front to back method for triaging your scenes

– In-depth revision strategies adapted from Hollywood

No generic writing assignments here–this workshop is about your draft and your novel.

BIO: Todd Stone is former Army Infantry Airborne Ranger and Instructor at the US Military Academy at West Point and is the multi-published award-winning author of NOVELIST’S BOOT CAMP and the presenter of The Novelist’s Boot Camp Workshops. The NBC Workshops have been featured at venues such as RT, RWA National, The University of Wisconsin Writers Conference, Love is Murder Mystery/Suspense Conference, DUCKON Science Fiction Convention, The School of the Arts at Rhinelander, and at RWA chapters across the country. Visit his website at for free downloads from NOVELISTS BOOT CAMP.

Title: The Coffee Break Guide to Business Plans for Writers

Instructor: Amy Denim

Fee: $20.00 – $25.00

Dates: January 6 – January 31, 2014

Classroom: Red Rocks

Classifications: Writing Development, Professional Development, Publishing, Industry

Description: A business plan can help you by organizing your goals for your writing career, understand the industry and your competition and managing your writing efforts toward success. But writing is not your typical small start-up that requires you to write a proposal with tables and charts to present to your bank. In this workshop you’ll build a business plan just like you do a book, with a blurb, acknowledgements and chapters.

In the workshop you will:

– Find your Motivational Muse (instead of developing a dull mission statement)

– Dream big and small (to come up with realistic short and long term goals to guide your career)

– Put together a plan to do a fun book store run (not a deadly boring competitive analysis)

– Become and Author Entrepreneur!

BIO: Amy Denim writes contemporary romance and loves hot heroes (like chefs and cowboys) and curvy intelligent heroines (like chefs and cowgirls.)

She’s been a franchise sales coordinator, a life guard, a personal shopper, and a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. But now she spends her days reading and writing at her local library.

Amy started out her writer’s life scared out of her wits because she hadn’t yet created an online platform, wasn’t on twitter, didn’t have a Facebook fanpage and had never even heard of Goodreads. She just wrote books. So she spent a year becoming a social media fiend and now does consulting for creatives on how to use social media effectively. She started Coffee Break Social Media to help writers and artists learn to use SM platforms effectively (without the scare tactics) but still have time to create. She believes social media can be every writer’s friend, sometimes they just need an introduction.

Title: Branding Workshop

Instructor: Kris Tualla

Fee: $15.00 – $20.00

Dates: January 6 – 17, 2014

Classroom: Cherry Creek

Classifications: Professional Series — Professional Development, Promotion, Marketing, Publishing, Industry

Description: In today’s crowded market, authors need to stand out in order to be discovered by readers. That discoverability begins with author branding, long before any books are published. In this presentation we’ll look at what a brand is—and isn’t—and work together to create participants’ personal brands.

BIO: Kris Tualla, a dynamic award-winning and internationally published author of historical romance and suspense, writes with a fast-paced and succinct style. Her plots are full of twists, passion, and very satisfying outcomes! Kris started in 2006 with nothing but a nugget of a character in mind, and has created a dynasty with The Hansen Series and its spin-off, The Discreet Gentleman Series. Norway is the new Scotland!

Kris is an active member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and Sisters in Crime. She is an enthusiastic speaker and teacher, and created Arizona Dreamin’ – Arizona’s first romance-reader event: – and it’s author-focused companion:


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