DIGGING DEEP: RESEARCHING YOUR NOVEL WORKSHOP FEBRUARY 2023
REGISTRATION DATES: JANUARY 8, 2023 THROUGH FEBRUARY 16, 2023
WORKSHOP DATES: FEBRUARY 19 - 25, 2023
REGISTRATION FEE: $20

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

Digging Deep: Researching Your Novel, will introduce you to various research methods, as well as different options for organizing your research.

We will cover the following:

  • The Foundation—Examines various methods for organizing your research.
  • The Inverted Triangle—A Writing Right Academy exclusive! Narrowing the focus of your research.
  • The Written Word—Using books, magazines and newspaper articles, libraries, archives, and the Internet to find your desired information.
  • The Media—Examines the various media that can help you research your novel.
  • In Real Life—Explains the art of interviewing experts on your subjects.
  • Bon Voyage—What you need to know before you take that research trip.
  • Author’s Notes—Examines the types of author’s notes.
  • Altogether Now—Pull your research together.

This class includes a workbook with resources, worksheets, checklists, and more.

This workshop is one week in length. Lessons will be provided in a "text-based" format, meaning, the lessons will be placed as text within our forum AND a PDF of the exact same lessons will be available for you to download for study purposes. Lessons will be posted in the mornings each day of the workshop. Cynthia Owen will check in periodically on the forum to respond to comments and questions. Commenting on the workshop will close beginning February 26, 2023. You will continue to have 30 days to access the workshop once commenting is closed, giving you the opportunity to visit the workshop and study and/or download the materials you wish to. March 30, 2023, is the date this workshop will be archived and no longer accessible.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: CYNTHIA OWENS

I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17th-century “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there.

My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.

A former journalist and lifelong Hibernophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, a hero or heroine, and sometimes all three.

I’m the author of The Claddagh Series, historical romances set in Ireland and beyond, and The Wild Geese Series, in which five Irish heroes return from the American Civil War to find love and adventure. 

I also teach specialized workshops for writers on various subjects such as research, settings, backstory, and more.

I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America and Hearts Through History Romance Writers. A lifelong resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic hero. I have two adult children.

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NOTE FROM THE WFWA WORKSHOP TEAM

This workshop is part of our new "BITE-SIZE LEARNING WORKSHOP" series which offers text-based learning, self-paced, and modest instructor interactions with a possible LIVE Q&A Session if needed.

Most of our Bite-Size Learning Workshops (BSLW) will have no pre-recorded videos. These workshops were designed to offer "text-based" learning with lessons posted daily or almost daily in our workshop forum.

BSLWs were designed with all member budgets in mind and to further opportunities for education. We also designed these workshops with busy lifestyles in mind. BSLWs are self-paced, meaning you visit the workshop forum on your terms, with no need to follow a rigid schedule. You interact with other workshop attendees and/or the instructor if you choose to. Our BSLWs on average will be one week in length, some a few days longer to fit in all the lessons if the instructor wishes to space things out a bit. Each workshop will also be available for a maximum of 30 days after the workshop closes to commenting beginning the morning after the workshop completion date (which will typically be a Sunday).

We will have one BSLW the last week of each month from February through November 2023.