Monday, June 27, 2011

Wanna Join Me?

Contests: The Basics
Dates: July 5, 2011--July 29, 2011
Registration Deadline: July 4, 2011
Fee: $10/HHRW members, $20/others
FMI: Hearts Through History

Class Description:
With so many writing contests out there and so many details to consider, it's easy for a writer to be overwhelmed! Contests: The Basics will take students through the contest process, step-by-step---from choosing a contest, to preparing the entry, from dealing with the emotional aspects of "contesting" to deciphering the results. Students will leave class with a better understanding of the process and with a list of resources for making the most out of their contest experiences.


Killer Openings
Dates:  August 1, 2011--August 31, 2011
Registration Deadline:  July 27, 2011 
Fee:  $20/OIRW members, $25/others

Class Description: 
Many people browse through a bookstore, pull a book off the shelf and read the first page. They decide right then, based on the 1st line, 1st paragraphs and 1st page, whether or not they’ll buy the book. Killer Openings dissects those all-important elements. Students study good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work.  They also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive critiques from the class. 

AND for laughs, here's my "official" bio:

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romantic suspense writer by nights, weekends and all school holidays. When not traveling around the world or crafting thrilling romantic suspense stories, she spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She has a Bachelor's in English Literature and a Master's in Education. She has finaled in or won 21 RWA contests with 7 manuscripts.  To learn more about her, visit

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