Word Choice Made Simpler
Presented by MM Pollard
Dates: Oct 3 – 28, 2016
Is this you? “What difference does it make if I use me for I and drug for dragged? The reader will get it.”
Or is this you? Eager and anxious – They mean pretty much the same thing – so what difference does it make if I use one or the other?
Trust MM Pollard, it makes a difference! Writers today must be their own editors because publishing firms are downsizing just like other businesses.
In her four-week workshop Word Choice Made Simpler, she covers confusing words and phrases that often spell confusion for writers and their readers and give you tips to use to remember what you learn during the workshop. Even if you slept through high school English class, you will understand and be able to apply her information to your own writing. MM also adds a splash of humor to make each lesson “go down easier.”
Each lesson comes with homework. MM gives feedback on every assignment students return. Think of homework as an opportunity for mini-edits by MM.
MM Pollard puts her training as a certified copy editor, her skills as English teacher extraordinaire, and her experience as editor with Black Velvet Seductions to good use in presenting workshops for writers. She has helped many writers improve their language and writing skills through her fun workshops sponsored by Savvy Authors, Writer U, many RWA chapters, and in her virtual classroom. MM is sure she can help you, too, master the fundamentals of English composition.
MM presented her first face-to-face workshop during the Florida Romance Writers’ Conference Cruise in February, 2015, and lived to show pictures! She would love to present at more conferences in the future as well as continue her online workshops.
MM Pollard, the MM in Workshops with MM, editor, Black Velvet Seductions
MM’s Fundamentals of English
Alphas: Leaders of the Pack
Presented by Robin Matheson
Dates: Oct 3 – 28, 2016
You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter who’s more interested in my numbers than your instincts. … Good, because I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. …
-Judy Dench as M to Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Goldeneye
Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.
-Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia to Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope
Who is he and what’s her story?
Using numerous examples from movies and books, award winning author Robie Madison demystifies the male and female alpha archetype.
1. The Basics behind Pack Mentality and the Dominant Wolf
2. Key Personality Profile Traits of a Typical Alpha
3. Identifying an Alpha Skill Set
4. Goals and Motivations: The Focused Alpha
5. Archetypal Alphas
6. On Being a Man—On Being a Woman: The Alpha’s Emotional Vulnerabilities
An award winning author, Robin Matheson holds an honors specialist degree in Classical Civilization and English and a Master of Education. She’s taught numerous courses at college, overseas, and online courses on writing since 2004. Her in depth knowledge of mythical structures combined with her dynamic presentation style, have made courses such as The Journey Cycle and Crisis, Climax, Resolution: Writing to the End popular.
One of Robin’s greatest passions is traveling. In addition to their home base in Canada, she and her family have also lived in South East Asia and South Africa. Visit her at www.robiemadison.com.
The Culture of War, Weapons and Violence During the Regency
Presented by Merien Grey
Dates: Oct 3 – 28, 2016
Working as an intelligence professional for over a decade, one aspect I always had to consider was how the cultures and peoples I observed placed value on life. I was required to determine everything from how desensitized they were to violence and suffering, to how far they would go to preserve a life or how easily they would take it. Character research in fiction is done via many of the same basic principles. Where characters are concerned, watching one make life and death decisions or if and how they use a weapon, can be as telling as watching them give a tender caress or make love. If done subtly, a reader can discern more about a character in a few seconds of violence, or how the character reacts to violence, than in several paragraphs or even chapters’ worth of backstory.
This class will cover the culture of war and violence just prior to and during the Regency. It will also cover several classes of weapon and various individual weapons for the purpose of representing them and their use accurately. To cover a weapon without covering how, why and to what degree of ferocity it was employed provides only a small portion of the story. Over the month, we will cover how people who lived during the Regency looked at violence, how they came to feel that way, which weapons they might use for any number of confrontations and why. In each section, I will provide a list of programs, videos, photos and references. Upon closing, I will give each participant a free pass to ask about one class related aspect specific to their work in progress, at their convenience, off loop, to round out the subject matter and make sure every student takes something useful away from the class.
Merien Grey spent over a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst observing all manner of people and their behavior. During her exploits, she was forced to develop a working knowledge of what many consider “historical” weapons since many third world countries still use them. This line of study took on a life of its own and became a hobby she has enjoyed and built on over the years. When she began writing Regency romance, it was a natural progression to make the Regency her main period of interest. It has been her favorite recreational study subject for over a decade now. Merien has degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English and Communications Technology. Merien currently lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier in Washington state with her husband, two dogs and a kiddo who rules the land with an iron hand, at least until bedtime.