Thursday, May 12, 2011

Workshop - Picts and Scots

I'm taking this wonderful class about the ancient Picts in Scotland - fascinating stuff. Check out this class if you're also interested!

Class: Picts and Scots 400-1100
Instructor: Sharron Gunn
Dates: May 2-June13, 2011

Registration Deadline: May 1,2011
Fee: $15/HHRW members, $25/others
Click HERE for Registration Form
FMI: HHRW Campus Coordinator: classes@heartsthroughhistory.com


Class Description:

Because the era after the fall of the Roman Empire seems so long ago, people think that very little can be known about the peoples of northern Europe. You will be surprised at what is known from archaeological records, place name evidence, saints' lives, king lists, and annals, and so on. Yes, there are gaps. It's not like writing a novel set during the Regency Period. But that's a good thing. Your imagination can kick in!

So here is a bit of what you'll learn. The Scots were a Gaelic-speaking people who came from Ireland during the Iron Age. The Gaelic kingdom of Dál Riata extended from the north of Ireland to the southwest of Scotland; the centre of kingship shifted about AD 500 from Ireland to Scotland. Christianity came to Scotland during this period and many clergy left Ireland to found churches in Scotland.

The Picts spoke a British language (very similar to Welsh). Myths about the Picts say they also spoke a language unrelated to most other languages in Europe and that inheritance was matrilinial (through the mother). We'll look at those ideas. The Picts and Scots, Celtic peoples, believed in the religion of the Druids. In the 9th century the Picts and Scots merged to form the Kingdom of Alba, to meet the Norse threat. Picts, Scots and Norse all in one course! What more could you ask for?

5 Lectures with self quizzes, simple research projects and story ideas. Questions and discussion encouraged, but lurkers also welcome.

Bio:

Sharron Gunn learned to read and write Scottish Gaelic at Xavier College (now UCB) in Nova Scotia, and later obtained an honours degree in Scottish History and Celtic Studies from the University of Glasgow. While a student, she had a job selling Gaelic books in the Highlands from which she gained a greater knowledge of the geography and people. A requirement for the job was fluency in Gaelic, the language of the Highlands and Islands. She often returns to Scotland. Several times she has travelled to the Royal National Mòd, a huge music festival, as a member of a Gaelic choir from Canada. She is busy writing a fantasy novel set in WWII.

Format: Course is conducted via Yahoo Groups email with lessons and Q&A

Click HERE to register for this class or learn more.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Workshop "Anglo/Scottish Borders" by Jody Allen

Come check out this wonderful workshop presented by Jody Allen on the Scottish Borders!


11/01 thru 12/10

Anglo/Scottish Borders
Instructor: Jody Allen

In 1237 the Treaty of York established legally the Anglo/Scottish border, but over the next 366 years this ”legal” border between two often warring nations, was as fluid as each Border family’s allegiance to their country: family before all else. This 96 mile border (Scotland’s only land border) reaches from the Solway Firth on the west to the city of Berwick on Tweed and the North Sea on the east encompassing three Marches on each side: East, Middle and West. This area has seen more of Scotland’s history unfold than anywhere else in Scotland. Home to the Briton tribes of Ptolemy’s map, they were first invaded by the Romans, then it was Anglo/Saxons (mercenaries left by the Romans), the Scots/Picts from the North, as well as the Vikings and Danes from the East and lest we forget the Normans. For the people of the Borders, scorched earth was not just a policy of war but a way of life and yet they survived to create their own culture and their own laws unique to anywhere else in Scotland: the Reivers. This class will explore their history (ancient to Union of the Crowns), the Riding families and the culture of the Anglo/Scottish border from the English and Scottish perspective. The Borders were much more than just a place for the English to elope to; Gretna Green.

The class will run six weeks with two lessons a week:
Week One--- Ancient to Treaty of York
Week Two--- Families/ Culture
Week Three-- Eastern March Scotland/England
Week Four--- Middle March Scotland/ England
Week Five--- Western March Scotland/ England
Week Six--- Border Battles/ Union of the Crowns

Jody Allen first visited Scotland in 1994 and fell in love with the Borders when she found the small border cottage her great-great-grandmother was born at. She has BA in history, a postgraduate certificate in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee Scotland, and is currently pursuing a certificate in Celtic Studies from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She has been researching her own family's origin in Scotland for 20 years using the Scottish National Archives and many local Scottish historical societies. An avid Romance and Historical fiction reader for 45 years, she is currently developing a clientele of authors and editors who are using her Historical Copy Editor service.


Register Here

National Novel Writing Month

November is almost here...and that means National Novel Writing Month begins.

"National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30."

Come join the fun - even if you don't write. It is still a nifty little site.


Check me out: wendyquest

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Supermom: The Art of Juggling Motherhood and a Writing Career by Eliza Knight

I'm definitely on the trail for managing my writing time better. I just signed up for this workshop taught by Eliza Knight and - wow! - it's wonderful getting ideas from other writers about how to maximize my writing time.

Supermom: The Art of Juggling Motherhood and a Writing Career
Dates: September 6-26, 2010
Instructor: Eliza Knight
Cost: FREE to FTHRW members; $20.00 for all others
Registration Deadline: September 1, 2010


Course Description:

Every working woman has to juggle her time between working, herself and her home. But what happens when you add being a writer and mother to the mix?

This workshop will help mothers with children of all ages to juggle motherhood and a writing career. Whether you work outside the home and write in your spare time, or you are writing full time, this class should help you finesse the art of juggling motherhood and a writing career.

This is an open discussion workshop, questions and comments are welcome and encouraged. The class generally lasts 3 weeks. The lessons will be presented as follows:

Lesson One: Time Management
Lesson Two: Setting Goals
Lesson Three: Mamawriting: Making it happen
Lesson Four: Challenges and how to overcome them

About the Instructor:

Eliza Knight is the author of sizzling historical romance and erotic time travel Highlander romance. Eliza is the author of the award-winning blog, History Undressed and has published numerous articles on writing craft and history. She is a freelance copy editor, professional critiquer, President of the Celtic Hearts Romance Writers signature chapter of the RWA and Contest Chair for Hearts Through History. She presents workshops on history, researching techniques and writing craft, to writing groups online. For more information on Eliza, please visit www.elizaknight.com or www.historyundressed.blogspot.com.

How to register:

Fee: FTHRW Members: FREE; FTHRW Non-Members: $20.00

Click here to register before September 1, 2010.
Thank you for your interest in the workshops offered online through From The Heart Romance Writers. Should you have any questions, please email workshops @fthrw. com.

The Book Factory: Producing Multiple Novels in One Year by Kerri Nelson

I just took this fabulous workshop held by Kerri Nelson - an amazing multi-tasking writer! I highly recommend this workshop if she teaches it again.



The Book Factory: Producing Multiple Novels in One Year
Instructor: Kerri Nelson

Is life getting in the way of you completing that novel? Ever think there’s not enough hours in the day to find time to write? Have a full time job distracting you from your real passion of being a novelist? Are family responsibilities weighing you down and interfering with your writing goals?

I’m here to tell you that you can do it all and do it successfully. In 2009, I successfully managed one husband, two jobs, three children, a difficult pregnancy, AND still managed to write twelve books, sell ten of those books (including all the editing and promotion), and coped with other various life challenges thrown in just for fun!

How did I do all of that and still find time to eat and sleep?

I developed a method of writing known as “The Book Factory Method”. It does require commitment and desire to “get it done”. If you’re willing to put in the effort, you can produce multiple books in one year.

What’s the benefit of completing multiple books in one year?

The more books you have ready to submit, the more chance you’ll receive contract offers on one or more of those books.

Why shouldn’t you just focus on one book and continue polishing that book all year long?

The cold, hard truth is that you might not ever sell that one specific book. You should always have more than one project “in the works”.

Are you one of those writers who starts multiple projects but never finishes any of them?

Then this class is for you as well. We’ll talk about how to finally see those projects through to completion.

Have trouble with time management or procrastination?

We’ll address methods for getting organized and staying focused. Plus much, much more!

If you want to learn how to get started, stay on track, and get those books ready to submit…this workshop puts a method to the madness of novel writing.

Kerri Nelson has always been passionate about reading books but when she wrote her first poem in the second grade, she discovered her love of writing. At the age of sixteen, she became a columnist for her local newspaper as the high school correspondent for the weekly "Panther Tales" column. She won the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.

After an education and career in the legal field, Kerri began to pen romantic suspense novels with a legal or law enforcement theme. She is a true southern belle and comes complete with her dashing southern gentleman husband and three adorable children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her baking homemade goodies for her family, feeding her addiction to blogging online or designing custom made book trailers. Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America as well as numerous Chapters including Gothic Romance Writers, Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.

Kerri is a multi-published author of romance in every genre from romantic suspense and paranormal to young adult and inspirational novels. In 2009, Kerri wrote and sold twelve books to multiple publishers using her Book Factory method. Her latest paranormal romantic suspense “Courting Demons” will release from Dorchester Publishing in 2011.

Read more about Kerri’s books at her website: www.kerrinelson.com
Come out and chat with Kerri at her blog: www.kerribookwriter.blogspot.com
Need a custom made video trailer ad for your novel? Visit the award winning Book Boost Designs page at Kerri's website here: www.kerrinelson.com/9.html
Need affordable cover ad placement? Or want to play, learn and compete with other authors in the biz? Visit the Book Boost Blog here: www.thebookboost.blogspot.com
For the latest news and updates from Kerri, follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/kerribookwriter