Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Next Classes

Because my life isn't busy enough with searching for a "real job", working several part-time jobs, writing and learning to promote my book, I agreed to teach TWO classes next month! Please feel free to forward these details to anyone who might be interested:

Finished Now What
Presented by Alexa Bourne
Date: February 1 – 29, 2012
Deadline: January 28, 2012
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25
Course Description:
Finishing a manuscript is a major accomplishment and it should be celebrated. But what happens when the celebration is over and you become overwhelmed with how much more is involved in getting published?
“Finished…Now What?” will give students real options for what to do once that manuscript is completed. They will understand the point of the submission package. They will also research industry professionals to query, learn about prepping and mailing their submission and realize the importance of getting busy immediately with the next book.
Instructor Bio:
I’ve been working toward publication for several years and have submitted 8 different manuscripts to several industry professionals. I entered my first contest in 2002 and have since finaled or won in 21 RWA contests with 7 manuscripts. (Most of those contests focused on the 1st few pages or the 1st chapter.) I have a Bachelor’s in English Literature and a Master’s in Education. I’ve been an English teacher for children and adults, and I have written various articles for RWA chapter newsletters.

Title: Contests: The Basics
Instructor: Alexa Bourne
Date: January 30 – February 24, 2012
Fee: CRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25
DESCRIPTION: Students will explore reasons to enter contests, how to find the right contest for their work, how to follow the “rules,” how to deal with the results/feedback of contests, and finally choose contests.
BIO: Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romantic suspense writer by nights, weekends and all school holidays. She recently signed her first contract with Decadent Publishing for a contemporary Scottish novella, Her Highland Champion. When she's not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. To learn more about her, visit or or follow her on Twitter @AlexaBourne.

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