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“Mauled Men, Drowned Dames and Crispy Critters: a Body Disposal Primer for Writers” with Jeanne P. Adams

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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 – April 9, 2011

You’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 aren’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, coroner’s reports, death certificates and more at this get-the-basics research track online class.

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 “One of the best Suspense Books of the Year!” by Romantic Times. It’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, she’s winced over a variety of mistakes dealing with the story’s dead guy (or gal) which led to this class!
COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members

“10 Commandments of Grammar for Fiction Writers”
with the Grammar Divas – Annie Oortman & Darlene Buchholz
April 11 – 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 world’s fun by screwing with personal style. (Seriously, it’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.
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Calls for Submissions

February 26, 2011 by in category Archives

Looking for some inspiration? The coming months offer a wealth of anthologies and publishing houses seeking submissions on a variety of themes. Writers can not only gain publication credits, but also benefit from working with stellar writer-editors such as Francesca Lia Block, who is accepting submissions for an anthology titled Love Magick, and Lucy Felthouse, who is rocking a mythology anthology.
Get those creative minds thinking, and those fingers typing!
Mythology Anthology: Erotic writer/editor Lucy Felthouse has put out a call for submissions for a new anthology she’s compiling. Here’s are some details: “I’m looking for stories involving mythology. I want myths and legends from all over the world, and from different periods of time. You can set the stories in the past or the present. That’s pretty much it! Just send me erotic stories from the depths of your imagination.” Felthouse is looking for 25 stories, and the deadline is April 30. For more information, visit: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk
LOVE MAGICK: Liz Dubelman (www.vidlit.com) and author Francesca Lia Block are looking for fiction and poetry submissions that deal with the magical aspects of love and the love-aspects of magic. Magical-realism, surrealism, dream-realism, fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary fairy tale, fairy tale and even erotica, sci-fi and horror. “We are looking for powerful, romantic, sexy, magical, strange, original perhaps somewhat unsettling pieces that come from the heart and stir the imagination.” Stories are due by May 14, with a publication date of Valentine’s Day 2012. Submissions can be sent to francescaliablock @ sbcglobal. net (spaces removed).
Anger & Revenge: Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about anger and revenge, true tales of frustration and retribution, long-buried memories of outrage and reprisal–or the absence of either. We’re looking for stories that explore the lost art of the thoughtful diatribe, illustrate the beauty of the lyrical barb, invent elaborate secret plots, and generally don’t play well with others.
Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice. Since it’s a contest, there’s a $20 reading fee, and submissions must be postmarked by March 16. For more information, visit http://www.creativenonfiction.org
MuseItUp Publishing continues to seek submissions in romance, paranormal, fantasy, mystery, young adult, horror and dark fiction, and sci-fi. The MuseItHOT! imprint is looking for erotica submissions: “whether naughty but nice, naughty and sizzling, or naughty and sizzling HOT (…) We would like to see well-developed stories and characters we can easily connect with. We’ll acquire erotic romance in all subgenres: Contemporary, suspense, paranormal, fantasy, historical, f/f, m/m, ménage (with people please, no animals!!). The publisher accepts stories from 3,000 words and up, but prefers novella lengths ranging from 15,000 to 25,000 words. For more information, visit https://museituppublishing.com
SHAPELESS LOVE: Ravenous Romance is hungry for erotic romance stories abound of werefolk… wolves and tigers that are also human, and very, very hungry between the sheets. In SHAPELESS LOVE, we’re seeking new stories of the other shifters: the dragons, the snakes, the birds and the bears, as they deal with their human – and not-so-human – appetites for love and sex.
The publisher would like to see stories between 2,000 to 5,000 words. Ravenous Romance pays $10 up front and a pro-rata share of the royalties. The editor asks for writers to let him know ASAP if you’re interested in submitting. Send your story with the subject line “Shapeless Love – Submission” to russell@ravenousromance.com. Accepting submissions until March 30, 2011. For more information on RR calls, watch http://ravenousromance.blogspot.com/
Father’s Day Theme: Fathers need love too! At least Silver Publishing thinks so. Do you have a story where your one main character (M/F or M/M) has a child. What a better way to celebrate Father’s Day but with the present of a new love for a Dad that needs it?
Silver Publishing is looking for quality sensual or erotic romance stories of Dad finding a new love, complete with all the accompanying complications of being Dad. When submitting, please clearly state that you’re submitting for the Father’s Day Submission Call. Word length of 15,001+. Deadline is May 7, 2011. For more information, visit http://silverpublishing.info.
— Compiled by Louisa Bacio

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