May 26th 2014 · Read More · No Comments

Cheers to a Happy and Successful 2014 New Year from WritersOnlineClasses.com

It’s been a long run here at WritersOnlineClasses.com, and we are thankful for yet another successful year in 2013.  We kicked off our first class here back in 2006!

But time’s are a’changing, and Mary O’Gara and Diana Rowe, co-owners of WritersOnlineClassees.com, have decided to regroup and re-imagine our vision of online classes and instruction.  We are taking a hiatus in 2014 to work on a new and bettter platform to learn.

Thanks to our faithful students who returned month after month to take classes from our top-notch instructors.   For those who are on our mailing list, you’ll see updates throughout the next few months.  For those who would like to receive updates, please email us at  info@writersonlineclasses.com, and we will add you to our e-mail list.

This is not goodbye!  This is see you soon!

And here we are again!

Lovely Place for a Murder

Summer 2014 Online Class by Mary O’Gara
Class  begins upon registration, at your own pace through September, 2014

COST: $30 Register & pay at: https://www.jigsawbox.com/signup/maryo/21391/17202

Online Class Description:  LOVELY PLACE FOR A MURDER

In real life, as any geographer will tell you, events can only happen at one particular location.  Astrologers say the qualities of an event vary from location to location (even if nothing else changes).    Your fictional setting should be just as tightly woven into the story’s fabric.  Settings not only provide actions for the character, but diction, voice tone, symbolic objects, metaphors, weather, clothing, and social relationships.   No wonder so many authors treat settings as if they were living characters.

In this leisurely summer workshop, Mary O’Gara will lead you through ways to develop (and disguise) settings so they enhance your story and give you added support for metaphors and symbolism.  You’ll learn to take a familiar setting and disguise it, or to pick out the parts of a known setting you need for your story and mix them with an imaginary background.  Special attention will be given to settings for time travel, urban fantasy and modern stories shaped by history.

Registration is open now at  https://www.jigsawbox.com/signup/maryo/21391/17202  and the 14 lessons will be available through Labor Day 2014.   The workshop was originally designed as an intense month-long program, and the summer version is offered to give each of you time to explore and discuss landscapes and settings at leisure while you make your own summer explorations of new places that might host a fictitious murder (or two).

The workshop has been revised and updated, with added material on urban fantasy and paranormal settings and on the impact of relocation (astrological relocation effects) on characters in any story.

Instructor Bio:

Mary O’Gara is an award-winning writer and creativity coach.   For this workshop, she draws on her graduate work in geography and regional studies as well as her 35 years as an astrologer, many of them specializing in questions of location.

Questions? email us at info@writersonlineclasses.com

What We Offer at Writers Online Classes

We offer online instruction on the craft of writing in many genres. These monthly classes are conducted via E-mail only, no real time or live chats, from the comfort of your home. In each four-week session, students will receive online lectures and Q&A sessions, learning from qualified instructors.  Students are subscribed to the email  list for the duration of the class, and unsubscribed upon completion. Classes are open to everyone with E-mail capability.  Students are welcome to actively participate or lurk in this lifelong learning environment.

Who We Are

WritersOnlineClasses.com is the joint venture  of Mary O’Gara and Diana Rowe at the encouragement (and a little prodding) of many friends and fellow writers.  Mary and Diana first met through the online RWA Kiss of Death (KOD) Chapter, developing a friendship that extended through many KOD volunteer stints including serving as COFFIN Coordinators and fellow Co-Presidents. Even with all that stress and excitement , the two, both originally from Iowa, continue to remain close friends.

With a Ph.D. and more than three decades as a professional astrologer and psychic behind her, Mary is a popular online paranormal instructor who writes two monthly astrology columns.   She is a creativity coach and offers both online classes and individual coaching for writers and artists.
Member of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), Diana’s day job as a freelance travel writer keeps her traveling to all corners of the world. Diana’s published short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her as-yet-unpublished novel-length romance and chick lit creations have garnered numerous awards.
Contact Us at WritersOnlineClasses.com

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We welcome your comments and suggestions at  info@writersonlineclasses.com


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