Writing from the Male POV
Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: August 1 – 15, 2016
In this updated version, learn the ins and outs of character creation from a side of romance we rarely hear from, the male romance reader/writer! Paranormal Romance author Sascha Illyvich shares with us tips on how to create more memorable characters, avoid some common pitfalls and have more fun with our writing!
What you’ll learn from this class
- Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
- How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
- How to get your man to express his true “self” and speak in his voice
- What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*
- Relationship issues Men face*
- A man’s self view*
- The Gay Male Mindset
- The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
- A man’s journey in life and his Success
- How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story
A few extras
Using character creations sheets (don’t groan!) that have all the relevant information you’ll need, you’ll be able to craft male characters that are just as deep as your female characters. Getting inside the heads of your male characters is the most important aspect of “how to write” them.
Cross gender writing can make or break an author’s career if they cannot portray the opposite gender clearly and accurately. With the growing popularity of M/M romances, it’s becoming increasingly important for males to be portrayed in the proper light! We’ll cover all that here and a lot more over the next week.
Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, Sascha started writing fifteen years ago. Author of over 45 titles, his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.
Former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, Sascha continues to write for Red Sage, Ardent Books, Secret Cravings Publishing, Decadent Publishing, Sizzler Editions and Totally Bound. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com
Agency Representation provided by The Corvisiero Agency
Sascha also edits for Ardent Books, a division of Assent Publishing, and Sizzler Editions Intoxication Line, a division of Sizzler Editions. Sascha is also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group defining erotica for writers in any genre! Find us at http://www.write-sex.com
Social Media for the Confused and Terrified
Presented by Elena Dillon
Dates: August 1 – 29, 2016
In this class we will go over the basics of the social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Blab. I will give you ways to stream line social media, we will do goal setting and discuss the ways and reasons to use each platform.
This class is for people who are uncomfortable with Social Media, its different formats and want an easy way to make it work for them as an author. So if you’ve been putting off getting comfortable with the many different platforms now’s your chance!
Author, Elena Dillon, is the winner of a Weta Nichols Writing Award and an InD’tale RONE award. She was also a finalist in the Book Buyers Best, the Published Maggie’s and the Reader’s Favorite Awards all in the Young Adult category. She writes sweet teenage romance with sass,suspense and swoon. Elena has never lived anywhere besides Southern California, which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife to her husband of twenty-five years and a mother to her three kids and high-maintenance bulldog, Brutus. A self-proclaimed nerd, she spends her days writing and catering to Brutus, w
++ho considers her “the help.”
Fights, Farce and Fiction
Presented by Merien Grey
Dates: August 1 – 29, 2016
Fights are as good for evoking emotions as making love. If done properly, a reader can tell more about a character in those few minutes before, during and after a fight or violent scene than you can in several paragraphs or even chapters worth of backstory. This class is to give authors insight into the various story-enhancing opportunities they have when using weapons and in fight scenes. Teaching authors to present more than just the glint of a blade, the sizzle or rasp of a sword being drawn and showing them how to research and exploit all the aspects of confrontations to add as many emotion invoking tools to their writers tool box to create detailed realistic fiction as possible. At the end or the course, the instructor will take one question or excerpt from each attendee and answer the question or questions via video conference or email as per the attendees request.
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.
Historic Battlefield Medicine
Presented by Georgie Lee
Dates: August 1 – 29, 2016
War during the Regency era wasn’t pretty and neither were the wounds and treatments soldiers and seamen suffered in the heat of battle. Even if a soldier survived his injury, there was no guarantee he would live through the many infectious diseases which ran rampant through the military hospitals. Surgeons were ill-equipped to deal with the mass numbers of soldiers in need of treatment and did the best they could with the limited knowledge and tools they possessed.
Battlefield Medicine will take you through the ins and outs of British Army and Navy medicine during the late Georgian and Regency eras. The training and techniques of surgeons, as well as the medicines and pain relief available, field hospital practices and the effects of infection and disease on the healthy and wounded alike will all be explored. Firsthand accounts of military surgeons and their patients will help provide a full picture of medicine in the time before antibiotics or germ theory, as this class examines this bloody, horrific and often fatal aspect of Regency life.
A lifelong history buff, Georgie Lee hasn’t given up hope that she will one day inherit a title and a manor house. Until then, she fulfills her dreams of lords, ladies and a season in London through her stories. When not writing, she can be found reading non-fiction history or watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit www.georgie-lee.com to learn more about Georgie and her books