Thursday, February 26, 2009

OCC RWA March Online Workshop - Layering a Story Concept w/ Sylvie Kurtz

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Hi everyone! Check out the exciting online classes offered by the
Orange County Chapter of RWA!

Layering a Story Concept
With Sylvie Kurtz
March 16, 2009 – April 11, 2009

Enrollment Information at

COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: March 14, 2009
If you have specific questions, email


Use the seven elements of story concept to put together a blurb that
is complete, conflict-filled and concise enough to use as a selling
1. Introduction
2. Story Concept
3. Flaw
4. Backstory
5. Redeeming Quality
6. Journey
7. Enabling Circumstance
8. Goal
9. Opponent
10. Ally
11. Ally's MO
12. Lifechanging Event
13. Jeopardy
14. Objective Line/Subjective Line
15. Blurb
16. Conclusion


Flying an eight hour solo cross-country in a Piper Arrow with only
the airplane's crackling radio and a large bag of M & Ms for company,
Sylvie Kurtz realized a pilot's life wasn't for her. The stories
zooming in and out of her head proved more entertaining than the
flight itself. Not a quitter, she finished her pilot's course,
earning her commercial license and instrument rating. Since then,
she's traded in her pilot's license for a keyboard, where she lets
her imagination soar to create fictional adventures that explore the
power of love and the thrill of suspense.
Her first Harlequin Intrigue, One Texas Night, was a 1999 Romantic
Times nominee for Best First Category Romance and a finalist for a
Booksellers Best Award. Her Silhouette Special Edition, A Little
Christmas Magic was a 2001 Readers' Choice Award Finalist and a
Waldenbooks bestseller. Remembering Red Thunder was a 2002 Romantic
Times Nominee for Best Intrigue. She was a 2005 and 2007 Romantic
Times nominee for Lifetime Achievement for Series Romantic Adventure.
Ms. Longshot has been optioned by Twin Star Entertainment as a
possible TV movie. She has written twenty novels. Visit her at

Enrollment Information at
COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: March 14, 2009

Coming in April – "Show and Tell: an Interactive Workshop" with
Shannon Donnelly
"Show, don't Tell" is a cliché that has almost lost its meaning.
But "showing" and "telling" are both valuable tools for any writer.
In this workshop, we'll use writing examples to figure out the truth
hidden in this tired phrase.

For a full class roster, go to Check out our full 2009
list of workshops.

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