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Hi everyone! Check out the exciting online classes offered by the Orange County Chapter of RWA!
“Mauled Men, Drowned Dames and Crispy Critters: a Body Disposal Primer for Writers” with Jeanne P. Adams March 14 â€“ April 9, 2011
Youâ€™ve axed, shot or otherwise knocked off a key character in your latest book, now what? You have to do SOMETHING with the body! Even if the forensics, murder, and/or death arenâ€™t central to the story, there is that annoying dead guy to dispose of. So, decisions, decisions. Is an autopsy necessary? A funeral and burial? Lots of plot possibilities, but the details!
Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the pernicious particulars of body disposal and how to use minutiae of death to throw your characters together or drive them apart. Learn about embalming, vaults, cremation, reconstructive cosmetics, coronerâ€™s reports, death certificates and more at this get-the-basics research track online class.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Jeanne P. Adams knows a thing or two about getting rid of a body, in reality as well as in books…her third book, Deadly Little Secrets (Zebra, Sept. 2010) is already being hailed as â€œOne of the best Suspense Books of the Year!â€ by Romantic Times. Itâ€™s also a TOP PICK and garnered 4.5 stars, as did her second book Dark and Deadly. Her award winning debut, Dark and Dangerous, was also an RT TOP PICK.
In addition, Jeanne is a multi-published non-fiction writer and consultant with credits in magazines such as Forbes and Nature. She worked in the funeral business, both for a cemetery and several funeral homes, for twelve years. In her reading, sheâ€™s winced over a variety of mistakes dealing with the storyâ€™s dead guy (or gal) which led to this class!
â€œ10 Commandments of Grammar for Fiction Writersâ€ with the Grammar Divas â€“ Annie Oortman & Darlene Buchholz April 11 â€“ May 7, 2011
Love grammar? Hate grammar? Love to hate grammar?
Contrary to popular belief, grammar is not a sinister conspiracy plot designed by evil English teachers (the Grammar Gods) to ruin every writer in the free worldâ€™s fun by screwing with personal style. (Seriously, itâ€™s not.)
From subject-verb agreement to passive voice, faulty construction to misplaced modifiers, word choice and usage to quotation marks and commas, the Grammar Divas (an English teacher and a professional copywriter) sort through the all the rules and share in a fun yet informative way the ten most important grammar issues every fiction writer should understand and practice.
COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html. Check out our full list of workshops. Want to be notified personally two weeks before each class? Be sure you’re signed up for our Online Class Notices Yahoo Group!