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Using Your Characters’ Emotional Wounds for Character Development

May 19, 2023 by in category Ages 2 Perfection Online Class, Online Classes tagged as , , ,

Presented by: Deborah Bailey

Date: June 12 – 23, 2023 (two weeks)
Registration Closes: June 20, 2023

Pricing:  A2P Member fee: $15
Non-A2P Member fee: $25 

About the Workshop:

Develop your characters and create backstory using emotional wounds and inner conflicts. Discover the inner conflicts that might be inspiring protagonists and antagonists in your story. We’ll cover topics such as: how to determine the wounds that make sense for your characters, how to raise the stakes by using triggers to push your characters forward, aligning backstory with character wounds and traumas, developing strong character goals and motivations.

About the Presenter:

Deborah A Bailey’s Romantic Fantasy, Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.
In addition to her fiction work, she’s published non-fiction books and articles for online publications.
She’s presented workshops to organizations including the Sayreville Public Library, the Carteret Public Library, Piscataway Public Library and

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Writing Sex Scenes

May 17, 2023 by in category Ages 2 Perfection Online Class, Online Classes tagged as , , ,

Presented by: Jennifer Bokal

Date: June 1 – 30, 2023 (one month)
Registration Closes: June 16, 2023

Pricing: A2P Member fee: $20
Non-A2P Member fee: $30

About the Workshop:

From First Blush to Climax: Writing Sex Scenes
A well-crafted sex scene can move a story from mundane to unforgettable, while a badly written sex scene can ruin an entire book. Beginning with the premise that sex scene is at the most basic level an action scene, we will explore ways to effectively use a sex scene in any story. Topics covered will range from pacing, to character arcs, plotting, heat levels and more. Due to the adult content of this workshop no one under 18 will be allowed to take the class.

Specific Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this workshops, participants will:
~Identify the heat level of their work in progress.
~Understand personal comfort with chosen heat level.
~Determine how to combine action, narrative, and emotion to create a compelling sex scene.
~Explore and define the terms scene, pacing, time manipulation, dialogue, description and setting as well as how they are used in writing sex scenes.

About the Presenter:

Jennifer D. Bokal penned her first book at age eight. An early lover of the written word, she decided to follow her passion and become a full-time writer. From then on, she didn’t look back. She earned a Master of Arts in creative writing from Wilkes University and became a member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.

Jennifer is the author of author of several books, including the Harlequin Romantic Suspense series, Rocky Mountain Justice, the connected series, Wyoming Nights, and several books that are part of the Colton continuity. The first book in her upcoming Texas Law series, Texas Law Undercover Justice will be released in December 2022.

Happily married to her own alpha male for more twenty-five years, she enjoys writing stories that explore the wonders of love. Jen and her manly husband live in upstate New York. They have three beautiful grown daughters, two very spoiled dogs, and a cat who runs the house.

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Core Wounds

April 20, 2023 by in category Ages 2 Perfection Online Class, Online Classes tagged as , , ,

Presented by: Tere Michaels

Date: May 15 – 26, 2023 (two weeks)

Registration Closes: May 23, 2023

Pricing:  A2P Member fee: $15

Non-A2P Member fee: $25 

About the Workshop:

Core Wounds sit in the heart of every person – both real and fictional. An understanding of these deep-seated, harmful “truths” we believe can lead to the creation of three-dimensional characters and emotionally impactful narratives readers will never forget.

This workshop will explore what a Core Wound is, how it goes into the building of a deeply felt and memorable character, and how it influences their actions and reactions in a story. Further, we’ll discuss “matching” Core Wounds, in which a pairing (lovers, hero/villain) have the same wound but manifest it differently – and the potentially perfect complications it creates.

Finally, we’ll talk about plot. How we construct a narrative to explore these Core Wounds is a vital part of harnessing this intense emotional connection. It can make the difference between a memorable story and one that falls flat.

About the Presenter:

Tere Michaels writes “happily ever afters” in the big city – with heaps of snark, angst, and humor. Her focus is on characters and all the ridiculous ways they trip through life and love.

She has written over fifteen books including her popular Faith, Love & Devotion series, the superhero saga, The Vigilante, and her latest series, Broadway or Bust. She has been presenting workshops on the writing process for over ten years and currently teaches on the SavvyAuthors platform. She has done presentations and workshops for chapters of RWA, RT Booklovers Convention, Liberty States, Sisters in Crime, Outreach International Writers, Inc., Hearts Through History, and Horror Writers of America. Previously, she co-taught and managed RT Booklovers Convention Boot Camp, and curated the Professional Development program for the Book Lovers Convention.

Currently, Tere operates The Writing Garage, whose services include Plot Whispering, developmental editing, private writing groups and writing retreats. You can reach her via her website,, or on Facebook and Instagram.

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The Difference Between Romance & Women’s Fiction

April 17, 2023 by in category Ages 2 Perfection Online Class, Online Classes

Presented by: Laura Drake

Date: May 6, 2023, Saturday, 9AM PT

Registration Closes: May 7, 2023

Pricing:  A2P Member fee: $5

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop:

Romance / Women’s Fiction—What’s the Difference?
• What’s in a name–why genre even matters
• Definitions of both
• Controversy in Women’s Fiction
• Which should you choose?
• This is a wide and sometimes controversial subject, so there will be much time for discussion.

About the Presenter:

Laura Drake is a New York and self-published author of Women’s Fiction and Romance. Her debut, The Sweet Spot, won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award. She’s since published 13 more books. She is a founding member of Women’s Fiction Writers Assn. and Writers in the Storm blog.
Laura is a city girl who never grew out of her tomboy ways. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.


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Worldbuilding: You’ve Got the Whole World in Your Hands

March 19, 2023 by in category Ages 2 Perfection Online Class, Online Classes, Writing tagged as , ,

Presented by: Caridad Pineiro

Date: April 22, 2023, Saturday, 9AM PDT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12 Noon ET

Registration Closes: April 23, 2023

Pricing:  A2P Member fee: $5

Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop:

Whether you are writing a contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, or science fiction novel, the world in which you place your heroine is one that is different from the ordinary world of the reader. Because of this, it is essential that you establish the norms of your world and stick to them to create a sense of realism for the reader. In this workshop, Caridad will explore ways in which you can build your world and teach you why “You’ve got the whole world in your hands!”

About the Presenter:

Caridad Pineiro is a transplanted Long Island girl who has fallen in love with the Jersey Shore. When Caridad isn’t taking long strolls along the boardwalk, she’s also a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author with over a million romance novels sold worldwide. Caridad is passionate about writing and helping others explore and develop their skills as writers. She is a founding member of the Liberty States Fiction Writers and has presented workshops at the RT Book Club Convention, Romance Writers of America National Conference as well as various writing organizations throughout the country. You can connect with Caridad at


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