May 1-31 2016


Your first draft is probably littered with clichés. Your hero has a heart of gold. Your heroine has the patience of Job with the hero. He saves her in the nick of time from the terrible, horrible, evil serial killer villain. Clichés are more than just dead-beat words and phrases that have lost their original meaning and their cleverness in making comparisons. Genre fiction has clichés in characters and plots that most readers expect and some complain about. How can a writer please all readers?


This workshop isn’t about shredding that draft and starting over. MM Pollard will give you lots of ways to create fresh characters and plots from those clichés often found in genre fiction.


INSTRUCTOR BIO: 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.

Workshop: http://wp.me/P2Ce6X-lu





May 16-27, 2016

As a writer of historical fiction, you will find yourself needing to create settings that do not typically still exist—unless you’ve discovered time travel, that is! How do recreate a pirate ship, a Regency ballroom, a medieval battle, a bedchamber, a kitchen, a wardrobe, a feast, a tournament, a walk in the park, a ride through the woods—you get the point. There is setting in EVERY SINGLE scene we write—even if its pitch black. How can you craft a realistic setting that works for your book and stays true to history? How can you create settings that come alive in the readers’ minds?


This class will teach you:

·         The ins and outs of conducting research in order to create settings that are compelling and realistic.

·         How to open your mind and imagination and use everyday places you visit now.

·         How to write scenes with setting descriptions that flow easily on the page.

·         How much is too much, or too little.


Combined with each lesson, there will be an assignment and an opportunity for you to submit a short setting excerpt from your manuscript for critique. 


PRESENTER BIO: Eliza Knight is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. Under the name E. Knight she pens riveting Tudor and ancient historical fiction. She operates the historical blog, History Undressed. In 2013, she was named RWA’s PRO Mentor of the Year. Eliza lives in Maryland with her own hero, three princesses and one very naughty puppy.

Workshop: http://wp.me/P2Ce6X-lr