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Writers Workshop: Daily Life in the Middle Ages with Merry Farmer

Daily Life in the Middle Ages
with Merry Farmer

Registration Deadline: June 07, 2013
Class Start Date: 06/03/13
Class End Date: 06/28/13
Instructor: Merry Farmer
Fee: $10 for HHRW members / $20 for non-members

Class Description:
So you want to write a novel set in the Middle Ages.  What details are essential for creating an authentic world?  What aspects of daily medieval life might make for interesting plot points or character development?  What would your characters do all day and what sorts of challenges might they face that would intrigue your readers?

In this  part class we will survey everyday life in the Middle Ages with the intent of finding inspiration for characters and situations to populate a medieval novel.  We will examine:

What medieval people ate, what they wore, and where they lived.  We’ll look at what the upper class did all day as well as how the peasant class and tradesman classes kept themselves busy and how life differed for men and women.  We’ll examine common-sense basics like hygiene, inheritance, and the yearly calendar.  And of course we’ll talk about sex in the Middle Ages.

Social Media for the Writer – Instructor Cindy Carroll

Social Media for the Writer – Instructor Cindy Carroll

Date: May 7-25, 2012
Price: $15 for Scritpscene members, $20.00 for all others; class is open to non-RWA members

Location: Online; registrants will be invited to a YahooGroups loop for the class

FMI and to Register: (Scroll down the page for the PayPal button)

Class Summary and Details:

Before and after you publish you need to get your name out there. You need to get people excited about your book so they’ll buy it.

Social media is a great way to do that but it can get confusing. Do you Tweet? Facebook? Pin things? Digg them?

In Social media for the writer we’ll look at the different options out there and demystify them. What’s covered?

Explanations of Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Reddit, Digg, LinkedIn, Triberr, GoodReads, Blogs

What are they? How do you use them? Which one is best for you?

Week 1 Twitter
Week 2 Facebook
Week 3 All others/ Wrap-up

Cindy Carroll is a member of RWA and a graduate of Hal Croasmun's screenwriting 
Her interviews with writers of CSI and  Flashpoint appeared in The Rewrit, 
the Scriptscene newsletter,
the screenwriting Chapter of RWA. She writes screenplays, thrillers, 
and paranormals, occasionally exploring an erotic twist.
When she’s not writing you can usually find her on Twitter.


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Surprise tidbit..

I wanted to share one of my tidbits of inspiration to write a novel about angels called Visions. So here is a bit of the beginning I hope to incorporate.


I hold a secret. A secret no one should ever have to bear.

The secret of how our world will endThe Book of Revelations claims that our world will in end chaos, a war between good and evil, that parts true.

Some say the creator will send his only son once again to save us..

What if the books were wrong?
The war rages on between the light and dark everyday..

We are the guardians of the human race.

We are angels.

Writer’s Inspiration

If it’s one thing I’ve noted in historical romances and in general with time travel is that it’s about going back in time. It’s about a period that we cherished and adored. There is something about history that pulls you in. It’s one of the reasons that I wrote Consoling Angel.

I remember writing it in my Creative Writing class while doing my Bachelor’s degree at University of Phoenix. I already loved to write and was actively pursuing it beyond my education and jobs. We were told by our professor to write a short story. So what was I going to do? Then I remembered what I always wanted to do. I am a big of fan of the early fifties movies and I had a huge love for James Dean movies. In writing it, I had to do some small research and remember that I had to tell it at the perspective of the heroine, Mira. If it’s one thing we all remember is that we were young once and we all wanted to go back in time to fix a wrong. It reminds us of Back To The Future right?

So what’s inspires you to write? For me, writing has always been a good way of expressing myself. I find that expressing yourself is not only good for you, but good for your soul. Our lives are a huge part of why we write, maybe we have something in our lives that we want to talk about and one of the best ways of doing that is through writing. For me life is a huge inspiration, there are moments that I write about, time periods that I love. There is always a good story in us, in our history, and around us. Storytelling has been in the human existence since the beginning. Myths and many religions have great stories that we all know and love. Storytelling is in our DNA and as a writer, for us it cannot be denied to tell a good story. Stories come from deep in our cores with muses that tell us to keep writing. Even characters that won’t leave us alone until we tell their story.

So what do I do when I run out of ideas or am having that dreaded writers block? I tend to go back to some of my earlier works and see what I can work on. I also take some time out to take a walk, hear music, watch some television, and read books. If you back to your roots you tend to get it all back. So keep writing and tell us what inspires you and what keeps you on track when the nasty writer’s block.