header('Cache-Control: max-age=259200'); Thursday Thirteen: LB&LI – Kristen Koster
Aug 062008


13 Online Virtual Workshops


Romance Divas had their own Not-Going-To-Conference Conference last week during RWA Nationals and there was a lot of good information to be had, but I also found out Lynn Viehl hosts her own virtual workshop deal (Left Behind and Loving It) on her blog PaperBack Writer. Lots more to explore there! Here’s some of the highlights from the workshops that I enjoyed last week. Even more are listed at the end of the PWB workshop posts.

Lynn Viehl’s workshops:

1. VW#1: Power Plotting
2. VW#2: Eff the Editing
3. VW#3: World-Building I & VW#4: World-Building II
4. VW#5: Styling
5. VW#6: Brand Me
6. VW#7: Writing Life

Lynn Viehl’s LB&LI 2008 e-book containing her workshops from this year is available to read online, download and/or print on Scribd here.

Other Left Behind & Loving It workshops on the net included:

7. Worldbuilding with a Wiki by Sandra Barret — “Architecting your world using a free wiki.” This workshop explains how to use TiddlyWiki (the one I use as well) to keep track of interrelated links between information for your world.

8. The Anatomy Of Sex Scenes by Jaci Burton — “Writing sex can sometimes be the most uncomfortable part of writing the book. But it doesn’t have to be. A few key pointers that may help charge up your sex scenes and drag the writer out of their ‘discomfort’ zone.”
Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FiveQ&A

9. Creating Great Beginnings – the Why and How by Sherryl Clark — “If your beginning works, the rest will follow. We’re going to look at why it’s crucial, what is the contract with the reader, Dos and Don’ts (and why/why not), story questions vs hooks, situating the reader, and writing backwards.” Sherryl also invited readers to send in their first 200 words for feedback.
Day OneDay TwoDay ThreeDay FourDay Five

10. Writing Effective Description by Karen Duvall — “A week of workshops on how to write vivid description using all the senses, covering one for each day of the week.”

11. WRITING PROCESS: Conceive, Develop, Write by Jamal W. Hankins — “An overview of my writing progress from story concept to actually writing a story.” — This one looks like it will continue at a slower pace over a longer time period. I’m definitely following this one with interest. I’ll try to remember to update with new links as they’re added.
OverviewStory Concept – Chapter Summaries – Character Development –
Organization Development

12. Balancing Motherhood and Writing by Dawn Montgomery, Kim Knox, and Michelle Hasker — “How to write a 1000 words in the zen of toddler meltdowns. Motherhood is a full time job and holding a family together is only half the battle. How do you find *your* time to write without losing your mind?” — I hope this one comes back. I really enjoyed it and it was down when I wrote it.
Day One – Day TwoDay ThreeDay FourDay Five

13. When Only the Right Word Will Do by Shannon Stacey — “Using word choices to add humor, help you show instead of tell, strengthen your voice and heighten characterization in deep POV in your second draft.”
IntroPart OnePart TwoPart ThreePart Four

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1 Nicholas 2 On a limb with Claudia 3 SandyCarlson
4 Tempest Knight 5 Nina (Things in General) 6 marcia@joyismygoal
7 Jennifer McKenzie 8 Gwen Mitchell 9 Stephanie Sullivan

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  1. These are pretty cool.

  2. From what I hear the RWA thing was a lot of fun.

    Looking at #7, I am pretty sure that architect is not a verb!

  3. Whoa….great info here!!! I like to write, so I just may look into these you’ve so kindly shared.

    Stop by if you can find time and read my 13…it’ll knock your socks off, pro’lly!

  4. Wow – these are great – now I don’t have to go find them πŸ™‚

  5. boy these look great! You do such a great job finding all of these things. I truly appreciate your help!

    Happy TT

  6. Thanks, I was afraid many of the TT crowd wouldn’t find any use for them! And, it was easier to kill 2 birds with 1 stone, Bria. πŸ™‚

  7. WOW.

    You seem to have the best information, Kaige, you know that?

    And I was going to say something along the lines of what Claudia said–that I appreciate your help, too.


  8. Paperback Writer looks good to me!

  9. Great info…thanks for sharing:) Happy TT.

  10. you’ve just become my reference source, lol. Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. Hehe. I’m flattered, Jodi! Glad to repay the many favors.

  12. Hmmm, must read the sex scene one… Great list, Kaige!

  13. I just found paperback writer, good stuff. I loved the workshops on the Diva board last weekend. Happy T13!

  14. Cool list! I knew of some of these, but I’ll have to check out the others. Thanks for the heads up! πŸ˜€

  15. we can find almost whatever info we are looking for can’t we ?
    good list
    name game fun

  16. There were a lot o great online learning opportunities last week — and the best part is that they will still be there for others to take advantage. Another LB&LI post I thought was quite good was Alison Kent’s “The Voices in Your Head”:

  17. Great information! Happy TT

  18. wow great info here!

  19. What’s best about these workshops is they are so easy to come back to.

  20. They all sound great!


    My TT is at http://tinyurl.com/4zejcp

  21. Very very cool links, Kaige. I was SO jealous since I couldn’t hang out with Joey W. Hill, but Dayna gave me the rundown.

  22. These are all starred in my reader. Haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, but I think they will all be awesome!

    Happy TT, Kaige! =D

  23. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing them. Happy Thursday!

  24. Thanks for the mention πŸ˜€

    A writer from workshop #12

  25. Hi Kaige!

    I’m flattered you had the Phenomena Authors workshop on your TT! A lot of the workshops you have listed are wonderful!!! Have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  26. Dawn and Kim, You guys are so welcome, but I really need to thank you guys for showing how life is and can be balanced with writing as well. I also mentioned your workshops on the Romance Divas board when someone asked about balancing life, kids and writing last week too!

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