February 9-22, 2009
As a friend of mine once said, "Men and women are different. I know, I've seen one of each." We all know the physical
difference, but there is also a difference in the way men and women talk think. Learn how to make your hero sound like a real male character. Workshop will address the physiological differences between male and female and then progress to how these differences affect the way men and women think and talk.
Consider this example: A woman has car trouble and arrives home over an hour late to find her husband pacing in the driveway. As soon as she gets out of the car he says "Where the hell have you been?"
Is he angry? No, this is just male speak for "I was worried, are you all right?" This class will help we women writers make our
heroes (and other male characters) sound like men. Students will be encouraged to take a look at their own work and, if they desire, share with the class as we learn how to talk male.
About the instructor:
Terry Irene Blain was lucky enough to grow up in a large Midwestern family with a rich oral tradition and spent her life surrounded by men. Not just her father but grandfathers, great uncles and uncles and, eventually two brothers. She served in the US Navy surrounded by men. Later with a Masters Degree from the GI bill, as a college instructor she taught US History and Western Civilization and was again surrounded by a majority of male instructors. More insight to the male POV has been provided by her husband of almost 40 years as they raised their two sons to adulthood.
Her published romance, KENTUCKY DREAM, won several unpublished contest, and was eventually published by Kensington as a Precious Gems. KENTUCKY DREAM finaled in the Golden Quill 2000 contest in both Best Historical and Best First Book category, and won Best First Book. This story has been re-released as KENTUCKY GREEN. Also currently available is
COLORADO SILVER, COLORADO GOLD, another historical romance. Visit her website www.terryblain.com
Recently her western historical mss. have placed in several contests including Book Of Your Heart, Enchanted Word, Spring Into Romance, Ignite the Flame and Golden Opportunity. Terry says: "Writing historical romance gives me the opportunity to pass on stories of who we are and where we come from while exploring the relationship between men and women. What could be more fun than that?"
Visit the RWA San Diego website to enroll. www.rwasd.com