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by PI Workshops - Thursday, 14 January 2016, 7:07 PM

In order to make our workshops more user-friendly to students, is now accessible through the free Moodle apps for your mobile devices. Your login and password will be the same as on the website.

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Writing and Selling Short Fiction for Anthologies, Magazines and Websites
By Kristina Wright
October 13-27, 2016
TRACK: Craft
LENGTH: Two Weeks
$25.00 for Non-Members
$22.50 for RWA Members
$18.75 for Passionate Ink Members


1. Why writing short fiction is a great idea for your career

  • The benefits of writing for anthologies
  • The magazine/website market facts
  • Self-publishing shorts for promotional purposes
  • Building a readership through short fiction
  • Filling gaps between books with short fiction
  • Resume building for new writers

2. How to determine what to write and where to send it

  • Erotica vs. erotic romance vs. romance and the markets for each
  • Short story lengths vs. novella
  • Finding the right publication
  • Tailoring your story to the current market
  • To self-publish or not
  • Read what you want to write

3. Give them (the publisher) what they want

  • Finding submission calls
  • Following guidelines
  • Pushing boundaries
  • Genre-mixing (or not)
  • Editing for length and content

4. Before you sign on the dotted line

  • What to expect in terms of payment
  • Flat fee vs. royalty-paying
  • Rights
  • To pseudonym or not
  • From sale to publication timeline

5. Writing short for the pro

  • Linking stories
  • Developing secondary characters
  • Rejection is just one person’s opinion
  • The short story that keeps on selling (reprints rock!)
  • What to include in your bio

6. Where to go from here

  • Anthologies and magazines actively acquiring
  • Compiling a single-author anthology
  • Becoming an anthologist

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Kristina Wright is a full-time freelance writer and award-winning author. She is the editor of over a dozen erotica and erotic romance anthologies, includingFairy Tale Lust and the Best Erotic Romance series. She has written for Harlequin and was a RWA Golden Heart winner in the Romantic Suspense category. She has also written a single-author anthology for HarperCollins and her short fiction has appeared in over one hundred print anthologies. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications as diverse as the Washington Post, RT Book Reviews, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, Narratively, Role/Reboot and Brain, Child Magazine. She holds a B.A. in English from Charleston Southern University and a M.A. in Humanities from Old Dominion University and she has taught college composition and world mythology at the college level, as well as writing workshops for The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA. She blogs for and and lives in Virginia with her husband and their two sons.

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Burning Ink: How to Write Erotic Romances with Characters and Scenes that Sizzle
By Angela Knight
September 8 through October 6, 2016
TRACK: Craft
LENGTH: Four Weeks
FREE for Passionate Ink Members
MEMBER EXCLUSIVE – Click here to join PI


New York Times bestselling erotic romance author Angela Knight is back by popular demand with an all-new course on how to write erotic romance book. It’s been a few years since the steamy book market exploded and it’s time to update your skills and gain new insights about how to craft good and sexy fiction. Angela will cover everything from setting to sensual detail to BDSM. And she will discuss how to:

  • Write a romance hot enough to burn the pixels off the screen.
  • Create characters with the intense sensuality needed in erotic romance
  • Build a believable erotic attraction that gets lovers into bed without turning either of them into sluts.
  • Design a plot in which sex plays a major role, without morphing into porn.
  • Craft an evolving romance with intense sexuality.
  • Give readers something they haven’t seen before.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mageverse paranormal series for Penguin Putnam’s Berkley imprint. She started out as a comic book writer in 1988, but was first published in erotic romance in 1996 in Red Sage’s Secrets anthology series. Since then, she has written 21 novellas and eight novels. She has also won two Critics Choice awards from Romantic Times magazine for Best Erotic Romance and Best Werewolf Romance. This year, she was nominated for a career achievement award as well as an award for Best Shapeshifter for Master of Dragons. All of her novels have received Top Picks from the critics at Romantic Times.

This exclusive workshop is for Passionate Ink members only. PI members should visit the PI Workshops forum for their required Registration Key. Click here to register.

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged***

August 8 through September 2, 2016
TRACK: Marketing
LENGTH: Four Weeks
$25.00 for Non-Members
$22.50 for RWA Members (10% OFF)
$18.75 for Passionate Ink Members (25% OFF)


Every author needs a newsletter and an Email list of readers. But where do you even start? And how do your build your list?

Newsletters are a dynamic vehicle for communicating with readers between books — and selling books when published — but your newsletter is only as good as its content. Find out how and where to launch your newsletter, how to add value, and how to develop rapport with readers and keep them interested.

This workshop offers a step-by-step approach to creating a successful newsletter, including:

Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Features
Lesson 2: Choosing a Platform
Lesson 3: Get Readers to Sign Up
Lesson 4: Avoiding Spammers
Lesson 5: Responsive Design
Lesson 6: Consistent Features
Lesson 7: Using Polls and Surveys
Lesson 8: Bonus Materials
Lesson 9: Get Personal
Lesson 10: Utilizing Photos
Lesson 11: Get Subscribers to Share Your Newsletter
Lesson 12: Giveaways
Lesson 13: Give Readers a Reason to Sign Up
Lesson 14: Buddy Up
Lesson 15: Members Only
Lesson 16: When to Send a Newsletter

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jessie Clever always wanted to be a writer. Then she found out you had to market your books. While she went on to write the bestselling Regency romance Spy Series, Jessie kept to the practical course and earned her MBA with a concentration in marketing, gaining hands on experience in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-channel international retailers. She now uses her knowledge and experience to help authors expand their readership and deepen the loyalty of their readers. Connect with Jessie at

Click here to register. RWA Members should login to myRWA to receive their 10% discount. PI members should visit the PI Workshops forum for their 25% Discount Code.

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged***