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So You Think You’re Ready for an Author Assistant

October 24, 2023 by in category Ages 2 Perfection Online Class, Online Classes tagged as , ,

So You Think You’re Ready for an Author Assistant

Presented by: Sara Benedict
Date:  November 12, 2022 9AM PT
Pricing: A2P Member fee: FREE Non-A2P Member fee: $10

About the Workshop: 

Author Assistants can make or break an author just as easily as a poorly designed cover or a badly written blurb. This forum style workshop will guide you through the potential highs and lows of hiring an author assistant. But most importantly, will leave you with the answers to the three most often asked questions:

  1. What does an author assistant do? 
  2. Do I need an author assistant?
  3. How do I find an author assistant?

About the Presenter:

Sara Benedict is an Author Assistant that works with clients in every stage of authordom, from those working on their first manuscript to NYT Best Sellers. Sara lives in upstate New York with her husband, two children, and two chocolate labs. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with all things relevant to Irish folklore, Gilmore Girls, and 16th century Britain. Oh, and in her spare time can be found either in a kayak or anywhere in the woods. She holds BA degrees in both English and history, has a profound love of nature, and a deep passion for books. 

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Second Chance Romances

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

Second Chance Romances

Presented by: Deborah A. Bailey
Date: November 7 – 18, 2023 (two week)
Pricing:  A2P Member fee: $10 Non-A2P Member fee: $25 

About the Workshop:

Second chance romance is a popular trope that covers a lot of situations. A chance to make up after a split. A second chance at love for “older” heroines. Another chance for love after heartbreak or trauma. Second chances come in many forms and readers love to experience them. Learn how to build your character’s backstory and make their second chance extra satisfying for your readers. 

  1. What kind of second chance does your character desire?  
  2. Determining the risks and rewards for your characters.   
  3. Healing from trauma and loss—identifying the obstacles to love
  4. Building a backstory—why is your character in this situation?
  5. Make the reader care—how they can become invested in your character’s journey

About the Presenter:

Deborah A Bailey has presented various writing workshops for and the Sayreville Public Library, including topics such as Writing Your Book in First Person POV, Creating Intimate Scenes Without Going All the Way and Introduction to Self-Publishing.

Her science fiction and 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. 


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Writing the Holiday Short Story

October 18, 2023 by in category Ages 2 Perfection Online Class, Online Classes tagged as , , ,

Writing the Holiday Short Story

Presented by: Marianne Donley & Carol L. Wright
Date: November 6 – 17, 2023 (two weeks)
Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15 Non-A2P Member fee: $25

About the Workshop:

From Hanukkah Goblins to Ebeneezer Scrooge to Bad Santa, holiday stories run the gamut from heartwarming tales that enhance the celebration, warm the heart, and knit generations together, to those that highlight the frazzled nerves, generational conflicts, and dark humor that holidays sometimes bring to the fore.

With such a broad canvas, holidays give authors enormous range for storytelling, but there are still some elements that holiday stories nearly always share. This class will help you sort through the holiday frenzy to tell your story in a way that will leave your readers wanting more.

About the Presenters:

Marianne H. Donley, a retired teacher, now writes short stories, funny romances, and quirky murder mysteries. Her stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies, journals, and magazines. She also owns and manages the multi-author blog, A Slice of Orange. Marianne is a member of Bethlehem Writers Group, Music City Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Charmed Writers. You can follow Marianne’s various social media at:

Carol L. Wright writes mysteries and more. Her debut traditional mystery, Death in Glenville Falls: A Gracie McIntyre Mystery, was a finalist for two international book awards. Her short stories have appeared in award-winning anthologies and literary journals, and some of her favorites are collected in her book A Christmas on Nantucket and other stories. You can learn more at her website:

Together, Marianne and Carol teach both in person and online classes. They organize and judge a yearly short story contest. And just to keep busy, they have also edited six anthologies and are working on the seventh.

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How to Design and Teach an Online Workshop

September 18, 2023 by in category Ages 2 Perfection Online Class, Online Classes tagged as , , ,

Presented by: Catherine Chant

Date: October 16 – 27, 2023 (two weeks)

Registration Closes: February 24, 2023

Pricing:  A2P Member fee: $15

Non-A2P Member fee: $25 

About the Workshop:

This two-week workshop begins with an overview of why you would want to create and teach an online workshop, and covers these topics:

1. Developing a workshop topic
2. Identifying your audience
3. Designing a lesson plan
4. Interacting with your students
5. Designing exercises for your students
6. Your workshop proposal
7. Technical aspects of online teaching

At the end of this workshop you will have a basic outline of your course and the first draft of a proposal ready to polish and send out to workshop coordinators.

About the Presenter:

Catherine Chant is a Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock ‘n’ roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. Her young adult rock ‘n’ roll time travel series is available now at your favorite online bookseller, and her popular workshops “Grow a Book: Turning Your Story Idea Into a Workable Plot” and “Character Journaling: Developing Stronger Characters from the Inside Out” are now available as e-books. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. You can learn more at her website:

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Digging Deep: Researching Your Novel

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

Presented by: Cynthia Owens

Date: October 1 – 31, 2023 (one month)

Registration Closes: October 16, 2023

Pricing:  A2P Member fee: $20

Non-A2P Member fee: $30

About the Workshop:

Digging Deep: Researching Your Novel, will introduce you to various research methods, as well as different options for organizing your research.
We will cover:
• The Foundation—Examines various methods for organizing your research.
• The Inverted Triangle—A Writing Right Academy exclusive! Narrowing the focus of your research.
• The Written Word—Using books, magazine and newspaper articles, libraries, archives and the Internet to find what you’re looking for.
• The Media—Examines the various media that can help you research your novel.
• In Real Life—Explains the art of interviewing experts on your subjects.
• Bon Voyage—What you need to know before you take that research trip.
• Author’s Notes—Examines the types of author’s notes.
• All Together Now—Pulling your research together.
Included in the class is a workbook with resources, worksheets, checklists, and more.

About the Presenter:

I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17thCentury “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there.

My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.

A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three.

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