April 2011 2 weeks April 1st thru 16th)

Class #1: Sieze the Reader: Write compelling openings that don’t let go!
Instructor: Anthea Lawson

You have one sentence. One paragraph. A page if you’re lucky. Make the most of your chance to grab the reader, whether they’re an agent, editor, or bookstore browser. Learn how to escape the most common pitfalls and pull the reader into your story. Drawing on years of experience giving workshops, as well has her insights as a contest judge and critiquer, RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson will lead this two-week workshop. We’ll look at examples of novel openings, dissect what works (and what doesn’t), and explore common problems writers have with their beginnings. This is a hands-on workshop with lessons posted every-other-day. Questions and comments encouraged!Instructor Bio:
RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson is a dynamic, engaging instructor. She has presented workshops at the Emerald City Writer’s Conference, been the featured speaker for RWA chapters throughout the NW, and has taught online for Hearts Through History and East Valley RWA. Anthea is a teacher by both trade and inclination — her day jobs have included client education for a large-scale coffee roaster, and a sought-after fiddle instructor for both kids and adults. She brings enthusiasm and a deft touch to her teaching, invariably giving students “lightbulb” moments as they participate in her engaging workshops.
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April 2011 (4 week version April 18th thru May 13th) 
Class #2: Pitch Like a Pro for Writers (includes Editor pitch session*)
Instructor:  Kerri Nelson

Want to practice your pitch for an upcoming pitch session to an agent or editor? Need help refining your pitch to include in a query letter? Well, practice makes perfect!Sign on for this handy four week pitch practice workshop, taught by multi-published romantic suspense author, Kerri Nelson. *During class you’ll get to practice pitches for up to 2 different novels AND at the end of class you’ll have the opportunity to pitch before a real acquiring EDITOR from a major publisher!*Over the past five years, Kerri has pitched more than thirty different books in every imaginable genre (from erotica to young adult) to multiple agents and editors with a tremendous success rate for follow-up requests for both partial and full manuscripts. She has sold fourteen novels and novellas in the last eighteen months after perfecting her pitch process!In this intensive interactive course, Kerri offers up the secrets to nailing your pitch, how to score a home run with editors, and how not to stop short of getting the results you want!Start the year off right with the book contract you’ve been waiting for!Students from prior classes have sold 3 book deals to Sourcebooks, been offered representation by agents, and many other successes after perfecting their pitch with me.Instructor Bio:
Kerri Nelson has always been passionate about reading books but when she wrote her first poem in the second grade, she discovered her love of writing. At the age of sixteen, she became a columnist for her local newspaper as the high school correspondent for the weekly “Panther Tales” column. She won the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.After an education and career in the legal field, Kerri began to pen romantic suspense novels with a legal or law enforcement theme. She currently lives in the sunny south with her romance inspiring husband and her adorable children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her baking homemade goodies for her family. Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Writers.In addition, Kerri has been contracted to publish fourteen books with six different publishers in multiple genres. She continues to pitch both live and online to agents and editors on a monthly basis and has received requests for nearly one hundred percent of her pitches! Check out her website at: www.kerrinelson.com  REGISTER TODAY

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