Here’s a couple of October workshops you might be interested in. If you would like to share any workshops let me know. And p lease share   these Kiss of Death chapter workshops with friends and other loops  

Order in the Court & In Your Writing

Starts: October 1, 2018

Instructor: Leslie Budewitz

Class Description:  Have you always wanted to incorporate a legal thread in your books, but stopped short because you’re not Lisa Scotoline or John Grisham? Join author and attorney Leslie Budewitz as she presents an overview of the justice system as well as common mistakes authors make when writing about the legal profession. Bio:   Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the Northwest in the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in Jewel Bay, Montana. Death al Dente  (Berkley, 2013) won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her guide for writers, Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure (Linden/Quill Driver) won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. Leslie is a practicing lawyer, admitted to the bar in Washington and Montana. In her first job after graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School, she clerked for the Washington State Court of Appeals. Her practice has included a wide variety of civil and criminal matters, including personal injury and business litigation, employment law, and criminal defense. Leslie has spoken to writers’ groups across the country on avoiding common mistakes in the law, including MWA and RWA chapters, the Writers’ Police Academy, the Flathead River Writers’ Conference, and Colorado Gold. The 2015-16 president of Sisters in Crime, Leslie lives in NW Montana. 

Make Goodreads Work for You

Starts: October 1, 2018

Instructor:    Diane Peterson

Class Description:  With well over 55 million members (readers) worldwide, it makes sense for authors to develop a strong, positive presence on Goodreads. This class will show you how to take control of your account and use the power of Goodreads to build your readership. Are you a Goodreads Author? Does your profile capture the key elements of you? Have you connected your blog? How will you handle the trolls and bullies that sometimes appear on Goodreads? Does the information in your book records make it easier to find them? Is the information accurate? How does Goodreads interact with Amazon? Should you advertise on Goodreads? We will answer these questions and more while we explore the many ways for authors to make Goodreads a strong part of their marketing plan. Bio:  Diane Peterson is a retired school library media specialist that promotes the romance novel industry as an analyst, speaker, reviewer and writer. She teaches a number of literature-related classes to older adults through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and does workshops and presentations to other groups. Diane i s very active on Goodreads, tracking her own extensive library of romance books, writing reviews and following many authors and groups. A compulsive “fixer”, she uses her status as a Goodreads librarian to correct and improve book records, as well as assisting authors with their records. Diane is a member of RWA and the Missouri RWA chapter. Website: .

Plan Your Novel: 30-Day Writing Challenge October 2018 Workshop

Dates: October 1-31, 2018

Register here:

My colleague and writing teacher Beth Barany only teaches it once or twice a year, depending on how much time she can afford to take from her other work.

In this class, she helps you come up with a story idea from scratch and plan a novel around it in four weeks.

You’ll get live guidance as you brainstorm, and feedback on each element of your story as you create it.

(At a fraction of the price you’d pay to hire a writing coach to do the same thing.)

Beth is brilliant at helping you pantsers figure out the few things that will help you feel your way through a story without stifling your creativity.

And for you plotters, she’s got a a solid framework that she walks you through step-by-step, so you don’t miss any of the essentials as you construct your story’s outline.

The course includes video lessons, worksheets, weekly group phone calls where you can ask questions…and of course, direct access to Beth every step of the way.

If you have no trouble whipping out a solid novel outline in a few days, you don’t need this course.

But if you’re new to writing…

If you’ve been pantsing and getting stuck in the middle of your story…

If you’ve studied story structure but struggle to apply it to the story you want to write…

Beth’s experienced coaching and focused exercises cut through the confusion and overwhelm, so you can focus on the parts of writing you love.

Your characters. Your ideas. Your world.

You can get more info (and reserve your seat) here: