Wednesday, August 17, 2011

September Writer-U On-Line Courses

September 1-30, 2011
"Sex On The Page: Understanding & Crafting Sexual Tension"
by Mary Buckham
$30 at

How do you write great sexual tension? That's the question Mary Buckham posed to Linda Howard, Stella Cameron, Susan Anderson, Nancy Warren and more romance writers who write great sexual tension, from sweet to spicy hot. This workshop combines lessons from writers with the 12 stages of Intimacy from Desmond Morris' works and more recent findings on the amazing role biology plays in mate attraction and selection...findings that can be applied directly to creating powerful sexual tension. So if you want to learn how to increase the sexual tension in your work, don't miss this opportunity. Topics include:

* Sex versus Intimacy: the difference
* Using conflict to increase sexual tension
* The importance of certain details
* How to portray body language
* Maximizing biological differences between the sexes
* Analyzing those who write sexual tension well
* Exercises for your work in progress

Mary Buckham is co-author of BREAK INTO FICTION: 11 Steps to Building a Story That Sells and an award-winning Romantic Suspense author. She has hundreds of free-lance articles to her credit, a non-fiction book and is a former Magazine Editor. Currently she presents writing workshops online and around the country. Mary encourages you to visit her website at for more information about her and her current writing projects.

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September 12-23, 2011
MASTER CLASS: "Behind the Badge: Cracking Your Cop's Emotional Shield"
by Margaret Taylor
$55 at

Prerequisite: must have a cop character in mind for a current or future book.

"Behind the Badge: Cracking Your Cop's Emotional Shield" takes a hands-on approach geared toward helping you discover who your law enforcement character really is. Drawing on nearly twenty-four years of observations and experiences in the world of law enforcement, Margaret Taylor created this class for writers to dig deep and discover the foundation of any cop character's actions and motivations. Taking your law enforcement officer (LEO) from a simple caricature to a potentially flawed, but truly fascinating, character includes:

* Getting beneath the skin of your LEO
* Going from cliché to real
* What makes your LEO tick
* How training helped mold your cop character
* The all-important characterization and motivation
* How assignment-location affects your LEO's personality

M.A. Taylor spent more that twenty years in law enforcement. After seven years with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), she became a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice (DOJ), spending over a decade in Narcotics...including assignment to a Federal DEA-HIDTA Task Force. Margaret's areas of expertise range from surveillance to wiretaps to tribal gaming, sexual predators, investigations and more.

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