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CLASS: How Can Evernote Help Me Write?


CLASS: How Can Evernote Help Me Write?

Permission to Forward Granted and Appreciated!

Sponsored by the Scriptscene Chapter of RWA

Instructor: Denise Alicea

Dates: April 6-11, 2015

Cost: Scriptscene Members – Free option or $10; RWA Members $15, Non-RWA $20

FMI and Payment Info:

NOTE: Classes are held on Yahoo! Groups, the Scriptscene FastTrack Workshops listserve. Students will be invited to the loop and must then follow instructions to complete their subscriptions. Students cannot be directly added.

Class Information

How Can Evernote Help Me Write?

Evernote brings your life’s work together in one digital workspace. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and important documents. Evernote is a diverse tool. Can be used online, on the go, and makes taking notes as simple as possible!

Day One

· What is Evernote?

· Free vs. Paid

· Register for a Evernote account

· Download the application on your computer and mobile devices.

· Download the Evernote Webclipper

Day Two

· Learn about the Evernote layout

· Creating Notes

· Creating Notebooks

Day Three

· Using the Webclipper

· Using Search

· Writing a post and it’s features

Day Four

· Tips for saving articles with webclipper.

· Using Notebooks to keep organized.

· Sharing your documents, notes, etc.

Day 5

· Open day for questions.
About the Presenter
Denise Alicea – An RWA member since 2005, Denise has served the board of Celtic Hearts, Hearts Through History, and Scriptscene. As an Award Winning author, she always tries to find time to help contests and chapters alike through volunteering. Denise has her Bachelors in Marketing and PR and an MFA in Creative Writing.

Workshop: WordPress & Blogging 101 by Denise Alicea

WordPress & Blogging 101 by Denise Alicea

WordPress & Blogging 101

WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. It’s used on many hosting companies from GoDaddy to Dreamhost. It also has a free option via Just like all technology it looks like it has a lot of perks, but how do you learn them all? Lots of options become scary and complicated! Who has time to learn for something new? Don’t know all the resources or who to go to? Then this is the perfect class for you!

Day One: Introductions

 Day Two: Know Your Resources/Where to Start/hosting/

  • Hosting companies that offer wordpress for a fair price
  • What does offer?

Day Three: The WordPress Dashboard

  • Logging into your account
  • Managing Comments
  • Tracking statistics
  • Customizing the dashboard’s appearance
  • Updating your personal settings and profile
  • Updating general settings

Day Four: Themes & Customization

  • How to I customize my page?
  • What are themes? Where can I get them?
  • Learning how to customize a header.
  • Custom fonts

 Day Five: Plugins

  • What are plugins?
  • What plugins can offer and where to get them.

Day Six: Writing a post or a Page.

  • How to add a post and what is quick press?
  • Adding links
  • What are categories and tags?
  • Scheduling a post
  • Copy/pasting a post

Day Seven: Adding and Managing Media

  • How to add a photo
  • How to add a video
  • Adding pdfs, .doc, etc.
  • How to manage your media


Day Eight: Working with Link Lists

  • Adding links
  • Managing links

Day Nine & Ten: Questions and Answers

RWA Members $15 Non- Members $25

To register:

Workshop: Storytelling Through the Anxiety Curve — presented by Sally J Walker

October 7-November 2, 2013
Humans exist in varying states of anxiety allowing for survival. This writing workshop of lecture and writing exercises will teach you how to identify stress and coping mechanisms in fictional characters that will create a marketable short story or novel. From envisioning those dynamic, vivid characters to screwing up a “normal day,” your creativity will be challenged through brief exercises and class discussions.

Born to poor farm folk in the little rural community of Exira, Iowa, Sally attended many schools in western Iowa and the Omaha, Nebraska, area. She eventually graduated from Papillion (NE) High School then nursing school at the University of Albuquerque and, eventually received a BFA in Creative Writing back at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. That degree was accomplished while working full-time as a Critical Care/ER nurse and raising a very active family of three daughters with her engineer husband. Adeptly juggling family, nursing, civic and Episcopal church responsibilities, Sally founded in 1985 and has conducted the weekly meetings of the eclectic Nebraska Writers Workshop to feed her own hunger for in-depth knowledge and skills. The Workshop has grown from a few tentative to over 50 confidently publishing and produced writers. Her own goal-oriented writing ethic has resulted in a vitae packed with novels, short stories, poetry, magazine articles, stage plays, screenplays and a variety of writing seminars. In 2000 she was hired as part-time Editorial Director at The Fiction Works and Script Superviser for the affiliated Misty Mountain . After retiring from her nursing career of over 30 years, she was elected President of the prestigious Nebraska Writers Guild, serving 2007-2011.

Workshop: Publicity 101 with Instructor: Heather Riccio

***Permission to forward granted***

Want to learn the tips and tricks to publicize your novel and your own personal brand? This workshop is designed for all writers, whether newbies or experienced, traditionally published or self-pubbed.

Publicity 101

Instructor: Heather Riccio

Dates: August 12–16, 2013

Cost: $10 for YARWA members (non-member fee is $20)


About the class: You’ve written a novel, now what? Even if you are with a publishing house, you can benefit from this class. Learn the tricks of the trade. Blog tours are all about visibility, but it’s the reviews that count.  You aren’t just selling your novel, you’re selling “you.” Become friends with your readers and they’ll help you sell, sell, sell. Want to know who to contact in terms of magazine placement, etc? I have you covered. Let’s do this…together!

About the instructor: Heather has been a publicist with Entangled since December 2011, and has done marketing/publicity with the Palm Springs International Film Festival since 2008. Her Masters degree is in Fiction Writing and her undergraduate degree is a double degree in English and Anthropology from University of California, Riverside.She also works for Bowker part-time as a market researcher, which keeps her up-to-date on book trends. On the side, Heather can also be found doing pro-bono work as the Director of Partnerships for Project Migration, a fashion accessories company with a charitable initiative. Her life-long goal is to work for Entangled and write at night! Find her on Twitter @HeatherRiccio

For any questions, please contact YARWA VP of Programs, Lea Nolan at vp-programs (at)YARWA (dot) com

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Call for Submissions: Inaccurate Realities (A new YA Speculative Fiction Magazine)

Inaccurate Realities is a literary magazine for young adults and the young at heart. There is no denying that people of all ages are now reading YA, but when we looked around we noticed a significant lack of publications focusing on YA short fiction – especially genre fiction. Our emphasis here are Inaccurate Realities is on speculative fiction, in all its forms. Science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, dystopian, steampunk, cyberpunk, alternate history and everything in between.

We are a quarterly magazine and are looking for fresh and exciting Young Adult short fiction from writers of all ages. Each of our issues is focused on a set theme and we’re looking for short fiction and artwork that fits those themes.

Our first few issues will be as follows:

Issue 1: October 2013.

Theme: Fear.

Submissions due by August 15 2013

Issues 2: January 2014.

Theme: Time Travel.

Submissions due by November 15 2013

Issues 3: April 2014.

Theme: Magic.

Submissions due by February 15 2014

Please read our submissions guidelines on our website

And if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact us at

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