"Many are stubborn in the pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal."
Nietzche

 

Welcome to the alternate me!

When I’m not writing—or traveling, I teach writing
workshops in person and online.

 

Workshops/Speaking Engagements

&

Online Courses

 

Crisis, Climax, Resolution: Writing to the End
January 31 – February 25, 2017 through LRWA

Alphas: Leaders of the Pack
February 28 – March 25, 2017 through Contemporary Romance Writers

Foolproof Synopsis and Query Letter
June 6 – 24, 2017 through LRWA
This is a special 3-week intensive which emphasizes one-on-one feedback.

Journey Cycle for Romantic Suspense
June, 2017 through Kiss of Death

 

Course Descriptions

The Journey Cycle: A Story Building Tool

Course Description:

Is your protagonist poised at the Edge of the Forest, negotiating the Trail of Breadcrumbs, or facing the Mirror on the Wall? To reach a satisfying ending to any story, be it romance or another genre, each step in the Journey requires careful deliberation if your hero or heroine is to pass the Glass Slipper Test.

This course uses the familiar, symbolic world of Fairy Tales to reinterpret the Hero’s Journey into easy to understand motifs. As a story building tool, the course examines key issues and poses a series of questions about each stage to help writers "troubleshoot" their way to the next "level". A 2-part assignment is included with each of the 12 lectures.

Whether you are seeking a better understanding of the journey process to create a stronger story structure or you are looking for some brainstorming ideas to conquer a certain leg of that journey, this course is for you!

 

Crisis, Climax, Resolution: Writing to the End

Course Description:

A book is more than a great idea or even a first chapter with a terrific hook. Reaching those two gratifying words—The End—can be daunting.

Introducing a 5 Point Plot Structure, this workshop examines the crucial psychological factors facing the protagonist at both the Crisis and Climax points within a story. Using easy to understand Fairy Tale motifs, the impact of the protagonist’s choices and actions are reviewed in light of possible Resolutions.
 
This workshop includes lectures, charts and tons of examples, plus lots of opportunity for Q&A.

Note: The Journey Cycle and Crisis, Climax, Resolution: Writing to the End are complimentary courses and use different Fairy Tale motifs to relate concepts.

 

Alphas: Leaders of the Pack

Course Description:

You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter who’s more interested in my numbers than your instincts. … Good, because I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. …

Judy Dench as M to Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Goldeneye

Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia to Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope

Who is he and what’s her story?

Using numerous examples from movies and books, award winning author Robin Matheson demystifies the male and female alpha archetype.

Topics include:

1. The Basics behind Pack Mentality and the Dominant Wolf

2. Key Personality Profile Traits of a Typical Alpha

3. Identifying an Alpha Skill Set

4. Goals and Motivations: The Focused Alpha

5. Archetypal Alphas

6. On Being a Man—On Being a Woman: The Alpha’s Emotional Vulnerabilities

 

The Foolproof Synopsis and Query Letter Workshop

Course Description:

Build a synopsis and a query letter from the ground up!

When you know everything there is to know about your story, it’s hard to stay focused on the big picture.

This hands-on workshop teaches you how to convert your creative concept into bite-sized promotional chunks that will allow you to effectively market your manuscript. Discover how the 5 Point Plot Structure helps you to construct a selling synopsis. Finally, master the “ABC Formula” that allows you to compose any business letter in 3 easy steps. Honest!

In addition to the course material, students will also have an opportunity to receive a critique of either a synopsis or a query letter.

 

Authors versus Editor

Course Description:

Ten Things I…About You!

The connection between author and editor remains one of the most unique in business. This workshop will review 10 key factors that can make or break a successful author-editor relationship. Apply the 4 Components of a Business Plan as it relates to authors. Special attention will also be paid to the nitty-gritty behind the 3 levels of the editing process.

There will be lots of opportunity for Q&A.

 

 

Please Contact Robin for more information

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